Year 12 graduates in The Hills will be more certain of their future pursuits when main round university offers are published on Thursday.
But many schools and former students have had plenty to celebrate ahead of the January 16 announcements after achieving stellar HSC results.
James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford retained a number one ranking in overall HSC results with 96 students who made the all-round achievers list after they gained a mark of more than 90 (band 6) in 10 or more HSC units.
Year 11 student at the school Dana Song, 16, achieved first in course in Agriculture.
Other James Ruse students to gain first in course honours were Sing-Young Chen (biology) and Radman Le Zhang (mathematics).
Baulkham Hills High School graduate Ruben Tung Robertson achieved first in course in physics. The school was ranked second for its students' results. Of the school's 192 year 12 students, 72 made the all-round achievers list.
Mount St Benedict College students Natalie Grima (ATAR 98.55) and Selina Zeaiter (ATAR 98.15) both made the all-round achievers list. Their peer Samantha Saunders achieved the highest ATAR of the school's students, 98.90.
The school was ranked the sixth performing Catholic girls school in NSW. It had 134 mentions on the Board of Studies' distinguished achievers list, which acknowledges students who achieved the highest band result in a 2 unit or extension course.
Principal Maria Pearson said a survey had determined more than 90 per cent of the school's 2013 graduates planned to attend university this year. Their course choices included nursing, veterinary science and teaching degrees.
"The girls of the class of 2013 have not only achieved their academic goals they have also demonstrated their commitment to the wider community through their involvement in a wide range of outreach activities," she said.
"These are young women who will be leaders of the future — articulate, confident, well-informed and intelligent decision makers."