Junior Curriculum (Years 9 & 10)

Hillcrest High School provides students in years 9-10 with effectively taught programmes of learning in all learning areas identified in the New Zealand Curriculum.
The junior curriculum is broad based and structured around compulsory learning areas in English, Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, along with a range of options within Technology and The Arts.

A second launguage is taught in Year 9, and opportunities to learn a subsequent language are also offered. Our focus is on nurturing a diversity of learning for all students, with priority given to achievement in literacy and numeracy.

Student learning is supported in a variety of ways. Year 9 & 10 students are identified for assistance through common entry testing, reports from contributing schools and parent referrals. These students are supported in the main stream classes by Teacher Aides.
Teacher Aide help is provided in a range of classes with the priority being given to English. This assistance continues, when resources are available, to the end of Year 10.

Groups of Year 9 and 10 students are also supported by Year 13 students in Reading, ESOL and Maths when appropriate. Students are assessed on arrival, presented with course advice and placed in appropriate classes to suit their language needs and abilities. A special foundation English programme for students requiring intensive English is also an option.