Schools in Tzaneen

One of the most important considerations when thinking about relocating to a small town such as Tzaneen is: where will my children go to school? A good school is often the deciding factor in whether or not to move to a certain area. Tzaneen has a number of excellent schools including pre-grade, primary and high school.

Blue Mountain College -
Blue Mountain College is a senior school which offers the NSC curriculum. The college is a country school situated on a 50 hectare farm in one of the most picturesque sub-tropical areas of South Africa. Both the school and hostel buildings afford breathtaking views of the Tzaneen valley, allowing learners to enjoy a peaceful and healthy living environment.

The educational programme at Blue Mountain College focuses on skills as well as content including the visual and performance arts, languages and music. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and teachers act more as facilitators. The educational experience at Blue Mountain College fosters sound relationships and exposes learners to a variety of international cultures and trends. Learners will have opportunity to become effective communicators and leaders and will be encouraged to achieve their full potential according to their interests and abilities. The school encourages good morals and values, allowing learners the opportunity to develop their character within a disciplined, ordered and vibrant environment.

Stanford Lake College -
Stanford Lake College, founded in 1998, is an independent English medium co-educational high school that offers weekly and term boarders. The school lies in the Magoebaskloof, picturesquely situated between Tzaneen and Polokwane, near the hamlet of Haenertsburg. Stanford Lake College is a place of learning where acceptance and belonging prevail.

The college welcomes pupils from different cultures, religions, races and languages. The school follows the Christian calendar and festivals whilst acknowledging the needs of the other religions within the Stanford community. Stanford Lake College started as a community project and is guided by the Board of Directors of the Letaba Educational Trust, which sets policies and acts as the custodian and protector of the College.

Unicorn Preparatory School -
Unicorn is a Christian English-medium school, committed to providing children with every opportunity to benefit from professional and caring teachers. Pupils are encouraged to think independently, to be considerate towards others and to be fair-minded in all things. The school develops each pupil’s spiritual, academic, social, physical and cultural ability and inspires its boys and girls to live out the motto Integrity. Set in the small and friendly Lowveld town of Tzaneen in Limpopo, Unicorn Preparatory School caters for boys and girls from Grade R to Grade 7.

Southern Cross Schools -
Southern Cross Schools, based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo is situated in Raptors View Wildlife Estate. Although a 2 hour drive away from Tzaneen, the school is important enough to include in our list as it is the first school of its kind in South Africa, where a nature-based programme forms an integral part of the school curriculum. The school’s main goal is educating pupils who will ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. The school aims to teach learners about their environment, within their environment. Much learning is done practically and incorporates the children’s surroundings in the bush – studying the fauna and flora of the area including native trees and game that roams freely in the wildlife estate.

Children are exposed to current environmental issues such as pollution and rhino poaching, and they get involved on a practical level by picking up litter, participating in anti-poaching talks and walks and raising awareness and funds by wearing their Rhino Revolution T-shirt on “Rhino Revolution Wednesdays”. Learners also take part in a subject called Bush Lore where they learn about their environment, and these lessons are done outdoors with children walking down to a dam in the wildlife estate or on one of the walking trails in Raptors View.

Southern Cross Schools has three phases: pre-school, preparatory school and the college.