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Botany Downs Secondary College

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

Botany Downs Secondary College is one of the most modern, innovative schools in the world. BDSC opened in 2004, and offers 21st century learning in a friendly, caring atmosphere.   Botany College is situated in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs of Auckland, about 30 minutes from the City Centre by car (45 mins bus) and 30 minutes from Auckland International Airport.  We are a decile 10 school in an upper-middle class area with new homes.  Across the road from the school are shops, movies, ice skating and ten pin bowling.  Beaches are 15 minutes away.   We have high standards, achieving NCEA results well above the national average and over 80% of our students going on to Tertiary studies.

Contact Botany Downs Secondary College
Physical address

575 Chapel Road Howick
2016 Auckland
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Phone numbers

64 9 273 2310 ext 231
64 9 2734794

  • Number of students: 1,800
  • Number of international students: 110
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay
Technology and innovative teaching/learning is an important part of our ethos. We are a Microsoft World Tour school – 1 of 20 schools around the world that Microsoft considers the best examples of using technology in teaching and learning. We have great programmes in Outdoor Ed, Drama & Dance, Art & Design and the Sciences. BDSC is a very friendly school, and very multi-cultural, so students can meet people from many cultures and learn about their viewpoints. Our Whanau (House) system gives students a family within the school where they belong and are known and supported.
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