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Baulkham Hills High School | High School Guide

In this High School Guide, we profile Baulkham Hills High School - one of NSW's best performing high schools in the HSC.

Curious about how Baulkham Hills High School is consistently one of the top performers in the HSC? In this overview, we look at its history, famous alumni, and the experience of past students.

All of our information is sourced from the NSW Department of Education website: Baulkham Hills High School.


What’s in the Baulkham Hills High School Guide?

We’ve created this Guide to provide information to parents and students so they can make an informed decision about applying for Baulkham Hills High School.


This guide includes additional articles discussing:

  • Admission requirements and process
  • Applying to Baulkham Hills for Year 7 admission
  • How to enrol at Baulkham Hills in Years 8-11
  • Student Life at Baulkham Hills
  • Success Secrets from Baulkham Hills Students and Alumni


In this overview article, we will discuss:



Baulkham Hills High School is an academically selective high school that is known for its excellent HSC performance. The school is built on the land of the Darug people of the Eora Nation, who are its Traditional Custodians. In recent years, the school has consistently ranked within the top 10 in the NSW for HSC performance, and has even come second on numerous occasions including 2020, 2017 and 2016.

The school also facilitates a Support Unit for students with special learning needs.

Up to 180 students are admitted into year 7 through the Selective High Schools Test, while a smaller portion of students gain entrance in years 8 to 11 by directly applying to the school.

Source: State Library of NSW



The school’s logo features an orange branch to pay tribute to the orange orchard that once existed upon the site which the school is built on. In fact, the region was previously a major area for orange production in Sydney. Baulkham Hills High School was officially opened on 23 March 1974 by Sir Roden Cutler, the Governor at the time.


The first intake consisted of 120 students in Year 7, who spent their first year being taught by Baulkham Hills teachers at the nearby Castle Hill High School. This was because the school was still under construction in its first year, so students and teachers had to be relocated accordingly. The school’s first selective cohort was admitted in 1990 and the school became fully selective in 1995. The school’s academic ranking quickly improved since then and is one now of the most competitive selective schools that students seek to gain entrance into.

Baulkham Hills High School has participated in annual sporting tournaments between neighbouring selective schools since 2011. The tournament was initially named ‘Tri-Schools’ when only Baulkham Hills, James Ruse and Girraween High School competed, but then was renamed to ‘Quad Schools’ when Penrith High School joined in 2013. Baulkham Hills has always placed first since the tournament began, which has involved basketball, soccer, touch football, volleyball and table tennis.


Famous Alumni

Baulkham Hills is responsible for producing some significant public figures in politics, sport and law.

Alumni Contribution
Greg Combet Member for Charlton (2007–2013), federal minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments, former Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (2000–2007)
Sam Dastyari Senator for New South Wales (2013–2017), General Secretary of the NSW branch of the Labor Party (2010–2013)
Jayne Jagot Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
Stephanie Schweitzer Track and field athlete: represented Australia for long jump at the 2012 London Paralympics



Key statistics

How many students go to Baulkham Hills? What’s the student diversity like? How does it perform? Let’s take a look.


Student Profile

The total number of students enrolled had stayed relatively consistent over the years, as has the ratio of female and male students. There was approximately 23% more male students compared to female students in 2019.

Year Total number of students Females Males
2020 1231 541 690
2019 1225 542 683
2018 1212 518 694
2017 1210 514 696
2016 1208 523 685


HSC Performance

Baulkham Hills High School has ranked second in HSC performance three times in the past five years. The full list of school rankings can be found here.

Year Rank B6/E4 results Unique B6/E4 students State ranks Success rate (%)
2020 2  800 255  19 63.69
2019 9  647 240 12 53.21
2018 5  646 229 13 51.03
2017 2  778 237 11 61.55
2016 2  767 231 13 62.31

Note: If you want to learn more about what high school rankings, including what Unique B6/E4 students and success rates mean, check out our Beginner’s Guide to High School Rankings.


HSC subjects offered

Faculty Subjects
  • English Adv
  • English Ext 1
  • English Ext 2
  • Maths Adv
  • Maths Ext 1
  • Maths Ext 2
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Earth and Environmental science
Creative and performing arts
  • Drama
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Ext
  • Visual arts
  • Ancient history
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal studies
  • Modern history
  • Society and culture
Industrial arts
  • Design and technology
  • Engineering studies
  • Industrial technology
  • Information processes and technology
  • Software design and development
  • Textiles and design
  • French Beginners
  • French Continuers
  • French Ext
  • Japanese Beginners
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Japanese Ext
  • Latin Continuers
  • Latin Ext


What’s next?

Now that you know a little bit about Baulkham Hills, do you want to attend it? Well, in the next article, we go through the entrance requirements for Baulkham Hills High School! Read now. 


Written by Matrix Education

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