Ficino School was founded in February 1997, modelled on the highly regarded St James Independent Schools in London, with an aim to restore spiritual values, uphold traditional virtues and encourage disciplined study in primary school education. This initiative came from parents in the School of Philosophy in Auckland to meet the need for a comprehensive, formative and principled education.

The School of Philosophy is an adult education institution dedicated to promoting and supporting human development. It teaches a philosophy of unity and provides its members with a community of like-minded people. It has been running lectures and residential events in Auckland for over fifty years.