Education courses for international students in Perth, Western Australia. Information on visas, schools, universities, English colleges and scholarships.

Primary and Secondary Education

We are a city built around the idea of community, and we value each generation’s childhood as well as its future. Perth Primary and Secondary Schools offer world class education and excellence in teaching while providing a safe, encouraging environment and a sure starting point for success.

StudyPerth can help you find a place for your child to learn for their future, under the blue skies of Western Australia.

The Western Australian schooling system consists of:

  • Government primary and secondary schools
  • Private primary and secondary schools
  • Co-educational and boys-only/girls-only schools
  • Private schools with on-campus boarding facilities

All Western Australian schools offer:

  • Extensive libraries
  • Purpose-designed music and art studios
  • Excellent sporting and recreational facilities
  • A variety of extra-curricular activities
  • Consideration of student health, diet, culture and religion 
  • Student support services

Academic Year 

The school year starts in early February and finishes in December. It is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each semester.

Primary Education

Years 1-7

Primary education starts at six years of age. Students will usually have one teacher for most of the school day and specialist teachers for subjects such as music, art, drama and religious studies.

The primary school curriculum integrates skills, knowledge and understanding in eight learning areas:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Technology and Enterprise
  • Arts
  • Society and Environment
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)

Secondary Education 

Lower Secondary School: Years 8-10

Students focus on the same eight learning areas as Primary students, but with greater diversity in electives and subject choice.

Upper Secondary School: Years 11-12

Your child can elect to study subjects which will prepare them for future study or their chosen career. Specific subject areas are taught by teachers with specialist qualifications.

Western Australia’s Year 12 qualification is known as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), previously known as TEE or TER, is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia. Your child can opt to sit for the ATAR examination. Your child's ATAR score is based upon school assessment and your ATAR examination results. Your child's ATAR score can be used to establish their eligibility for universities and colleges both in Australia and overseas.