Home Schooling

Computer Lessons

Extra Classes

Assessments Exam Bodies

Home Schooling

Our school curriculums are based on a distance-learning model, which enables individualised learning. This model allows facilitators and parents to focus on learners’ individual learning styles and needs, whether in a class environment or at home.

The curriculum
comprises four phases:


  • Foundation Phase (Grade R to 3)
  • Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to 6)
  • Senior Phase (Grade 7 to 9)
  • Further Education and Training Phase, also known as FET (Grade 10 to 12).
St. Elly’s Home School and Education Centre offer over 150 subjects from grades R to 12, available in both English and Afrikaans. This includes all compulsory subjects as per CAPS requirements, five additional selective subjects in grades 8 to 9 and 21 additional subject choices in Grades 10 to 12.
  • Foundation Phase
  • Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.
  • Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to 6)
  • Senior Phase (Grade 7 to 9)
  • Further Education and Training Phase, also known as FET (Grade 10 to 12)

Overview Of Homeschooling in South Africa

Homeschooling is gradually becoming more popular in South Africa since it was legalised in 1996. There are many reasons why parents opt for this method of education and there are now an estimated 100,000 children being homeschooled in South Africa. However, there are still widespread misconceptions about homeschooling.

We have touched on all major aspects of homeschooling in this article. The purpose is to educate parents about the different facets, benefits and requirements of homeschooling as well as to help dispel certain myths. The Home Learners South Africa website is not a school or curriculum provider and we urge parents to discuss any concerns with the relevant parties.

Definition of Homeschooling

There is some degree of inconsistency in the definition of homeschooling these days. Traditionally, homeschooling meant that children were educated at home by their parents and not in a school by teachers. It was seen as unconventional. However, this has drastically changed in recent years. Homeschooling is now becoming accepted as a part of mainstream schooling, albeit an alternative methodology.

Nowadays there are private tutors specialising in homeschooling, education development centres catering for homeschoolers and curriculum providers offering online teaching. No longer is homeschooling solely in the hands of the parents if they choose to use these services, nor is teaching isolated to the home.

Therefore, homeschooling can be defined as primary and secondary education outside of formal schools. It simply means that children do not attend public or private schools for their education needs. While comparisons are sometimes drawn with UNISA (University of South Africa) for tertiary education, homeschooling goes beyond the concept of distance education.

Curriculum Providers

Home learners must be registered with the Department of Basic Education and parents need to ensure that they adhere to the curriculum relevant to their child’s grades. While the curriculum and some materials can be acquired from the Department, many parents prefer to go through an independent curriculum provider specialising in home education.

Sporting and Extracurricular Activities

As with the learner’s academic needs, parents are also responsible for ensuring that their child has access to sports and extra-curricular activities. These days many schools offer different sporting activities as part of the school curriculum or after school as an extra-curricular activity. Homeschooling children do not have this option. Some education development centres also provide facilities for sporting and extra-curricular activities and group excursions. However, many parents opt for separate instructors or coaches for these requirements.

Homeschooled children often have a full week with different classes (arts, sports and culture), either on an individual basis or as part of a group. In addition, group sporting and extra-curricular activities offer the learner a chance to interact with others of his/her age and grade. The benefit of coaching outside of the school’s choice of after-school instructors and coaches is that gifted children can invest more of their time in a specific activity through an instructor/coach of the parent’s choice and without the hindrance of traditional schooling hours.

Computer Lessons

Literacy has always been important for success in school, work, and life in general, and unless our society undergoes a drastic change it will always be important. However, literacy in the 21st century isn’t just about being able to read and write fluently. As essential as that is, many have argued that computer literacy is just as important in our modern world.

It is for this reason that we offer various computer lessons. Some of these lessons include:

  • Very Basic Computer Skills
  • Computer Vocabulary
  • Opening and Saving Files
  • Skills and Activities Practice
  • Word Exercises
  • Excel Exercises
  • Internet
  • PowerPoint

The above is only a very short list, more advanced and technical courses are offered not only to individuals but also to groups.

Extra Classes

School Extra Classes to master problematic school subjects are well-known to most of us. These are classes that we offer on a one-to-one basis for specific subjects. Extra classes are booked and paid for in advance for all grades and subjects. We make use of various tutors. The hourly fees for such classes vary from tutor to tutor depending on subjects, hours and days availability. Scholars from other schools are also welcome.

Assessments Exam Bodies

The IEB is an independent assessment body. We are accredited by Umalusi for school and adult assessments, the QCTO for Foundational Learning Competence and the ETDP SETA for accredited training courses.

SACAI, established in 2012, is a non-profit company that provides National Senior Certificate (NSC) assessment services to a diverse range of educational institutions. The Institute’s initial focus was to serve the establishments catering for learners with a home-education background. Conventional independent schools are increasingly becoming part of SACAI’s client base. The Institute’s vision is to provide accountable and affordable assessment and examination services to all institutions that strive to achieve excellence in education.


To be a department that strives to ensure the progressive realization of universal schooling, improving the quality of education and eliminating disparities amongst Free State citizens.