When choosing an area to live in, families are often concerned with local schools and whether they can offer children a quality education.
For residents of real estate in St. George and surrounding areas, finding good schools is not an issue.
This was made abundantly clear by the NSW Board of Studies HSC First in Course awards this year. The annual awards recognise students who have gone above and beyond in their studies. Of the more than 75,000 students who sat for the HSC during 2013, 121 were highlighted for reaching the highest possible band in a course.
St. George students were among those who ranked top in the state, showing the quality of education in the area.
The results were particularly favourable for young women in the region, something acknowledged by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.
"It's a great outcome for the girls in these awards, but it's good to see the performance of government and non-government schools and students from non-English-speaking backgrounds top their subjects," Mr Piccoli told the St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader.