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Former Student
Apr 20, 2024

Macleans is pretty good.

I'll do it again. (foods kinda overpriced).
Student
Nov 11, 2023

only care about bright students

it was ok, infrastructure old, teachers ok, boring school.
Former Student
Nov 4, 2023

Absolute hellhole

Heard its gotten much worse in the last 2 years so I’m writing this review to warn people to never go to this sh**h***.

Please don’t force your kid to go to Macleans College if you think it’s going to turn them into a renowned child prodigy/scholar…

This is a school for when you want to prioritise grades instead of wellbeing. Everyone is super competitive and you are constantly forced to keep up with everyone else despite having to learn a 2 year syllabus within 3 terms (it is absolutely crazy) . Not only is this mentally draining but is also psychologically and spiritually degrading, especially when kids as young as 14-15 haven’t even developed their brains.

Although the website states that their curriculum is reviewed yearly, it comes down to whether your child is able to keep up with the workload/pressure and rapidfire teaching style or end up spending hundreds or even thousands in supplementary tutoring. I don’t think its worth it, for your wallet and more importantly, the mental health of your child.

Though there are some great teachers left, shoutout to Mr Davidson
Former Student
Aug 10, 2023

Minority will stop trying

Shallow minded people working in this school. No one genuinely cares. Bias, racist, angry.
Former Student
Jul 18, 2023

Macleans College-Neglects Mental Health

School completely neglects student's mental health is only focused on the top 1 percent golden students and everyone else is just left to suffer for all they care. Complete lack of empathy from both students and staff and the management choose to ignore any issue to do with it.
Other
Jul 18, 2023

Bad School would'nt recommend

Bad School,bathrooms were absolutely disgusting have seen kids vaping in it would not recommend this school at all
Former Student
Jul 17, 2023

Macleans College: A School built on Bullying

The school's obsession with topping the academic and sporting leadership has led to a complete social breakdown, the behavior of students is utterly disgusting,(e.g. cyberbullying of students online, targeting of vulnerable peers with grossly inappropriate pictures shared online etc.). What makes this behavior worse is that it is not only not acted on but tolerated and even rewarded by the staff. (e.g., several students bullied a fellow peer by stealing their property, posting pictures of that student online without their consent, and refusing to take those posts down when asked by the victim. many of the participants in that incident are now in leadership positions throughout the school. At Macleans College it doesn't matter how many foul or sickening actions you commit you can still become a leader based on who your sibling was at that school or because your parents are influential in the local community or even just because you exemplify that outdated old white sporting culture stereotype that the school encourages and values. Other incidents I can recall during my time at that school include students being groped by members of the rugby team, the school management deliberately advancing and helping their preferred pro-management candidate in the school election and choosing and supporting leaders with disgusting attitudes in order to retain their outdated values. In Summary, Macleans College is the living embodiment of a sad Netflix drama in which the Teachers are examples of egotism and favoritism and the students are so self-entitled and bratty that they make the Roy kids from Succession look humble.
Former Student
Jul 17, 2023

Bad School-Behavior utterly sickening

The school's obsession with topping the academic and sporting leadership has led to a complete social breakdown, the behaviour of students is utterly disgusting,(e.g. cyberbullying of students online, targeting of vulnerable peers with grossly inappropriate pictures shared online etc). What makes this behaviour worse is that it is not only not acted on but tolerated and even rewarded by the staff. (e.g., several students bullied a fellow peer by stealing their property, posting pictures of that student online without their consent, and refusing to take those posts down when asked by the victim. many of the participants in that incident are now in leadership positions throughout the school. At Macleans College it doesn't matter how many foul or sickening actions you commit you can still become a leader based on who your sibling was at that school or because your parents are influential in the local community or even just because you exemplify that outdated old white sporting culture stereotype that the school encourages and values. Other incidents I can recall during my time at that school include students being groped by members of the rugby team, the school management deliberately advancing and helping their preferred pro-management candidate in the school election and choosing and supporting leaders with disgusting attitudes in order to retain their outdated values. In Summary, Macleans College is the living embodiment of a sad Netflix drama in which the Teachers are examples of egotism and favouritism and the students are so self-entitled and bratty that they make the Roy kids from Succession look humble.
Former Student
Feb 28, 2023

For people who only want to prioritise education

The two years that I spent there were the worst years of my life they prioritise school work over your mental well-being. I have ADHD and dyslexia, and I was made to feel stupid and not important.
Student
Feb 2, 2023

Not worth your time

As I am still at this school and in the last almost 5 years of putting as they say 100% effort into everything I do and still not meet the requirements that I worked so hard to try to meet their so called expectations the teachers are racist homophobic and misogynistic and they still treated like gods honestly can’t wait to get this year over and done with and never think about that hot mess you call a school again 100% don’t recommend coming to the school unless you want to suffer mental health issues
Former Student
Jan 10, 2023

Sixth form Certificate

Preoccupied with topping charts less so student development

Macleans College in Howick, Auckland, New Zealand were more concerned with topping the academic and sporting leaderboards as well as teaching students how to pass exams rather than setting students up with life long practical skills needed to navigate life, their career path, and the world in general. Critical thinking was found not to be well supported nor encouraged.

The school will not be entitled to claim in any part of my accomplishments nor successes as having their involvement or contribution.
Former Student
Nov 2, 2022

Macleans College

This school is pretty bad if you’re a POC, teachers and students put stereotypes onto you when speaking to you. The uniform rules are idiotic mainly the no scarves & jackets inside, even if you’re cold. Most of the teachers have a stick up their arse, apart from a few who are really nice. The juniors are extremely irritating & overall this place is good for education, but shitty for being inclusive for any type of POC & the racism & homophobia that comes from students is not the go. Stay out of here if you can x
Student
Mar 29, 2022

Year 13

School targets students

While I was at the school I was constantly targeted by senior staff and singled out for weeks on end. The school wouldn't listen to my complaints as I wasn't a top 1% student hindered on for my culture and ethnicity . The house leaders were also really odd making inappropriate comments about me and other students.
Former Student
Nov 19, 2021

Frustration

The administration side left me frustrated. I would not recommend this school unless you are ready for plenty of mental breakdowns. The Graduation was organized badly, honestly sad that was the graduation I got after all the efforts I have put in. So anti-climatic.
Student
May 14, 2021

Macleans College

Eh, wouldn't recommend if you're not an academic or top in a a sport as they only care about that. Also the uniform rules are ridiculous. Love the view of the ocean though, takes away from the gross x-block area
Student
Oct 6, 2020

Macleans College

Macleans College is a very good school if you are very academic or sporty. It’s alright for the not so academic (just as myself) as we cater for many Technological courses plus Gateway (Where you can attend a MIT Course once or twice a week). Macleans has amazing views as we are just off the coast of Eastern Beach. Teachers can be good hep but that always differs
2 Macleans Road, 2014, Auckland
Steven Hargreaves
09 535 2620

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