Welcome to Melville

Melville SHS is a vibrant multicultural school that provides students with a world-class education. This is achieved through the provision of opportunities for development in the intellectual, physical, creative and social domains, combined with high-quality teaching and strong pastoral care relationships.

We are a comprehensive Independent Public School with a student population of around 1400 and over 180 teaching and support staff. Overlooking the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle, the school’s convenient location and the ready availability of public transport along Leach Highway allows Melville SHS to welcome students from the wider community into our comprehensive educational program. The school enjoys the support of a dedicated school board, a committed Parents and Citizens Association, and specialist program parent support groups.

Acknowledgment of Country

Melville SHS acknowledges the Noongar people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the school stands today and pays its respects to the Whadjuk people, and Elders past, present and emerging.


Gifted and Talented

A State-wide Gifted and Talented Academic Selection Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Sciences.

Specialist Programs

State accredited specialist programs in Aviation Studies, Graphic Design Media and Netball.

Music in Focus

A widely acclaimed Music in Focus program.

Academic Extension Course

A school-based merit-selected Academic Extension Course (AEC).

In Years 7 to 9, we offer students access to an extensive range of challenging mainstream courses and a wide range of electives. In Year 10, students are introduced to more specialised curriculum programs as they begin their transition into senior school. In Years 11 and 12 there is a large selection of academic (ATAR) subjects and vocationally-focused certificate courses to choose from.

Through these broad and challenging curriculum pathways, students are guided and supported by classroom teachers and the Student Services team, smoothing their transition from school to post-secondary education or meaningful employment.

Melville Senior High School has an Intensive English Centre (IEC) and welcomes International Fee Paying students who are attracted, in part, to the additional language support that is provided by our dedicated team of specialist English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. Our whole school community benefits from the IEC through opportunities to engage with talented and highly motivated young men and women from across the world.

To further enrich student experiences at Melville SHS, we offer a vast range of co-curricular programs. These encompass sporting activities, music productions, dance and band festivals, debating, outdoor pursuits, wilderness expeditions, State Emergency Services cadets, academic challenges, and orientation and extension camps.

At Melville SHS we continually improve our facilities and, in addition to over 80 general classrooms, we have an attractive Learning Resource Centre (library); a Student Services Centre; science laboratories; an Aviation Centre with two flight simulators; and an Arts Centre with a state-of-the-art theatre, dance, drama, film and television, multi-media and music studios; three visual arts studios and a specialised graphic design laboratory. Recreation facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, weights room, a grassed oval, and tennis, netball and basketball courts.

Our primary focus, however, will always be on maximising the learning successes of our students. At Melville SHS, we recognise each student as an individual and strive to meet their academic, cultural, sporting, civic and pastoral needs while preparing them to meet the challenges of the future.