These are alternative, non-traditional courses funded by the Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR).
STAR was established in 1996 following a Ministerial Reference Group's recommendation that secondary schools be granted additional funding from which they could provide programmes in non-national curriculum courses for their senior students. The programmes, in full or in part, need to lead to assessment towards credit against unit standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or towards other tertiary qualifications in non-national curriculum courses.
Gateway is a school-run work experience programme involving one day a week in an industry work placement for between 10-20 days. It is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
Students undertake assessments for National Qualification Framework credits (which also count towards NCEA) which may be done in the workplace or in training workshops.
At Auckland Girls' Grammar School students in the Year 13 Gateway class and some Year 12 from the Employment Skills class are selected to join the programme. Students are interviewed by the Gateway co-ordinator as well as the employer to determine the student's suitability for the work placement.