Opportunity classes are for academically gifted and talented children in Years 5 and 6.
There are 75 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW. These schools can provide intellectual stimulation by grouping together gifted and talented students who may otherwise be isolated from a suitable peer group.
Gifted and talented students who would benefit most from enrolment in opportunity classes are those who have superior to very superior academic ability which is matched by exceptionally high classroom performance.
Successful students attend the opportunity class full-time for the duration of Years 5 and 6 at the primary school with an opportunity class. It is a two-year placement program. There is no provision to apply for Year 6 placement.
Application is usually made when the student is in Year 4. The application process becomes available at the end of April each year.
See a map of schools with opportunity classes at the link under Related Information.
Depending on school structure, opportunity class students may be accommodated in one of the following ways:
- a Year 5 opportunity class
- a Year 6 opportunity class
- a Year 5/6 composite opportunity class
- a composite class consisting of opportunity class and non-opportunity class students.
Offers for opportunity class placement will be made on the basis of the opportunity class placement test, school assessment and other evidence of academic merit.