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A Guide On How To Apply For Your Child’s School

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) will open the online application system for Grade 1 and 8 learners on 16 April, and has provided a step-by-step guide on how to apply. 

A guide on how to apply for your child’s school

“The Gauteng Department of Education will officially open the 2019 Online Application System for Grade 1 and 8 admissions on Monday, 16 April at 8am, and close at midnight, 28 May 2018. 


“Parents must visit to apply. Parents are urged to use Google Chrome to access the online website, as is it faster than other search engines,” said the GDE.

A parent can apply for a maximum of five schools per learner using the following options for Grade 1:

1. Home Address

2. Work Address

3. Sibling

4. School of Choice

For Grade 8, a parent can apply using the following options:

1. Home Address

2. Work Address

3. Sibling at school (the sibling should not be in Grade 7 or Grade 12 in the current academic year)

4. Previous school

5. School of Choice

6. Schools of Focussed Learning/School of Specialisation.

A parent applying for Grade 8 can also indicate the current school that the child is attending. This will identify high schools closest to the current primary school that the learner is attending.

“An application using home address, work address or sibling at the school will be placed on high priority referred to as List A or WA, to assist in prioritising applications of learners living closer to the school.

“However, using the school of choice option, the applicant will be placed on waiting List B or WB. This means the applicant lives or works outside of the feeder zone,” said the GDE.

The department has warned parents to note that while they can apply at any of the schools with a focus on specialised talent, the learner will, however, be required to write an aptitude test or be subjected to other pre-selections tests.

Any parent who lacks access to the internet or requires face-to-face assistance should visit one of the decentralised application centres or a community library. DBE will operate 65 admissions centres across the 15 education districts.

Alternatively, parents can contact the department on the following telephone or email address:

Call Centre on (011) 355 0000;

Toll free number 0800 000 789; or

Email: [email protected]


How to apply on the online system



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