Choosing the best school for achieving academic goals or catering to your interests is an extremely difficult process. This aims to aid in this decision process by providing information on the top-ranked public, private and selective high schools in Sydney.
On the basis of the 2021 HSC results, we have compiled details entailing the top high schools in Sydney. Within each category, you can see the school ranking within the category, overall rank (across all types of schools) and the success rate which refers to the percentage of exams sat by each school that achieved a band 6 (Distinguished achiever).
Top Public High Schools (non-selective)
Although government schools are quickly disregarded when looking for a school that will foster academic success, many public schools in Sydney are great options for those seeking high academic achievements.
Top Private schools:
Independent schools greatly dominate the top-achieving high schools with 70% of the top 150 schools in 2021 being independent schools (105 schools).
Top Selective Schools
Selective schools tend to consistently rank extremely high, with James Ruse Agricultural High School
Top 150 Schools
Looking Past Academics
In addition to looking at the previous lists, it is essential to look past just the academic success of the school as it is also imperative to consider other factors which may cater to particular individuals.
Notably, some schools may excel in sports, which would appeal to athletically driven students. For instance, Endeavour Sports High School and Hills Sports High School are some of the many high schools which specialise in sports.
Another factor that may be overlooked is inquiring into the student-to-teacher ratio at schools of interest. This is important when determining the quality of education that will be received as lower quantities of students per class enable a more personalised experience and greater opportunity for assistance to each individual student.
The location and pricing of schools are also important to consider. A good school may require excessive travel which may be tiring for students and deplete their ability to complete study/school work. Besides travel time, consider transportation options if students cannot be dropped off and picked up. Is it easily accessible by public transport? Moreover, private schools greatly excel in results, however, they may not be financially accessible for you. Hence, you may consider scholarship opportunities or high ranking public schools.
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