Dual Academic Pathway
Our dual academic pathway enables Senior School students to take control of their education, allowing them to choose an academic format to suit their learning styles and to customise their qualification towards their tertiary aspirations.
Senior students can choose from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and NCEA Level 2 and 3 pathways. Both challenging qualification pathways offer a broad range of subject choices to suit our students’ interests and future tertiary goals. They are supported by talented, experienced and passionate teachers, and regardless of their elected pathway, all students enjoy the advantages of studying within an IB World School.
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
Kristin's proud record of success as a leading IB World School has allowed our students to gain entry to some of the world's most prestigious universities, and our Senior School students are regularly ranked amongst the highest achievers in national and international examinations.
How does the IB programme compare to Cambridge International exams?
The Cambridge International syllabus and the International Baccalaureate are very different in the founding philosophies and principles. Cambridge's foundation was based upon the UK's GCSE's and A-levels, with most students working towards 3 or 4 subjects in Years 12 & 13.
The International Baccalaureate, now in its 50th year, offers students a greater breadth of subjects, with Year 12 and 13 students following 6 subjects across Languages, Mathematics, Humanities, Science and the Arts. All students are expected to follow a second language alongside their mother tongue, a fact that reflects the International-mindedness on which the programme is based. To help develop 21st Century Skills, students also follow the 'core' requirements of Theory of Knowledge, CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) and the Extended Essay. All of these components provide a broad, holistic approach to a programme aimed to develop students and prepare them for a global future.
Looking to the world
As an IB World School, we’re committed to developing an international perspective and a sense of global awareness across our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools and throughout the wider Kristin community. Students of all year levels are regularly involved in service initiatives to support others within the school, the local community and internationally.