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New Zealand

Education System

Secondary School Education System

The education system in New Zealand is divided into four levels of education: Early Childhood Education, Primary School, Secondary School and Higher Education. Primary Education begins at Year 1 to Year 8 and Secondary Education begins from Year 9 to Year 13. Once students graduate high school, students will be able to freely choose subjects in a designated local or foreign university of choice.

The education in New Zealand is highly regarded by the international community due to the country’s well-founded education system. It is mandatory for parents to enroll students into school from the beginning age of 5 years old until 16 years old.

Types of Schools

There are over 400 schools in New Zealand, supervised by the Ministry of Education and certified by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA). There are three types of schools in New Zealand:

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Quasi-government schools funded by the government and religious institutions

International students interested in pursuing studies in New Zealand, will be able to enroll into classes from the ages of 11 – 13 years old. For students interested in learning English as a second language, many schools offer ESL programs to help students build a solid English foundation prior to attending regular classes.


Years

New Zealand’s school calendar is divided into four terms and between each term; there will be two week holiday break. Extended school holidays will be from December to January of every year.

  • 1st Term: Late January to Mid-April
  • 2nd Term: Late April to Early July
  • 3rd Term: Late July to Mid-September
  • 4th Term: Early October to Early December

Curriculum and Subjects
  • Year 13 (NCEA-Level 3) ( Form 7 ) Ages 17-18 Students will have the flexibility to choose any subject of their interest.*For students who complete NCEA-Level 3, it is required to accumulate credit of all Level 3 subjects. Credits accumulated should not be less than 60 credits.

    Once students successfully complete Year 13, they will be able to continue onwards to university.

  • Year 12 (NCEA-Level 2) ( Form 6 ) Ages 16-17 Students will have the option to choose 4 – 9 subjects. Out of the 9 subjects, students will be able to choose 1 – 2 mandatory subjects for course completion.*For students who complete NCEA-Level 3, it is required to accumulate credit of all Level 2 subjects. Credits accumulated should not be less than 80 credits.

    Once students complete Year 12, students can choose to pursue a High School Diploma or continue onwards into Year 13.

  • Year 11 (NCEA-Level 1) ( Form 5 ) Ages 15-16 Students will be enrolled into the National Certificate Education Academic (NECA), as the entry level, NCEA-Level 1. Students will be offered 4 – 9 subjects, 1 – 2 mandatory subjects and 2 – 3 electives. Each subject offers 10 – 24 credits.*For students who complete NCEA-Level 2, it is required to accumulate credit of all Level 1 subjects. Credits accumulated should not be less than 80 credits.
  • Year 10 ( Form 4 ) Ages 14-15 Mandatory subjects include English, Social Sciences, Science and Physical Education. Students will be able to choose other subjects of their interest, depending on each school.
  • Year 9 ( Form 3 ) Age 13-14  Mandatory subjects include English, Social Sciences, Science and Physical Education. Students will be able to choose other subjects of their interest, depending on each school.