We value the ideals of an international focus which brings social and cultural diversity to our school.
Our International Program fosters awareness and understanding between our Australian-born students and our international students through an extensive program of academic, social and cultural enhancement.
Our aim is to provide opportunities for all students to develop networks and links that span the global divide.
Parkdale Secondary College values and develops internationalism at several levels. Our strong International students program provides the opportunities for oversees students to become part of the school learning community for various lengths of time.
Our international students come from various countries and study with us as standard students, study-abroad students or exchange students. They live in the Parkdale community and attend Parkdale Secondary College for between six months to three years.
International students are counselled and supported with their academic progress throughout their time at Parkdale Secondary College. They have achieved strong academic results, with over 25% attaining a 90+ ATAR ranking in the past three years.
Over 90% of our International students receive an offer to an Australian University after completion of VCE.
Students who face challenges in mastering English in their first year may be offered the opportunity to repeat a year level (dependent on age and visa conditions) in order to build their confidence with English and develop strong study habits.
Academic progress counselling occurs at regular intervals for students who are identified as at risk of not meeting their requirements.
Parents receive translated reports every 5 weeks from our English Language Centre teachers and mainstream reports on a continuous basis, with translated summaries provided at the end of each semester.
Online parent teacher conferences are held with parents, students, teachers and translators in Term 1 each year.
Additional programs at Parkdale Secondary College
Our school also has close links with overseas schools. We have a designated school exchange to our Japanese sister school, Osaka Nishi High School, as well as Utahloy International School in Guangzhou, China.
This results in our students experiencing cultural difference directly and the opportunity to make global connections through attending school and immersing themselves in the local culture.
We also offer five enrichment programs in Sport, Music, Dance, Writing & STEM as well as debating and student leadership.
These programs provide authentic opportunities for our international students and local students to share their passion for extracurricular studies and form genuine friendships with like-minded students.
Each year two international students are elected by their peers and teachers to represent the international student body at the school.
Students choose to attend Parkdale Secondary College because we provide a diverse curriculum and a welcoming and rich learning environment.
International students are required to maintain an 80% attendance rate to meet the conditions of their visa.
Full Student Visa conditions can be found via the link below:
Full Student Visa conditions