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Private Schools

The private schools involved in the Christchurch cluster represent some of the finest schools in the country and arguably the Southern Hemisphere. All of the schools are proud members of the Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ). The cluster represents private primary, intermediate and secondary schools working collaboratively to increase their international student numbers. All of the schools in the cluster have boarding facilities.

Students at all of the schools come from a range of different cultural backgrounds, and this provides ideal environments for international students to be supported and ultimately succeed in. This diversity amongst the students ensures differences are respected and international students have positive interactions that not only develop a young student’s confidence, but also assists in improving their English.


  • Cathedral Grammar School (co-ed from Year 1-8)
  • St Andrew’s College (co-ed from Year 1-13)
  • St Margaret's College (girls only from Year 1-13)


  • Christ’s College (boys only, from Year 9-13)
  • Rangi Ruru Girls’ School (Year 7–13)
  • St Andrew’s College (co-ed from Year 1-13)
  • St Margaret's College (girls only, from Year 1-13)
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Christ’s College

Christ’s College is New Zealand’s oldest private school, with a beautiful historic campus set in the heart of the city. The College has an impressive academic record, with the majority of boys going on to tertiary study at top universities worldwide. With places being highly sought after, Christ’s College has a small but highly motivated group of international students, who live in on-site boarding houses and become fully immersed in school life.
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Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

A quality education is a gift for life. Our commitment to you and your daughter is that at Rangi Ruru she will be inspired, challenged, and empowered within a community that knows and cares for her. She will be motivated to develop knowledge, understanding and skills and a strong set of values; she will make lifelong friends and will have fun. She will leave a connected and curious citizen with the belief in herself to pursue her dreams.
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St Andrew’s College

The St Andrew’s College International Programme is an opportunity for young men and women to embrace a dynamic secondary school, enriched in culture, tradition and excellence. With modern facilities in which to study and board, students are given every opportunity to learn, perform and achieve success. International students are welcomed into a busy, vibrant and close-knit community, where they enjoy a world-class education in a safe environment.
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The Cathedral Grammar School

The Cathedral Grammar School offers the ideal preparation for high school years and beyond in an environment based on Anglican values, high expectations and individualised learning in small classes from Pre-School to Year 8. The Cathedral Grammar School is located on Park Terrace, a prime central city location close to Hagley Park, the Museum and the Botanical Gardens.
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St Margaret's College

St Margaret’s College is one of New Zealand’s leading girls’ school with a proud 110-year history of academic, sporting and cultural excellence. An education at St Margaret’s College offers a dual academic pathway to leading universities around the world through the International Baccalaureate as well as NCEA, the only girls’ school in New Zealand’s South Island to do so.
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