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.
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
There will be changes to the opportunity class placement process for entry in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications for opportunity class placement scheduled to open on 28 April 2020 have been delayed.
Revised timing and dates including a new date for the Opportunity Class Placement Test will be announced as they become available.
Key dates - Year 7 selective high schools
|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
|Late May 2020||
Application information available on this website and from selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
|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.|
|September - October 2020||Outcome advice is sent to applicants by each school for entry starting in 2021.|
|Opportunity Class Placement Test dates||Selective High School Placement Test dates|
|To be advised for 2021 entry||Thursday 12 March 2020|
|21 July 2021 for 2022 entry||11 March 2021 for 2022 entry|
Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.