The International School of WA (ISWA) provides a unique educational opportunity for both local (Perth) and international students from Kindergarten (K) to Year 12.
A UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL PEDAGOGY
At ISWA students study the Australian Curriculum from Years K-10, ensuring a seamless transition from local schools. Our curriculum is transferable and transportable both within Australia and around the world.
ISWA is the only school in Western Australia in which students can be benefit from the progressive, inquiry-based and child-centered international Baccalaureate (IB) learning pedagogy in a co-educational, non-denominational, egalitarian 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 staff and students readily facilitates this through an inclusive, welcoming, and internationally minded focus and approach to learning.
In our Kindergarten programme, we also have embedded the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood education that focuses on the child and learning through nature.
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 AND FEEDBACK
Whilst 'differentiation' is increasingly being demanded of teachers in schools across the country, at ISWA 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 in general and especially those who are unable to reach their potential in other schools in Perth, and at ISWA, these students flourish. Bespoke 'Gifted and Talented' programs also help students in all years to progress at their own pace, as the vertical integration of the student community facilitates and normalises this process.
The work and research of Professor John Hattie is at the core of our approach to teaching and Visible Learning. At ISWA the assessment and reporting feedback from teachers to students and parents is authentic, timely and on-going, using an on-line platform. SEQTA is a learning management system where students - Learn; teachers - Teach; and parents - Engage.
A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
With over 40 nationalities of students enrolled at ISWA, including Australian, the school offers a true cross-section of international and local students. The vastly different experiences and backgrounds of students and staff enhances and expands classroom discussion, benefiting 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 truly global educational perspective for students. With a strong focus in 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 don't know anybody. An inclusive, welcoming school community and 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 the school community, local students who did not fit into their mainstream or elite Perth school structure find their place here at ISWA: often for the first time ever in a school environment, they find they belong.
The family atmosphere of our campus is enhanced by our co-educational K-12 campus, where vertical age interactions are facilitated and encouraged. The 'connectedness between primary, middle and secondary school, between staff and pupils, school and parents' is at the core of our holistic approach to education.