High potential and gifted students

High potential students are those whose potential exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains: intellectual, creative, social-emotional and physical.

Gifted students are those whose potential significantly exceeds that of students of the same age in one or more domains: intellectual, creative, social-emotional, and physical.

Talent development is the process by which a student’s potential is developed into high achievement in a specific domain or field of endeavour. (Gagné Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent 2009.)

High potential and gifted students, in all domains, learn in ways characterised by their diverse profiles. Many characteristics cross the domains but others are more relevant to one domain than to the others.

The characteristics listed below may be found in many learners but are strongly evident in high potential and gifted learners. Conversely, not all high potential and gifted learners will display all of these characteristics due to lack of opportunity, disability or disadvantage.

High potential and gifted learners may demonstrate:

  • curiosity
  • an ease of learning that is fast paced
  • intense concentration in new learning or areas of interest
    perseverance
  • high levels of self-criticism
  • perfectionism
  • strong sense of moral reasoning and justice
  • intrinsic motivation and be goal driven, particularly in their area of interest
    a sophisticated sense of humour
  • creative and critical thinking skills
  • high expectations for self and others
  • an advanced level of observation
  • high levels of excitement by new ideas
  • independent thinking

Note: These learning characteristics should be used as only one source of evidence to assess and identify students

Opportunity classes and selective high schools

Opportunity classes and selective high schools form part of the Department of Education's commitment to identify and provide a range of opportunities for gifted and high potential students in NSW.

Find out more about how gifted and high potential students are catered for in NSW schools, including the updated High Potential and Gifted Education Policy.

The history of establishment of opportunity classes and selective high schools

Establishment of opportunity classes
1992 Schools

Artarmon Public School

Beecroft Public School

Caringbah Public School

Chatswood Public School

Eastwood Public School (removed 2003)

Hurstville Public School

Neutral Bay Public School (one class removed 2012)

Summer Hill Public School (one class removed 2016)

Sutherland Public School

Waitara Public School

Woollahra Public School
1993 Schools

Alstonville Public School

Biraban Public School (one class removed in 2016 due to insufficient applicants)

Blaxland East/Glenbrook Public School

Blaxcell Street Public School

Bradbury Public School

Camden South Public School

Colyton Public School

Coonabarabran Public School

Cudgegong Valley Public School

Dubbo West Public School

Dural Public School

Georges Hall Public School

Goonellabah Public School

Gosford Public School

Goulburn West Public School

Grafton South Public School

Greenacre Public School

Greystanes Public School

Harrington Public School

Holsworthy Public School

Jewells Public School

Kingswood Public School

Leumeah Public School

Lithgow Public School

Matthew Pearce Public School

Mona Vale Public School

Moree Public School

Newbridge Heights Public School

New Lambton South Public School

North Rocks Public School

Picnic Point Public School

Port Macquarie Public School

Rutherford Public School

Smithfield Public School

St Johns Park Tahmoor Public School

Tahmoor Public School

Tamworth Public School

Tamworth South Public School

Tighes Hill Public School

Wollongong Public School

Wyong Public School
1996 Schools

Blacktown South Public School

Casula Public School

Cessnock West Public School

Earlwood Public School

Quakers Hill Public School

Queanbeyan South Public School

Richmond Public School

Ryde Public School

St Andrews Public School

Sturt Public School

Toormina Public School

Wentworth Falls Public School
2000 Schools

Soldiers Point Public School
2001 Schools

Illaroo Road Public School
2002 Schools

Balmain Public School

Maryland Public School

Wilkins Public School
2003 Schools

Ermington Public School
2004 Schools

Alexandria Park Community School
2006 Schools

Taree Public School (removed 2011)
2008 Schools

Bathurst West Public School

Ironbark Ridge Public School
2012 Schools

Balgowlah Heights Public School
2016 Schools

Armidale Public School

Ashfield Public School

Establishment of opportunity classes
1992 Schools

Artarmon Public School

Beecroft Public School

Caringbah Public School

Chatswood Public School

Eastwood Public School (removed 2003)

Hurstville Public School

Neutral Bay Public School (one class removed 2012)

Summer Hill Public School (one class removed 2016)

Sutherland Public School

Waitara Public School

Woollahra Public School
1993 Schools

Alstonville Public School

Biraban Public School (one class removed in 2016 due to insufficient applicants)

Blaxland East/Glenbrook Public School

Blaxcell Street Public School

Bradbury Public School

Camden South Public School

Colyton Public School

Coonabarabran Public School

Cudgegong Valley Public School

Dubbo West Public School

Dural Public School

Georges Hall Public School

Goonellabah Public School

Gosford Public School

Goulburn West Public School

Grafton South Public School

Greenacre Public School

Greystanes Public School

Harrington Public School

Holsworthy Public School

Jewells Public School

Kingswood Public School

Leumeah Public School

Lithgow Public School

Matthew Pearce Public School

Mona Vale Public School

Moree Public School

Newbridge Heights Public School

New Lambton South Public School

North Rocks Public School

Picnic Point Public School

Port Macquarie Public School

Rutherford Public School

Smithfield Public School

St Johns Park Tahmoor Public School

Tahmoor Public School

Tamworth Public School

Tamworth South Public School

Tighes Hill Public School

Wollongong Public School

Wyong Public School
1996 Schools

Blacktown South Public School

Casula Public School

Cessnock West Public School

Earlwood Public School

Quakers Hill Public School

Queanbeyan South Public School

Richmond Public School

Ryde Public School

St Andrews Public School

Sturt Public School

Toormina Public School

Wentworth Falls Public School
2000 Schools

Soldiers Point Public School
2001 Schools

Illaroo Road Public School
2002 Schools

Balmain Public School

Maryland Public School

Wilkins Public School
2003 Schools

Ermington Public School
2004 Schools

Alexandria Park Community School
2006 Schools

Taree Public School (removed 2011)
2008 Schools

Bathurst West Public School

Ironbark Ridge Public School
2012 Schools

Balgowlah Heights Public School
2016 Schools

Armidale Public School

Ashfield Public School

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