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Top 50 New Zealand Schools 2021

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New Zealand's Top 10 High Schools 2021

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About the Rankings

Pathways from top NZ high schools to world leading universities

Crimson Education presents the third consecutive year of the Top 50 New Zealand Schools - a list based on a review of secondary schools’ academic performance, extracurricular and leadership opportunities, equal access and students’ university pathways. This year’s list once again features a mix of private and state schools as well as single-sex and co-education schools in the top 10.

The secondary school ranking list, released by university admissions and mentoring company Crimson Education, draws on its experience in working with a global pool of top-performing students who continue to secure admission to the world’s most competitive universities year after year, including: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UChicago, Oxford, Cambridge.

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Curious to read about last year’s Top 50 list?

Read the exclusive release of the list and analysis, by the NZ Herald.
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Crimson High School Rankings

A message from Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education, Jamie Beaton
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Trends from the 2021 Rankings

  • In the 2021 ranking, private schools dominate the top 10 once more. Of the single sex schools, four are girls’ schools, one is a boys’ school and the remaining five are co-educational.
  • Of the top 10 schools, seven provide international curricula options: the IB or CIE.
  • St. Cuthbert’s leaps to first place with an exceptional academic performance from students.
  • Pinehurst went from 5th to 2nd place, with a strong extracurricular and leadership activity profile and a 96% university entrance rate.
  • Kristin, ranked #3, had 19 students secure IB 40+ scores, the most out of any other school on the list.
  • Three new additions to the top 10 from last year include: Diocesan School For Girls #6, St Peter's College #9 and Rangi Ruru Girls #10.
Trends from the 2021 Rankings

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