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Christel House SA Admissions Process

1. When is the deadline to submit an application?


Applications for Grade RR for 2024: 20 March 2023

Please note: Applications will be processed on a 1st come; 1st served basis.

Applications for Grade 2 – 12 for 2023 or 2024: ongoing

Please check our website here for the most up to date information:

https://sa.christelhouse.org/our-programs/student-applications/

2. Only applicants who meet all our non-negotiable qualifying criteria mentioned below will be considered:


  • Age requirement for Grade RR: The applicant must be turning 5 in the year they start Grade RR. (This means that for Grade RR 2024, they must be born in 2019)
  • Results requirement for Grade 2 - 12 (last 2 reports with a code 6 or 7 OR 70%+ in English, Mathematics & 1st Additional Language)
  • Financial Need: Your average household income must be R1500 or less per person per month. To calculate: Count the total income (salaries, social grants & stipends) your household receives per month (e.g., R5000 in total). Divide this number by the number of people staying in your house (e.g., 5 people) to get the average income per person. For example: R5000 divided by 5 people = R1000 per person per month.
  • Location: Child must currently & permanently live in one of the areas listed below at the time of application.

Hanover Park; Manenberg; Tambo Square; Jim se Bos; Philippi Browns Farm (as far as Stock Road, no further); Philippi Farms; Smallville; Springfield; Phumlani; Lotus River; Strandfontein; Pelican Park; Lansdowne; Parkwood; Langa; Athlone: Kewtown, Bridgetown, Silvertown, Belgravia, Parktown, Pook Se Bos, Statishights, Bokmakierie; Ottery; Freedom Park; Mitchell’s Plain (Eastridge, Beacon Valley & Lentegeur only)

*Disclaimer: High School applicants who live close and around the above-listed areas may be considered. Considerations will be made based on space availability on our buses and the family’s ability to access public transport and affordability. Christel House Admissions Criteria applies.

Please note: If you do not meet ALL of our non-negotiable qualifying criteria listed above, your application will not be processed.

3. I submitted all my documents, had a home visit and my child has come for observation. Does this mean that my child is being accepted?


No. We have limited spaces available. At the time of application, your placement is not guaranteed.  Please ensure that you apply to and accept placements from other schools for your child. If your child is accepted into Christel House, a staff member will inform you telephonically. 

 

4. My child lives in Bonteheuwel/Khayelitsha/Samora /Tafelsig etc., why can’t I apply?


Junior School Applicants:

Christel House SA only processes applications from learners that live within our catchments areas as we follow a specific bus route when picking up and dropping learners off every day.

High School Applicants:

High School applicants who live close and around our catchment areas may be considered. Considerations will be made based on space availability on our buses and the family’s ability to access public transport and affordability. Christel House Admissions Criteria applies.

5. Please explain your income requirement:


Your average household income must be R1500 or less per person per month. To calculate: Count the total income (salaries, social grants & stipends) your household receives per month (e.g., R5000 in total). Divide this number by the number of people staying in your house (e.g., 5 people) to get the average income per person. For example: R5000 divided by 5 people = R1000 per person per month.


6. I applied for my child for Grade RR, but I have not yet received the outcome of my child’s application. When can I expect to hear from you?


If you haven’t heard from us by 31 August 2023, you may consider your child’s application unsuccessful. We will however send an SMS to inform you of the outcome of your application.

7. I applied for Grade 2 – 12 but have not yet been contacted about my application. When can I expect to hear from you?


At the beginning of the school year, all our classes are full. When applications open, you are applying for the possibility of a space becoming available. Spaces become available when learners exit our school or repeat a grade at the end of the year. This means that we do not know if and when spaces will become available or in which grades.

As per our application confirmation message, we will only contact you once we have a confirmed availability.  

8. Why can’t I apply for Grade R or Grade 1 at your school?


In 2021, we started a new class for Grade RR (sometimes called Grade 0 or Pre-Grade R). These learners then pass over into Grade R and fill the class automatically.

The same applies for our Grade 1 class. All our Grade Rs pass over at the end of the year and fill the Grade 1 class automatically. Any spaces that do become available are then filled with applicants who applied for Grade RR in previous years but were unsuccessful due to space availability.  

9. Where can I apply?


Applications are online ONLY

Visit our website: https://sa.christelhouse.org/our-programs/student-applications/

Send us a WhatsApp message to 067 035 6608 OR Email us on admissions@sa.christelhouse.org  OR call 021 704 9429