The International School of Western Australia is a co-educational, internationally accredited school located in beautiful Perth, Western Australia. The school provides a world-class education based around a northern hemisphere school calendar.
ISWA is committed to providing an inspiring and challenging education for every student within a caring and supportive environment.
Everyone is welcome. The school is non-denominational and the multicultural student body is comprised of Australian citizens, Australian residents and International students.
The school’s staff truly appreciate the importance of individual needs and focus on the academic and personal development of each child. In Years 11 and 12, ISWA offers two world-class curriculums – the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP) Program, providing a real choice for a truly global education.
While the strength of the international curriculum is a core feature of the school, the strength of community is equally important. The International School of Western Australia’s school spirit is built around genuine partnerships between parents, students, educators and school leadership. Together there is a sharing of cultures, experiences, opportunities and aspirations, making the most of being part of an international community that provides opportunities for students to excel and achieve their personal best.
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The curriculum followed in the Secondary School from Years 7-10 is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The Middle Years Programme is a concept driven, inquiry based framework that ensures the development of a rigorous curriculum and promotes a shared practice and standard among IB World Schools offering the MYP. It also focuses on connecting classroom pedagogical practices and content to the world outside through the Global Contexts and the Learner Profile. The MYP Philosophy emphasises holistic learning which exposes students to as many different subjects, skills and experiences as possible so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated whole. The focus on higher-order thinking skills provides students with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary and intercultural understanding as they explore real-world issues. The MYP has no bias towards any national system but provides a framework for ISWA to teach the Australian Curriculum within the context of the program, while in Year 11 and 12 students can choose between the Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate or the Advanced Placement programme administered by the US-based College Board. The adoption of the MYP allows the school to continue with the approaches to learning fostered within the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and also contains pedagogical aspects which prepare students for the DP in Years 11 and 12, with the personal project, for example, serving as useful preparation for the extended essay.
As an international school, and as a school which has adopted the continuum of the International Baccalaureate the focus on inquiry beyond the limits of one’s own community accords extremely well with ISWA’s purpose and vision. ISWA students, we believe, are uniquely placed to share their own culture as well as learn about the local (Australian) context and gain insight into other countries in this region as they progress through their secondary schooling.
Diploma Programme (DP)
The IB Diploma is recognised by universities throughout the world. These include well known European and North American institutions such as Oxford, Yale and the Sorbonne, along with prestigious centres in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. Formal agreements exist between the International Baccalaureate Organisation and many Ministries of Education and private institutions. Some colleges and universities offer advance standing or course credit to students with strong IB examination results. The IB Diploma is recognised by all Australian universities. IB applicants who apply through the Western Australian Tertiary Institutions Service Centre receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This rank is based on the overall result in the IB Diploma, with an aggregate of six IB subjects plus Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, giving a final score of up to 45. Some universities require minimum grade levels in prerequisite subjects. Applicants will need to satisfy any other special requirements related to courses, and should discuss these prerequisites with the IB DP Coordinator before selecting courses for their Diploma.
At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at Higher Level (HL), the others at Standard Level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours, SL courses cover 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two year period. This is a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation preferred in some education systems and the breadth found in others.
The following subjects are currently being offered at ISWA at both HL and SL level:
Group 1 English: Literature
Group 2 Spanish B, Spanish ab initio, French
Group 3 History, Economics
Group 4 Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Group 5 Maths, Maths Studies
Group 6 Visual Arts
As well as:
•Theory of Knowledge
•Creativity, Action, Service
Other subjects are available to be taken online and are supervised by ISWA staff.