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7 best schools and colleges in New Zealand where international students can get high-quality primary and secondary education

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Rangitoto College Private Boarding School
Rangitoto College Private Boarding School
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.4
from 34280.00 $NZD / year
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Sunderland College ACG
Sunderland College ACG
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.2
from 20850.00 $NZD / year
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from 20850.00 $NZD / year
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Taylors College in Auckland
Taylors College in Auckland
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.2
from 29800.00 $NZD / 4 semesters
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from 29800.00 $NZD / 4 semesters
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Strathallan College ACG
Strathallan College ACG
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.2
from 23200.00 $NZD / year
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from 23200.00 $NZD / year
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Parnell College ACG
Parnell College ACG
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.1
from 25500.00 $NZD / year
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from 25500.00 $NZD / year
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Long Bay college
Long Bay college
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.1
from 16280.00 $ / year
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University of Canterbury International College
University of Canterbury International College
New Zealand
Christchurch
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7.8
from 29050.00 $NZD / year
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from 29050.00 $NZD / year
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Senior College ACG
Senior College ACG
New Zealand
Auckland
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7.8
from 35800.00 $NZD / year
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from 35800.00 $NZD / year
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King's High School for boys
King's High School for boys
New Zealand
Dunedin
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7.7
from 1638180.00 ₽ / year
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from 1638180.00 ₽ / year
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St. Hilda's Collegiate School
St. Hilda's Collegiate School
New Zealand
Dunedin
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Pleasant
7.3
from 1753140.00 ₽ / year
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Education information

Nowadays, education in New Zealand provides a great opportunity to choose any elite university in the world. In New Zealand, the school system includes just over 400 institutions, but only 20 of them are private. The state strictly regulates the programs and the educational system, so educational services provided by schools and colleges in New Zealand are high-quality. At the same time, the cost of studying is 20-30% lower than in secondary schools in Britain. Due to the list of 7 best schools and colleges in New Zealand, foreign students can find the most appropriate option. 

Studying in 7 best schools in New Zealand

In New Zealand students get primary education in the age of 5-6 years old, until the 8th grade (13 years). Then, they continue education in secondary classes, until the age of 16, children are trained in the middle schol. After that they have a choice: to study subjects under the programme similar to the British A-level, or to pass vocational studying in college.

At the end of grade 11, all students receive a School Certificate. An adequate level of 12-13 years of study allows to obtain NCEA Level I, which corresponds to the quality standards of the programme High School Diploma (United States) or British A-level .

How foreign students can enter one of 7 best schools and colleges in New Zealand?

Nowadays, the cost of studying in public schools for foreign students is slightly lower than in private boarding schools. For one quarter in a private school will need to pay about $ 5,000-9,000 New Zealand dollars. Usually, foreign students need to take preparation courses, for example, language courses, in order to get high chances to enter prestigious schools in New Zealand.

7 best schools in New Zealand provide disciplines that contains about 30 directions, the main of which are foreign languages, English and mathematics. Also, students can study practical bases of journalism, radio electronics, art or accounting.

For foreigners entering New Zealand schools, a report card with scores (academy) is required. Also, the results of testing in English at the level of reading and understanding of the press are required. Many institutions indicate in the list of necessary documents two characteristics from the previous school and an essay on the topic: "Why do I act here." Foreign students are often recommended to attend preparatory courses with in-depth studying of English. The result of the TOEFL exam is required not less than 500 points.

Unlike the British educational system, New Zealand does not have a clear distinction between the age of students. In order to have high chances to enter schools in New Zealand, foreign students need to think in advance, as the process of checking and filing documents can take 3-4 months. Some private institutions can send screening tests to potential students for certain subjects that are studied at an in-depth level. It may take up to 2 months for the visa to be issued.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 21 boarding colleges in England 2022

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 National Mathematics and Science College
3 Abbey College Cambridge
4 d'Overbroeck's College
5 MPW London
6 CATS Cambridge
7 Kensington Park
8 DLD London
9 King's College St Michael’s
10 Bellerbys Cambridge
11 Chelsea Independent College
12 MPW Cambridge
13 Bellerbys Brighton
14 CATS London
15 St Clare's Oxford
16 Bishopstrow College
17 CATS Canterbury
18 Bellerbys London
19 Ealing Independent College
20 Cambridge Tutors College
21 Abbey Manchester

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2022

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2022

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4 Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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