Opportunity Class Placement for 2016 entry


Related Information


Contact Details

High Performing Students Unit Postal address: Locked Bag 53, DARLINGHURST NSW 1300
Email: ssu@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 1300 880 367                  Fax: 02 9266 8435

Enquiries can also be directed to the principal of the public school that your child is currently attending.

Enquiries about courses and programs offered by specific opportunity classes should be addressed to the schools concerned.


Opportunity Class Placement

Opportunity classes

There are 76 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW.

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. 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.  Parents normally apply when the students are in Year 4. There is no provision to apply for Year 6 placement.

Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2016

Letters of Authority to attend an opportunity class in 2016 were sent to parents on 18 January 2016. Students must take this letter to the school on the first day of Term 1.

Reserve list for 2016 entry

All applicants who accepted an offer and were also on a reserve list for a higher choice school were removed from all reserve lists at 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

The reserve list is no longer being published online. Telephone the Unit if you want updates to the reserve list.

Request for scores

You can request details of your child's scores by emailing the Unit with your request at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au. To find out more about your outcome placement information, see Score processing and Frequently asked questions.  


The key dates for application for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2016 are as follows:



Application website opens and application information documents available in schools

 27 April 2015

Application website closes (No late applications)

 15 May 2015

Principals complete processing of applications

 5 June 2015

Test authority letter sent by mail and email to parents

 8 July 2015

Opportunity Class Placement Test

 22 July 2015

Placement outcome information sent to parents

Mid-October 2015

Introduction to the opportunity class placement process

See below for Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese language versions of this guide.

There have been a number of changes to the opportunity class placement process since the parent information presentations were created. Go to the following link to see these changes: Updated information

Selective high schools and opportunity classes: An Aboriginal perspective

The DVD at the following link was developed with the support and participation of the Twugia project team from South Western Sydney Region. This DVD was designed to promote the benefits of Aboriginal students attending selective high schools and opportunity classes.

Opportunity class placement

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Links to further information
Translations: Introduction to the opportunity class placement process
 Introduction to the opportunity class placement process

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