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Choosing the right school for your child can be overwhelming, to say the least. With such a large variety of secondary schools in New South Wales to choose from, it's hard to know which one will be the best fit for your child and their learning goals. Our top high school rankings in NSW can be a valuable tool in making an informed decision for your family as all the research has already been done for you.

Compare the Top Ranking High Schools in New South Wales

New South Wales' top ranking high schools have consistently achieved high standards of education throughout the years. These schools offer exceptional opportunities for students and successfully prepare students for higher education. The criteria used to evaluate the success of these schools include: academic excellence, demonstrated through high exam scores, student-to-teacher ratios, resourcing and extracurricular offerings for students. By comparing these New South Wales high schools, you can gain valuable insights into the education landscape in your area, and form a better understanding of what your expectations and preferences are for your child's schooling experience.

Top 10 High Schools in NSW

Rank School Suburb Postcode Sector Year Range Teaching Staff School ICSEA Value Gender Religion Avg. NAPLAN Score
1 Sydney Grammar School Darlinghurst 2010 Non-government K-12 279 1273 Male Secular 686
2 James Ruse Agricultural High School Carlingford 2118 Government 7-12 57 1225 Co-Ed Secular 724
3 North Sydney Girls High School Crows Nest 2065 Government 7-12 56 1200 Female Secular 697
4 Sydney Girls High School Surry Hills 2010 Government 7-12 58 1194 Female Secular 700
5 Baulkham Hills High School Baulkham Hills 2153 Government 7-12 84 1189 Co-Ed Secular 701
6 North Sydney Boys High School Crows Nest 2065 Government 7-12 62 1187 Male Secular 696
7 Normanhurst Boys High School Normanhurst 2076 Government 7-12 54 1196 Male Secular 681
8 Sydney Boys High School Moore Park 2021 Government 7-12 74 1185 Male Secular 683
9 Fort Street High School Petersham 2049 Government 7-12 64 1176 Co-Ed Secular 682
10 Hornsby Girls High School Hornsby 2077 Government 7-12 51 1211 Female Secular 636

FAQs About NSW High School Rankings

Let's have a look at some of the most frequently asked questions from parents in New South Wales starting their research and journey to find the best secondary school for their child.

How are high schools in New South Wales ranked?

Top-ranking schools in New South Wales are typically determined by a few factors, such as the number of exams sat by the school, the number of students receiving high scores in particular subjects, and school resourcing. School rankings also take into consideration NAPLAN results, the Index of ICSEA, and other relevant metrics.

What does ICSEA stand for in high school rankings?

You may have seen the acronym ICSEA everywhere when researching schools, but what does it mean? ICSEA stands for the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage. This metric indicates the socio-educational backgrounds of students. It takes into account factors like parental education, occupation and location. This helps parents gain an understanding of a school's student population. ICSEA helps to compare schools' academic achievements, whilst considering the socioeconomic backgrounds of their students.

How do I check high school rankings in NSW?

You can check school rankings through various sources like the My School and Good Schools Guide websites and educational publications. These publications provide detailed information about school rankings and past and present performance.

What are the top ranking primary schools in NSW?

Ensure your child receives a quality education and builds a strong foundation for their high school studies with our list of the top ranking primary schools in NSW.

How do I enrol my child in Kinetic Education tutoring?

To enrol your child in Kinetic's school tutoring, fill out the registration form. One of our Education Specialists will contact you to discuss your child's learning needs and schedule their first tutoring session.

Is Kinetic Education's high school tutoring near me?

Kinetic Education has provided high school tutoring in Sydney and New South Wales to thousands of students. Our online tutoring program offers a flexible and accessible way to study anywhere in Australia. As long as your child has access to a reliable internet connection, they are good to go!

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