Academic performance at Parktown Boys’ High is of a consistently high level. In International Benchmarking Assessments in English and Mathematics (2009-2010), boys in Grades 9 to 11 scored well above the national norms. Matric (NSC) pass rates are 99-100%, university (degree) passes over 80% and eight top achievers obtained nine distinctions (2007-2010). At Wits University, 24 ex-learners made the Dean’s List (2008-2010). A rating in the top 100 schools in South Africa, the top 10 Schools in Gauteng and the top 10 Science schools in South Africa (Sunday Times, 2009) bear testimony to academic excellence across the spectrum. Structured, after hours intervention programs ensure that all learner needs are met.
English is offered at a Home Language level, and is taught by a dedicated and highly professional team. A minimum of 40% in this subject is required in order to pass. However, it is expected that boys at Parktown achieve a higher mark than the accepted minimum, and their work is marked at a high standard in order to achieve this. It is also required of each boy to read at least one book per month. This not only contributes to their fluency and comprehension of the language, but assists them in becoming well-rounded, literate individuals.
Afrikaans is one of the first additional languages taught at Parktown Boys’ High School. We subscribe to the national policy of additive bilingualism. As Afrikaans educators we try to create favorable learning conditions as regard time, teaching strategies and learning success. We recognize that language, literacy and communication are intrinsic to human development and central to lifelong learning. Languages, in this case Afrikaans, thus play a crucial role in the development of our boys. Our team of educators aim to equip our boys with life skills for all areas of their lives by making our teaching as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
isiZulu is the widely spoken home language in South Africa as well as being understood by the majority of the population. It became one of the eleven official languages in 1994. isiZulu in Parktown Boy’s High School gives learners an opportunity to expand their knowledge of using the language effectively in different situations. As we train learners to be our future leaders, it is crucial for them to understand the most dominant language in South Africa. It is also recommend for business purposes, people use the language to communicate with their customers/clients. In Parktown Boys’ High School, we provide all the skills that will equip learners to engage in various activities as well.
Mathematics continues to be one of the top-performing subjects at Parktown Boys’ High School. Our learners have excelled in this subject in the past and continue to do so. Our team of highly-skilled educators is committed to ensuring that our learners understand difficult Mathematical concepts and put in extra effort to guarantee success.
- Mathematical Literacy
Mathematical Literacy is the practical application of Mathematical concepts in real-life situations.
- Life Orientation
Life orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and society. It applies a holistic approach. It is concerned with personal, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, motor and physical growth and development of learners, and the way in which these dimensions are interrelated and expressed in life. The focus is the development of self-in-society, and this encourages the development of balanced, confident learners who will contribute to society. At Parktown, Life Orientation applies real life scenarios to the learning process.
- Physical Sciences
In 2013 the Department of Physical Science of Parktown Boys’ High School celebrated 90 years of excellence and success. Hundreds of remarkable South Africans have been formed in our classes since 1923, joining the most prestigious faculties of the country (and overseas) to later become capable and skilful engineers, scientists and professionals in various fields. What is the secret of success? It is not difficult to figure it out: Professional and dedicated teachers, complete laboratories, top teaching technology and a balanced approach to performance based on practical experiments, research and tests.
- Life Sciences
Life Science is a subject that opens your eyes to the miracle that nature is. It is a subject that teaches the science of life in the context of life. Where else can one find the opportunity to study the mastery of nature and appreciate the grand design that is the world in which we live? Our department’s focus is knowledge in context and along with the Natural Science department it is our intention for the young men in our care to interact with and work with as many plants and animal species that we can possibly find throughout their stay at Parktown. Nature is life and we love nature!
In today’s rapidly changing global environment, a sound understanding of the world around us, how we interact with it and how it interacts with us, is an ever increasing issue of importance. Everywhere you look, every newspaper you read and just about every advert you see has the environment in mind. The leading issue on the global agenda is that of climate change. Yes this is an extremely broad topic and one that could fill up the Geography curriculum from grade 1 to grade 12 twice over, however what it does do is simply highlight the importance of Geography.
History is a fast paced and ever changing subject. As the world evolves so do our perceptions and ideals. What was perceived to be inappropriate 50 years ago is readily accepted as normal behavior today. Social history allows us to track the past and interact with those decision makers, from decades ago, who have shaped the world we live in. It is a fascinating subject which encompasses all that it means to be human!
- Information Technology
IT focuses on activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical thinking, Information Management and Communication. It also focuses on the development of databases using Microsoft Office Access as the development tool. The subject develops awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and other implications of using computers. Boys taking IT must enjoy both working on a computer and solving problems. It sets them up for life with a skill that will enable them to cope in the world of technology, but is definitely of benefit to boys wanting to study a B Comm with the Business Information Systems OR Engineering (all disciplines) at Tertiary level.
- Computer Applications Technology
CAT is the effective use of information and communication technologies in an end-user computer applications environment in different sectors of society through MS-Office. CAT equips learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to create, design and communicate information in different electronic formats. It’s a great “life skill” subject since we are in the age of computers and learners will be equipped with marketable skills to cope in an information society. Boys must enjoy working on a computer and be prepared to have fun whilst learning the course. All Tertiary courses require the transfer of end-user applications knowledge and skills that CAT offers.
- Economic and Management Sciences
Economic and Management Sciences is made up of three fields of study; Economics, Business Studies and Accounting. Learners in grade 8 and 9 are exposed to these 3 fields of study in one subject, giving them a better knowledge when choosing subjects at the end of grade 9.
Learners are taught many ways to save and invest money, hence allowing them to become better citizens of our growing nation. Financial literacy is an integral part of any learner’s career and by studying EMS, many values are instilled in learners. Each learner studying EMS must realize that each one of them is a role player in the economy and contribute towards attaining this goal.
Accounting is an excellent subject for learners. It teaches analytical and critical thinking. You cannot learn Accounting parrot-fashion or you will fail. It requires learners to not just take in information but also to understand it and manipulate it to a given situation. It also makes it very easy for someone to enter a business environment after school. Financial statements, ledgers and any sort of financial document will be instantly understandable by you. There are also some very good career prospects in Accounting with companies like Grant Thornton and KPMG snapping up promising students straight out of high school and financing their studies.
- Business Studies
Welcome to the world of Business Studies. Business Studies is a dynamic subject that can applied to real world use. We aim to equip our learners with skills that they can apply after school to the business world. This is extremely beneficial in a South African context as SMME's make up a large part of the South African economy. If South Africa is to feature in the global economy it will be through the hard work of entrepreneurs, which is what we will teach your son to become.
- Arts & Culture
The Arts and Culture Learning Area covers a broad spectrum of South African art and cultural practices. The areas of Arts and Culture are an integral part of life, embracing the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional aspects of human endeavours within society. Culture expresses itself through the Arts and through lifestyles, behaviour patterns, heritage, knowledge and belief systems. Cultures are not static - they have histories and contexts, and they change, especially when in contact with other cultures. We believe that every learner should possess the necessary skills to reflect on paper what they feel inside about life or anything else.
- Advanced Programme Mathematics
Advanced Programme Mathematics is offered at Parktown Boys’ High School as an additional IEB subject. This prepares our learners to study further in Mathematics, Engineering and other Scientific disciplines. By choosing this subject, our boys place themselves at an advantage, not only of being accepted in these courses, but also in coping with them.