Years 8 - 10 Junior Secondary
All students study English, Mathematics, Science, Technology & Enterprise, the Arts, Society & the Environment, Health & Physical Education and a language other than English. They have a different teacher for each subject. They may then choose from a list of other subjects such as Sport, Music, Art, Foreign Languages, Home Economics.
Years 11 - 12 Senior Secondary
Here students select subject options with their future career in mind. They usually choose five or six Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) subjects from a wide choice such as English, English Literature, Music, Geography, History, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus, Computing, Accounting, Art and many 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.
Private, Independent, Catholic or Grammar schools are also known as Non-Government schools and offer:
Fees start at AUD $10,000 (Secondary) upwards and are generally more expensive than government high schools.
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