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VCE Rankings 2023: Best High Schools in Melbourne

Looking for the best Melbourne high schools? VCE rankings are out and the top 200 schools revealed. We compare results to see who made the cut in 2023.

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Thursday, 14th Dec 2023

There are many schools in Victoria that offer an amazing education. But which ones are the best? The VCE results for 2023 have been released, and we've got all the details on the top high schools in Melbourne. From well-known schools like Melbourne High to lesser-known private school gems, these are the best of the best.

Within each category, the schools have been ranked according to their academic achievement. We've used the percentage of study scores of 40 or above as the primary metric and omitted schools with less than 20 VCE students.

Next to each rank you can also see how the school has fared in comparison to their previous year's performance—whether they have improved or dropped in their rank.

Top 200 High Schools

When looking at the top schools in Victoria—one thing is clear—high-fee private schools have a significant advantage over their government counterparts.

Of Victoria's top 50 high schools, only 6 are government, 4 of which are selective entry. In fact, out of the best 150 schools, 74% are independent. This has been a consistent trend for many years and the 2023 VCE results were no different. Below you'll find the top 200 - see if your school made the list!

Top 200 VCE School Ranking 2023
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1
 - 0
Ballarat Clarendon College3945.8
2
 ▲ 2
Bialik College3734.1
3
 ▲ 5
Huntingtower School3733.8
4
 ▲ 2
Mount Scopus Memorial College3731.5
5
 ▲ 6
Ruyton Girls' School3731.4
6
18
Loreto Mandeville Hall3629.6
7
 ▲ 24
Mentone Girls' Grammar School3629.4
8
 ▲ 8
Mac.Robertson Girls' High School3629.3
9
 ▼ 4
Korowa Anglican Girls' School3629
10
 ▼ 7
St Catherine's School3628.9
11
9
Haileybury Girls College3628.6
12
1
Melbourne High School3627.9
13
3
Fintona Girls School3527.7
14
1
Melbourne Grammar School3527.1
15
5
Nossal High School3627
16
18
Sacre Coeur3627
17
2
The King David School3626.5
18
11
Haileybury College3526.3
19
9
Trinity Grammar School3525.7
20
18
Brighton Grammar School3624.5
21
- 0
St Kevin's College3524
22
5
Strathcona Baptist Girls GS3523.7
23
41
Leibler Yavneh College3623.1
24
8
Presbyterian Ladies' College3523
25
7
Yarra Valley Grammar School3522.3
26
4
John Monash Science School3521.5
27
6
Mentone Grammar School3521.1
28
1
Camberwell Grammar School3521
29
23
St Leonard's College3520.7
30
6
Siena College3420.4
31
8
Penleigh & Essendon Grammar3420.3
32Yesodei HaTorah College3720
33
10
Melbourne Girls Grammar3419.9
34
25
Lauriston Girls School3419.8
35
9
Methodist Ladies College3319.6
36
14
Camberwell Anglican Girls GS3519.5
37
3
Goulburn Valley Grammar School3519.2
38
14
Suzanne Cory High School3519
39
2
Beth Rivkah Ladies College3518.9
40
5
Firbank Grammar School3418.9
41
8
St Margaret's School3318.9
42
15
Caulfield Grammar School (WH)3318.8
43
16
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School3418.6
44
16
McKinnon Secondary College3318.4
45
22
Scotch College3418.4
46
32
Lowther Hall Anglican GS3418.1
47
2
Genazzano F.C.J. College3418
48
23
Yeshivah College3417.9
49
2
St Michael's Grammar School3417.6
50
8
Caulfield Grammar School (SK)3317.2
51
59
Braybrook College3316.9
52Preston High School3216.7
53
12
Alphington Grammar School3316.6
54
1
Balwyn High School3216.5
55
87
Oxley Christian College3316.4
56
50
Tintern Grammar3316.2
57
45
Shelford Girls' Grammar3416.1
58
10
East Doncaster Secondary College3316
59
9
Girton Grammar School3315.9
60
3
Xavier College3315.7
61
5
Ivanhoe Grammar School (M)3315.6
62
18
Toorak College3415.6
63
10
Corryong College3415.4
64
8
Kilvington Grammar School3315.2
65
31
Melbourne Girls' College3314.4
66
109
St Mary's Coptic Orth College3014.2
67
6
University High School3113.6
68
14
Westbourne Grammar School3313.6
69
2
Glen Waverley Secondary College3313.5
70
13
Star of the Sea College3413.5
71
73
Darul Ulum College of Victoria3213.4
72
5
Ivanhoe Grammar School (I)3313.4
73
3
The Geelong College3313.4
74
5
Victorian College of the Arts3113.2
75
138
Haileybury Rendall School3213.1
76
15
Canterbury Girls Secondary College3212.8
77
19
Eltham College3212.6
78
7
Mazenod College3212.6
79
40
Billanook College3312.5
80
2
Kardinia International College3212.4
81
37
Williamstown High School3212
82
262
Apollo Bay P-12 College3111.8
83
11
Luther College3211.8
84
38
Salesian College3211.7
85
76
The Knox School3311.7
86
182
Northside Christian College2811.6
87
16
Peninsula Grammar3111.6
88
19
Bacchus Marsh Grammar3211.4
89
19
Berwick Grammar School3311.4
90
50
Mentone Girls' Secondary College3211.4
91
50
Waverley Christian College (WS)3311.4
92
1
Brighton Secondary College3111.2
93
31
Carey Baptist Grammar School3311.2
94
70
Sirius College - Eastmeadows3111.1
95
4
Our Lady of Sacred Heart College3111
96
7
Alice Miller School3410.9
97
62
Sacred Heart College Geelong3210.7
98
65
Academy of Mary Immaculate3110.3
99
238
Ashwood High School3210.1
100
33
Geelong Grammar School3210.1
101Prahran High School3210.1
102
109
Whitefriars College3210
103
10
Koonung Secondary College329.9
104
30
OneSchool Global Vic329.9
105
57
Vermont Secondary College329.9
106
6
Frankston High School329.8
107
222
Cobram Anglican Grammar School289.7
108
62
St Andrews Christian College329.7
109
61
Kingswood College319.6
110
15
Cranbourne East Secondary College339.5
111
5
Ballarat Grammar329.4
112
12
Catholic Ladies College329.3
113
29
Our Lady of Sion College339.3
114
28
Woodmans Hill Secondary College299.3
115
14
Glen Eira College329.1
116
55
Marcellin College319
117
63
Al Siraat College328.9
118
35
Box Hill High School308.9
119
50
Doncaster Secondary College308.9
120
134
Overnewton Anglican Comm Coll328.9
121
6
Dromana Secondary College328.7
122
1
Braemar College318.6
123
9
Brunswick Secondary College318.5
124
31
Sirius College - Meadow Fair308.5
125
61
St Aloysius College308.5
126
4
Heathdale Christian College318.4
127
31
Hume Anglican Grammar308.4
128
38
Mater Christi College318.3
129
137
St Bede's College318.3
130
7
Islamic College of Melbourne318.2
131
3
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School308.2
132
52
Sacred Heart Girls' College328.2
133
34
Gippsland Grammar318.1
134
17
Kilbreda College318.1
135
- 0
Thornbury High School318.1
136
29
Viewbank College318.1
137
249
Maranatha Christian School318
138
58
Mount St Joseph Girls' College307.8
139
35
Richmond High School287.8
140
14
St Albans Secondary College317.8
141
33
Our Lady of Mercy College327.7
142
52
Auburn High School317.5
143
69
De La Salle College317.5
144
9
Ilim College297.5
145
28
Princes Hill Secondary College317.5
146
49
St Columba's College317.5
147
20
Warracknabeal Secondary College267.5
148
67
Waverley Christian College (NWS)327.5
149
19
Mount Waverley Secondary College317.4
150
137
Marian College Myrtleford307.3
151
91
Plenty Valley Christian College307.3
152
32
Ringwood Secondary College307.3
153
78
Sandringham College307.3
154
27
Ave Maria College317.2
155
50
Bayside Christian College287.2
156
16
Kew High School317.2
157
18
Wesley College (GW)317.2
158Charlton College317.1
159
137
Lyndhurst Secondary College307.1
160
223
Shepparton Christian College267.1
161
7
Southern Cross Grammar317
162
155
Trafalgar High School277
163
69
St Paul's Anglican Grammar School316.9
164
7
Strathmore Secondary College306.9
165
34
Avila College316.8
166
52
Blackburn High School306.8
167
26
Buckley Park College316.8
168
56
Donvale Christian College316.8
169
123
Lakeside Lutheran College256.8
170
56
Mount Alexander 7-12 College296.8
171
8
Santa Maria College306.8
172
84
Elwood College306.7
173
310
Newcomb Secondary College266.7
174
176
Newhaven College296.7
175
301
Heatherton Christian College306.6
176
191
Marian College Ararat296.6
177
84
Montmorency Secondary College306.6
178
30
Northcote High School316.6
179
47
Catholic College Sale286.5
180Wycheproof P-12 College296.5
181
38
Aquinas College316.4
182
37
Casey Grammar School296.4
183
58
Mary MacKillop Catholic College306.4
184
36
Mordialloc College306.4
185
29
St Joseph's College326.4
186
70
St Mary's College Melbourne316.4
187
64
Albert Park College316.3
188
60
Elisabeth Murdoch College316.3
189
15
Saint Ignatius College306.3
190
15
Emmaus College306.1
191
238
Good News Lutheran College296.1
192
40
Highvale Secondary College296.1
193
47
Loreto College316.1
194
56
Kambrya College316
195
35
Killester College306
196
212
Murtoa P-12 College266
197
36
St Helena Secondary College296
198Al Iman College295.9
199
7
Beaconhills College (Berwick)295.9
200
45
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College305.9

Best Public Schools in Melbourne

When it comes to the best public high schools in Melbourne, you've got plenty of options. Some of these schools, like East Doncaster Secondary College and Glen Waverley Secondary College, have been consistently ranking in the top 10 for four years in a row!

This year, John Monash Science School defended its number one title, McKinnon Secondary College rose up the ranks while the Box Hill High School ranking fell 14 spots. We welcome back to the top 20, Braybrook College and Ashwood High School and special mentions go to University High and Balwyn High School, ranking in the top 10 for an impressive seven years running.

Top 50 Government Schools
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1
- 0
John Monash Science School3521.5
2
3
McKinnon Secondary College3318.4
3
19
Braybrook College3316.9
4Preston High School3216.7
5
1
Balwyn High School3216.5
6
4
East Doncaster Secondary College3316
7
4
Corryong College3415.4
8
8
Melbourne Girls' College3314.4
9
- 0
University High School3113.6
10
3
Glen Waverley Secondary College3313.5
11
3
Victorian College of the Arts3113.2
12
6
Canterbury Girls Sec College3212.8
13
15
Williamstown High School3212
14
36+
Apollo Bay P-12 College3111.8
15
24
Mentone Girls' Secondary College3211.4
16
2
Brighton Secondary College3111.2
17
33+
Ashwood High School3210.1
18Prahran High School3210.1
19
5
Koonung Secondary College329.9
20
26
Vermont Secondary College329.9
21
3
Frankston High School329.8
22
7
Cranbourne East Secondary College339.5
23
12
Woodmans Hill Secondary College299.3
24
14
Box Hill High School308.9
25
23
Doncaster Secondary College308.9
26
- 0
Dromana Secondary College328.7
27
2
Brunswick Secondary College318.5
28
5
Thornbury High School318.1
29
18
Viewbank College318.1
30
9
Richmond High School287.8
31
- 0
St Albans Secondary College317.8
32
19
Auburn High School317.5
33
6
Princes Hill Secondary College317.5
34
2
Warracknabeal Sec College267.5
35
13
Mount Waverley Secondary College317.4
36
7
Ringwood Secondary College307.3
37
13+
Sandringham College307.3
38
1
Kew High School317.2
39Charlton College317.1
40
10+
Lyndhurst Secondary College307.1
41
+9
Trafalgar High School277
42
3
Strathmore Secondary College306.9
43
7+
Blackburn High School306.8
44
6+
Buckley Park College316.8
45
5+
Mount Alexander 7-12 College296.8
46
34
Elwood College306.7
47
3+
Newcomb Secondary College266.7
48
2+
Montmorency Secondary College306.6
49
9
Northcote High School316.6
50
1+
Mordialloc College306.4

**Government schools with less than 25 VCE students have been omitted from this list.

Top 10 Independent Schools

Topping the list as Melbourne's best private school in 2023 is Ballarat Clarendon College. Notable mentions go to Ruyton Girls' School, Loreto Mandeville Hall and Mentone Girls' Grammar School who all made the top 10, having missed out last year.

Top 10 Private schools in 2021
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1
- 0
Ballarat Clarendon College3945.8
2
2
Bialik College3734.1
3
5
Huntingtower School3733.8
4
2
Mount Scopus Memorial College3731.5
5
6
Ruyton Girls' School3731.4
6
15
Loreto Mandeville Hall3629.6
7
21
Mentone Girls' Grammar School3629.4
8
3
Korowa Anglican Girls' School3629
9
6
St Catherine's School3628.9
10
8
Haileybury Girls College3628.6

Selective School Rankings

Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School has proved itself to be the best selective high school in Melbourne this year. The all-girls school had the tenth-largest cohort of VCE students (562) and with 29% of them achieving a study score of 40+, it's not hard to see why they've come out on top.

A shout-out goes to Nossal High School, a newer select-entry, co-educational school, that has made the top 20 schools in Victoria for the past 4 years.

Selective School VCE Rankings
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School3629.3
2Melbourne High School3627.9
3Nossal High School3627
4Suzanne Cory High School3519

Beyond the VCE ranking

When it comes to choosing a school for your child, it's important to consider all of your options. With so many schools to choose from in Melbourne, it can be hard to know where to begin.

children walking to the reception

There are so many features to consider about a school, that transcend a mere number on a list. For this reason, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority doesn't rank schools. While we definitely agree with this approach - the ranking can be a great starting point for your research.

To help you narrow down your hunt, we've also compiled a list of the six most popular factors to consider when choosing a secondary school.

1. Academic reputation

The first thing you'll want to look at when choosing a school is its academic record. How do its students perform? What are the average VCE study scores? What percentage of VCE students go on to university? Which VCE subjects does the school excel in?

The Melbourne High School ranking, NAPLAN ranking—or even the Australian Education Awards—are indicative of general academic prowess, but keep in mind, that these only give you a small snapshot of a school's performance. So if you're looking for a school that offers a well-rounded education, you must search beyond the rankings and recognition.

2. Facilities and resources

Another factor to consider is the facilities and resources that a school has to offer. Do they have state-of-the-art technology and laboratories? Do they have a wide range of VCE subjects on offer? Modern classrooms? A well-equipped library? A good selection of technology, performing and outdoor education? All of these can make a big difference in your child's learning experience.

3. Student-to-teacher ratio

When looking at secondary schools, the student-to-teacher ratio will give you an indication of the amount of individual attention your child will receive. A lower student-teacher ratio means more individualised attention for your child, which can be beneficial for their learning, leading to improved grades and a better foundation for tertiary study.

4. Extra-curricular activities

The best schools in Melbourne offer a wide variety of co-curricular activities, from sports teams to drama clubs to robotics. Consider what sort of activities your child is interested in and make sure that the school you choose has a good selection.

Pay close attention to the quality of the programs on offer as well – you'll want to make sure that they're well-run and that your child will be able to get the most out of them.

5. Location and price

You'll want to consider the school's location. Is it close to your home? Is it easily accessible by public transport? If you have kids in junior school, you'll also want to think about whether the high school is close to their primary school – this can make the transition a lot easier for them.

Keep in mind that schools in more central locations tend to be more expensive than those in the suburbs, and of course, public high schools will set you back a lot less than private ones.

6. Culture

The culture of a school is the final factor on our list. This vibe can be difficult to define. But you need to get a feel for it before you make your decision – after all, your child will be spending six hours there every day! Is it a catholic school or non-denominational? Does it have a religious affiliation? What are the core values of the school?

To get a sense of the ethos, we recommend you visit the school and read through their mission statement. This will give you an idea of their philosophy and what they're trying to achieve.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right high school for your child is a big decision. But don't let it stress you out – remember, there's no such thing as the perfect school. By taking the time to research all of your options you can be sure to find a school that's the right fit for your family.

While the role played by the school is certainly key - there are a large range of factors that impact on academic results. In addition to the quality of teaching, note the suburb, (SES) socio-economic status, background of students, whether the school is selective in its student intake etc. Just like the high school ranking, take these things into account, but don't let them be the only deciding factor.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that your child is happy and engaged in their learning. The best school for them is the one that will allow them to reach their full potential, regardless of where it places on the VCE school rankings. If you think they're currently either falling behind or not being challenged enough, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Whether they need a VCE tutor in the lead-up to their exams or a coach to help build their maths confidence before they start high school, our bespoke programs have you covered. Take advantage of our free online assessment and get started today!

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