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    Ranking + Moving Schools

    Hi,
    I have a question regarding a decision I have to make, which I am unsure of, because of how much emphasis people put on a students individual ranking within their school. NOTE: I am referring to individual ranking not the ranking of the school.

    Now, I currently attend Parramatta High School - a partially selective school which is decent (came around 100th in HSC Rankings last year) and I rank in around the top 3 in all of my subjects and if I keep this up, I believe I'd be able to obtain a top 3 rank in my Y11/12 courses. However, I have applied for several schools such as Girraween and Sydney Boy High - schools reputable for their strong HSC results and school rankings. So in the case that I do make it in for either school, both schools have much more academically excelling students and obviously my rank wouldn't be as high in these schools as it is in Parramatta, I'd probably be hanging around 50th-100th.. top 50 if lucky.

    So my question is, because people put so much emphasis on the importance of ranking (of individual in a course in their school), would moving from a partially selective school where I rank high (top 3) to a high achieving school (both Girra and Sydney Boys rank high as a school) where my individual rank would be likely to fall significantly affect my ATAR negatively? Would I be better off staying at Parramatta and maintaining that high rank or moving to SBHS or GHS where my rank would be kinda shit?
    Should I move?

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    Re: Ranking + Moving Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by zdf View Post
    Hi,
    I have a question regarding a decision I have to make, which I am unsure of, because of how much emphasis people put on a students individual ranking within their school. NOTE: I am referring to individual ranking not the ranking of the school.

    Now, I currently attend Parramatta High School - a partially selective school which is decent (came around 100th in HSC Rankings last year) and I rank in around the top 3 in all of my subjects and if I keep this up, I believe I'd be able to obtain a top 3 rank in my Y11/12 courses. However, I have applied for several schools such as Girraween and Sydney Boy High - schools reputable for their strong HSC results and school rankings. So in the case that I do make it in for either school, both schools have much more academically excelling students and obviously my rank wouldn't be as high in these schools as it is in Parramatta, I'd probably be hanging around 50th-100th.. top 50 if lucky.

    So my question is, because people put so much emphasis on the importance of ranking (of individual in a course in their school), would moving from a partially selective school where I rank high (top 3) to a high achieving school (both Girra and Sydney Boys rank high as a school) where my individual rank would be likely to fall significantly affect my ATAR negatively? Would I be better off staying at Parramatta and maintaining that high rank or moving to SBHS or GHS where my rank would be kinda shit?
    Should I move?
    The thing is, more people at higher-ranking schools get better ATARs than at lower-ranked schools. If you stay at Parramatta, then you would have more pressure to be a top-ranked student than if you were at Girra or SBHS, because even if you are only in the top 50 there as you predict you might be, you can still manage to get above 95 (I'm sure this is definitely the case for SBHS). You might only need to be in the top 20 to get 99+.
    TL;DR: Move if you think you can still manage to be a decently ranked student at a higher-ranked school. You'd just have to work a little bit harder to do so.

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    Re: Ranking + Moving Schools

    From what I've seen, moving schools in year 11 is much harder than in year 9, because people generally have more set friend groups, and it's more difficult to fit into the school's culture. If you're good at socialising, you won't have a problem.

    As for your marks, if you're able to stay afloat you'll probably find it easier to get a good ATAR. There's not as much pressure on yourself to always beat everyone, and there will be really gun people you can study with and benefit from. A lot of transfer students do very well at my school(Ruse), beating a lot of the 'original' people, so don't be worried that you'll fall to the bottom!
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    Re: Ranking + Moving Schools

    Hey, i go to a girls school right now and i would like to move to hurlstone agricultural highschool, i m currently in yr 9 and i graduate in 2020, are there any tips or cautions i shud take. My test is on 12/08/2017, wish me luck

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