Types of schools

There are f three types of school in New Zealand: state schools, which are funded by the government, ‘state integrated’ schools and private schools.

State schools are a major source of schooling, the choice for about 85% of New Zealand children. It is free for permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. There are some additional minor costs for special tuition, exam fees, sports or other activities, ranging from NZD 250-650.

‘State integrated’ schools are funded by government and using national curriculum. They are schools with their own set goals to reflect their own values, a specific philosophy or belief. It charges compulsory for attendance and various facilities, around NZD 1500.

Private schools are mostly private funded and get some government funding. They develop their own learning programmes and do not have to follow the plans of the national curriculum.