2019 School Information

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Academic Information

Academic Learning at CAS
National Accreditation

Students in Years 11 to 13 have the opportunity to earn national accreditation through New Zealand’s NCEA (National Certificates of Educational Achievement) programme.

NCEA challenges students of all abilities in all learning areas, and shows credits and grades for separate skills and knowledge. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes.

NCEA and other national certificates are recognized by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics. NCEA is also readily accepted overseas, including by universities.

NCEA is a rigorous and challenging programme. Students planning to complete their high school studies and gain full NCEA qualification should read the information sheet Form E17 Enrolment Requirements and Information.

More information on NCEA can be found on the NCEA page of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website, which oversees the programme. Click this link to view information on the NZQA website | NZQA. You can also download a pdf copy of the brochure ‘Understanding NCEA’.

Goal Diploma Program for Years 7-10

Depending on the number of credits earned, a student can gain:

•A Certificate of Course Completion
•A Junior GOAL Diploma, Merit or Excellence

Students who do not fulfill the necessary requirements indicate they are not ready to move up to the next class level and may repeat the year. There are ‘catch-up’ opportunities at the end of each term. Attendance is another factor considered in awarding GOAL diplomas.


CoroNet (e-learning video conference-based courses) offers to senior students courses that are not otherwise available at our school. Eight Thames Valley and Coromandel schools have access to CoroNet. Tutors are expert teachers from other schools in the group, and also from tertiary institutions, including Lincoln University, Telford Rural Polytechnic, Waikato University and Wintec. Every course offers one of the following qualifications: NCEA (Achievement Standards and / or Unit Standards), Bursary, or Stage 1 University qualifications from our school or a tertiary institution.

Gateway Programme

This programme is designed to integrate school study with workplace learning and experience. Students spend one day a week with an employer, working on a voluntary basis. They learn the skills necessary for this job, as well as good work ethics and habits. Students get academic credits for their work, counting towards national qualifications. Gateway is available for all students wishing to explore career ideas, even those who may go on to university.