Nonpareil Academy

Nonpareil Academy

The Nonpareil Academy is designed for motivated and academically talented boyos whose needs are not met adequately in the traditional high school setting. The selection of students is based on the applicants meeting above average intelligence, high EQ and excellent self-discipline.

Boys who are selected for the programme are expected to function at a high level of excellence. The Nonpareil Academy serves as an instrument for further development and progression within the Durban High School context and then in the tertiary education environment.

Programme Aims

  • To provide a quality education using alternative educational philosophies for age groups and levels within the Centre of Excellence.
  • To provide individuals with the technical, physiological, psychological and social knowledge to achieve their full potential.
  • To obtain national and international recognition through the Centre of Excellence.
  • To have boys participate in various national and international academic award programmes.

Once in the Nonpareil Academy, boys will have the choice of either doing the extension programme, which follows the same syllabus and assessments as mainstream, OR they select the Cambridge International Programme which has a different syllabus of a higher standard. The Cambridge choice requires a higher additional fee which may fluctuate due to the exchange rate.


  • The autonomous learning environment to which the boys are exposed, allows them to take responsibility for their own learning and increase their levels of performance.
  • Group sizes are smaller and this allows for more one-on-one facilitation.
  • Their timetables are more flexible to allow for moving faster through a syllabus or catching up after a school/provincial sport or cultural tour. More time is thus available to do group presentations or revision work during their non-allocated lessons.
  • Different methods of teaching are also available to the teacher and the group in terms of lecture methods, group discussions and practical collaboration on PowerPoint presentations or just testing the group.