Primary & Secondary
The NZ Education System is rated one of the best in the world and is based on encouraging the enjoyment and discovery of learning and not focusing memorisation of facts. Every public school is a local school where education is provided for every child living in that school zone. NZ parent are proud of education provided by local school with only 5% attending private school.
Each school provide the same board education up to Year 10. After Year 10, student will place in a small of optional choice and subjects are more specialised and Level 1 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) begins
- NCEA Leve 1 (Year 11): some student specialise in completely academic courses while others take mixture of academic and vocational subjects
- NCEA Level 2 (Year 12): Some students may take a mixture of academic and vocational subject. Some may finish school and go into other training for vocational qualifications. These are often at an ITPs offering qualifications from Level 2 to level 9
- NCEA Level 3 (Year 13): Student focused on studying academic subjects to gain the University Entrance qualification or going to a Degree level at Universities or ITPs
For International students, how can their parents judge to choose a secondary school?
School decile level is estimated by the income level of all of people living in that school zone. However, that is only an estimated number because every school zone will have a mixture of wealthy families and less wealthy families. For school, government funding per student is based on decile levels- the lower the level, the higher the funding
NCEA and University Entrance results
- Some schools have a large proportion of their students studying easier vocational subjects, so naturally will show much higher pass rates in NCEA than schools where most of the students study academic subjects.
- Some schools encourage all students to attempt UE, but other schools do not allow students to enter UE unless they are sure they will pass, so their pass rates in UE will be much higher than other schools. The higher pass rate does not mean that they are doing a better job for their students than other schools are.
Education Review Office Report (ERO)
The ERO will visit every public school regularly to make in-depth analysis and report, which is published on school website. The sequence of visit depend on how the school ERO report was:
- 1 to 2 year: concern about some important issues
- 3 years: good performance, with elements of high performance
- 4 to 5 years: high quality performance is evident
ERO report is the best idea to parent s of how well a school performs academically and how well it looks after students
NZ schools offer a very wide range of sports, cultural and community activities. Some schools offer special activities as well as the normal curriculum because of their geographical location or their size.
It can be included:
- Skiing at a school in a mountain area
- Marine biology in a seaside school
- Horticulture in a rural school
- Larger schools usually offer a wider range of co-curricular activities and may specialise in Rugby, Athletics or Swimming or in Music, Theatre, Dance or Art.
- Smaller schools may provide an environment where students can make friends, get to know their teachers, more easily
- Boys school, girls school or co-ed (mixed)
- Religious or non -religious
- Busy city or quite
- Uniform or no uniform
- Tuition Fee
- Cultural mixture.
These are few factors for international students need to consider before enroll into NZ schools:
- How is student English level?
- What are academic levels they did in their home country.
- Boarding School or Non- Boarding School
- Religion or non- religion schools?
- Homestay requirement? Or Guardian Services?