General information

NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for high potential and gifted 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 high potential and gifted students in NSW. For further information see the High Potential and Gifted Education 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.

High potential and gifted students

Opportunity classes and selective high schools cater for high potential and gifted students.

See some examples of students' experiences in opportunity classes and selective high schools.

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

Find key dates for Opportunity class placement, Selective high school placement in Year 7 and Selective high schools in Years 8 to 12.

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

Read about the ethics and privacy policy.

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