To enroll your Grade 1 - 7 child in our small, nurturing environment, Please email us for your copy of the enrollment documents. Limited enrollments available.

What are People Saying About Nkowa?

(Parent and Student Survey 2016)

"I am eternally grateful that this school exists. It provides a haven for children who are high achievers but are unable to conform in conventional schooling. It provides a haven for children who struggle with academics and are similarly unable to conform to conventional schools. It provides a haven for parents who want an education for their children and not just schooling."

"Every child is an individual, treated with respect and nurtured to grow as their own person. This is a philosophy that almost every other school pays lip service to, but Nkowa is the only school that I have ever experienced, that actually practices this philosophy."

"They deliver what they promise. Dynamite comes in small pages."

"It is so much fun that you can't wait to wake up in the morning to go to school and you never want to leave."

Why would you recommend Nkowa Private School?

"The quality of education we receive is beyond any other offered in our country allowing our future leaders' minds to think beyond the general basics of life,"

"It is becoming more difficult to go where you can act like yourself and be in a friendly environment/"

"This school is such a gift to children and to parents. It is not possible to find this level of commitment to children and their education in any other setting. It is like a home away from home with the incredible benefit of structured, quality education. It allows my child to be the very best version of themselves and to give them an education that prepares them for their futures."



Take inspiration from our 2016 Reflection and Highlights - See the video HERE

Nkowa prides itself on Educating 21st Century Leaders! We took our students on an annual team-building and leadership course. In October 2016 we conquered our fears at Konka, in the beautiful foothills of the Magaliesberg! - Video HERE

See what Penny Andrews of Mathletics, and Pamelyn Beukes, our Kinder-kineticist had to say about Nkowa Private School, at our 2016 Award Ceremony - Video HERE

Visit our Picture Page to see what we've been up to!

SA National Curriculum with current global practices and methods
Small, nurturing, structured, phase-based, G1-7 classes
Personalized instruction for each child’s level & learning style
Interactive, practical application through excursions and projects
Specialized, passionate, caring, innovative, forward thinking staff

Nkowa is a unique, 21st century model Grade 1 -7 private school, and resource centre, in Rivonia, Sandton. We combine the South African National Curriculum (CAPS) with current, global practices, to educate students of all abilities to excel and succeed in small, phase-based (as opposed to grade-based) classes. We integrate Science, Technology, Mathematics, Languages (English, Afrikaans and isiZulu) and Art in our concept-based academic programmes based on the needs of all the students. Our academic programmes include classroom-based and real-life experiences where students are able to apply what they learnt authentically, including international guests and field trips to local organizations. We seek to work with other education practitioners and child development specialists to provide the best 21st century education possible to students of all abilities.

Nkowa offers a high quality, affordable, alternative for local and international families who live in the northern Johannesburg suburbs of Gauteng Province, South Africa.



Nkowa Education and Training was established in July 2011 as an education and training development organisation, offering needs based programmes to individuals and organisations, including tutoring lessons to Grade 1-12 students and training programmes for non-profit organisations.

The Nkowa Private School is a boutique school in Rivonia, Sandton, that was established out of a desperate need for high-quality, global education that authentically prepares students for the 21st century.


Our vision is to use collaborative, engaging, child-centred management styles, methods and perspectives, to holistically develop Grade 1-8 children into inspired, socially proactive, creative, curious and balanced individuals who are able to work independently and collaboratively towards becoming self-actualised, life-long learners and team members; a vision in accordance with the needs of a 21st century education programme.

Nkowa Private School aspires to be a leading catalyst for positive, progressive education development and transformation that ensure a reputation of local, national and international excellence.


  • Foundation (Grades 1-3), Intermediate (Grades 4-5) and Senior (Grades 6-8) Phases
  • Balance between individual learning pathways and collaborative projects within and across grades and phases.
  • Small classes with between 4-12 students per class; depending on individual and group needs
  • Global curricula, trends and practices adapted to the academic, emotional, physical social, needs of all students.
  • Maths, Natural and Social Science, Digital Technology, Media and Arts integrated
  • Feedback, grading and assessments geared towards the needs and levels of each child
  • Concept, project, problem, skill and strategy based lessons that provide multiple learning paths that are open-ended
  • Application through authentic onsite and community based projects that address real problems and issues with sustainable solutions

What is Nkowa?

“In Africa, there lives an extraordinary tree. She is queen of the riverbank; a monarch, whose story stretches back millions of years. In tribal cultures, her mysterious ways have fueled myth and legend. They set her apart from other trees. She is a Sycamore Fig, Queen of Africa’s trees.” 2005 award-winning film, ‘Queen of Trees’

All the major world religions and cultures including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and African tradition feature the fig tree as being a gathering place for the community. It provides shade, shelter and food for living organisms and plays a central role in the ecosystem. Nkowa Private School aims to be that meeting place for the education community.