About Us

About Us

With an outstanding record of achievement both academically and in the Arts, John Curtin hosts a range of exciting opportunities for your child to thrive in our unique learning environment.

John Curtin College of the Arts was one of the first Independent Public schools in the State and is Western Australia’s only Selective Arts College. We cater for more than 1600 students from Years 7 to 12 and offer Gifted and Talented programs in Ballet, Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Music Theatre and Visual Arts, as well as a Specialist Football program.  As a Registered Training Organisation (50549) we provide nationally recognised certificate courses in the Creative Arts Industry.

Our dedicated and professional staff  provide an academically balanced educational program with a focus on academic excellence, Gifted and Talented Arts and football excellence. We strive to provide a holistic education for all students with a focus on pursuing personal excellence in learning for life. Students study a full range of academic subjects to complement their studies within the Gifted and Talented Arts and specialist Football Programs.


We provide a specialised differentiated curriculum for Gifted and Talented Arts students and those identified as academically talented, providing them with opportunities for extension, enrichment and acceleration. Students have the advantage of being able to interact with peers across the Arts and work in an Arts environment that provides extensive opportunities to learn.

Learning occurs in a caring, supportive and inclusive environment that is responsive to students’ abilities, needs and learning styles, and which challenges and engages them to achieve excellence in their particular field. Learning is underpinned by the college values of creativity, innovation and imagination, respect, care and compassion, excellence, a fair go, responsibility and integrity.

Our students use their love and passion for the Arts to help them achieve their academic goals and become confident, creative and tolerant community members and leaders. Immersion in their area of interest and ability value adds to their academic learning, enabling them to achieve to their full academic potential and have a range of choices in future pathways on completing their secondary schooling.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has innovation and creative and critical thinking at its core. As winner of the 2017 Governor’s School STEM Award for Leadership Excellence, we are a leader in advocacy, engagement and achievement of STEM in public schools. Our collaborative whole school approach to STEM is integrated and supported throughout all learning areas.

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