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Applications, Admissions and General Information


The world is our school and humanity is our guide.

Our goal is to develop the WHOLE child, from Toddlers (starting at 18 months) through to Grade 12. We strive to inspire a lifelong love of self-directed learning whilst nurturing the human spirit and preparing our students for the ever-changing demands of global citizenship.

Nestled on the spectacular Lourensford Estate in Somerset West, we provide a dynamic, structured and prepared environment in which children can meet the specific needs of each plane of their development. Our qualified, inspired and compassionate staff are committed to fostering meaningful learning and growth in an environment which enables learners to develop into thoughtful, creative and socially responsible young adults.

The Montessori approach offered from Toddler to Grade 6 fosters holistic development of the child, recognising their physical, social and emotional capacities. Access to a student-centered and Montessori inspired Cambridge International Examinations curriculum from Grades 7 to 12 prepares our high school students to embrace a global perspective through innovation, excellence, collaboration and an appreciation for diversity. Both curricula encourage academic rigour and reflect current academic research, while also fostering entrepreneurship and independence.

Class sizes

    • Toddlers: 12 children
    • Pre-Primary: 30-35 children (minimum one teacher and assistant per class)
    • Elementary: 30-35 children (minimum one teacher and assistant per class)
    • Middle School – 20-25 children; High School 20-25 children



Admission to Newberry House Montessori School is designed to give parents an opportunity to learn about the school, its philosophy and policies, and to meet our administration and faculty. The Admissions procedure gives us an opportunity to assess each child’s situation and determine whether we are able to meet the needs and expectations of the parents. Our goal is to enrol families who will both benefit from and contribute to what the school has to offer.

At Newberry House Montessori School we value the individuality of all children.  We are committed to giving everyone the opportunity to achieve the highest of standards and to ensure that this happens regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, attainment or background.  We look for children and parents who share our goal of a nurturing, cooperative atmosphere in which to challenge students to reach their full potential in their intellectual, physical, and artistic pursuits.

The aim of Newberry House Montessori School is to provide a secure and happy environment for children within which they can fulfil their developmental potential and become independent.  We strive to offer a setting for all children without discrimination where they can be together in harmony.


The process begins with either an online contact, a walk in or telephone call. Parents with their child/children are then advised to make an appointment to visit/tour the school. Tours take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 by appointment only.  All parents who wish to apply will then be asked to complete an application form, pay the application fee and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Once the application has been assessed, and depending on the space available, the school will call the parents for an interview. The child will then be invited to spend time in the Montessori classroom environment for observation and assessment, and for the child to see if the environment feels like the right place for them. Only after this observation and full interview with the parents will the family be informed of the child’s enrolment status.

Should there be no space at the time of application, parents will be given the option for their child/children to be placed on the waiting list.

Admission Process & Application Materials


Application Form
Indemnity Form
Social Media Permission
MySchool Supporter Card Application Form



PlaneAnnual FeeMonthly fee (x 12)Discounted Annual Fee
(paid in full by 31st January 2018)
Termly Fee
(payable by end of first week of each term)
Toddler and Pre-PrimaryR31440 R2620R30500R7770
Lower ElementaryR42720 R3560R41450R10560
Upper ElementaryR43320 R3610R42000R10710
Middle SchoolR53700 R4475R52100R13280
High SchoolR68880 R5740R66800R17030

Sibling discounts are offered at R100 per sibling per month or R1200 per sibling per annum.


We offer a sliding scale based on the number of children per family for the CDL. The CDL may be paid in four termly instalments, but we are offering a 10% discount if the amount is paid in full by 22 January 2018. Please refer to the table below:

Number of ChildrenCapital Development LevyTotal Amount per FamilyTermly Instalment x 4Total discounted amount (10%) for early payment by 31st January 2018:
Amount for first childR1800 R1800R450R1620
Amount for second childR1540 R3340R835R3006
Amount for third child and moreR1260 (per child) R4600 (for 3 children)R1150R4140


An Annual Resources Levy is payable for each learner to cover the costs of materials such as teaching materials, class gardens, extra mural activities and sports equipment.

Annual Resources Levy per childTermly Instalment (x 4):Discounted amount (10%) for early payment by 31st January 2018:


As an independent, non-government school, we rely on the timely payments of school fees and levies to cover our operating and developmental costs. If accounts are not settled by the due date, however, the following costs will be levied:

  • R450 late payment fee
  • 2% monthly interest on outstanding amounts.

Annual fees not paid in full by 31st January 2018, termly fees not paid in full by the end of the first week of each term and monthly fees not paid by the 7th of each month, will be regarded as overdue.


Full-time aftercare will be charged at R1250 per month. Ad Hoc aftercare will be R50 for the first hour (including lunch) or R90 per afternoon. Ad Hoc holiday care will be charged at R100 per half day (including lunch) or R150 per full day.


A once-off non-refundable Application Fee of R300 per child is payable for each new application.

A once-off non-refundable Enrolment Fee is payable upon acceptance of a place at Newberry House as follows:

  • Toddler and Pre-Primary: R2400 per child
  • Elementary, Middle and High School: R3600 per child


Certain charges may arise during the year, of which parents will be informed in advance. These may include, but are not limited to: paid-for extracurricular activities, school trips and Newberry sports kit (if required). Cambridge students will be required to provide their own textbooks, but these can be sold on to the school after use (dependent on condition).


Note that all families who choose to pay monthly will be required to sign a monthly debit order to allow deductions for the monthly account from your bank.

Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of early payment of annual tuition fees and levies so that invoices can be generated and sent to you.

Banking Details
Newberry House Montessori School
Standard Bank
Helderberg Branch 033012
Account number 371770564
Ref: Name and Surname of child
Fund-raising account 077282337

For reasons of security and the safety of staff and learners, the school will not accept amounts of more than R1 000 in cash.


1st Term :Begins : 17 JanuaryEnds : 23 March
2nd Term :Begins : 10 AprilEnds : 22 June
3rd Term :Begins : 23 JulyEnds : 21 September
4th Term :Begins : 02 OctoberEnds : 07 December


Monday - Thursday8:0014:00 Elementary & Middle School
15:15 High School
Extracurricular 14:15 - 16:00
Friday8:0013:15 Elementary/Middle and High
Monday to Friday8:0012:00 - 12:15 Toddlers
Monday to Thursday8:0013:00 3-6yr olds
14:00 Extended Day 3rd cycle children only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Friday8:0013:00 Pre-Primary

These times are reviewed from time to time and may change. Tuition starts at 08h00 and children are required to be in the school BEFORE this time. Parents are urged to be on time, both for dropping off and collecting of their children, as it disrupts the entire class when children are late, and they do not enjoy arriving half way through a class. Children will only be released from the school to the parent/s or to another adult who has been identified by the parent to the staff.