Nestled in the Hout Bay Valley between the Cape mountain ranges and Atlantic Ocean, Hout Bay International School has been providing an internationally accredited education for local and international families for the past 21 years.


Hout Bay International School is more than a school – it’s a community of diverse individuals and families; a centre of academic, cultural and sporting excellence; a home away from home and a family for all.  Being as diverse as the community within which we find ourselves, we are committed to celebrating difference and fostering international mindedness. We provide a world-class education of an international standard, inspiring our students to reach their unique potential, equipping them for an ever-changing world and affording them the opportunity to become leaders of the future who will help to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.


At the heart of the school are the programmes of the International Baccalaureate. These are challenging curricula that have been carefully developed to encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


Enter one of our classrooms and we’re sure you’ll be impressed by the enthusiasm, confidence and creativity of our students. Thanks to our exceptional teaching staff and the International Baccalaureate curriculum, we help children and young people to become inquisitive learners who love to broaden their minds, always think critically, and do not shy away from challenging assumptions.


Through a commitment to academic excellence and a uniquely liberal ethos, the IB develops students with an inner belief in themselves, an openness to the outside world and a desire to give back to communities on a local, national and global level.  


The High School curriculum culminates with the Diploma Programme which equips students with all the necessary skills and qualities to study at the world’s top universities, fulfil all their personal and academic potential and embody the qualities of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile.


Our school prides itself on its academic performance in the DP with a consistent 100% pass rate, an overall aggregate above the IB world average and students accepted at first-class universities across the world.


We also recognise the importance of the world outside the classroom.  Our extensive co-curricular programme emphasises a holistic approach to learning to ensure our students leave the school not only prepared for higher education but also as well-rounded individuals ready to play their part in society.


We invite you to read through our Prospectus and view the Virtual Tour of the school. I then encourage you to come and visit us with your children to discover first-hand what a unique and remarkable place our school is. 

Kind regards


Gavin Budd

Head of School