Application process

Applications for opportunity class entry are completed online.

Application for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class in 2018 opened on Wednesday 26 April 2017 and closed on Friday 12 May 2017.

Late applications are not accepted. Closing dates for applications are strictly observed. The placement program operates on a very tight schedule and involves the use of external contractors who cannot accommodate late additions to the candidature for testing. There can be no exceptions made on compassionate grounds. The only circumstances under which a late application can be considered are:

  • where parents are applying for placement of their children in rural and remote areas where there is a shortage of suitable candidates. The choices are locked for these applicants and they cannot be considered for placement at any other opportunity classes even if they move their residence.
  • where both parents/carers have documentary evidence to support a claim that circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing an application that takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is available 24 hours a day on any internet enabled device during the application period.

Applicants complete the following steps to apply for Year 5 opportunity class entry.  Read Information about applying for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2018 (PDF 230 KB) prior to submitting an application.

Steps

  1. Public school applicants may be asked to complete an 'Intention to apply' form by the current primary school so the school knows who intends to apply.
  2. Go to the 'opportunity class  placement application' online – available here from 26 April 2017 to 12 May 2017 and follow instructions for registration.
    • Parents must register prior to applying by providing a valid email address – do not use a student's email address. You will receive an email with your password for the online application.
  3. Return to the application and log in using your email address and password.
  4. Complete your contact details. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed prior to proceeding to the next page by selecting 'Next'. To return to the previous page click the 'Previous' button.
  5. When your contact details are complete, click the 'Next' button.
  6. Follow the steps on each page to complete the opportunity class placement application.
  7. Enter information about any special test provisions, if required.
  8. To leave the application before it is finished select 'Log off' and close your browser. You will need to log in again when you return.
  9. When you have completed your application click 'Submit'. Make a note of the student application number shown on the screen.

Changes cannot be made to applications online once submitted. Any changes must be provided to the High Performing Students Unit in writing. The Unit will usually acknowledge by email or post any change request when it is processed.

Applicants can choose up to two opportunity classes. Choose the opportunity class and the order of the classes carefully. You can change your choices until 4 August 2017 for entry in 2018. Changes of choice cannot normally be made after outcomes are released. After the outcome is released you cannot change the school choice on the basis that the student could have qualified for a different school.

Use the internet at a public library if you do not have access at home. In 'contact details'  select 'by mail only' for future communication to be sent by post. Email confirmation of submitted applications is automatically generated.

Contact the high performing students unit for assistance if you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer.

Add ssu@det.nsw.edu.au to your email contacts to ensure you receive correspondence from the High Performing Students Unit. Also check your spam or junk folder regularly.

Additional documents

If any of the following apply to your child, and if you have not already done so, you need to send copies of the following supporting documents to the Unit:

  • information about a disability, medical condition or behavioural disorder. If you believe your child needs special provisions, you will need to provide diagnostic evidence.
  • copy of court orders  if they relate to this child’s education
  • explanation of why the child is older or younger than the usual age range or not in Year 4 when applying.
  • for interstate/overseas students – full WISC IV or V IQ report and standardised reading and mathematics test results required as part of a Report of academic merit.

Court orders

Tick the relevant box for 'Court orders' on the application if there are any family law, apprehended violence orders or other relevant court orders in relation to such matters as the education of the student, the parental responsibility for the student, the student's main residence, restricting access to the student's record or restricting the provision of information about the student. Scan and send a complete copy of the orders to the Unit.

The Unit will give information to anyone legally entitled to it.

Confirmation email

After submitting your application you will receive a confirmation email with:

  • a copy of the application including a student application number – include this number on all communication or when making inquiries about the application
  • an 'attachments cover sheet' to use if sending additional documentation
  • a 'Part B - school section' for non-government school principals to provide school assessment scores.

Check the application details carefully. Email the high performing students unit if there are any errors. Do not complete another application for the same student.

School assessment scores

Public school principals provide school assessment scores in English and mathematics based on a student's performance in Year 4 up to the beginning of June, and if relevant, Year 3. Principals may also comment on issues relevant to the application.

Non-government primary school principals are asked to submit a student's school assessment scores and sign the 'school section' of the application. This must be returned to the High Performing Students Unit by the advertised due date in early June.

If a non-government school is unwilling to provide school assessment scores, ask the principal to sign and stamp the form without scores. If the principal is unwilling to sign the form, send an explanation to the Unit. Applications without assessment scores and without an acceptable reason may not qualify for placement.

The Unit will inform parents that a principal's page has been received from the student's non-government school. However, it is not possible at the application stage for the Unit to check whether or not school assessment scores have been provided on that page. It is the parents' responsibility to check with their child's school whether or not the principal has provided school assessment scores. The Unit will advise parents only if school assessment scores have been provided for all other candidates except their child. Parents can then follow up with the school. Selection committees may choose not to accept candidates for whom the principal's page has not been provided to the Unit.

Interstate and overseas applicants

Students temporarily living interstate or overseas unable to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test may still apply for Year 5 placement in a NSW opportunity class. Applications will be considered by the selection committee through the interstate and overseas procedure or the illness/misadventure procedure (if the child has school assessment scores from Year 4).

Interstate or overseas students who are able to return to NSW to sit the test do not need to submit a report of academic merit. Interstate or overseas students do not submit school assessment scores unless they attended a NSW school for Year 4.

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