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What are opportunity classes?

Opportunity classes, located in some government primary schools, cater for highly achieving Year 5 and Year 6 academically gifted students. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students and using specialised teaching methods and educational materials at the appropriate level.

The High Performing Students Team administers the opportunity class placement process.

Parents usually 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 so parents cannot apply for placement starting in Year 6.

Students placed in an opportunity class leave their current school to attend the school with an opportunity class unless they already attend that school.

There are 76 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW.

For  information in 35 other languages see the fact sheet about opportunity classes and the fact sheet about the Opportunity class placement test.

Parents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to consider applying for selective and opportunity class placement. Find more about the experiences of Aboriginal students in opportunity classes. For further information and support parents can speak with their principal or contact their local Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Advisor.

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