Your state's top schools for 2015

With the release of ATARs and final results in December, the top schools for 2015 have been revealed. Selective government schools dominated the list in New South Wales, making up eight of the top 10 schools in the state. Selective schools also performed strongly in Victoria, with Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School taking out top spot. Of the top 10 Victorian schools, eight were independent and half were girls’ schools.

While these results can be an insightful indicator of a school’s performance and value, there are many things to consider when choosing a school for your child — and what works for one student may not be the best for another. Things like co-curricular activities, student support, subject offerings and the school environment are also key things to take into account when looking at potential schools.

Victoria

Top-performing schools in 2015

Schools are ranked below by percentage of study scores at 40 or above. 

Rank

School name

Suburb

Proportion of 40+ study scores

Median study score

Number of students completing a Year 12 subject

Proportion of VCE students applying for a tertiary place

School characteristics

1

Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School

Melbourne

38.2%

38

508

100%

Government (selective), female

2

Beth Rivkah Ladies College

St Kilda East

37.8%

38

69

80%

Independent, female

3

Bialik College

Hawthorn East

36.5%

38

135

98%

Independent, coeducational

4

Melbourne High School

South Yarra

35.3%

37

688

96%

Government (selective), male

5

Mount Scopus Memorial College

Burwood

35.0%

37

221

99%

Independent, coeducational

6

Fintona Girls’ School

Balwyn

34.9%

36

102

100%

Independent, female

7

Shelford Girls’ Grammar

Caulfield

32.6%

37

110

98%

Independent, female

8

Ballarat Clarendon College

Ballarat

32.2%

37

236

98%

Independent, coeducational

9

Lauriston Girls’ School

Armadale

30.9%

36

131

98%

Independent, female

10

Leibler Yavneh College

Elsternwick

30.2%

36

89

93%

Independent, coeducational

Source: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

New South Wales

Top performing schools for 2015

Schools are ranked by percentage of distinguished achievers  (90% or higher in HSC subject or ‘Band 6’)

Rank

School name

Suburb

Percentage of distinguished achievers (90% or higher in HSC subject or ‘Band 6’)

Number of HSC students

School characteristics

1

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Carlingford

74.1

159

Government (selective), coeducational

2

North Sydney Girls High School

Crows Nest

63.8

157

Government (selective), female

3

Sydney Girls High School

Surry Hills

61.0

175

Government (selective), female

4

North Sydney Boys High School

Crows Nest

59.1

162

Government (selective), male

5

Sydney Boys High School

Moore Park

57.1

207

Government (selective), male

6

Baulkham Hills High School

Baulkham Hills

54.8

203

Government (selective), coeducational

7

Hornsby Girls High School

Hornsby

51.2

124

Government (selective), female

8

Girraween High School

Girraween

48.4

139

Government (selective), coeducational

9

Abbotsleigh

Wahroonga

46.7

156

Independent, female

10

Sydney Grammar School

Darlinghurst

44.8

190

Independent, male

Source: NSW Board of Studies

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