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.

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
mid 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 schools

Date Activity
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 Team for entry in 2020
early August 2019 Reserve list progress is updated on the website
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
27 February 2020 Test authority letter is sent to candidates for entry in 2021
12 March 2020 Selective High School Placement Test for entry in 2021
26 March 2020 Requests for consideration of illness/misadventure submitted by applicants
26 April 2020 Last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2021
4 July 2020 Placement outcomes sent overnight for entry in 2021
22 July 2020 Parents send appeals to primary principals
29 July 2020 Principals submit appeals to the Team
early August 2020 Reserve list progress is updated on the website

Key dates – Years 8 to 12 selective schools

Dates Activity
14 June 2019

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.

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.

Test dates

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

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

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