School zones, reviews and decile ratings
Find out if you live in a school’s zone, how the school is performing and what level of government funding it gets.
How to see a school’s zone
If you live inside the zone for a school, you’re guaranteed a place there. Some schools don’t have zones, so you can enrol there no matter where you live.
- Go to Education Counts: Find a school tool
- On the left side of the page, enter the address or name of the school, or choose a region from the list
- Click the blue search button
- Click on the name of the school in the list that appears on the left
- If a school has a zone, you can click "Show / hide enrolment zone" in the box that appears on the map
- A yellow shaded area shows the school’s zone. If you also live in the yellow shape, you are in the school’s zone.
You can apply to go to a school that’s outside your zone, but you might not get in.
The Education Review Office reviews schools every 3 years on average. They review the school’s curriculum, performance and special features. They also include demographic information.
Deciles are ratings used by the Ministry of Education to work out some of the funding for schools.
A school’s decile:
- measures how many of its students live in low socio-economic or poorer communities
- does not measure school performance or the quality of education.
Schools are given a rating between 1 and 10. The lower a school’s decile rating, the more funding it gets.