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Clarkson is a faculty-based community high school providing high-quality education in Years 8 to 12 in the north-western suburbs of Perth. The school has approximately 630 students from Brighton, Butler, Clarkson, Merriwa, Mindarie and Quinns.
The ethos underpinning all aspects of the school is CARE: Cooperation and Respect for Everyone. A school focus is the building of strong interpersonal relationships founded on trust, respect and responsibility between students and teachers. Clarkson awards include Top Public School awards, a Prime Minister's award for 'The Shed' vocational program and many Vocational Excellence awards and West Scheme Vocational and Training awards. Clarkson has strong links with West Coast Institute of Technology, Edith Cowan University and a broad range of employers who provide structured-workplace learning opportunities. The school has a high level of technology integrated across the school, including an industry-standard commercial training and Apple computers throughout the school. Trades North training institution is co-located on the school site, providing $26 million of outstanding facilities and trades training.
School sporting activities have been recognised in State championships and Clarkson was a finalist in the Swan Excellence in Education Awards for inclusive practices and professional learning. Clarkson is at the centre of a thriving community and the school's participation in the community enriches all learning opportunities. The school embraces the concept of the school as a community resource by encouraging community use of school facilities and encourages community access to school facilities. Mentoring and volunteer programs enhance student-teacher relationships and community links and the school has a very successful State Emergency Services Cadet Corps and a Bush Rangers Unit coordinated by members of the local community.