International School of Western Australia

PYP MYP DP
Location City Beach, Western Australia, Australia
Website http://www.iswa.wa.edu.au/
Email [email protected]
Phone +61 8 9285 1144
Fax +61 8 9285 1188

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.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

ISWA's Primary School Curriculum is based on the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It is learner-centred and inquiry-based, with a strong focus on building strong numeracy and literacy skills. The IB PYP promotes independent, lifelong learning. Each year level from Kindergarten to Year 6 carries out six units of inquiry per academic year. Kindergarten cover five. Each unit of inquiry is based around a transdisciplinary theme and has a central idea. ISWA's PYP Programme of Inquiry (POI) is structured through the IB framework and is inclusive of many different international themes of relevance to our student community. It is academically rigorous and gives students the knowledge and skills that they need in the 21st century.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

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, Environmental systems and societies Group 5 Mathematics Analysis and approaches,  Mathematics Applications and Interpretations Group 6 Visual Arts, Music  As well as:

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Action, Service
  • Extended Essay

Other subjects are available to be taken online and are supervised by ISWA staff.

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, Environmental systems and societies Group 5 Mathematics Analysis and approaches,  Mathematics Applications and Interpretations Group 6 Visual Arts, Music  As well as: •Theory of Knowledge •Creativity, Action, Service •Extended Essay Other subjects are available to be taken online and are supervised by ISWA staff.

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