Founded in 1871, Otago Girls' High School was the first public girls' school in the Southern Hemisphere. We are proud of the graduates of our traditional school. Among our graduates are New Zealand's first female lawyer, medical graduate, medical practitioner, Olympic gold medalist and New Zealand's first female High Court judge. She also has eight graduates who have competed in the Olympics.

From grades 9 to 13, our school has 820 students, including 40 international students. International students are accepted year-round, at all grade levels.

The school is world-renowned for its first-class education and proven cultural and sporting activities. Otago Girls' High School has long served the needs of international students and is one of New Zealand's premier schools. Students at Otago Girls High School adhere to high standards of conduct and decorum, and all students are treated as valued members of the school.

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top level academic performance

We have a comprehensive and robust educational program that provides in-depth instruction to prepare you for university. We take pride in the fact that our students consistently achieve academic excellence in a variety of fields.


Otago Girls High School offers excellent programs in all subjects. The academic areas in which the school places particular emphasis are:

science biology, chemistry and physics
Business Accounting, Business Administration and Economics
design Digital technology, graphics, hard materials, textiles
art paintings and photographs



Our school accepts international students regardless of their English ability. We offer intensive ESOL courses on demand. IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC exam preparation tutoring is also available.

Our International Student Support Team (left to right): Alison Stephenson (Director of International Studies), Katherine Boomer (Dean of International Studies), Bridget Davidson (Principal).



Latest grade result

  • 85% of our students are qualified for university entrance
  • 94% of our students are NCEA Level 1
  • 97% of our students are NCEA Level 2
  • 94% of our students are NCEA Level 3

Major sports activities at Otago Girls' High School :

Aerobic Hockey
Athletics Ice Hockey
Badminton Netball
Multisport Canoe Polo Ski
Cricket Snowboard
Cross Country Surfing
Fencing Table Tennis
Football Tennis

Major cultural activities at Otago Girls High School:

OrchestraDebateRoboticsArt & PhotographyChorusDanceDebateJazz
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host family

We warmly welcome international students to Otago Girls' High School. All international students are looked after by supportive host families. Our carefully selected host families enjoy showing international students around the beautiful city of Otago. Most of our host families are located close to our school. All host families are screened by the New Zealand Police before becoming Otago Girls' High School's international student homes.