Our mission is to develop content, independent, tenacious, and brave young adults, equipped with the skills required to make a positive contribution to a just, fair, and ecologically sustainable society.

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Our child-centred Montessori philosophy and curriculum will nurture your child’s love of learning and inspire and the excellence inherent in your child.

Primary School

We meet your child’s individual needs while simultaneously creating an atmosphere of cooperation, teamwork and group participation through the involvement of parents and unique child-centred activities.

High School

We continue Maria Montessori’s vision of education in the high school. All students feel the uninterrupted flow as they begin to acquire more complex knowledge, adult responsibilities, and independence as they move from the Primary to the High School.

Our Vision:

  • To be a World Class Montessori Primary and International High School,
  • To partner with parents to prepare your children for life,
  • To provide the highest quality learning environments,
  • To discover and develop the unique potential in every child.

The Learning Journey

Set over two campuses, The Bay Academy student is privileged to have one of the most beautiful, natural, and well-designed learning environments available. Starting in Preschool, moving through to Junior and Senior Primary on the Primary Montessori Campus; onto the International Middle School and High School on the Senior Campus, a Bay Academy Student can be safe and secure in the knowledge that the same care and challenge will flow from class-to-class, building trust and self-confidence at every stage of their learning journey.

High School Campus

Gates Open: 7:30am

High School Times: 8:30am – 3:30pm


186 Valley Road, Hout Bay
Cape Town, 7806

Primary School Campus

Gates Open 7:30am

Pre-Primary School Times: 8am – 1pm

Enrichment Times: 1pm – 2:30pm

Primary School Times: Mon-Thur 8:30am – 2:30pm, Friday finishing time at 1pm for all.

Aftercare for all children: 2:30pm – 5pm


Anne Marie Farm, Erf 4078 Main Road, Hout Bay
Cape Town, 7806

Phone & Email

Montessori Primary Campus

082 829 9939

High School Campus

021 791 0886


General Info

Principal: John Alexander

Grade Levels: Nursery – Grade 12

Quick Info

About Us

The Bay Academy is the marriage of three schools, each alike in outlook and vision and with their own history: The Hout Bay Montessori, My Montessori Eco School and The Academy Hout Bay.

We are now an all-through school, encompassing a Montessori Primary School and an International High School. The seamless transition between which is managed by a Montessori-inspired Middle School curriculum.

The term Montessori embodies both a philosophy and a method of education. It is based on the life work of Dr. Maria Montessori, a noted Italian educator and physician (1870 – 1952), who revolutionised early education by advocating that children be allowed the freedom to explore and develop their own creative potential through a wealth of self-teaching educational materials.

Montessori operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs: respect for each other and for the environment.

The Montessori philosophy focuses on the development of each child’s full potential using guides specially trained in the Montessori method and philosophy. Using both concrete teaching materials and a well-defined innovative curriculum tailored to a three-year cycle: Pre-Primary, Junior Primary, Senior Primary, Middle School, and High School.

Set across two beautiful bespoke campuses in the Hout Bay valley, we let nature be our learning environment and design our classrooms with the student in mind, producing the most effective learning environment possible. 

We understand that the Victorian industrial model of education is ineffective and outdated. People should not be judged, or be allowed to judge themselves by their success or failure within the narrow confines of this paradigm. We can do this by offering them the educational experience of working within a flow that ensures they are constantly challenged. An experience where teachers are seen as positive role models, and in which the physical and mental environment all support his undeniable truth:

Happy students are better learners and will become young adults that are independent, creative, open-minded, principled and brave.