Applecross Senior High School, Ardross
Name: Applecross Senior High School
Type: Secondary School
Address: Links Road
State: Western Australia
Phone: 08 9314 9393
Fax: 08 9364 1832
In 'Developing Citizens of the Future': We are committed to excellence and optimum development so that our graduates are well-adjusted, creative, have resilience and self-esteem and are able to contribute to a fair society.
Location and Specialist Programs
Established in 1958, Applecross Senior High School is located in the pleasant near-riverside suburb of Ardross, close to Garden City Shopping Centre, Booragoon bus transport hub, and the Melville City Council buildings and Public Library. The school has established and sustained a reputation for high academic, sporting and cultural achievements, winning many academic exhibitions, awards and competitions and is consistently placed among the highest-performing public high schools.
Qualified and experienced teachers with a commitment to excellence attract students from outside our local intake area to the Specialist Programs in Visual Arts (Gifted and Talented) and elite Tennis. Within the school, places in Academic Extension programs in English, Science, Mathematics, Society & Environment and French and Japanese, along with Drama, Dance and Music (Junior and Senior String Orchestras, Junior Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands, a Jazz Band and Guitar Ensemble) are keenly sought by students. Chess is also a strong co-curricular program, as are Debating, Creative Writing and many sports. Applecross SHS is one of the Department's Hundred Schools selected for specialist Information & Communications Technology.
Applecross, Ardross, Booragoon, Brentwood, Mt Pleasant and Winthrop are the contributory primary schools.
Annually about 60 to 70 percent of its students seek with success to enter a university, and others achieve entry to Technical and Further Education or directly to employment. Those achieving university entrance do so with higher than the state entry TER, and continue to successful completion of their qualifications. There are numbers of Year 11 and Year 12 students in School Apprenticeship Link programs, School-Based Traineeships and in Structured Workplace Learning. The school celebrates its cultural diversity, with about 50 percent of its student population from non-European backgrounds.
Famous alumni include media personalities Deborah Kennedy and Mara Pritchard, maritime museum director Graeme Henderson, and cartoonist Dean Alston.