The most likely Ghanaian senior high school that comes to mind anytime top academic performers are mentioned is Wesley Girl’s High School, but accumulative performance data from 2011 till date shows “Wey Gey Hey” may be strong academic performers but they are not the best high school in Ghana.
A less known school based in the Brong Ahafo Region has been the most consistent WASSCE performers since 2011.
Credible statistical data available to AB Review shows that two other schools beat Wesley Girls High school when the average academic performance of all senior high schools from 2011 to 2015 is collated.
The data we have reveals percentages of students who obtained grades from A1 to C6 inThe West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from all second cycle institutions in Ghana over a 5 year period (2011-2015).
‘Africa Schools online’ analyzed the data for the top 25 schools with the highest averages over the aforementioned period.
Read on for the top 25 performing high schools in Ghana:
1. ST. JAMES SEMINARY SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 99.22%
Based in the Brong Ahafo Region, the school recorded its highest performance in 2011 withall 203 students obtaining grades from A1 to C6 – achieveing a 100% pass rate. Despite a substantial increase in students presented to write the WASSCE, the school has scored between 98.35% (2013) and 99.60%(2012) over the last four years.
2. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER JNR. SEMINARY
Average percentage of passes: 94.19%
Noted for their prowess in the National Science and Math Quiz, Xavier boys have scoredabove 90% for all the five years considered except for 2014, when they scored 88.52%. Only fourty six (46) students were presented in the last WASSCE with fourty two (42) of them scoring A1-C6 in all subjects and qualifying for university education.
3. OPOKU WARE SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 92.52%
Leading the Ashanti Regional pack of schools is Opoku Ware. What is incredible about their impressive performance over the years is the large number of students the school presents each year. In 2011, 507 out of 509 qualified for tertiary education and 667 students out of 774 (representing 87.34%) obtained A1 – C6 in 2015
4. WESLEY GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 90.00%
Wey Gey Hey can easily boast of presenting the best candidates for the WASSCE. In 2015, the school scooped all top three places in the WAEC annual awards .Their overall performance is also commendable (just not as exemplary). Their worst performance was in 2015 when they scored an average pass rate of 81.43%. Low by their standards but high enough to place them as the fourth most consistent school
5. ADISADEL COLLEGE
Average percentage of passes: 88.68%
It will seem that the zebra boys may have lost their shine but the statistic prove otherwise. In 2013 (when the two batches of students wrote the WASSCE simultaneously, the school presented a whooping 1135 students, out of which 1074 students qualified to the university – an impressive 94.63%. Adisadel also posted an impressive performance in 2012 with a98.88% pass rate.
6. ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE
Average percentage of passes: 88.54%
Another school from the Central Region, the Augusco lads lag closely behind the Adisco lads. The school scored above the 90% pass mark from 2011 to 2013 but has seen a dip in performance in the last two years, scoring 78.20% in 2014 and 74.95% in 2015. They place a respectable 6th position
7. HOLY CHILD SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 88.48%
Holico, another Cape Coast School posted their best performances in 2011 and 2012 where they achieved 93.24% and 98.11% passes respectively.
8. ST. PETER’S SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 87.45%
Persco, had their best performance in 2012 when they posted a 96.98% pass rate. They suffered their worst performance last year with a 70.25% pass rate (only 281 students out of the 400 students presented for the WASSCE exams scored between A1 – C6 in 6 subjects.)
9. PREMPEH COLLEGE
Average percentage of passes: 85.92%
The second most consistent school in the Ashanti Region, Prempeh College recorded its best performance in 2011 with a 98.60% pass rate.
10. SUNYANI SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 85.78%
The tenth most consistent school academically and second to Saint James Seminary in the Brong Ahafo Region, the school recorded their worst performance in 2015 with a 76.38% pass rate. Good enough to help them with an average pass rate of 85.78%.
11. ST. LOUIS SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 84.97%
Leading the girls schools in the Ashanti Region, St. Louis posted their best performance in 2012 with a 93.88% pass rate.
12. MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 83.78%
Mfantsipim School did not make the top ten most consistent academic performers but their results are impressive enough to place them 12th on our list. The school recorded a 86.54% in 2011 and 94.24% the subsequent year but recorded a 74.84% pass rate in 2015
13. ST. ROSES SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage passes: 83.32%
Placing second overall in the Eastern Region, behind their brother school Persco, Rosec obtained its best performance with a 97.85% pass rate in 2012 but under performed in 2015 with a 52.90% pass rate
14. POPE JOHN SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 83.31%
Pojoss makes our list as the fourteenth most consistent school with an average pass rate of 83.31%
15. PRESBY. BOYS’ SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 82.22%
Presby Boys, Legon – noted for their prowess in the Sciences placed sixteenth on our list but ranks first in the Greater Accra Region.The school presents one of the highest number of candidates yearly but have consistently had more than three-fourths (75%) of their students qualifying for university education.
16. ST. HUBERT SEM. SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 81.90%
Little known Saint Hubert Seminary recorded a high pass rate in 2011 with 98.92% passes.
17. NOTRE DAME SEMINARY SNR. HIGH SCH.
Average percentage of passes: 81.29%
Notre Dame in the Upper East region showed strong academic performance as they made some good results in 2012 with 97.92% pass rate. In 2015 the school obtained 69.57 percentage pass, the least the school has recorded over the period.
18. ARCHBISHOP PORTER GIRLS’ SNR. HIGH SCH.
Average percentage of passes: 79.04%
Porter Girls recorded its highest performance in 2011 with 98.32% and its lowest pass rate of53.83% in 2015
19. KOFORIDUA SNR. HIGH/TECH. SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 78.29%
But for their below the par performance in 2015, Koforidua Sectech would have placed in the top ten of consistent performers. The school recorded above 95% from 2011 to 2013 but plummeted to 60.29% in 2014.
20. GHANA SNR. HIGH/TECH. SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 78.04%
The school had a poor showing in 2015, recording a pass rate of 48.63% in 2015 and that made them slip in the rankings. 20th place is still a respectable position
21. ACCRA ACADEMY
Average percentage of passes: 76.82%
Accra Aca is Greater Accra’s second most consistent performer but their average pass rate is way below its contemporaries . The school recorded a low of 58.5% pass rate in 2015
22. ABURI GIRLS’ SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 76.61%
Aburi Girls seem to be losing its stand as a powerhouse for academics . Once considered as the second best girls school in the country (after Wey Gey Hey) their performance over the years have not been spectacular . Their best showing was in 2011 when the school posted a pass rate of 86.07%.
23. AKOSOMBO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 76.49%
The first private school to make the top 25 list , AIS has posted impressive academic results over the years. The school achieved 86.21% pass rate in 2011 and 89.87% in 2012.
24. SEVEN GREAT PRINCES SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage passes: 75.55%
Based in Dansoman, Accra and the second private school to be featured in our list, the school recorded its best performance in 2011 with 96.43% of students scoring between A1 and C6 and qualifying for university.
25. GHANA LEBANON ISLAMIC SNR. HIGH SCHOOL
Average percentage of passes: 75.44%
Last year, GLISS presented 126 students to write the WASSCE exams; 100 of the students scored between A1 and C6, representing a 79.37% pass rate.