Grantmaking Partner

African School for Excellence



African School for Excellence (ASE) aims to revolutionise the face of modern education and, in so doing, provide greater access to world-class education to everyone. Rooted in a unique concept, ASE’s vision is to create a self-sustaining network of elite independent secondary schools that anyone can afford.

To do this, we focus our mission on three essential factors:

World-Class Quality. Everything begins with our commitment to excellence. We know that township scholars can compete with the world’s best students. We expect ASE scholars to graduate ready to succeed at the very best universities, both in South Africa and abroad, and we accept nothing less.

Affordability. Even the highest-quality educational model will not be enough to change the state of education in South African townships if it cannot eventually pay for itself. ASE’s refined model costs roughly 60% of the amount the government currently spends per learner, thereby making it attainable for township families while extending the impact of government spending in improving education outcomes in South Africa.

Scalability. South Africa is filled with talented young people who can achieve world-class results if given the opportunity. Through our financial model, our systems, and our embedded teacher’s college, we maintain a ceaseless focus on scaling our impact without sacrificing quality. We seek to develop a network of 100+ schools throughout the country, providing elite education to tens of thousands of disadvantaged scholars every year.