Cape Town Primary Schools – Low cost, High impact

SAILI has earned a reputation for identifying high schools that are low on cost but don’t compromise academics.  In 2014 we produced an interactive graphic to show the best performing schools in each price band.  That graphic is based on 2013 Matric data.  It is available here.  We have been asked to provide a similar info-graphic for Cape Town primary schools.

Unfortunately the Western Cape Education Department do not release any helpful data for building a full picture.  We can however show where we have successfully recruited for our scholarship over the past two years.  At least 2 students were successful at our round 1 maths test from the schools shown in this graphic.  Some schools have produced notably strong applicants over both years.  Sid G Rule clearly stands out.  This tells us about quality and consistency within that school system. Read more

More of the same: Annual National Assessment 2014

I wrote about the 2013 ANA’s about two months ago as kids sat down to write their test papers. Now the report is out I went straight to my go-to view: Grade 9 Maths performance distribution.

2014 View

Here we can see the breakdown of performance for all students, by province for maths at grade 9. This will be shocking if you have not seen it before. Read more

Education Myths in the New South Africa

The “new” South Africa has brought with it a wide open door to education dreams and aspirations that were not part of the “old” South Africa.  Government spending on education is comparable to our international counterparts at approximately R14 000 per child per year with a little more in the very poorest areas.  However there are lots of problems with how this open door works.  Here are some of our education myths – Read more

Choosing a High School in the Western Cape

Choosing the right high school can make the difference between a happy and successful academic future for your child and years of declining marks followed by poor career prospects.  There are two main things to consider when choosing a high school:

1. Is this school a good fit for my child’s personality, interests, abilities? (Happiness factor)

2. Is this school the best that I can afford in my area? (Academic success factor) Read more

Understanding school performance: High School selection

School selection can be a nightmare for even the most informed parents. In this post we try to help share some of the ways in which SAILI chooses scholarship high schools.

The driving force behind SAILI’s success is getting the best “bang for buck” we can from the schools on offer. To make sure we give our funders the best “return on their investment” we scout for strong candidates and place them in the strong schools.

How we scout for candidates is a topic for another day but, how we identify strong schools is the topic of this post. Read more