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
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 - Opportunity classes

Date Activity
late January 2020 Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling in an opportunity class in 2020
28 January 2020 Applicants for 2020 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined
28 April 2020 Application opens online for entry in 2021
15 May 2020 Application closes at 5 pm (no late applications)
5 June 2020 Non-government school principals send school assessment scores
15 July 2020 Parents are sent Test Authority advice
29 July 2020 Opportunity Class Placement Test
7 August 2020  Change of school choice closes for entry in 2021
12 August 2020  Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants
9 October 2020 Placement outcome information sent to parents
23 October 2020 Appeals due to principals
early December 2020 Outcome of appeals sent to parents
mid January 2021 Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2021

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.
September - October 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 29 July 2020 Thursday 12 March 2020
Early August 2021 (TBC) Mid-March 2021 (TBC)

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

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