SPARK Schools: Solution to The School Shortage in Gauteng

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Quality education that’s more affordable than some government schools

Gauteng urgently needs 142 new schools – or more than 5 550 classrooms – to address the growing shortage of classrooms for 2019.

This excludes the schools required in new residential developments as well as the estimated 114 000 additional new learners who flock to the province each year.

This was the recent finding by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) who prepared a report after a provincial-wide visit with Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

Step up SPARK Schools, the independent educational institution which is positively disrupting and challenging the face of education in South Africa.

It is doing this not only in the revolutionary way its scholars are taught but – more importantly – disputing the view that quality independent education has to be costly and unaffordable to those in the lower income bracket.

And they have the facts and figures to prove it.

Next year five new SPARK independent primary schools will be opened in Gauteng, including one in Soweto, bringing the total number of schools to 19 while the educational institution will also open its first high school which will be located in Randburg, Johannesburg.

The lauded SPARK Schools, with its groundbreaking blended learning model, costs less than many government-run schools and that, combined with inexpensive after-school costs, makes them hugely attractive and affordable.

This year SPARK Schools was placed in the top three in a list of the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg

Says Kugandrie Moodley, SPARK Schools’ Head of Sales and Marketing: “Due to our accelerated expansion across our network, we currently have space in our primary schools, from Grades R to 7, so we could alleviate some of the shortage problem identified by the NCOP.


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SPARK School Tuition and Fees

“In keeping with the SPARK Schools commitment for school fees to stay as low as possible, fees for 2019 have been set at R23 100 per annum. Compare this with some government schools in middle-class areas which are charging up to R30 000 per annum for Grade R.

At this rate, and the level of high-quality education, our schools are filling up rapidly and parents are urged not to wait until the last minute.”

The SPARK Schools Learning Model

SPARK Schools believes in providing high-calibre education with impressive results at an affordable cost to working parents.  They do this through their use of a blended learning model that combines direct instruction with technology.

A recent SPARK Schools study found that the reading ability of their scholars who had completed Grade R was vastly superior to that of other schools – both government and other private schools – with the majority of SPARK Schools Grade R scholars on a par with Grade 1 or Grade 2 students from other schools.

Says Bailey Thomson Blake, Head of Schools: “At SPARK Schools, reading and writing make up a large proportion of a student’s daily timetable, especially in the foundation phase.

Literacy comprises nearly half of the instructional day in Grades R to 3, to ensure that students learn and practise reading and writing skills that they can confidently take with them into the intermediate phase and beyond.”


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New SPARK Independent Primary Schools

The five new SPARK Primary Schools to open in 2019 are SPARK Soweto, SPARK Springs, SPARK Rosslyn Hub, SPARK Weltevreden Park and SPARK Witpoortjie.

The other 14 schools currently in the SPARK stable in Gauteng are SPARK Mayville, SPARK Kempton Park, SPARK Turffontein, SPARK Theresa Park, SPARK Silver Lakes, SPARK Rynfield, SPARK Randpark Ridge, SPARK Midrand, SPARK Maboneng, SPARK Ferndale, SPARK Cresta, SPARK Centurion, SPARK Bramley and SPARK Carlswald

There is one primary school in the Western Cape which is SPARK Lyndedoch.

For more information or to start the application process – click here: https://www.sparkschools.co.za/apply-now/

32 responses to “SPARK Schools: Solution to The School Shortage in Gauteng”

  1. Pinky says:

    Good day
    I would like to ask if you allow for child to apply for exemption if as a parent l cannot afford the fees but wish my child to join sparks.

  2. Mapule kgope says:

    I did register for my child Lethabo Kgope for grade R spark in springs but u used my hubby details thanx

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Mapule, we are very glad to hear that you will be joining us at SPARK Springs in 2019. Welcome to the SPARK Family!

  3. Mary-Ann James says:

    Is your high school already opened to grade 8 of 2019? He doesn’t currently attend a Sparks campus.

    My son has been doing 2 nd language Afrikaans, is the second language at Sparks, Isizulu? This makes it difficult for current grade 7 learners to cross over to your high school. How hard is the transition?

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Mary-Ann, yes our first SPARK High School will be openining in Randburg, Johannesburg in 2019. The first additional language offered will be isiZulu. The teachers at the school will be equipped with skills for bridging to assist scholars who are new to SPARK Schools in High School, to assist with the transition.

  4. Agnes Mahlangu says:

    Good afternoon
    I have been told that Centurion is grade 1 is full.
    Thats the only Spark close to where I am staying.
    Thanks

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Agnes, yes unfortunately Grade 1 is currently full at SPARK Centurion for 2019. Would you not be able to consider one of our other SPARK schools?

  5. Dolores says:

    Please send me your prospectus? Are you registered and accredited with the department of education, can you send me a copy of your registration documents? Do you have qualified teachers and if you have student teachers will they be supervised and how will they be supervised? What curriculum are you using?

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Dolores, you can find the SPARK Schools brochure at the following link https://www.sparkschools.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SPARK-Schools-Brochure.pdf. Yes, all SPARK Schools are registered with the Department of Education and the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA). Our recruitment process is highly rigourous. All SPARK teachers have to have a degree in education (B.Ed or PGCE).

      SPARK Schools are aligned to South African national standards and seek to extend student learning to meet international grade level standards. Therefore, each curriculum used encompasses the requirements of the CAPS curriculum and deepens student knowledge to make SPARK scholars globally competitive. Our curriculum is based on dynamic and individualised teaching, which ensures that scholars are learning the curriculum in new ways that are interesting for them. For more information on our education model please visit https://www.sparkschools.co.za/our-model/.

  6. Dinah Galane says:

    I want my son to start his Grade 5 at Spark next year 2019 and I hope u guys can give him better education and better future

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Dinah, we are very glad to hear that you are interested in enrolling your child in SPARK Schools for 2019. Due to increased demand the enrolment deadline has been extended for a short period to accommodate the high volume of applications. Please visit the following link to fill out an Expression of Interest Form for more information on enrolling https://www.sparkschools.co.za/apply-now/. Space is limited!

  7. Jane Wandrag says:

    Please.please please extend to.High school
    Especially in Stellenbosch. Once our kids have finished grade 7 where will they go? It is a huge problem for us and you will.definitely make a success of it..
    I am really praying that you can assist

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Jane, thank you for this feedback. SPARK Schools is opening the first high school in Randburg, Johannesburg in 2019. Please keep following us for updates on this school.

  8. Patience says:

    Do you have school closer to Boksburg or Germiston?

    Patience
    Pkotyi@yahoo.com

  9. Thobile Mthembu says:

    Hello please check for me if you have space in grade 2 for 2019 at spark Theresa park..

    Thank you

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Thobile, unfortunately Grade 2 at SPARK Theresa Park is currently fully enrolled. Would you perhaps consider SPARK Rosslyn Hub or SPARK Mayville?

  10. Tendayi Matambo says:

    Hello
    Can you consider Germiston area.

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Tendayi, thank you very much for this feedback. Our aim at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Please keep following us for updates on our future locations.

  11. Thelma Tsotetsi says:

    I’ll be moving to Brokhorspruit soon. do you think you’ll be able to have a school inside the estate or near in future. because I heard that this is a very good school?

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Thelma, thank you very much for this feedback. Our closest school to Bronkhorstspruit is SPARK Silver Lakes, would you be able to consider this school? Our aim at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Please keep following us for updates on our future locations.

  12. MC Makhura says:

    Hi,
    Can you please think about building a spark school in alberton. My daughter is at Spark School Carlswald and we have moved to alberton and I don’t want her to leave Spark. She has grown so much from Spark and I don’t want her to lose that.

    Regards,
    MC Makhura

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello MC, thank you very much for this feedback. Our aim at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Please keep following us for updates on our future locations.

  13. Shalati moyana says:

    Hi can my 5 year old child apply for grade R

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Shalati, yes our policy is that Grade R scholars must be turning 5 years old by 30 June of that year to be enrolled.

  14. Lerato Letsaba says:

    Good Day,
    I am a huge a fan of the SPARK schools and I love your education model, my son is due for Grade R next year however we do not have any SPARK schools close to where we leave in Germiston. Is there any plans for a SPARK school around the Germiston area or Alberton area? We are in dyer need of new schools in that area.

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Lerato, our aim at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Our closest schools to the Germiston area are SPARK Rynfield, SPARK Springs, SPARK Kempton Park and SPARK Turffontein. Would you be able to consider one of these schools?

  15. Gomolemo says:

    May you please look at open school in Hartebeespoort Dam
    I am struggling to get school for my kids and traveling with them to Centurion will be stressful for them as I work till late

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Gomolemo, thank you for this feedback. Our aim at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa. Please keep following us for updates on our future locations.

  16. Irene says:

    Hello! Am wondering if you still have vacancy for grade 2! My grandson leaves in Colonbrook, Midrand

    • SPARK Support says:

      Hello Irene, we do have space available for Grade 2 at some of our SPARK schools. Please may we ask you to contact our enrolment department on 010 125 0601 and a consultant can assist you with an application for a school with space available.

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