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Who we are

We are simply different.

Poplar Academy is a co-educational, parallel medium, independent school, situated in Crowthorne, in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa offering both primary and secondary schooling. A foundation rooted in knowledge allows for a focussed and strong core. Through personal touch and learner support, the supportive and nurturing environment provided by Poplar Academy encourages growth and development of a confident self where knowledge shields against the challenges of the modern world.

Among the core values Poplar Academy subscribes to, unconditional acceptance, recognition and development of strengths while offering support of weakness together with flexibility and leadership through guidance and service set them apart from the majority of learning institutions. In addition, small classes of between 12 and 15 learners, offering Cambridge (IGCSE + AS Level) school leaver’s qualifications make Poplar Academy attractive. Focusing on language and perceptual skills, French is offered, as a third language. Early childhood development centre caters to children aged between 2 and 5. The multi-sensory approach to learning and teaching of study and thinking skills not only aides the learner with their current education program but prepares them for lifelong learning.

Offering educational programs suited to children and learners of all ages and stages of learning and development, Poplar Academy pre-schooling, primary school education, intermediate to FET education and ultimately Cambridge school leaver’s qualification. Poplar Academy is a University of Cambridge international exam centre, attached to the British Council in Johannesburg.

Our Values

Unconditional Acceptance


Support of weakness


Leadership through guidance and service


Recognition and development of strengths


Lifelong learning

Parallel medium (English and Afrikaans)

Extramural activities are an important aspect of a learner’s development


Stimulating and exercising a learner’s mind and body enhances the learner’s physical and intellectual development and compliments the classroom learning. A variety of extra mural activities are offered at Poplar Academy and at least one in-house extra mural activity is provided per day. These activities included in the school fees. Additional activities, which are contracted to the school, include gymnastics, chess, and Little Kickers. Swimming, available all year round in a covered and heated pool is made available to learners at an additional fee.

The school implements the Discovery Vitality School Sports Programme in all grades. This is a comprehensive sports programme covering all aspects of sports development and the underlying skills for sport. Physical movements need to be mastered and form the basis for all sports. Poplar Academy also boasts a Discovery Vitality School Programme approved playground circuit which is available to the pupils throughout the day. The circuit comprises of various stations where pupils complete specific exercise sequences.

Poplar Academy offers both prospective pupils and parents a trial week at no charge. This allows the pupil and parents the opportunity to test-drive the school, the curriculum and teachers. During the trial week, the pupil will be assessed and feedback given to the parents. Following the trial week, parents will be able to continue the enrolment process pending the outcome of the school’s assessment.


14 – 16 learners per class

CAPS compliant Grade R - 5

Focus on language and perceptual skills

Multi-sensory approach to learning

Cambridge (IGCSE + AS Level)

French as a third language

Early childhood development centre ages 2 – 5

Teaching of study and thinking skills

“I think Poplar Academy is a great school!

I think this because the teachers are always friendly and willing to help if you struggle. There is always a bucket load of activities you can participate in such as the Blarefees and the school birthday.


The office ladies are always open for hugs which I extremely enjoy. The principal will always assist you when you need it and is a very lovely person. These are reasons I LOVE Poplar Academy.”

Aimee Naude (Grade 5)

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