Founded in 1829, SACS is South Africa’s oldest high school and, as such, is endowed with a rich history and tradition of distinction. SACS is dedicated to the thorough and balanced education of young men, ensuring that they are capable, exemplary and virtuous members of the societies they will go on to serve. Every individual forms part of a team is a pivotal element of the school life of every SACS boy – something that aids every member of the school family in their pursuit of academic, sporting and cultural excellence.
Academically, the SACS classroom is a stimulating environment, where teachers are committed to providing boys with a world-class education, thirst for knowledge and a host of skills and principles through which they can achieve their goals. SACS has built itself a long-standing reputation for academic eminence, and has educated men that have gone on to make a telling impact both locally and internationally. In addition to this, the school is one of the few in the world that has its own Rhodes Scholarship and SACS is wholly committed to preparing its young men to meet the high standards required to attain this accolade.
Learning takes place in top facilities, and classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards, projectors and e-beams. The Media and IT Centres are pleasant learning environments, and are well-equipped with the latest technology and resources, which serve as essential educational aids. Furthermore, SACS offers support in a number of forms: from career guidance and academic support to personal counselling, every effort is made to ensure that each boy is given the mechanisms by which to capitalise on the opportunities presented to them.
In keeping with the school’s ethos to create well-rounded young men, SACS has a diverse and exciting extra-mural calendar. A range of winter and summer sports cater for the physical education of boys at SACS, and a number of fundamental values are imparted on the sports field that are embedded in the character of all participants. Sports take place in park-like facilities, designed for boys to get the most out of this aspect of their schooling.
Culturally, the school has a number of active clubs and societies that complement the lessons of the classroom and hone skills in an enjoyable and interactive environment. Boys are also encouraged to participate in the school’s outreach projects, such as the Bread for Buddies initiative, to help those less privileged and to make a difference in the community.
The boarding school at SACS consists of beautiful, grand buildings where boys can feel at home. There is a keen sense of family and friendships within this facility at the school, and it is within the two houses that school spirit and solidarity are sown and bred throughout the boys’ school years. Subtle lessons are learned and a sense of identity created in this environment and boys are given all the opportunities for development that SACS has to offer.