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