WCED School Admission 2020/ 2021

2021 Enrolment process opens soon

Applications for school admissions in 2021 open on Monday, 17 February 2020.

Parents of learners who are starting Grade R, Grade 1 or high school next year, are advised to apply to at least three schools and indicate their order of preference on the system.

Parents are urged to not wait until the last minute to apply for admission as the Western Cape records an increase in learner numbers every year.

Parents must upload copies of the following supporting documents: certified copy of ID/birth certificate; transfer card/letter (previous school); immunisation card / Road to Health chart (Primary schools only); last school report for learners who have been to school; and a study permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs for foreign learners.
Parents have until Tuesday, 17 March 2020 to apply and will be informed of the outcome per email or SMS between 15 and 22 May 2020.

Parents will then be required to confirm acceptance by Friday, 5 June 2020.

It is vitally important for parents to adhere to the dates for school admission to help minimise disruptions at schools at the start of the 2021 academic year.

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Early enrolment will enable schools and the department to plan ahead.

Schools have been encouraged to display the enrolment posters provided to them these past two weeks to create awareness around these dates.

Having technical issues?

OTP not received | Cannot get into the system, etc.

EmailCemishelp.MisTeam@westerncape.gov.za (Please state that it is a technical query)

SMS Only: 064 075 2099

For a list of schools participating in the WCED Online Admissions Pilot Project click on the links below:


Urban Rural

If you cannot find your chosen school on the lists provided, please apply at the school.

For more information contact your local school or nearest Education District Office.

WCED School Admission Frequently Asked Questions

How To Get Your Child Enrolled In School Of Your Choice

Apply early. Don’t wait till the last day.
Apply to more than one school.
Know the law/check the school’s Admission Policy.What is the admission age for Grade 1?

What Is The Admission Age For Grade 1 ?

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Compulsory school-going age (Grade 1) is 7 years in the year that the child is in Grade 1.
Admission to Grade R is 6 years in the year that the child is in Grade R.What documents are required to register a child at a public school?

Documents Required To Apply For Admission

  • Birth certificate.
  • Immunisation card.
  • A transfer card/letter.
  • Last school report card for learners who have been to school.
  • A study permit issued by Home Affairs for foreign learners.

A child may be registered provisionally if these documents are not available. The parent must be given reasonable time to submit them.Is it important to enrol for Grade R?

Is It Important To Enrol For Grade R?

Yes. Early childhood development assists learners to cope better later on in their school careers.Can a child be refused permission if they do not live in a school’s feeder zone?