Selective School Ranking and Entry Marks

by admin | 07th March 2017 |
Baulkham Hills High School has the highest selective entry cut off mark

Baulkham Hills High School has the highest selective entry cut off mark

UPDATE: For 2018 selective high school entry marks click here.

UPDATE: For Selective School entry marks for the 2018 Year 7 intake, please click here.

Selective Schools have proven again that they are the top-ranking schools in the HSC results. For many parents, it is THE school they want their child to be in. And with good reason!

Below is a table that shows the state top-scoring schools in the HSC results.

Here are some points that worth noting.

  • The top five schools are state selective schools.
  • In the 20 schools, 12 of them are selective state schools, the rest are private (high-cost schools).
  • This top performance of selective school is consistent over the years.

The State’s Top-Scoring Schools in 2016

The table below shows the selective schools HSC ranking in 2016. Quite an impressive ranking for the selective schools!


Source: SMH

The Selective Schools HSC Ranking in 2016

Source: SMH

Performance is not an issue once students are in selective school. The issue, as many parents know, is getting into a selective school.

Many parents are not aware of what the entry mark for selective school is made of. Here is a table to explain it.

Some Facts on Selective School Entry Marks

The Mark Breakdown


Component School Assessment Score Test Score Total
English (Reading Comprehension and Writing 50 50 100
Mathematics 50 50 100
General Ability No School Scores 100 100
Total 100 200 300


  • Schools provide the school assessment scores out of 100 in English and Maths, based generally on the student’s performance in Year 4 and up to mid-year of Year 5.
  • Students’ school marks account for one-third of their score out of 300.
  • The school assessment scores for English and Mathematics rank all candidates from a particular school applying for selective high school placement in order of merit, showing the relative gaps between the students.

For each test component, the test score is scaled to a mean of 60 and a standard deviation of 12. In other words, the average score correct out of 45 for Reading is scaled to 60 out of 100 and all other scores are calculated relative to that score of 60.

Selective Schools Entry Marks for 2016* (alphabetical order)

Source DET

Note: These are the entry marks for selective high schools. See entry marks for  Opportunity Class primary schools here.

Rank School Minimum Entry Score Status Area
23 Alexandria Park Community School 170 Partially Alexandria
43 Armidale High School 160 Partially Armidale
44 Auburn Girls High School 160 Partially Auburn
1 Baulkham Hills High School 231 Fully Baulkham Hills
28 Blacktown Boys High School 182 Partially Blacktown
26 Blacktown Girls High School 179 Partially Blacktown
34 Bonnyrigg High School 166 Partially Bonnyrigg
16 Caringbah High School 191 Fully Caringbah
15 Chatswood High School 195 Partially Chatswood
38 Duval High School 160 Partially Armidale
39 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 161 Partially Narellan
7 Fort Street High School 211 Fully Petersham
10 Girraween  High School 210 Fully Girraween
36 Gorokan High School 160 Fully Lake Haven
24 Gosford High School 180 Fully Gosford
40 Grafton High School 160 Partially Grafton
41 Granville Boys High School 160 Partially Granville
8 Hornsby Girls High School 212 Fully Hornsby
12 Hurlstone Agricultural High School 200 Fully Glenfield
2 James Ruse Agricultural High School 239 Fully Carlingford
37 Karabar High School 160 Partially Queanbeyan
42 Kooringal High School 163 Partially Kooringal North
30 Macquarie Fields High School 174 Partially Macquarie Fields
27 Merewether High School 182 Fully Broadmeadow
33 Moorebank High School 167 Partially Moorebank
9 Normanhurst Boys High School 210 Fully Normanhurst
4 North Sydney Boys High School 225 Fully Crows Nest
6 North Sydney Girls High School 212 Fully Crows Nest
11 Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus) 204 Fully North Curl Curl
19 Parramatta High School 192 Partially Parramatta
45 Peel High School 160 Partially Tamworth
14 Penrith High School 200 Fully Penrith
31 Prairiewood High School 166 Partially Wetherill Park
32 Rose Bay Secondary College 164 Partially Dover Heights
20 Ryde Secondary College 186 Partially Ryde
17 Sefton High School 189 Partially Sefton
25 Smith’s Hill High School 186 Fully Wollongong
13 St George Girls High School 195 Fully Kogarah
5 Sydney Boys High School 212 Fully Moore Park
3 Sydney Girls High School 214 Fully Surry Hills
29 Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 179 Partially Rozelle
22 Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus) 179 Partially Rozelle
18 Sydney Technical High School 191 Fully Bexley
21 Tempe High School 180 Partially Tempe
35 Virtual Selective High School (Aurora College) 170

Source: DET

*Please note that these marks vary from year to year.

Click here to find out more about how your child can get into a selective school

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