What are opportunity classes?
Opportunity classes located in government primary schools cater academically gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students with high potential. These classes help students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, using specialised teaching methods and educational materials at the appropriate level.
The High Performing Students Team administers the opportunity class placement process.
Parents normally apply when students are in Year 4. Students who are placed then attend the opportunity class full time in 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.
There is no provision to apply for Year 6 placement only.
There are 76 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW.
he OC test covers similar topics to those the Selective School Tests cover (English, Maths and General Ability) in two sections about 30 minutes apart but has no Written Expression. In many areas it is much harder to make it into an OC school than it is to make it into even an average Selective High School