Why an Independent School?
As an independent school, we have more freedom than a state school to explore innovative approaches to learning for a fast-changing world, tailoring our teaching to bring out the best in each student.
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What is an independent school? 

An independent school has its own independent board, while a private school can be a part of (or governed by) another entity such as a church.  Independent schools are not dependent on government or church funds and funding is mainly through tuition.

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Freedom to evolve our learning 

We are less constrained by the government, so can operate in what we consider to be our students’ best interests.  We are free to set our own curriculum, school hours and term dates, and to choose which exam qualifications to offer to ensure we challenge and motivate our students at every level.

An example of this is our world-leading futures-thinking programme. We explore ethics in every year group and Mātauranga Māori is woven into everyday learning. These new ways of learning help inspire the learners of today and empower the leaders of tomorrow.

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Building independent thinkers

As an independent school we pride ourselves on enabling our students to think independently. As a result, Dio girls consistently achieve higher academic results than their peers, which is enabled by:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • High teaching quality
  • Choice of qualifications – International Baccalaureate or NCEA
  • Specialist teachers in Junior School and Junior High School
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Benefits beyond the classroom 

Of course, excellence is about so much more than just academic success. Our independence also means we can give our students a well-rounded education in every sense of the word. This includes:

  • Extensive co-curricular activities
  • Outstanding pastoral care
  • Values-based education
  • An active alumni network
  • Community involvement, creating global citizens

 

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