ACG Senior College prepares young adults for university by offering both Cambridge International Examinations and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, plus a unique diploma specially crafted for Year 11 students, combining the best elements of both.
Classes run from 8:30am until 4:35pm, and lessons last for 80 minutes. Research shows that for senior students, concentrating on one subject for this long brings greater benefits.
Students are in charge of their own free time. For example, those with a non-contact first period can arrive in time for their first lesson at 9:55am, or if they have a free last lesson, can go home at 3:05pm. Students are given the freedom and trust to use their non-contact time wisely.
Throughout Year 11, students prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE examinations and the Core Programme of the IB, through a range of learning in global perspectives, second language and culture, health and fitness and financial literacy. These studies set students up for success, and help them decide which programme to pursue for Years 12 and 13.
Each qualification is quite different. While both are excellent precursors to university and offer rigorous and challenging courses, Cambridge suits those seeking a more specialised course of study, while the IB delivers a broader, more holistic learning approach.
In Years 12 and 13 Cambridge students can multi-level and mix AS and A2 courses, taking advanced courses in their strongest subjects, provided they meet entry requirements. Students can also undertake Cambridge and The University of Auckland programmes concurrently. Those who choose the IB pathway will undertake a two-year course.
To boost literacy for tertiary study, some students also take NCEA English, and courses for second language students are available.