Where are the top public schools in Sydney located

I just finished mapping the top 50 and 100 Sydney, NSW public school which you can find them in the previous two entries at

Year 2014 Top 50 NSW Public School Catchment Map

and

Year 2015 Top 100 Sydney, NSW Public School Catchment Map

It is actually very interesting how concentrated the top public schools for NSW are located. 91 out of the 100 top public school are located in Sydney two of which are special schools, 2 in New Castle, 1 in Wollongong, 1 in Central Coast and 5 in country NSW. To give some prospective in pure population wise, 62 percent of NSW population lives in Sydney, however 89 percent of top 100 state’s public schools are in Sydney. The concentration is even higher when you looking at the top 50, 46 out of the top 50 state’s public school is in Sydney for the year 2014. There is another top 50 that is located in Sydney which not included in the count that is the Sydney Distance Education Primary School.

If you lived in Sydney for any period of time, you will likely know that there are a lot of good schools in the northern Sydney. I was still a little surprised once the top schools are mapped out and how concentrated they are in the northern Sydney. As you can see from my top 50 Sydney NSW public school catchment map that only 6 out of the 46 Sydney’s top public school is located outside of Northern Sydney.

First I want to mention that the breakdown of region is approximate as there is really no exact definition which suburb belong to which Sydney regions.

Number of Public Schools in each respective Sydney area that are in top 50 in NSW. Another interesting point to note when looking the stats is that Western,  South Western Sydney and Shire district are not represented in the list at all.

  • North Shore: 23
  • Northern Suburbs: 13
  • Hills District: 3
  • Eastern Suburbs: 3
  • Inner West: 2
  • Northern Beaches: 1
  • Southern Suburbs: 1

This is the number of Public Schools in each respective Sydney area that are in top 100 in NSW. South western Sydney is again not represented at all, Western Sydney and Shire district only have marginal presence in the list.

  • North Shore: 34
  • Northern Suburbs: 19
  • Inner West: 10
  • Eastern Suburbs: 8
  • Hills District: 7
  • Northern Beaches: 5
  • Southern Suburbs: 2
  • Western Sydney: 2
  • Shire District: 2

What is also interesting to note is that just about every suburb is North Shore and Northern Suburbs are represented in the top 100 list. This is also why in my opinion picking a school is not as important when you are buying properties in the North Shore and Northern Suburbs, because just about every local public school is very good.

I may do a follow up entry in the future to do some further analysis on why the concentration of good public schools in North Sydney. If I get time I will try also collect some other stats to facilitate this.

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Year 2014 Top 100 Sydney, NSW Public School Catchment Map

This is a follow up of the last map showing the top 100 NSW public school in Sydney. I hope your guys enjoyed it as much as I had. I will do a brief analysis entry on the two maps which just got created. Looking at the maps visually certainly reinforced a lot what we know already.

year-2014-top-100-nsw-public-school-catchment-map

For reference there are 11 out of 100 not mapped, two of them are special type school with catchment defined. So this entry added additional 42 schools to the 47 of last entry. There is only one top 100 school in Sydney that there is no catchment map already created for it.

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

  1. Ranking is obtained using information from bettereducation.

Year 2014 Top 50 NSW Public School Catchment Map

I am a geek at heart and now that I am older, I have fully embraced the fact. I always have great interest in public education and like many people lived Sydney already know rough where the top state public schools are located. However knowing roughly is different from looking at the exact locations on the map. With 300 Sydney public school catchment completed recently I have a good base to draw this data onto. Without further ado, here is the promised fun work for your guys to enjoy.

Check out the top 50 Sydney NSW public school in map.

year-2014-top-50-nsw-public-school-catchment-map

There are only 3 odd ball out in the top 50 list, with one being the Sydney Distance Education Primary School and other two located outside of Sydney and yet to be mapped. The other 47 are covered by the existing map already.

I got some more mapping to do and will do a discussion of this in a future post.

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

  1. Ranking is obtained using information from bettereducation.

Mid Life Upgrade for Sydney Public School Map

This is a bit off topic, I am sharing the things that I have learned while doing mapping using Google map.

The default marker is monstrously big and it is fine when you only have a few of them. However if you like me already up to around 600 and will going up more in the future. The map when zoomed became a bit of a mess. The default market is not only just 32 by 32 pixel, the shape of it also make it rather large.

If you export the map into kml and look at the actual file, you will notice that bits look like following

 

<IconStyle>
<color>ff3644DB</color>
<scale>1.1</scale>
<Icon>
<href>http://www.gstatic.com/mapspro/images/stock/503-wht-blank_maps.png</href>
</Icon>
<hotSpot x=’16’ y=’31’ xunits=’pixels’ yunits=’insetPixels’>
</hotSpot>
</IconStyle>

The url is what marker graphic will be used, there are a lot of them available, the default one is 32 by 32 pixel which is in my view really too big for a lot of applications.

Here is a smaller sized red circle marker

https://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/SNP_2752125_en_v0

I started using the new marker, however the marker does not stay in the same spot on different level of zoom. Same does not seem to apply with the default market. After a bit of research, look like the market need to be “anchored” to fix this issue. Then it is off to more “research” which is really google searches. I finally find the answer, it is the

<hotSpot x=’16’ y=’31’ xunits=’pixels’ yunits=’insetPixels’>

The kml exported by default uses pixels and it is for the 32 by 32 pixels marker, so when you use a smaller marker you will the markers moving when zooming. The easiest solution I find is just change to use fraction in the hotspot tag as following.

<hotSpot x=’0.5′ y=’0.5′ xunits=’fraction’ yunits=’fraction’>

So after a couple hours of work, now I finally got rid of that gigantic default markers. Enjoy the new mid life upgraded Sydney Public School full catchment map by following this link.

Marsden Park, Riverstone and Rouse Hill Public School Catchment Map Added

I finally finished the Southern Sydney and can move onto the other areas after spending the whole month down there. This update is in  the north west growth area again with three more school catchment map added.

This update coincidentally also bring the total public school catchment to 300 as well. It certainly is a major milestone for me.

  • Marsden Park Public School
  • Riverstone Public School
  • Rouse Hill Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Engadine, Engadine West, Heathcote, Heathcote East, Loftus, Marton and Yarrawarra Public School Catchment Map Added

The final seven school for shire district added, southern Sydney is finally done. /dance, /sing whatever and I am so excited about this. Now have to decide which region to move back into after this, this has been fun so far and I really appreciate your guys going alone on this trip with me.

  • Engadine Public School
  • Engadine West Public School
  • Heathcote Public School
  • Heathcote East Public School
  • Loftus Public School
  • Marton Public School
  • Yarrawarra Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Alfords Point, Bangor, Illawong, Lucas Height Community, Menai and Tharawal Public School Catchment Map Added

A little bit of departure today and did six public school catchment instead of five. I promise this is the last time I will say that Shire district is almost done :), just seven more school left to map.

  • Alfords Point Public School
  • Bangor Public School
  • Illawong Public School
  • Lucas Height Community School
  • Menai Public School
  • Tharawal Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

 

Bonnet Bay, Como, Como West, Jannali and Woronora Public School Catchment

Now over 70 percent of Shire done and only 12 more schools catchment map to complete, I am going to power ahead and try to finish the Southern Sydney as soon as possible.

  • Bonnet Bay Public School
  • Como Public School
  • Como West Public School
  • Jannali Public School
  • Woronora Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Gymea North, Jannali East, Kareela, Oyster Bay and Sutherland North Public School Catchment Added

Getting closer to finishing mapping the shire, once I finish that there is more yummy stuff I am working for your guys. Here are five more Sydney public school catchment map added.

  • Gymea North Public School
  • Jannali East Public School
  • Kareela Public School
  • Oyster Bay Public School
  • Sutherland North Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.

Caringbah, Laguna, Miranda, Sylvania and Sylvania Height Public School Catchment Maps

I am about half way through mapping the shire district, really looking forward to get another area ticked off. There is very much lack of public information on the school catchment maps for the shire and it has been hard going than usual. In the course of mapping the zones, I did notice some crazy shaped islands in Sylvania Waters. I am wondering if they are always like that or only filled out and linked later, or even if the island was man made or formed naturally.

See the Murry and the Cook island.

Murry and Cook Island

Five more school catchment map added as following.

  • Caringbah Public School
  • Laguna Public School
  • Miranda Public School
  • Sylvania Public School
  • Sylvania Height Public School

As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.