Announcement : 

Matariki Celebration – Thursday 4th July 5pm till 7pm

International Enrolment Information

We welcome international students for a minimum of 10 weeks (one school term). We do not currently offer short term admissions. All students coming to Te Aro School must reside in Wellington with at least one of their parents.

If your child is an English language learner they will receive support from our ESOL teacher, as well as their classroom teacher and possibly support staff. 

If you would like further information you can email Please tell us your child’s name and birthdate so that we can provide you with information specific to your child’s year level. We will contact you shortly.


Maya from Canada – Year 8 student:
“I really enjoyed attending Te Aro school because of the cultural studies, the diversity of the students and the hands-on activities.Actively learning about the Māori people was really interesting and very different to Canada, we aren’t taught nearly as much about our Indigenous Peoples in the classroom here. I got to go on an overnight camp to a Māori meeting place (Marae) which was really fun.

My teachers and classmates were very welcoming to me, I felt accepted into the school community right away.  We would sing at least twice a week in class and everyone in the class participated enthusiastically. I felt like students enjoyed being at school throughout the day.

I also got to spend one day a week working on a Technicraft project (I chose Sewing but there was also Cooking and Woodworking)”

Anne+David (Germany):
“What a terrific school! Highly welcoming, warm, friendly, international, and so respectful. Sue and all the other staff we interacted with were incredibly kind and supportive and we did not hesitate a second to leave our daughters there. No wonder, our girls fell in love with the school in no time and want to come back as quickly as possible. Ngā mihi nui. Anne and David“

“The other students were so welcoming, and I found friends very quickly. The teachers were super nice and kind, and I loved the outdoor areas with many great and very different spaces to play at.”

“I really enjoyed the way of learning at Te Aro and the way classes worked: It was very free and we could do what we were really interested in—including learning about the environment, garbage, English, baking, and so much more.”

Fees for international students

Compulsory Cost of Tuition and Other Course related costs

Tuition Fees (payable in advance)

  • $NZ 4,000 (including GST) per term 
  • $NZ 14,000 (including GST) per annum if enrolling for the whole year

Fees must be paid in advance.

These fees include:

  • Normal classroom tuition costs
  • Specialist tuition in English by a trained teacher.

These fees do not include:

  • Administration Fee ($350 non-refundable)
  • Fees for additional activities which are dependent on what term you join us. These may include swimming, technicraft, noho (school camp), etc. On application we would advise you of any of these additional costs.




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