HSC Results

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Each year, over 200 Sydney Boys High School students sit the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Since the new HSC commenced on average 75% of students score an ATAR/UAI of 90 or greater, and 18% score 99 or greater. In 2016, 160 students scored an ATAR of 90 or greater and 39 students scored an ATAR of 99 or greater. Students are surveyed for their ATARs at the annual school brunch in the last week term 4 following the release of the ATARs. In the file below, students not in attendance have their ATARs estimated from their actual HSC results, using a reliable estimator program.

ATAR/UAI Breakdown 2001-2016

Each year the Principal, Dr K Jaggar, gives a presentation on the results of the previous year. In 2017 this took place on 13 March.

The slideshow documents for this presentation is provided below:
HSC Results 2016 Presentation

A z-score calculation, which measures the standardised difference between the school's mean results from the state mean, is available for each course. In small candidature courses, the z-score can be very high. In some small courses it may vary significantly from year to year. In larger courses, this analysis shows particularly strong results in 2016 for Design and Technology, Drama, PDHPE and Software Design and Development all with z-scores of greater than 1.3 standard deviations:

Z-Score Course Rank 2016

Another form of analysis is Challenge and Value. This shows for each course the number of candidates in the state in the top 1% of each course and the lowest HSC score per unit required to be included. It also compares the HSC scores and the ATAR calculated scores at the 90th and 75th percentiles for those courses. The performance in each course can then be compared as the average student’s ATAR score in each course against to the school standard score of 36.7 per unit:

Course Challenge and Value 2015

Overall, the school's strength continues to be Mathematics. In 2016, Students achieved, on average, a score 12.81 marks above the state average in Mathematics, 10.23 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 1 and 6.67 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 2. The school is similarly strong in sciences, social sciences, history and industrial arts/technology. The school's English results have shown marked improvement over recent years with English Advanced results now over 5 marks above the state mean.

Subject HSC Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2016
Subject ATAR/UAI Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2016

From the introduction of the "New HSC" in 2001, the number of "Band 6" results - scores of over 90 in a subject, also known as the "Distinguished Achievers List" - increased steadily before levelling off in the past few years. This has been reflected in the school with an increase of in excess of 80% in the number of band 6 scores since the introduction of the New HSC, but which then plateaued in line with the state results. However, in 2016, band 6 scores increased to a new record statewide. The school achieved a result above its long-term average.

Growth of Band 6 Results 2001-2016

Broken down subject by subject, in numerical terms Sydney Boys High sees the majority of its Band 6 results in Mathematics and the Maths Extension subjects followed by English, sciences (Physics and Chemistry) and Economics. Small candidature subjects can achieve high percentage band 6 results - languages, Music, History, Visual Arts, Engineering Studies and Software Design.

Band 6 Results by Subject 2007-2016

Each year students who score 90 or above in 10 or more units of study are placed on the HSC All-Round Achievers list. In the 2017 HSC, 49 students placed on this list: Sadin Afsar, Faysal Ayub, Hugh Bartley, Ymer Bushati, Chris Chang, Eric Chen, Terrence Feng, Patrick Han, Yassinn Haque, Daniel Hu, Hin Huang, Jinhao Huang, Raymond Huang, Sihyong Kim, Da Kwak, Andrew Li, Harrison Li, Xingkai Li, Jason Loh, Cameron Ma, Jaspar McCahon-Boersma, Danny Nguyen, Akhil Prasad, Jake Rowlands, Louis Saunders, Dharmesh Sharma, Eric Shen, Kieran Shivakumaarun, Nigel Sun, Jerry Sung, Daniel Tian, Jonathan Tran, Flidon Wang, Kurt Wang, Corey Won, Lucas Wong, Brian Wu, Eddy Xiong, Kalvin Xu, Danny Yu, Marco Yu, Pai Yu, Wesley Yu, Felix Zhang, Kevin Zhang, Ruilin Zhang, Sean Zhang, Jeffrey Zheng and Jonathan Zheng.

The following students placed on the state Order of Merit with top 20 results in a subject: Dibyendu Roy (1st in Engineering Studies), Kieren Shivakumaarun (1st in Physics, 2nd in Mathematics Extension 2), Danny Yu (1st in Chemistry), Jeffrey Zheng (2nd in Chemistry), Daniel Tian (3rd in Chemistry) Kevin Zhang (7th in Chemistry), Hin Huang (11th in Chemistry), Jake Kim (16th in Chemistry) and Dharmesh Sharma (19th in Chemistry). These Chemsistry results were unprecedented. Three students received a perfect ATAR of 99.95. Forty-eight students receive an ATAR of 99 or above.

Over 99% of Sydney High students go on to university education once they complete their HSC. In the 2018 entry, all students received a university offer. Popular courses for students include business and commerce courses, various combined law degrees, medical sciences and engineering, with a particular resurgence in Computer Science and related courses. The breakdown of degree programs for the Class of 2017 (entering university in 2018) follows:

Degree Programs - 2008-2017

The general trend is for at least one third (and up to a half) of students to attend the University of New South Wales, another third attend the University of Sydney and the remainder are spread primarily to the University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University, but some attending other universities around the state, inter-state and overseas. In 2017 (2018 entry), a record majority of Sydney Boys High School students chose to attend the University of New South Wales, followed distantly by the University of Sydney then the other metropolitan universities.

Destinations 2017 HSC 2016 HSC 2015 HSC 2014 HSC 2013 HSC 2012 HSC 2011 HSC 2010 HSC 2009 HSC 2008 HSC Average
UNSW 147 127 145 124 117 126 100 92 96 113 118
Sydney 27 38 25 41 45 43 62 68 67 57 47
UTS 7 13 3 10 12 7 13 14 9 9 10
Macquarie 8 6 6 10 7 8 13 3 5 9 8
WSU 9 11 8 4 9 8 7 9 12 5 8
ANU 4 5 7 8 4 9 4 2 1 2 4
Other 3 5 11 8 10 8 5 3 6 4 6
Total 205 205 205 205 200 209 204 193 196 194

The full table of student destinations between 1995 and 2017 (entering university between 1997 and 2018) is also available:
Student Destinations 1995-2017