Explaining the HSC and the IB

MLC School is a non-selective school providing our students with an opportunity to select either the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) for their final years of High School. Both provide an academic pathway to tertiary education around Australia and internationally. The IB Diploma programme is suitable for those who enjoy a broad range of subjects, while the HSC suits those who wish to specialise in a particular field of study area (science for example).

MLC School provides an extensice subject selection process for all students in Year 10. This assists families to make the choice that is right for their daughter and her future.

To read about our students’ most recent results in the IB please go here


2016 Year 12 Results

Overall, 35% of our combined Year 12 HSC/IB cohort achieved an ATAR over 95 and 50% achieved an ATAR over 90.

In the HSC there were 95 instances of students being awarded Band 6 or E4 (the highest bands possible) while 53% of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. 43 Students were places on the HSC High Achievers List in 2016.

Over one third of our students sat the international Baccalaureate. Of the 31 perfect scores in Australia, 20% came from MLC School. 6 students from MLC School achieved a perfect score of 45 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.95), the highest number of perfect scores in Australia. 31% of our IB students achieved an ATAR of 99 or over.


HSC at MLC School

Congratulations Year 12 HSC students of 2016

Warm congratulations to our Class of 2016 for their commitment and diligence which has produced some excellent outcomes in the HSC.

There were 95 instances of students being awarded Band 6 or E4 (the highest bands possible) while 53% of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. In 22 of the 25 subjects sat by our students the results in Bands 5 and 6 exceeded the state average.

We congratulate the following HSC students for their excellent achievements:

Two students were placed on the HSC All Rounders list, for those who achieve Band 6 in 10 units of studies. Congratulations to Angelique Barrett and Alexandra Zoras.

Congratulations also to Elizabeth Jo and Ella Beere who narrowly missed this list, with one Band 5 and otherwise Band 6.

Other HSC highlights include:

  • 100% of Music 2 students achieved a Band 6
  • 86% of Music 1 students achieved a Band 6
  • 82% of English Extension 1students achieved a Band 6
  • 71% of Textiles & Design students achieved a Band 6
  • 67% of History Extension students achieved a Band 6
  • 47% of Drama students achieved a Band 6
  • 33% of Mathematics Advanced students achieved a Band 6

The works of Elizabeth Jo, Jamie Oslington and Erika Vuki will be exhibited as part of the ArtExpress showcase of the best visual artists completing the HSC across NSW.

The work of Hayley Cavanagh was selected for inclusion in ENCORE, a concert of outstanding performances and compositions from HSC music students. Congratulations also to Olivia Hill and Louise Wang who were nominated.

The work of Claire Rogers was selected for the SHAPE showcase exhibition of the best work from Industrial Technology/Multimedia HSC students.

The Lighting Design work of Georgia Keogh was selected for presentation at OnStage, a selection of the best works of the 2016 HSC Drama Examination across NSW.

The work of Louise Wang was selected for the Textstyle showcase of the best textile works from HSC students across NSW.

Congratulations to the 43 students who were placed on the HSC Distinguished Achievers list for those who achieved a result in the highest possible Band for one or more courses.

2016 MLC School HSC Distinguished Achievers

  • Divya Ahlawat
  • Htet Yamin Aung
  • Angelique Barrett
  • Ella Beere
  • Kiara Bletsas
  • Alana Braxton-Boal
  • Hayley Cavanagh
  • Rebecca Chen
  • Alicia Davies
  • Amity Dent
  • Ella Esposito Doolan
  • Olivia Hill
  • Selina Ho
  • Elizabeth Jo
  • Hannah Kingsley
  • Mina Kotoric
  • Shuyu Lin
  • Cindy Lo
  • Imogen Moore
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Ivy Ning
  • Alexis Norington
  • Jamie Oslington
  • Angela Peng
  • Esther Rizk
  • Claire Rogers
  • Nazla Sajed
  • Chang Shen
  • Emily Shum
  • Elena Sladkova
  • Isabelle Stackpool
  • Eliza Stewart
  • Vivian Szeto
  • Jasmine Tan
  • Hope Tzannes
  • Erika Vuki
  • Louise Wang
  • Bonnie Wong
  • Amelia Xouris
  • Colleen Zhang
  • Cindy Zhi
  • Danielle Zhu
  • Alexandra Zoras

IB at MLC School

Over one third of the MLC School Class of 2016 studied the International Baccalaureate.

Warm congratulations to them all for their commitment and diligence which has produced some excellent outcomes. The students of MLC School achieved an outstanding result, with 31% of the candidature achieving an ATAR of 99 or over.

MLC School continues to achieve at the highest level internationally in the IB, with the current results marking the 35th time that an MLC School student has achieved a perfect score in the last seven years. 94 students from all over the world achieved a perfect score in the IB, of which 30 came from Australia and of these 5 (16%) came from MLC School. (Sydney Morning Herald 4 Jan 2016).

The average score worldwide for the November IB examinations was 29.21 while the MLC School average was 38.5.

Six students achieved a perfect score of 45, placing them among the top academic achievers world-wide. Congratulations to Yu Bai, Jessie Cai, Anjali Cuganesan, Victoria Lee, Julia de Sterke and Rebecca Zhong.

Congratulations also to Federica Lannan, Cherry Liu, Carissa Long, Nicole Moore, and Tess Morrison who narrowly missed this list, achieving scores of 44.

2016 MLC School IB students achieving an ATAR equivalent of 99 and over.

  • Yu Bai
  • Jessie Cai
  • Victoria Chang
  • Sonali Dewan
  • Anjali Cuganesan
  • Amira Hatoum
  • Rose Kethel
  • Federica Lannan
  • Victoria Lee
  • Cherry Liu
  • Carissa Long
  • Nicole Moore
  • Rebecca Zhong

Subject Selection

Subject selection for senior years is given careful consideration for each student at MLC School. When a student reaches year 10 she will begin to refine her subject selection and year 12 pathway, in consultation with our academic and careers staff and her family. Our understanding is that a student is more likely to achieve academically when she is studying subjects she enjoys and is well supported in her choices. MLC School works assiduously to build up a comprehensive and well-rounded picture of each student to assist this decision-making process.

In addition to individual interviews with all Year 10 Families, the school offers a number of other opportunities for parents and students to consult with academic and pastoral care staff.

Parent Information Nights

Parent information nights and parent teacher nights are held regularly throughout the high school years. Parents are also encouraged to contact relevant academic staff about subject selection at any time.

Post School Destinations


Destinations Number
University of New South Wales 32
University of Sydney 31
University of Technology Sydney 26
Macquarie University 14
Australian National University 7
Western Sydney University 6
University of Melbourne 5
Australian Catholic University 3
Notre Dame 2
Overseas 2
Torrens University 2
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) 1
National Art School 1
Newcastle University 1
University of Canberra 1
University of Wollongong 1


Course Number
Business/Commerce/Accounting 16
Design/Architecture/Built Environment 14
Science/Med Science/Forensics/Psych 14
Arts/Liberal Arts 13
Media/Communications 11
Health Physio/Chiro/Speech 10
Law 8
Engineering 7
Nursing 6
Political Science 6
Comb. Creative Intelligence and Innovation 4
Education 4
Screen/Sound and Stage Production 4
Medicine 2
Philosophy 2
Criminology and Justice 1
Fine Art 1
Music 1
Optometry 1
Pharmacy 1