What are opportunity classes?

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving Year 5 and Year 6 academically gifted students who may otherwise be without classmates at their own academic and social level. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students and by using specialised teaching methods and educational materials at the appropriate level.

Parents normally apply when students are in Year 4. Students who are placed then attend the opportunity class full time in Years 5 and 6 at the primary school with an opportunity class. It is a two-year placement program. In the majority of cases, students who accept a place in an opportunity class will leave their current school to attend the school with an opportunity class.

There is no provision to apply for Year 6 placement only.

The High Performing Students Team administers the opportunity class placement process. Successful applicants enrol in a primary school with an opportunity class for Years 5 and 6.  This may be at a different school to their previous schooling.

Parents apply for opportunity class placement when their child is in Year 4. It is a two-year placement program. Successful students may leave their current school at the end of Year 4 to attend a school with an opportunity class. Students cannot apply to enter for Year 6 only.

For  information in other languages see:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/translated-documents/opportunity-class-and-selective-high-school-fact-sheet and https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/translated-documents/opportunity-class-placement-test.

For an Aboriginal perspective of selective high schools and opportunity classes refer to: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/general-information/student-experience

For further information and support parents can contact their local Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Advisor.

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