PRIVATE schools have regained some ground in this year's Higher School Certificate results but the region's state selective schools continued to report strong results.
Up to 7890 Hunter and Central Coast students found out their HSC results for individual subjects yesterday online or by telephone from 6am.
Students will receive their university entrance ranks today.
The NSW Board of Studies also issued yesterday its annual Top Achievers, All Rounder Achievers and Distinguished Achievers lists.
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Twenty-nine Hunter and Central Coast students out of 824 statewide scored a mention on the Top Achievers list for earning a place in a subject as well as a mark above 90.
Of those, 11 were from selective state schools, nine from comprehensive state schools, six from private schools and three from TAFE.
Twenty were girls and eight were boys, including one who rated two mentions.
Forty-four area students from 1331 in NSW made the All Rounders list, for scoring more than 90 in most subjects.
Among them, 20 came from private schools, 19 came from selective state schools and five from comprehensive or collegiate state schools.
More than two-thirds of the Hunter all-rounders were girls.
The region had 1243 students out of 16,419 in NSW who made the list of distinguished achievers.
Stand-out schools included both Hunter Valley Grammar and St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton, which each had five students on the All Rounders list, while selective school Merewether High had nine.
Merewether High's success rates were down compared with 2010 despite having three students top achieving in the state in food technology.
Hunter Valley Grammar School's success rate more than doubled, which was reflected in the school's five students in the All Rounders list and two Top Achievers.
Hunter School of Performing Arts success rate dropped by a quarter but it did have four mentions in the Top Achievers list, including music and dance.
Hunter and North Coast TAFE were also winners with three students in the top achievers lists.
Surprise achievers included Tomaree High, where a student came fifth in the state in the primary industries exam and another came seventh in textiles and design.
Other comprehensive schools in the lists included Maitland, Morisset, Maitland Grossman, Belmont and Muswellbrook High schools.
At least four Catholic schools from the region also made the lists.
Top-rated schools, based on success rates, were Gosford High, Hunter Valley Grammar, Newcastle Grammar, then Merewether High.
Schools at the bottom of the list included Mount View High, Hunter Institute and Scone High while Glendale, Kurri Kurri, Lake Macquarie and Rutherford high schools did not make the list.
NSW Education Department Hunter Central Coast regional director Robyn McKerihan said she was impressed with the diversity of achievement in state schools.
"We haven't yet got detailed results it will take us a little time to forensically go through and look at how we've performed," she said.
Ms McKerihan said students who were disappointed should remember it was just one more stage in life.
"This is the beginning, not the end," she said.
"There are a number of options you can go through."
Maitland-Newcastle Diocese director of Catholic Schools Ray Collins said he was thrilled to learn that St Clare's High School Taree student Kristy Everett came first in the state for studies of religion and sixth in visual arts.
Hunter Valley Grammar principal Paul Teys said year 12 achieved the school's best results on record.
One-quarter of marks were in the top band and two-thirds in the top two bands.