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The International Baccalaurate Learner Profile is a set of attributes that ISWA students strive to develop, in order to strive for personal excellence and reach their full potential.

The Learner Profile underpins all the teaching and learning activities we do at The International School of Western Australia. A comprehensive list that goes beyond academic success, incorporation of the IB Learner Profile into all learning areas actively encourages our students to strive for personal excellence. From Kindergarten to Year 12, ISWA encourages pro-active student development and growth in all aspects of the Learner Profile.

What is the IB Learner Profile?

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ISWA students strive to be:


Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and, moreover, this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


Students use initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively. This then helps them to recognise and approach complex problems, and to make reasoned, ethical decisions.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


Students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice. They show respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and, therefore, the consequences that accompany them.


Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories. They are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and grow from the experience.


Students show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and thus act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


Students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought. They have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. becoming brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations, which helps to support their learning and personal development.

(Adopted from the International Baccalaureate)

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