The Academy started in 2015 as an effort to make effective and affordable education available to students in Southern Africa and Globally, that would lead to an Internationally recognized certification for University entrance. This quickly evolved due to the immediate demand for personalized learning and the number of students and parents unhappy with the limitations of mainstream education. We started with just one full-time student, Luke, who received his lessons in his kitchen. Three weeks later he was joined by Max and we moved into Shirley Lim’s single roomed garden cottage. Then word got out and suddenly we had seven and we moved into a two bedroom house. We currently have over 150 students, approximately half full time in our beautiful Hout Bay Valley campus and half online in our state of the art Virtual Learning Environment.
The Academy offers an internationally recognized private High School education. The focus is to keep classes small, include soft skills, blend online and face to face learning and strive to keep compassion, respect and ecological awareness at the heart of all our thoughts and efforts. The Academy offers limited extramural activities; leaving time for family life outside of the school. Students who are particularly good at any given discipline have the time to focus on their field of expertise.
It is all about the approach to teaching and learning, the idea that students should be allowed to be happy and follow their passions. Quite a simple idea really. With smaller classes of 18 or fewer and ensuring that Study Skills and Learning Support are offered as standard (after all, you don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree), we can make real what many schools only pay lip service to. Our on Line Virtual Learning Environment engages students on and off campus allowing for more flexibility, review, revision and blended learning.
The Academy is unique in many ways, from the landscaped gardens and organic vegetable patches to the high ceilings and mezzanine floors of the classrooms. Our students will