High Schools in Western Australia

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Study Western Australia can help students to enrol in public and private high schools in Perth after successfully completing a high school preparation course. (See English courses for more English course options and information).

Western Australian Government High Schools

Junior Secondary: Year 8 - 10

All junior secondary students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology & Enterprise
  • The Arts
  • Society & Environment
  • Health & Physical Education
  • A language other than English

Each subject is presented and taught by a different teacher. Students may then choose from a list of other subjects including but not limited to:

  • Sport
  • Music
  • Art
  • Foreign Languages
  • Home Economics

Senior Secondary: Year 11 -12

In the senior secondary years, students select subjects based on their future career. Generally they choose five or six Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) subjects which include but are not limited to the following options:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Computing
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • A range of foreign languages.


At the end of Year 12, students wishing to continue to University sit the WACE examinations (Western Australian Certificate of Education). The Curriculum Council sets the WACE examination and students across the state sit the course examination on the same day and at the same time. For students wishing to be considered for university their school marks (50%) and final examination marks (50%) will be used to calculate scaled scores which are used to calculate a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER). The TER allows universities to compare students across Australia for available university places

Western Australian Private High Schools

Private, Independent, Catholic or Grammar schools are also known as Non-Government schools and offer:

  • A choice of co-education or single sex education.
  • A choice of day or boarding places.
  • Excellent education and sporting facilities.
  • Outstanding pastoral care and support.
  • Wide range of extra-curricula activities.

Fees start at AUD $10,000 (Secondary) upwards and are generally more expensive than government high schools.‚Äč