Churchlands Senior High School

Churchlands Senior High School Overview

Churchlands Senior High School is a diverse community which celebrates individual differences and promotes tolerance and self respect. Churchlands aims to develop a culture which values achievement, encourages creativity and critical thinking and in which all members of the school community care for one another.


Churchlands is only 10 minutes from the Perth city centre and only a couple of minutes from the ocean. It is close to shopping centres at Karrinyup, Floreat Forum and Innaloo which have cinemas, food halls and major retail outlets.


Students from Africa and Europe, as well as from many Asian countries such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea have enrolled in courses at Churchlands Senior High School. Most international students study university entrance subjects, but some complete entry courses for TAFE colleges. In the past international student graduates have gone on to study at universities in Western Australia or the Eastern States.

Churchlands Senior High School is fully air-conditioned and a recent rebuilding program has provided magnificent modern general learning areas, science classrooms, a library, a computing and business block, a canteen and visual arts
centre which includes a darkroom, film laboratories and editing suites in media, art and photography. Churchlands provides free downloads and email use for international fee paying students.

Churchlands has the largest grounds of a metropolitan government high school with tennis courts, five ovals and a heated swimming pool. Churchlands students are consistently ranked in the top percentile of statewide and national education testing in mathematics, computing and the sciences. A very high proportion of students go on to university to study medicine, law, education, information technology, engineering, arts, and social and pure sciences. Students consistently win exhibitions in the Tertiary Entrance Examinations, most recently in music, Japanese
and calculus.

Churchlands has a significant number of tertiary entrance music students and an outstanding international reputation in music. The school is invited to prestigious music festivals all over the world. Graduates from the music program go on to the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and to international orchestras and music schools.

Students enrolled in the Western Australian Institute of Sport Elite Athletes program in gymnastics and swimming attend Churchlands Senior High School. Churchlands has been the highest ranked swimming school in the state 20 times over the last 30 years.

The school boasts Beazley Medallists, Rhodes Scholars, Olympians and many state and national representatives in a variety of sports among its former students.

Churchlands Senior High School recently won a United Nations Award for the best environmental project running in an Australian school in which students apply scientific knowledge to address salinity in farming areas. Public speaking is also a very important co-curricular activity at Churchlands with students consistently winning debating and public speaking competitions. Since its inception, Churchlands Senior High School has always been a school of distinction and now has an impressive history in academic, sporting and cultural areas.


French, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese (Years 8-12) and Mandarin Advanced (Years 11-12)


These programs are available to international fee paying students. Interested students should contact the school for information about application procedures.

  • Music (Years 8-12) offers tuition in all orchestral instruments, classical guitar and selected jazz instruments. Students may audition at any time of the year.
  • Gifted and Talented programs (Years 8-10) in mathematics/science and the humanities offer places to students based on their past academic performance, samples of work and statewide testing.
  • The Swim program (Years 8-12) selects students based on trials. An Australian Olympic accredited coach trains these students.


Two full time specialist teachers of English as a Second Language run classes for students from diverse cultural backgrounds in Years 8-12. Individual, small group and in class support is also available as the need arises.


Churchlands Senior High School is proud of the excellent support given to all students through its student support services. The duties of house leaders, year leaders, careers councillors, a chaplain, psychologist and nurse are coordinated by a deputy principal whose specific role is to manage pastoral care in the school.

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