Selective School Entry Cut off marks

by aiims | 14th February 2016 |

Selective School Entry Cut Off Marks

UPDATE: Read our 2017 report on Selective Schools cut off marks and rankings here.

Recently, we shared a blog post regarding the 2015 High School Rankings  based off the results from the Higher School Certificate. How do these results compare to the Selective School entry cut off marks in 2015?

Often many parents and students alike are confused as to what is the cut off mark for selective schools, and how that differs from the selective schools rank. What is the minimum score? Well it’s the lowest scoring student to accept a place there. Therefore, if there is a school your child wishes to attend on this list, it can give you a guideline to the lowest mark they can obtain and still receive an offer from the school.

Whilst the cut off mark is a good measure of the potential standard of education your child could receive, some schools that have a higher rank may in fact have a less competitive cut off mark!

2015 Selective School Entry Cut Off Marks Vs Rankings

2015 Ranking School 2015 Cut off Entry Score
6 Baulkham Hills High School 235
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 230
3 Sydney Girls High School 223
4 North Sydney Boys High Schoo 221
5 Sydney Boys High School 220
2 North Sydney Girls High School 219
31 Fort Street High School 216
7 Hornsby Girls High School 216
25 Normanhurst Boys High School 214
8 Girraween High School 210
14 Northern Beaches Secondary College (Manly Campus) 206
23 Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Day) 205
22 St George Girls High School 202
29 Penrith High School 199
73 Chatswood High School 198
36 Caringbah High School 197
52 Sefton High School 197
39 Sydney Technical High School 197
185 Parramatta High School 193
123 Ryde Secondary College 191
85 Tempe High School 190
n/a Sydney Secondary College (Leichhardt Campus) 185
110 Alexandria Park Community School 182
41 Gosford High School 182
40 Smiths Hill High School 182
428 Blacktown Girls High School 180
42 Merewether High School 180
310 Blacktown Boys High School 179
n/a Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 179
146 Macquarie Fields High School 178
122 Prairiewood High School 175
119 Rose Bay Secondary College 174
140 Moorebank High School 173
318 Bonnyrigg High School 170
n/a Virtual selective school (Aurora College) 170
525 Gorokan High School 162
355 Karabar High School 162
229 Duval High School 161
272 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 161
439 Grafton High School 161
532 Granville Boys High School 161
451 Kooringal High School 161
359 Armidale High School 160
455 Auburn Girls High School 160
514 Peel High School 160

*Scoure: DET NSW

Choosing Selective Schools

When comparing to our last blog post, it’s clear to say that despite lower entry cut off marks of some schools, they outperform their peers when it comes to Higher School Certificate results. Likewise, some schools may have higher cut off marks but perform worse off than schools with easier entry marks. Therefore parents, when you consider listing your preferences and choices for selective schools, it’s important to look beyond just the entry cut off mark as a measure.

Always make sure to consider other factors including the school’s recent Higher School Certificate Results, curriculum offered at the school as well as extra-curricular activities, amongst other factors such as ease of travel and convenience of location.

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