List of schools in Otago

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Otago is a region in the South Island of New Zealand. It contains numerous rural primary schools, several small town primary and secondary schools, and some big city schools in Dunedin. In New Zealand schools, students begin formal education in Year 1 at the age of five. [1] Year 13 is the final year of secondary education. Years 14 and 15 refer to adult education facilities. State schools are those fully funded by the government and at which no fees for tuition of domestic students (i.e. New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, and Australian citizens) can be charged, although a donation is commonly requested. [2] A state integrated school is a former private school with a special character based on a religious or philosophical belief that has been integrated into the state system. State integrated schools charge "attendance dues" to cover the building and maintenance of school buildings, which are not owned by the government, but otherwise they like state schools cannot charge fees for tuition of domestic students but may request a donation. As Dunedin was founded by Presbyterian Scottish settlers there are a Presbyterian girls' and boys' school in the city. Private schools charge fees to its students for tuition, as do state and state integrated schools for tuition of international students. [3] Unlike other major cities in New Zealand, Dunedin does not have any private intermediate or high schools. All remaining private intermediate and high schools have been integrated into the state system.


The socioeconomic decile indicates the socioeconomic status of the school's 'zone' (or catchment) area. A decile of 1 indicates the school draws from a poor area; a decile of 10 indicates the school draws from a well-off area. [4] The decile ratings used here come from the Ministry of Education Te Kete Ipurangi website and from the decile change spreadsheet listed in the references. The deciles were last revised using information from the 2006 Census. [5] The roll of each school changes frequently as students start school for the first time, move between schools, and graduate. The rolls given here are those provided by the Ministry of Education are based on figures from July 2022. [6] The Ministry of Education institution number links to the Education Counts page for each school.

Waitaki District

Ardgowan School 3704 1–8Coed Oamaru State6119
Duntroon School 3732 1–8Coed Duntroon State589
East Otago High School 371 7–13Coed Palmerston State5162
Fenwick School 3707 1–6Coed Oamaru State6301
Five Forks School 3738 1–8CoedKakanui ValleyState1052
Hampden School 3746 1–8Coed Hampden State542-
Kakanui School 3755 1–8Coed Kakanui State463
Macraes Moonlight School 3764 1–8Coed Macraes Flat State718
Maheno School 3765 1–8Coed Maheno State561
Oamaru Intermediate 3784 7–8Coed Oamaru State5319
Oamaru North School 3785 1–6Coed Oamaru State4104
Omarama School 3789 1–8Coed Omarama State649-
Palmerston School 3797 1–6Coed Palmerston State6113
Papakaio School 3798 1–8CoedPapakaioState8112
Pembroke School 3737 1–6Coed Oamaru State3235
St Joseph's School 3825 1–8Coed Oamaru State integrated6111 Catholic
St Kevin's College 369 9–13Coed Oamaru State integrated7440 Catholic, Boarding
Totara School 3847 1–8CoedAlmaState666
Waitaki Boys' High School 365 9–13Boys Oamaru State6369 Boarding
Waitaki Girls' High School 366 9–13Girls Oamaru State6367 Boarding
Waitaki Valley School 363 1–8Coed Kurow State10114-
Weston School 3864 1–8Coed Weston State7256

Former schools

Otepopo School in Herbert closed in September 2010 after 146 years of operation. [7]

Flag Swamp School northwest of Waikouaiti closed in mid-2020, after celebrating its 150th anniversary the previous year. [8]

Central Otago District

Alexandra School 1–8Coed Alexandra State8190 3701
Clyde School 1–8Coed Clyde State9177 3725
Cromwell College 7–15Coed Cromwell State8558 373
Cromwell Primary School 1–6Coed Cromwell State8359 3729
Dunstan High School 9–13Coed Alexandra State9555 372
Goldfields School 1–6Coed Cromwell State7300 3741
Maniototo Area School 1–13Coed Ranfurly State7150 370
Millers Flat School 1–8Coed Millers Flat State725 3771
Omakau School 1–8Coed Omakau State862 3788
Poolburn School 1–8Coed Oturehua State1045 3802
Roxburgh Area School 1–13Coed Roxburgh State4143 375
St Gerard's School 1–8Coed Alexandra State integrated9125- 3823
St John's School 1–8Coed Ranfurly State integrated758- 3824
Tarras School 1–8Coed Tarras State1017 3843
The Terrace School 1–8Coed Alexandra State8329 3844

Queenstown-Lakes District

Arrowtown School 1–8 Arrowtown State494- 3930
Glenorchy School 1–8 Glenorchy State34- 3955
Hāwea Flat School 1–6 Hāwea Flat State279 3747
Holy Family School 1–8 Wānaka State integrated205 557 Catholic
KingsView School 1–8 Frankton State integrated59 633
Makarora Primary School 1–8 Makarora State8 3767
Mount Aspiring College 7–13 Wānaka State1194 533
Queenstown Primary School 1–8 Queenstown State639 4005
Remarkables Primary School 1–8 Frankton State485 6783
Shotover Primary School 1–8 Shotover Country State574 586
St Joseph's School 1–8 Queenstown State integrated125 4016 Catholic
Te Kura o Take Kārara 1–6 Wānaka State222 747 Opened January 2020 [9]
Wakatipu High School 9–13 Frankton State1214 374
Wānaka Primary School 1–6 Wānaka State522 1167

Dunedin City

Primary and intermediate schools

Abbotsford School 3700 1–8 Abbotsford State297
Amana Christian School 1641 1–8 Mosgiel Private78
Andersons Bay School 3703 1–6 Andersons Bay State279
Arthur Street School 3706 1–8 City Rise State188
Balaclava School 3709 1–6 Balaclava State240
Balmacewen Intermediate 3711 7–8 Wakari State494
Bathgate Park School 647 1–8 Forbury State132
Big Rock Primary School 607 1–8 Brighton State104
Bradford School 3716 1–6 Bradford State90-
Broad Bay School 3718 1–8 Broad Bay State32
Brockville School 3719 1–8 Brockville State144
Carisbrook School 648 1–8 Caversham State308
Concord School 3727 1–6 Concord State81
Dunedin North Intermediate 3731 7–8 Dunedin North State324
Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School 1192 1–8 Maia State integrated64
East Taieri School 3733 1–6 Mosgiel State304
Elmgrove School 3778 1–6 Mosgiel State302
Fairfield School 3736 1–8 Fairfield State469
George Street Normal School 3740 1–6 Dunedin North State421
Grants Braes School 3742 1–6 Waverley State241
Green Island School 3743 1–8 Green Island State186
Halfway Bush School 3745 1–6 Halfway Bush State43
Kaikorai Primary 3753 1–6 Roslyn State278
Karitane School 3756 1–6 Karitane State21
Lee Stream School 3761 1–8Lee StreamState15
Liberton Christian School 4117 1–8 Pine Hill State integrated115
Macandrew Bay School 3762 1–6 Macandrew Bay State147
Maori Hill School 3768 1–6 Maori Hill State245
Mornington School 3776 1–6 Mornington State242
Musselburgh School 3779 1–6 Musselburgh State151
North East Valley Normal School 3783 1–6 North East Valley State228
Opoho School 3790 1–6 Opoho State165
Outram School 3795 1–8 Outram State164
Pine Hill School 3801 1–6 Pine Hill State32
Port Chalmers School 3803 1–8 Port Chalmers State104
Portobello School 3805 1–8 Portobello State41
Pūrākaunui School 3807 1–8 Pūrākaunui State22
Ravensbourne School 3808 1–6 Ravensbourne State20
Sacred Heart School 3815 1–6 North East Valley State integrated39
Sawyers Bay School 3817 1–6 Sawyers Bay State129
Silverstream (South) Primary School 1657 1–6 Mosgiel State288
St Bernadette's School 3819 1–6 Forbury State integrated156
St Brigid's School 3820 1–6 Tainui State integrated71
St Clair School 3835 1–6 Saint Clair State392
St Francis Xavier School 3822 1–6 Maryhill State integrated116
St Joseph's Cathedral School 3827 1–6 City Rise State integrated147
St Joseph's School, Port Chalmers 3828 1–8 Port Chalmers State integrated5
St Leonards School 3829 1–6 Saint Leonards State20
St Mary's School (Dunedin) 3830 1–6 Wakari State integrated48
St Mary's School (Mosgiel) 3832 1–8 Mosgiel State integrated129
St Peter Chanel School 3834 1–8 Green Island State integrated59
Strath Taieri School 3837 1–8 Middlemarch State43-
Tahuna Normal Intermediate School 3839 7–8 Musselburgh State520
Tainui School 3841 1–6 Tainui State281
Waikouaiti School 3852 1–6 Waikouaiti State84
Waitati School 3857 1–8 Waitati State86
Wakari School 3859 1–6 Wakari State306
Warrington School 3862 1–8 Warrington State50

Secondary and composite schools

Bayfield High School 382 9–13Coed Musselburgh State1961574
Columba College 386 1–13Coed/Girls Roslyn State integrated1915582 Presbyterian, boarding. Coeducational years 1–6, girls only years 7–13.
John McGlashan College 387 7–13Boys Maori Hill State integrated1918528 Presbyterian, boarding
Kaikorai Valley College 381 7–13Coed Kaikorai State1958446
Kavanagh College 536 7–13Coed City Rise State integrated1989639 Catholic
King's High School 383 9–13Boys Forbury State1936836
Logan Park High School 376 9–13Coed Dunedin North State1975751
Otago Boys' High School 377 9–13Boys City Rise State1863820 Boarding
Otago Girls' High School 378 9–13Girls City Rise State1871703
Queen's High School 384 9–13Girls Forbury State1955398
Sara Cohen School 3816 Coed Caversham State192653 Special needs
St Hilda's Collegiate School 380 7–13Girls City Rise State integrated1896454 Anglican, boarding
Taieri College 495 7–13Coed Mosgiel State20041213
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti 2351 1–13Coed Fairfield State199451 Māori language school

Former schools

Clutha District

Balclutha School 1–8Coed Balclutha State5166 3710
Blue Mountain College 7–13Coed Tapanui State7205 391
Clinton School 1–8Coed Clinton State476 3723
Clutha Valley School 1–8Coed Clydevale State9124 3724
Heriot School 1–6Coed Heriot State887 3749
Kaitangata School 1–8Coed Kaitangata State485- 3754
Lawrence Area School 1–13Coed Lawrence State6135 390
Milton School 1–6Coed Milton State4121 3772
Romahapa School 1–8Coed Romahapa State469 3811
Rosebank School 1–8Coed Balclutha State6248 3812
South Otago High School 9–13Coed Balclutha State6462 393
St Joseph's School 1–8Coed Balclutha State integrated761- 3826
St Mary's School 1–6Coed Milton State integrated461 3831
Stirling School 1–8Coed Stirling State743 3836
Tahakopa School 1–8Coed Tahakopa State93 3838
Taieri Beach School 1–8Coed Taieri Mouth State54- 3840
Tapanui School 1–6Coed Tapanui State777 3842
The Catlins Area School 1–13Coed Owaka State6114 394
Tokoiti School 1–6Coed Milton State424 3845
Tokomairiro High School 7–13Coed Milton State5218 392
Waihola District School 1–8Coed Waihola State636- 3850
Waikoikoi School 1–6CoedState89 3851
Waitahuna School 1–6Coed Waitahuna State716- 3855
Waiwera South School 1–8Coed Waiwera South State730 3858
Warepa School 1–8CoedState957 3861


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