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Secondary School Structure

Secondary School Structure

How are secondary schools structured in each state?

How are secondary schools structured in Western Australia?

Western Australian students commence secondary schooling in Year 8 (generally in the year they turn thirteen years of age). In 2008, the school leaving age in Western Australia was raised to 17. Students are awarded the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) on satisfactory completion of Year 12.
Most Western Australian secondary schools cater for Years 8–12; there are also district high schools (Years 8–10 i.e. lower school), particularly in rural and remote areas, and senior colleges (Years 11–12 i.e. upper school). Some secondary schools have separate lower school and upper school campuses, and may have middle schools.  Other schools cater for primary (Kindergarten–Year 7) as well as secondary students.

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