Minimum Entry Scores of NSW Selective High Schools - 2012

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The minimum scores for 2012 entry to NSW selective high schools

Find best selective high schools in NSW or Sydney from the following list sorted by minimum entry score. You may also be interested in minimum entry scores for NSW Opportunity Classes.

RankSchoolMinimum Entry Score
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 245
2 Baulkham Hills High School 231
3 North Sydney Boys High School 222
3 North Sydney Girls High School 222
3 Sydney Boys High School,Surry Hills,NSW,2010 222
6 Sydney Girls High School,Surry Hills,NSW,2010 220
7 Hornsby Girls High School 217
8 Fort Street High School Petersham 213
8 Girraween High School 213
8 Normanhurst Boys High School 213
11 Hurlstone Agricultural High School Day 205
11 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 205
13 St George Girls High School 202
14 Penrith High School 199
15 Sefton High School 197
16 Sydney Technical High School 196
17 Caringbah High School 195
18 Chatswood High School 194
18 Parramatta High School 194
20 Ryde Secondary College 191
21 Gosford High School 185
22 Smith's Hill High School 184
23 Merewether High School 183
23 Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus 183
25 Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus 179
26 Blacktown Boys High School 178
27 Tempe High School 177
28 Macquarie Fields High School 176
29 Alexandria Park Community School 174
30 Blacktown Girls High School 173
31 Moorebank High School 172
31 Prairiewood High School 172
33 Virtual selective class - Xsel 171
34 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 170
35 Bonnyrigg High School 169
35 Duval High School 169
37 Karabar High School 167
37 Rose Bay Secondary College 167
39 Gorokan High School 166
39 Grafton High School 166
39 Kooringal High School 166
42 Armidale High School 165
43 Peel High School 159
44 Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School (Day) 131
Source: DoE

This is also the list of NSW selective high schools including fully selective high schools, high schools with selective classes (partially selective), a virtual selective class provision (Western NSW Region) and agricultural high schools offering selective placement in Year 7.

Partially selective high schools have both selective and community classes.

The virtual selective class provision provides access to the selective option. Students will be enrolled in their home school while participating in English, Mathematics and Science via the virtual selective class provision.

Agricultural selective high schools emphasise the study of agriculture, with the boarding sections giving some priority to isolated students.

Entry to the selective schools is managed centrally by the department's Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Unit. Prospective students sit the Selective High Schools Test (typically in March of Year 6) and are allocated places at schools according to their profile score, out of 300, which comprises both exam and school marks. Students may list up to four preferred schools.

  1. Find out how the minimum entry score or selective high school placement profile score is set or calculated.
  2. The number of vacancies was over 4, 000 and the number of applicants was over 13, 000. The success rate is about 30%, double opportunities as the Opportunity Class placement success rate 15%. See NSW selective high school minimum entry scores, success rates and stats by year.
  3. The minimum entry score can be viewed as a general reference of selective school ranking. For other types of ranking or the results of other years, please visit School Ranking Home. See School Rankings Based on Academic Results for more information.
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