Top 20 Best Secondary Schools in Anambra State (2024)

Best Schools To Attend In Anambra State 2024

In Nigeria, Anambra state has the best secondary school system thanks to the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi who through post primary school service commission (PPSSC) and ANIDS was able to strengthen the educational system in the state and make it a model for other states to copy in Nigeria.

Christ the king college best secondary school in anambra state

As a result of efforts made by the governor in the educational sector, the state has remained in the top 3 best performers in senior school certificate exams in the country for the past ten years. Virtually all secondary schools in Anambra state (private and government owned) were given serious face lift during Mr. Peter Obi’s administration. Also the decision of the state government to return all mission schools back to the church played a great role in resuscitating the sector.

This post will focus on review of the best secondary schools in Anambra state.

Some of the prerequisites for ranking Anambra best secondary schools are: academic excellence and performance, discipline, infrastructure and performance at WAEC,NECO & JAMB examinations.

In this write up, we will be listing the top 15 best secondary schools in Anambra state and their locations which are popular and are known to provide quality education.

Some criteria used in this ranking the best secondary schools in Anambra state was well investigated and researched from ministry of education office in the state.

In this ranking, the federal unity schools in the state will be excluded. For parents who are on the lookout for the best secondary schools where they can send their wards to in the south east, this post will be helpful to you.

Top 20 Best Secondary Schools in Anambra State

What are the Anambra best secondary schools? Find out in this segment of the article. Below is the list of best secondary schools in Anambra State, including best schools in Awka, best secondary schools in Onitsha and top schools in Nnewi. These are the best schools in Anambra State.

1. Regina Pacis Secondary School, Onitsha 

Regina Pacis is ranked as the best secondary school in Anambra state due to its strides in the academic activities in the state. Also known as Academic paradise, Regina Pacis is a Catholic mission secondary school, owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha. They are one of most popular schools that sits on the top of the list with solid infrastructure and academic record.

Regina Pacis represented Nigeria in the recent concluded tech competition where they beat their counterparts from Canada, Spain, and Germany to emerge the overall best in the competition. The school was founded in the year 2009 and they are located at Awka road, Onitsha off stadium road.

Regina Pacis is also an all-girls secondary school and all students are boarded inside the school. This academic institution is one of many secondary schools that guarantees success in o’level examinations such as West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) and General Certificate of Education (GCE).

2. Loretto Special Secondary School, Adazi – Nnukwu 

Loretto Special is another leading all girls secondary school in Anambra which sits up there with Regina Pacis as the best secondary educational institutions in Nigeria. Loretto is located in Adazi Nnukwu Town in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state.

It is a mission secondary school owned by Catholic Diocese of Awka. One of the high points of this institution was when they represented Nigerian in a world debate championship in faraway Singapore. They emerged winners in the contest. It is worthy to note that Loretto is an all girls senior secondary school, i.e it is an academic institution for senior secondary students as well as special school for science students.

The school was former teachers training college before it evolved into a full fledged senior secondary school.

3. Austica Memorial College, Nanka

This college has what it takes to be listed among the popular secondary schools that students in Anambra state likes to attend. Founded upon the blood of two martyrs, Augustine Eze and Scholastic Nnolim, this academic institution has proven to be among the top best schools in Anambra.

Austica is an all-boys boarding secondary school owned by Charismatic Renewal Catholic Diocese of Awka, located at Nanka town along Awka Ekwulobia road in Orumba North Local Government Area. Austica is well known for its strides in academic activities as well as extra-curricular activities like sports and music.

4. Marist Cmprehensive College, Nteje

Located at Nteje, Oyi local government area of Anambra state, the institution is owned and managed by Marist brothers (catholic brotherhood movement). The schooled is a mixed all students boarding school with a massive infrastructure. Marist comprehensive college is renowned for its academic achievements cum moral discipline.

5. Holy Ghost Academy, Amaopkala

Established in 2003 by the catholic holy ghost congregation, HGA is located in amaokpala In orumba north local government area of Anambra state. The school is regarded as where discipline marries academic excellence. Holy ghost academy is an all boy boarding secondary school.

6. Tansi International College, Awka

Established in the year 1999 and named after Nigerian 1st blessed Michael iwene tansi. TICA as popularly called is an all-boys secondary boarding school situated at awka the capital of Anambra state. At tansi college, Christian life as well as academic exercised is well imbibed in the students. TICA also offers latin language which makes it easy students who are willing to pursue vocation in catholic priesthood.

7. Christ the King College, Onitsha

One of the oldest secondary school in Anambra state and Nigeria at large. Ckc stands out for its renowned academic success and discipline. The institution is owned by catholic archdiocese of Onitsha and it’s an all-boys boarding secondary school .The institution has produced many very successful individuals in different fields especially in Nigerian politics . The likes of peter obi, peter odili, willie obiano, oseloka obaze among numerous others are members of old boys of CKC. The school have a very strong old boys association which has contributed immensely to the development of the institution.

8. St. Paul university secondary school, Nise

A secondary school owned by Paul university of Anglican communion sits up the chart with best in the state. St Paul university secondary school is a mixed boarding school located at nise town awka south local government area of Anambra state . it a school where discipline is held very high equally with a high academic standard.

9. Denis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha 

An all-boys school founded in 1925 by Anglican communion. DMGS is located in Onitsha Anambra state and it’s an all student boarding secondary school. At DMGS, ethical and moral values is inculcated into the students through education. Dennis memorial secondary school is well known for their academic achievements especially in the senior secondary school examinations. the institute is owned and managed by Anglican communion of Onitsha which helps to imbibe high discipline among the students

10. Maria Regina, Nnewi 

Maria Regina is an all-girls secondary school located at Nnewi. The school is owned by catholic diocese of Nnewi and the school is managed by sisters of immaculate heart of Mary(IHM). The school started as a grade three teachers Training institute in the early 90s before after series of evolution emerged an all-girls secondary school. Maria Regina is one of many mission schools returned back to the church between 2006 to 2014 by the administration of Mr. peter obi.

11. British Spring College, Awka 

British Spring College is a top secondary of international standard. The college is located at 1, British Spring Estate Road, Nkwelle Awka, Anambra State.

It is one of the secondary schools in Anambra State with top quality infrastructure and staff. The college is also located at a very serene environment fit for academic and learning exercises.

12. Grundtvig International Secondary School, Oba

Named after Danish philosopher N. F. S. Grundtvig, the international co-educational secondary school is a private secondary school situated at Oba town Anambra State.

School provides a safe, comfortable and conducive environment for harmonious living, learning and all-round development.

Learning facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries at Grundtvig is world class. The international secondary school is located at KM. 11 Onitsha-Owerri Expressway P. O. Box 275, Oba.

At Grundtvig, academic excellence, discipline and morals is at top echelons of every other activities. It is a full time boarding secondary school.

13. Federal Girls Secondary School, Onitsha (FGSS)

Federal Girls Secondary School, Onitsha is one of the best all girls boarding secondary school in Anambra State established by federal ministry of education.

The secondary school is situated at the popular 3-3 Onitsha.

The top performing girls secondary school has adequate infrastructure and staff needed to help bring out the best in their students.

14. St John Of God Secondary School, Awka

St John Of God Secondary School is a top performing mission secondary school in Anambra owned by catholic diocese of Awka.

The secondary school is all girls boarding secondary school and has a long history of giving quality academic and all round training to girl child.

The school is located behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

15.Divine Rays British School, Obosi

Divine Rays British School located at Obosi, a town very close to Onitsha is one of few best international secondary schools in Anambra state.

The highly reputable academic institution is owned by popular cleric, Fr. Emmanuel Obimma popularly known as Fr. Ebube Muonso.

The school accepts students from all over Nigeria and has boarding facilities.

It is one of the most enqipped and disciplined secondary schools in Anambra state.

Address of Divine Rays British School is 5 Mike Ajegbo Road Obosi, Onitsha.

16. St. Charles College Onitsha

Another top best all boys secondary school in Anambra state is St.

Charles College Onitsha. It is one of the biggest and most prestigious secondary schools in Anambra State.

St. Charles College Onitsha is of two sections: science special section and secondary section.

The Anambra state best college secondary school is situated at Awka road Onitsha and is highly disciplined secondary school for boys in Onitsha, Anambra State.

17. Holy Child Secondary School, Isuofia

Holy Child Secondary School located at Isuofia,in Aguata LGA of Anambra state is one of the Anambra state best secondary schools.

HCSSI is one of the best mixed or co-educational secondary schools in Anambra state.

The school is located in a semi urban part of the state with quality and solid infrastructure.

Students of the school are known for their high discipline and academic excellence.

18. Bubendorff Memorial Grammar School (BMGS) Adazi-Nnukwu 

This is one of the best all boys mission secondary schools in Anambra state.

The academic institution sits on large expanse of land along Adazi-Nnukwu-Obeledu road in Anaocha LGA Anambra of Anambra state.

When you talk of infrastructure, BMGS is currently one of the most enqiupped secondary schools in Anambra state backed with highly qualified staff.

The school is headed by priests and catholic religious formators.

The school is porpularly called the boys village as drived from its name founded after a German missionary priest, Bubendorff.

The school is located in very safe and serene environment which is fit for academic activities with accessible roads.

BMGS as widely called is one of the Anambra best all boys boarding secondary schools.


The above schools stand out as the top 20 secondary schools ranked as the best in Anambra state this year.

Anambra best secondary schools has become some of the biggest project of the states.

This is because top secondary schools in Anambra state has constantly carried the name of the state to world education stages.

They have become worth ambassadors of Anambra state. Secondary schools in Anambra state such as Loretto Special Science School, Regina Pacis has done noble in this regard.

There are Anambra state best secondary schools and colleges currently. This publication do not capture all best and top secondary schools in Anambra state.

Feel free to send us mails or use our comment section if you feel your school or Alma mater deserve a place in our list of best secondary schools in Anambra state.

Map showing areas where the best secondary schools in Anambra state are located


The Author

Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.


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  1. IFEZUE chiamaka

    Am not surprised thoo Regina pacis model secondary school is my alma mater

    1. it is a great citadel of learning

  2. British spring college awka, divine royal international school nkpor, grundtvic school oba….not on your list? Where did you get your list from?

    1. while acknowledging these great schools you mentioned,you can as well agree that those that made the list can match or surpass your list in terms of academic excellence, discipline, morals,infrastructure,population as well as success over time.nevertheless,schools on your list are great schools.

      1. Uro-chukwu Franklyn

        I think you omitted British spring international college in that list not to talk of Grundtvig International secondary school Oba, I know those are great schools you listed there, but based on academic excellence I can’t deny Grundtvig, that’s where shell students on scholarship in the whole south-east go to!

        1. thank you frank for the information,perhaps in our next review, some top schools will make the list

      2. Thank you so much for the update

    2. It’s there u didn’t check properly

    3. Please what of hand made of God girls secondary School,Amansea

  3. Austica …my Alma Mater …
    Coming up soon we shall be the Best amongs all….

    1. Lol 😛😛😛😛😛

  4. Loretto my almamater, it has always been d best in terms of moral discipline,academic and otherwise. It remains d best among others

  5. why does an institute like christ the king college not in the first?.maybe you have not been there recently.we are and will always remain the first among equal.GOD bless my Alma Mater.UP CKC

    1. we are not just looking at infrastructure,we also look at performance.


        Pls… When checking out academic performance, that should be carried out during the external exams…Coz a lot of those schools mentioned engage in exam malpractice..Their system support that. For Ckc to be placed 7th, something is wrong. So pls before compiling d list.. Send out spies during external exam coz that’s necessary for the evaluation. Tnks

      2. Pls how good is Divine Royal International School, Nkpor, Anambra State?

  6. I don’t see how any other secondary school in the SE can match CKC Onitsha.Apart from DMGS, none of these schools on your list has a long standing tradition and culture of excellence and solid achievements. But CKC tops the list in this regard: until recently the only college in Nigeria that always had old boy as judges of the Supreme Court; long list of famous people in all fields:ChikeObi in mathematics, Okigbo in Economics, Emeagwali in IT, three Governors and two deputy governors, etc; the only college to win international laurel in soccer (won the World Academical football competition in Dublin in 1977).

    1. its a great citadel of learning with a huge history & success track records

    2. Sir, thanks for your information but that was then.sir please take your time to visit the school during school hours and see for yourself what education have turned into. Please sir I’m not saying that DMGS is not a good school.

  7. Holy Rosary Girls College, Nsuegbe is not on your list, how did you come up this list, what is your ranking criteria.

    1. discipline,academic excellence,infrastructure and performance in external examinations.

  8. What’s your criteria for the grading?
    What’s your sources of information?
    Data gathering instrument validation authority?
    What’s your competency criteria to undertake this assessment?

    1. go through some replies here peter and you will see the methodology

  9. Holy Child Secondary School Isuofia is not in your list. Why?

    1. maybe in our next review, they might make the list when subjected under certain conditions

      1. Good morning, thanks for this publication, it helped me in choosing secondary school for my son. Please any idea of a mixed school that is affordable in Anambra. I really want my children to do their college at home(Anambra state?)
        Thank you

        1. Marist Brothers Nteje is among the good ones

        2. Which of the school didu chose for your son ?am also looking for a good school for my son too

  10. Please I would love to know why Queens convent awka is not in the list.

    1. its a very nice institution and can also be said to be a place of special, as such has a special formation for its students

  11. What about Bishop crowther seminary awka? That’s a great place of learning too

    1. its a great institution,but its a seminary and made for a special vocation

      1. What of all saints secondary School umunze

  12. I love Divine Ray’s British not only because is my almar mater but is a home away from home

  13. I didn’t see ST JOHN’S SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE ALOR HERE, home of gentle men…

  14. All this is good but u guys are missing one school which is unity comprehensive high school okpoko

  15. St.kizito girls secondary school Umudioka should be there, it is a very great citadel of learning

  16. Thanks for this list. Can I get the contacts of the schools to make my enquiry

  17. Please tell me three girls secondary that is the best in Anamber state

    1. Loretto Adazi-Nnukwu
      Regina Pacis Onitsha
      Mater Amabilis umuoji
      QRC Onitsha
      Maria Regina Nnewi

      1. Why Ado girls secondary school onitsha is not on the list

        1. Please tell me three best boarding school mixed school within Anambra u know

      2. Pls among this five scholsy you have mentioned for girls which one is the best .also I need one best science school that has a good labouratory equipment for girls

        1. Loretto Special Science School Adazi

          1. but Loretto is all senior secondary

  18. Handmaid girls secondary school Amansea is a good school also, you can browse the school for a review

  19. St. Paul’s university secondary school Nise❤️❤️

  20. Peter Chikezie Ani

    St. Charles College, Onitsha is not on your list. Why?

  21. Nwachukwu Promise

    Holy Rosary Girls College Nsugbe should be on your list.

    Best in BECE (Anambra state) 2019, 2020.
    Currently, the school will represent Anambra State in the Spelling bee Competition.
    And lots more.
    Good Science laboratory.
    Sound and qualified Teachers all around.
    Moral 100%
    Discipline 100%
    Come and see it for yourself.

    You can’t judge from the fence.

  22. The Lords Foundation school Nnewi is not there, what is your criteria for ranking? It iS the best as far as education is concerned in Nigeria.

  23. Access International School is one of the best schools in Anambra State. Check it out @google: Best schools in Anambra State

  24. Indeed Loretto Special science school Adazi is a place your girl child should be,especially if you want her to learn how to read . Hail my Alma mater. But i need a good school for my daughters junior secondary school before she can proceed to Loretto kindly suggest Sir.

  25. Why is St.Johns technical college Alor not mentioned?

  26. Please aside Marist College Nteje is there no other good co-ed boarding school in Anambra state? I am asking for my son for the next academic session!

    1. St Paul university secondary school nise

  27. Please,any idea of the tuition fees for Regina Pacis? More light on the school.

    1. Follow up through their official website


  29. Please sir, can you recommend best boys secondary school in Anambra, those that are very good in science

    1. Lorretto Special Science School Adazi

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