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Primary and Secondary School

Discover a range of world-class primary and secondary schools in Perth that provide a safe, encouraging education environment where your child can thrive.

Excellent education options

Perth leads the way in educational excellence with a range of high-quality primary and secondary schools available to students.

Renowned for their commitment to academic excellence, Perth primary and secondary schools provide a nurturing and inclusive environment where students can reach their full potential.

Perth schools often feature state-of-the-art facilities, modern teaching methods, and highly qualified educators passionate about inspiring young minds.

Student stories

Listen to what students from all over the world love most about living and studying in Perth.

"The people in Perth are really friendly, and the smiles of strangers always make my day better."
"There's always something new to explore here in Perth."
"In Perth, you can always enjoy the moment."

Did you know that if you hold a certain visa, you could have the school fees for your children waived?

You will still be required to pay certain contributions, charges and fees and the tuition fee waiver only applies during your study period.

The Western Australian schooling system is a comprehensive and highly regarded educational framework that focuses on academic achievement and personal development.

Western Australian schools are world-class and known for their inclusive and supportive learning environments, where teachers foster a culture of collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. 

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

Perth offers a variety of public and primary schools that provide an enriching educational experience for young learners.

With highly qualified and dedicated teachers, primary schools in Perth provide a strong educational foundation, ensuring every student receives the attention and support they need to thrive.

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

The curriculum is designed to foster a love for learning, encouraging students to explore various subjects and develop critical thinking skills.

The primary school curriculum offers eight learning areas:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • The arts
  • Languages
  • Health and physical education
  • Technologies
  • Humanities and social sciences

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Perth is home to a wide range of excellent secondary schools offering students diverse academic programs and pathways.

For students, secondary education starts in Year 7 and runs through to Year 12. During their high school years, students will build on learning areas offered in primary school and can elect to study subjects that will prepare them for future study or their chosen career.

With state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading teachers, high schools in Perth equip students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary for success later in life.

The curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills, preparing students for a rapidly changing world.

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Western Australia’s Year 12 qualification is known as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and is awarded to students who have successfully completed two years of senior secondary schooling and have achieved the required standard.

The WACE is recognised by universities, industry and other training providers.

All students receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) once they complete Year 12. The WASSA formally records a student’s achievement in every course, qualification and program completed in senior secondary schooling.

WACE requirements

To achieve a WACE, students must:

  1. Complete one of three course combination options:
    1. at least four Year 12 ATAR courses, or
    2. at least five Year 12 general courses and/or ATAR courses,
    3. complete a Certificate II or higher VET qualification in combination with ATAR, general or foundation courses
  2. Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard
  3. Meet the requirements for breadth and depth of study
  4. Meet the achievement standard

Visit the WACE website for more information.

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