2018 High School Rankings

See how your school stacked up in 2018!

Read this guide to see how Sydney’s Schools performed in relation to each other. The 2018 High School Rankings have been derived from the NESA data that is publicly available. Our rankings include a complete list of schools and results based on their HSC performance.

We have included the rankings from 2016 and 2017 to provide an overview of each school’s performance history.

 

In this 2018 High School rankings article, we provide you with an easy to understand analysis of the top 150 schools based on their performance. We have broken the data down into :

Breakdown of the 150 NSW schools

The pie chart provided below shows the distribution of the top 150 schools by their type – government non-selective, government selective, and independent.

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Image: Pie chart showing distribution of school types in top 150 schools

Key insights from the 2018 data:

  • 15% of the schools in the top 150 rankings are government non-selective schools
  • 17% of the schools in the top 150 rankings are government selective schools
  • 67% of the schools in the top 150 rankings are independent schools

 

Top 10 Schools by Type

A list of the top 10 performing schools from each of the above categories are tabulated below.

Top 10 Government/Selective Schools in 2018

 No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Selective Schools 2018 Success Rate
1 1 James Ruse Agricultural High School (Carlingford) 74.73%
2 2 North Sydney Boys High School (Crows Nest) 58.13%
3 4 Sydney Girls High School (Surry Hills)) 51.83%
4 5 Baulkham Hills High School 51.03%
5 6 North Sydney Girls High School (Crows Nest) 49.95%
6 7 Sydney Boys High School (Moore Park) 45.87%
7 8 Hornsby Girls High School 45.65%
8 10 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 44.59%
9 15 Fort Street High School (Petersham) 39.37%
10 16 Normanhurst Boys High School 39.82%

Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools in 2018

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools 2018 Success Rate
1 50 Willoughby Girls High School 25.30%
2 63 Cheltenham Girls High School (Cheltenham) 21.46%
3 64 Parramatta Marist High School (Westmead) 21.31%
4 68 Killara High School 19.71%
5 69 Carlingford High School 19.68%
6 81 Cherrybrook Technology High School 17.01%
7 83 Castle Hill High School 16.77%
8 86 Strathfield Girls High School 16.41%
9 87 Killarney Heights High School 16.30%
10 89 Epping Boys High School (Marsfield) 16.14%

Top 10 Independent Schools in 2018

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Independent Schools 2018 Success Rates
1 3 Sydney Grammar School (Darlinghurst) 57.07%
2 9 Reddam House (Woollahra) 45.17%
3 11 Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga) 44.22%
4 12 Meriden School (Strathfield) 41.39%
5 13 Wenona School (North Sydney) 41.03%
6 14 Kambala (Rose Bay) 40.28%
7 17 Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney (Croydon) 38.61%
8 18 Ascham School (Edgecliff) 36.67%
9 21 Pymble Ladies’ College 35.88%
10 22 SHORE – Sydney Church of England Grammar School (North Sydney) 35.32%

 

Most improved schools in 2018

The graph below shows a selection of the most improved schools in the 2018 high school rankings

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Top 150 Schools by Success Rate in 2018

If you would like an explanation of how this data is organised and how to use it, please read the Overview to the Beginner’s Guide to High School Rankings.

How to Read the HSC Rankings:

Terminology

  • High Scores: the number of Band 6 scores.
  • Total HSC exams sat: the number of merit list course completions.
  • 2018 Success Rate: the high scores expressed as a percentage of Entries, rounded to two decimal places.

The top 150 schools by their success rate are shown in the table below:

School 2018 Ranking 2017 Ranking 2016 Ranking 2018 Success Rate High Scores 2018 Total HSC
Exams Sat
James Ruse Agricultural High School (Carlingford) 1 1 1  74.73%  748  1001
North Sydney Boys High School (Crows Nest) 2 3 3  58.13%  561  965
Sydney Grammar School 3 6 6  57.07%  710 1244
Sydney Girls High School (Surry Hills) 4 4 13  51.83%  539 1040
Baulkham Hills High School 5 2 2 51.03% 646 1266
North Sydney Girls High School (Crows Nest) 6 8 4 49.95% 477 955
Sydney Boys High School (Moore Park) 7 5 7 45.87% 561 1223
Hornsby Girls High School 8 7 5 45.65% 342 750
Reddam House 9 17 8 45.17% 243 538
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 10 10 9 44.59% 346 776
Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga) 11 14 14 44.59% 346 98
Meriden School (Strathfield) 12 23 22 41.39% 310 749
Wenona School (North Sydney) 13 33 15 41.03 272 663
Kambala (Rose Bay) 14 18 16 40.28% 203 504
Fort Street High School (Petersham) 15 12 21 39.37% 372 945
Normanhurst Boys High School 16 13 11 39.23% 304 775
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney (Croydon) 17 21 36 38.82% 257 662
Ascham School (Edgecliff) 18 9 18 38.61% 205 531
St George Girls High School (Kogarah) 19 24 17 36.67% 333 908
Girraween High School 20 22 20 36.31% 305 840
Pymble Ladies’ College 21 20 31 36.12% 515 1426
SHORE – Sydney Church of England Grammar School (North Sydney) 22 34 26 35.88% 390 1087
Knox Grammar School (Wahroonga) 23 19 28 35.32% 659 1866
Sydney Technical High School (Bexley) 24 29 35 32.91% 287 872
SCEGGS Darlinghurst 25 16 12 32.89% 222 675
Al-Faisal College 26  54 42  32.56%  190 583
Penrith High School 27 27 32 31.76%  297 935
St Catherine’s School (Waverley) 28 57 45 31.22% 187 599
Queenwood School for Girls (Mosman) 29 37 19 31.18% 111 356
Santa Sabina College (Strathfield) 30 47 46 30.13%  201 687
Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Glenfield) 31 44 34 30.10% 295 980
Moriah College (Queens Park) 32 15 27 29.78 204 685
Cranbrook School (Bellevue Hill) 33  41 55 29.77% 262 880
St Luke’s Grammar School (Dee Why) 34  56 57 29.24% 162 554
Newcastle Grammar School 35 85 64 29.03%  144 496
Roseville College 36 25 40 28.82% 185 642
St Aloysius’ College (Kirribilli) 37 36  23  28.74% 261 908
Alpha Omega Senior College (Auburn) 38 35  41 28.39% 113 398
Loreto Kirribilli 39 30 25 28.14% 226 803
Caringbah High School 40 39 29 27.23%  241 885
The King’s School (North Parramatta) 41 32 30 26.98% 313 1160
Al Noori Muslim School 42 45 100 26.74% 96 359
MLC School (Burwood) 43 31  67 26.72% 101 378
Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart 44 28 24  26.60% 141  530
Emanuel School (Randwick) 45 43 38 26.47% 117 442
Loreto Normanhurst 46 42 44 26.04% 238 914
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College (North Sydney) 47 67 72 25.73% 221 859
Tara Anglican School for Girls (North Parramatta) 48 75 43  25.67% 106 413
Smiths Hill High School (Wollongong) 49 80 60 25.42%  182 716
Willoughby Girls High School 50 61 65 25.30% 187 739
 Barker College (Hornsby) 51 51  33 25.07% 471 1879
 Masada College (St Ives) 52 49 74 25.00% 90 360
 The Scots College (Bellevue Hill) 53 74 78 24.45% 254 1039
 Ravenswood School for Girls (Gordon) 54 40  39 24.02% 134 558
 Frensham School (Mittagong) 55 48 50 23.88% 64 268
 Central Coast Grammar School 56 83 70 23.39% 134 573
 Brigidine College St Ives 57 70 49 23.34% 179 767
 Gosford High School 58 50 48 223.17% 231  997
 Merewether High School (Broadmeadow) 59 38 37 22.82% 251 1100
 Danebank – An Anglican School For Girls (Hurstville) 60 59 68 22.06% 103 467
 St Ignatius’ College (Lane Cove) 61 46  47 22.03% 313 1421
 Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus 62 201 156 21.49% 75 349
 Cheltenham Girls High School (Cheltenham) 63 53 53 21.46% 247 1151
 Parramatta Marist High School (Westmead) 64 60 51 21.31%% 143 671
 St Augustine’s College Sydney 65 63 95 21.24%  188 885
 Newtown Performance Art School 66 58 82 21.22% 191 900
 Mount St Benedict College (Pennant Hills) 67 81 86  20.10% 169 841
 Killara High School 68 78 61  19.71% 276 1400
 Carlingford High School 69 79 85  19.68% 208 1057
Hunter Valley Grammar School (Ashtonfield) 70 158 159  19.58% 113 577
 St Spyridon College (Kingsford) 71 109 198  19.51% 71 364
 Macarthur Anglican School (Cobbitty) 72  114 93  19.27% 111 576
 Sefton High School 73  55  52 19.11% 181 947
 IPEKA Integrated Christian School 74  137 92 19.02% 66  347
 SCECGS Redlands 75 146 152 18.79% 62 330
 Chatswood High School 76  66 73 18.37% 176 958
 St Clare’s College (Waverly)  77  167 172 17.78%  80 450
 St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College 78  164 151 17.38% 57 328
 St Joseph’s College (Hunters Hill) 79  77 88 17.35% 200 1153
 Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta 80 76 97 12.11% 121 707
 Cherrybrook Technology High School 81  68 58 17.01% 331 1946
 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College 82  235 202 16.86% 103 611
 Castle Hill High School 83  91 102  16.77%  224 1336
 St Ursula’s College (Kingsgrove) 84  97 75 16.72% 158 945
 Oxley College (Burradoo) 85 82 63 16.67% 56 336
 Strathfield Girls High School 86 96 90 16.41% 182 1109
 Killarney Heights High School 87  191 146 16.30% 105 644
 St Patrick’s Marist College 88 140 149 16.23% 100 616
 Epping Boys High School (Marsfield) 89  86 118 16.14% 164 1016
 St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney) 90 118 108 16.10% 86 534
 The Hills Grammar School 91 100 71 16.02% 78 487
 Tangara School for Girls (Cherrybrook) 92 26 16.00% 24 150
 St Patrick’s College (Strathfield) 93 96 90 16.00% 155  969
 St Pius X College 94  181 161 15.78% 127 805
 Bethany College 95 89 141 15.51%  130 838
 Freeman Catholic College 96 65 69 15.32% 174 1136
 Malek Fahd Islamic School 97 69 76 15.31% 64 418
 Newington College 98 88  87 15.24% 166 1089
 Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus 99  84 91 15.20% 104 684
 Lambton High School 100  159 137 15.14% 116 766
 International Grammar School (Ultimo)  101 72 94 14.59% 83 569
 Australian International School Malaysia 102  275 14.55% 31 213
 Oxford Falls Grammar School 103 101 105 14.54% 58 399
 All Saints’ College Bathurst 104  177 278 14.44% 441 284
 Inaburra School 105 92 117 14.23% 76 534
 Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich 106 111 111 14.21% 129 908
 Brigidine College Randwick 107 52 56 14.20% 100 704
 Marist College Eastwood 108  172 171 14.20% 70 493
 St Philip’s Christian College – Waratah 109 113 157 14.12% 71 503
 Barrenjoey High School 110  161 267 13.91% 63 453
 Trinity Grammar School 111 64 103 13.77% 102 741
 All Saints’ Grammar 112  228 279 13.48% 31 230
 St Ives High School 113  204 158 13.42% 95 708
Tempe High School 114 156 188 13.30% 108 812
 St Scholastica’s College Glebe Point 115 104 101 13.06% 120 919
 Kinross Wolaroi School 116 130 106 13.06% 97 743
 Canterbury Girls High School 117 234 240 13.04% 76 583
 St George Christian School (Hurstville) 118 134 166 13.01% 48 369
 Aquinas Catholic College 119  187  264 12.86%  95 739
 Menai High School 120  182 262 12.74% 120 942
Catherine McAuley Westmead 121  151 112 12.74% 121 950
Marist College North Shore 122 128 145 12.73% 75 589
Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus 123  201 156 12.72% 187 1470
Randwick Girls High School 124  273  308 12.72% 94  739
 Amity College, Prestons 125 127 114 12.48% 78 625
 Burwood Girls High School 126 93 110 12.43% 127 1022
 Marist College Kogarah  127 71 122 12.29% 66 537
 William Clarke College 128 188  – 12.24% 106 866
 Marcellin College 129 142  141 12.14% 93 766
 St Vincent’s College (Potts Point) 130 99 79 11.88% 72 606
 St Patrick’s College Sutherland 131  157 127 11.88% 117 985
 Calrossy Anglican School (Tamworth) 132  163 124 11.76% 56 476
 Cumberland High School 133  208 275 11.66% 66 566
 Waverley College 134  155 125 11.46% 92 803
 Oakhill College Castle Hill 135  123 193 11.44% 212 1853
 Canberra Grammar School (Red Hill) 136 116 98 11.37% 68 598
 St Columba Anglican School 137 103 81 11.30% 46 407
 St Andrew’s Cathedral School 138 105 138 11.28% 65 576
 Ryde Secondary College 139 117 83 11.27% 79 701
 Mercy Catholic College (Chatswood) 140  124 66  11.22% 45 401
 St John Bosco College 141 119 130 11.21% 53 473
 Arden Anglican School 142  62 115 11.20% 42 375
 St Charbel’s College 143  162 216 11.20% 44 393
 Hunter School of Performing Arts 144  147 225  10.91% 74 678
 Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts 145  214 150 10.83% 82 757
 Redfield College 146  90 59 10.71% 18 168
 Turramurra High School 147  132 131 10.68% 114 1067
 Prairiewood High School 148  108 261 10.65% 87  817
 The Illawarra Grammar School 149 149 243 10.57% 43 407
 Asquith Girls High School 150  200 119 10.55% 71  673

Please note, these tables and charts are made using publicly available data.

Also available is the 2017 High School Rankings.

 

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