If you’re planning to relocate to Sydney with your family (or you’re just changing suburbs within the city) you might be interested to know about the schools Sydney has to offer.

Narrowing down school choices can help you decide which suburb you might like to move to, especially if you need to be within the catchment area. Living nearby to your children’s school also makes commuting easy.

When it comes to deciding which schools rank the best, the process is not exactly straight forward. Websites typically rate schools based on exam results which is not always the best way to decide if a school is the right fit for your child. But, it is the easiest way to look at a schools performance, especially when it comes to high schools.

Even after you consider a school’s results in exams you’ll still want to do your own research and choose a school that suits the learning needs and interests of your children. Location, enrolment fees and charges, facilities and extra-curricular activities will all factor into the decision making process.

According to High School Certification (HSC) results from 2018, the top ranked high schools in Sydney were:

James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse Agricultural High School is a selective co-educational high school offering the opportunity for city kids to study agriculture as a subject. It’s located in Carlingford and enrolment is academically selective. The enrolment process is rigorous.

North Sydney Boys High School

North Sydney Boys High School is an academically selective high school for boys and all students must undertake the selection process.They have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for students and offer connected classrooms with a range of technologies.

Sydney Grammar School

Sydney Grammar School is an independent secular school for boys. The secondary college campus is located right in the city of Sydney. The school has a reputation of prestige and most students go on to study at university.

Sydney Girls High School

Sydney Girls High School is a government funded girls school which is academically selective. The school has approximately 940 students and is located beside Sydney Boys High School.

Baulkham Hills High School

Baulkham Hills High School is a fully selective high school and entry for Year 7 is based on the results of a test conducted in March each year. The school focuses on intellectual development of students and has a gifted and talented program.

North Sydney Girls High School

North Sydney Girls High School is a fully selective girls school focusing on providing a challenging environment for highly motivated students. The school subjects include languages, technology and sport with a highlight on wellbeing activities.

Sydney Boys High School

Sydney Boys High School is a government funded academically selective boys school located at Moore Park. The school has a large focus on sporting success in addition to academic excellence. It has a Bring Your Own Device policy and an Outdoor Education Program.

Hornsby Girls High School

Hornsby Girls High School is a government funded academically selective high school with entry by exam. The school offers extra curricular activities as well as band and orchestra. It also runs the Life Ready course for those in Years 11 and 12 which focuses on offering opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills for life after school.

Reddam House

Reddam House is a co-educational school for children from Kindergarten to Year 12. The school is non-denominational and focuses on re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curriculums. They have a relaxed dress code, a food court style cafe and their own radio station.

No matter what choice you make when it comes to schools, Sydney offers a whole range of them with have different facilities and activities on offer. There’s definitely no shortage of choice.

Consider the needs of your family, your children and your budget before making a final decision about where to go which can also influence the suburb you might like to live in.

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