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Hibiscus International Academy is an independent, co-educational Educational Centre located on the premises of Pure Venom Reptile Park, Izothsha Rd, Izotsha, KZN.

The Academy was established to cater for a growing demand on the KZN South Coast for an educational facility offering an international curriculum.

The Academy offers the Cambridge Assessment International Education curriculum through a blended model strategy to pupils from Stage 4 to A- Levels (Grades 4 – 12 pupils).

Hibiscus International Academy aims to nurture, guide and prepare young people to enable them to contribute to, and succeed in, a rapidly changing society.

To achieve our vision, we will follow a Christian-based value system inculcating the principles of honesty, loyalty and friendship while offering an internationally backed educational system.


Every family applying for admission to Hibiscus International Academy is given equal opportunity irrespective of gender, race, religion or cultural background.

Admission to the Academy will be conditional upon the following:

  • That the pupil meets the minimum academic standard and shows a willingness to maintain the expected standards.
  • A placement assessment may be administered to determine the pupil’s academic profile as applicants must possess the required level of competence to cope with the Academy’s curriculum.
    Should a professional scholastic assessment be required, this will be at the parents’ expense.
  • That the pupil and parents agree and abide by the Hibiscus International Academy’s Code of Conduct.
  • That the parents have fully completed and signed the Hibiscus International Academy Tuition Form and returned it to the Academy with all supporting documentation.

The following regarding finances is important;

  • On processing the application, the Academy may undertake a credit check and may deem it necessary to refuse acceptance or to charge an additional term’s tuition fees to be held as a deposit and used in the event of a non-payment of tuition fees.

Admission to the Academy is at the discretion of the Head of the Academy or person delegated in the absence of the Head.

  • Parents complete and submit an Application for Enrolment.
  • An enrolment interview is conducted.
  • The pupil may be required to write an Entrance Exam (Maths and English)
  • Upon acceptance, a non-refundable enrolment fee of R3500-00 is due to secure placement.

The language of instruction at Hibiscus International Academy is English and all communication and correspondence from the Academy will be in English


Cambridge Primary

Stages 4, 5 and 6 pupils (Grades 4 – 6) will follow the Cambridge Primary education programme. Typically, for students aged 5 to 11 years (SA equivalent Grades 4/5/6), the programme will focus on developing knowledge and skills in core subjects and will prepare them for progression to Cambridge Lower Secondary

The following academic subjects will be taken by pupils for the Cambridge Primary programme:

  • English First Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • General Sciences
  • Integrated curriculum (History/Geography, Arts, Economic and Managements Sciences

Cambridge Lower Secondary
Stages 7, 8 and 9 (Grade 7 – 9) pupils will follow the Cambridge Lower Secondary education programme. This programme is geared for learners aged 11 to 14 years (SA equivalent Grades: 7/8/9) and aims to build skills, knowledge and understanding in the key areas of English, Afrikaans, Mathematics and Sciences.

The following academic subjects must be taken by pupils in Stage 7, 8 and 9:

  • English First Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (Science/Biology)
  • Integrated curriculum (History/Geography, Arts, Economic and Managements Sciences)

Cambridge Upper Secondary
Pupils will follow the Cambridge Upper Secondary education programme which leads to the Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year-olds (SA equivalent Grades: 10/11), attracting over 900 000 subject entries every year from 140 countries.

Cambridge IGCSEs are considered to be an excellent preparation for Cambridge International AS and A Levels.

The following academic subjects must be taken by pupils in the IGCSE Phase (Stage 10 and 11):

  • English First Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • At least ONE of the following: Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Pupils must also select at least TWO subjects from the subject package which will may include of subjects like:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Information and Communication Technology

Cambridge Advanced
Cambridge Advanced consists of the Cambridge International AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A (Advanced) Level qualifications and are taken by over 175 000 learners in nearly 130 countries every year. They are typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years (SA equivalent Grades: 12 and 13) who need advanced study to prepare for higher education.

Thousands of students use Cambridge International AS & A Levels every year to gain places at leading universities worldwide, including the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Cambridge International AS and A Level curricula are flexible. It is possible to offer almost any combination from a wide range of subjects.

Cambridge International AS Level is typically a one year course and Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course. Some subjects can be started as a Cambridge International AS Level and extended to a Cambridge International A Level.

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In line with the philosophy that “a health body means a healthy mind”, HIA expects each pupil to participate in an individual extracurricular activity of their own choice such as swimming, tennis, dancing, surfing, karate, squash, horse riding or gymnastics.


Hibiscus International Academy has chosen a less formal dress code for pupils attending Tutoring Sessions that consists of:

  • a beige polo shirt with the HIA emblem embroidered onto it
  • navy-blue chinos or
    • navy-blue Cargo, Chino or Bermuda shorts or
    • a navy-blue knee-length (not denim) skirt (for girls) and
  • a navy-blue jersey with the HIA emblem embroidered onto it.
  • a navy-blue windbreaker with the HIA emblem embroidered onto it.
  • plain dark track shoes.

Cambridge Primary Group

  • Monday – Thursday: 07h45 – 13h00
  • Friday: 07h45 – 12h30

Cambridge Secondary and Advanced Groups

  • Monday – Thursday: 07h45 – 15h00
    • Formal tutoring sessions: 07h45 – 12h30
    • Integrated Curriculum: 13h00 – 14h00
    • Study session: 14h00 – 15h00
      Pupils may be expected to attend individual tutorial sessions, to complete their homework or study during the Study Session. 
  • Friday: 07h45 – 13h00

Hibiscus International Academy