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. 

Read more about academic pathways from Rangitoto College.

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. 

New Zealand Education System

The New Zealand education system has been ranked number one in the world in the Prosperity Index survey of 142 countries, due to the high quality of teachers, the range of subjects taught and the balance of academic and practical teaching. 


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.


International Baccalaureate

Rangitoto College is a proud part of an ever growing global community of secondary schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 144 different countries. The IB is a diploma programme which is recognised worldwide and has gained a reputation for its rigorous external assessment and is recognised and respected by universities worldwide. It is a broad, balanced and academically challenging educational programme, which prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.

The International Baccalaureate is a two year programme which can be taken as an alternative to NCEA in Years 12 and 13. The Diploma is awarded as a total qualification and cannot be broken up. Students undertake Level 1 NCEA in Year 11 before being offered the choice to either continue with NCEA in Years 12 and 13 or to begin the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Year 12.


Course Overview

The IB Diploma Programme is designed to be academically challenging and holistically balanced and consists of six subject areas including:

  • native language
  • acquired language
  • social sciences
  • experimental sciences
  • mathematics
  • arts

In addition to their six chosen subjects, students are challenged to broaden their educational experience through community service, self-directed research (in the form of a 4000-word extended essay) and critical examination in the Theory of Knowledge.

More information about the IB Programme at Rangitoto College. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme website 



National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

NCEA is a flexible and internationally well-recognised qualification, consisting of both internal assessments and external assessments to cater for different learning styles. Students sitting NCEA are assessed throughout the year with assignments, practical assessments, presentations, examinations and project work.

It is possible to gain NCEA in two years, however, usually students gain credits in their last three years of school (Years 11, 12 and 13). All students who are at Rangitoto College from February to December (1 full academic year) will be required to sit NCEA exams at the end of the year. The NCEA exam fees ($400) are already included in the tuition fee and are paid by the school.

Download the free NCEA app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, or download the PDF NCEA Guide. If you've already registered for NCEA, you can check your NCEA credits online.


NCEA Subjects

At Rangitoto College, students can choose many of the subjects they study and their choices will depend on their goals. We always encourage them to choose subjects they are interested in and subjects that are a prerequisite for a specific university degree. If possible, students should choose their subjects before arriving in New Zealand.  

Click here to visit our Academic Pathways page to learn about preparation for specific university degrees.


Student Handbooks

Student Handbooks give detailed information about each subject and course and information about requirements for New Zealand universities. 

Senior Handbook for NCEA (English, Korean and Chinese), Year 9 and 10 Handbooks, IB Handbook


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. 


Co-Curricular Activities

Rangitoto College offers students an incredible range of sports, music and arts programmes in addition to their school study, including 30 different cultural and creative activities, 40 different sports, 50 different performing arts activities. We encourage all our students to participate in some additional activities ot help them make friends and enjoy their time in New Zealand. 

Cultural Activities and Opportunities to Participate

Taking part in a range of activities helps students learn leadership skills, teamwork and creative thinking. 

Amnesty International (raising awareness on human rights issues and empowering students), Art Competitions/Exhibitions, Brain Bee, Book Club, Cambodia House Building, Chess Club, Chinese Day and Concert Creative Writing, Cultural Diversity Week, Debating (building confidence in debating and preparing students for competitions), Diabolo club (performing art activity), Duke of Edinburgh Awards (outdoor survival), Film Club, Foreign Language Trips, Future Problem Solving, Ignite, Indian Cultural Group, Kapahaka (Maori traditional song and dance performing arts group), Korean Day and Concert, Lion Dance, Model United Nations, Multicultural Committee, Planet People / Environmental Club (planting native trees and protecting the environment), Random Acts of Kindness, RFM Radio (radio station providing students with the chance to learn to DJ and broadcast), Robotics Club, Science Club, Shakespeare Day, “Simply Smiles” (Mexican Service project with US school), Students Against Driving Drunk, Student Librarians, “Tears for Gallipoli” Trip

Tramping Club

Cultural Activities 

Other Activities 


Music and Performing Arts

Rangitoto College is a top performing arts school with a strong performing arts department. Whether you are a singer, musician, dancer, actor or want to become involved in sound and lighting, Rangitoto College can help you develop your talents and follow your passion. Musicians can get private music tuition in the instrument they want to learn. Practice rooms are available to book so students can practice before or after school or during lunchtime. Musicians may also be interested in joining the orchestra, choir, concert band, jazz band or participating in the school show. Dancers and actors have the chance to participate in the school show, plays, theatresports, dance troups and the dance showcase. 

Vocal Music Groups

Singlets (Junior Girls Choir), Mainly Men (all levels - Boys Choir), SOS (Senior Girls Choir), The Fundamentals (Mixed Senior Chamber Choir)

Instrumental Music Groups

Big Band - Year 9, Big Band - Year 10, Stage Band - Senior, Big Band - Senior, Symphonic Band - Year 9, Concert Band - Senior, Jazz Combos (4), Rock Bands - all levels, Rock Class - Year 9, Sinfonia Orchestra - Junior, Orchestra - Senior, Chamber/String, Orchestra - Senior, Chamber/String Class - Y

ear 9, Chamber Music Groups (13), Flute Choir (2), Saxophone Quartet, Annual Piano Competition, Annual Strings Competition, Big Lunch Out - Rock Bands

Dance, Drama & Productions

Class Comedians, Dance Troupes, (Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Funk), Dance sport, House Idols, Junior Shakespeare, Major Musical Production, Senior Shakespeare, Shakespeare Day,  Stage Lighting & Sound, Stage Challenge, Theatresports

Performing Arts webpage

Performing Arts Facebook Page



At Rangitoto College we challenge students to push their boundaries and discover what they are capable of. Through competition, young people learn teamwork, leadership and resilience – important life skills. Our school facilities include an Olympic standard all-weather hockey turf, three gymnasiums and a weights room, an all-weather athletics track, five sports fields, a dance studio with sprung floor, and a large modern swimming pool and sports institute on the school boundary. 

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Canoe Polo, Cheerleading, Cricket, Cross Country Running, Curling, Cycling (Road), Dragon Boating, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics & Aerobics, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Mountain Biking, Netball, Orienteering, Petanque, Road Running, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Rugby 7s, Snow boarding, Skiing, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch, Tramping, Triathlon/Multisport, Volleyball,  Weightlifting, Water polo, Windsurfing, Yachting

Some sports are only available during specific times of year or have an extra cost.

Learn more about specific sports



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