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The Best Private Schools In and Around Perth

Selecting the right school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will make as a parent. Your child’s school will shape their learning and social experiences, and can even determine their overall wellbeing. As every child has different academic and personal needs, it’s important to find a school that will set them up for success. If you’re based in Perth then these are some of the best private schools that your child can attend.

St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

Founded in 1896, St Hilda’s Anglican School For Girls has over 125 years of experience in educating young West Australian women. The school aim is to foster its students into compassionate, innovative and purposeful leaders, with a lifelong interest in learning. Known for high academic results, the school also runs a range of co-curricular programs that allow students to explore their identity, foster respectful relationships, develop resilience and become global citizens. The school’s innovative Rites of Passage Wandering Spirits program for Year 9’s, involves a 12-day wellbeing retreat at the school’s Yeagarup campus in Pemberton. Girls are also encouraged to get involved with the many community services, leadership, environment, art and robotic programs that are available.

Christ Church Grammar School

Located in Claremont, Christ Church Grammar School provides private education for boys from pre-kindergarten through to Year 12. Since its founding in 1910, the school has consistently performed well in academic and sporting achievements. Christ Church Grammar School emphasises on providing education that is suited to a boys way of learning. The school believes that boys learn best multi-dimensionally and are committed to providing a range of way for boys to learn a subject. Offering a range of outdoor education and sports programs, boys are offered the chance to take part in a number of expedition and rites of passage based challenges. The school is also one of two schools in Western Australia that is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Presbyterian Ladies College

Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) is a private girls school located in the Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove. Providing education for girls from pre-kindergarten to Year 12 since 1915, the school is one of the most expensive schools in Perth. With an international reputation for academic excellence, personalised learning models and wellbeing programs, it’s highly likely that the school is worth the money. Alongside the WA Certificate of Education and Vocational Education and Training pathways, PLC also offers International Baccalaureate tertiary pathway for able students. However, it’s not just academics that PLC excels at. The school also offers a highly renowned Sports Excellence Program, national learning tours and a wellbeing centre complete with a meditation and recharge room.

Hale School

Located in the Perth suburb of Wembley Downs, Hale School is one of Western Australia’s oldest boys schools. Offering education that’s tailored to the needs of boys and their learning styles, the school fosters their student’s confidence and unique capabilities. With a large campus surrounded by natural bushland, Hale School contains multiple sporting fields, state-of-the-art buildings and performance spaces. Nurturing the boy’s healthy relationships with girls, the school also has a close connection with a sister school and regularly come together for music and theatre productions. High achieving students are given the opportunity to undertake Cambridge Assessment International Education’s General Certificate of Secondary Education courses, which allows students to sit examinations in globally recognised courses. 

Guildford Grammar School 

If you’re interested in sending your child to a private school in Perth but don’t want to miss out on the benefits of co-education then you might consider Guildford Grammar School. Founded in 1896, the Anglican school provides education from kindergarten to Year 12 and boasts a sprawling campus located on the banks of the Swan River. The school offers an extensive co-curricular program, with activities such as art, cadets, contemporary dance, cooking, debating, drama, mock trials, music, public speaking. With outdoor fields, a basketball court, gymnasium, swimming pool and boat shed for rowing, students are encouraged to get involved with a sport of their choice. In 2020, the school also introduced co-educational boarding which gives siblings the opportunity to board together.

If you’re based in Brisbane and would like to find the best private schools for your child to attend, you can read our article on The Best Private Schools in Brisbane here.

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