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VCE Rankings 2021: Best High Schools in Melbourne

Looking for the best Melbourne high schools? VCE rankings are out and the top 150 schools revealed. We compare results to see who made the cut in 2021.

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Friday, 15th July 2022

There are many schools in Victoria that offer an amazing education. But which ones are the best? The VCE results for 2021 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. 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 150 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 the best 50 schools, only 7 are government, 4 of which are selective entry. In fact, out of the top 150, roughly 77% are private schools. This has been a consistent trend for many years and last year's VCE results were no different. Below you'll find the top 150 - see if your school made the list!

Top 150 VCE School Rankings 2021
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1
 ▲ 7
Haileybury Girls College3737.2
2
 ▲ 20
Lauriston Girls School3633.7
3
 ▼ 2
Bialik College3732.6
4
 ▼ 1
Ballarat Clarendon College3732.5
5
 ▲ 15
St Catherine’s School3732.2
6
 ▼ 4
Mount Scopus Memorial College3631.9
7
 ▲ 14
Huntingtower School3731.6
8
 ▼ 4
Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School3731.4
9
 ▲ 3
Presbyterian Ladies’ College3630.4
10
5
Melbourne High School3630.2
11
- 0
Methodist Ladies College3629.7
12
12
Leibler Yavneh College3729.4
13
1
Haileybury College3529.2
14
17
Fintona Girls School3627.8
15
21
Korowa Anglican Girls’ School3627.2
16
3
Ruyton Girls’3627.1
17
2
Nossal High School3626.9
18
2
The King David School3626.8
19
1
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School3525.5
20Victorian College for the Deaf3525
21
14
Loreto Mandeville Hall3524.7
22
4
Melbourne Grammar School3524.5
23
19
Camberwell Anglican Girls Grammar School3524.1
24
22
Shelford Girls’ Grammar3523
25
8
St Kevin’s College3522
26
3
Trinity Grammar School3421.7
27
21
Beth Rivkah Ladies College3420.9
28
3
Scotch College3420.9
29
20
Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School3520.5
30
4
Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School3519.9
31
24
Mentone Grammar School3419.9
32
3
Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill3419.6
33
15
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School3419.5
34
6
Caulfield Grammar School, St Kilda East3419.4
35
8
Penleigh & Essendon Grammar3419
36
3
Yarra Valley Grammar School3418.9
37
16
John Monash Science School3518.7
38
1
Sacre Coeur3518.6
39
7
Melbourne Girls Grammar3418.4
40
4
Genazzano F.C.J. College3418.2
41
37
Girton Grammar School3318.2
42
14
Firbank Grammar School3418.1
43
33
St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar3417.8
44
25
Brighton Grammar School3417.7
45
9
Star of the Sea College3317.6
46
27
Goulburn Valley Grammar School3417.4
47
38
Carey Baptist Grammar School3417.2
48
3
Suzanne Cory High School3417.2
49
19
Camberwell Grammar School3317.1
50
1
Balwyn High School3216.9
51
6
Siena College3416.8
52
2
St Leonard’s College3416.8
53
20
East Doncaster Secondary College3316.7
54
47
The Knox School3316.1
55Melbourne Girls’ College3316
56
18
The Geelong College3315.6
57Boort District P-12 School3115.6
58
17
Victorian College of the Arts3315.4
59
13
Waverley Christian College3314.8
60
17
Peninsula Grammar3314.7
61
22
Kilvington Grammar School3414.5
62
4
Yeshivah College3514.3
63
25
Toorak College3414.3
64
44
Alice Miller School3514.2
65
14
St Michael’s Grammar School3413.8
66Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School3213.8
67
16
Canterbury Girls Secondary College3313.7
68
8
Westbourne Grammar School3313.4
69
26
Ballarat Grammar3213.3
70
1
University High School3113.3
71
28
Xavier College3313.1
72
9
Box Hill High School3213.1
73
15
Sacred Heart College Geelong3212.8
74Mater Christi College3212.7
75
4
St Columba’s College3212.7
76
25
McKinnon Secondary College3212.6
77
1
Glen Waverley Secondary College3212.5
78
58
Lighthouse Christian College, Cranbourne3112.4
79
13
St Andrews Christian College3312.3
80
27
Braybrook College3112.3
81
22
Ivanhoe Grammar School, Mernda3312
82
30
Haileybury Rendall School3112
83
33
Kardinia International College3211.9
84
22
Kingswood College3211.5
85
1
Braemar College3211.4
86
60
OneSchool Global3211.2
87
5
Mazenod College3211
88
50
Loreto College3110.9
89Ashwood High School3310.8
90
15
Santa Maria College3210.8
91
26
St Aloysius College3210.8
92
29
Geelong Grammar School3210.6
93Auburn High School3110.6
94
5
Ivanhoe Grammar School, Ivanhoe3210.3
95De La Salle College3110.3
96
43
Northcote High School3110.3
97
4
Williamstown High School3210
98
13
Corryong College3110
99
4
Frankston High School3110
100
30
Kilbreda College319.9
101
15
Our Lady of Mercy College329.8
102
22
Vermont Secondary College319.8
103
3
Wesley College, Melbourne329.6
104
14
Newhaven College319.6
105Southern Cross Grammar319.6
106
41
East Loddon College339.5
107
16
Luther College329.5
108Dromana Secondary College319.5
109Foster Secondary College319.5
110
16
Cranbourne East Secondary College329.4
111
12
Donvale Christian College329.4
112
16
Our Lady of Sion College329.3
113
17
Oxley Christian College329.2
114
14
St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully319.2
115
29
Whitefriars College319.2
116Wycheproof College339.1
117
3
Koonung Secondary College329.1
118
20
Bacchus Marsh Grammar319.1
119Nunawading Christian College319.1
120
10
Eltham College328.9
121
46
Sacred Heart Girls’ College328.8
122
9
Princes Hill Secondary College328.5
123Salesian College318.5
124Balcombe Grammar School328.4
125Casey Grammar School318.3
126
44
Our Lady of Sacred Heart College318.3
127
8
St Joseph’s College, Newtown318.3
128
81
St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School318.3
129
7
Woodleigh School328.2
130
63
Sirius College, Meadow Fair318
131Altona College317.7
132
23
Catholic Ladies College317.7
133
31
Gippsland Grammar317.6
134Aquinas College317.5
135
- 0
Avila College327.2
136Saint Ignatius College316.9
137Wesley College, Glen Waverley316.9
138Maranatha Christian School326.8
139
75
Darul Ulum College of Victoria316.8
140
17
Mount St Joseph Girls’ College316.5
141
4
Kambrya College316.4
142
- 0
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College316.3
143
75
Narre Warren South College326.1
144Islamic College of Melbourne315.9
145
58
Sirius College, Eastmeadows315.9
146Little Yarra Steiner School325.6
147Apollo Bay College335.4
148Mernda Central College335.3
149
1
Mortlake College325.1
150Derrinallum College320

Top 10 Independent Schools

Topping the list as Melbourne's best private school in 2021 is Haileybury Girls College in Keysborough. Notable mentions go to Lauriston Girls, St Catherine’s and Leibler Yavneh College who all made the top 10, having never made the cut in the last 5 years.

Top 10 Private schools in 2021
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1
5
Haileybury Girls College3737.2
2Lauriston Girls School3633.7
3
2
Bialik College3732.6
4
1
Ballarat Clarendon College3732.5
5St Catherine’s School3732.2
6
4
Mount Scopus Memorial College3631.9
7Huntingtower School3731.6
8
4
Presbyterian Ladies’ College3630.4
9
- 0
Methodist Ladies College3629.7
10Leibler Yavneh College3729.4

Best public schools in Melbourne

When it comes to the best (non-selective entry) government high schools in Victoria, there are plenty to choose from. Seven of these schools are beginning to cement their place in the top 10 having featured there 2 years in a row!

This year, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School lost its number one rank but still managed to hold onto a spot in the top 10, while John Monash Science School and East Doncaster Secondary College continued to rise up the ranks. Here are your 10 best government high schools for 2021.

Top 10 Government Schools
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1Victorian College for the Deaf3525
2
2
John Monash Science School3518.7
3
1
Balwyn High School3216.9
4
5
East Doncaster Secondary College3316.7
5Boort District P-12 School3115.6
6
5
Victorian College of the Arts3315.4
7Canterbury Girls Secondary College3313.7
8
- 0
University High School3113.3
9
4
Box Hill High School3213.1
10
7
McKinnon Secondary College3212.6

Selective School Rankings

For the past 3 years, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School has topped the list as Melbourne's best selective high school. With an incredible median score of 37 and over 30% of students consistently achieving a study score of 40+, it’s not hard to see why!

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 2 years.

Selective School VCE Rankings
RankSchoolMedian VCE Score40+ (%)
1Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School3731.4
2Melbourne High School3630.2
3Nossal High School3626.9
4Suzanne Cory High School3417.2

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.

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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 VCE school rankings—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 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 ranks on a list. 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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