For parents, choosing high schools is a big decision.

Easy access to quality high schools is top of the list for families. This helps to turn properties close to good education into coveted options. Competition for catchment areas, and an easy commute help drive property markets.

According to Better Education, inner-city Sydney contains or offers prime access to some of New South Wales’ highest-ranked high schools. This includes Fort Street High School, ranked 100, Tempe High School, ranked 97, and Sydney Boys and Girls High Schools, both ranked 100.

As well as scoring well in the rankings, inner-city Sydney high schools offer many options, including public and private, single-sex or co-educational, selective, and different strengths, such as the performing arts.

Private High Schools

The Summer Hill campus of non-selective Trinity Grammar takes boys from Kindergarten to year 12 and offers HSC and International Baccalaureate programs.

International Grammar School in Ultimo is co-educational and has a focus on language and intercultural understanding.

Newington College in Stanmore is an independent comprehensive school for boys.

St Scholastica’s College is a catholic independent school for girls in years 7 to 12. Known as ‘Schools,’ it has been educating young women for 140 years.

Sydney Grammar School is an independent, secular school for boys with its secondary school on College Street in the city of Sydney. And nearby SCEGGS Darlinghurst is a non-selective Anglican school educating girls from Kindergarten to year 12.

Public High Schools

Sydney Boys High School, in Moore Park, is a public, academically selective high school founded in 1883 for boys. The school’s playing fields are located in Centennial Park. Nearby and also founded that year is the Sydney Girls High School, also a public academically selective school for girls.

Fort Street High School is an academically selective, co-educational state school. The oldest government high school in Australia, it is on Parramatta Road in Petersham.

Sydney Secondary College has campuses in Blackwattle Bay, Balmain and Leichhardt.

The Balmain and Leichhardt campuses are for years 7-10 with Blackwattle Bay in Glebe taking senior students preparing for the HSC. Across all of its campuses, Sydney Secondary College offers selective, enrichment, comprehensive and special education classes.

Tempe High School, on Unwins Bridge Road in Tempe, is co-educational and partially selective. Marrickville High School is a co-educational high school focused on comprehensive education on Northcote Street in Marrickville. Alexandria Park Community School, on Buckland Street in Alexandria, is for boys and girls and offers a selective stream from years 7 to 12.

High Schools for the arts specialists

Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design is a specialist visual arts and design school. As well as its comprehensive curriculum, the school offers secondary enrichment classes for gifted and talented students, with lots of extracurricular programs in the arts, design, music and sport.

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts is one of Australia’s leading performing and visual arts schools, with a curriculum which offers traditional subjects accompanied by dance, drama, music and visual arts to high levels. Students are selected by audition and drawn from the whole of New South Wales.

The Conservatorium High School on the edge of the Botanic Gardens in the city is for intellectually and musically gifted students, giving experience and training in all aspects of music alongside a broad secondary education.

As you can see, the inner city is spoiled for choice when it comes to excellent high schools. If you’d like to make the inner city your home contact our team today.

Brad Gillespie - Property Partner

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