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|Early Childhood||Pre-School||birth - 5 years|
|Primary School||Years 1 - 6||5 - 10 years|
|Intermediate School*||Years 7- 8||11- 12 years|
|Secondary/High School||Years 9 - 13||13 - 18 years|
|Tertiary||University or Similar||17 +|
* Intermediate Schools may be integrated into either Junior or Senior Schools
Early childhood education provides education and care for children before they are old enough to go to school.
New Zealand has more than 4000 licensed early childhood education services available, including kindergartens, childcare centres, play centres, home-based care and playgroups.
Primary school students study subjects guided by New Zealand National Curriculum: English, the arts, health and physical education, languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences and technology.
Students’ abilities in reading, writing and maths are regularly assessed against expectations for their age level, as set out by New Zealand’s National Standards.
Intermediate schools are a bridge between primary school and secondary school. Primary education starts at Year 1 and continues through to Year 8. Years 7 and 8 are offered either at a primary school or at a separate intermediate school.
New Zealand has three types of secondary schools:
Students at secondary schools – also known as high schools or colleges – work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Secondary schools also offer some vocational subjects, such as tourism and computing. Wellesley College can assist international students to transition into a secondary should they so wish.
New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 550 Private Training Establishments (PTEs), which include English language schools.
Choose the type of institution that’s best for your career path:
Visit the Study in New Zealand website for more information.