Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria
The main building of Afrikaanse Hoër in Tshwane Meisieskool Pretoria (Facebook, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria)
  • Applications for Gauteng primary and high schools opened on Monday.
  • Business Insider made a list of the top ten academic public high schools in the province based on matric results. 
  • Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool is the top academic public high school, while Lenasia Muslim School was one of the cheapest top performers.
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Primary and high school applications officially opened in Gauteng on Monday, and on the first day, 250,000 applications were already submitted for grade 1 and 8 pupil places in public schools.  

Applications close on July 22nd. Unlike other South African provinces, all applications in Gauteng are completed through a centralised digital platform.

Parents are allowed to apply for up to five public schools. Preference will be given if a pupil already has a sibling in the school, live within the school’s feeder zone, or if their parents work close to the school. 

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Lenasia Muslim School (supplied)
Lenasia Muslim School (supplied)

Business Insider South Africa made a list of the top Gauteng public high schools based on their 2018 matric results. 

Our data were cross-referenced with information provided by the career guidance and education site Gradesmatch.

Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Tshwane was the best academic school in Gauteng - and fifth best public school nationally - based on 2018 matric results. It achieved an average of 3.5 distinctions per pupil.

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School fees at Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool start at R40,000 per year per pupil. 

Al-Aqsa High School, in sixth position, is one of the cheapest top academic schools in Gauteng, with school fees coming in at R13,200 a year - or R1,100 a month. 

It achieved roughly 2.1 distinctions per pupil in the 2018 matric exams.

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