Students qualifying for Year 5 opportunity class placement in 2017 will usually be born after 31 December 2005 and before 31 July 2007 and are normally in Year 4 in 2016.
Where students have not reached Year 4 in 2016 and are seeking to accelerate to Year 5 in 2017, this acceleration should be strongly supported by the principal. The selection committee will contact you or the principal if further information is required. In determining a student's suitability for accelerated progression to a primary school with an opportunity class, selection committees will be guided by the Policy and Implementation Strategies for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. (Revised 2004).
Further criteria for accelerated progression are outlined in Guidelines for Accelerated Progression, published by the Board of Studies. This document states on page 21:
"Has the student demonstrated a comprehensive achievement well in advance of the enrolment cohort when performance is assessed against the outcomes for the current curriculum stage?" AND " On a state-wide basis, it is probable that only one in 200 (0.5%) students would be capable of acceleration in all subjects."
Parents are reminded that selection committees may also consider whether or not students who took the Opportunity Class Placement Test in 2015 have gained undue advantage from their previous experience with the test.
Where students are already in Year 4, but were born after 31 July 2007, they have, under normal circumstances, already been accelerated in a previous year. Such students may be required to attend an interview to assess their needs. Your child's principal will need to confirm that official acceleration has occurred.
Applications for students already attending Year 5 at primary schools in NSW in 2016 are not normally accepted for Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2017 unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g. the student is very young. In such circumstances, parents should provide a detailed explanation and supporting documentation.
Selection committees will decide whether such applications will be accepted. Please note that selection committees will generally not accept applications for repetition of Year 5 where it is clear that such repetition is not academically appropriate.
Applications for students whose age or school year is outside the limits described above may not be finalised at the same time as the applications of other candidates. These applications may be placed temporarily on 'hold' to allow the selection committees to complete further enquiries.