Education in New Zealand is compulsory from the age of 6 to 16. The system includes primary and intermediate schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at university.

The school year runs from early February to mid-December for primary schools, late January to late November or early December for secondary schools and polytechnics, and from late February til mid-November for universities.

New Zealand had an informal, but well-established education system led by the native Māori until 1815 when formal European-style schooling was introduced. New Zealand established a state education system in 1877. There are three types of schools in New Zealand: state (public) schools, state-integrated schools and private (independent) schools.

10. Kristin School

Tuition Rates: NZ $4,140 – 5,225 per term / International $28,500 – 35,950 per year

Kristin School is an IB World School with the IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme. It is an independent private co-educational school from kindergarten through to Year 13. There is a performing arts center, sports and services for international students. Short-term international students generally enter in the Middle and Senior Schools, and attend for a minimum of one term of nine to ten weeks, and a maximum of four terms (a full academic year). Uniform is required.