King David School is a private co-ed high school in Johannesburg. It forms part of a network of Jewish day schools offering nursery school all the way through to high school education. There are 5 campuses across Joburg, including Linksfield, Victory Park, Sandton, Sydenham, and Morningside. The King David School, under the support of the South African Board of Jewish Education, is the biggest Jewish Day School in southern Africa, teaching pre-school to Grade 12 level. King David School Linksfield high school currently has 3300 students.
The Kind David School network was established in 1948 as South Africa’s first Jewish day school. The high school was founded in 1955 and many of its original buildings still exist today. It is ranked as one of the top Independent Examination Board (IEB) academic schools in South Africa and offers an all-round academic, sporting and cultural education.
The campuses include King David Linksfield with both a primary school and high school, King David Victory Park with both a high school and primary school, King David Sandton with a primary school, Yiddish Folk pre-primary, and Minnie Bersohn pre-primary. The Victory park campus serves northern and north-western Johannesburg. It has fewer students than Linksfield and is focused on arts and culture with dance studies, dramatic arts, and music offered as Matric subjects. The Sandton primary school feeds into both high schools. Interestingly, the high schools were both headed by identical twin brothers, Elliot and Jeffrey Wolf from 1970s through the 1990s.
The school’s pass rates are historically very high and its students are amongst the top ranked across the country. The Matric pass rate in 2014 was 100%. King David is one of the top IEB schools in South Africa. A whopping 9% of the top students in South Africa graduate from King David Schools.
SPORTS & CULTURE
The King David Linksfield and King David Victory Park Campus are renowned for their sports. The high school’s core sports are swimming, water polo, rugby, golf, basketball, touch rugby, cycling, soccer, and squash.
- Sports fields
- Swimming pools
- Computer rooms
- iPad programmes
The King David Schools’ Foundation (KDSF) is active in fundraising with a focus on outreach and subsidises or scholarships.