A truly holistic education

Developing students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The International Baccalaureate is a globally recognised curriculum that challenges students to excel in their studies and encourages both personal and academic achievement as part of a truly holistic education.

At ACG Parnell College, Year 12 and 13 students may choose to study the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based, two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.

The course is presented as six academic areas enclosing a central core. It encourages the concurrent study of a broad range of subjects. Students study two modern languages, a humanities or social science subject, science, mathematics and optionally one of the creative arts. It is this comprehensive range of subjects that makes the IBDP Programme a demanding course of study designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. In each of the academic areas students have flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and may wish to study further at university.

All Diploma Programme students participate in the three course elements that make up the core of the model. Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course that is about critical thinking and inquiry into the process of knowing. It encourages students to analyse knowledge claims and explore questions about the construction of knowledge. Creativity, activity, service (CAS) involves students in a broad range of activities outside their academic studies. The extended essay offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, in the form of a 4,000-word piece of independent research. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.

There are lots of benefits for IB students. They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning;
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world;
  • have proven time management skills
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language;
  • be engaged, with a breadth and depth of learning.

IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically.

Students select six subjects from a total of 17 available, providing an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. The maximum score for the diploma is 45 – 42 points from the six subjects combined and three from the core programme.

ACG IBDP students have gone on to top universities in New Zealand and around the world.

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College curriculum

A balanced and challenging curriculum.


Senior Campus

A pre-university environment for Years 12 & 13.