Whether you’re a property buyer or investor, when you’re looking for a new property there are so many things to consider.

Sure, the location, amenities, and transport are important factors that affect a property value.

But, did you know that a well-rated school can do wonders for property value?

And recent data shows that school catchment zones can actually have a significant influence over how quickly property prices grow.

Multicultural Group Of High School Teenage Student

That’s because some people are willing to pay a significant premium to be located within some primary and secondary school zones.

In Sydney, competition for places in preferred school zones has pushed property prices in some areas sky-high.

And with Sydney’s elite private schools costing parents up to an enormous $41,090 per year, per child, it’s understandable that top-performing public schools are in high demand.

In fact, Domain Group’s latest 2021 School Zones Report shows that while Sydney’s house prices have risen across most school catchment zones analysed, with 89% of primary and 95% of secondary schools increasing annually, aligning with the rising property market.

And while the top school catchment zones were spread across Sydney’s inner, middle and outer suburbs, many that topped the list favoured lifestyle locations on coastal suburbs or near to national parks, tying in with the sea- and tree-change shift we’ve seen over the pandemic.

Interestingly, house price growth varied between neighbouring school zones.

school children in classroom at lesson

For example, house prices in the Balgowlah Heights Public School catchment zone jumped 33% year-on-year, while prices in the neighbouring school zone of Manly West Public School fell 7.9%.

The report also reveals that annual house price growth in 40% of the primary and 41% of secondary school zones analysed surpassed the respective suburb price growth, with almost one-third of school zones seeing up to 10% more growth compared to the suburb they are located in.

Most notably, house prices in the Burraneer Bay Public School catchment zone grew ten times faster than in the suburb it is located in (Cronulla).

And proportionately more secondary school catchment zones had positive house price growth and more outpacing the respective suburb house price growth.

Here are the high school and primary school catchment areas which have come out on top for Sydney.

Best suburbs in Sydney for high schools

The most significant increase in house prices was seen in the Barrenjoey High School area located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Median property prices in the catchment area have shot up a huge 45% year-on-year to a new median of $2.8 million.


Cronulla High School’s catchment zone came a close second, with houses in the catchment area hiking 40% over the year to a new median of $2.03 million.

In third place, with a 38.4% increase in house prices, was the Kogarah High School zone with a new median of $1.3 million.

TOP 10 Sydney high schools catchment areas

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1Barrenjoey High School$2,802,500+45.0%
2Cronulla High School$2,030,000+40.0%
3Kogarah High School$1,300,000+38.4%
4Kincumber High School$1,175,000+38.2%
5Woolooware High School$1,610,000+34.2%
6Mosman High School$4,000,000+33.3%
7Seven Hills High School$942,500+31.4%
8Davidson High School$1,800,000+30.0%
9Wyong High School$600,000+29.7%
10Killara High School$3,200,000+28.3%

Best suburbs in Sydney for primary schools

For Sydney’s primary schools, the data reveals that houses located in the catchment area for Burraneer Bay Public School experienced the biggest price increase, of a huge 44.8% over the 12 months to July 2021.

The new median price for the suburb is $2.1 million.

In the second place, with an even higher median house price of $2.67 million, is the catchment area surrounding Newport Public School.

Pupils Talking In School Next To School Lockers

This school zone saw house prices jump 43% over the period.

With a house price hike of 41.5% to $870,000, the catchment area for Woy Woy Public School on the Central Coast came a very close third in this year’s top 10 list.

The area was also the only one on Sydney’s top 5 list with a median house price below $1 million.

TOP 10 Sydney primary school catchment areas

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1Burraneer Bay Public School$2,100,000+44.8%
2Newport Public School$2,675,000+43.0%
3Woy Woy Public School$870,000+41.5%
4Kellyville Ridge Public School$1,377,500+37.8%
5Harbord Public School$3,050,000+37.6%
6Kincumber Public School$912,500+36.9%
7Belmore North Public School$1,350,000+35.3%
8Hurstville Grove Infants School$1,425,000+33.8%
9Casula Public School$845,000+33.6%
10Balgowlah Heights Public School$3,225,000+33.0%

Kate Forbes
About Kate Forbes
Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).