Founded in 1953 on a farm in the Randburg district, the College today is encircled by the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Established as a boys’ school, the College took the bold step to build a girls’ school on the campus in 1995, creating the possibility of a unique synergy model.
St Stithians is a Methodist School and a circuit of the Central District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. The College subscribes to a Statement of Spirituality that outlines our core beliefs and values.
Students enter the College through the gateway of the Junior Preparatory on the lower campus, a co-educational school of 470 to 475 girls and boys in Grades R to 2. From Grade 3 onwards, the boys and girls move into separate Preparatory Schools, the Boys' Preparatory and the Girls' Preparatory, of 410 to 420 students each.
A second "gateway" into St Stithians is offered to entrants of Grade 8 as they embark on their high school journey in the Boys’ College of 770 to 780 students and the Girls’ College of 500 to 510 students.
The academic programme is delivered by excellent teachers, trained to nurture inquiry, explicit thinking, and differentiated learning. The College offers academic support and extension, enriching the core experiences of teaching and learning.
A number of benchmarks, both national and international, provide a framework for evaluating quality.
As a member of ISASA, the College participates in the cycle of institutional evaluation provided through the Independent Quality Assurance Agency (IQAA) and St Stithians is accredited by Umalusi, the South African certification authority.
Grade 12 students write the matriculation examinations of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). Our matriculants achieve at a high level, with 96-98% obtaining Bachelor degree passes for entry to South African universities and universities in Europe, North America and Australia. View our latest Matric results here.
St Stithians offers a diverse and rich extra-curricular programme, aimed to provide opportunities for a holistic education. All the major sports are offered, supported by excellent sporting facilities and coaching. The cultural calendar and the performing arts are integral to our education.
There is a strong focus on educating leaders, who participate in rites of passage as they move through the schools. Community service activities are integrated into the curriculum, as are outdoor education camps and outings.
Our campus is a place of natural beauty, with various landscape zones, and the College is committed to being an environmentally "green" school.
St Stithians seeks to provide a values-based and top-quality academic education, supported by a diverse extra-curricular offering. Our students matriculate as well-rounded individuals, well prepared to inspire excellence and make a difference both in our own country, the African continent and globally.
From the vantage point of a hot air balloon drifting over the St Stithians Campus, one looks down on a beautiful estate of 105 hectares occupied by a chapel, learning and sports facilities, and a varying landscape and topography. Click on the video link below for a guided tour of our impressive campus and facilities.