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Middle Years (7-10)

Middle School at ISWA is a time of significant growth for our students. Being part of our welcoming school community helps to develop and build their academic and personal skills, and a deep sense of social awareness and justice. 

Our students study the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7 to 10 of our Secondary School.

The MYP is an inquiry-based framework that ensures students have the opportunity to experience many different subjects, skills and can focus on higher-order thinking to develop interdisciplinary and intercultural understanding as they explore global topics.

Students are also taught to embody the IB Learner Profile that encourages them to be inquirers, caring, effective communicators, principled, reflective, open-minded, knowledgeable, and balanced individuals. 


At ISWA, the Middle Years Programme content is outlined by the Australian Curriculum and The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). The philosophy, learning approaches and assessments are outlined by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The MYP is structured around eight diverse subject areas:

  • Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies.

Attendance for all subject areas are compulsory from Years 7 to 10.

Service and Action

Service and Action is an integral part of the Middle Years Programme. By taking what they learn in the classroom, students take action by applying these methods in different settings. Service is demonstrated when students make a positive difference by committing their time to the community and environment.


Student assessment and subject grading within the MYP is reliable, equitable and has a systematic approach across all subject areas. Assessment is criterion related. The consistency of assessment criterion between subject groups provides reliable and valid information about the actual learning that takes place.

Class Size and Support

As a smaller school, our secondary students receive dedicated care from our teachers who help every student to reach their full potential. At ISWA, staff understand that everyone has their own learning style and this is accepted and provisioned for.

Our students do not ‘fall through the gaps’ as we nurture them on their way to becoming globally-aware citizens who will strive and contribute towards a better future for all.

Transitions from the MYP

After finishing the Middle Years Programme, students are fully prepared for further senior school education, both locally and internationally. This may include the IB Diploma Programme, the Advanced Placement, or the WACE program. Please note that WACE is not currently offered at the International School of Western Australia.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge, respect and seek to learn from their wisdom, continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. ​

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