Children gain opportunity class placement on the basis of academic merit. The main criteria for determining academic merit are Opportunity Class Placement Test results combined with school assessments. Comments made by parents and principals may be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.
Some general characteristics of gifted and talented children are listed below. It is important to note that academically gifted and talented children will not necessarily demonstrate all of these characteristics.
Opportunity classes are for academically gifted and talented children in Years 5 and 6.
There are 75 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW. They provide intellectual stimulation and an educationally rich environment.
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.
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