My New Zealand Story

My New Zealand Story

Jerry Ren's story of life in New Zealand and at Wentworth College as an international student.




The New Zealand private schools sector has been ranked amongst the best in the world in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 Report. 

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Why should I consider an independent school for my child's schooling?

A 2011 survey commissioned by the Independent Schools Council on why parents send their children to independent schools found that the most common answer was “Better standards of education.” 

How can I find out about independent schools in my area?

All of our 48 member schools are available to view through our ISNZ School Directory.  You can also locate schools in your area through our ISNZ Google map

How do I arrange to visit a school?

Take a look at our Member Schools' 2018 Open Days information:

Auckland Schools

Northland and Central North Island Schools

Wellington Schools

South Island Schools

My child has a special interest in sport and music - what ISNZ schools specialise in these areas?

Many of our member schools offer a particular area of focus or specialisation e.g. gifted and talented, music, rowing, dance, drama cycling, agribusiness etc.  

View the categories page of our online directory for further information.


Additional resources:

Read a parent's point of view: `Why we sent our daughter to an Independent School'