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Best suburbs for the best schools

Best suburbs for schools in Sydney


Deciding where to live if you have school-aged children can be a challenge. From academic performance of local schools to family-friendly amenities, price and more, there are a lot of factors to consider when scoping out a neighbourhood.


Whatever your priorities may be, it’s important to research an area thoroughly before you buy – keeping in mind that this could be your home for the next decade or more. To help you narrow your search, we’ve outlined some of the top suburbs in Sydney in schools, broken down by region.


Top suburbs for schools on the North Shore


The Lower and Upper North Shore areas both have plenty to offer in the way of excellent local schools and parks, shops, amenities, and public transport. The region also tends to be a little quieter and slower paced than the rest of Sydney, which makes it great for families.


Just over the bridge in Crows Nest are North Sydney Boys High School and North Sydney Girls High School, both academically selective schools that consistently rank as some of the top high schools in NSW for academic achievement. Those looking to live nearby will find new residences like Vantage and Ashton Hill is just a stone’s throw away.


Further north, suburbs like Wahroonga, Normanhurst, Hornsby, and Pymble are home to top-performing schools such as Hornsby Girls High School, Normanhurst Boys High School, Pymble Ladies’ College, Knox Grammar School and Waitara Public School.


Top suburbs for schools in the Eastern Suburbs


Sydney's Eastern suburbs are highly sought-after for families thanks to the area’s beaches, parks, playgrounds, amenities and schools. Suburbs popular with families include coastal locales like Edgecliff, Rose Bay, Woollahra and Dover Heights, as well as more central suburbs like Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.


Local high schools such as Sydney Grammar School, SCEGGS, Kambala and Kincoppal regularly make the list for top-performing schools in NSW, as do primary schools like Woollahra Public School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and Reddam House. Nearby boutique residences like Omnia offer up spacious family-friendly apartments and penthouses for buyers looking to live in the catchment area for some of the Eastern Suburbs’ best schools.


Top suburbs for schools in the Inner West & Western Sydney


The Inner West is an incredibly popular area for families with school-aged children and working parents thanks to its close proximity to the city and great local schools. Suburbs like Strathfield, Burwood, and Croydon, in particular, are highly sought-after, with high-performing schools like Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Meriden School, Santa Sabina College and MLC School nearby. Those considering living in the Inner West can choose from a mix of heritage and contemporary developments, with boutique residences like Annandale Place just around the corner from the area’s top schools.


In the northwest, Carlingford is home to James Ruse Agricultural High School, which consistently ranks as the number one high school in NSW based on academic achievement. Kew Schofield's residences are a short 15-minute walk away from James Ruse and offer an assortment of living layouts suitable for families, with flexible areas that can be used as study rooms.


Western suburbs like Parramatta and Baulkham Hills also boast some of Sydney’s best schools, including Baulkham Hills High School, The King’s School, Tara Anglican School for Girls and Matthew Pearce Public Schools. These suburbs are especially sought after by families looking for more affordable housing options.


Top suburbs for schools in south Sydney


In recent years, Sydney’s south and southwest have become a hotspot for families attracted by the area’s relatively affordable property, open spaces, and laidback lifestyle. There’s also no shortage of excellent schools in the region, with institutions like Danebank School in Hurstville, St George Girls High School in Kogarah, Hurstville Public School and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Miranda regularly taking some of the top spots for best schools in Sydney.


Those considering living within the catchment zones of these schools will find plenty of contemporary housing options in the area, with new residences like South Village in Kirrawee offering private indoor-outdoor living in one, two and three-bedroom homes.