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Opportunity class 2025 application period

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Parents and carers who have a child in Year 4 can now apply for a place in an opportunity class starting in Year 5, 2025. Opportunity classes are located in many public primary schools across NSW. 

Students living in rural and remote areas can also apply for a place at Aurora College, which provides for students at approximately 600 host schools to be placed in online opportunity classes. 

Opportunity classes are one of the ways that the NSW Department of Education provides support for high potential and intellectually gifted students.

High potential and gifted students are supported across all NSW public schools through the High Potential and Gifted Education policy.

Paper-based test

The opportunity class test for entry to Year 5 in 2025 is a paper-based test.

Are opportunity classes the right fit for my child?

If your child learns quickly, asks complex questions, has a good memory or is intensely focused in their area of interest, then opportunity classes might be a good fit.

Where are they are located? 

Opportunity classes are located throughout NSW.

View the following lists to see where opportunity classes are:

Go to the map of opportunity classes to find a school nearby. 

Fair and equitable access

The Equity Placement Model helps make access fairer for more high potential students in our community.

Under the Model, up to 20% of opportunity class places are held for high potential or gifted students from the following under-represented groups:

  • students from low socio-educational advantage backgrounds 
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
  • students from rural or remote locations
  • students with disability.

These students may be offered a place if their test performance is within 10% of the minimum general applicant first-round offer for the school. Learn more at Equity Placement Model.

How to apply?

Register your details online and complete the application at Opportunity classes (Year 5 – 6). Applications close on 20 May 2024.

Once the application has been submitted your child will be invited to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test on Thursday, 1 August 2024. Opportunity class places are offered based on students’ test performance (academic merit).

For more information go to Opportunity classes (Year 5 – 6).