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How do I find a school for my children in New Zealand?

The school system in New Zealand is divided into three types: state-funded, state-integrated, and private schooling.

For state-funded schools, most children attend the school closest to home but they can enrol at any state school that doesn't have an enrolment scheme.  Under the scheme, students will be enrolled if they live within the home zone determined by the school.

For locations of school zones in New Zealand refer to the school zones website.

State-integrated and private schooling often offer the option for boarding and have more freedom with their curriculum. While they must meet national standards, they receive limited government funding.

For a detailed explanation of your choice in education providers, visit the Education section of our website. Find school rankings and reviews through the Education Review Office.

For information on the way schools operate, including enrolment, qualifications, and starting in a new school mid-year, have a look at our School System page.