Arriving in Australia only two years ago from war-torn north-eastern Syria, Domara Eskandar has come on top in two courses for this year’s high school certificate (HSC).
“Mum was very excited that my hard work paid off,” Eskandar, who came first in two advanced Arabic courses, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Eskandar, a student from St Narsai Assyrian Christian College Sydney, is one of the 127 students who topped their subjects in the HSC in New South Wales this year. Today, they joined 77,000 other HSC students to receive their results.
James Ruse Agricultural High became the state’s top school for the 23rd year in a row with three first-in-course awards. It is followed by North Sydney Boys High and Sydney Grammar in the second and third spots. Sydney Grammar received the most first-in-course awards this year, snagging the top spot in 11 subjects.
Willoughby Girls’ High was the only public non-selective school on the top 50 list at the 50th position, while the rest were comprised of selective or non-government schools. Eight of the top 10 schools are government-run selective schools.
NSW’s Top Schools 2018, Based on Success Rate
- James Ruse Agricultural High School
- North Sydney Boys High School
- Sydney Grammar High School
- Sydney Girls High School
- Baulkham Hills High School
- North Sydney Girls High School
- Sydney Boys High School
- Hornsby Girls High School
- Reddam House
- Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus