We often get these questions from parents and students. But please, do ask us more!
It covers the entire application process, including an advanced and detailed admissions test where necessary, the results of which will be shared with you whether or not your child attends Valenture Institute.
We have a number of payment plans and options – click here for full details.
Yes – applicants are only confirmed and admitted as students once the placement fee has been paid.
Yes – when two or more siblings are concurrently learning at Valenture, the younger siblings receive a 5% discount.
Fees are inclusive of all tuition, mentorship, digital content, exam fees, and remediation where applicable. The fees cover the core requirements for a given year. Any resources or activities over and above this are not covered by the fees – by way of example, this would include voluntary field trips, memberships for sports clubs etc.
Please contact our finance department to discuss detailed payment options.
Application deadlines are ever-changing, but to be included in a certain semester we need to have received your completed Application Form, with payment, by no later than 2 weeks before the semester start date.
Junior High, IGCSEs and AS-Levels take 18 months, A-Levels take 12 months. All qualification subjects have intakes in January and July.
For the 2020 academic year, standard office hours are 08h00 – 17H00 SAST, Monday to Friday.
Our offices will be closed and live sessions will not take place on the following annual public holidays: 1 January, 21 March, 27 April, 1 May, 16 June, 9 August, 24 September, 16 December, 25 December, 26 December.
Valenture Institute students will always have access to their Online Campus and associated learning content irrespective of whether it is a public holiday or weekend.
The school year is split into 2 semesters: from mid-January to the end of June & from mid-July to the end of November.
11 weeks into each semester, there is a 2-week, mid-term break before the final 9 weeks commence.
Find the full Academic Calender 2021 here.
Valenture Institute is not a homeschool, it is a fully-fledged online high school.
Schooling from home in this manner is legal in most countries around the world, including South Africa. Parents with children under the age of 15 completing schooling from home in South Africa are required to apply to the Provincial Education Department (PED) for registration of a home education learner and comply with any reasonable conditions set by the department.
Valenture Institute has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of bullying. We know that students learn best in a safe and calm environment that is free from disruption. We take the following steps to address this matter:
Students, staff and parents are required to accept the rules of engagement set out by the institution. These rules set clear responsibility, boundaries and expectations for all parties. These rules outline the procedures that are followed where instances of bullying are reported as well as the sanctions imposed if the rules are found to have been breached.
Key staff members that engage with students during the learning journey complete intensive training that ensures they are fully equipped to offer support in so far as is appropriate.
Dialogue regarding the issue of bullying is an ongoing part of the learning community in an effort to further educate each member, and strengthen their will to be an advocate for inclusion.
Engagements between individuals on the Online Campus are all held by the system and are monitored.
Where members of the learning community encounter engagement which is not appropriate, they are able to report the exact piece of engagement immediately.
Valenture Institute is committed to working with a wider community of social services and local authorities where it is necessitated.
Valenture Institute holds that parents/guardians play a vital role as the ultimate custodians of their children’s education. As students progress through their pre-tertiary education they incrementally develop holistic skills such as responsibility, self-discipline and independence.
Valenture Institute believes in individuality, and that no one student or family is the same. Values differ from person to person and family to family. It is up to each individual to determine the exact nature of and degree of support they provide.
We believe that providing support to your teen is about being involved in, and encouraging their holistic development. Valenture Institute enables a variety of options to support parent/guardian involvement such as:
Valenture Institute is strongly committed to offering an inclusive learning experience. We celebrate the uniqueness of individuality, and our policies and rules support the need to uphold these principles.
We encourage students and their parents to direct any questions directly to their dedicated mentor. Students will also have access to their tutor regarding academic queries, as well as, live tutor-led sessions every week. If the matter requires escalation then the Mentor may refer the parent or student to contact either the Chief Academic Officer or the Registrar.
Formative assessments and preparatory-examinations are taken online, although the examinations required to complete the qualification, as set by the examining/awarding body, are taken at a physical centre.
Both are designed to satisfy the British National Curriculum, so they are almost exactly the same. Like Cambridge qualifications, hundreds of universities recognise Pearson Edexcel qualifications, including Cambridge University.
Pearson Edexcel courses place a larger focus on critical thinking and have adopted an innovative, tech-focused approach to the digital education landscape.
You can log in to the Valenture Institute Online Campus at any time to see the current academic performance. In addition, you and your child will have a video call with your child’s mentor every 2 weeks to discuss progress.
Students who have completed Grade 7 are eligible to apply for Junior High, which is the equivalent of Grade 8.
We recommend that students apply for IGCSE only after they’ve completed the equivalent of Grade 9 / Year 9 in their formal local school curriculum.
AS-Level would generally be for those who have completed Grade 11, and A-Levels for those who have completed Grade 12.
Yes, although we prize flexibility and personalisation, there are prerequisites for some subjects - please contact an Admissions Counsellor for more information.
Absolutely! Flexibility is one of the benefits of online education. A student can take as many courses as they want every semester, subject to a recommended maximum of 7 IGCSEs, 4 AS-Levels and 3 A-Levels.
Online schooling should not be confused with regular homeschooling.
Valenture Institute seeks to truly augment and enhance all of the best elements of schooling – tradition, the pursuit of new knowledge and skills, learning from fantastic teachers, and the opportunity to build relationships, some of which can last a lifetime.
We do this through a high-touch, fully supported online schooling experience. You are supported throughout your schooling by mentors, tutors and deans, who form your academic support team. You progress through your subjects in weekly increments, attending live sessions, participating in group projects and doing some self-directed learning as you work through a tailored weekly learning path. In addition to completing a leading academic curriculum, you’ll also attend assemblies online, sign up for online clubs and societies, plug into a network of local sporting clubs, and easily arrange local meetups with other students.
We seek to turn physical limitations into digital opportunities. In many respects, online schooling removes much of the inefficiency and rigidity that is inherent in traditional brick and mortar schools. No time wasted in the physical coordination of large groups, no paper-based administration, no early morning lift clubs, no limitations on following a student’s progress in a big class, no passive learning, no school uniform and no one-size-fits-all approach.
At Valenture Institute, you can’t hide in the back row. Every student is seen and heard, and no one is left behind. Learning time is precious, and learning analytics help us keep track of a student’s cognitive and behavioural development. The same discipline that exists at a brick and mortar school is valued online, and your academic support team will help you stay on track every step of the way.
Additionally, Valenture Institute values your development in a social capacity, so even though we don’t have physical sports grounds, we are able to plug you into a network of sports clubs, sync you up with students in your area for meetups and study groups, and truly augment some clubs and societies – like debating and chess – to be delivered online.
You need to have a computer or laptop and stable internet access. The minimum line speed required is 5MB, however, for optimal performance in live sessions, it is highly recommended that you use a 10MB line. A smartphone will help as you can access the Valenture Institute App.
Simply click Apply, complete the application form with your parents, and submit it along with a couple of documents and the application fee.
You will speak to one of our Admissions Counsellors, either before or soon after the formal application process has begun. We want to know a bit about you and why you want to study with Valenture!
There’s no essay needed, but you may be required to write a placement test so that we make sure you are placed at the correct academic level.
Every aspect of your application is important. Valenture Institute considers each and every application holistically, however, we do review historical academic results carefully as a key part of the process.
Once the application has been successfully submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided. If you have not received confirmation, contact one of our Admissions Counsellors.
Once an application has been reviewed and an outcome determined, you will receive an email that includes the outcome of the application.
Absolutely. You will, however, need to pay the application fee and sit the placement test again. We cannot guarantee that re-applying will yield a different outcome.
You take your formative assessments and exam preparation activities online, although the examinations required to complete the qualification, as set by the examining/awarding body, are taken at a physical centre.
A complete application must be submitted with the application fee. Valenture Institute reviews all completed applications holistically. The primary requirement is based on your school report, and potentially the results of an online placement test.
Valenture Institute provides you with the platform and opportunities to have a rich and diverse social life. Not only will you become familiar with the students in your regular subject classes, but you’ll also have the opportunity to join online clubs and societies, plug into a network of local sporting clubs, organise social meetups with students in your area, and join annual field trips. You’ll be entering a community of like-minded students, and we aim to help you make lifelong friends along the way.
Absolutely! In addition to your online classroom where your lessons are delivered and where you’ll see your classmates, Valenture Institute will give you the tools and support to sync up with students in your area for meetups and study groups. If you join a sport’s club in your area, you are also likely to meet other students studying at Valenture, as well as if you choose to join a field trip during your study year.
We have connected with various clubs who you can contact. They know all about Valenture and will welcome you into their clubs with open arms! In addition, we offer a number of online clubs and associations.
Valenture Institute has field trips every year, some local and some international, with different focus areas. These are optional and not included in course fees.
You’ll have teachers, tutors and mentors that you interact with every week.
In 2015, 193 countries agreed to a set of development goals, which the UN calls a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” There are 17 goals, and you can read about them here.
Our students are changemakers, and they care about their individual and collective futures. Read more about the SDG curriculum here.
Lots of schools talk about “21st Century Skills” and teaching for the “4th Industrial Revolution” – but very few do this in any noticeable way. At Valenture, everything we do is about preparing you for our modern, ever-changing society: group-work, excellent communication, the ability to use knowledge effectively and efficiently, and creative problem solving – all these are vital to succeeding in the 21st Century.
During each semester within the academic year, assessments will be undertaken through the Online Campus. Results and feedback, where necessitated, for these formative assessments, will be made available directly on the Online Campus.
For each subject, students are typically required to undertake externally set and marked assessments, unless stated otherwise, and these are typically in the form of in-person written exams. These assessments are administered and graded by the relevant examining/awarding body. Timelines and instructions on how to access these results will be provided closer to the time of the assessment.
As a high school student, you are responsible for your own learning. You’re responsible for adhering to the rules, policies and instructions of Valenture Institute.
You will benefit most from Valenture if you actively participate in classes, and make the most of the time you get to spend with your Mentor and Tutor.
We encourage students to pursue the subjects they’re most passionate about and to really “sink their teeth” into the SDG Labs, as these will prepare you well for the world of work – and university life if you choose to go that route.
The school year is split into 2 semesters, from mid-January to the end of June, and from mid-July to the end of November. 11 weeks into each semester, there is a 2-week mid-term break before the final 9 weeks.
The standard (minimum) duration for Junior High, IGCSE and AS-Level courses is 18 months, and 12 months for A-Level courses.
Junior High comprises of 7 mandatory subjects. You can take a number of subjects at any given time for the other qualifications, with a recommended maximum of 7 IGCSEs, 4 AS-Levels and 3 A-Levels.
It is also possible to take various subjects at different levels simultaneously under certain circumstances, which your Admissions Counsellor can advise on.
Yes, we will be hosting a number of open days in the future. Please contact us should you wish to attend one.
Online means flexible, but we’re also here to hold you accountable. Live sessions form part of the core requirements of your course and they are a source of rich social engagement. Therefore, your attendance at live sessions will be counted.
We know that life happens, so we will allow you to miss a defined percentage of sessions in extenuating circumstances. All classes are recorded, so you can catch up at any time or revise key concepts from the class.
$50 / £40 / R750 Application Fee
$4 000 / £3 270 / R60 000 per annum for Junior High (Grade 8 & 9) for all 7 subjects
$1 000 / £815 / R15 000 per annum per International GCSE (Grade 10 & 11) subject
$1 250 / £1 020 / R18 750 per annum per International AS-Level (Grade 12) subject
$1 250 / £1 020 / R18 750 per annum per International A-Level subject