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Our Alternative Education school is designed to act as either a short or long term intervention to support students who have been alienated from other forms of education and mainstream schooling. It aims to re-engage students in a meaningful learning programme targeted to their individual needs and supports them to go back to  furthering their education / training. Alternative education caters for students between the ages of 13 to 16+.


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 then refused enrolment 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 

The Managing school for ACES  is Mount Albert Grammar School. ACES is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide an alternative education school for Auckland City and Howick / Pakuranga. ACES delivers the requirements set by the MoE by contracting an AE Provider who ensures the 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 a student to alternative education. ACES AE school then maintains educational and pastoral responsibility for these students as they attend alternative education while still being enrolled in their school as per the National Education Guidelines (NEGs) and National Administration Guidelines (NAGs).

Find out more about our AE school here.

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