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 2019, 163 students scored an ATAR of 90 or greater and 43 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 2001-2019

Each year the Principal, Dr K Jaggar, gives a presentation on the results of the previous year. In 2020 this took place on 17 February.

The slideshow documents for this presentation is provided below:
HSC Results 2019 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 2019 for Design and Technology, PDHPE, Business Studies, Chemistry, Engineering Studies, Biology and Modern History Arts all with z-scores of greater than 1 standard deviation:

Z-Score Course Rank 2019

Overall, the school's strength continues to be Mathematics. In 2019, Students achieved, on average, a score 12.74 marks above the state average in Mathematics, 11.55 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 1 and 7.83 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 were relatively poor in 2019, with an average result only 3.85 marks above the state mean in English Advanced.

Subject HSC Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2019
Subject ATAR/UAI Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2019

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. 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. In 2018, results matched this long-term trend, with the school attaining 638 Band 6 results - the 216 Sydney Boys High School students receiving close to 1.7% of the state's total Band 6 awards.

Growth of Band 6 Results 2001-2019

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, Chemistry and Physics. 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 2009-2019

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 2018 HSC, 35 students placed on this list: agan Aradhya, Ryan Borges, Marcus Borscz, Andrew Chang, Timothy Chen, Pico Dos Santos-Lee, Andy Hua, Patrick Huang, Anirudh Joshi, William Kuang, Matthew Le, Jeff Li, Raymond Liang, Kevin Liao, Derek Liu, Justin Mai, Varun Narayanan, Dylan Ngui, Francis Nguyen, Ha Minh Nguyen, Son Nguyen, Ashley Ow, Adrian Panas, Phillip Phan, Raghav Ramanathan, Stephin Robinson, Adam Simic, Daniel Wang, Leo Wang, Abraham Wono, Jadon Yang, Leo Ye, Samuel Yu, Qingfeng Zhang and Jay Zhou.

The following students placed on the state Order of Merit with top 20 results in a subject: Joseph Shao (1st Mathematics Advanced), Francis Nguyen (2nd Mathematics Extension 2), Jadon Ryan (2nd Physics, 20th Chemistry), Eric Holmstrom (2nd Software Design and Development), Son Nguyen (2nd Studies of Religion II), Melvin Chan (4th Modern History), Dawei Wu (4th Software Design and Development), Adam Simic (4th Studies of Religion II), Anirudth Joshi (13th Chemistry). Two students received a perfect ATAR of 99.95. Forty-three 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 2019 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 continued resurgence in Science and Computer Science and related courses. The breakdown of degree programs for the Class of 2019 (entering university in 2020) follows:

Degree Programs - 2010-2019

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, interstate and overseas. In 2018 (2019 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 2019 HSC 2018 HSC 2017 HSC 2016 HSC 2015 HSC 2014 HSC 2013 HSC 2012 HSC 2011 HSC 2010 HSC Average
UNSW 132 137 147 127 145 124 117 126 100 92 121
Sydney 44 38 27 38 25 41 45 43 62 68 46
UTS 12 11 7 13 3 10 12 7 13 14 10
Macquarie 10 6 8 6 6 10 7 8 13 3 7
WSU 3 3 9 11 8 4 9 8 7 9 8
ANU 3 5 4 5 7 8 4 9 4 2 5
Other 9 9 3 5 11 8 10 8 5 3  
Total 215 209 205 205 205 205 200 209 204 193

The full table of student destinations between 1995 and 2019 (entering university between 1996 and 2020) is also available:
Student Destinations 1995-2020