Hey @anonymous58 - great question!
Honestly, I think it will come down to personal preference: Do you want the “Big” or “Little” School experience?
Judging from your message, I’d say the former. The size and type of a school can, and does, directly correlate to your factors of preference such as academic performance, social life, culture, and sports. This is by far the most prominent difference between the three institutions - it’s important that I clarify this.
Culture and Size
Northland College is the largest of the three by almost double (302), whilst TKKM o Kaikohe and Kaikohe Christian School have a school-roll of around 184. By no means is is Northland large, however, relatively speaking; it is.
The roll of Christian and Kura Kaupapa will be ingrained in the school’s culture and typically imply small.
Kura is a Kura, perhaps the most important factor in whether you choose to go there. FYI: Kura Kaupapa are Māori-language immersion schools (kura) where the underlying philosophy and practice reflect Māori cultural values with the aim of revitalising Māori language, knowledge and culture.
In summary, in terms of the school’s external image and culture:
Northland College: no specific religious or ethnic orientation
TKKM o Kaikohe: totally revolved around Māori culture
Kaikohe Christian College: based around traditional Christian beliefs
As a larger school, Northland College would present the most opportunity to excel at sport. The other two aren’t renowned for their sporting prowess. Just through the process of elimination, I’d say Northland is better for athletes.
All three follow the NCEA Curriculum. I’d say all three schools academically are pretty even. 100% of all students at Year 13 at TKKM o Kaikohe and Kaikohe Christian College receive both their Numeracy and Literacy requirements. However, at Northland College, this drops to around 95%.
Below, are just a few screenshots that outline levels of achievement academically within each school:
TKKM o Kaikohe
Kaikohe Christian College
If you’re wanting a full comprehensive report on their academic standing - I suggest you look at Stuff’s School Reports and also the Education Review Office Reports:
TKKM o Kaikohe ERO:
Kaikohe Christian College ERO:
Stuff School Report: