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All about Cambridge

All about Cambridge International

ACG students achieve more Cambridge International awards than any other school in New Zealand.

All ACG schools offer the Cambridge International Curriculum as an alternative to New Zealand’s national curriculum NCEA.
Cambridge International is globally recognised and accepted by universities in New Zealand and around the world. It is flexible, challenging and inspiring. The curriculum is international in philosophy and approach, but can be tailored to local contexts.

We believe it sets a global standard for education, providing our students an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. It allows them to gain the essential skills they need for success at university and in their future careers. It has seen our students accepted to top universities in New Zealand and around the world.

Cambridge International is characterised by its exam-based assessments and clear benchmarking. We believe an end-of-year exam system allows teachers and students to explore questions to a depth and a quality that educators involved in internal assessment benchmarking simply do not have the time for.

A common misconception about Cambridge is that it is only for highly academic students.

In reality, Cambridge is a flexible curriculum that can be easily tailored to all levels of academic ability.

ACG Schools are incredibly proud of our academic offering and welcome you to visit us at Open Days or contact us at any time to discuss how Cambridge International would work for your child.

Cambridge vs NCEA

NCEA is a curriculum built around internal assessments that take place throughout the academic year. Students are graded in broad bands (Achieved, Merit, Excellence). Because of the heavy assessment schedule, teachers may spend a lot of time preparing, delivering, moderating, and marking assessments.

We believe the Cambridge curriculum allows our teachers to use classroom time more effectively. Cambridge is externally examined, with an endof- year examination, allowing teachers to spend more time teaching students and less marking assessments. Unlike NCEA, assessments are marked as a percentage, with an overall grade from A* to G giving students and parents a clear indication of how they’re performing.

STEM at ACT Tauranga

We have an engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programme as part of our Cambridge curriculum that encourages students from a young age to get involved and enjoy the huge benefits of STEM – setting them up for endless career opportunities later in life.

Student transition to Cambridge

If your child hasn’t done Cambridge before, you may be wondering if it will be an easy transition. We asked our students their honest thoughts on their experience. You can view their stories here.

We welcome applications at any time, including for a mid-year start. Applying online is easy.