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SACS High School

SACS is the oldest high school in South Africa, founded in September 1829. It is arguably the most magnificent setting at the foot of Table Mountain and Devils peak. The school prides itself on the balanced education it provides, the world-class facilities on offer, the fact that SACS men strive for excellence in all spheres of school life and that it places a strong emphasis on high moral values. Far from resting contentedly on its 180 year-old record of growth and excellence, SACS in the 1980s and early 90s, led the Open Schools’ Movement, making it possible, without the formal sanction of the Nationalist Government, for the integration of South African schools. Boys ‘of colour,’ Muslim and Christian, had been enrolled at SACS throughout the 19th century but, segregated for 85 odd years by the Cape School Board’s Act of 1905 and the subsequent blight of Apartheid, the school had the unusual satisfaction of re-opening its doors in 1992 to boys of all races. One of only four schools world-wide privileged enough to possess its own Rhodes Scholarship, SACS has attracted to itself  pupils possessing the calibre, academically, culturally and in the sporting sphere to qualify for consideration for this, ‘our greatest prize.’

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Our Mission Statement reads as follows “The South African College High School seeks to promote excellence within an all-round education, to prepare boys to play a constructive role as compassionate, thinking individuals in society”. Read more


Applications for places in 2016 open on 21 January 2015 and close on 27 March 2015

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An aerial view of SACS High School

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