Wondering where to find the best high schools in New Zealand? Actually, you don’t have to wonder… LOL. You only have to look around you and you can find one of the best high schools in New Zealand.
Most parents living in other parts of New Zealand usually think the best schools are the ones in Auckland or Wellington. That is not true.
There are many schools in other parts of the country that are doing really well. But the only reason why most of them are not being talked about is that they are not too loud with their achievements.
Lots of the time, those schools we tag as the best are just living the names but not actually living up to their names. There are also others that are not known by name. However, they are performing way better than the ones with big names.
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How Do You Find The Best High Schools In New Zealand?
It is very easy to find the best schools in New Zealand. Yes….. only on Google but trust me those best secondary schools you see there are just ranked based on NCEA results which makes the ranking table really unfair to other schools that offer international courses.
Finding the best senior secondary school in New Zealand shouldn’t be an easy thing. Lots of work must go in to find which school is the best.
Just googling won’t give you any proper results except schools ranked by NCEA results which have too many flaws from my perspective. I really have lots of problems with that system of ranking.
From my perspective, I think NCEA results system of ranking should rather be used for student ranking than school ranking. I think the level of education of teachers, the type of learning facilities, and the kind of things the students are learning should play a major role in the ranking of the schools.
If you really want to find the best high schools in New Zealand, you simply have to check out the schools’ facilities on their websites and compare. I think doing it this way will make you find the best school.
The best high schools in New Zealand should ensure quality education, security for your ward, well-experienced teachers, and good learning facilities.
Use the table of content below to navigate through the list of the best high schools in New Zealand.
The Top 10 Best High Schools In New Zealand
Below are the best high schools in New Zealand currently. The schools were ranked based on the Crimson system of ranking schools in New Zealand. Data for this ranking was sourced based on a public survey. The information collected from the survey was then referenced with the NZQA for verification of the authenticity of the survey.
1. St Cuthbert’s College
This school is number 1 on the list of the best high schools in New Zealand. Therefore this school, the people’s choice always has to keep the top spot to maintain its reputation.
Most of the ranking lists that came out from the previous years saw this school always in the top five. It is very difficult to be consistent and it takes the best to stay consistent.
You can locate St Cuthbert’s College at Elizabeth Caughey Wing 122 Market Road, Epsom, Auckland 1051.
Below is a shot of their fees which will be updated every year. In the event that it is not updated here, you can always visit their website to check.
This school is also the best high school in Auckland. There is a full article about that you can read.
2. Pinehurst School
This is a private coeducational institution. This school is the second-best school in New Zealand. However, comparing history this will be one of the newest private schools to grace New Zealand.
You can locate Pinehurst School at 75 Bush Road, Albany, Auckland 0632.
You can check the fees of this school for the current year in the image below. In addition, you can also check their website for more information since there are other fees I didn’t include here.
3. Kristin School
After Pinehurst School, Kristin School is the next best school in New Zealand. The school has very good learning facilities and an environment.
You can locate Kristin School at 360 Albany Highway, Albany, Auckland 0632. Check out their fees from their website.
4. ACG Parnell College
The fourth school on the list is ACG Parnell College. Compared to the other schools from the top, this is a very new school and it is also a private school.
You can locate ACG Parnell College at 2 Titoki Street, Parnell, Auckland 1052. Check the tuition fee for this school below or from their website.
5. Macleans College
Macleans College is a state co-educational institute, therefore making it the best state school in New Zealand. You can locate this school at 2 Macleans Road, Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2012.
You can check out their fees from their website.
6. Diocesan School For Girls
Diocesan School For Girls is a private school for only girls hence, making it the first girls’ school to appear on the list. You can locate this school at Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland 1051.
You can always visit their website for more inquiries or to check their fees and courses.
7. Auckland International College
Auckland International College is another private coeducational institution on the list. This institution was number one the previous year. You can locate this school at 37 Heaphy Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland 0600.
You can check their fee schedule on their website.
8. Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
Baradene College of the Sacred Heart is the second girls-only school and the second state school on the list. This school celebrated its 100th Anniversary in the year 2009, hence making it the oldest school on the list. You can locate this school at 237 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1050.
9. St Peter’s College (Auckland)
St Peter’s College (Auckland) is one of the largest Catholic schools in Auckland. The school is a single-gender school for boys. Therefore, this is the only boys’ school that made it to the Top 10 Best Schools In New Zealand.
You can locate this school at 23 Mountain Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023.
10. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Since Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is in Christchurch, this will make it the only school on the list outside Auckland. This is a school for girls only. You can locate the school at 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch 8014.
You can check out their tuition fee terms below or from their website.
This is the end of the list of the top 10 best high schools in New Zealand currently
The best high schools in New Zealand cannot be determined by NCEA results only but the facilities available and the qualification of the teachers should play a major role.
There are lots of nice schools in New Zealand but it is up to us to discover them and help give better education to our young ones.
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