Independent Schools

Student Achievement in NT Independent Schools

Year 12 students in Northern Territory Independent Schools graduate at a higher rate than students in other schools, and are significantly more likely to achieve elite results. 

In 2017, Independent Schools educated just under a quarter of Year 12 students across the Northern Territory.  At the 2017 Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) Awards, students participating in Year 12 programs at Independent Schools in the Northern Territory were rewarded for their outstanding achievements in their studies, with ten students attaining a position in the Top 20 Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) Student Awards and six students attaining a position in the Charles Darwin University Top Ten Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Awards. Seven students were recognised and received International Baccalaureate Certificates of Merit, which are awarded to students who achieve a seven in an individual subject of study.  Fifteen students received Certificates of Merit for Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET), which are awarded to students who achieved an A+ for a subject. 

It was a very similar story in 2016, when our schools educated 22 per cent of Year 12 students but produced 10 of the top 20 NTCET students, plus the student with the Territory’s top ATAR score, who studied the International Baccalaureate.

We are particularly proud of the way our schools nurture and support students. High academic achievement goes hand in hand with student wellbeing, holistic education and access to excellence at secondary providers Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Haileybury Rendall School, Marrara Christian College, St Philip’s College, The Essington School Darwin, Tiwi College and Yirara College.

We thank the dedicated teachers, school leaders and community members who work so hard to make this happen. Most of all, congratulations to our families who choose Northern Territory Independent Schools, and our hard working Year 12s who dare to aim high.


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