High School Academics
Theodor Herzl High School is renowned for academic excellence. Our overall results are frequently amongst the country’s top ten. Most Theodor Herzl students proceed easily to the local and international tertiary institutions of their choice, and succeed there because of their excellent grounding and work ethic.
Our small classes result in a dynamic culture of learning. We are proud of the manner in which we enable the individual to attain personal excellence. Theodor Herzl students are supported by a dedicated, innovative, intellectually stimulating teaching staff, and classes are structured but lively.
Students are encouraged to stretch their intellectual wings – whatever their scope – and develop their skills in research and independent study. Most core subjects are offered and the brightest among them take up to nine subjects for Matric, some even achieving a full of house of distinctions. Pupils who find academic studies a struggle are encouraged with extra, individual input from their teachers and usually fare much better than they would have done at a larger, less personal school.
Along with many of South Africa’s best independent schools, Theodor Herzl matrics write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC). Tuition is pitched beyond any of the current curriculums and Theodor Herzl students are generally advantaged in their local and international university applications by virtue of the high marks they consistently achieve on this examination. Subject grades, however, are only one criterion for admission to tertiary education, and students are encouraged to build a strong portfolio of community service, sporting participation and leadership too.
Academic reports are prepared for parents every term, however regular, open communication with our teaching staff is encouraged, and positive working relationships between pupils, teachers and parents is warmly fostered for the ultimate good of our children. In addition to formal teaching, Theodor Herzl students benefit from a diverse programme of visiting speakers and a wide range of outing opportunities that range from water testing in the nearby valley to ‘Big 5’ game drives and weekend hikes, and even accompanied overseas travel to thrilling places like London’s West End for drama buffs. Opportunities for international school exchange further broaden Theodor Herzl horizons.
We are excited about our increased academic offering which reinforces the holistic education offered at Theodor Herzl. As part of the Grade 8 & 9 curricula for 2022, the new subjects that will be offered are: Expressive Art, Music, IsiXhosa and German. Coding, Robotics and IT have already been introduced into the curriculum in the form of Digital Technology this year. These new subjects will be offered in the FET phase from Grade 10 in 2023. To the Grade 10, 11 and 12 streams for 2022, we will be offering Advanced Programme (AP) Mathematics and Advanced Programme (AP) English.