Waiuku College is a State Co-educational, Decile 6, Year 9 to 13 Secondary School of approximately 950 students including approximately 30 internationals. The College caters for students from Waiuku township and the wider rural community, an area of approximately 16,000 people. It also includes the communities of Pukeoware, Aka Aka, Otaua, Glenbrook, Waipipi and Awhitu. About 40% of students come to school by bus from these surrounding rural communities.
A strong partnership exists with College parents and the wider community who provide support and encouragement. The College acknowledges Ngati Te Ata as Tangata Whenua (Te Runanga O Te Waiohua) in the district, and incorporate the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi to work in partnership to promote the interests of Maori students and the wider community. Maori make up about 22 percent of the student population.