General information

NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for gifted and talented 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 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.

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

Key dates – Opportunity classes

DateActivity
1 May 2018Application opens online
18 May 2018 Application closes (no late applications)
18 July 2018Parents are sent Test Authority advice
1 August 2018 Opportunity class placement test for entry in 2019
10 August 2018Change of school choice closes for entry in 2019
15 August 2018Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants
Mid-October 2018 Placement outcome information sent to parents
26 October 2018 Appeals due to principals
Late November 2018 Outcome of appeals sent to parents
Mid-January 2019 Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2019
29 January 2019Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined

Key dates – Year 7 selective schools

Date Activity
9 October 2018 Application for entry in 2020 opens online
12 November 2018 Application for entry in 2020 closes
mid-October 2018Outcome of appeals sent for entry in 2019
7 December 2018Principals provide school assessment scores for entry in 2020
19 December 2018Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined
Mid-January 2019Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2019
28 February 2019Test authority letter is sent to parents for entry in 2020
14 March 2019Selective High School Placement Test held for entry in 2020
28 March 2019Illness/misadventure requests due for entry in 2020
26 April 2019last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2020
May-June 2019Reserve lists close for entry in 2019
5 July 2019Placement outcomes sent overnight for entry in 2020
23 July 2019Appeals sent to primary principals for entry in 2020
30 July 2019Principals send appeals to the Unit for entry in 2020
October 2019Appeal outcomes are sent to parents for entry in 2020
18 December 2019Applicants with offers for 2020 entry are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined

Key dates – Years 8 to 12 selective schools

Dates Activity
 15 June 2018

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

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

22 June 2018 Application form available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
27 July 2018

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 2018 Selection committees meet and consider applications.
September/October 2018 Outcome advice is sent to applicants by each school.

Test dates

Opportunity Class Placement Test datesSelective High School Placement Test dates
Wednesday 1 August 2018Thursday 15 March 2018
Wednesday 31 July 2019Thursday 14 March 2019
Wednesday 29 July 2020Thursday 12 March 2020

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

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