New Zealand State Education System

1. PRE SCHOOL–                          Children aged 2 – 4 years old
                                                     Kindergartens, Play Centres
    These aim to prepare young children for formal education.
2. PRIMARY SCHOOL–                Students aged 5 – 10 years old
                                                   Class levels = New Entrants to Year 6
3. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL–    Students aged 11 and 12 years old
                                                 Class levels = Years 7 and 8
4. SECONDARY SCHOOL–        called High School, Grammar School or College
(the only difference is in the name)
                                                   Students aged 13 – 17 years old
                                                   Class levels = Years 9 – 13
In Years 9 and 10 English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Arts and Physical Education are compulsory.  Students can choose some optional courses which differ from school to school.

In Years 11 to 13 students work towards different levels of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Standards based assessment is used for internal assessment activities within the school and external assessment exams held in November. Grades of Not Achieved (NA), Achieved (A), Merit (M) or Excellence (E) are awarded as well as a certain number of credits which count towards the certificate. 

NCEA is an internationally recognized qualification.
Year 11 NCEA Level 1– Students usually do English, Mathematics, Science,  Physical
                                         Education and two other optional courses.
Year 12 NCEA Level 2– Students usually do English and four or five other optional
Year 13 NCEA Level 3– Students usually choose five courses from a range of  options
Many courses need to have been studied at Year 11 or 12 before they can be studied at Year 13. All courses have some internally assessed standards and this may mean that students starting several weeks into the school year may not be able to gain the full number of credits. 
5. TERTIARY STUDIES– New Zealand has state funded Universities and Technical Institutes offering a wide range of degrees, diplomas and certificates which are recognized throughout the world.
The NCEA minimum criteria for entrance to university are:
  • 14 credits at level one or higher in Mathematics standards.
  •   4 credits at level two or above in Reading standards.
  •   4 credits at level two or above in Writing standards.
  • 14 credits at level 3 or higher in at least three different “approved subjects”.
Individual universities publish details of requirements for selection to particular courses. The selection may relate to certain NCEA Standards which need to be achieved or to the level of achievement that has to be reached. Students at Lynfield College will be guided and advised about these entry requirements by the Careers Adviser and the International Academic Advisor.