Public Schools, Western Australia

Western Australian schools offer high-quality education for children and young people throughout Western Australia, helping them reach their full potential.

Great reasons to study in a Western Australian public school

  • Government-owned and operated - high-quality education that is government backed and guaranteed.
  • Value for money - high-quality learning and support.
  • Study with Australian students - public schools welcome international students. Students can experience a system that is designed for the needs of Australians but that also proudly supports a truly international education.

Visit the Education and Training International website at www.eti.wa.edu.au/your-study-options/study-at-school to find out more about studying at a Western Australian public school.

Primary schools

  • In Western Australia, public primary schools run from Kindergarten to Year 7. This will change in 2015 when Year 7 students move to secondary school.
  • Academically, the main focus in primary school is on literacy and numeracy, so students learn to read, write and understand mathematics. Many schools have specialist literacy and numeracy programs to help students develop these skills.
  • What students learn at primary school covers eight broad areas: English, mathematics, science, society and environment, technology and enterprise, languages, the arts, and health and physical education.
  • Primary school teachers are trained to inspire, motivate and build confidence in students. They work closely with parents to ensure each child thrives at school. Teachers keep parents updated on their children's progress both informally and formally through school reporting processes.

Secondary schools

  • In Western Australia, public secondary schools run from Years 8 to 12, with students generally starting Year 8 in the year they are 13 years old (by 30 June) and finishing Year 12 in the year they turn 17 years old.
  • International students who are 18 years old after 30 June 2014 can apply to study at Canning College.
  • All public secondary schools teach a varied and relevant curriculum taught by committed, professional teachers.

Curriculum

  • Primary schools teach across the learning areas of English, mathematics, science, history, the arts, technologies, health and physical education, languages, humanities and social sciences. The Australian Curriculum is being gradually phased in within these subjects.
  • Lower secondary education continues to build on learning in primary school in the areas of English, mathematics, science, history, the arts, technologies, health and physical education, languages, humanities and social sciences. Students are also required to participate in a minimum of two hours of physical activity each week.
  • Upper secondary education offers a varied and relevant curriculum taught by committed, specialist teachers. Students select study programs based on their interests and future career aspirations.
  • At the end of Year 12, students wishing to continue to university sit the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) examinations.

English language
Because proficiency in English is the key to successful study, the Department of Education provides quality programs and specially trained teachers to ensure students master English as quickly as possible. For information on English language requirements and programs available at Western Australian public schools, visit the Education and Training International website: www.eti.wa.edu.au.

  • All government schools are coeducational.
  • All schools approved to accept international students have an Overseas Student Coordinator who is responsible for their welfare and academic programs.
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    WA

  • Balcatta Senior High School

    WA

  • Carine Senior High School

    WA

  • Churchlands Senior High School

    WA

  • Como Secondary College

    WA

  • Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

    WA

  • Ellenbrook Secondary College

    WA

  • Greenwood Senior High School

    WA

  • John Curtin College of the Arts

    WA

  • John Forrest Senior High School

    WA

  • Kalamunda Senior High School

    WA

  • Kelmscott Senior High School

    WA

  • Leeming Senior High School

    WA

  • Mandurah Senior College

    WA

  • Manea Senior College

    WA

  • Melville Senior High School

    WA

  • Morley Senior High School

    WA

  • Mount Lawley Senior High School

    WA

  • Narrogin Senior High School

    WA

  • North Lake Senior Campus

    WA

  • Padbury Senior High School

    WA

  • Rockingham Senior High School

    WA

  • Wanneroo Senior High School

    WA

  • Warnbro Community High School

    WA

  • Woodvale Senior High School

    WA

  • Kent Street Senior High School

    WA

  • Western Australia

    WA

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Student Profiles

Christina Le, Vietnam

Greenwood Senior High School

"The teachers are very helpful and the students are very friendly. I have made a lot of friends. They're all very friendly and they help me out all the time. I went on many excursions including excursions for Geography and Economics. One of the activities I would never forget is the Year 12 Ball 2011."

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