The Schools of the Air deliver a comprehensive education to families with primary aged children living in isolated communities. Each of the five schools service large areas of Western Australia. Our teachers understand the unique challenges faced by students living remotely and are skilled in providing tailored learning programs to cater for individual learning needs.
Schools of the Air campuses are located at Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, the Kimberley, Meekatharra and Port Hedland. Further information is available:
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The School of Isolated and Distance Education (known as 'SIDE') is the centre of distance and online learning within the Department of Education, Western Australia. Located in the Perth suburb of Leederville, SIDE provides a quality education for Kindergarten to Year 12 students who for various reasons cannot attend classes in a regular school.
Student categories include:
SIDE is firmly committed to helping students achieve to the best of their abilities in all aspects of school life within the context of distance education. Along with this emphasis on high achievement comes the expectation that all students will undertake further education, training or employment after Year 12. SIDE offers a number of valuable learning programs that cater for all post-school destinations, including university, TAFE, private providers and employment.
SIDE offers a full K-12 curriculum, with a particularly broad range of Year 11 and 12 courses. This provides all WA students with access to a comprehensive, high quality education.
Learning at SIDE can take place anytime and anywhere; an internet connection and computer is all that is required. This flexibility ideally suits the differing demands, commitments and circumstances of many of SIDE's students.
SIDE has become a leader in the use of technology to deliver a high standard education regardless of location. Students can join regular webinars with their teachers and fellow students, access their courses 24/7 or, at times, still use more traditional technologies such as the telephone or printed materials. SIDE has invested in its teachers to ensure they have become highly skilled at designing and delivering engaging online programs.
A strong pastoral care program ensures that students are well supported, with a student coordinator assigned to support the transition to SIDE and ongoing study with the school.