Going to an opportunity class

Three opportunity class students smiling with arms around each other in front of an Aboriginal mural. Three opportunity class students smiling with arms around each other in front of an Aboriginal mural.

Are you a parent or carer?

Please visit the Selective high schools and opportunity classes – information for parents and carers to learn about the placement process and to apply for Year 5 entry in 2025.

Student resource hub

Check out the Student resource hub where you can learn whether an opportunity class might be a good fit for you.

It also has:

  • interactive quizzes
  • practice test items
  • and lots more to help you prepare.


What are opportunity classes?

  • Opportunity classes are for intellectually gifted and high potential students in Years 5 and 6.
  • High potential and gifted students learn with like-minded kids.
  • Opportunity classes are in different primary schools in NSW. Have a look at the maps below.

Watch the video below to learn more.

VIDEO: What are opportunity classes and selective high schools?

Transcript of video animation: “What are opportunity classes and selective high schools?” (2 minutes 50 seconds)

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[Female narrator]

The NSW Department of Education is committed to supporting all students to achieve their educational potential.

We recognise that all students require support to optimise their growth and achievement, including high potential and gifted students. One offering that the Department provides for these students is opportunity classes and selective high schools.

So, what are opportunity classes and selective high schools?

Opportunity classes, often called OC classes, are located in government primary schools and cater for high potential and intellectually gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students. There are:

  • 87 opportunity classes across NSW, and
  • Aurora College, a virtual opportunity class for students living in rural and remote areas and are enrolled in authorised host schools.

Selective high schools are government schools for high potential and gifted students. There are:

  • 17 fully selective high schools - where all students attending the school are high potential or gifted
  • 26 partially selective high schools - where a school has a specialist class or classes for high potential or gifted students within a regular comprehensive high school
  • 4 agricultural selective high schools, some with boarding facilities for students from regional and remote areas, and
  • Aurora College, a virtual selective high school for high potential and gifted students who live in rural or remote NSW and don’t have access to a selective high school in their local area.

Opportunity classes and selective high schools help students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability and using specialised evidence-based teaching methods. These settings aim to meet the intellectual needs of the students by moving through curricula at a faster pace, and allowing students to explore concepts in more depth and with greater complexity.

Research demonstrates that grouping high potential and gifted students together has academic benefits and is also good for emotional wellbeing. The majority of students in opportunity classes or selective high schools report higher levels of satisfaction from learning with, and being friends with, like-minded students.

For further information please visit our website.

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Where's my nearest
opportunity class?

Search the map below to find one near you.

Primary schools with opportunity classes

Map of primary schools with opportunity classes

Aurora College

If you live in rural or remote location you might be able to join opportunity classes online at your local primary school. You learn maths, science and technology with your Aurora College classmates online but get to do all other subjects with your class.

Search the map below to find one near you.

Image: Students from rural and remote locations learning together in Aurora College

Aurora College host primary schools

Map of Aurora College host schools with online opportunity classes

How do I know if it's right for me?

When you’re really interested in a topic, do you:

  • read about it and love to study it
  • learn and practise new skills
  • talk about it to your friends and family
  • go beyond what is expected at school.

If this sounds like you, then you might like to give it a try.

You might find a whole new set of friends just like you, in an opportunity class.

Interested?

  • Talk to your teacher about opportunity classes.

  • Ask your family if they think you should apply.

How does applying work?

Your parent or carer needs to apply online for you when you are in Year 4.

They can choose up to 2 schools to apply for.

You will need to sit a test.

Your test results decide if you get a place to one of your choices.

If you think an opportunity class might be right for you, ask your family to apply. Do the test. If you get a place, you don't have to take it if you change your mind.

Steps to get into an opportunity class

Steps to get into an opportunity class

1. Apply

in late March

2. Sit the test

in late July

3. Get your result

in late October

Don't forget to apply before applications close.

3 tips for choosing a school

When your parent or carer applies for you, they can select up to 2 schools that you would like to go to. That gives you two chances of getting into an opportunity class.

Here are some tips to help you decide which schools to choose.

1. Location

It's a great idea to choose a school close to home so it's easy to get to.

2. School website

Go to the school's website to learn more about it.

3. Talk to others

Ask friends and family about their experiences and recommendations.

Category:

  • Teaching and learning

Topics:

  • High school
  • Primary school

Business Unit:

  • Educational Standards
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