Are you the parent of an academically gifted child? Then you know how important it is to ensure they reach their full potential – and how difficult this can be in an ordinary classroom.
That’s where opportunity classes come in. Here is everything you need to know.
What is Opportunity Class
An opportunity class is essentially a special class for gifted and bright children in Years 5 and 6. It’s a two-year program, with most parents applying when their child reaches Year 4 (although you can still apply in Year 5).
- Opportunity class teachers use specialised teaching methods to nurture, inspire and educate their students.
- Students have access to learning materials appropriate for their ability level, so they’re not constricted by ordinary classroom learning.
How to Apply for Opportunity Class
It’s fairly simple to apply for an opportunity class.
- Register your interest by asking your child’s current primary school for an “intention to apply” form.
- Complete the online registration process set up by the NSW High Performing Students Team.
- Make sure you complete the application by the relevant due date, or your application will be disregarded.
- You should also supply all the supporting evidence required alongside your application.
- If your child is older or younger than the usual Year 4 age range, be sure to supply your reasons why they should be considered.
Selection depends on your child’s academic performance in Years 3 and 4, and how they score in the Opportunity Class exam.
If your child is successful, they’ll be offered a place based on which schools have places available and their individual score.
How to Prepare for the Opportunity Class Exam
Tests can be stressful for children, which is why it’s best if your child knows what to expect before they sit the OC exam.
They’ll answer two 30-minute papers, each containing 35 multiple choice questions designed to test literary, mathematical and general skills. They record their answers on sheets marked by a computer, and they should use black ink to complete the test.
You’ll have the opportunity to view your child’s score once results are finalised. The maximum they can score is 300.
Is your child a little nervous or anxious about sitting the OC exam? Don’t worry. Personalised primary school tutoring is designed to help your child:
- Understand what the OC exam requires of them
- Develop the academic and interpersonal skills necessary to excel in an opportunity class
As part of the tutoring program, a diagnostic assessment can help the assessors fully understand your child’s unique abilities, skills and needs. This ensures they are properly guiding your child towards academic success in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Opportunity classes can help your child thrive and reach their full academic potential. They’re a great way to keep your child engaged in the learning process, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to meet children with similar interests and academic abilities.