The school is based on a middle school age group with an integrated, project-based, curriculum. Although being privately run, the school reflects the 8 Essential Learning Areas as stated in the NZ curriculum - overlaid by a clear Christian philosophy and values.
Parents are an integral part of school life and are regularly kept informed of their child’s progress. Each child has their own programme (Individual Base Plan (I.B.P.), and staff know each child's educational needs and ensure they are met. The child’s interest areas are affirmed and they have the opportunity to significantly develop the capacity to direct their own learning. South Auckland Middle School aims to develop the individual talents of every one of its students and to teach them to relate the experience to, and learn through, the everyday world. The school promotes the basics at all times and we concentrate on students developing their ability to do assessments effectively and to the best of their ability. Good behaviour, social skills and manners are taught and expected at all times. We take full advantage of the excellent learning resources in the community. Parents are invited to take an interest in all aspects of the school's programmes. They are welcome to take part in both the morning and afternoon programmes. Please discuss any special areas of interest with the staff.
South Auckland Middle School is also very proud to have Keven Mealamu and his wife Tai be our very first official ambassadors, as of February 2014! Their aim is to be a part of promoting the school and supporting the well-being of the children in New Zealand. This was celebrated with a visit to the school, much to the delight and excitement of the students and teachers.