Academic pathways at Saint Kentigern College

At Saint Kentigern, your child can expect the very best education taught by a dedicated teaching staff who assist students of all abilities achieve personal academic success. We have high expectations of all our students and we are proud to be placed, year after year, amongst the top performing academic schools in New Zealand.

The College offers a broad range of subjects that prepare students well for tertiary education; our students are not short of choices as they enter their Senior School years and they are well prepared to command advantageous places at top universities in both New Zealand and overseas.

Our modern teaching and learning facilities are world class and very well equipped to meet a variety of learning styles.The campus is wireless and all students are required to purchase a personal notebook computer. With the benefit of the computer notebook programme, students are introduced to subject learning styles in a multitude of ways.

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Parallel Education

Saint Kentigern is noted for its innovative ‘parallel education’ structure that offers the best of both worlds to students during their College years. Boys and girls are taught separately in the Middle School (Years 7-10), while Senior School (Years 11-13) students work in a co-educational setting.

Middle School:

In recognition that boys and girls learn differently in their early teens, and often achieve better outcomes in single-gender classrooms, Saint Kentigern College has long promoted and operated a very successful ‘parallel education model’. In the Middle School (Years 7-10), our boys and girls are taught separately for all core curriculum subjects. This model allows these younger students to learn in an environment best suited to their different development needs during those crucial, early teenage years.

2015 Saint Kentigern College Middle School Course Handbook 

Senior School:

Following their Middle School years, students enter the Senior School (Years 11-13) where our young men and women work together in a co-educational setting, developing teamwork and collaborative skills that prepare them for tertiary education and beyond. All students in Year 11 undertake NCEA Level 1 qualifications. At the end of Year 11, students are offered a choice of qualifications and select whether to continue with NCEA or opt to undertake the two year International Baccalaureate Diploma course of study.

Our commitment to the academic success of each student is clear; the best teaching staff, specialised learning environments and ‘a world of opportunity’ in our academic and co-curricular programmes to prepare our young men and women for the future.

2015 Saint Kentigern College Senior School Course Handbook