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.
Key dates – Opportunity classes
|1 May 2018||Application opens online|
|18 May 2018||Application closes (no late applications)|
|18 July 2018||Parents are sent Test Authority advice|
|1 August 2018||Opportunity class placement test for entry in 2019|
|10 August 2018||Change of school choice closes for entry in 2019|
|15 August 2018||Requests 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 2019||Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined|
Key dates – Year 7 selective schools
|24 January 2018||Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2018|
|1 March 2018||Test authority advice sent to applicants for entry in 2019|
|15 March 2018||Selective High School Placement Test held for entry in 2019|
|29 March 2018||Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants for entry in 2019|
|27 April 2018||Change of school choice closes for entry in 2019|
|May-June 2018||Reserve lists close for entry in 2018|
|Early July 2018||Placement outcome advice sent for entry in 2019|
|23 July 2018||Appeals due to primary school principals for entry in 2019|
|9 October 2018||Application for entry in 2020 opens online|
|12 November 2018||Application for entry in 2020 closes|
|5 October 2018||Outcome of appeals sent for entry in 2019|
|14 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|
Key dates – Years 8 to 12 selective schools
|15 June 2018|
Application information available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
|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.|
|Opportunity Class Placement Test dates||Selective High School Placement Test dates|
|Wednesday 1 August 2018||Thursday 15 March 2018|
|Wednesday 31 July 2019||Thursday 14 March 2019|
|Wednesday 29 July 2020||Thursday 12 March 2020|
Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.