2025 Western Cape School Late Applications Closing Soon

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Thousands of parents submitted admission applications for Western Cape schools in 2025. However, the department has opened the late application period to ensure learners whose parents didn't apply for placement can still do so. 


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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) saw a surge in applications for Grade 1 and 8 in 2025. The deadline to apply on time has passed, but don't worry - you can still submit a late application.

The WCED received over 100 000 applications for Grade 1 and 8 placements. This represents a significant increase compared to the on-time applications received last year.

Parents will begin receiving placement offers from 30 May 2024. However, it may take some time before all learners are placed. 

Parents who do not receive an offer on 30 May 2024 should not be disheartened: places always open up as parents confirm their final choices.

Missed the Deadline? Apply Late!

The WCED is accepting late applications until 12 May 2024. However, these will be processed only after on-time applications.

Applications for Grade R and transfers for Grades 2-7 and 9-11 will be open from 1 August to 16 August 2024.

Parents will still be able to capture late applications on the online system until 12 May 2024, but they will be flagged as late applications.

The WCED encourages parents who relocate to the Western Cape to contact district education offices for assistance. 

Parents who relocate to the Western Cape after the late application window closes or those who did not apply earlier for any reason must contact their district office as soon as possible for assistance. The WCED encourages applying early to avoid any last-minute complications.

Ready to Apply? Here's How!

(For Grade 1 & 8 Only)

Step One: Register Online (New Users Only)

  1. Visit the WCED admissions website.
  2. Click "Parent Register".
  3. Read and accept the terms and conditions.
  4. Fill out the registration form and create a password.
  5. Verify your registration through SMS.

Step 2: Log In and Create Your Profile

  1. Enter your ID and password.
  2. Complete the parent/guardian profile with accurate contact information.
  3. Save and return to the application.

Step 3: Learner Application

  1. Click "Learner Application".
  2. Choose Grade 1 or 8.
  3. Enter your child's WCED school ID (if applicable). If not, start a new application.
  4. Fill out your child's profile, including a Western Cape address.
  5. Provide details like highest grade reached (for Grade 8) and preferred learning language.
  6. Choose any desired programmes (e.g., sports).

Step 4: Select Schools

  1. Review information about Focus Schools (with special criteria).
  2. Search for schools by name, location, or type.
  3. Rank your choices using the yellow block.

Step 5: Upload Documents

  1. Scan and upload certified copies (e.g., ID, proof of residence, report card).

Step 6: Submit and Track

  1. Read and accept the Declaration.
  2. Click "Apply". You'll receive confirmation and a learner CEMIS number.
  3. Use the CEMIS number to track your application status.

    If your child is accepted, submit certified hard copies of documents to the school as instructed.

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