General information

NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for gifted and talented students including opportunity classes and selective high schools.

Key dates – Opportunity classes

DateActivity
26 April 2017Application opens online
12 May 2017 Application closes (no late applications)
12 July 2017Parents are sent Test Authority letter by mail and email
26 July 2017 Opportunity class placement test for entry in 2018
4 August 2017Change of school choice closes for entry in 2018
11 August 2017Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants
Mid-October 2017 Placement outcome information sent to parents
20 October 2017 Appeals due to principals
17 November 2017 Outcome of appeals sent to parents
Mid-January 2018 Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2018
29 January 2018Applicants for 2018 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined

Key dates – Year 7 selective schools

Date Activity
12 January 2017Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2017
23 February 2017Test authority letter sent to applicants for entry in 2018
9 March 2017Selective High School Placement Test held for entry in 2018
24 March 2017Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants for entry in 2018
28 April 2017Change of school choice closes for entry in 2018
May-June 2017Reserve lists close for entry in 2017
Early July 2017 Placement outcome advice sent for entry in 2018      
24 July 2017Appeals due to primary school principals for entry in 2018
10 October 2017 Application for entry in 2019 opens online
13 November 2017 Application for entry in 2019 closes
17 November 2017Outcome of appeals sent for entry in 2018
19 December 2017Applicants for 2018 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined
12 January 2018Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2018

Key dates – Years 8 to 12 selective schools

Dates Activity
 16 June 2017

Application information available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.

Check school websites or contact the school for specific application and assessment requirements.

23 June 2017 Application form available on this website and from some selective high schools if parents do not have internet access.
25 July 2017

Closing date for completed application forms to be submitted to the chosen selective high schools. A separate form must be submitted to each school.

August/September Selection committees meet and consider applications.
September/October Outcome advice is sent to applicants by each school.

Test dates

Opportunity Class Placement Test datesSelective High School Placement Test dates
Wednesday 26 July 2017Thursday 9 March 2017
Wednesday 1 August 2018Thursday 15 March 2018
Wednesday 31 July 2019Thursday 14 March 2019
Wednesday 29 July 2020Thursday 12 March 2020

Policy

Read about the selective high school and opportunity class policy.

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