When the subject or question of “Best Senior High Schools in Ghana” is raised, it breeds a lot of debate and anxiety because of the superiority complex of products of the various schools.
Sometimes the parameter people use to measure what the best schools differ so they end up wallowing in engaging in a verbal dispute instead of assessing or establishing what actually it is. People say their schools are the best because they have produced the highest number of Members of Parliament in Ghana, others too say they have the highest number of presidents, while some may also argue that they have produced the highest number of medical doctors and other critical professionals so they are the best.
Some tried to use the now-famous National Science and Maths Quiz to judge but it proved flawed because it only selected students who sit in for the entire school and their assessment is not strictly based on SHS and GES curriculum.
The best parameter so far is the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) annual West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) ranking. That is fair because the students are all based on the same scale and inference could be made that since one school performed better than the other, it is the best for that particular year.
Here the first 30 best performed Senior High Schools in Ghana per the 2020 WASSCE results:
1 ST. JAMES SEMINARY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 98.80%
St. James Seminary is a senior high school in Sunyani, the capital of the Bono region of Ghana and they have always featured or topped the list over the past years.
2 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER JUNIOR SEMINARY – Average percentage of passes: 94.97%
St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary located in Wa. They have always maintained more than a 90% average passes at the WASSCE.
3 OPOKU WARE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 88.23%
Opoku Ware School, often referred to as OWASS, is an all-boys high school in Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi.
4 WESLEY GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 87.60%
Wesley Girls’ Senior High School (WGHS) is an educational institution for girls in Cape Coast, Ghana.
5, HOLY CHILD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 87.53%
Holy Child School, also known as Angel’s Hill, is a female second-cycle institution in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.
6, ADISADEL COLLEGE – Average percentage of passes: 86.31%
Adisadel College, popularly known as “ADISCO”, is an Anglican boys’ boarding school in Cape Coast, Ghana.
7, ST. PETER’S SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 84.81%
St. Peter’s Senior Secondary School, or PERSCO, is a Roman Catholic boys’ senior high school in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
8, ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE – Average percentage of passes: 83.06%
St. Augustine’s College is an all-male academic institution in Cape Coast, Ghana.
9, REV. JOHN TEYE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE – Average percentage of passes: 81.96%
The Reverend John Teye Memorial Institute is a private Christian school located at Ofankor in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
10, NOTRE DAME SEMINARY SNR. HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 81.64%
Notre Dame Seminary Senior High School is an all-male second cycle educational institution located at Navrongo in the Northern Region of Ghana.
11, ST. ROSES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 81.59%
St Roses Senior High is an all-female second-cycle high school in Akwatia in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
12, ST. LOUIS SNR. HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 81.25%
St. Louis Senior High School is a Ghanaian educational institution for girls in the Oduom suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
13, SAVIOUR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 80.79%
Saviour Senior High School is one of the fastest-growing institutions located at Nsutam near Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
14, MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 79.03%
Mfantsipim is an all-boys boarding secondary school in Cape Coast, Ghana.
15, PRESEC LEGON BOYS’ SNR. HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 78.08%
Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School is a secondary boarding school for boys, in Legon, Accra, Ghana.
16, GALAXY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 77.46%
Galaxy International School is an international school located in Accra, Ghana. The school has three campuses, a secondary school located in Ashaley Botwe, a primary school, and a preschool located in East Legon, all in Accra.
17, PREMPEH COLLEGE – Average percentage of passes: 76.63%
Prempeh College is a public secondary boarding school for boys located in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region, Ghana.
18, BEREKUM STAR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 75.94%
Berekum Star Senior High School is a private educational institution located in Berekum in the Bono Region.
19, POPE JOHN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 75.83%
Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary is an all-boys boarding school, located at Effiduase, Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
20, ABURI GIRLS’ SNR. HIGH SCHOOL – Average percentage of passes: 74.46%
Aburi Girls’ Senior High School, formerly Aburi Girls’ Secondary School, also known as ABUGISS, is a Presbyterian all-girls’ senior high boarding school located south of Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
And the other 10 are:
21 Aquinas Secondary Cantonments,
22 Christian Methodist School, Asylum Down
23 Dansoman Secondary School, Dansoman
24 Ebenezer Secondary School, Dansoman
25 Edge Hill Senior High School, Awoshie
26 Faith Montessori School and International College
27 Ghana International School
28 Holy Trinity Secondary, High Street
29 Kaneshie Secondary Technical School, Kaneshie
30 Kinbu Secondary Technical, Kinbu