Our History

Elsen Academy was started by three ladies, two of whom are still Directors at the Academy today. They saw a need for a school that could cater for children who struggled to thrive in the larger school environments. 

After much preparation, planning and praying, Elsen Academy opened its doors to accept 13 pupils for the very first time in January 2006 from the Sunday school classrooms at St. Bernadette’s Catholic church in Walmer.

The school has since moved into the vibrant artistic/cultural hub of Central and now occupy the old Holy Rosary Convent school building, which had been vacant for some time, and was one of the Directors's school many years ago when she was a pupil there, so it definitely feels like home.

Elsen Academy has expanded and developed into four schools within one. The common thread that ties the different departments to eachother being that of inclusion and that on our campus, there are SIMPLY NO LIMITS TO LEARNING.

Elsen Academy Primary School
Grades 1 - 7
CAPS curriculum 

Elsen Academy High School
Grades 8 - 12
CAPS curriculum with exams written through SACAI

Elsen Academy Vocational School (skills vs marks)
Prac class (10 - 13yrs of age)
Bridging class B (13 - 14 yrs of age)
Bridging class C (15 - 16 yrs of age)
Senior Combined (16yrs - 19 yrs of age)
ABET curriculum Levels 1 - 4 with exams written through IEB

Elsen Learning Centre
Grades 4 - 12
Online Learning CAPS Curriculum
Student-driven with tutor support

For more information, please send us an email and we will contact you:
General enquiries : info@elsen.co.za 
Admissions : viv@elsen.co.za

Important Reminders


School Starts 15 Jan
Parent Evenings 22, 23 Jan
Board Meeting 29 Jan

V's Fundraiser 14 Feb

Music Trivia 28 Feb

School Photos 10 Mar

School closes 19 Mar



We are so proud of our

2019 Matrics
2 Bachelor Degree passes!