Studying at Rangitoto

Rangitoto College is well-known nationally and internationally for providing students with a caring, supportive environment in which to excel academically and develop personally. With a long list of subjects, sports and activities to choose from, Rangitoto College offers an outstanding experience to international students. 


Academic Success at Rangitoto College

Rangitoto College is a top academic school and produces extremely high quality graduates, many of whom go on to the world's best universities. One recent graduate has been awarded a full scholarship to study at Harvard University, while another has been granted a full scholarship to New York University Abu Dhabi. 

Academic pathways to university


Quality Assurance

Rangitoto College is a high performing secondary college. Students achieve very well academically and benefit from the focus the school places on the wellbeing of young people. The curriculum offers many enriching educational opportunities and experiences. Learning is tailored to the chosen pathway for each individual student. Read the 2015 ERO Report here. 


Two World-Class Courses at Rangitoto College

Rangitoto College is proud to offer students the choice of two world-class qualifications, the International Baccalaureate and the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. 

Our highly-qualified teachers are passionate about their subjects and carefully monitor student progress to keep students on track to succeed. Students with special abilities are offered extension classes to help them learn faster and get ahead more easily. Rangitoto College reports fully on academic progress once a year, with progress reports issued every term.

NCEA and IB 



Special Programmes for International Students

Rangitoto College’s Term 4 Programme is designed to help short-term students have an amazing New Zealand experience. The programme is a combination of classwork and trips to some of Auckland’s best attractions – an action packed month of learning and adventure!

We also offer specialist programmes for people interested in learning about rugby or sailing. 

Term 4 Programme

Rugby Programme

Sailing Academy


New Zealand Education System

Two recent global reports have found that New Zealand leads the way in preparing students for future success in a time of rapid change. The New Zealand system places less importance on learning facts and more on teaching students how to learn and instilling a love of learning. Read the article from Education New Zealand here.


Sports, Music and Cultural Activities

Students at Rangitoto College have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities as well as their classes. This forms an exciting part of the New Zealand educational experience and helps students recognise their talents and gain additional skills. 

Sports, Music and Activities



Rangitoto College believes in investing in world-class facilities to assist learning and co-curricular activities, including:

  • modern classrooms
  • a library and information centre featuring senior study and reading rooms
  • computer access for all students
  • an auditorium
  • an Olympic standard all-weather hockey turf
  • three gymnasiums and a weights room
  • a purpose built Science block with laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Electronics
  • an English block featuring television
  • a film studio
  • drama rooms
  • a dance studio with sprung floor
  • a music block with practice and performance space
  • an all-weather athletics track
  • five sports fields for rugby, cricket, football and recreation
  • a large, modern swimming pool and sport institute on the schools boundary


Enrolment Information

For more information about the New Zealand Academic Calendar, how long students can study for, which year level to apply for and bringing computers to school, please visit the Apply to Study page or email us for specific information (