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Alma Mater

International School


Welcome to our esteemed institution located in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we have proudly embraced the Cambridge International curriculum since 1998. At our school, we are dedicated to fostering the growth of well-rounded individuals with a strong focus on STEM education, research projects, and a passion for knowledge. Our primary objective is to prepare our students for success in their secondary and tertiary studies. With the Cambridge Assessment International Education, we equip our learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their academic pursuits. Creating a safe, friendly, and disciplined learning environment is of utmost importance to us. We prioritize the development of both social and academic skills, nurturing self-confident students who are prepared to face any challenge. Our internationally recognised curriculum is highly esteemed by the best universities worldwide, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education and become global citizens. Embracing a STEM-focused approach, we strive to develop our students into well-rounded individuals. We firmly believe that a robust curriculum, combined with specialised programs, provides each student with personalised and career-driven development. We challenge our students daily, encouraging them to think critically and cultivate their passion for knowledge, ultimately shaping them into the future-driven thinkers of tomorrow. Join us on this transformative educational path, where excellence, innovation, and personal growth are the cornerstones of our philosophy. Together, let’s shape a brighter future and empower the next generation of leaders and innovators.

Learning at Alma Mater International School


Our “Borderless Learning” philosophy distinguishes us as an institution dedicated to fostering innovation, adaptability, and deep learning. We are committed to equipping our students with the necessary skills to think flexibly, unleash their creativity, and apply their knowledge across diverse contexts. By transcending traditional classroom boundaries, we integrate the best elements of STEM-focused, community-based learning with a rigorous curriculum-driven approach.

Curriculum Mapping and Interdisciplinary Application

We map our curriculum to ensure seamless integration across disciplines. By exploring the interconnectedness of subjects, our students develop a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and its practical applications in real-world scenarios. This interdisciplinary approach cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

C-IPQ, Mentorship Specialised Programs, and On-Demand Tertiary Courses

Offering our Sixth Form students the Cambridge International Project Qualification (C-IPQ) empowers students to delve deeper into their areas of interest, supported by mentorship and specialised programs. Moreover, we provide access to on-demand tertiary courses, enabling students to pursue advanced studies beyond the confines of our campus.

Promoting an International Mindset

We instill an international mindset in our students by promoting cultural understanding, fostering global perspectives, and nurturing respect for diverse viewpoints. Through immersive experiences, our Global Citizenship Committee, and a multicultural learning environment, we cultivate open-mindedness and a sense of global citizenship.

Deep Learning and Diagnostic Testing: Igniting Profound Engagement

Deep learning is at the core of our educational approach at Alma Mater International School. We believe in cultivating a profound understanding of subject matter among our students. Through diagnostic testing, we identify their strengths and areas for improvement, enabling personalised growth and development. This process unlocks their full potential and sets them on a path to success.

International Teaching and Technology

Embracing international teaching practices, our educators are well-versed in global pedagogical approaches. They leverage innovative tools and digital resources to facilitate interactive and engaging lessons, enhancing the overall learning experience. Technology serves as an enabler, connecting students with a wealth of information and fostering collaborative learning.

Future Skills and Holistic Development

Preparing students for future challenges is a central aspect of our philosophy. We place significant emphasis on developing critical future skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and adaptability. Additionally, we prioritize holistic development by nurturing students’ physical, emotional, and social well-being, ensuring they become well-rounded individuals equipped to thrive in all aspects of life.

Specialised Programmes

The 1-on-1 IPQ Mentorship gives students the opportunity to conduct their research and complete their IPQ under an individual faculty member at Oxbridge and six of the top US universities (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, and UPenn). In accordance with their academic interests, we match students with a mentor who is an expert in that area and design a research experience that is uniquely suited to the student’s needs.

Our Research


For 2022 exams two of our students received A* symbols for their Research Project

Zandre Nel

Topic: What are the treatments for Epidermolysis Bullosa and how do they compare to one another?

Result – A*

Olivia Gould

Topic: How does the bubble CPAP differ from other ventilation devices used for preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome?

Result – A*


Elite Sports Programme

At Alma Mater International School, we understand the unique demands faced by talented student-athletes. That’s why we have established an Elite Sports Programme in collaboration with UXI Sport and their affiliated rugby institutes. This programme provides a structured pathway for young sportspeople to excel in both academics and their chosen sport. By combining elite sport and education, we offer student-athletes an exceptional opportunity to balance their athletic aspirations with a rigorous academic curriculum.

Key Features of our Elite Sports Programme

Collaboration with UXI Sport

We partner with UXI Sport, a renowned sports organization, to deliver a comprehensive and personalized training experience for our student-athletes. Through this collaboration, we leverage the latest coaching philosophies, technologies, and resources to enhance their athletic development.

Outstanding International Education

Our Elite Sports Programme offers student-athletes an exceptional international education, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to thrive academically. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate their demanding training schedules while ensuring a well-rounded and holistic educational experience.

Personalized Full-Time Rugby Training

We provide student-athletes with personalized full-time rugby training programmes that cater to their individual needs and goals. Under the guidance of experienced coaches and trainers, they receive comprehensive athletic development, skill enhancement, and competitive opportunities to reach their full potential.

Balancing Academics and Athletics

We recognize the importance of maintaining a balance between academic pursuits and sporting commitments. Our Elite Sports Programme offers a supportive environment that helps student-athletes manage their time effectively, ensuring they excel academically while pursuing their athletic goals.

Cutting-Edge Coaching and Technology

Our coaches and trainers employ the latest coaching methodologies and technologies to optimize the performance of our student-athletes. They receive specialised training sessions, access to facilities, and comprehensive performance analysis tools to continually enhance their skills and abilities.

Pathways to Success

Through our Elite Sports Programme, we provide student-athletes with a clear pathway to success in their chosen sport. We foster their development, identify opportunities for competitive play, and support their aspirations to represent their school, region, and country.

At Alma Mater International School, we are committed to nurturing the talent and potential of our student-athletes. Our Elite Sports Programme ensures that they receive the best possible support, training, and education to excel in both academics and sports. Join us on this transformative journey, where academic achievement and athletic excellence go hand in hand.

STEM-Focused Approach:

Igniting Scientific Curiosity

At Alma Mater International School, we have a strong emphasis on a STEM-focused approach, fostering a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We believe that these fields are crucial for developing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and preparing students for the challenges of the future. One of the key components of our STEM-focused approach is the integration of research projects into our curriculum. We provide students with opportunities to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, allowing them to explore scientific concepts in depth. Through research projects, students develop essential skills such as hypothesis formulation, data collection and analysis, and effective communication of their findings.

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We encourage our students to think like scientists, to question, investigate, and make discoveries. They learn to apply the scientific method, developing a systematic approach to problem-solving and acquiring the ability to think critically and creatively. By engaging in research projects, our students not only gain a deeper understanding of scientific principles but also develop essential skills that are transferable to various fields of study and future careers.

Furthermore, our school places a strong emphasis on science development. We are proud to provide well-equipped laboratories and technology that enhance students’ hands-on learning experiences. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our dedicated science faculty, comprised of highly qualified specialists holding PhDs in their respective science fields. These passionate educators serve as mentors, nurturing students’ scientific curiosity and guiding them towards becoming future leaders in STEM fields. Their expertise and guidance ensure that our students receive the highest quality scientific education, empowering them to excel and make meaningful contributions to the scientific community.

Through our STEM-focused approach, we aim to inspire a lifelong love for science and instill in our students a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. By nurturing their scientific abilities, we equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make significant contributions to scientific advancements and innovations.

At Alma Mater International School, we are dedicated to cultivating the next generation of scientific thinkers and problem solvers. Our STEM-focused approach, combined with research projects and a commitment to science development, prepares our students for success in STEM-related fields and empowers them to shape a brighter future through their scientific endeavours.

Career-Oriented Development: Building Pathways to Success

At Alma Mater International School, we are dedicated to providing career-focused development opportunities for our students. We understand the importance of exploring various career options and preparing students for their future endeavours. To this end, we facilitate university visits from institutions across the globe, giving our young students the chance to explore and familiarise themselves with diverse career prospects and degree programs.

These university visits serve as a valuable platform for students to gain insight into their desired fields, align their aspirations, and chart a path towards their chosen careers. By connecting students with relevant ideals and future goals, we help them design their thinking towards the correct pathway and appropriate courses of study. 

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In addition to university visits, we offer comprehensive university guidance counselling sessions to all high school students. These sessions cover important aspects such as subject selections, degree requirements, and resume-building activities. We ensure that our students are well-informed about the educational requirements and steps necessary for their desired careers.

For our final year students, we provide dedicated support for university applications to institutions worldwide. Our experienced staff guides students through the application process, assisting with the necessary paperwork, essays, and interviews. As a registered UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) application center, we are equipped to facilitate the application process for students seeking admission to universities in the United Kingdom.

At Alma Mater International School, we believe that access to immediate and accurate information is crucial for students during this critical stage of their high school careers. By providing university visits, guidance counselling, and application support, we empower our students to make informed decisions about their educational pathways and prepare them for successful admissions to universities across the globe.

We are committed to nurturing the aspirations and goals of our students, ensuring they are well-equipped to embark on their chosen career paths with confidence and success.

Discover Alma Mater International School

Embark on a journey to explore Alma Mater International School. Book your personalized on-site or online admissions appointment today to get an in-depth understanding of our school, witness our exceptional facilities, and have your questions answered by our knowledgeable staff.

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On Course for success

“In Johannesburg, South Africa, Alma Mater International School sets exceptional standards through its Borderless Learning Philosophy”

“Children can do so much more than we think they can, I’ve seen the research they’ve delivered, it’s amazing.” Says James Moir “All schools will say, ‘We need to prepare them for the future,’ but what better preparation than to than to teach them research skills, to solve problems and work across disciplines?”  Alma Mater’s Borderless Learning philosophy aims to form a bridge to higher education, giving high-ability students a rage of real-world, interdisciplinary research experiences to prepare them for university life and careers.  “Our focus is developing each student not chasing stats.”  ~ Quoted from the Feature in the ‘Commemorative Album Her Majesty the Queen’.

We provide a safe, friendly and disciplined learning environment in which we build social and academic skills in self-confident students. 


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