The aim of United Herzlia Schools is to provide the best possible Judaic, secular and cultural education, in a warm and nurturing environment, to produce pupils who are empowered, engaged, confident, courageous and resilient global citizens.  Based on core Jewish values, we aim to enhance their potential for participation in both Jewish and wider society.

Our matric results, a barometer used by many educational institutions as a sign of excellence, is a small part of the overall picture that is United Herzlia Schools. In the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, Herzlia was placed No.1 in South Africa for “most distinctions per candidate” (independently measured by

We focus on the values of Menschlichkeit in all aspects of teaching and learning.  Our 10 key Middot (values) – Respect, Fairness, Humility, Gratitude, Kindness, Integrity, Compassion, Responsibility, Leadership, and Community are integrated into every facet of school life, whether it be through the Academic, Sport or Arts & Culture programmes or through the key pillar of Jewish Life and Learning.

Located in the beautiful City of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, Herzlia actively seeks connection with Israel and the rest of the world through its Jewish Identity and through Innovation. Online teaching, Esport, trips to Israel and collaboration with schools and communities worldwide, forms an integral part of who we are and who we are trying to become.

Herzlia does not have an entrance exam, we are a fully inclusive school enrolling pupils with significant barriers to learning which enables them to reach their personal potential and have a sense of belonging in our wonderful community school. We take pupils from Chai to Chai – 18 months to 18 years of age in our Pre-primary, Primary, and High Schools.  Our campuses are located in Sea Point (Alon Ashel Pre-school and Weizmann Primary), Constantia (Kerem Pre-school) and in the City Bowl – Gan Aviv Pre-school, Highlands Primary, and Herzlia High School.

Herzlia is considered to be the Jewel in the Crown of the Cape Town Jewish Community.  More than 7500 alumni have passed through our doors.  Over the past eight decades, we have invested in building Jewish Continuity, la dor Va’dor (from generation to generation) through a world-class Jewish and secular education.

You are welcome to visit any of our schools and see for yourself the warm, caring and nurturing environment that is United Herzlia Schools.

“If you will it, it is no dream, אם תרצו אין זו אגדה”
Andries van Renssen
Executive Director

In 1940, when the world was at war, at this darkest time in our history, a group of brave pioneers came together in Cape Town and said;

“Our people will survive; and not only will we survive, we will flourish and ensure that our young children will be proud, knowledgeable Jews. We will provide them with an anchor, with a safe harbour, where they will thrive and continue to learn what it means to be Jewish, in both good and turbulent times’’I
And so, Herzlia was born.

Our first class opened its doors in 1940.  In 1956 Herzlia offered Grade 12 for the first time and in that same year moved to the present High School campus. The school continued to expand and the modern structure of UHS came into being with the building of Constantia and Milnerton campuses in 1973 and the incorporation of Weizmann in 1976. In 1982, the Middle School was born and in 2000 the Hebrew Pre-Primary Schools were incorporated.

“Im tirtzu”, they said, and it was no dream. No wonder then that these words were chosen to be our school’s motto.

Herzlia stands as a testament to the early visionaries and benefactors who understood the importance of establishing a Jewish Day School in Cape Town.

Today the Herzlia candles burn brightly, lit by the dreams, the vision and the tireless brave actions of so many, who provided us with a stepping stone towards a bright future.

Our school badge tells a story

An oil lamp, an anchor and a six-pointed star and a banner saying Im Tirtzu”.  These words in our school song reflect on the badge we proudly wear on our chest:

The lamp reminds us that to be Jewish means to learn, and to teach, as it says in the Shema, “Veshinantum levanecha”: you will teach your children;

The anchor reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful harbour city and how our school and Jewish traditions provide us with an anchor to hold our community steady;

The Magen David reminds us that we are not alone and we belong to a people with a long and proud history;

And finally, our motto is taken from Theodor Herzl, “Im tirtzu, ein zo aggadah”- which translates to ‘If you will it, it will be no dream’. This motto reminds us on a personal level that we should always dream and strive for more, that we are among the most privileged of generations to live in an age when the ancient dream “to be a free people in the Land of Zion and Jerusalem” has become a reality.

We know who we are. We’re proud of who we are.

לימוד אקדמי
Limmud Akademi
Jewish Life
חיים יהודיים
Chayim Yehudi’im
Arts & Culture
אמנות ותרבות
Omanut Vetarbut
דרך ארץ
Derech Eretz

United Herzlia Schools (UHS) is one of Cape Town’s most prominent academic institutions and a forerunner in Jewish education. Just like we want the best for our pupils, we also believe in providing our staff with a safe and supportive environment and opportunities for growth.

Our professional and friendly environment is structured to be open and encouraging. Each member of our valued team is an expert within their own field but opportunities for development never end.

There are many reasons why educators and support staff should join the Herzlia family:

We’re Proud of our Values –

  • We are an independent, financially secure school
  • We are a well-known and highly respected brand
  • We have had a 100% matric pass rate
  • We keep our class sizes small (max 26)
  • We are consistently one of the top-performing schools in the Western Cape
  • We have an innovative and values-driven way of approaching education
  • We maintain our policy of openness and respect

Along with integrity and value on performance, we also keep up with the times and maintain a focus on innovation, technology developments and training opportunities for our staff to master new skills.

Furthermore, each of our staff members is compensated for their time, efforts and passion. Aside from the gorgeous grounds and phenomenal colleagues, we also have benefits.

For job applications, please note that we predominantly use the ISASA website to advertise our vacancies.