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

2017 HSC Results Morning Tea

2017 Year 12 Results

Overall, 37% of our combined Year 12 HSC/IB cohort achieved an ATAR over 95 and 63.5% achieved an ATAR over 90.

In the HSC there were 145 instances of students being awarded Band 6 or E4 (the highest bands possible) while 65% of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. 56 students were placed on the HSC High Achievers List in 2017.

Over one third of our students sat the International Baccalaureate. Four students from MLC School achieved a perfect score of 45 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.95), placing them among the top academic achievers worldwide. 32% of our IB students achieved an ATAR of 99 or over.


HSC at MLC School

Congratulations Year 12 HSC students of 2017

Warm congratulations to our Class of 2017 for their commitment and diligence which has produced some excellent outcomes in the HSC.

There were 145 instances of students being awarded Band 6 or E4 (the highest bands possible) while 65% of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. In 24 of the 27 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:

Four students were placed on the HSC All Rounders list, for those who achieve Band 6 in 10 units of studies. Congratulations to Milly Day-Collett, Anastasia Hatzsirantinos, Victoria Michael and Alice Patterson

Congratulations also to Madison Allan, Lauren Barclay, Charlotte Beckett, Holly Jones, Ashley Liptak and Anna Wilson who narrowly missed this list, with one Band 5 and otherwise Band 6.

Other HSC highlights include:

  • One student placed 7th in Mathematics Extension 2 and one student placed 4th in Entertainment Industry
  • 100% of Music 1 students achieved a Band 6 and 100% of Music Extension students received a Band E4
  • 100% of English Extension 2 students received a Band E4
  • 100% of Geography students achieved Bands 5 and 6
  • 100% of Japanese Continuers students achieved Bands 5 and 6
  • 100% of Visual Arts students achieved Bands 5 and 6
  • 87% of Drama students achieved a Band 6
  • 65% of Ancient History students achieved a Band 6 
  • The works of Frankie Howard-White will be exhibited as part of the ArtExpress showcase of the best visual artists completing the HSC across NSW.
  • The work of Catherine Jiang and Isabella Suckling was selected for inclusion in ENCORE, a concert of outstanding performances and compositions from HSC music students.
  • The work of Holly Jones was selected for the Texstyle showcase of the best textile works from HSC students across NSW.
  • The work of Charlotte Mackie Pawson was selected for InTech, an annual exhibition of Major Design Projects from students across NSW.

Congratulations to the 56 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.

2017 MLC School HSC Distinguished Achievers

  • Artemis Alfonzetti
  • Isabella Anderson
  • Madison Allan
  • Lauren Barclay
  • Charlotte Beckett
  • Mia Caputo
  • Shirley Chen
  • Annelise Chu
  • Milly Day-Collett
  • Olivia Dodd
  • Geer Du
  • Brittany Duncombe
  • Caitlin Farrell
  • Janjane Feng
  • Navini Fernando
  • Jacqueline Field
  • Ella Finlay
  • Nina Frissel-Thomas
  • Yizhou Gong
  • April Guest
  • Anastasia Hatzisarantinos
  • Phoebe Hunter-Mole
  • Tedaree Jamieson
  • Rebecca Janes
  • Catherine Jang
  • Holly Jones
  • Hannah Kelly
  • Jessica Kotselas
  • Lilian Le
  • Francesca Lee
  • Sophie Liang
  • Ashley Liptak
  • Jane Liu
  • Charlotte Mackie-Pawson
  • Georgia McNaughton
  • Victoria Michael
  • Tiffany Pang
  • Alice Patterson
  • Annika Pienaar
  • Mary Pilkinton
  • Vishaya Pracy
  • Isabella Seales
  • Gabriella Searle
  • Lily Soliman
  • Yaeji Son
  • Amy Song
  • Isabella Suckling
  • Julia Tanevski
  • Kayla Tanevski
  • Elizabeth Tran
  • Elena Viatos
  • Yu Jia Wang
  • Sarah Wellfare
  • Anna Wilson
  • Lilian Wu

IB at MLC School

Over one third of the MLC School Class of 2017 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 32% of the IB 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 39th time that an MLC School student has achieved a perfect score in the last eight years.

The MLC School average score for the November IB examinations was 38.8 (ATAR of 97.6).

Four students achieved a perfect score of 45, placing them among the top academic achievers worldwide. Congratulations to Elizabeth Hewish, Imogen Locke-Sodhi, Rebecca Janssen and Jasmine Todoroska.

Congratulations also to Shuang Claris Foo and Sreya Parakala who narrowly missed this list, achieving scores of 44.

2017 MLC School IB students achieving an ATAR equivalent of 99 and over.

  • Semela Angelides
  • Christina Burjan
  • Sophia Costantino
  • Shuang Claris Foo
  • Elizabeth Hewish
  • Lilian Hunt
  • Carma Jackson
  • Rebecca Janssen
  • Jessica Kim
  • Sheree Kuan
  • Tiffany Lai
  • Imogen Locke-Sodhi
  • Sreya Parakala
  • Jasmine Todoroska
  • Maekayla Tran

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