Top schools in New South Wales revealed

High school boy studyingWith New South Wales students receiving their Year 12 results this week, the Board of Studies has revealed the top-performing schools in the HSC.

The following table lists the top 20 schools in New South Wales, determined by the proportion of students who received a score of 90 per cent or higher in any HSC subject. It can be a useful guide for parents researching their children’s high school options. 

The list provides an interesting mix of schools from all sectors, although the top seven spots were taken out by selective government schools. James Ruse Agricultural College has retained its top spot, having also placed first in 2012. Several of the schools below are new entrants into the top 20, including Ascham School — an independent girls’ school in Sydney’s east that ranked number 28 in 2012, moving up to the number 12 spot this year.

For 2015 results, see Your state's top schools for 2015.
 

Top schools in 2013 HSC

2013 rank

School name

Proportion of students who scored 90% or over in any HSC subject

Number of Year 12 students

School sector

1

James Ruse Agricultural High School

71.58

173

Government (selective)

2

Baulkham Hills High School

57.61

195

Government (selective)

3

Hornsby Girls High School

54.30

123

Government (selective)

4

North Sydney Boys High School

53.45

160

Government (selective)

5

North Sydney Girls High School

52.55

161

Government (selective)

6

Sydney Girls High School

51.72

167

Government (selective)

7

Sydney Boys High School

48.19

202

Government (selective)

8

Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga)

46.54

154

Non-government (independent)

9

Sydney Grammar School (Darlinghurst)

45.44

183

Non-government (selective)

10

Reddam House

44.65

60

Non-government (independent)

11

Northern Beaches Secondary School

42.95

138

Government (selective)

12

Ascham School

41.68

90

Non-government (independent)

13

Kambala (Rose Bay)

40.66

87

Non-government (independent)

14

Conservatorium High School

40.62

20

Government

15

St George Girls High School

40.31

169

Government (selective)

16

Pymble Ladies’ College

40.25

258

Non-government (independent)

17

Loreto Normanhurst

38.10

157

Non-government (Catholic)

18

Fort Street High School (Petersham)

37.75

169

Government (selective)

19

Normanhurst Boys High School

37.13

121

Government (selective)

20

St Aloysius’ College (Milson’s Point)

36.41

153

Non-government (Catholic)

Source: NSW Board of Studies; data published by the Sydney Morning Herald

For more information about the HSC and how scores are calculated, see Understanding the HSC.

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