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Parktown Boys’ High School, “Arise”.


Parktown Boys’ High School, “Arise”.


Over the past five years, Parktown Boys’ High matric classes achieved a pass rate of 98-100%, with 90%+ learners achieving university entrance passes. During this period, twenty five learners obtained a minimum of 7 distinctions each. Of these top achievers, ten obtained 9 distinctions each and two further achieved ten distinctions.

The subject average, across all subjects is 60%+, with our boys also excelling (72% average in 2018) in subjects such as Advanced Programme Mathematics, administered by the IEB. Parktown featured prominently in a Sunday Times Top 100 schools survey in South Africa. The study also identified Parktown as the only boys’ school in Johannesburg to make it into The Top 10 Schools in Gauteng, and the only Johannesburg state school in the top 10 Science schools in South Africa.

Apart from regular teaching, Parktown offers a rigorous extra-lesson programme that caters for all subjects and all grades. These classes form the backbone of an education system aimed at excellence. It is our belief that a strong education will make the difference in your ability to choose a career that both interests you and suits your unique character traits.

English is offered at a Home Language level..

and is taught by a dedicated and highly professional team. A minimum of 40% in this subject is required in order to pass. However, it is expected that boys at Parktown achieve a higher mark than the accepted minimum, and their work is marked at a high standard in order to achieve this. It is also required of each boy to read at least one book per month. This not only contributes to their fluency and comprehension of the language, but assists them in becoming well-rounded, literate individuals.

Afrikaans is one of the first additional languages..

taught at Parktown Boys’ High School. We subscribe to the national policy of additive bilingualism. As Afrikaans educators we try to create favorable learning conditions as regard time, teaching strategies and learning success. We recognize that language, literacy and communication are intrinsic to human development and central to lifelong learning. Languages, in this case Afrikaans, thus play a crucial role in the development of our boys. Our team of educators aim to equip our boys with life skills for all areas of their lives by making our teaching as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

isiZulu is the widely spoken home language in South Africa

isiZulu is the widely spoken home language in South Africa as well as being understood by the majority of the population. It became one of the eleven official languages in 1994. isiZulu in Parktown Boy’s High School gives learners an opportunity to expand their knowledge of using the language effectively in different situations. As we train learners to be our future leaders, it is crucial for them to understand the most dominant language in South Africa. It is also recommend for business purposes, people use the language to communicate with their customers/clients. In Parktown Boys’ High School, we provide all the skills that will equip learners to engage in various activities as well.

Mathematics continues to be one of the top-performing subjects..

 at Parktown Boys’ High School. Our learners have excelled in this subject in the past and continue to do so. Our team of highly-skilled educators is committed to ensuring that our learners understand difficult Mathematical concepts and put in extra effort to guarantee success.

Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy is the practical application of Mathematical concepts in real-life situations.

Life orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and society.

It applies a holistic approach. It is concerned with personal, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, motor and physical growth and development of learners, and the way in which these dimensions are interrelated and expressed in life. The focus is the development of self-in-society, and this encourages the development of balanced, confident learners who will contribute to society. At Parktown, Life Orientation applies real life scenarios to the learning process.

Physical Science

In 2013 the Department of Physical Science of Parktown Boys’ High School celebrated 90 years of excellence and success. Hundreds of remarkable South Africans have been formed in our classes since 1923, joining the most prestigious faculties of the country (and overseas) to later become capable and skilful engineers, scientists and professionals in various fields. What is the secret of success? It is not difficult to figure it out: Professional and dedicated teachers, complete laboratories, top teaching technology and a balanced approach to performance based on practical experiments, research and tests.

Life Science is a subject that opens your eyes to the miracle that nature is.

It is a subject that teaches the science of life in the context of life. Where else can one find the opportunity to study the mastery of nature and appreciate the grand design that is the world in which we live? Our department’s focus is knowledge in context and along with the Natural Science department it is our intention for the young men in our care to interact with and work with as many plants and animal species that we can possibly find throughout their stay at Parktown. Nature is life and we love nature!


In today’s rapidly changing global environment, a sound understanding of the world around us, how we interact with it and how it interacts with us, is an ever increasing issue of importance. Everywhere you look, every newspaper you read and just about every advert you see has the environment in mind. The leading issue on the global agenda is that of climate change. Yes this is an extremely broad topic and one that could fill up the Geography curriculum from grade 1 to grade 12 twice over, however what it does do is simply highlight the importance of Geography.

History is a fast paced and ever changing subject.

As the world evolves so do our perceptions and ideals. What was perceived to be inappropriate 50 years ago is readily accepted as normal behavior today. Social history allows us to track the past and interact with those decision makers, from decades ago, who have shaped the world we live in. It is a fascinating subject which encompasses all that it means to be human!

Information Technology

IT focuses on activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical thinking, Information Management and Communication. It also focuses on the development of databases using Microsoft Office Access as the development tool. The subject develops awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and other implications of using computers. Boys taking IT must enjoy both working on a computer and solving problems. It sets them up for life with a skill that will enable them to cope in the world of technology, but is definitely of benefit to boys wanting to study a B Comm with the Business Information Systems OR Engineering (all disciplines) at Tertiary level.

Computer Application Technology

CAT is the effective use of information and communication technologies in an end-user computer applications environment in different sectors of society through MS-Office. CAT equips learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to create, design and communicate information in different electronic formats. It’s a great “life skill” subject since we are in the age of computers and learners will be equipped with marketable skills to cope in an information society. Boys must enjoy working on a computer and be prepared to have fun whilst learning the course. All Tertiary courses require the transfer of end-user applications knowledge and skills that CAT offers.

Accounting is an excellent subject for learners.

It teaches analytical and critical thinking. You cannot learn Accounting parrot-fashion or you will fail. It requires learners to not just take in information but also to understand it and manipulate it to a given situation. It also makes it very easy for someone to enter a business environment after school. Financial statements, ledgers and any sort of financial document will be instantly understandable by you. There are also some very good career prospects in Accounting with companies like Grant Thornton and KPMG snapping up promising students straight out of high school and financing their studies.

Business Studies

Welcome to the world of Business Studies. Business Studies is a dynamic subject that can applied to real world use. We aim to equip our learners with skills that they can apply after school to the business world. This is extremely beneficial in a South African context as SMME’s make up a large part of the South African economy. If South Africa is to feature in the global economy it will be through the hard work of entrepreneurs, which is what we will teach your son to become.

The Arts and Culture Learning

This area covers a broad spectrum of South African art and cultural practices. The areas of Arts and Culture are an integral part of life, embracing the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional aspects of human endeavours within society. Culture expresses itself through the Arts and through lifestyles, behaviour patterns, heritage, knowledge and belief systems. Cultures are not static – they have histories and contexts, and they change, especially when in contact with other cultures. We believe that every learner should possess the necessary skills to reflect on paper what they feel inside about life or anything else.

Advanced Programme Mathematics

Advanced Programme Mathematics is offered at Parktown Boys’ High School as an additional IEB subject. This prepares our learners to study further in Mathematics, Engineering and other Scientific disciplines.

Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD)

Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD) is a subject focused on the graphical solution to problems and requirements experienced in the modern age. From designing components for mechanical systems to developing aesthetically pleasing house plans, the student will learn how to tackle both large and small solutions via the technological process. This course will provide a strong foundation for university and industrial career paths, such as Engineering, Draughting and Architecture, as well as the Physical Sciences and related fields.

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