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Senior College ACG

Address: 66 Lorne St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Description Senior College ACG

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Established: in 1994
  • Age of the pupils: 13-19 years (foreign students are taken from age 15)
  • Total number of students: 1184 people (80 foreign students)
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence, host family (half board / board)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Senior College ACG is one of the largest schools in the prestigious Academic Colleges Group. ACG was founded in 1994 and quickly gained popularity and respect - today in the educational institutions of the network more than 5000 students from all over the world are studied! High grade and ranking are supported by excellent teaching staff, technical and infrastructural equipment of the school, as well as balanced programs that fully meet strict world quality standards.

Among the international students, the most popular programs for high school students are IB and A-level (plus preparatory courses for them) - specifically for high school students are designed at Senior College ACG. Graduates show excellent results: the success of the surrender reaches 100%, which allows students to immediately, without losing a year, enter the best universities and higher schools in the world. Pre-university preparation at Senior College ACG is a really good choice, and graduates confirm this fact year after year.

Another distinctive feature of Senior College ACG is a liberal, democratic atmosphere: starting with a free schedule and choosing subjects and ending with the absence of a strict uniform. Each student can manifest himself in the areas that are most interesting to him, and adjust the daily curriculum to his own needs. Education at Senior College ACG is not a tedious cramming, it is a constant interactive and search for new answers: brainstorming, discussions, lectures and open tables. Students are constantly encouraged to form and defend their point of view, to instill in them universal human values, learn to find non-standard ways of solving problems and tasks. Each lesson is an intellectual challenge to yourself.

Children are constantly helped by qualified, experienced teachers, each of whom is accredited to work with foreign students and international groups. The teaching staff practices an individual approach, strives to find their own approach to each student, taking into account his unique abilities and talents. For foreign students, a special language program is offered: it helps them to adapt more quickly and join the new team, to improve language skills in the shortest possible time to the level of native speakers.

It is also worthwhile to note a sufficiently intensive preparation in the field of elective classes - for example, the school is famous for the serious level of acting and musical skill of its students. This is the only school in New Zealand, which has separate awards for art and design programs! The students of the Senior College ACG know almost the best such subjects as mathematics, science and English in the country - the last 7 years the school is leading the academic indicators in these areas.

Each lesson lasts for 80 minutes (up to 5 compulsory lessons per day + consultations, individual lessons or electives), and classes are formed small, so that the teacher can give maximum attention to each student. Individual additional classes are almost always free of charge - teachers always go to meet persistent and inquisitive students and are ready to explain the material once again, to provide additional literature for reading and studying.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Senior College ACG

Program name
from 35 800 $NZD / year


Classical international program of preparation for the university is designed for 2 academic years.

Students study 6 subjects at personal choice: 3 at the standard level and 3 at the in-depth. For observance of academic balance and absence of duplication of courses it is recommended to choose 1 discipline from the following 6 thematic groups:

  • Literature: English, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese (other options are available on request);
  • Foreign language: English, Chinese, French and Spanish;
  • Humanities: Economics and Psychology;
  • Natural sciences: chemistry, physics, biology;
  • Mathematics (3 levels of difficulty are provided);
  • Art: music, fine arts.

Additionally, all students take CAS (Creativity, Service, Activity) course, prepare a personal study and write an extensive academic essay, and attend classes in the General Theory of Cognition (TOC).

from 35 800 $NZD / year


A preparatory program is designed for students (mostly foreign students) who are not qualified enough for a two-year IB, who need to improve their academic and language skills.

The duration of the course can be from 6 to 12 months: it depends on the degree of initial readiness of the student, his perseverance and abilities, intellectual level. The composition of the preparatory program is almost the same as that of the classical IB: 6 subjects for study (3 at the standard level of complexity and 3 at the in-depth level), active sports, creativity and extracurricular activities. Discipline of the TOK (general theory of knowledge), CAS (Creativity, Service, Activity) and classes on writing an essay or preparing a research project are included in the Pre-IB program.

from 35 800 $NZD / year


The traditional British program of preparation for universities is the "golden standard" for studying high school students. All over the world, the A-level certificate with high scores (such as the grades for examinations from A * to B) is valued so highly that it gives the right to enter even the most elite and prestigious universities without additional examinations and entrance tests.

The program is designed for 2 years and involves studying a very limited number of subjects - only 4 - which the student chooses at his own discretion. The list of possible disciplines to choose from is very wide:

  • Art and Design
  • The photo
  • Graphic design
  • Textile
  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Drama
  • Economy
  • English
  • English literature
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Environment
  • History of art
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education.

The subjects are studied in-depth, practically at the university level, which gives students the opportunity to prepare themselves as efficiently as possible for enrolling in the chosen faculty in a priority university, and to devote maximum time to the most important academic areas.

Accommodation, housing and food

College students can reside in host New Zealand families: they are offered comfortable and safe conditions (half board and all the amenities of the house), as well as daily communication with native speakers and acquaintance with national traditions, features, history and mentality. The school very carefully approaches the selection of host families - many New Zealand citizens have been cooperating with the college for many years.

Also, students can rent an apartment (meals are not included - self-service) or be accommodated in a common comfortable residence (half board meals - usually breakfasts + dinners).

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Accounting, biology, business, chemistry, Chinese, Chinese literature, Classical civilization, economics, English, English literature, graphic design, Higher mathematics, history, Korean literature, literature, maths, music, painting, physics, psychology, sociology, Spanish, textile, the photo, Visual arts

Events Senior College ACG

In their free time, the students will not have to be bored - for them an interesting, diverse extra-curricular program is being developed: both entertaining and cognitive.

In the college there is a huge number of clubs, circles and sections on interests, where each student will be able to show their talents and unique abilities:

  • Music (singing, playing a musical instrument)
  • Theatrical and dramatic art
  • Music bands (especially jazz direction is very popular)
  • Dance studios
  • Track and field athletics
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Mountain biking
  • Water Polo
  • Team games with the ball: football, volleyball, basketball, netball, etc.
  • Cricket
  • American football
  • Table tennis
  • Swimming and more.

Regularly conducted interesting debates and lectures, discussions (including with invited speakers) and intellectual games, round tables (like the UN Youth Model). Also organized are foreign trips, student exchanges with Japan, European countries, the USA and South (Latin) America, Africa.

Equipment Senior College ACG

The school campus is located in the central part of Auckland - just a couple of minutes walk from the main beautiful school building is the Main City Library and the City Technological University, as well as numerous urban infrastructure facilities: public transport stops, shops and shopping centers, pharmacies and banks, cafes, restaurants and coffee shops.

Among the popular food points for students, you can Include Starbucks Coffee, Albert Park Cafe, Giapo Genuine Italian Gelato, Rebo Cafe & amp; Bar, Starks Expresso Cafe & amp; Champagne Bar - an average lunch for one person is 5-6 NZ dollars. The largest and most developed shopping centers in which you can find absolutely all the shops you need are Westfield Downtown, Westfield 277 Newmarket, Crowne Plaza Auckland.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Accommodation and meals (depends on the chosen option)
  • Selection of accommodation option
  • School uniform
  • Tutorials, books and materials
  • Compulsory medical treatment Insurance
  • Examination fees
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification, courier delivery of documents
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy)
  • Roundtrip flights
  • Transfer in both directions, meeting and seeing off at the airport.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 1000 NZD
  • Study materials 600 NZD
  • Uniform 1000 NZD
  • Registration fee (for accommodation) 300 NZD
  • Transfer (one way) 105 NZD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

All college applicants (ages 14 to 17) must provide a cover letter, as well as an educational diploma or a certificate with a timetable of grades for passed subjects. Requirements for the level of English language are set according to the IELTS (or its equivalent) test standards - from 5.5 points and above.

In the process of apllying (submission of a motivation letter and a personal interview), the entrant must demonstrate the necessary qualities and skills. In particular, each student should be able to think positively and constantly strive for self-improvement, to constant and vigilant work on oneself. The student must show respect to all students, teachers and staff of the school, and be ready to participate in all aspects of school life - creative, social, charitable, academic and athletic.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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