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Hout Bay International School is more than a school – it is a community of diverse individuals and families, a centre for academic excellence, for some a home away from home and yet more importantly a family for all those that are part of it. Few schools can boast that they belong to two international organisations spanning across almost every continent of the globe. The first being International Education Systems (IES), a family of international schools committed to quality educational experiences for all who attend and, second, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), renowned for its high quality and rigorous academic programme.

Our School is as diverse as the location in which it finds itself, our commitment to highlighting social injustice, the celebration of differences and the fostering of international mindedness goes beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’, ‘have a voice’ and engage on pertinent topics daily. From Early Years through to the International Baccalaureate Diploma, students, staff and parents are part of a learning community that seeks to encourage awareness of the wider world. They have a sense of their own role as global citizens, who respect and value diversity, who have an understanding of how the world works and who take responsibility for their actions.

We are proudly South African, embodying an International mindset, where the spirit of ‘ubuntu’– the idea that humanity is bound together and expressed by caring for each other – can be seen and felt. The teachers genuinely care for their students and love practicing their craft. The students genuinely love learning and are encouraged to become life-long learners.

And so I wish to say welcome to HBIS, may your time here be a worthwhile and life changing experience.

Grant Ruskovich



  • DP Students and Tertiary Education
    When considering secondary education curriculum & subject choices, parents and students do so with tertiary education options in mind. Where do I want to study after school? So what should I study now? The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme well exceeds...
  • The DP: Approaches to Learning; Approaches to Teaching
    Approaches to teaching, and even more curiously, approaches to learning are not often enough the focus when deciding on the best curriculum or best school for children to attend. In the International Baccalaureate (IB), it is at the centre of...
  • The Diploma Programme: The core plus 6 subjects
    Diploma Programme students are in their final two years at high school in the International Baccalaureate and range between 17 – 19 years old at Hout Bay International School. Their curriculum is comprised of 6 subjects – much like Matric...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 26 October, 2017
    Dear Parents, I am proud to announce that we recently received a letter from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) informing us that Hout Bay International School has officially been granted MYP Candidacy status following our application submission. This is the...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 19 October, 2017
    Dear Parents, The End is just a new Beginning This week it just so happened that we celebrated our Early Years Concert on Tuesday evening and will officially say goodbye to our Class of 2017; the DP2 students at their...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 12 October, 2017
    Dear Parents, “Children are unique, so our approach to them must be unique as well” This quote, taken from this week’s Cape Times article entitled “Turning the problem of education on its head” by Omeshnie Naidoo, certainly validated our mission...


    Every year, SEK and IES students gather to enjoy a week of sports or cultural activities. The event takes place in one of the countries where there is an SEK or IES school. This year, there will be a Cultural InterSek, hosted by SEK Ecuador School, in the city of Quito.

    For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the person in charge of International Programs at your school.

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