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Academics at  St Benedict's

At St Benedict’s we pride ourselves in producing young gentlemen who are well-balanced, contributing members of the community. The skills and attitudes your son will develop at our school are designed to advance his lifelong learning, adaptability, socio-emotional enrichment and success.

A boys school from Grade R to Matric

Junior Preparatory

Our Junior Preparatory experience lays the foundation for developing the fundamental skills that are crucial for academic achievement. This is a vibrant and dynamic part of our school community where boys from Grade R to 3 grow socially and emotionally in a productive and nurturing environment.


Our teachers focus on building your son’s positive self-concept through an enthusiastic approach to learning, which will give him every opportunity to thrive. As he progresses, your son will be encouraged to become increasingly independent. Our varied and stimulating programme focuses on boys’ specific learning styles and encourages them to actively participate in the learning process.


St Benedict’s has a proud academic tradition and consistently produces outstanding results in the IEB matriculation examinations. We have maintained our 100% matric pass rate for close on 45 years and university exemption rates are generally in excess of 98%. Our top achievers invariably feature on the IEB Outstanding and Commendable Achievers lists.

National Curriculum

Our academic curricula are based on the National Curriculum and are compatible with the best international approaches to teaching and learning. Our tailor-made active academic approach blends 21st century critical-thinking skills and positive dispositions with academic rigour so that your son can continue to apply, create and achieve in the years that lie beyond school graduation.

ACTIVE Curriculum

The ACTIVE Curriculum is used a St Benedict’s designed academic philosophy which aims to align the principles of an authentic, 21st Century education. Age-appropriate teaching methodologies, accompanied by appropriate technological integration help to achieve a meaningful learning experience for boys.


ACTIVE Acronym

ACTIVE is an acronym which reminds us all that learning should be and include:

  • Authentic
  • Collaborative, communication, creativity, critical thinking
  • Technology
  • Inquiry-based
  • Visible thinking
  • Entrepreneurial/Entreleadership
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