Academic Pathways NCEA and IB

Academic Pathways NCEA and IB

Our students have the unique opportunity to choose from two education pathways; NCEA or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, both of which offer a wide range of subjects to suit the individual interests and strengths of each student. Whichever path they choose, every student will learn Ethics and Philosophy to help her develop a deeper understanding of critical thinking along with our Leadership and Service Learning programme.

Academic Pathways at Dio

How it works: Students in Years 1-6 follow the Primary Years Programme (an IB programme). From Years 7-11 students continue to follow the New Zealand curriculum. All students begin NCEA Level 1 in Year 10 and gain this qualification by the end of Year 11. During Year 11 students decide whether to carry on with NCEA for Levels 2 and 3 in Years 12 and 13 or to begin the two year IB Diploma Programme.


National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

NCEA is our national qualification for senior secondary students. NCEA offers a broad and flexible framework that is highly regarded worldwide for challenging all students, including the most able and highly motivated.
At Dio, our NCEA students consistently perform well above national averages.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. Our IB students at Dio consistently perform highly against world averages.


Learn more about IB at Dio