Kaitaia Intermediate School has 230 pupils, 14 teaching staff and a number of caring and committed administration and support staff.  We have six mainstream classes and three bilingual classes.

We are very fortunate to  have three Reo Rua classes at our kura. Tamariki who meet the requirements are able to participate in these classes. Students in our Reo Rua classes are expected to maintain high standards in both Te Reo Maori and English.  Students in these classes participate in Kapa Haka, Whaikorero and Wānanga throughout the year.

Every student is given the opportunity to work towards gaining a place on the Honours Board. Our goal is to help every student develop and participate in wider school life - academically, in Sport, in Service and Duties and in Culture and the Arts.  To achieve Honours,  students must gain their merit and excellence badges (which they do through both participation and achievement) in three of these four areas of school life.  

The Kaitaia Intermediate Student Council is made up of students elected by their classmates and teacher. They develop skills in leadership and perform duties such as organising and running  mufti days, and assemblies. Our councillors are also trained to be Career Ambassadors and attend workshops with Kaitaia College Career Ambassadors who are former KIS Student Councillors.  

We offer the opportunity for any child at Kaitaia Intermediate School to participate in the Kiwi Canterbury Exams.  The exams available are English, Mathematics, Science and Spelling.  The exams are skills-based and are closely aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum. They are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students. Participation in these exams is optional, however they provide an excellent opportunity for students to experience an exam type situation.  Results from these exams are considered when selecting our School Dux. We also offer students opportunities to compete in the Mathex Competition, Lit Quiz, and the Regional Science Fair each year.  Every year we publish a School Magazine which is written by students.

Kaitaia Intermediate School is part of the Ministry of Education's Healthy Lunches initiative. Our tamariki receive free lunches every day from Libelle. Kaitaia Intermediate is proud to be a Health Promoting School and to be receiving fruit as part of the Fruit in Schools initiative. 

We are a ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ (PB4L) School.  PB4L looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-school perspective as well as from an individual student perspective.  It helps our school build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.  

Despite our remote location, our school competes beyond expectation on the sports field and dominates most sporting competitions in the north. Our school has a tradition of participating in the AIMS games in Tauranga since it first began. 

The school is proud of all of its facilities including our purpose built Technology block, School Pool and Tennis and Netball Courts.  We have plans to build an Adventure Playground in 2023, alongside upgrading some of our existing buildings.