Academic Pathways

Louisa Wang with Principal David Hodge

Pathway to the world's best universities

Louisa Wang (co-Dux of Rangitoto College) has accepted a full scholarship to Harvard University in the USA. The NZ Herald recently featured Louisa in an article about top New Zealand students being offered scholarships to Ivy League universities. Our other co-Dux, Duo Ao Son, will be studying at UCLA and Melissa Gao has accepted a place at the University of Southern California. Seoyoung Lee has accepted a full scholarship to NYU Abu Dhabi.

In recent years our graduates have won scholarships to all New Zealand universities and a large number of prestigious universities abroad, including Yale University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College, the University of California (Berkeley), Washington State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Hawaii, Lafayette College, the university of Canberra and the University of Melbourne.

Rangitoto students have competed post graduate studies at M.I.T, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University and New York State University. Some of our ex-students are currently teaching at Ivy League schools in the UK and USA, while others have gone on to become top businessmen, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, researchers, diplomats, interpreters, sportsmen, environmentalists, musicians, politicians, pilots and computer programmers.

 

Preparation for future success 

Our goal is to produce top academic students ready to make a real difference in the world. In addition to their academic studies, we encourage students to become involved in activities designed to develop leadership skills, such as the Model United Nations, and complete service work which goes a long way to securing a scholarship to a top university. Students intending to study at American Universities may like to join our S.A.T. study group to help prepare for the exams. 

The New Zealand education is modern and innovative, preparing students for life in a fast-paced global economy. Our highly qualified teachers, a strong curriculum and outstanding facilities combine to create a supportive and inspiring learning environment. Teachers challenge students to participate actively in classes, working both individually and collaboratively with other students. A range of assessment methods are used (examinations, assignments, practical assessments, group work and presentations) to allow for different types of intelligence and students are always encouraged to ask questions and think creatively so they learn critical thinking, not just knowledge.

 

University Approved Subjects

We believe in choice and know that every student has different needs, abilities and goals.  Students work with Academic Deans to design courses to fit their individual needs and can choose from a long list of University Approved Subjects. Whether students want to do Engineering at the University of Auckland, Law at Harvard University or Business at MIT, Rangitoto College gives them the opportunity to gain the entry credits needed. 

 

Pre-University Medicine 

Highly recommended: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics

Plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list.

 

 

Pre-University Engineering

Compulsory: Physics and Calculus

Highly recommended: Chemistry plus two more subjects from the university approved list.

Supporting or useful subjects may include: Design and Visual Communication, Materials Technology.    

 

Pre-University Commerce / Business

Highly recommended: Statistics or Calculus plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list.

Supporting or useful subjects may include one or more of the following: Economics, Accounting or Business Studies.

 

 

Pre-University IT (Information Technology)

Highly recommended: Statistics or Calculus, plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list

Supporting or useful subjects may include: Computer Programming, Multimedia Technology or Electronics. Students may also choose visual or creative subjects such as Photography or Design.

 

Pre-University Architecture

Highly recommended: one Maths subject (Statistics or Calculus), or Physics plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list.

Many universities require students to submit a portfolio of their work. Students often choose Design and Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Design or Materials Technology because these subjects enable them to produce work which can be used for their portfolio.