Most students coming from overseas will join our regular High School Programme and attend classes with our New Zealand (Kiwi) students. International Students are placed in classes based on their age and academic ability.
Students will normally join the High School Programme on a term by term basis although shorter term placements are considered. In New Zealand your course of study is made up of compulsory subjects, (subjects you have to take), and option subjects, (subjects that you choose to take). As you move up through the year levels the number of subjects you study becomes less but the time you spend on each subject increases.
Also, as you move up through the year levels, the number of option subjects you take
increases and by the time you reach Year 13 there are no compulsory subjects.
English language is studied as a subject for most international students and is taught by expert teachers from our international department. The amount of language tuition available for students in the High School Programme depends on the needs of each student. There is no extra cost to this Language tuition. Students will do better in the HIgh School Programme if they have some knowledge of English. If there English is at beginner level they are advised to enrol in our English Language School to begin with.
The programme for these students is made up of core subjects that all students study and option subjects that they choose. In Year 9 there are six core subjects and students choose another 3 subjects one of which is normally a foreign language or Maori. In Year 10 there are five core subjects and students choose 3 options.
In Year 11 & 12 students do six subjects, while in Year 13 students normally do five subjects.
Year 11 must do English, Mathematics and Science. Year 12 students must do English. There are no compulsory subjects that have to be studied by Year 13 students.