West Coast School with best academic results - 100% pass rate over many years, excellent teachers &  where academic achievement is awarded.

HSH Academics

Hopefield High School shines at academic achievement; one of the many reasons why Hopefield High School is "the best school on the West Coast". With our superb teaching staff, we've set the standard for West Coast High School academics by consistently achieving.

HSH achieves a 100% Matric Pass Rate most years, 100% exemption to study at tertiary level and very high university exemption.

Our relatively small class sizes are part of our winning formula: we aim for Primary School classes to have an average of 30 learners per class; and our High School classes to have an average of 25 learners per class.

HSH offers the following Subjects, explored further below:

  • Language: Afrikaans & English
  • Math
  • Physical & Life Sciences
  • LO
  • Tourism
  • CAT
  • Business & Accounting
  • EGD
  • Consumers
  • Music

HSH Academic Achievements

Our matrics achieved the following in 2023:

  • 100% pass rate
  • 93% pass with University exemption
  • 9 students with A-average
  • 22 students with B-average

We still await the following, these are from 2022:

  • Math Literacy results rank in top 20 in SA
  • Top Achieving school on the West Coast
  • Afrikaans AL & Afrikaans HL rank 5th & 19th in Western Cape
  • External Systemic Tests: our Grade 3 was 49% above, Grade 6 was 34% above & Grade 9 was 56% above the provincial average.

More HSH Achievements

2022: 100% matric pass rate; University Exemption rate: 89%; A-avg: 3 learners; B-avg: 22 learners. HSH in S South African Top 20 Maths Literacy; Afrikaans AL & Afrikaans HL rank 5th & 19th in Western Cape; and the Top Achieving school on the West Coast! External Systemic Tests: our Grade 3 was 49% above, Grade 6 was 34% above & Grade 9 was 56% above the provincial average.

2021: 100% matric pass rate; Tertiary Exemption rate: 100%; A-avg: 6 learners; B-avg: 25 learners. HSH in South African Top 20 Afrikaans HL!

2020: University Exemption rate: 91.5%; A-avg: 8 learners; B-avg: 24 learners. HSH in Western Cape Top 20 for Maths & 3rd in the Western Cape for Gr 12 Afrikaans HL! External Systemic Tests: our Grade 3 was 34% above, Grade 6 was 23% above & Grade 9 was 35% above the provincial average.

2019: 100% matric pass rate, Tertiary institution exemption rate: 98% , University Exemption rate: 80%; A-avg: 5 learners; B-avg: 17 learners. HSH in Western Cape Top 20 for Maths & National Top 20 for Gr 12 Afrikaans HL.

2018: University Exemption rate: 79%; A-avg: 4 learners; B-avg: 15 learners.
2017: University Exemption rate: 77%; A-avg:: 3 learners; B-avg: 22 learners.
2016: University Exemption rate: 76%, A-avg: 7 learners; B-avg: 13 learners.
2015: University Exemption rate: 62%; A-avg: 3 learners; B-avg: 18 learners.
2014: University Exemption rate: 67%; 1 learner in Western Cape Top 20 out of 49 000!

At Hopefield High School matric pass rate of 100% has become the norm.

HSH Subject Choices

All Grades may take music and art as extra-mural subjects offered by external institutions; it counts towards official subject marks in the higher grades.

Grade R - 3 learners are taught the prescribed Foundation phase subjects.

Grade 4 - 6 learners are taught the prescribed Intermediary phase subjects.

Graad 7 - 9 are taught the prescribed Senior phase subjects.

Grade 8 - 9 subjects include English & Afrikaans (either as home, the other as additional language), Life Orientation, Maths, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics & Management Sciences, Technology and Creative Arts.

HSH targets a broad range of careers with a variety of subject choices offered at the senior level.

Gr 10-12 Subject Streams

Grade 10-12 learners have to choose subjects from the following 7 streams offered (prior aptitude testing recommended):

  • Stream 1: Afrikaans Primary Language or Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Stream 2: English Home Language or English First Additional Language
  • Stream 3: Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
  • Stream 4: Life Orientation (compulsory)
  • Stream 5: Physical Science or Business Studies or CAT
  • Stream 6: Consumer Studies or Accounting or Music or EGD
  • Stream 7: Life Sciences or CAT or Tourism or Music
  • Optional: AdMath, Art & Design may be taken as additional subjects at external facilities.
Hopefield High School students excel and are winners at ESKOM Science Expo.

ESKOM Science Expo

HSH excels at the annual ESKOM Science Expo.

Being project and research based, the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists encourages students to identify a problem, analyse information, find solutions right across the scientific spectrum and communicate their findings effectively.

It offers students the opportunity to broaden their scientific horizons and knowledge.

Our learners' academic versatility is further enhanced by their participation in a variety of culture, Olympiad, general knowledge, debating and Eisteddfod extramurals.

2023 highlights: Gold medals by Thinus Moolman, Maritsa Harmse, Emma Melck & Nina Schwartz; Silver medals by Janco Britz, Chrizandi Basson, Ryeleigh Lentz, Marnia Opperman & Tumisho Letselebe; Bronze medals by Micah Cyster & Palesa Theletsane.

Thinus Moolman and Nina Schwartz both won Gold medals when they represented the West Coast at the International Science Fair (in 2023 it hosted 7 countries and 320 projects!) Thinus was also the category winner of Earth Sciences.

HSH encourages a love for languages and mathematics in different ways.


English or Afrikaans Home Language teaches proficiency for work, social situations & to absorb Grade 12 content.

Afrikaans or English First Additional Language assumes the learner doesn't know the language when they start school. The first years teach the basics to converse in the language. Literacy skills are then built on this foundation, so that learners can use it socially and in possible subsequent studies.


Pure Math makes use of symbols and notations for describing numerical, graphical and geometric relationships.

Math Literacy is suitable for learners who won't proceed with maths beyond school, while still equipping them to reason, make decisions, solve problems & manage resources well.

Hopefield High School life sciences and physical sciences are highly regarded.

Physical Science

The study of Physical Science investigates physical and chemical phenomena through scientific inquiry, application of scientific models, theories and laws. The aim is to explain and predict events in our physical environment. It includes Chemistry and Physics.

It includes a practical component in the form of experiments and projects.

Life Science

Life Sciences mean the scientific study of living things; from molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments.

It includes a practical component in the form of experiments and projects.

HSH academic standards are as high in all senior subjects offered at HSH.

Life Orientation (LO)

Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and society.

It equips learners to engage with and respond positively and responsibly to the demands of the world on all levels.

It teaches constitutional rights, tolerance, the need for diversity and respect for one another.

LO also includes a physical fitness component.


Tourism is a practical subject that prepares the student for a future career in the tourism or hospitality industries.

It covers the various modes of travel, and from local South African to global iconic attractions.

Hopefield High School CAT (Computer Application Technology) as a senior subject for university exemption since 2018

Computer Application Technology (CAT)

CAT covers hardware, software, firmware and networking of computers. It includes tuition in the most commonly used software packages (MS-Office) and an introduction to computer programming & database systems.

Business Studies

Business Studies teaches the business principles, theory and practice that underpin entrepreneurial initiatives, sustainable enterprises and economic growth.


Accounting focuses on performance measurement, and the processing and communication of financial information of economic entities, including the compilation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements & managerial reports. It engenders discipline, ethical behaviour & transparency.

HSH EGD as a subject popular with boys and girls alike.

Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD)

Engineering Graphics and Design is a communication and management tool linking those who design and plan with those who produce artifacts, buildings and systems. In the design phase it records ideas, and in the manufacturing phase it guides the manufacturing process. Known to older parents as Technical Drawing.

Consumer Studies

Develops the learners' ability to be informed and responsible consumers of food, clothing, housing, furnishings and household equipment. This stresses optimal and sustainable use of resources to improve human well-being. It includes the practical component of home economics (cooking & baking).


HSH has a strong music core. Learn about our Music School.