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 2020, 157 students scored an ATAR of 90 or greater and 33 students scored an ATAR of 99 or greater. Students are surveyed for their ATARs at the annual school brunch in the last week of 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 2001-2020

Each year the Principal, Dr K Jaggar, gives a presentation on the results of the previous year. In 2021 this took place on 17 February.

The slideshow documents for this presentation is provided below:
HSC Results 2020 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 2020 for Design and Technology, Music Course 1, Engineering Studies, Business Studoes, PDHPE, Geography, Software Design, Chemistry and Legal Studies with z-scores of greater than 1 standard deviation:

Z-Score Course Rank 2020

Overall, the school's strength continues to be Mathematics. In 2020, Students achieved, on average, a score 11.37 marks above the state average in Mathematics, 11.47 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 1 and 7.15 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 3.55 marks above the state mean in English Advanced.

Subject HSC Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2020
Subject ATAR/UAI Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2020

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 2020, results matched this long-term trend, with the school attaining 596 Band 6 results - the 213 Sydney Boys High School students receiving 1.56% of the state's total Band 6 awards.

Growth of Band 6 Results 2001-2020

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 2011-2020

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 2020 HSC 35 students placed on All-Round Achievers list: Ritchie Ah-koon, Julian Alcorn, Viskas Bolisetty, Aidin Bushati, Felix Cao, Melvin Chan, Robert Chan, Tejas Chaudry, Harry Chen, Charles Clay,  Bidu Ghosh, Kent Gu, Lachlan Ho, Charlie Huang, Anton Joseph,  Alan Ji, Xavier Klee, Alexander Lai, Edmond Liang, Joshua Lam, Harry Li, Hoang Nguyen, David Oh, Theodore Qian, Kelvin Tong, Alan Wong, Toby Wu, Richard Xue, Tinawei Xhai, Joshua Zhang, Ryamond Zhao, Alex Zhou, Richard Zhou and Eric Zhu.

The following students placed on the state Order of Merit with top 20 results in a subject: Guo Shao (2nd Mathematics Extension 1, 9th Mathematics Extension 2), Lachlan Ho (3rd Engineering Studies, 6th Mathematics Extension 1), Toby Wu (5th Music Extension), Xi Liu (5th Chinese in Context), Alan Wong (8th Physics, 13th Chemistry). Melvin Chan earned a maximum 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 2020 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 2020 (entering university in 2021) follows:

Degree Programs - 2011-2020

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 2020/2021 an overwhelming 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 2020 HSC 2019 HSC 2018 HSC 2017 HSC 2016 HSC 2015 HSC 2014 HSC 2013 HSC 2012 HSC 2011 HSC 2010 HSC Average
UNSW 149 132 137 147 127 145 124 117 126 100 92 121
Sydney 30 44 38 27 38 25 41 45 43 62 68 46
UTS 11 12 11 7 13 3 10 12 7 13 14 10
Macquarie 7 10 6 8 6 6 10 7 8 13 3 7
WSU 3 3 3 9 11 8 4 9 8 7 9 8
ANU 0 3 5 4 5 7 8 4 9 4 2 5
Other 10 9 9 3 5 11 8 10 8 5 3  
Total 210 215 209 205 205 205 205 200 209 204 193

The full table of student destinations between 1995 and 2020 (entering university between 1996 and 2021) is also available:
Student Destinations 1995-2020