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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is homeschooling?

    The Collective Genius Centre offers an alternative environment of teaching and learning. Although our main focus is still on academics and personal development, we offer an approach to education and academic instruction which allows students a safe, small environment to reach their potential.

  • What does The Collective Genius Centre offer that is different to mainstream education in South Africa?

    An internationally recognised syllabus, with smaller classes and qualified tutors guiding academic instruction and enrichment. All classes are taught in a state-of-the-art campus with access to high speed Fibre Wifi connectivity.

  • How many students are in a class?

    There are 4 to 10 students per class, allowing our tutors to provide each student with individualised academic instruction and attention, without neglecting the importance of social interaction in the learning process

  • What subjects do we offer?

    Checkpoint students are required to take compulsory core subjects: Mathematics, English, Science and a Second Language. High school students are also required to take compulsory core subjects: Mathematics, English and a Second Language, alongside other subjects of their choice. These subjects include: Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Geography.

  • How is the school day structured at The Collective Genius Centre?

    We structure our day with timetabled subject-specific lessons which students attend in small classes. Students also have Independent Study periods, and practical training sessions.

  • What is an Independent Study period?

    An Independent Study Period (IS) is a scheduled time slot, supervised by a subject tutor, in which a student is given the opportunity to complete homework assignments, study, or obtain additional academic instruction and support from a subject tutor.

  • What is the Academic Support Package?

    The Academic Support package is available to students who feel they need additional academic instruction and guidance in a specific subject. Additional lessons are scheduled for the student, in which the student and subject tutor work together on a one-on-one basis. During these scheduled lessons, the tutor and student focus on developing and refining the skills needed to achieve academic success in a specific subject.

  • How are the tutors qualified?

    Tutors hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree qualification in their field of study, allowing them to go beyond the school syllabus and provide a greater depth of understanding and insight for students.

  • Do tutors and parents communicate regularly?

    Transparent communication between tutors, parents and students alike is the cornerstone of our Ethos. Our weekly reporting system allows parents and tutors to remain in constant communication regarding the student’s academic and social well being.

  • What is the difference between the Cambridge Syllabus and the South African CAPS and IEB syllabuses?

    While both the Cambridge and IEB/CAPS syllabi are accepted by South African Universities, Cambridge qualifications are internationally recognised and can pave the way to a global education, thereby allowing students to apply to universities around the world.

  • Is a Cambridge AS Level recognised by South African Universities?

    Cambridge AS and A Levels are accepted at all South African Universities and contribute toward APS scoring for acceptance. Students should consult the faculty admissions office of the university of their choice when deciding which AS Levels to write in their examination sitting. Students may still be required to write the National Benchmark Test.

  • What are the different levels that students must complete, and how long will it take to complete AS levels?

    Students must complete courses from Checkpoint I to AS Level. This is a minimum of 4 years, and is equivalent to the South African High School level of education. Once students have received their AS Levels, they may choose to further their studies by completing an A Level. This is a one-year course, and is recommended to students seeking to study abroad as it is sought after in many universities worldwide.

  • How are these qualifications assessed and recognised?

    In addition to regular internal assessments conducted by our subject expert tutors, high school students are required to complete external exams conducted and regulated by Cambridge International. Therefore, qualification obtained by students upon completion of their school career will be recognised internationally.