Knowledge base articles

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

School is optional from five years of age. Once children turn six it is compulsory for children to be enrolled in education and they must attend a school/kura daily.

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.

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 general information on education in NZ and help finding a school, use the tool on the Ministry of Education website.

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.