Information for applicants
Online applications for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class in 2022 open on Tuesday 20 April 2021 and close on Friday 7 May 2021.
Late applications cannot be accepted.
The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 21 July 2021.
Read Applying for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2022 for information about the process and important dates.
Students are offered placement in opportunity classes based on academic merit.
- the results of reading, mathematical reasoning and thinking skills tests in the Opportunity Class Placement Test and
- a ranking based on primary school assessments in English and mathematics.
This combination is expressed as a calculated placement score.
A selection committee is convened for each school with an opportunity class to determine placement of students. Selection committees may ask the current primary school or the parents to provide other evidence of academic merit.a ranking based on primary school assessments in English and mathematics.
Age and Year
Students are usually in Year 4 at the time of applying and when sitting the test in 2021. They are usually born between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2012. These students will be aged between 9 years and 5 months and 11 years at the time they start Year 5. If the child is out of the this age range or in another school Year when the application is made, selection committees will carefully look at the reasons parents give. They may ask for more information, or for an interview with the parent and the child if he or she is very young, to determine whether there are special requirements the school can provide.
Selection committees may:
- decide not to accept students who are much older than the usual age range set out above
- consider that students doing the test for a second time have gained an unfair advantage from their previous test experience with the test
- decide not to accept students who are already in Year 5 in 2021 and who are seeking to repeat Year 5 in an opportunity class in 2022.
Selection committees considering applications for seeking acceleration from Year 3 in 2021 to Year 5 in 2022 will take into account evidence of consultation with the school principal and will require the student to gain a calculated placement score which places them in the top half of the students offered placement in their school with an opportunity class of choice.
Entry to opportunity classes is based on individual academic merit so the placement of one twin or triplet does not guarantee the placement of another.
Siblings will be offered a place in the same opportunity class if they have scores that are high enough to qualify.
Parents of students who are offered a place in an opportunity class cannot assume that younger or older siblings can also enrol as an out-of-area enrolment at that school. Parents should consider this when choosing opportunity classes.
A student's family must be living in NSW by the beginning of the school year of entry.
A student must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen to enrol in an opportunity class. Information on Australian citizenship is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
- Applicants who do not meet residency requirements at the time of applying - but expect to meet them before December when initial offers are made - can sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test but will not be offered a place in an opportunity class unless permanent residency has been granted.
- Applicants must show evidence of residency requirements prior to being offered a place.
- Applicants who do not meet the residency requirements - including those who hold diplomatic visas - but who qualify for entry on academic grounds, can appeal if extenuating circumstances apply.
- Citizens of New Zealand living in New South Wales are eligible for opportunity class entry. Permanent residents of New Zealand are not.
School principals are required to check claims of residential status and citizenship against school records. All successful applicants will be required to show original documentation, such as a birth certificate, Australian Citizenship certificate or visa, before enrolment can be finalised by the school.
Find more information about interstate and overseas applications.
A student's family must be living in NSW by the beginning of the 2022 school year. Applications from parents who continue to live outside NSW after the 2022 school year begins will be considered only if there are vacancies after all suitable applicants from NSW have been placed.
Offers will be cancelled if the placement was based on false or misleading information.
The selection committees may provide special consideration under certain circumstances.
Special consideration is given to students who may have been disadvantaged in their ability to demonstrate academic merit such as:
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
- students who have been using the English language to do most of their school work for less than 4 years.
Disability including medical conditions or behavioural disorders
The selection committees will give special consideration to students with a disability, medical or behavioural condition to determine if they have been disadvantaged in their ability to demonstrate academic merit. Parents may request reasonable adjustments for disability for the Opportunity Class Placement Test when applying, if the student has such adjustments at school.
Parents must disclose information about medical conditions and medication prior to the Opportunity Class Placement Test. Parents may be required to wait at the test centre during the test if authorised as an adjustment for disability.
Illness or misadventure
Parents can submit a request for special consideration of illness or misadventure where an event has affected a child's performance on the test or in the school assessments or has caused the child to miss the test.
Choosing a school
Consider carefully the school choices and the order of school choices when you are choosing an opportunity class. You can change choices by logging in to your application and make changes. Change of choice requests are accepted up to Friday 6 August 2021.
You cannot change your school choices after Friday 6 August 2021 unless something unexpected and outside your control changes and you have documentary evidence. Any request for a change of school choices must be approved by the Team Leader.
Changes of choice cannot normally be made after placement outcome information is released and you cannot transfer between primary schools with opportunity classes.
Where can I get further information?
The Team updates information about opportunity class placement procedures regularly on this website.
The Team's telephone system also has current information about the placement process. Please check this website or Facebook page, or send a message through your application dashboard before contacting the Team by phone on 1300 880 367.
You will need to give the application number and other identifying information when talking about a particular student. For email enquiries you should use the original email address used in the application.
Ask your child's teacher if you want advice about whether or not your child might benefit from attending an opportunity class.
Check Facebook for regular updates on the placement process.