The Masterton District, both rural and urban, is well serviced by an eclectic network of high quality early childhood services and schools. Tertiary education and training is also offered by the Wairarapa branch of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and the nearby Taratahi Agricultural Training College, just south of Masterton.
Parents are spoilt for choice amongst the 21-strong early childhood network. The network includes kindergartens, child care and education centres, a home-based service, playcentres and kohanga reo. Twelve of the services are privately owned and there are nine community-based services. Places are generally readily available.
The district’s 12 primary schools, one composite (primary and secondary students) Māori immersion kura, and one intermediate school means parents also have a wide choice of primary schooling for their children. Two schools are state-integrated schools. Most rural primary schools are full primary schools, which include education for intermediate-age students. The majority of Masterton town schools feed students into Masterton Intermediate School, prior to them flowing into one of the district’s six secondary schools. As a relatively small district as far as population goes, Masterton offers parents a great variety of secondary education opportunities – far more so than most communities of its size, or indeed major urban areas. There are two state secondary schools