Curriculum handbooks are available detailing courses offered in the Junior (Years 9 and 10) and Senior (Years 11, 12 and 13) school.
Riccarton High School has designed a curriculum for the junior school (Years 9 and 10) which meets the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum and allows all students to receive an education in the faculty areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technology, The Arts, and Languages. Our curriculum is structured to provide students with a depth of experience in a broad range of subjects.As students progress into the senior school at Year 11 the range of subjects that students are required to take reduces. The school provides a broad range of subjects to choose from. At Year 11 students are expected to take English and Mathematics as well as four other courses. At this level students study for Level 1 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).
At Year 12 all students are required to take five subjects, mainly for Level 2 NCEA but also for other certificates on the National Qualifications Framework. An English or Te Reo Maori course is the only compulsory subject. High achieving students can study six subjects.
At Year 13, students are required to take five subjects, mainly for Level 3 NCEA which provides entry to University. There are no compulsory subjects. Some students select six subjects.
Riccarton High School aims to give every student the broadest possible range of opportunities to study the subjects they wish to take. The school will make every effort to accommodate student choice but reserves the right to direct students into particular course selections where it deems that to be in the student’s interest.