Academic Colleges Group (ACG)

Offering a seamless learning journey from our Early Learning School to Year 13, ACG is a truly remarkable school.

Set across four campuses, our school allows students to move through educational settings designed to maximise learning and personal growth. A young person’s time with us culminates at our unique pre-university campus for Year 12 and 13 students. We are proud to offer the internationally-recognised Cambridge A-Level pathway to our students, enabling them to achieve entry into the finest universities in New Zealand and around the world.

Offering a seamless learning journey, ACG welcomes international students looking to study at one of New Zealand’s premier academic schools. Our academic focus and outstanding English support programmes ensure our students achieve entry into the finest universities both nationally and around the world.

ACG Schools is proud to be An Inspired School, a leading global premium schools group operating in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America educating over 55,000 students across a global network of more than 70 schools. Founded by Nadim M Nsouli, Inspired offers a fresh and contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curricula, and creating a more dynamic, relevant and powerful educational model.

At Inspired, we believe that the overall educational experience instills the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and values that students will carry with them for life. Inspired sets a new standard in premium private education with handpicked teachers and a dedication to excellence that permeates every aspect of each school. An Inspired education extends beyond the confines of traditional academia to tuition in life and public speaking, study methods, and time management. We firmly believe it is vital that our students are adequately equipped to meet life’s challenges in a globally competitive world. With offices in London, Milan, Johannesburg, Dubai, Bogota, and Auckland, Inspired has regional teams to support our growing family of schools in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. To manage this diversity, we draw upon our wide-ranging educational and operational management expertise to share best practices across our Group.

The rigorous ACG curriculum encourages students to think of themselves as citizens of the world and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to navigate their future. ACG Parnell is proud to offer the highly regarded Cambridge International curriculum to all students at all year levels. Setting a global standard for education, Cambridge qualifications are accepted by every UK university, by 600 universities in the US (including all Ivy League colleges) and in many other major student destinations, such as Canada, Australia, South Africa, Germany, and the Netherlands. 

In Years 12 to 13, we offer a well-rounded, challenging curriculum. Students are taught by specialist teachers and have the opportunity to choose some of their own subject areas. ACG Parnell College, Senior Campus prepares Year 12 and 13 students for university by offering a choice of either Cambridge A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.


  • College (Years 7 – 13):

    Our College’s reputation as a top academic school is well-known, but there is much more to us than just academics. We provide our students with extensive opportunities in sports, music, and the arts, plus an individualized level of support and care. We recently ranked the top co-educational school in New Zealand for the Crimson-QS Best NZ Schools for Gaining Entry Into Top Universities 2019 rankings. ACG Schools offer you a world-class education where students thrive and excel.

  • Early childhood education:

    We are passionate and enthusiastic about the educational programmes we offer young children. We acknowledge the curiosity of children and encourage them to question and investigate all that surrounds them in a safe and supportive environment. That’s why our early childhood environments are purpose-built to enhance children’s learning and growth.

  • International students from a diverse global community:

    Each year, 4,700 students from around the world study at ACG Schools. We start at early childhood with our preschools and early learning centers. From there, our students progress through our independent schools, from primary school to Year 13, with world-class curricula that will open the door to a wide range of university and career choices. At every level, they receive the care, support, and internationally recognized curriculum required to help them build a successful future.

  • Parent website and community portal:

    If your child is enrolled in an ACG school, you will be kept informed about their learning progress through our parent portal, myACG. This is a website and community portal, where parents and caregivers can find a range of information about programs, schedules, and events. It also helps parents stay up-to-date with their child’s progress. A unique login and password allow access to a secure site for personal information including accommodation details, daily timetables, attendance records, and assessment results. View academic reports, check coverage and expiry dates of medical and travel insurance policies, and access student visa permit numbers and expiry dates.

  • Primary school (Years 1 – 6):

    Our primary school students enjoy personalized attention from experienced teachers in modern facilities which include spacious classrooms and specialist teaching areas. The primary school curriculum focuses on developing students into independent and confident learners with researching and problem-solving skills, setting them up for a successful transition into their college years.

  • Settling into study:

    Upon arrival, a thorough orientation programme helps international students to settle in. As part of orientation, students are given an information handbook that includes homestay and accommodation guidelines.

  • The tutor system:

    Each student at ACG Schools is assigned a tutor to supervise their study and provide individual guidance. As part of the learning support, student and tutor meet regularly to reflect on progress, celebrate success, and overcome any challenges. Students are encouraged to develop good study habits and benefit from personalized support, to ensure they reach their goals.