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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 2015 HSC, 45 students placed on this list: Sudarshan Arvind, Gary Yuran Bai, William Banh, William Wesley Beare, Keith Li Chambers, Brian Chan, Lut Ming Chan, William Hai Chang, William Chen, Yu-Fan Chen, Hideyoshi Cheong, Benjamin Luan Dang, Dexter James Gordon, Gary He, Michael Ka Yeung Ho, Alexander Hossain, Sandaru Gangulel Kamalasuriya, Kevin Ke, Ian Heiman Lai, Kevin Liang, Jason Lin, Kelvin Lin, Mike Liu, Gordon Lu, Leonard Jon Wyn Mah, Philip Yang Mai, Chi Mao, Niyaz Mostafa, Aashray Narula, Benjamin Trong Tin Nguyen, Martin Minh Nguyen, Jesse Edwin Melrose Nixon, Jun Hyoung Park, Peter Christopher Ryan, Alex So, Raunak Sura, Anthony Taing, Bosco Tran, Julian Dan Huy Vo, Ki On Alex Wong, Edward Da Xie Wu, Jonathan Wu, Paul Yu, Calvin Zhou and David Zhou.
Particular congratulations to the following students in the 2016 HSC who received the maximum possible ATAR score of 99.95: Aidan Karahasan and Anthony Chen. Additionally, the following students placed on the state Order of Merit with top 10 results in a subject: Aidan Karahashan (1st in Physics, 5th in Chemistry, 7th in Mathematics Extension 1), Preetham Kadapppu (2nd in Chemistry, 3rd in Physics), Amit Singh Deep (6th in Mathematics Extension 2), Andrew Wu (8th in Chemistry) and Kabir Agrawal (9th in Mathematics Extension 2).
Over 99% of Sydney High students go on to university education once they complete their HSC. In the 2017 entry, all students received a university offer. Popular courses for students include business and commerce courses, various combined law degrees, medical sciences and engineering. The breakdown of degree programs for the Class of 2016 (entering university in 2017) follows:
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 2016 (2017 entry), a substantial majority of Sydney Boys High School students chose to attend the University of New South Wales, followed distantly by the University of Sydney.
The full table of student destinations between 1995 and 2016 (entering university between 1996 and 2017) is also available: