Tauraroa Area School is situated in a rural area 22km SW of Whangarei. via SH1 and Maungakaramea or Mangapai Roads. The school is about four kilometres from the village of Maungakaramea, which has a garage with a shop and postal facilities, a sports complex and a hall. Most of the 500+ students travel to school by bus. School starts (for students) at 8:40 am and finishes at 3:10 pm.
The school caters for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary students, with some common core activities, such as assemblies and sports days to promote a strong family culture. All students are allocated to a whānau roopu. Year level deans support students at all levels, within a robust pastoral care system in place. About 28% of students are Māori, with the remainder mostly pākehā. International students from a wide range of countries make a significant contribution to the school (except during COVID-19 restrictions as is the situation in 2021). The school has 31 classrooms (including specialist facilities for Music, Art, Food Technology / Hospitality, Hard Materials Technology, Māori, Science, and Computing; alongside a new general purpose hall/gym, a community library and a heated pool. There is good community involvement in school activities.
The school is staffed with approximately 46 full or part-time teachers. There are Teacher Aides and ESOL Teachers, an Executive Officer, a Student Services Officer, Learning Support Unit, Librarian and a full time Caretaker.
There are International (fee paying and exchange) Students at TAS every year (except during COVID-19 restrictions as is the situation in 2021). We have a specialist staff member who supports students through enrolment, homestay placement and on-going pastoral care.
STAR, GATEWAY, Video Conference Learning (VLC FarNet classes for example in Classics, History, Economics, and more), Correspondence School and other external courses supplement teacher-based education at years 11 to 13.