All students are placed in a ‘Learning Advisory’ group of about 12 students, with a Learning Advisor. Students will remain in that learning advisory group (with that teacher) for the time they are at Mana College. Learning Advisory time occurs 2-3 times a week.
Year 11-13 students choose 5 courses from a range of options offered. Courses are provided at the level applicable to the student, not necessarily the Year level they are in. For example, a student may take NCEA Level 2 Te Reo Māori in Year 11. Courses are designed to support a range of pathways following school, including tertiary study, apprenticeships and work.
Academy time occurs in a block for 2 periods a week. Approximately 24 academies are offered across the school, and are generated primarily out of student interest, with some led by students. Academies focus on developing key skills and capabilities, with some offering NCEA credits. Academies consist of students from Year 9-13.