Exchange Program New Zealand
education lasts for eight years. Secondary education lasts for three years
(from Year 9 through Year 11), with a Sixth Form 12th Year and a Seventh
Form 13th Year. Entrance to secondary schools is non-selective. The basis
of the school program is the New Zealand Curriculum in the essential learning
areas of Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, the
Arts, Health and Physical Wellbeing. The curriculum emphasises the development
of Communication, Numeracy, Information, Problem Solving, Self-Management
and Competitive, Social and Co-operative, Physical, and Work and Study Skills.
Diagnostic and formative assessment assists students to achieve the objectives
set out in the national curriculum statements and published syllabuses.
All national school qualifications are administered by the New Zealand Qualifications
Authority. Secondary Schools also offer Unit Standard Credits between Levels
1-4 of the National Qualifications Framework (National Certificate Level).
Most high schools in New Zealand are public schools that are funded
by the state. While some private schools operated by the Anglican (Episcopalian),
Presbyterian or Roman Catholic churches exist, Two Worlds United students will usually
attend public schools. Most schools are co-educational, although there are
still a number of single sex schools in the densely populated areas. The
schools are modeled on the British educational system, and are more formal
than their European or American counterparts, but less formal than the Japanese
A school uniform is often compulsory. Some schools do not require
their seniors to wear a uniform, but instead have a dress code which students
must abide by. Two Worlds United participants are expected to follow the school's mandate,
whether it is a uniform or dress code.
The academic year in New Zealand begins at the end of January and
ends in December. The year is divided into four terms which last approximately
10 weeks, with a 2-week vacation between each. Classes are held Monday through
Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM with an hour lunch break.
Typical subjects include:
Elective courses may include:
- Computer Studies
- Graphic Art
- Classical Studies
- Foreign Languages
- Art History
- Maori Studies
Most New Zealand students are involved in extra-curricular activities
such as sports and drama. Two Worlds United students are expected to participate
in at least one such activity. Student Exchange Program New Zealand
1 Nov to: 31 Jan