Preparatory School Admissions Process


Foundation Phase (FP): Grades 1 - 3
Intermediate Phase (IP): Grades 4 - 7

School times

FP 07:45 to 13:15 / 13:50
IP 07:45 to 14:25
Grades 1 & 2 13:15 – 16:00
Grade 3 13:55 – 16:00
Grades 4 & 5 14:25 – 16:00
When to apply
  • Limited placements are available in Grade 1 as Grade R is the main intake grade for the Preparatory School.
  • Only completed applications will be registered on the waiting list.
  • Applications can be submited at any time within 5 years of the requested entry year.
  • Annual reconfirmation of interest in a future place ensures the candidate’s continued registration on the active waiting list.
  • A request for a transfer to another grade and year, after registration, must be directed to the Admissions Office.
  • Enrolled Grade 7 students receive preferential placement offers for Grade 8 and do not need to re-apply for admission to the High School, provided they meet the entry requirements.
  • Boarding is not available for Preparatory School students.
Tours of the School

Visits can be arranged by appointment with the Admissions Office on 021 300 6517 or via

Due to a high demand for tours, we only consider tours for applicants who have submitted at least the online enquiry stage for the application for admission.


  • Visits to the school are by appointment only. Appointments can be made with the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants that have completed the second stage of the application process and are registered on our waiting list will receive priority invitations to appointments.
  • Open Days are not typically held in the Preparatory School.
  • Applications need to be up to date with school and other reports, before placement considerations are made. Updates should be emailed to the Admissions Office.
  • When places become available, candidates who meet the preliminary qualifying requirements will be invited with their parents to meet with the Admissions Manager. A tour of the school will be arranged at the same time.
  • Shortlisted candidates are thereafter invited to an assessment, interview with the Preparatory School Head, and a class visit.
  • Placement offers are made in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy.
Admission Application form

Ashley Pople

Matric 2010
PhD Student Oxford University

My learning experience was by no means conventional throughout my five years at St Cyprian’s School. Being taught by strong, independently minded teachers encouraged me to think differently about the world. In addition to being inspired by teachers, I was nurtured by warm and loving friendships throughout my schooling at St Cyp's. These women continue to ground me to this day.

Nadine Moodie

Matric 2004
Communications Specialist

It's not a fallacy that St Cyprian’s School teaches not for school but for life; not for time but for eternity. The holistic approach to education did not only focus on academics, but also on the soft skills which exposed us to various people and situations, and in turn equipped me to seamlessly navigate spaces and situations post-high school. My time at St Cyp's was a truly global experience, something I'd liken to a junior United Nations, as I sat in classes with friends who came from around the continent and the world, and who had various perspectives on ideology and practices which we often shared, embraced, disagreed with, and were encouraged to form our own opinions of.

Dr Elizabeth Kelly

Matric 2006
Commercial Law, PhD

The five years I spent in St Cyprian’s were the best of times. For me, it was a love at first sight that did not disappoint. It lived up to its vision of “teaching not for school but for life; training not for time but for eternity”. During my stay, I was privileged to meet, learn from, interact and live with brilliant minds. It instilled in me a sense of respect, responsibility, tolerance and a spirit of excellence that continues to guide all my pursuits. I cannot imagine a situation when the St Cyprian’s ethos will not be applicable in my life and work.

Thabi Leoka

Matric 1996
PhD, Economist

There is no doubt that St Cyp’s has made me who I am today. Beyond the school curriculum, St Cyp’s exposed me to people from different parts of the world. It taught me tolerance and acceptance. I am a self-assured and confident woman today because St Cyp’s never put limitations on us because we were young girls.

Rabia Parker

Matric 2013
UCT student

As a young, coloured, Muslim girl, St Cyprian’s School was a whole new environment to me. However, I never needed to change who I was to fit in because the school prided itself on creating strong, independent, unique women. It gave me the tools to understand the world outside of the classroom and I have continued to use these skills in all my endeavors. This school allowed me to think more openly, accept more widely and understand more deeply and it is something I am constantly grateful for.
I matriculated in 2013 and I am currently in my final year at UCT studying a Bachelor of Business Science in Finance.

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