background image

Top 50 New Zealand Schools 2022

For Gaining Entry to Top Universities See the complete rankings and receive insights into students’ pathways into the world’s most competitive universities!

New Zealand's Top 10 High Schools 2022

Pathways from top NZ High Schools to world leading universities

Crimson Education presents a fourth 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. Just like the 2020 list and 2021 list, 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 year on year continue to secure admission to the world’s most competitive universities, including: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UChicago, Oxford, Cambridge.


Access the Top 50 Schools List

Sign up for the complete rankings and receive insights into students’ pathways into the world’s most competitive universities.

▾ (+64)

I agree to the privacy policy

The only high school rankings based on readiness for university

Trends from the 2022 Rankings

  • The top 10 is dominated by private schools, with seven private and three state schools. Similarly, in last year’s rankings, the top ten schools included seven private schools, one state, and two state-integrated schools.  
  • Three of 2022’s top 10 schools are single-sex girls’ schools, one is a single-sex boys’ school, and the others are co-educational.
  • The smallest school (by Yr 13 student enrollment) within the top 10 is #3 ranked Pinehurst, with 59 students in Year 13.
  • Selwyn College and Dilworth School are Decile 4 schools and feature in this year’s top 50 list.
  • The number of scholarships, in general, stayed the same nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019. However, in 2020, fewer Premier and Outstanding scholar awards were given out.
  • Overall role numbers dropped due to New Zealand closing its border to international students.
Trends from the 2021 Rankings

Hear from Jamie Beaton, Co-Founder and CEO of Crimson Education, Jamie Beaton

What we see setting students apart is their “T” approach to learning - showing breadth of interest across academics, leadership and extracurricular work while applying depth to master a specific area of competency with personalised mentoring from teachers.


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

Read the exclusive release of the list and analysis, by the NZ Herald.

NZ Herald

As Seen In 3 X

background image

Access the Full List!

See how top schools rank and receive insights into the best pathways to the world’s most competitive universities