The NZ Education System

A New Zealand High School will typically include five years of continuous study. This is comprised of two years in junior high school and three years in senior high school. The junior high programme offers students a broad range of subjects across the curriculum with the intention of guiding them towards making a successful decision as to what they would like to study in their senior years. The senior programme offers students greater choice in the subjects they would like to study with the final goal being the attainment of NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance in their final year. Senior students will have NCEA examinations for each year of senior high school as well as numerous class assessments throughout the school year.

Please click here for more detailed information on New Zealand’s National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Please click here for further information on studying at a New Zealand secondary school for an international student.

Please click here for more information on gaining equivalency for Abitur (Germany) or Mattayom 6 (Thailand).