Is the International School of Western Australia an accredited educational institution?
ISWA is fully accredited with the Department of Education Services (Government of Western Australia). We are also registered as a provider of courses to full fee overseas students (CRICOS Code 02674G).
Does the school have any religious affiliations?
ISWA is a non-denominational, co-educational school.
Where is the school located?
We are in City Beach, Perth, Western Australia. City Beach is one of Perth’s western suburbs and located minutes from the Indian Ocean and is also within proximity to the Perth CBD.
Can local Perth students attend ISWA?
Local Perth students can and do attend ISWA. Students benefit from the global perspective when it comes to their education, and their families are warmly welcomed into the inclusive (and sociable) ISWA parent community.
Does the school offer discounted fees?
ISWA has three fee schedules: International (CRICOS); Companies and Self- Funded.
Does ISWA offer Scholarships?
ISWA offers a variety of Scholarships. Scholarships are offered to students of a high academic standard and to students who display all-rounder qualities including: Learner Profile; Leadership: Community Service, or excellence in a field. Students are required to prepare an e-portfolio including academic reports, transcripts, achievements, and a student written application letter. The Principal will interview prospective candidates and selection will be made at the Principal’s discretion. Further details can be obtained from the Registrar.
Does ISWA offer Bursaries?
ISWA may offer bursaries at the Principal’s discretion. Bursaries are in the main offered to existing families who suffer unexpected financial hardship.
Does ISWA teach the Australian Curriculum?
Yes, at ISWA we teach the Australian Curriculum in Years K-10. We use the pedagogy of the International Baccalaureate from K-10 to deliver that curriculum. In Early Childhood (Years K-2) we focus on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and nature play.
Does ISWA offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)?
Yes, we are accredited to offer the IB Diploma Program. For us, accreditation reflects the extent to which the school’s curriculum has a global focus.
Does ISWA offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP)?
Yes, we are an MYP candidate school. In Years 7-10 we have rolled out the MYP programme in July 2016.
Does ISWA offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP)?
Yes, we are accredited to offer the PYP. Students in Kindergarten-Year 6 follow this program.
What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Program?
We are the only school in Australia to offer the globally-recognised AP course. The AP is a rigorous program of credit by examination for university-level studies pursued at high school level. Students who achieve a satisfactory score on AP examinations can receive credit at most American Universities. A high number of top-level universities around the world accept AP grades in the admission process, including Perth's University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and Edith Cowan University.
What universities do ISWA graduates attend?
ISWA has a world class careers and college counselling programme. Students from ISWA have been accepted into some of the most prestigious universities around the world. Details of our alumni's tertiary destinations are included in our annual School Profile.
What calendar does the school follow?
ISWA's academic calendar is aligned to a northern hemisphere academic calendar, with the school year beginning in late July and finishing in early June. The school year is broken up into four terms. The mid semester spring and autumn breaks are one week in duration. The summer and winter breaks are usually about five weeks long, allowing time for our international families to visit their country of origin.
How does the school cater for students who may not necessarily be seeking a university education?
ISWA prides itself on being a centre for learning excellence for all students, whatever their academic focus may be. The school offers a fully-rounded education for each student. For those students not necessarily focused on attending university, the school offers the IB Certificate. Many American universities also accepts this Certificate. The school provides each student with the opportunity to excel to his or her own potential.
Where do most of the school’s teaching staff come from?
ISWA prides itself on the wealth of experience of its teaching staff. Like the students who make up our school community, many of our teachers have experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of living in a foreign country. A good proportion of our staff have worked at other international schools and taught the IB or AP curriculum in other countries. All teachers in Western Australia must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA): www.trb.wa.gov.au
Does ISWA offer after school care?
We are in the process of researching and planning to introduce after school care via an external provider. In the interim, there are some local providers who drop off and pick up ISWA students from their facilities/locations. The registrar can provide further information.
Does ISWA have bus transport for students?
There are several bus routes that our students use to get to and from the school. Please visit the Transperth Journey Planner to plan your route.