2019 High School Rankings

HSC and ATAR results are released on the 9th of December! Check back then to see how your school stacked up in 2019!

Read this guide to see how Sydney’s Schools performed in relation to each other. The 2019 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 2017 and 2018 to provide an overview of each school’s performance history.

 

What’s in this 2019 High School Rankings guide?

In this 2019 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.

a pie chart showing the breakdown of school types in the top 150 schools. Percentages are listed below

Key insights from the 2019 data:

  • 11% 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
  • 72% of the schools in the top 150 rankings are independent schools

We will include the rankings from 2017 and 2018 to provide an overview of each school’s performance history.

 

In the 2019 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.

Top 10 Government/Selective Schools in 2019

 No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Selective Schools 2019 Success Rate
1 1  James Ruse Agricultural High School (Carlingford)  72.79%
2 2  Conservatorium High School (Sydney) 69.12%
3 3 North Sydney Boys High School (Crows Nest) 62.70%
4 5 Hornsby Girls High School 56.88%
5 6 Sydney Girls High School (Surry Hills) 56.44%
6 7 North Sydney Girls High School (Crows Nest) 54.70%
7 9 Baulkham Hills High School 53.21%
8 10 Sydney Boys High School (Moore Park) 51.45%
9 11 Normanhurst Boys High School 50.19%
10 13 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 43.47%

Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools in 2019

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Government/Non-Selective Schools 2019 Success Rate
1 67 Willoughby Girls High School  21.61%
2 70 Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus  20.98%
3 79 Killarney Heights High School  19.02%
4 80 Cheltenham Girls High School (Cheltenham)  19.01%
5 83 Parramatta Marist High School (Westmead)  18.71%
6 86 St Ives High School  18.30%
7 88 Cherrybrook Technology High School  17.85%
8 89 Castle Hill High School  17.58%
9 90 Killara High School  17.49%
10 91 NBSC Mackellar Girls School  17.42%

Top 10 Independent Schools in 2018

No Overall Ranking Top 10 Independent Schools 2018 Success Rates
1 4  Sydney Grammar School (Darlinghurst) 61.29%
2 8  Reddam House (Woollahra) 53.23%
3 12  Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga) 45.60%
4 14  Meriden School (Strathfield) 42.84%
5 15  Kambala (Rose Bay) 42.76%
6 16  SCEGGS Darlinghurst 40.79%
7 17  St Catherine’s School (Waverley) 40.20%
8 18  Loreto Kirribilli 39.39%
9 20  Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney (Croydon) 38.70%
10 22  Knox Grammar School (Wahroonga) 38.18%

 

 

Most improved schools in 2019

The graph below shows a selection of the most improved schools in the 2019 high school rankings

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Top 150 Schools by Success Rate in 2019

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.
  • 2019 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 2019 Ranking 2018 Ranking 2017 Ranking 2019 Success Rate High Scores 2019 Total HSC
Exams Sat
 James Ruse Agricultural High School (Carlingford) 1 1 1  72.79% 717  985
 Conservatorium High School (Sydney) 2 Not in top 150 Not in top 150 69.12% 150 217
 North Sydney Boys High School (Crows Nest) 3 2 3 62.70% 612 976
 Sydney Grammar School (Darlinghurst) 4 3 6 61.29% 714 1165
 Hornsby Girls High School 5 8 7 56.88% 397 698
Sydney Girls High School (Surry Hills) 6 4 14 56.44% 561 994
North Sydney Girls High School (Crows Nest) 7 6 8 54.70% 506 925
Reddam House (Woollahra) 8 9 17 53.23% 297 558
Baulkham Hills High School 9 5 2 53.21% 647 1216
Sydney Boys High School (Moore Park) 10 7 5 51.45% 640 1244
Normanhurst Boys High School 11 16 13 50.19% 391 779
Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga) 12 11 14 45.60% 420 921
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 13 10 10 43.47% 343 789
Meriden School (Strathfield) 14 12 23 42.84% 338 789
Kambala (Rose Bay) 15 14 18 42.76% 192 449
SCEGGS Darlinghurst 16 25 16 40.79% 270 662
St Catherine’s School (Waverley) 17 28 57 40.20% 240 597
Loreto Kirribilli 18 39 30 39.39% 312 792
Fort Street High School (Petersham) 19 15 12 38.79% 341 879
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney (Croydon) 20 17 21 38.70% 310 801
Girraween High School 21 20 22 38.36% 313 816
Knox Grammar School (Wahroonga) 22 23 19 38.18% 720 1886
Al-Faisal College 23 26 54 37.52% 212 565
Ascham School (Edgecliff) 24 18 9 37.04% 233 629
Wenona School (North Sydney) 25 13 33 36.63% 237 647
Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Glenfield) 26 31 44 35.48% 298 840
Loreto Normanhurst 27 46 30 34.26% 309 902
St Luke’s Grammar School (Dee Why) 28 34 56 34.20% 198 579
Pymble Ladies’ College 29 21 20 33.81% 518 1532
Cranbrook School (Bellevue Hill) 30 33 41 32.29% 288 892
Queenwood School for Girls (Mosman) 31 29 37 32.25% 129 400
St George Girls High School (Kogarah) 32 19 24 32.00% 305 953
Al Noori Muslim School 33 42 45 31.65% 119 376
Danebank – An Anglican School For Girls (Hurstville) 34 60 59 31.13% 165 530
Masada College (St Ives) 35 52 49 30.85% 91 295
Kincoppal – Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart 36 44 28 30.70% 179 583
SHORE – Sydney Church of England Grammar School (North Sydney) 37 22 34 30.49% 340 1115
Moriah College (Queens Park) 38 32 15 30.44% 221 726
Smiths Hill High School (Wollongong) 39 49 80 29.86% 212 710
Sydney Technical High School (Bexley) 40 24 29 29.71% 260 875
Emanuel School (Randwick) 41 45 43 29.67% 124 418
St Aloysius’ College (Kirribilli) 42 37 36 29.66% 272 917
Tara Anglican School for Girls (North Parramatta) 43 48 75 29.63% 120 405
Roseville College 44 36 25 29.53% 176 596
Penrith High School 45 27 27 29.35% 270 920
Frensham School (Mittagong) 46 55 48 29.34% 103 351
Santa Sabina College (Strathfield) 47 30 47 29.11% 184 632
Caringbah High School 48 40 39 29.10% 254 873
Merewether High School (Broadmeadow) 49 59 38 28.79% 313 1087
Brigidine College St Ives 50 57 52 28.01% 214 764
Oxley College (Burradoo) 51 85 82 27.3%  107 392
Gosford High School 52 58 50 27.3%  263 977
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College (North Sydney) 53 47 67 26.92% 263 977
Ravenswood School for Girls (Gordon) 54 54 40 26.85% 163 607
Newcastle Grammar School 55 35 85 26.83% 121 451
Barker College (Hornsby) 56 51 51 26.65% 517 1940
Macarthur Anglican School (Cobbitty) 57 72 114 25.82% 94 364
St Ignatius’ College (Lane Cove) 58 61 46 25.46% 346 1359
St Vincent’s College (Potts Point) 59 130 99 25.45% 157 617
International Grammar School (Ultimo) 60 101 72 24.24% 134 555
The Scots College (Bellevue Hill) 61 53 74 23.76 258 1086
The King’s School (North Parramatta) 62 41 32 23.28% 233 1001
MLC School (Burwood) 63 43 31 23.19% 96 414
Brigidine College Randwick 64 107 70 23.11% 153 662
Chatswood High School 65 76 66 22.34% 264 1182
St Ursula’s College (Kingsgrove) 66 84 97 21.61% 201 930
Willoughby Girls High School 67 50 61 21.61% 191 884
Alpha Omega Senior College (Auburn) 68 38 35 21.52% 102 474
St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College 69 78 167 20.98% 81 386
Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus 70 62  98  20.98%  60 286
 St Patrick’s College (Strathfield) 71 93 96 20.56% 213 1036
Bethany College 72 95 89 20.02% 169  844
The McDonald College 73 224  Out of 150 20.00%  34 170
Mount St Benedict College (Pennant Hills) 74 67 81 19.59% 153 781
Sefton High School 75 73 55 19.34%  175  905
St Andrew’s Cathedral School 76 138 105  19.21%  116 604
Stella Maris College 77 151  Out of 150  19.16%  127  663
St Augustine’s College Sydney 78 65 63  19.04% 170 893
Killarney Heights High School 79 87 191  19.02%  117 615
Cheltenham Girls High School (Cheltenham) 80 63  53  19.01% 207 1089
PLC Armidale 81 Out of 150 148  18.75% 39 208
St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney) 82 90 118 18.71% 99 529
Parramatta Marist High School (Westmead) 83 64 60 18.71% 148 791
The Hills Grammar School 84 91 100 18.43% 80 434
Pittwater House Schools 85 197  Out of 150 18.36% 76 414
 St Ives High School 86  113 204 18.30% 123 672
 Marist College Kogarah 87  127 71 18.14% 111 612
 Cherrybrook Technology High School 88  81 68 17.85% 292 1636
 Castle Hill High School 89  83 91 17.58% 211 1200
 Killara High School 90  68 78 17.49% 251 1435
 NBSC Mackellar Girls School 91 99 84 17.42% 135  775
 Oxford Falls Grammar School 92 103 101 17.04%  68 399
 Pacific Hills Christian School 93 203  Out of 150 17.00% 102  600
 St Euphemia College 94 176  Out of 150 16.86% 43  255
 St Clare’s College (Waverly) 95 77 167 16.85% 61 362
 Strathfield Girls High School 96 86 107 16.84% 149 885
 St Spyridon College (Kingsford) 97 71 109 16.80% 64 381
William Clarke College 98 128 188 16.67% 147 882
Mercy Catholic College (Chatswood) 99 140 124 16.60% 82 494
Central Coast Grammar School 100 56 83 16.56% 100 604
 St Pius X College 101 94 181 16.39% 130 793
 Freeman Catholic College 102 96 65 16.37% 193 1179
Tangara School for Girls (Cherrybrook) 103 92 26 16.30% 30 184
Mount St Patrick College 104 Out of 150 136 16.19% 79 488
Amity College, Prestons  105 125 127 16.15% 109 675
Arden Anglican School 106 142 62 15.85% 65 410
Newtown Performance Art School 107 66 58 15.75% 137 870
St Joseph’s College (Hunters Hill) 108 79 77 15.57% 156 1002
Shire Christian School 109 Out of 150  94 15.38%  50 325
Mosman High School 110 171  Out of 150 15.38%  149 969
Burwood Girls High School 111  126 93 15.29% 168 1099
Canberra Grammar School (Red Hill) 112 136 116 15.21% 85 559
Northholm Grammar School 113 Out of 150 87  14.83% 31 209
St Columba Anglican School 114 137 103 14.79% 67 453
Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus 115 123 201 14.79% 227 1535
St George Christian School (Hurstville) 116 118 134 14.79%  56 379
Epping Boys High School (Marsfield) 117 89 86 14.72% 139 944
Hunter Valley Grammar School (Ashtonfield) 118 70 158 14.58% 84 576
St Patrick’s Marist College 118 88 140 14.58% 105 720
Malek Fahd Islamic School 120 97 69 14.38%  85 591
Marist College Eastwood 121 108 172 14.16%  65 459
IPEKA Integrated Christian School 122 74 137 14.11% 47 333
Thomas Hassall Anglican College 123 Out of 150 Out of 150 14.10% 86 610
Carlingford High School 124 69 79 14.09% 134 951
Marist Catholic College Penshurst 125 Out of 150 Out of 150 13.96% 49 951
Trinity Grammar School 126 111 111 13.94% 80 351
Covenant Christian School 127 Out of 150 Out of 150 13.80% 61 442
Tempe High School 128 114 Out of 150 13.79% 100 725
Waverley College 129 134 155 13.66% 109 798
Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich 130 106 111 13.54% 117 864
Hunter School of Performing Arts 131 144 147 13.51% 100 740
Clancy Catholic College 132 Out of 150 106 13.15% 117 890
Mount Annan Christian College 133  Out of 150  Out of 150 13.07% 20 153
Trinity Anglican College – Albury 134 226 Out of 150 12.89% 37 289
St Scholastica’s College Glebe Point 135 115 104 12.79% 115 899
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College 136 82 235 12.67% 84 663
Catherine McAuley Westmead 137 121 151 12.67% 133 1050
St Charbel’s College 138 143 162 12.58% 59 469
Parramatta High School 139 Out of 150 112 12.40% 90 726
Kinross Wolaroi School 140 116 130 12.33 91 738
Turramurra High School 141 147 132 12.19% 108 886
Australian International School Malaysia 142 102 275 12.12% 28 231
Green Valley Islamic College 143  248 Out of 150 12.08% 25 207
MacKillop College Port Macquarie 144 Out of 150 139 11.82% 82 694
St Patrick’s College Sutherland 145 131 96 11.62% 112 864
Cerdon College 146 Out of 150 120 11.59% 102 880
Marcellin College 147 129 142 11.57% 76 657
Gilroy Catholic College 148 Out of 150  Out of 150  11.24% 105  934
Xavier Catholic College Ballina 149 Out of 150  Out of 150  11.22%  77  686
Northern Beaches Christian School 150  192  Out of 150 11.15% 69 619

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

Also available is the 2018 High School Rankings.

 

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