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Dual Academic Pathway

Kristin offers a Dual Academic Pathway in the Senior School, which allows students to choose between the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or NCEA in Year 12 and 13. As the first school in New Zealand to introduce the IB Diploma, Kristin has over 25 years experience in offering this globally recognised qualification.

In its 45 year rise to become one of the New Zealand's leading independent schools, Kristin was the first school in New Zealand to introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and the first school in New Zealand authorised to offer the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes alongside the New Zealand National Curriculum to Junior, Middle and Senior School students.

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?


Kristin's proud record of success as a leading IB World School has allowed our students to gain entry to some of the world's most prestigious universities, and our Senior School students are regularly ranked amongst the highest achievers in national and international examinations.

How does the IB programme compare to Cambridge International exams?

The Cambridge International syllabus and the International Baccalaureate are very different in the founding philosophies and principles. Cambridge's foundation was based upon the UK's GCSE's and A-levels, with most students working towards 3 or 4 subjects in Years 12 & 13.

The International Baccalaureate, now in its 50th year, offers students a greater breadth of subjects, with Year 12 and 13 students following 6 subjects across Languages, Mathematics, Humanities, Science and the Arts.  All students are expected to follow a second language alongside their mother tongue, a fact that reflects the International-mindedness on which the programme is based. To help develop 21st Century Skills, students also follow the 'core' requirements of Theory of Knowledge, CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) and the Extended Essay. All of these components provide a broad, holistic approach to a programme aimed to develop students and prepare them for a global future.

Looking to the world

As an IB World School, we’re committed to developing an international perspective and a sense of global awareness across our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools and throughout the wider Kristin community. Students of all year levels are regularly involved in service initiatives to support others within the school, the local community and internationally.



Experiential Learning

Taking students outside the comfort of their traditional classroom encourages them to embrace situations and challenges that promote personal growth and development, as well as team building.

Year 9 Outdoor Education

Valuing People and Places

From the Junior School to the Senior School, students take part in a huge variety of experiences to build their confidence, learning, determination and independence. 

We offer:

  • Annual camps for all age groups
  • Excursions and field trips to places relevant to the topic of learning, across all subject categories
  • Opportunities to serve the community as part of our Service Learning programmes
  • Leadership programmes
  • Overseas experiences and school exchanges

Beyond the Curriculum

Whatever their age, students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs, groups and committees which deepen their experience of school, socially and academically. Here are some of the opportunities our students participate in:

Service & Leadership

It’s never too early to start growing great leaders. At Kristin we provide all our students with opportunities to lead and learn through serving others.

It is said that true leaders rise by lifting others, which is why service is such an integral part of our leadership model.

Throughout our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools our Service and Leadership programmes encourage students to participate in a variety of activities serving our local and wider communities. It is an integral part of our IB curriculum and life at Kristin.

While altruism is an essential part of the Kristin culture, our focus is on more than simply fundraising. Students are encouraged to develop a more holistic understanding of giving by serving alongside.

Service and Learning at Kristin

Our Service Leadership Programmes

We have developed ongoing and meaningful partnerships with many community organisations that support different needs in our community, including:

Come and visit Kristin

Step inside our gates and see for yourself what makes Kristin so unique. We invite you to take a tour and observe a typical school day. Take the opportunity to engage personally with student guides and staff.