General information

NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for high potential and gifted students including opportunity classes and selective high schools.

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 high potential and gifted students in NSW. For further information see the High Potential and Gifted Education 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.

Graph showing the very high to extremely high level of IQ
Image: The very high to extremely high levels of IQ typical of students in selective high schools and opportunity classes.

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.

As a result of the implementation of findings from the review, the application dates for selective high schools for entry to Year 7 in 2022 have not yet been confirmed. We expect the application dates to be mid-October to mid-November 2020 and the test date to be in mid-March 2021. This is yet to be confirmed.

Key dates - Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2021


Date Activity
26 June 2020 Applications close for Year 5 entry in 2021

9 June-21 August 2020

Parents request any disability provisions

30 June-3 July 2020

Principals verify student information

2 September 2020

Parents receive ‘Test authority’ advice

Parents advised of disability provisions granted for the test

16 September 2020

Opportunity Class Placement Test

25 September 2020

Last day to change school choices

November 2020

Selection process occurs

Overnight on 1 December 2020

Placement outcome information sent to parents

From 1 December 2020

Parents accept or decline offers

Mid-December 2020

Reserve lists activated

Late January 2021

Parents of successful students sent ‘Authority to attend’ letters to take to the school on the first day of term in 2021

27 January 2020

At 5 pm, students with accepted offers are withdrawn from reserve lists

Key dates - Year 7 selective high schools

Date Activity
12 March 2020 Selective High School Placement Test
26 March 2020 Illness/misadventure requests submitted
26 April 2020 Last day to change selective high school choices
May-June Reserve lists for 2020 entry close
3 July 2020 Placement outcomes sent overnight
22 July 2020 Appeals due to principals
28 July 2020 Principals send appeals to the Team
July 2020 to end of Term 1 2021 Parents accept or decline offers
Early August 2020 Reserve list progress published on website
6 October 2020 Applications open for entry to Year 7 in 2022
9 November 2020 Applications for entry to Year 7 in 2022 close
mid-October 2020 Appeal outcomes are sent to parents for entry to Year 7 in 2021
1 December 2020 Principals provide school assessment scores for entry in 2022
16 December 2020 Applicants with offers for 2021 entry are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined
mid-January 2021 Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in Year 7 in 2021
late February 2022 Test authority letter is sent to candidates for entry in 2022

Key dates - Years 8 to 12 selective high schools

Dates Activity
Late May 2020

Application information available on this website and from selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.

Check school websites or contact the school for specific application and assessment requirements.

19 June 2020 Application form available on this website and from selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
24 July 2020

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 2020 Selection committees meet and consider applications for entry starting in 2021.
October - November 2020 Outcome advice is sent to applicants by each school for entry starting in 2021.

Test dates

Opportunity Class Placement Test dates Selective High School Placement Test dates
Wednesday 16 September 2020 Thursday 12 March 2020
21 July 2021 for 2022 entry 11 March 2021 for 2022 entry

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

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