Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision, especially when considering schools across international borders.
Why Choose Northcross
For years, Northcross Intermediate has welcomed international students, enriching our campus with a mix of cultural perspectives. These students don’t just gain a high-quality education; they become part of a global community that values diversity and mutual growth.
Our school focuses exclusively on the crucial 11-13 age group, catering to over a thousand students in these intermediate years. Our teaching philosophy is geared towards dynamic, student-centred learning, designed to foster personal growth and academic development.
Located in a park-like setting on Auckland's North Shore, Northcross overlooks Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf. You'll find us a mere 20-minute drive north of downtown Auckland, close to a variety of community centres and amenities.
At Northcross, your child will be placed into mainstream classrooms and will follow the New Zealand Curriculum. Core subjects include English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology. Mid-year and end-of-year reports help you track your child’s progress within these curriculum levels. If your child is enrolled in the ESOL programme, they’ll receive an additional year-end report that evaluates their English fluency and comprehension.
The Year 7 curriculum is specifically designed to engage students in practical experiences across a range of specialist subjects, including Visual Art, Biotechnology, Drama, Materials, Music, Science, Robotics/Coding, and Food. The goal here is to ignite curiosity and develop problem-solving skills through these diverse disciplines. By Year 8, students have the opportunity to self-select four of these specialist subjects to explore in greater depth, tailoring their educational experience to their interests.
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In addition to academics, we offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for our students.
Cultural: Get involved in choirs, bands, dance groups, drama, or Kapa Haka. Instrument tuition is also available. Learn more about our cultural groups.
Sport: We offer over 30 sports for students to choose from, ranging from inclusive to competitive. Learn more about sport at Northcross.
Outdoor Education: Education Outside the Classroom/High 5 Challenger Series provides experiences and opportunities to become active and safe in the outdoors. The programme promotes skills such as team work, communication, trust, problem solving, leadership and responsibility. During March, all Year 7 classes participate in these programmes in and beyond the school community.
Year 8 School Camp: At the end of March, all Year 8 classes head to Finlay Park Camp for 2 weeks, a tradition we’ve upheld for years. To get a feel for the camp, visit their website: www.finlaypark.co.nz
How to apply
All enrolments must be submitted through our enrolment website for international students. The site will guide you through each step of the process and makes it easy to action requirements and review each stage.
We recommend starting the application process early, ideally a few months before wanting to start to allow plenty of time to make all the arrangements.
For more detailed information visit our International Student Enrolment page.
Our dedicated International team is here to help. Please contact us using the link below if you need any assistance. We aim to be in touch 2–3 working days after you enquiry has been received.
Get to know our school, its requirements, and what we expect from our students with our Orientation guide.
At Northcross, we're committed to making sure our international students are well-supported, academically and personally. Our school has a dedicated international student office to ensure our students are equipped to thrive in their new environment.
Our International Team includes:
- Director of International Students
- Accommodation/Homestay Manager
- ESOL Department
- After School Language Support teacher
- Chinese & Korean First Language Support
- Access to a wide range of First Language Support
- 24/7 Emergency Contact
- School nurse
Contact information for these people can be found on our International Staff page.
Northcross Intermediate has a mandatory school uniform, for all students regardless of the length of their stay. Learn more about the requirements on our Uniform page.
International students (only) have the option of purchasing their uniform from the school if they are not in NZ, as Argyle can only ship to New Zealand address. Please contact Sharon Hines to arrange a time.
Before setting off for New Zealand, it’s important for international students to familiarise themselves with both Northcross Intermediate and the local culture. View our guide here.
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while staying in New Zealand. Read our Insurance guide to find out more.
Code of practice
Northcross Intermediate has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request, or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website.
Study Complaints | Ngā amuamu tauira now open
Study Complaints | Ngā amuamu tauira is the new, combined student contract dispute resolution scheme. Learners can contact the Study Complaints | Ngā amuamu tauira service about:
- Financial matters
- Contractual matters
- Redress claims after an NZQA investigation.
Learners can contact the service on:
To find out more about Study Complaints | Ngā amuamu tauira see their website.