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A snapshot of schools in Perth, Western Australia that are considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with a  next to their names.   (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


List of schools

All Saints’ College

West Australian Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,260 students

Founded in 1981 and the first of Perth’s independent Anglican schools to become co-educational. Located on a green, architectural award-winning campus to the south of the central business district.

Aquinas College

West Australian Curriculum/ WACE; ages 3-18; boys; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,335 students

Originally founded in 1894 by the Christian Brothers and known as CBC Perth, it opened under its present name and in its present location, at Salter Point, in 1938. Boarding is available from year 7 and the school has expanded to include kindergarten to year 12.

Beehive Montessori School

Montessori; ages 3-15; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 220 students

Opened nearly fifty years ago and now operating on a site in Mosman Park, with specially trained Montessori teachers and materials. The school also features a special needs department, offering individual or small group tuition.

Carmel School

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 460 students

Describing itself as a ‘private modern Orthodox Jewish’ school, it features a Jewish studies curriculum and there is a trip to Israel for all year 10 students. Rigorous academics have resulted in extremely high rankings amongst independent schools.

Christ Church Grammar School

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 5-18; boys; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,645 students

Founded in 1910 and one of only two schools in Western Australia to be accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school combines with Methodist Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s for music and drama productions and some shared lessons.

Guildford Grammar School

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 students

Over 120 years old and located on a stunning,100 acre campus on the Swan River, containing independent sites for the junior and senior schools. Boarders are accepted from years 7-12 and a brand-new boarding facility is due for completion in 2021.

Hale School

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 6-18; boys; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,600 students

Founded in 1858, making it the oldest independent boys’ school as well as the first high school in Western Australia. Comparisons (both to the good and the bad points) have been made with traditional public schools in the UK. Now providing scholarships for indigenous students and continuing to produce very high achievers in both the academic and sporting worlds.

International School of Western Australia

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 315 students

The only school in Western Australia to offer, exclusively, the full International Baccalaureate Programme (barring the Careers option). Catering to over 40 different nationalities and sending graduates to a wide range of global universities.

Iona Presentation College

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 12-18; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 960 students

The senior all-girls department of a Catholic school founded in 1907 by five Presentation Sisters from Co. Kildare in Ireland. Now under the governance of the Archbishop of Perth and whilst giving preference to children from Catholic families, they also provide places for non-Catholics.

Iona Presentation Primary

West Australia Curriculum; ages 4-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 230 students

A strongly Catholic educational grounding, combined with the Reggio Emilia approach but co-educational unlike the senior school.

John XXIII College

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,460 students

Opened in 1977 as an amalgamation of Loreto College and St Louis School for Boys. Part of the network of eight Loreto Roman Catholic schools across Australia. Located in Mount Claremont with its high ratio of trees and parks.

Methodist Ladies College (MLC Perth)

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18 ; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,060 students

Founded in 1907 by the Methodist Church of Australian and now affiliated with the Uniting Church in Australia (Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational) as is the school of the same name in Melbourne. Regularly in the top 10 ATAR rankings for the state and also provides a co-educational early learning centre.

Perth College

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,015 students

An Anglican school located in the suburb of Mount Lawley, including 100 plus boarders from years 7-12. One of the oldest independent girls’ schools in Western Australia and expanding into a third year 5 class in 2021.

Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC Perth)

PYP/ West Australia Curriculum/ WACE/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 students

Rare in Western Australia to offer three different graduating options, WACE, VET (Vocational Education and Training) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Founded in 1915 and the link to its Scottish heritage is evident in the girls’ Blackwatch tartan uniform and the Pipe Band. Also providing a co-educational early learning centre.

Scotch College Perth

West Australian Curriculum/ WACE/ PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18;boys; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,430 students

One of three schools in Australia, of the same name, all affiliated to the Uniting Church. Holding firmly to its roots, with a traditional cadet force and kilted Pipe Band and offering boarding in the senior school. One of only two schools in Western Australia to teach the International Baccalaureate programme from start to finish and highly successful academically.

St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 3-18; girls; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 students

A non-selective school founded at the very end of the 19th century and featuring distinctive buildings built in the 1930’s. The school includes a co-educational early learning centre and a boarding house for 120 girls in years 7-12.

St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

West Australian Curriculum/ WACE; ages; girls 4-18; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,415 students

Originally founded in 1921 as St Mary’s Church of England School and moved to its present site, in the suburb of Karrinyup, in 1970. Rigorously academic and consistently producing graduates in the top 0.5% in Western Australia.

Wesley College Perth

West Australia Curriculum/ WACE; ages 4-18; boys (co-ed to year 6); day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,300 students

Founded in 1923 and composed of three separate schools (junior, middle and senior) on the same riverside campus in South Perth. A very well-established all-round school that has regularly produced both international sportsmen and Rhodes scholars.

For more information on the schools above, please go to each school's individual entry on the The Good Schools Guide International search.

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