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Students at The International School of Western Australia are able to study the International Baccalaureate from Kindergarten to Year 12.*

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a progressive programme of education, which is based on best practise teaching and learning techniques from around the world. At its heart, the International Baccalaureate Organisation is motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. 

The IB is a series of student-centred, inquiry-based education programmes that aim to develop knowledgable, curious, caring and resilient young people and graduates. International Baccalaureate programmes incorporate a consideration of both local and global contexts into learning concepts, fostering intercultural understanding, and respect. In doing so, the IB aims to develop graduates who will contribute to a better world for all.

International Baccalaureate programmes develop student abilities to think critically and challenge assumptions, to challenge what we think we know and why we know it.

The International Baccalaureate also aims to develop multilingual students, with an emphasis on immersion-based language learning.

International Baccalaureate programmes create ‘life-long learners’

‘Learners for life’ tends to be a keyword in education circles. The International Baccalaureate is built on global best practise teaching and learning techniques to genuinely create life-long learners. It develops in students a conscious approach to learning skills. Students learn how to learn. From an early age, IB programmes encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and educational progress. They try different approaches to learning to see what works best for them. Students regularly reflect on their own learning progress, and consider how their knowledge is constructed.

International Baccalaureate programmes help students to ask challenging questions and to think critically about the answers they find.

“The International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” 


International Baccalaureate programmes create contributors to local and global communities

IB programmes strive to develop well-rounded individuals. We focus not just on academic pursuits, but on creative, physical, community, and personal achievement.

International Baccalaureate programmes strive to develop well-rounded graduates. We encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

Three Programmes of Study

The International School of Western Australia offers three age-appropriate International Baccalaureate programmes, all of which deliver the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. These programmes are:

  • Primary Years Programme – Kindergarten – Year 6
  • Middle Years Programme* – Years 7 – 10
  • Diploma Programme – Years 11 & 12

Students not wishing to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Senior High School are able to study the Advanced Placement Programme as an alternative.

*International School of Western Australia is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ISWA believes is important for our students. 
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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What our teachers say

I love teaching at ISWA because of the open-mindedness of the families and the students’ abilities to share their cultures in the classroom.

Ashleigh Forbes: Pre-Primary

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