Opportunity classes and selective high schools form part of the NSW Department of Education's commitment to identify and provide a range of opportunities for gifted and talented students in NSW. For further information see the Gifted and talented policy.
In line with the ability classification provided with the WISC-V IQ test, selective high school and opportunity class placement is most appropriate for those students classified as having very high to extremely high academic merit.
Review of Selective high school access
In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.
Key dates – Opportunity classes
|Mid-January 2019||Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2019|
|29 January 2019||Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined|
|30 April 2019||Application opens online for entry in 2020|
|17 May 2019||Application closes at 5pm (no late applications)|
|7 June 2019||Non-government school principals send school assessment scores|
|16 July 2019||Parents are sent Test Authority advice|
|31 July 2019||Opportunity Class Placement Test|
|9 August 2019||Change of school choice closes for entry in 2020|
|14 August 2019||Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants|
|mid-October 2019||Placement outcome information sent to parents|
|25 October 2019||Appeals due to principals|
|Late November 2019||Outcome of appeals sent to parents|
|mid January 2020||Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2020|
Key dates – Year 7 selective schools
|19 December 2018||Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined|
|mid-January 2019||Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2019|
|28 February 2019||Test authority letter is sent to parents for entry in 2020|
|14 March 2019||Selective High School Placement Test held for entry in 2020|
|28 March 2019||Illness/misadventure requests due for entry in 2020|
|26 April 2019||last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2020|
|May-June 2019||Reserve lists close for entry in 2019|
|5 July 2019||Placement outcomes sent overnight for entry in 2020|
|23 July 2019||Parents send appeals to primary principals for entry in 2020|
|30 July 2019||Principals send appeals to the Unit for entry in 2020|
|8 October 2019||Applications for entry to Year 7 in 2021 open online|
|mid-October 2019||Appeal outcomes are sent to parents for entry to Year 7 in 2020|
|11 November 2019||Application for entry to Year 7 in 2021 closes|
|6 December 2019||Principals provide school assessment scores for entry in 2021|
|18 December 2019||Applicants with offers for 2020 entry are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined|
|mid-January 2020||Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in Year 7 in 2020|
Key dates – Years 8 to 12 selective schools
|14 June 2019|
Application information available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
|21 June 2019||Application form available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.|
|26 July 2019|
Closing date for completed application forms to be submitted to the chosen selective high schools. A separate form must be submitted to each school.
|August - September 2019||Selection committees meet and consider applications for entry in 2020.|
|September - October 2019||Outcome advice is sent to applicants by each school for entry in 2020.|
|Opportunity Class Placement Test dates||Selective High School Placement Test dates|
|Wednesday 31 July 2019||Thursday 14 March 2019|
|Wednesday 29 July 2020||Thursday 12 March 2020|
Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.