Onslow College

Onslow College is a coeducational state secondary school with a roll of around 1270 students. The school has a strong tradition of academic education within a student centred philosophy with a focus on teaching our students to be independent learners. Students do not wear a uniform. Our International Student Department has an ‘open door’ approach to our students. They are welcome to meet with us at any time and we work hard at providing them with high quality care, a suitable academic courseand regular social activities.

Onslow College offers excellent standards of teaching with academic success. Recently we have won national and international awards in graphic design, mathematics, physics and design technology. The school is also strong in geography, music, drama, chemistry and mathematics. Most of our international students go on to attend universities of their choice or other tertiary institutions.


Onslow College is situated in Johnsonville, a suburb of Wellington which is 20 minutes by train or bus north of central Wellington. It has a large campus set in the hills, with numerous sports fields and some native bush. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city has a population of around 200 000 and surrounded by a beautiful harbour and green hills.


Onslow College has excellent cultural and sports facilities. Our newly completed students centre, media studies suite, international student block, science block, gymnasium, technology suite, mathematics block, library, arts centre and information technology facilities are features of the school.


Homestays with New Zealand families is arranged by the school. Our host families are carefully selected and vetted to ensure that each student’s experience of living with a New Zealand family is positive.


Onslow College offers the NCEA (National Certificate in Educational Achievement) qualification at all levels. Our academic results are well above the national average. A wide range of subjects are available which include digital technology, accounting, economics, photography, media studies and art design. The school is also strong in geography, chemistry and mathematics.

There is a wide choice of languages for our students to learn: French, Māori, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. We also have short-term courses for students who are not sitting examinations. These include café cuisine, New Zealand studies, outdoor education, information technology and electronics

The school offers a choice of over 30 sports and numerous cultural activities for the students to participate in. These include badminton, basketball, soccer, tennis, dragon boating, touch rugby, rowing, tramping, as well as the school choir, school production and school orchestra. Individual music tuition is available.

The English Language Department provides high quality English language courses at all levels, including IELTS. We also can arrange for students to attend a course to prepare for and sit the Cambridge English Examinations.



Our February orientation programme introduces our students to the outdoors in New Zealand. The students can experience rafting, surfing, high ropes and kayaking. We also offer an outdoor education course in year 12 that includes kayaking, mountain biking, tramping, sailing and a high ropes course (refer course outline)

Tuition Fees

One Term $6200
Two Terms $9300
Three Terms $12400
Four Terms $15500

Tuition Fees include individual subject costs but not government NCEA exam fees.  Overnight field trips, music lessons, insurance or sports fees e.g. badminton or soccer are an additional costs. Stationery and workbook are to be purchased at student’s expense. Other costs may include transport to school. Students intending to do Outdoor Education course are advised to bring clothing and shoes suitable for outdoor activities.


2019: $300 per week

Placement Fee: $500 payable each year