The world-class New Zealand education system is designed to support and encourage creativity and critical thinking at every level – from preschool through to PhD.


Early Childhood Education

ACG offers exceptional early childhood education to help foster creativity and a love of learning in children under five. Our curricula combines our own educational philosophy with Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – to ensure children grow to be competent, confident learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging.

Primary & Middle Schools

ACG has excellent private schools for children in Years 1 through 8 (ages 5-12). The school year begins in late January and finishes early December. The year is divided into four terms of ten weeks each, with holiday breaks of two or three weeks between terms.

Secondary Schools (Colleges)

Our schools take a student-centred approach to learning with globally recognised qualifications alongside extensive programmes of sports, culture and technology.

ACG Schools offer the internationally recognised Cambridge International Examinations for Years 9 to 13. 

The school year runs from late January to early December and is divided into four terms with holidays breaks of two or three weeks between each term, and a longer break of eight weeks over the New Zealand summer.

English language support is available at all ACG Schools.

ACG owns and operates international schools in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Study Options

At ACG Schools, we provide outstanding educational opportunities for students around the world.

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New Zealand’s education environment

Supportive environment

New Zealand offers a supportive environment for study. Classes are generally smaller so students receive more personal attention from teachers, tutors and lecturers than in other parts of the world. That means if students are having difficulty with an assignment, they can discuss it with their tutor. Seeking help when needed is a normal part of student life in New Zealand.

Commitment to study

Students must be prepared to study hard, work in teams and examine new ideas. They need to be self-motivated, disciplined, and prepared to take part in class discussions.


In New Zealand, independence, initiative and resourcefulness are highly valued. Students are encouraged to be questioning, flexible and independent thinkers.

Share ideas

At secondary school and university level, students are expected to share ideas and defend them in a debate. Participating fully in classes helps students learn more about their subjects. Unlike some cultures, challenging and questioning teachers and lecturers is an expected and important part of a New Zealand education.

Living Costs

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