Information for applicants


Application information

Online applications for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class in 2021 opened on Tuesday 9 June 2020 and closed on Friday 26 June 2020.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test has been rescheduled to Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Read Applying for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2021 for information about the process and important dates.

An accessible version of the application information is also available.

Students are offered placement in opportunity classes based on academic merit. Placement for 2021 entry is determined by the results of the Opportunity Class Placement Test alone.

Interstate or overseas applicants must submit a Report of academic merit if they cannot sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test.

The current primary school may be contacted during the selection process to request other evidence of academic merit. Unless requested do not send any additional documentation such as school reports, merit certificates, NAPLAN or other test results.

Entry to Year 5 in 2021

Parents of Year 4 students enrolled in NSW government and non-government primary schools can apply. Students from home schools, interstate and overseas schools can also apply. The student must be a permanent resident of Australia, or a citizen of Australia or New Zealand.

Age and Year

Students are usually in Year 4 at the time of applying and when sitting the test in 2020. They are usually born between 1 January 2010 and 31 July 2011. 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, principals of opportunity classes and executive officers 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.

During the selection process, they 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 2020 and who are seeking to repeat Year 5 in an opportunity class in 2021.

Opportunity class principals and executive officers considering applications for seeking acceleration from Year 3 in 2020 to Year 5 in 2021 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.

Brothers and sisters

As placement in an opportunity class is based on academic merit, you should not expect that if one of your children has been successful, the other children in your family will be placed. The placement of one twin/triplet does not guarantee the placement of another.

Brothers and sisters and twins/triplets 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.

Residency requirements

Generally candidates must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Information on Australian citizenship is available from the Department of Human Affairs.

  • 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.

Residential address

A student's family must be living in NSW by the beginning of the 2021 school year. Applications from parents who continue to live outside NSW after the 2021 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.

Special considerations

During the selection process special consideration is given under certain circumstances.

Cultural background

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

Special consideration is given to students with a disability including medical conditions or behavioural disorders. During the selection process, consideration is given to any disability provisions arranged for the student during the Opportunity Class Placement Test.

Parents may be required to wait at the test centre during the test if authorised as a disability provision.

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 for entry in 2021 by submitting a completed a 'Change of choice' form by Wednesday 25 November 2020.

You cannot change your school choices after Wednesday 25 November 2020 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 before contacting the Team by email at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 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.

Translated information in 35 languages regarding the Opportunity Class Placement Test can be found at Translated documents: Opportunity class placement test.


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