a community school at the forefront of independent education
Dainfern College is an independent, co-educational school that caters for Grade 0 to Grade 12. Situated in Broadacres Drive, just outside the boundaries of Dainfern Golf Estate, the school draws some 75% of its pupils from the nearby gated communities. There is therefore a strong sense of community at the school as students and their families have so much in common.

With safety an ongoing concern in South Africa many families opt for the security of estate living. This applies not only to South African families but to foreign families too as international companies often provide their employees with accommodation in secure estates. Dainfern College therefore continues to attract international and ex-pat families who choose to embrace the South African education system. The mix of nationalities and cultures is wonderful to see and means that Dainfern College certainly lives up to its motto of ‘A World of Education
Junior Prep
The ever-increasing nightmare of traffic congestion in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs means the convenience of a top private school close to home cannot be underestimated. The school’s founders, Russell and Stella Upneck, lived in Dainfern Estate with their four children. Tired of the long commute to their children’s private schools they dreamt of a private co-educational school on their doorstep that nonetheless offered a world-class education with first-rate facilities. This dream was realised when Dainfern College opened its doors in 1997.
Apple Lab
When it started, Dainfern College had a mere 35 pupils in Grades 0 to 3; the school now has over 1100 pupils from Grade 0 through to Grade 12. The College is divided into three sections: the Junior Preparatory, the Senior Preparatory and the High School. There are four classes per grade and the maximum number of pupils per class is 25. Grade 12s write the IEB National Senior Certificate and the school has celebrated a 100% pass rate every year since the first class wrote matric in 2002. Subjects offered for matric include English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Advanced Programme Mathematics, Life Orientation, Geography, History, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Accounting, Business Studies, ICT, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.
College Gala
Sporting facilities at the College include numerous sports fields for athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby, soccer and softball; tennis and netball courts; a ten-lane swimming pool and training pool; a cricket academy and golf academy. The school enjoys state-of-the-art IT facilities including four computer labs, an AppleMac centre and 52 iPads; there is also a magnificent auditorium and cultural centre, while 2012 saw the addition of a new classroom block and music centre to cater for ever-growing student numbers.
Leaders 2013
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For further information about Dainfern College please visit their website at www.dainferncollege.co.za or email Director of Marketing Deidré Proxenos at dproxenos@dainferncollege.co.za.