Best High Schools in Sydney 2020

Looking for information which are the best high schools in Sydney? Here we have compiled it for you, based on the HSC scores in 2019.

Best Public School co-ed in Sydney 2020: James Ruse Agricultural High School

Best Public School for boys in Sydney: North Sydney Boys High School

Best Public School for girls in Sydney: Hornsby Girls High School

Best Music Specialist High School: Conservatorium High School

Best co-ed Private School in Sydney: Reddam House

Best Private School for boys in Sydney: Knox Grammar School

Best Private School for girls in Sydney: Abbotsleigh

Public Schools

1. James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse students
Source: James Ruse Agricultural High School website

James Ruse Agricultural High School is a selective co-ed school, which offers students in Sydney the opportunity to study Agriculture. It was founded in 1959. The school has around 830 students from Year 7-12 and is located in Carlingford.

2. Conservatorium High School

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Source: Conservatorium High Schools website

This coeducational school is a selective public school located in Sydney, with specialty in musical education. It is the only specialist music high school in the state of New South Wales. The school was founded in 1915. It now has around 200 students from Year 7 to 12. This school has recording facilities, music computer laboratory, recording studio & electronic music production suite, science laboratory, visual arts, and design and technology studio, recital halls, and many more.

3. North Sydney Boys High School

Banner of North Sydney Boys High School campus
Source: North Sydney Boys High School website

North Sydney Boys High School is a selective public school for boys, located in Crows Nest. It was founded in 1912. They have around 920 students, from Year 7 to Year 12.

4. Hornsby Girls High School

Honsby Girls High School
Source: Hornsby Girls High School website

Hornsby Girls High School is a selective public school for girls. It is located in Hornsby, Northern suburb of Sydney. It was founded in 1930. This school has around 730 students from Year 7 to 12.

5. Sydney Girls High School

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Source: Sydney Girls High School website

Sydney Girls High School is a selective public school for girls. This school was established in 1883 and has a total student population of around 940. It is located in Surry Hills.

6. North Sydney Girls High School

North Sydney Girls High School is a selective public school for girls. The school was founded in 1914. It is located in Crows Nest. It has around 910 students from Year 7 to Year 12.

7. Baulkham Hills High School

Baulkham Hills High School is a selective public school for girls-only. The school has been established since 1974. It has around 1200 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The school is located in Baulkham Hills.

8. Sydney Boys High School

Sydney Boys High school as from Moore Park
Source: Sydney Boys High Schools website

Sydney Boys High School is the first government high school in NSW. This selective boys-only school has a total student population of around 1198 students in Year 7 – 12. It is located in Moore Park, south-east of city of Sydney.

9. Normanhurst Boys High School

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Source: Normanhurst Boys High School website

Normanhurst Boys High School is a public selective school for boys located in Normanhurst. It was founded in 1958. is a special school for boys which has a total of 730 students from Year 7 to Year 12.

10. Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus

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Source: Northern Beaches Secondary College website

Northern Beaches Secondary College is a selective public coeducational school. It has a total student population of around 800 students in Year 7 – 12. The school, which was founded in 1859, is located in North Curl Curl. They have band programs, drama ensembles, dance ensembles, vocal ensembles, school musicals, robotics clubs and many more.

Private School

1. Abbotsleigh

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Source: Abbotsleigh website

Abbotsleigh is a private school for girls. It is an Anglican school with boarding. The school, which was founded in 1885, has a total student population of around 1400 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is located in Wahroonga, on Sydney’s North Shore. Abbotsleigh also accepts international students.

2. Kambala

Kambala which was founded in 1887, is a private Anglican school for girls. This school has a total student population of around 1000 students from ELC to Year 12. Kambala is located in Sydney’s Rose Bay, overlooking the iconic Harbour Bridge. It has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School since 2010. Kambala also accepts International Students.

3. Knox Grammar School

This private boys school is a Uniting Church school with boarding. It is located in Wahroonga. . This school was founded in 1924, offering Kindergarten to Year 12. The senior school itself has more than 2000 students. Knox Grammar School also accepts international students.

4. Loreto Kirribilli

This Roman Catholic school is a private school for girls that was founded in 1901. The school is located in Kirribilli. It has a total student population of more than 1000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

5. Meriden School

Meriden School is an Anglican school for girls. This school was founded in 1897. It is located in Strathfield. It has a total student population of around 1400 students from Pre Kindergarten to Year 12. Meriden School accepts international students.

6. Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney

Source: Presbyterian Ladies College website

Presbyterian Ladies College is a private school for girls with boarding. Founded in 1888, this school has around 1200 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. This school is located in Croydon. It accepts international students.

7. Reddam House

This coeducational non-denominational private school has more than 1000 students from Primary to Year 12. The school, which was founded in 2000, is located in Woollahra, North Bondi. Reddam House also accepts international students.

8. SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Source: SCEGGS Darlinghurst website

SCEGGS Darlinghurst is a girls-only Anglican school located in Darlinghurst. It was established in 1895. This school has around 900 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

9. St Catherine’s School

St Catherine’s School is the oldest independent Anglican girls’ school in Australia. It has a total student population of around 1000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. This school is located in Waverley. It has sports centre facilities, the Dame Joan Sutherland Center for the Performing Arts, drama theatre, recording studio, and dance studio. St Catherine’s School accepts international students.

10. Sydney Grammar School

Source: Sydney Grammar School website

This nondenominational school is a private school for boys. It is one of the oldest schools in Australia. It was opened in 1825. The school is located in Darlinghurst. Sydney Grammar School has around 2000 students from Preschool to Year 12.