Summer School

Te Kura accepts short term enrolments for students who want to use the summer break to earn additional credits or specific internal standards in NCEA. This may be to get into a tertiary course, training, or employment the following year.

A range of internal standards are offered at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. You can view a provisonal list of standards and subjects offered at Summer School, please note these may change. View the provisional list of subjects and standards (Excel). 

Our Summer School courses are delivered online so, provided you have access to a computer and the internet, you can study anywhere and anytime.

Summer School Key Dates

26 November: Enrolments open
17 December: Summer School starts
5 February: Enrolments close
12 February: Students must have final work submitted for the credits achieved to be counted towards their 2018 Record of Achievement
22 February: Summer School closes

Te Kura’s qualified teachers will be available online to answer any questions and assess your work. If you need help with your online learning, you can contact our Student and Whānau Support during working hours for assistance.

I thought it would be hard work changing from an average high school scenario into a home school scenario. To my surprise, it was pretty much the same, apart from being in the comfort of my own home. The teachers were so supportive and dedicated to helping me reach my goals…But the most important thing they taught me is to make realistic goals for yourself. Summer School at Te Kura was by far the best decision I ever made.

Corallee - a previous Summer School student

Summer School enrolments open on 26 November 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for more detail.

If you want to talk about starting your learning now, contact our enrolment team to discuss your options.

If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to enrol, please contact us.

To enrol with Te Kura Summer School:

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or other verified domestic student living in New Zealand.
  • You can't be enrolled full-time at any other school during the Summer School period.
  • If you're aged 16 to 19 years old when you enrol enrolment is free, except if you're turning 20 the following year, in which case an administration fee (per subject) applies.
  • Students 20 years or older will be charged an administration fee.

Summer School is a held over a short time period and is intended for students to make up a few internal credits or standards they may have just missed.

The general rule of thumb is each credit is 10 hours of work. Of course, the amount you can achieve depends on many factors, including when you’re enrolling, so have a conversation about a realistic workload when you contact us.

You need to study, you can’t just resit an exam or resubmit a piece of work that didn’t pass at your last school. You can only use planning that you did towards an uncompleted piece of work – your work needs to be original and your own.

Summer School is over a short time period, and it’s all online. It’s amazing what you can get done at your own pace and at your own place when you set your mind to it.

You will have subject teachers to answer questions and assess your work and they are really committed to helping you achieve your goals but, unlike our regular school year, you don’t have a learning advisor to oversee your learning.

So, to achieve at summer school you need to …

  • Be focussed, motivated and responsible for your own learning.
  • Communicate with your teachers. We want you to succeed, so if you have any questions or issues stay in touch.
  • Make sure you are clear about what you need to achieve and that you are doing the right courses.
  • Do the study. You can’t resubmit a piece of work that didn’t pass at your last school. You can only use planning that you did towards an uncompleted piece of work – your work needs to be original and your own.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve. A general rule of thumb is each credit takes 10 hours of work.
  • Know the dates you need to get assessment in. Also factor in time to make any changes from feedback from your teachers.
  • If you have someone who can support you make the most of that and get them involved.