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City boarding

Boarding is available for students from the country who are enrolled in a Gifted and Talented Program at select metropolitan secondary schools.

These gifted students have the opportunity to access the finest education while living in a safe, secure and supportive environment close to their schools.

If your child gains a place in a Gifted and Talented Program and is from the country, they can apply to board at City Beach Residential College, located in one of Perth’s coastal suburbs - City Beach.

As a boarder at City Beach Residential College, your child is able to:

  • live and study with other gifted young people from the country
  • attend a school that specialises in gifted and talented education
  • take advantage of the range of facilities and amenities available in Perth.

For more information, visit the city boarding website.

Life as a boarder:

As a boarder, your child lives in a supportive and welcoming ‘home away from home’ with other young people from the country. They enjoy:

  • safe, secure accommodation (with separate living quarters and bathrooms for girls and boys)
  • easy access to school (with a college bus to assist them in accessing public transport)
  • support with their studies
  • high quality recreation and study facilities
  • access to sport and other interests
  • a variety of recreation activities and excursions
  • healthy, balance meals
  • a supportive and social environment in which to live.


Your child is supervised by professional and experienced staff members who are responsible for the well-being of every boarder. They are dedicated to creating a wonderful boarding experience for your child and ensure a healthy balance between study and recreation.

Led by the residential college manager, supervisors provide emotional support while boarders are away from home; ensure everyone is well behaved, respectful and considerate of others; facilitate regular study sessions and tutoring; support boarders’ educational and sporting needs; and organise fun activities for the weekends.

They also foster good communication between the residential college, boarders, school and families.

Gifted and Talented Schools:

There are 16 secondary schools in Perth with Gifted and Talented Programs, four of which are very easy to travel to and from the residential college. These are exceptional schools that consistently deliver outstanding results.

The schools offering selective academic programs that are easy to access are:

  • Perth Modern School
  • Shenton College

The schools offering selective arts programs that are easy to access are:

  • John Curtin College of the Arts
  • Churchlands Senior High School

For more information on gifted and talented education and how to apply, visit the Gifted and Talented website.

Fees and allowances:

Every boarder pays a boarding fee that covers accommodation, meals and pastoral care. This is a standard fee for all residential colleges.

The full cost of boarding in 2016 is $20,130 per student. However, your child may be entitled to allowances and/or subsidies that could reduce the total cost. See the table below.

Type of studentCost

Gifted and Talented Eeducation Allowance recipients $11,405
Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme (AIC) and Boarding Away from Home Allowance (BAHA) recipients $3,390
AIC and BAHA recipients (who are also eligible for additional AIC allowance) $1,857
(subject to an income test)
Youth Allowance recipients Varies (subject to an income test)
(subject to an income test)

For more information about financial assistance, see the links section below.

Applying for a place:

Once your child has been accepted into a Gifted and Talented Program at a select metropolitan secondary school, you may apply at City Beach Residential College.

Applying is an easy process and the residential college manager is more than happy to help.

To start, go to the city boarding website to download an application form, submit it to the college manager and find information about applying for allowances and subsidies.

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