The Curriculum at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School is designed to provide our students with learning experiences that lead to academic success and build their capacity for independent and life-long learning. The pathway from a broad and well-balanced junior curriculum, to expanding choices in the senior school, allows students to explore various options and identify their strengths and talents before they begin to specialise.

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Year 9

Year 9 – the first year at secondary school

To enhance the transition to secondary school and lay the foundations for the following years.

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Year 10

Students in Year 10 are encouraged to choose subjects from each of the eight learning areas. Students study seven subjects in each semester, some as full year courses and some as semester (half year) courses. 

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Year 11

Senior School Courses:

A full list of subjects available in the senior school is shown on the
Course Structure matrix. Full details of each course are published annually in the Senior Course Booklet  Our timetable is blocked to ensure that multi-level study options are available to meet individual student ability needs.  

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Year 12

Year 12 requirements

All Year 12 courses provide credits towards Level 2 NCEA (the National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Some students may take courses at other levels depending on their previous success and choices.

Full details of this qualification is available on the NZQA website.

Year 12 students study six subjects in each semester (half year) plus Career Planning. The only compulsory subject at Year 12 is English (one of four options).

Year 13

Year 13 requirements

In Year 13 most students will be working towards NCEA Level 3 (the National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and University Entrance. They will usually study 5 subjects at Year 13, but it is possible to take a combination of Level 2 & Level 3 subjects where appropriate.

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Global Citizenship

Global citizenship in education is the civil society aspect of globalization, the responsibilities that go with increasing interdependence in the world. Global citizens respect social and economic equality, human rights and the environment.

In accordance with the school values and charter, AGGS has introduced and will further develop Global Citizenship as an integrating theme that supports the numerous initiatives running throughout the school both curricula and co-curricula.

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STAR / Gateway


These are alternative, non-traditional courses funded by the Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR).

STAR was established in 1996 following a Ministerial Reference Group's recommendation that secondary schools be granted additional funding from which they could provide programmes in non-national curriculum courses for their senior students.  The programmes, in full or in part, need to lead to assessment towards credit against unit standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or towards other tertiary qualifications in non-national curriculum courses.

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English Language Assistance (ESOL)

We offer a comprehensive range of ESOL classes to support students at all levels of English acquisition from beginners to UE Literacy.