We can’t predict their future.
But we can shape it.
We’ve been around for a while.
Over 80 years, in fact. While our façade has changed and our goals have evolved, one thing remains the same. Our responsibility to our children, their families, the community, and the world. A responsibility to create a space that sets pupils up for success in every season of their life.
Culture meets innovation.
By remembering, honouring and celebrating the Jewish heritage, identity and culture that makes us who we are, while actively learning, engaging and adapting so we can keep ahead in this ever-evolving modern world: we set our pupils up to be kind and strong. Compassionate and confident. Selfless and driven.
Every pupil matters.
It’s our responsibility to make sure that they’re not just seen, but known for who they truly are and want to be. It’s our responsibility to understand them. To believe in them. To add value to their lives. To ensure that every child gets the tools and support they need to overcome every obstacle and achieve their greatest potential.
“Im tirtzu”. And it was no dream.
The dream to create a Jewish Day School in Cape Town came to life in 1940 and has been shaping lives by combining world-class education and Jewish values ever since. The school expanded into United Herzlia Schools, as we now know it, with the building of the Constantia and Milnerton campuses in ‘73, the incorporation of Weizmann in ‘76, the building of the Middle School in ‘82, and the incorporation of the Hebrew Pre-Primary Schools in 2000.
Herzlia is a place of warmth, support, community, security, kindness, values, Yiddishkeit, Menschlichkeit, and everlasting memories. My positive and enriching school experience led me to become a teacher and made it a natural and easy decision to send my four children to follow in my footsteps. I have no doubt that they will leave Herzlia as well-rounded, generous, and kind young adults who will make a success of their lives. I’m proud to call myself a Herzlian.
When I asked my Mom why she sent me to Herzlia, she said it was to give me the Jewish education that she didn’t receive. When I matriculated, I had a strong sense of Jewish identity, which I was ready to explore in the big wide world. Returning to Herzlia as a teacher in 2016 felt as though I’d never left. I’m back in “my” Primary School, with former teachers as colleagues. It’s heart-warming to be part of such a special family.
Herzlia profoundly impacted my life. What I loved most was the sense of community. I felt supported and valued, which created a nurturing space that fostered personal and academic growth, a love of learning, strong work ethic, and meaningful values. The emphasis on critical thinking, standing up for what you believe in, and problem-solving equipped me to succeed in higher education and beyond. Herzlia encouraged me to take risks and challenge myself, ultimately leading me to where I am today.
Five Pillars. One Promise.
Our five, interwoven pillars prepare pupils for a world that needs bold and bright thinkers, dreamers, and doers, with a strong moral compass and the determination to make things better. This is how we ensure that they go out into the world as well-rounded, empowered and inspired individuals.
World-class education comes standard.
Win or lose, we’re a team like no other.
Arts & Culture
Find yourself through creative expression.
Jewish Life & Learning
Instilling Jewish values, tradition, language & culture.
Bringing meaning and purpose to life.
Policies make perfect.
United Herzlia School policies aren’t there to limit the potential of our pupils. They exist to create a solid foundation upon which they can thrive.
Download the necessary policy documents below.