Perth Modern School today is Western Australia’s only academically selective school where students enter a culture of achievement unmatched in the State. The school supports the growth of individual students to their full academic, intellectual, social and physical potential. It meets the needs of curious, imaginative and gifted students who enjoy learning and bring with them a range of diverse abilities and interests. The differentiated curriculum supports success beyond the school environment and provides students with unique enrichment and extension opportunities.

The School’s student population has grown from 930 students in 2011 to 1460 students as of 2022.

Academic Performance

In 2023, Perth Modern School was acknowledged again as the top academic school in Western Australia with our students receiving more academic awards than any other school.

The West Australian, based on their analysis of data released by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, announced Perth Modern School at the top of their academic ranking, based on how frequently schools were named for its Year 12 students achieving top marks across individual subjects.

Please see below for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority award data for 2023:

No. of General Exhibitions14
No. of 99+ ATARs66, including four at 99.95
Subject ExhibitionsEconomics
Human Biology
Mathematics Specialist
Philosophy and Ethics
Visual Arts
No. of Subject
Certificates of Excellence
Jessica Doan, 2022 Dux of School and Winner Beazley Medal: WACE, with Principal Mitchell Mackay

Teachers at Perth Modern School are merit selected and the school recruits, trains and retains the best available teaching staff who possess specialist skills and experience in teaching gifted and talented students. 

The school is very focussed on developing synergistic community partnerships with universities, professional bodies and research organisations which will further enhance the opportunities available to today’s students.

Perth Modern School has a dedicated parent body with active representation on the School Board which overviews school planning processes, priorities and budgets and consults with the Principal. Parents also participate in the Parents and Citizens’ Association and in a range of committees, such as Friends of Music and Friends of Mod.

In 2012, Perth Modern School became an Independent Public School, which has provided for greater autonomy in decision making, enhanced local governance, opportunities for innovation and increased financial flexibility.

School redevelopment since 2009

As part of the development of Perth Modern School as WA’s only academically selective secondary school, the State Government allocated more than $25 million to upgrade the existing school buildings and to construct state-of-the-art new facilities to provide an outstanding learning environment for gifted and talented students.

Opened in February 2009 were the library, resource centre, lecture theatre, performing arts centre and cafeteria. In August 2009, the creative arts centre, research centre, technology centre and media studio were completed.  October 2009 saw Student Services and Administration move into their newly built accommodation.

In October 2012, the State Government announced $2.3 million in funding for a new state-of-the art Health and Fitness Centre, which would replace the old gymnasium which had been built in 1961. Named after donors, Modernians Don Tyler and Malcolm McCusker, the Tyler McCusker Sports Centre opened in March, 2015.

The Cyril Tyler Auditorium, a 700-seat multipurpose state-of-the-art space ideal for student-centred collaborative learning and music and theatre performances, opened in September 2021. The Raise the Roof campaign for the auditorium was generously supported by Modernians and parents, and together with the use of building funds reserves, resulted in a wonderful new student hub for innovation, knowledge and creativity. The name was chosen by major donor, Don Tyler, to honour his step-father. 

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Last modified on 16 February 2024