SAINT Mary MacKillop College and Ungarie Central School have topped the list for the region’s reading, writing, and arithmetic results among secondary students.
The best-performing secondary schools according to average NAPLAN scores were some of the smallest, with Ungarie enrolling around 100 students from kindergarten to Year 12 and Mary MacKillop just 115.
NAPLAN is an annual national assessment for all students in years three, five, seven and nine.
Saint Mary MacKillop College director Joanne Andrews credited her school’s academic success to small classes and stringent discipline.
“In years seven and nine there are only eight students, which means the students don’t move between classrooms and classes can start on time,” Ms Andrews said.
“As a result, the kids get more individual attention.
Ms Andrews came down firmly in support of homework, a contentious issue regularly and widely debated among educators and parents.
“We have homework, which some schools would argue against, but all the parents are on board with it,” she said.
Marrar Public School was the highest-ranked regional primary school in the whole state.
The region’s highest ranked private primary school was Lutheran School in Tatton.
Top public secondary schools:
- Ungarie Central School
- Kooringal High School
- Temora High School
- Yanco Agricultural High School
- Ardlethan Central School
- West Wyalong High School
- Ariah Park Central School
- Wagga High School
- Coolamon Central School
- Tumut High School
- Cootamundra High School
- Coleambally Central School
- Tumbarumba High School
- Gundagai High School
- Leeton High School
Top private secondary schools:
- Saint Mary MacKillop Colleges
- The Riverina Anglican College
- St Anne’s Central School (Temora)
- Wagga Christian College
- McAuley Catholic Central School (Tumut)
- Mater Dei Catholic College
- St Francis De Sales Regional College (Leeton)
- Kildare Catholic College
- Sacred Heart College (Cootamundra)