top of page

Our Alternative Education school is designed to act as a short-term or long term intervention to support students who have been alienated from other forms of education or schools. It aims to re-engage students in a meaningful learning programme targeted to their individual needs and supports them to go back to a mainstream school sor further education / training.

Alternative education caters for students between 13 and 16 plus years of age who are alienated from mainstream school.  To be eligible for alternative education, the student needs to meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Out of a registered school for two terms or more.

  2. Excluded and enrolment is refused by local schools (including a history of stand-downs or suspensions in the past two years).

  3. Has dropped out of Te Kura after enrolment in either category 1 or 2.

  4. Absent for at least half of the last 20 school weeks for reasons other than illness and the absence has meant they are unable to maintain a mainstream programme.

  5. Has multiple suspensions and risks further suspension.

  6. Students do not have to fit one of the first five categories above, if in the professional opinion of the school alternative education is the best option for the student.



Our AE school values are H.E.A.R.T 

ACES Managing School is Mount Albert Grammar School and is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide alternative education school for Auckland City and Howick / Pakuranga. ACES deliver the MoE contract by contracting an AE Provider who ensures the AE Programme is meeting the individual educational, social and wellbeing needs of the student.

A student can also be Dual Enrolled with our ACES AE school. The enrolling school refers students to the alternative education school. When the student is enrolled with the ACES AE school we maintain educational and pastoral responsibility for these students while they are enrolled in their school and are attending alternative education, as per the National Education Guidelines (NEGs) and National Administration Guidelines (NAGs).

Find out more about our AE school here.

bottom of page