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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?

ISWA is located at 22 Kalinda Drive, 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 Western Australian Curriculum?

Yes, at ISWA we teach the Western 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 Programme (IBDP)?

Yes, we are accredited to offer the IB Diploma Programme. 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 delivered the MYP programme since 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 Advanced Placement 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 all Australian Universities.

Which universities do ISWA graduates attend?

ISWA has a world class careers-counselling and University Applications Assistance 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 academic 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.

Why is ISWA moving to Doubleview?

ISWA is excited to be moving to its brand new campus in Doubleview in 2020. ISWA is currently a Tenant of its premise at City Beach, and the Department of Education are the Landlord.  It was decided by the Department of Education that ISWA relocate to Doubleview, and it is a move that will see many benefits to our school. Click here to learn more about these benefits.

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. 

International School of Western Australia 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).

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. Our Registrar can provide further information.

Does ISWA have bus transport for students?

We are in the process of researching and planning to introduce a private transport service. 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.

Is ISWA a public or private school?

ISWA is a coeducational, non-denominational, independent school.  The new campus is being constructed and will be owned by the WA Department of Education, with ISWA entering into a lease agreement with the State.

While ISWA is an independent school, a number of programs are available to the public.

Is ISWA only for international students?

Not at all. Many local families are enrolled at ISWA.  The main difference between ISWA and other schools around Perth is that we teach a progressive International Baccalaureate education.  This is an internationally-recognised learning system and Diploma Program which opens the door to universities around the world.

In addition, we are the only school in Australia to also offer the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum which is considered the benchmark for academic excellence in the United States.

We are finding this truly international approach is appealing to more and more families who are preparing their children to learn, achieve, and make a difference in the world.

2018 Australian Association for International Education trading as International School of Western Australia CRICOS Provider 02674G