Benefits of the International Baccalaureate

(in an international environment)


ISWA provides a unique educational opportunity for both international and local Perth students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

A unique educational pedagogy

ISWA is the only school in Western Australia in which students can benefit from the progressive, inquiry-based and child-centred International Baccalaureate (IB) learning pedagogy in a co-ed, non-denominational, non-elitist environment from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The mission of an IB is to create knowledgeable, tolerant, open-minded, compassionate and principled learners, and the global perspectives of our staff and students readily facilitates this. ISWA celebrates a modern, progressive approach to educational values, where teachers and students are collaborators in a common goal, and where uniqueness is celebrated within an overarching framework of finding common ground, harmony, and mutual respect.

Unique differentiation in the classroom

Whilst ‘differentiation’ is increasingly being demanded of teachers in schools across the country, at ISWA our teaching staff are uniquely skilled in this art. The ability to differentiate deftly and seamlessly is a necessary requirement in a classroom which may have a dozen or more nationalities, with students from a range of background, experiences, and learning styles. For this reason, ISWA has become the school of choice for students who are unable to reach their potential in other schools in the city, and at ISWA, these students flourish. Our bespoke ‘Gifted and Talented’ program also helps students in all years to progress at their own pace, the vertical integration of the student community facilitates and normalises this process.

A unique perspective

With over 60 nationalities of student enrolled at ISWA, including Australian, the school offers a true cross-section of international and local students. The vastly different experiences and background our students and staff bring to the classroom enhances and expands any classroom discussion, benefitting students significantly. West Australians returning home to Perth with their families, after years of living abroad, choose ISWA as it is the only school in WA to offer a truly global educational perspective for students. With a strong focus on second (or third) language learning, ISWA provides the ideal environment for students to understand the practical application of language skills, and to practise these with their native speaking classmates.

Unique academic pathways

ISWA is the only school in Western Australia that enables Senior School students the choice between studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or the U.S. College Board Advance Placement courses, whilst also delivering the requirements of the West Australian curriculum. Successful completion of these rigorous academic pathways opens up the opportunity of university study at prestigious and specialist higher education institutions across the globe. It is imperative that students in Perth are not disconnected from international higher education options – ISWA’s on-campus College Counsellor works with students and their families to ensure them the best success of getting into the university of their choice, whether that be local or overseas. In turn, these students bring these new global professional and cultural understandings and connections back to Perth, contributing positively to the WA community.

A unique sense of belonging

The ISWA school community plays a particularly important role in the lives of students and their families. When families arrive in Perth from overseas they often know nobody. Our inclusive, welcoming school community and extraordinarily active Parent Association have numerous strategies in place to ensure newcomers are welcomed and settle quickly and happily in to their new Perth lifestyle. This welcome is not exclusive to our international families. Due to the egalitarian, open-minded and progressive nature of our school community, local students who did not fit into their mainstream or elite Perth school find their place here at ISWA: often for the first time ever in a school environment, they find they belong.