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

 NoOverall RankingTop 10 Government/Selective Schools2021 Success Rate
11James Ruse Agricultural High School70.58
22North Sydney Boys High School59.29
33Baulkham Hills High School58.24
44Sydney Girls High School53.23
56Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus51.99
67Hornsby Girls High School51
78North Sydney Girls High School49.25
89Normanhurst Boys High School49.15
910Sydney Boys High School46.55
1013Conservatorium High School43.92


Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools in 2021

NoOverall RankingTop 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools2021 Success Rates
165Willoughby Girls High School22.59
272Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus21.31
3102Newtown High School of Performing Arts17.77
4108Cherrybrook Technology High School15.53
5110Cumberland High School15.34
6116Cheltenham Girls High School14.75
7122Engadine High School14.45
8123Burwood Girls High School14.43
9125Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus14.4
10130St Ives High School13.85

Top 10 Independent Schools in 2021

NoOverall RankingTop 10 Independent Schools2021 Success Rate
14Sydney Grammar School56.13
26Reddam House52.34
311Kambala *47.68
412Meriden School47.09
616Ascham School46.32
717SCEGGS Darlinghurst42.15
818Moriah College40.47
920Ravenswood School for Girls *38.73
1021Loreto Kirribilli38.67


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:


  • 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:



School2021 Ranking2020 Ranking2019 RankingSuccess Rate %High ScoresHSC Students2021 Total HSC
Exams Sat
James Ruse Agricultural High School11170.587101601006
North Sydney Boys High School23359.29565158953
Baulkham Hills High School32958.247032021207
Sydney Grammar School45456.136551841167
Sydney Girls High School59653.235361621007
Reddam House612852.34335120640
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus7131351.99418139804
Hornsby Girls High School86551357120700
North Sydney Girls High School94749.25429151871
Normanhurst Boys High School1071149.15375127763
Kambala *11211547.6824784518
Meriden School12171447.09396151841
Sydney Boys High School13101046.555802131246
Conservatorium High School148243.928329189
Ascham School16112443.77267113610
SCEGGS Darlinghurst17141642.15274106650
Moriah College18413840.47257117635
Girraween High School19272139.43321140814
Ravenswood School for Girls *20585438.7320191519
Loreto Kirribilli21231838.67302134781
Fort Street High School22181938.65371162960
St Catherine’s School23291738.42214109557
Wenona School24152538.26264123690
Pymble Ladies’ College25312936.674362151189
Al-Faisal College26542336.19232127641
St Aloysius’ College27204236.06331152918
Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart28563634.8119694563
St Clare’s College29869533.7411063326
Knox Grammar School30192232.956003351821
Alpha Omega Senior College31556832.69170103520
Al Noori Muslim School32323332.4712573385
Penrith High School33374532.36289156893
Tara Anglican School for Girls *34284331.8214782462
Cranbrook School *35363031.71274158864
Emanuel School36384131.1814077449
Tangara School for Girls372510330.895936191
Loreto Normanhurst38262730.33061771010
MLC School *39516329.7113179441
Hurlstone Agricultural High School40332629.65255148860
St Luke’s Grammar School41242829.5515191511
Sydney Technical High School42424029.17252157864
Roseville College *43354429.14190106652
Caringbah High School44304828.95238153822
St George Girls High School45393227.76254163915
Frensham School46674627.6210064362
Sefton High School47707527.53250172908
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney48222027.28242156887
Queenwood *49653126.4410166382
Merewether High School50504926.212771791057
The King’s School51346225.73032061179
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College *52535325.69222150864
Parramatta Marist High School53468325.53181132709
SHORE – Sydney Church of England Grammar School54403725.383012161186
Barker College55475625.134743471886
Newcastle Grammar School5645552513897552
Smiths Hill High School57683924.64173124702
Brigidine College Randwick58496424.62145102589
Danebank – An Anglican School for Girls59753424.3512185497
Chatswood High School60696524.16223176923
International Grammar School61966023.22127100547
Santa Sabina College *62484723.11150113649
Bethany College63807222.92168133733
Saint Ignatius’ College64445822.673292371451
Willoughby Girls High School65596722.59178155788
Brigidine College St Ives66625021.95153125697
St Mary and St Mina’s Coptic Orthodox College67021.853330151
Masada College681133521.758272377
St Ursula’s College69776621.64193161892
St Vincent’s College70525921.45127108592
Arden Anglican School717910621.438775406
Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus72607021.3110490488
St Augustine’s College Sydney73667820.67186169900
Freeman Catholic College7411010220.462121731036
Central Coast Grammar School758310020.42127109622
Marist College Kogarah761178720.38118111579
The Scots College77636120.28201168991
Emmanuel Anglican College7814920.263129153
St Spyridon College79749720.117168353
Prairiewood High School8018115219.82154154777
Clancy Catholic College8121413219.261931691002
Mount St Benedict College821267419.25154151800
St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College83886919.26258323
Macarthur Anglican School84785719.0710798561
Cerdon College8516314619.01180163947
Gosford High School86725219175143921
Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich8712813018.96156147823
MacKillop College Port Macquarie8817514418.79137129729
Macquarie Fields High School8912416018.76170174906
Marist Catholic College Penshurst9012912518.7310697566
The Hills Grammar School *911068418.187066385
Amity College9211910518.1124131685
Norwest Christian College93018.093438188
Newington College *9417916317.641931861094
Marist College Eastwood9510512117.35106118611
Stella Maris College961007717.31103118595
Aquinas Catholic College9710215817.24126128731
Australian International School Malaysia9814514217.023232188
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta998115516.67134152804
St Columba Anglican School10013911416.648998535
William Clarke College101949816.3140162859
Newtown High School of Performing Arts1029110715.81138167873
St George Christian School10310711615.814960310
St Charbel’s College10414113815.746879432
Malek Fahd Islamic School10515212015.73123153782
Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield10619015.73123144782
Mercy Catholic College107939915.690103577
Cherrybrook Technology High School108908815.532462901584
Scots All Saints College10916515.516579419
Cumberland High School11024316615.347597489
Blacktown Boys High School11127215.056271412
Maronite College of the Holy Family – Parramatta11231614.975066334
Rosebank College11315616714.871521811022
Mount St Patrick College11423210414.817377493
Oxford Falls Grammar School115739214.786483433
Cheltenham Girls High School116848014.751672111132
St John Bosco College11715817814.6989100606
St Philip’s Christian College – Waratah1188517214.626993472
Pacific Hills Christian School1191389314.5384104578
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College1209913614.4682103567
Holy Cross College12129714.457488512
Engadine High School12220114.457599519
Burwood Girls High School1238211114.43132180915
Domremy Catholic College12422016914.416785465
Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus125439114.494121653
SCECGS Redlands12615117414.325568384
Marcellin College12711614714.15105127742
Tempe High School12816612813.91106144762
St Patrick’s Marist College12917411813.89100137720
St Ives High School1301118613.85104147751
Xavier Catholic College Ballina13114614913.786689479
St Patrick’s College (Strathfield)1321257113.75132171960
Carlingford High School1339712413.741442051048
St Euphemia College1341049413.663143227
Covenant Christian School13513412713.654364315
Redeemer Baptist School136013.412432179
Canley Vale High School13727913.41562131164
Epping Boys High School1387611713.391391991038
Mary MacKillop Catholic College13924113.39102141762
Rose Bay Secondary College1409517713.38107147800
St Pius X College14111410113.34113139847
Blakehurst High School14217613.24110162831
All Saints Grammar14323318413.232536189
Menai High School14416417913.08116178887
Blacktown Girls High School14520313.0568104521
Al Amanah College146013.042131161
Killarney Heights High School147877912.7984127657
St Joseph’s College (Hunters Hill)1487112.731361881068
Blue Mountains Grammar School14911522712.654262332
Bonnyrigg High School15022112.621602621268

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

Also available is the 2020 High School Rankings.



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