King David Schools

King David Schools, under the auspices of the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE) are a network of Jewish day schools in Johannesburg offering nursery through high school education. 

There are five campuses across Johannesburg: Linksfield, Victory Park, Sandton, Minnie Bersohn and Rosebelle Klein Nursery School in Waverley.  Each school has an atmosphere of its own serving their specific community.  Most recently, the SABJE has opened King David Ariel on the Victory Park campus - the first Jewish Remedial School in Johannesburg.

Name King David Schools
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Campuses 5
Age range Kindergarten, Elementary school, High School
Students 3300
Teachers 380

More about King David Schools

King David aims to deliver an excellent general education together with the study of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and to produce graduates who are menschen, confident and equipped to pursue any opportunity they wish to, who are proud of their Jewish heritage and its traditions, who have a love for learning, and a determination to contribute to their society.

The schools write the Independent Examination Board (IEB) examinations for Matriculation and the pass rates are historically very high with pupils often amongst the top-ranked, nationwide. King David Schools have consistently been ranked in the top 2 feeder schools to the University of the Witwatersrand.

Since 1948, King David Schools under the auspices of the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE) have been at the forefront of Jewish education in South Africa and have served as the primary Jewish community educational organisation.

At the King David Schools Jewish roots form the backdrop for all decisions moving forward. While running the schools steadfastly along traditional Orthodox lines, students from all Jewish walks of life are accepted.

The school aims to instil a love for Jewish heritage in its students through both formal and informal methods. Learners, through Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Jewish History, Torah learning and Tefillah, are given the basic tools and knowledge to help cultivate their Jewish identity. Through the observance of the Chaggim, commemorations and celebrations, community outreach projects and shabbatonim run by the Department of informal Jewish Education (DIJE), learners develop a love and deep-rooted passion for Judaism that transcends the classroom and inspires them long after leaving the hallways.  The recently established Soul Team actively brings fresh Jewish educational initiatives into the schools in a holistic way. It is the mandate of the Soul Team, not only to share knowledge on a formal basis and to implement this ethos within the schools to students, staff and parents.

King David schools are committed as an organisation to the State of Israel, its continued success, legitimacy and the role the state plays in the lives of the Jews in the diaspora. While an individual’s political ideologies might differ, King David Schools imbues in students a love and unwavering support of the State.

Sports

King David Schools endeavour at all times to offer students the best sporting opportunities possible. The school emphasises the role of sport in education through effective, well-rounded physical education, building self-esteem and confidence suitable to the individual.

The nursery school and primary school children enjoy mandatory PT lessons once a week during school hours, where they enjoy a well-rounded summer and winter sports programme. Voluntary after school sport programmes across the schools are varied and play a major role in the lives of the students.  King David Linksfield has a wellness centre offering all aspects of physiotherapy, rehabilitation, dietetics and podiatry.

The core sports of cricket, soccer and netball are offered along with aquatic sports like swimming and water polo.  Rugby, golf, basketball, touch rugby, cycling, girls soccer and squash are also on offer. Highly qualified teams of coaches guide and lead the various sport disciplines.

Holistically, King David Schools adopts a wellness approach, offering some form of physical activity on a daily basis for all pupils and in addition, offering a healthy lifestyle.

The school encourages mass participation among all the schools and strives for excellence in results. King David schools expect learners and coaching staff to be proud of their appearance and school in competition and practice, always displaying positive sportsmanship.

The aim is to create a positive synergy with the learners, coaching staff and parents to ensure that  the best possible representation of King David Schools is offered. Team work is a vital component of making this a continued reality.

Arts, Culture and Extra Mural Activities

At the heart of King David School lies a spirit imbued with a vast range of Arts and Culture opportunities and activities. Arts and Culture is celebrated at the schools with highly regarded musicals, one-act plays and drama festivals, magnificent performances of dance, visual art exhibitions, recitals, soirées, debates, and public speaking events.

The arts and culture programmes at the various schools, across all the grades, combine vibrancy and creativity and aim to embrace the specific needs and the identified gifts of the students. King David Schools are extremely proud of the numerous external awards that the schools' art, theatre and public speaking activities have received, recognizing and acknowledging the enormous pool of talent available at King David Schools.

The activities on the campuses are further enhanced by the enrichment programmes which include: guest speakers, workshop facilitators, excursions and theatre visitations. These enrichment activities allow the King David students across all ages to be exposed to some amazing South African talent, welcoming South African culture and heritage into the lives of pupils.

KD Jam is the in-house music centre located on the King David Linksfield campus. There are over 200 students enrolled with 17 teachers, teaching 12 different instruments. KD Jam successfully puts on a number of concerts during the year.   The King David Victory Park campus also has an active and productive music department with many students learning more than one instrument from the highly qualified teachers. The students all participate fervently and passionately in all the Jewish festivals, musical soirees as well as the annual musical which is a highlight on the arts and culture school calendar.

King David Schools also offer various student clubs and activities to cater for the diverse interests of students.  Some of the extra mural activities on offer include: gaming, creative writing, slam poetry, debating, public speaking, first aid, community service, pastry club, sound and lighting, philosophy, film, dance, marimba, Shakespeare Club and many more 

At King David Schools, students achieve on all fronts.  King David Schools are one of South Africa’s top performing schools academically, with 100% pass rate year on year and many of students appearing on the IEB’s outstanding and commendable lists. 

Both high schools are recognized as being in the top 2 Johannesburg’s University feeder school. 

On an individual level, the students excel across the board– from sports to culture to community awards.