Auckland has a large number of quality secondary schools, otherwise known as high schools or colleges.
Secondary study is approximately five years long, from year 9 to year 13, and begins when students are 12 or 13 years old. New Zealand students must attend school until they are 16 years old.
Most secondary schools in New Zealand are state-owned but there are also privately owned secondary schools, most of which are based on specific philosophic or religious traditions.
New Zealand’s secondary schools offer national qualifications that are recognised by tertiary institutions in New Zealand and internationally. In New Zealand, all national secondary qualifications are monitored and checked by government and sector agencies.