2021 HSC High School Rankings

HSC and ATAR results were released on the 20th of January, 2022! Check to see how your school stacked up in 2021!

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Read this guide to see how Sydney’s Schools performed in relation to each other. The 2021 High School Rankings are 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 2019 and 2020 to provide an overview of each school’s performance history.

 

What’s in this 2021 HSC High School Rankings guide?

In this 2021 HSC 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.

pie chart 2021 High School Rankings Top 150 schools by type 2

 

 

 

In the 2020 High School rankings article, we will provide you with an easy to understand analysis of the top 150 schools based on their performance.

 

Top 10 Schools by Type

A list of the top 10 performing schools from each of the above categories are tabulated below. Schools marked with an asterisk* have a cohort undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB) instead of the HSC.

Top 10 Government/Selective Schools in 2021

 No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Selective Schools 2021 Success Rate
1 1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 70.58
2 2 North Sydney Boys High School 59.29
3 3 Baulkham Hills High School 58.24
4 4 Sydney Girls High School 53.23
5 6 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 51.99
6 7 Hornsby Girls High School 51
7 8 North Sydney Girls High School 49.25
8 9 Normanhurst Boys High School 49.15
9 10 Sydney Boys High School 46.55
10 13 Conservatorium High School 43.92

 

Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools in 2021

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools 2021 Success Rates
1 65 Willoughby Girls High School 22.59
2 72 Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus 21.31
3 102 Newtown High School of Performing Arts 17.77
4 108 Cherrybrook Technology High School 15.53
5 110 Cumberland High School 15.34
6 116 Cheltenham Girls High School 14.75
7 122 Engadine High School 14.45
8 123 Burwood Girls High School 14.43
9 125 Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus 14.4
10 130 St Ives High School 13.85

Top 10 Independent Schools in 2021

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Independent Schools 2021 Success Rate
1 4 Sydney Grammar School 56.13
2 6 Reddam House 52.34
3 11 Kambala * 47.68
4 12 Meriden School 47.09
5 15 Abbotsleigh 43.79
6 16 Ascham School 46.32
7 17 SCEGGS Darlinghurst 42.15
8 18 Moriah College 40.47
9 20 Ravenswood School for Girls * 38.73
10 21 Loreto Kirribilli 38.67

 

Most improved schools in 2021 HSC

The graph below shows a selection of the most improved schools in the 2020 high school rankings

2021 High School Rankings Biggest movers in 2021

Top 150 Schools by HSC Success Rate in 2021

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 High School Rankings:

Terminology

  • High Scores: the number of Band 6 scores.
  • Total HSC exams sat: the number of merit list course completions.
  • 2021 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 2021 Ranking 2020 Ranking 2019 Ranking Success Rate % High Scores HSC Students 2021 Total HSC
Exams Sat
James Ruse Agricultural High School 1 1 1 70.58 710 160 1006
North Sydney Boys High School 2 3 3 59.29 565 158 953
Baulkham Hills High School 3 2 9 58.24 703 202 1207
Sydney Grammar School 4 5 4 56.13 655 184 1167
Sydney Girls High School 5 9 6 53.23 536 162 1007
Reddam House 6 12 8 52.34 335 120 640
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 7 13 13 51.99 418 139 804
Hornsby Girls High School 8 6 5 51 357 120 700
North Sydney Girls High School 9 4 7 49.25 429 151 871
Normanhurst Boys High School 10 7 11 49.15 375 127 763
Kambala * 11 21 15 47.68 247 84 518
Meriden School 12 17 14 47.09 396 151 841
Sydney Boys High School 13 10 10 46.55 580 213 1246
Conservatorium High School 14 8 2 43.92 83 29 189
Abbotsleigh 15 16 12 43.79 455 170 1039
Ascham School 16 11 24 43.77 267 113 610
SCEGGS Darlinghurst 17 14 16 42.15 274 106 650
Moriah College 18 41 38 40.47 257 117 635
Girraween High School 19 27 21 39.43 321 140 814
Ravenswood School for Girls * 20 58 54 38.73 201 91 519
Loreto Kirribilli 21 23 18 38.67 302 134 781
Fort Street High School 22 18 19 38.65 371 162 960
St Catherine’s School 23 29 17 38.42 214 109 557
Wenona School 24 15 25 38.26 264 123 690
Pymble Ladies’ College 25 31 29 36.67 436 215 1189
Al-Faisal College 26 54 23 36.19 232 127 641
St Aloysius’ College 27 20 42 36.06 331 152 918
Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart 28 56 36 34.81 196 94 563
St Clare’s College 29 86 95 33.74 110 63 326
Knox Grammar School 30 19 22 32.95 600 335 1821
Alpha Omega Senior College 31 55 68 32.69 170 103 520
Al Noori Muslim School 32 32 33 32.47 125 73 385
Penrith High School 33 37 45 32.36 289 156 893
Tara Anglican School for Girls * 34 28 43 31.82 147 82 462
Cranbrook School * 35 36 30 31.71 274 158 864
Emanuel School 36 38 41 31.18 140 77 449
Tangara School for Girls 37 25 103 30.89 59 36 191
Loreto Normanhurst 38 26 27 30.3 306 177 1010
MLC School * 39 51 63 29.71 131 79 441
Hurlstone Agricultural High School 40 33 26 29.65 255 148 860
St Luke’s Grammar School 41 24 28 29.55 151 91 511
Sydney Technical High School 42 42 40 29.17 252 157 864
Roseville College * 43 35 44 29.14 190 106 652
Caringbah High School 44 30 48 28.95 238 153 822
St George Girls High School 45 39 32 27.76 254 163 915
Frensham School 46 67 46 27.62 100 64 362
Sefton High School 47 70 75 27.53 250 172 908
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney 48 22 20 27.28 242 156 887
Queenwood * 49 65 31 26.44 101 66 382
Merewether High School 50 50 49 26.21 277 179 1057
The King’s School 51 34 62 25.7 303 206 1179
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College * 52 53 53 25.69 222 150 864
Parramatta Marist High School 53 46 83 25.53 181 132 709
SHORE – Sydney Church of England Grammar School 54 40 37 25.38 301 216 1186
Barker College 55 47 56 25.13 474 347 1886
Newcastle Grammar School 56 45 55 25 138 97 552
Smiths Hill High School 57 68 39 24.64 173 124 702
Brigidine College Randwick 58 49 64 24.62 145 102 589
Danebank – An Anglican School for Girls 59 75 34 24.35 121 85 497
Chatswood High School 60 69 65 24.16 223 176 923
International Grammar School 61 96 60 23.22 127 100 547
Santa Sabina College * 62 48 47 23.11 150 113 649
Bethany College 63 80 72 22.92 168 133 733
Saint Ignatius’ College 64 44 58 22.67 329 237 1451
Willoughby Girls High School 65 59 67 22.59 178 155 788
Brigidine College St Ives 66 62 50 21.95 153 125 697
St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox College 67 0 21.85 33 30 151
Masada College 68 113 35 21.75 82 72 377
St Ursula’s College 69 77 66 21.64 193 161 892
St Vincent’s College 70 52 59 21.45 127 108 592
Arden Anglican School 71 79 106 21.43 87 75 406
Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus 72 60 70 21.31 104 90 488
St Augustine’s College Sydney 73 66 78 20.67 186 169 900
Freeman Catholic College 74 110 102 20.46 212 173 1036
Central Coast Grammar School 75 83 100 20.42 127 109 622
Marist College Kogarah 76 117 87 20.38 118 111 579
The Scots College 77 63 61 20.28 201 168 991
Emmanuel Anglican College 78 149 20.26 31 29 153
St Spyridon College 79 74 97 20.11 71 68 353
Prairiewood High School 80 181 152 19.82 154 154 777
Clancy Catholic College 81 214 132 19.26 193 169 1002
Mount St Benedict College 82 126 74 19.25 154 151 800
St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College 83 88 69 19.2 62 58 323
Macarthur Anglican School 84 78 57 19.07 107 98 561
Cerdon College 85 163 146 19.01 180 163 947
Gosford High School 86 72 52 19 175 143 921
Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich 87 128 130 18.96 156 147 823
MacKillop College Port Macquarie 88 175 144 18.79 137 129 729
Macquarie Fields High School 89 124 160 18.76 170 174 906
Marist Catholic College Penshurst 90 129 125 18.73 106 97 566
The Hills Grammar School * 91 106 84 18.18 70 66 385
Amity College 92 119 105 18.1 124 131 685
Norwest Christian College 93 0 18.09 34 38 188
Newington College * 94 179 163 17.64 193 186 1094
Marist College Eastwood 95 105 121 17.35 106 118 611
Stella Maris College 96 100 77 17.31 103 118 595
Aquinas Catholic College 97 102 158 17.24 126 128 731
Australian International School Malaysia 98 145 142 17.02 32 32 188
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta 99 81 155 16.67 134 152 804
St Columba Anglican School 100 139 114 16.64 89 98 535
William Clarke College 101 94 98 16.3 140 162 859
Newtown High School of Performing Arts 102 91 107 15.81 138 167 873
St George Christian School 103 107 116 15.81 49 60 310
St Charbel’s College 104 141 138 15.74 68 79 432
Malek Fahd Islamic School 105 152 120 15.73 123 153 782
Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield 106 190 15.73 123 144 782
Mercy Catholic College 107 93 99 15.6 90 103 577
Cherrybrook Technology High School 108 90 88 15.53 246 290 1584
Scots All Saints College 109 165 15.51 65 79 419
Cumberland High School 110 243 166 15.34 75 97 489
Blacktown Boys High School 111 272 15.05 62 71 412
Maronite College of the Holy Family – Parramatta 112 316 14.97 50 66 334
Rosebank College 113 156 167 14.87 152 181 1022
Mount St Patrick College 114 232 104 14.81 73 77 493
Oxford Falls Grammar School 115 73 92 14.78 64 83 433
Cheltenham Girls High School 116 84 80 14.75 167 211 1132
St John Bosco College 117 158 178 14.69 89 100 606
St Philip’s Christian College – Waratah 118 85 172 14.62 69 93 472
Pacific Hills Christian School 119 138 93 14.53 84 104 578
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College 120 99 136 14.46 82 103 567
Holy Cross College 121 297 14.45 74 88 512
Engadine High School 122 201 14.45 75 99 519
Burwood Girls High School 123 82 111 14.43 132 180 915
Domremy Catholic College 124 220 169 14.41 67 85 465
Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus 125 43 91 14.4 94 121 653
SCECGS Redlands 126 151 174 14.32 55 68 384
Marcellin College 127 116 147 14.15 105 127 742
Tempe High School 128 166 128 13.91 106 144 762
St Patrick’s Marist College 129 174 118 13.89 100 137 720
St Ives High School 130 111 86 13.85 104 147 751
Xavier Catholic College Ballina 131 146 149 13.78 66 89 479
St Patrick’s College (Strathfield) 132 125 71 13.75 132 171 960
Carlingford High School 133 97 124 13.74 144 205 1048
St Euphemia College 134 104 94 13.66 31 43 227
Covenant Christian School 135 134 127 13.65 43 64 315
Redeemer Baptist School 136 0 13.41 24 32 179
Canley Vale High School 137 279 13.4 156 213 1164
Epping Boys High School 138 76 117 13.39 139 199 1038
Mary MacKillop Catholic College 139 241 13.39 102 141 762
Rose Bay Secondary College 140 95 177 13.38 107 147 800
St Pius X College 141 114 101 13.34 113 139 847
Blakehurst High School 142 176 13.24 110 162 831
All Saints Grammar 143 233 184 13.23 25 36 189
Menai High School 144 164 179 13.08 116 178 887
Blacktown Girls High School 145 203 13.05 68 104 521
Al Amanah College 146 0 13.04 21 31 161
Killarney Heights High School 147 87 79 12.79 84 127 657
St Joseph’s College (Hunters Hill) 148 71 12.73 136 188 1068
Blue Mountains Grammar School 149 115 227 12.65 42 62 332
Bonnyrigg High School 150 221 12.62 160 262 1268

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

Also available is the 2020 High School Rankings.

 

 

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