What are opportunity classes?

Opportunity classes located in government primary schools cater for academically gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students with high potential. These classes help students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, using specialised teaching methods and educational materials at the appropriate level.

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

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.

There are 76 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW.

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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