There are 46 selective schools in NSW, however only 21 of them are fully selective – the remainder incorporate a selective stream in each year group.
The fully selective high schools in NSW are:
Baulkham Hills High School, Baulkham Hills
Caringbah High School, Caringbah
Fort Street High School, Petersham
Girraween High School, Girraween
Gosford High School, Gosford
Hornsby Girls High School, Hornsby
Merewether High School, Broadmeadow
Normanhurst Boys High School, Normanhurst
North Sydney Boys High School, Crows Nest
North Sydney Girls High School, Crows Nest
NBSC Manly Selective Campus, Curl Curl
Penrith High School, Penrith
Smiths Hill High School, Wollongong
St George Girls High School, Kogarah
Sydney Boys High School, Surry Hills
Sydney Girls High School, Surry Hills
Sydney Technical High School, Bexley
There are also 4 agricultural selective schools:
James Ruse Agricultural High School, Carlingford
Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Glenfield
Competition to gain entry to these school is fierce – which can be further compounded by geographic isolation, like when there is only one selective school in a region, i.e. Manly Selective on the Northern Beaches, Gosford High School on the Central Coast etc.
That being said, it is clear why. Selective schools constantly fill the top 5 performing schools in the HSC, with James Ruse Agricultural High School being the number one performer for the last 26 years.
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