GDE Admissions: How to Select a School Based on Language Preferences

When registering your child for school admission through the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), it’s essential to consider language preferences. This is particularly important for students who are transitioning from Grade 7 to Grade 8, as you’ll want to ensure that the school you select offers the Language of Learning and Teaching, Home Language, and the First Additional Language that matches your child’s academic background.

Ensuring the Right Language Fit

When applying for a school through the GDE admissions portal, parents should select a school that offers the languages that align with the child’s Grade 7 Academic Performance Report. This step is crucial as it will facilitate a smoother transition for the child into the new school environment.

It’s important to note that the placement will be based on the availability of space at the relevant schools. Therefore, it is recommended to have a few options in mind in case your first choice school is full.

When the Closest School Doesn’t Offer the Required Language

In some instances, the school closest to your home address may not offer the language that your child has been studying. In such cases, if you are applying for Grade 8, you have the option to apply using the “Previous school” selection.

However, if you are applying for Grade 1, you should select any school that is offering your preferred Language of Learning and Teaching.

In both cases, the system will consider your preference, and placement will be offered at the next closest school where space is available and the desired language is taught.


The language aspect of school admissions is a vital factor to consider. By making informed decisions about the languages offered by schools during the GDE admissions process, you are setting the stage for your child’s academic success and well-being. Be sure to weigh your options carefully and have a backup plan in case your first-choice school is not available.