Schooling System

Coming to New Zealand as a student with kids?
Or do you want to enroll in a local secondary school before applying to a university?
Then, this article is for you

Facts about the schooling system

Schooling in New Zealand starts just after the 5th birthday and continues till age 16, after which schooling is optional.

800k Students

enrolled in Primary, Intermediate & Secondary schools across New Zealand

2536 Schools

Primary, Intermediate & Secondary schools in NZ

13 Years  Structure

of Schooling in New Zealand

Schooling in New Zealand

If you come to NZ to study in a Master’s or PhD level programme and your partner gets a partner work visa, then your kids can go to a local school for free!

If you are considering NZ as a place for your own secondary school, so you are going to study without your parents joining you on work visas, then you will need to pay for your education as an international student.

Primary & Intermediate Schools

7-8 years of schooling
These schools run for seven or eight years, from Year 1 to Year 8.

Several types of schools
There are different kinds of primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand

More students in government schools
Most students in New Zealand go to government-funded state or state-integrated schools, but there are also private schools available in some areas.

Secondary Schools

3-4 years of schooling
Runs for three or four years, from Years 9 to 13, which is usually when students are between 13 and 19 years old.

Did you know?
In secondary schools, students work towards NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), which covers levels 1 to 3 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Decile School System
One of the most important things to understand when choosing the right school for you or your children is the New Zealand school decile system. New Zealand schools have decile ratings that help determine how much government funding they get. The decile rating of schools ranges from 1 to 10. The lower a school’s decile rating, the more funding it gets.
Find out more about decile ratings

Did you know?

Decile School System

One of the most important things to understand when choosing the right school for you or your children, is the New Zealand school decile system.

New Zealand schools have decile ratings that help determine how much government funding they get. The decile rating of schools ranges from
from 1 to 10. The lower a school’s decile rating, the more funding it gets.

Find out more about decile ratings

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