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Complete Guide to Integrated Programme

Complete Guide to Integrated Programme

Integrated programme in Singapore have always been a popular talk among parents who are planning the education road to success for their child. There are many questions revolving around this important topic such as: “how can my child qualify to enter Integrated Programme schools?”, “is it necessary for my child to skip O levels for a 6 year program?”, “will IP students face high pressure?”, and many more.

In this post, I will talk about:

  • What is Integrated Programme (IP)?
  • What are the Integrated Programme schools?
  • How much does it cost to study in IP schools?
  • Should you choose O levels or Integrated Programme?

What is Integrated Programme (IP)?

IP is a 6 year program that allows students to bypass the national O levels examinations towards A-Level or other qualifications like International Baccalaureate. It is widely believed that without this national paper, IP students will have a more holistic and enriching experience in their 6 year education due to more time allocated for these activities.

The Integrated Programme was first introduced in 2004 at eight schools such as Raffles Institution (RI) and Raffles Girls’ School. Its main purpose was for the top 10% students who were clearly striving for universities.

The years in Integrated Programme are labelled as Year 1 to Year 6. From Year 1 to Year 4, students go through the secondary school’s education scheme which comprises Mathematics, Sciences, Language Arts, History, Geography, and more. Depending on the IP schools your child enrolled, there are additional subjects that are usually not taught in non-IP schools. One example subject is International Studies, which aim to develop international mindedness through the usage of local (Southeast Asia) and international case studies.

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What are the IP schools in Singapore?

There are currently 17 schools that offer integrated programme. You can find out about the cut off points (COP) of these schools and non-IP schools here.

Schools for A-Level:

  • Catholic High School
  • Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
  • CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School
  • Dunman High School
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • Nanyang Girls’ High School
  • National Junior College
  • Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
  • Raffles Institution (Secondary)
  • River Valley High School
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
  • Temasek Junior College
  • Victoria School

Schools for International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
  • Methodist Girls’ School
  • St Joseph’s Institution

School for NUS High School Diploma:

  • NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

St joseph institutionImage from Straits Times

How much does it cost to study in IP schools?

The monthly school fees range differently depending on the student’s nationality and the type of school they attend. The integrated programme has a monthly school fee of about $380 for Singapore Citizen.

For Permanent Residents, the Integrated Programme school fees starts from $750 monthly.

International students (ASEAN) need to fork out fees from $1280 monthly and non-ASEAN from $1830.

IP vs O-Level school fees

For non-independent secondary schools, the school fees for Secondary 1 to 4 Singapore citizens taking O-Level is only about $25 to $28. However for independent schools such as St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI), the fees is about $340 for students taking the O-Level path.

Compared to IP’s school fees, the O-Level fees actually differ only a slight $40 . Therefore, some parents think that training their kids well and sending them to an independent school’s integrated programme is worth the cost.

Scholarships

As Integrated Programme fees can be high compared to non-IP schools, the Ministry of Education offers the Edusave scholarships for Independent schools (ESIS) for top-performing Singaporean students.

These scholarships can help alleviate the financial burden that parents have if they wish to send their child to an independent school.  The scholarships can provide up to $2400 per annum, which is actually a good sum of financial assistance.

There are 4 categories pertaining to these scholarships: ESIS (Sec 1), ESIS (Sec 3), ESIS (Pre-Uni) and ESIS (Yearly). To qualify for these, students need to be Singapore Citizens.

For ESIS (Sec 1), only the top one-third of students enrolled to independent schools by PSLE scores will be awarded. Direct School Admission Exercise (DSA) students will also be offered if they also meet the ESIS cut off point.

For ESIS (Sec 3), only shortlisted students can apply for the ESIS test when they have finished their Secondary 2 term. Therefore, it is still possible for a non-scholarship awarded student in Sec 1 to have a chance to be awarded with the ESIS when they reach Sec 3. This only works if they have been observed to have good academic progress and conduct.

For ESIS (Pre-Uni), students in the 6-year’s Integrated Programme will be shortlisted to take the ESIS test at the end of Sec 4.

For ESIS (Yearly award), only the top 10% students of their school cohort by level will be offered the scholarship. The award will begin at the start of the next academic year.

It is worth noting that there are other scholarships offered by MOE, such as the Edusave character award (ECHA), which is based on students’ leadership, conduct and academic performance. So if your child has not been awarded scholarships, don’t give up! There are still plenty of opportunities for your child to be offered one.

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Should you choose O Level or Integrated Programme?

Since the programme was introduced in 2004, many parents and students have been boggled with the question on which education should they go – O Level or Integrated programme? As the programme undergoes changes (from 4-year to 6- year, etc), students who went through the programme were able to recount their experience over the years. Based on a survey done on these kids, we have managed to list down the pros and cons of O Level and IP.

O Level Pros and Cons

For O level’s pros, students will have a national exam certification when they finish the exam. Most people believe this is generally safer as some companies do look at their past academic results when they are looking for a job in the future. Compared to IP, they will have 1 lesser national exam certification.

Depending on the child’s interest in certain Co-curricular activities (CCA), the commitment level is generally lower for O Level compared to IP schools. IP students are expected to have extra CCA commitments, attending multiple school events, community service projects and mentorship programs. They will feel immense stress as they realize their time is mostly spent on school’s commitment.

For O Level’s cons, students face tougher competition to get into a Junior college compared to integrated programme students. Through Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), students have to score certain L1R5 points in order to enroll into a JC of their choice. For JCs with a lower L1R5, more parents are finding tuition classes for their kids so that they can perform well. Whereas for IP students, they don’t have to go through JAE, though they will need to ensure consistent performance during Year 1 to 4.

O Level students may find it hard to make friends during Year 5 and 6, which are the Junior College years.  Students from Year 1 to 4 have already formed deep bonds and friendships with each other. Since most students will eventually proceed to Year 5, they would have already formed social cliques with each other. This is difficult especially for introverted students from JAE to break the ice and mingle around in their Junior College. Most students may observe JAE and IP segregation.

Integrated Programme Pros and Cons

For Integrated Programme pros, students will have a lesser national examination to sit, which can be an advantage for them. This allows them to avoid studying past-year questions repeatedly, which is to minimize knowledge gaps. They will have more time for a holistic and real advanced learning experience. The only downside is that they will have nothing to fall back on in case they didn’t manage to score well in IP.

Students will also have more opportunities for special programs such as overseas trips and seminars. They will be exposed to science research opportunities from the beginning of Year 1 when they enrolled in IP schools. There will also be talks on how to excel in scholarship’s interviews and better prepare themselves to have a higher chance in obtaining the awards. This is very useful as the monetary amount can be quite high to cover part of the school fees.

For Integrated Programme cons, students may tend to get lazy and slack more as they don’t have to prepare for the O Level national examination. Without this in mind, they put less effort in their studies and lose focus before they reach Year 5 and 6. At this stage, students usually get a cultural shock as there will be higher academic expectation and involvement, which may be overwhelming for them to catch up.

Students may also have a change of mind and want to go to Polytechnic to pursue courses such as Media & Design, Music, Engineering instead of a junior college for their A Level or international Baccalaureate. As a child matures, he or she will start to have their own thoughts and career plans. These may differ from the parents’ expectation when they send their kids to IP schools. In this case, students who wish to go Polytechnic may then opt for O Level which may affect their education momentum.

Students taking pledge

Image from Northland Sec

Conclusion

It is important to start planning for your child’s education path at an early stage. However, parents should bear in mind that as kids mature, they will have different thoughts and plans. To understand whether to choose Integrated Programme, we should look at all angles including your child’s point of view to make better decisions.

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Complete Guide to School Fees in Singapore

Complete Guide to School Fees in Singapore

Did you know that over one million students annually seek to study abroad? Most students who wish to learn abroad don’t achieve their dreams because of high tuition fees and accommodation in most institutions. However, Singapore is exempted from this criterion. It also offer the most cost-effective education as compared to other first-world countries such as US, Australia, and the UK. 

Singapore has one of the best education systems in the world. We offer a variety of professional opportunities. We have the best infrastructure for learning, and our society is corruption-free. Our institutions advocate for independent studies for scholars with English as the official language. 

Furthermore, Singapore offers several scholarship opportunities to students to help them cover school fees in Singapore comfortably. These include International Graduate scholarship for the postgraduates, Pre-graduate scholarship, Science and Technology scholarship, and President’s Graduate scholarship. 

In this guide, you will learn the following:

  1. School fees for studying in Pre-school, Primary, Secondary, International, Junior College, Polytechnic, ITE and Universities
  2. Differences in school fees for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residence and Foreigners
  3. Scholarships and subsidies to reduce these fees
  4. How much these school fees have changed over the years

 

Pre-school Fees in Singapore

Only permanent residents and Singapore’s citizens are allowed to attend these classes with monthly tuition nursery fees of $150 and $300 for citizens and permanent residents, respectively. The main methods of teaching these kindergarteners are quality interactions and purposeful play. 

A third of the chances in these classes are reserved for Singapore’s kids who hail from households whose monthly income is not more than $ 3500. Our objective is to ensure there is bilingualism among the kids in the early development as well as to ensure there is holistic development. 

Anchor Operators

Our infant care programs and kindergarteners in five chains of childcare get the government’s discounted rates and subsidies. Students operating on the dependent pass, and international students are qualified to register. These chains include Skool4kidz, YMCA’s pre-school, PAP community foundation, NTUC’s and Eton-House pre-school. 

Usually, the yearly registration begins in April and finalize by May for the next academic year. ECDA regulates the Care centers. For kindergartens and care centers, there are some differences; care centers cater to children 18 months old and above and operates from 7 am to 7 pm. On the other hand, kindergartens are open for about three hours. 

In Singapore, the children are prepared for local schools in these kindergartens and tuition fees vary slightly from one to the other. If you are a guardian or a parent in need of an educational environment that is progressive, you can consider Reggio Emilio, Waldorf, and Montessori schools. The transportation cost will cost SGD 3500. It’s worth noting that children less than seven years old are offered free public transportation. 

 

Table 1: Table illustrating Pre-school fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality Pre-school (Above 18 months to six years Monthly Fee) Infant Care (From 2 months – 18 months Monthly Fee)
Singapore Citizens $770 $1,360
Permanent Residents $962.90 $1,700
International Students $1,155 $2,040

Preschool

Image from The Straits Times

 

Primary School Fees

Primary 1 registration starts with the process of registering your child to the mainstream primary education. Primary school education is mandatory here for all locals in Singapore. This registration process is mainly for international scholars and those who reside permanently in Singapore. 

There are other considerations; if your child is a Singaporean living abroad, the P1 registration can be done through email to the branch of pupil placement service. Suppose the child has been granted a chance in school via the P1 registration, but unable to return to Singapore to begin the education in January. In that case, you can apply for Leave of Absence. 

If there is an older child on LOA in the same institution, you can make the other sibling take P1 and phase 1 classes. However, if the older child previously on LOA has completed studies in the same institution, the child is only viable for Phase 2A registration.  

All the mainstream primary learning institutions are funded to be able to assist scholars with mild educational requirements. Those whose cognitive abilities enable them to access the national curriculum can register via the P1 registration to the mainstream classes. However, those with moderate to severe special requirements are welcome to apply to SPED schools. If you apply to SPED school, you don’t have to participate in the P1 process. 

If your child has gone through the medical assessment and he or she has been found unsuitable for the P1, you may consider applying for deferment. For international scholars, we have the P1 registration in all MOE primary institutions. Singapore primary school fees for these kids may differ based on one’s nationality, and the types of schools joined. 

Specialized institutions, independent and specialized independent schools’ tuition fees differ. Institutions of Arts, ITE, and Polytechnics have different MOE school fee structures. 

 

Table 2: Table illustrating primary school fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality 2017 2018 2019 2020
Singapore Citizens Free Free Free Free
PR $130 $155 $180 $205
International Students (ASEAN) $390 $415 $440 $465
International Students $600 $650 $700 $750

Primary school

Image from Onesavymommy

 

Secondary School Fees

Through direct school admission (DSA), students are allowed to apply to their preferred schools before taking their PSLE. This application is based on their talents in CCAs, academics and sports reports. If the child’s admission to secondary school is via the DSA-sec, they aren’t permitted to forward school choices during the S1 processes. 

Similarly, they aren’t permitted to transfer to other institutions until the duration of the program in that secondary school has elapsed. Primary six scholars are eligible to apply for the DSA-sec based on talents in the following sectors: leadership skills, humanities and languages, oratory skills and debate, visual, performing and arts, and games and sports. 

The application is available via the DSA-sec portal. Secondary school choice is based on the child’s abilities, interests, and strengths. Apart from academics, it is essential for a parent or guardian to help their child to identify what they enjoy, value and likes. Identify the programs and opportunities necessary in developing the talents. 

For Singaporean scholars, there are scholarships and financial aids that one can apply for to learn in their dream schools. SAP schools aim for bicultural and bilingual learning blended with Chinese language and culture. If your child is pursuing English and Chinese languages in PSLE, they can choose SAP schools. 

Indicate the secondary school of choice of your child as the first option to enable prioritized admission. It is, however, essential to note that the entry is not guaranteed and it is based on the availability of the spaces. For children with unique needs such as visual and hearing impairment, we have specialized schools with the required resources to support them. 

 

Table 3: Table illustrating secondary school fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality 2017 2018 2019 2020
Singapore Citizens $5 $5 $5 $5
PR $200 $260 $320 $380
International Students (ASEAN) $600 $660 $720 $780
International Students $950 $1,100 $1,250 $1,400

Secondary school

Image from Temasek Secondary School 

 

International School Fees in Singapore

Interested in non-MOE education structure and syllabus? Then consider the International schools here in Singapore.

Firstly, the tuition fees for international schools in Singapore range between $20,000 and $35,000. Therefore, the decision to join an international school in Singapore must be well scrutinized and carefully considered. There are many factors to consider including application cost, enrollment cost, cost of maintaining the buildings, insurance, exams, parents’ union and extra-co curricular activities’ fees. Nevertheless, the benefits of investing in international schools are abundant despite the cost of learning. 

Dulwich College, which was established 400 years ago, is the most expensive international school in Singapore with the annual tuition fees at about $29,200, followed by UWC Dover Camps at $41,032. On the other hand, Nanyang Campus is one of the most affordable international schools in Singapore with an annual cost of less than $20,000.  

Indian coursework in Singapore is ideal for India scholars who wish to study for their CISCE and CBSE in Singapore. This curriculum is offered in Indian international schools Singapore such as the Global Indian International School established in 2002. Others are NPS and DPS international schools.

 

Table 4: Table illustrating the different fee structures for international students in Singapore Colleges.

Name of School Application fee Annual Tuition Fee
Dulwich College $500 $16,400 – $29,200
Eton House International School $500 $26,194
GEMS World Academy $1,575 $12,600
German European School Singapore $945 $5,110 – $24,860

International school

Image from Greyloft

 

Junior College Fee in Singapore 

Just finished your ‘O’ Levels and considering to enroll in Junior Colleges (also known as Pre-university)?

Upon completion of GSE O levels, many teenagers get to their most significant educational crossroads in their learning. As a scholar in pre university, you have a choice to either continue pursuing GCE A levels’ syllabus or opt for a specialized diploma at a polytechnic. 

Singapore’s ministry of education revised the annual tuition fees for the PRs and international scholars in government and government-assisted schools. The move aims at differentiating the junior college school fees according to citizenship. For PRs, the fee increased by $60 per month, while for the international students it increased by $150 per month. 

Good news for locals: fees for the Singaporean scholars remained the same throughout the years. 

Table 5: Table illustrating Junior College fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality 2017 2018 2019 2020
Singapore Citizens $6 $6 $6 $6
PR $280 $340 $400 $460
International Students (ASEAN) $860 $920 $980 $1,040
International Students $1,300 $1,450 $1,600 $1,750

Junior College

Image from National JC

 

Polytechnic Fee in Singapore

Have you heard of Singapore’s popular myth on education: students from families who are originated from Singapore often choose Junior Colleges as a direct path to the universities. Still, contrary to this belief, polytechnics aren’t just for those who can’t make it to the Junior Colleges. Engineering and business courses offered at the Singaporean polytechnics are competitive too. The annual tuition fees at the junior colleges are about $200 while the annual tuition fees at the polytechnics are about $3000. 

This implies that the cost of pursuing A levels in junior college is more affordable. Poly school fees are very costly. Though cheapest for the Singapore scholars, even after subsidies, excluding the cost of supplementary, it’s still at $2900 per year. 

Singaporean scholars pay much less than the foreigners because they automatically qualify for the MOE grant. Singapore polytechnic is the most expensive in tuition fees at $157.19 monthly. The cheapest being Ngee Ann polytechnic charging a monthly tuition fee of $127.50 for the international students. 

Supplementary cost ranges between $80 to $100. It caters for insurance, examination, and facilities expenses. In a bid to assist scholars from low-income set-ups achieve their educational dreams, bursaries are available across the five polytechnics. The two government bursaries are CDC and the MOE bursaries.  

For the scholars enrolled in PFP, if your PCI is below $691, you qualify for a subsidy of $970. The coverage of bursary will positively shift from 80% to 95%. You can as well apply for bursaries from the private donors. These come from donations such as from the alumnae and charity groups. Each polytechnic is given ten slots for these bursaries. 

 

Table 6: Table illustrating Polytechnic fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality 2019 2020
Singapore Citizens $2700 $2900
PR $5,400 $6,000
International Students $9,600 $10,800

Polytechnic singapore

Image from Temasek Polytechnic 

 

ITE Fees in Singapore

ITE applies cohort-based fee structure for the Diploma Technical courses. In this structure, the scholar’s tuition fee remains the same for the entire period of the program. Singapore’s government, through its ministry of education, offers tuition fee grants to the qualified full-time scholars pursuing a Technical Diploma in ITE

To apply for this grant, you have to complete the form for the grant scheme and submit to the college at the time of registration. However, if you do not qualify for the grant, you’ll have to pay for the unsubsidized tuition fee. Upon admission into the program, you can pay fees for the first term through CPF or Post-Secondary education schemes. 

 

Table 7: Table illustrating Institute of Technical Education (ITE) fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

Nationality 2019 2020
Singapore Citizens $426 $446
PR $5,328 $5,634
International Students $14,370 $15,270

ITE Singapore

Image from ITE Central 

 

University Fee in Singapore

We are privileged as Singaporeans because, for tertiary education, we focus on getting admissions into universities of our choice. Be it, SMU, NTU, NUS, SUTD, SIT or even other universities without worrying about the cost of pursuing that bachelor’s degree. However, if one plans to pay off their university fee, you have to think about the cost. 

As Singaporeans, we prefer the local universities not only because their degrees and programs are recognized globally, but also the government subsidizes the tuition fees through MOE. All Singaporeans are eligible for the grant, but it can only cover a single degree course. It reduces the tuition fee by an average of 65%.  

For the non-Singaporeans, foreigners and PRs are also eligible to apply for the grant. However, they will have to work for the government of Singapore for three years after the completion of their studies. PRs subsidy is smaller funds, and the foreigners’ subsidy the smallest of the three.  

Here’s a fun fact: National University of Singapore (NUS) is the oldest higher learning institution. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in law, medicine, business, computing, social sciences and other disciplines. Its annual undergraduate tuition fee ranges from $8200 to $9600, and it’s the cheapest university. 

Kaplan University is one of the most expensive private universities in Singapore. The tuition fees in the private universities vary widely, ranging from $20,000 in one year to $60,000 in the following year. 

 

Table 8: Table illustrating University fee estimate of students of different nationalities in Singapore.

University Estimated Cost for the 2020 Intake
NUS $24,600 – $28,800
NTU $24,600 – $28,200
SMU $34,350
SUTD $39,600
SUSS (ex-UniSIM) $31,440 – $33,440
SIT $24,570  – $27,720
Lasalle $29,190
NAFA $6,000

Singapore university

Image from SMU 

Conclusion

Singapore is a land full of opportunities for scholars, both its citizens and international students. Through its ministry of education and beautiful culture, it offers quality education beginning from the kindergarten stages to higher education, universities, at a more affordable cost for parents and scholars as compared to other universities in the world. The graduates from Singaporean institutions are innovative, competent, and highly skilled in the global market. 

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Top Secondary School Ranking in Singapore [2020]

Top Secondary School Ranking in Singapore [2020]

Secondary School Ranking based on PSLE 2019 scores

 

Here is the latest secondary school rankings. You can refer to the legends after the table.

  Secondary Schools Exp NA NT IP/SAP/MEP/AEP Type Affiliated Schools COP Status
1 Nanyang Girls’ High School 261 IP, SAP, AEP Girls NY PRI: 250 Independent
2 Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) 261 IP, MEP Girls Independent
3 Raffles Institution 259 IP, MEP, LEP (ENG) Boys Independent
4 Hwa Chong Institution 257 IP, SAP, AEP, LEP (CHI), IB Boys Independent
5 Dunman High School 255 IP, SAP, MEP, LEP (CHI) Co-ed Auto
6 National Junior College 254 IP, AEP Co-ed
7 CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School 253 IP: 257, SAP, MEP Girls CHIJ SN: 230 Govt-Aided, Auto
8 Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) 253 IP: 257, MEP, IB Girls MGS PRI: 220 (‘O’ LEVEL) Independent
9 River Valley High School 253 IP, SAP Co-ed Auto
10 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 252 IP: 256, MEP, IB Boys ACS PRI/ACS JUNIOR: 235 Independent
11 Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 252 IP:252 Girls SCG PRI: 220 Independent
12 Temasek Junior College 250 IP, MEP, LEP (CHI) Co-ed
13 Catholic High School 249 IP: 252, SAP, MEP Boys CHS: 240 Govt-Aided, Auto
14 Cedar Girls’ Secondary School 249 IP: 253 Girls Auto
15 Victoria School 248 IP: 252, AEP Boys Auto
16 St. Andrew’S Secondary School 247 193 142 Boys SA JUNIOR: 193 Govt-Aided
17 Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) 246 188 129 Boys ACS PRI: 198 Govt-Aided
18 CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) 246 187 105 AEP Girls CHIJ PRI (TOA PAYOH): 200 Govt-Aided, Auto
19 Nan Hua High School 246 SAP Co-ed Auto
20 St. Joseph’S Institution 246 IP: 251 Boys DLS/SJIJ/ST.S/ST.A: 238 Independent
21 Anderson Secondary School 245 188 140 Co-ed Auto
22 Bukit Panjang Govt. High School 244 187 145 AEP Co-ed Auto
23 Chung Cheng High School (Main) 244 269 248 SAP Co-ed Govt-Aided, Auto
24 Nan Chiau High School 244 SAP Co-ed Govt-Aided
25 Crescent Girls’ School 243 MEP Girls Auto
26 Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) 243 187 97 Co-ed FFMS PRI: 200 Govt-Aided, Auto
27 St. Margaret’s Secondary School 243 171 126 Girls SM PRI: 200 Govt-Aided, Auto
28 Swiss Cottage Secondary School 242 187 148 Co-ed
29 Anglican High School 241 SAP Co-ed Govt-Aided, Auto
30 Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) 241 185 142 Co-ed Govt-Aided
31 Commonwealth Secondary School 239 180 114 Co-ed Auto
32 Maris Stella High School 239 SAP Boys MSHS: 226 Govt-Aided, Auto
33 Yishun Town Secondary School 239 186 148 Co-ed
34 CHIJ St. Theresa’S Convent 238 184 110 Girls CHIJ KELLOCK/PEACE: 200 Govt-Aided
35 Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School 238 171 Co-ed KCP PRI: 200 Govt-Aided
36 Ngee Ann Secondary School 238 189 146 Co-ed NGEE ANN PRI: 225 Govt-Aided, Auto
37 CHIJ St. Joseph’S Convent 237 187 139 Girls CHIJ NATIVITY/GOOD COUNSEL: 200 Govt-Aided
38 Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) 237 173 121 Girls PLMG PRI: 205 Govt-Aided, Auto
39 Tanjong Katong Girls’ School 237 MEP Girls Auto
40 Fuhua Secondary School 236 176 105 Co-ed
41 Presbyterian High School 236 180 133 Co-ed Govt-Aided
42 Zhonghua Secondary School 236 181 134 AEP Co-ed Auto
43 Clementi Town Secondary School 235 178 120 Co-ed
44 Riverside Secondary School 235 183 144 Co-ed
45 Temasek Secondary School 235 187 145 Co-ed Auto
46 Kranji Secondary School 234 180 126 Co-ed
47 Tanjong Katong Secondary School 234 Co-ed Auto
48 Xinmin Secondary School 234 182 137 Co-ed Auto
49 St. Patrick’S School 233 184 143 Boys DLS/SJIJ/ST.S/ST.A: 201 Govt-Aided
50 Dunman Secondary School 232 183 140 Co-ed Auto
51 Holy Innocents’ High School 232 181 131 Co-ed HI PRI: 188 Govt-Aided
52 Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) 231 181 143 Co-ed GMS PRI: 197 Govt-Aided, Auto
53 Edgefield Secondary School 230 186 148 Co-ed
54 St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School 230 152 95 Girls SAC PRI: 193 Govt-Aided, Auto
55 Ang Mo Kio Secondary School 229 170 130 Co-ed
56 Bukit Batok Secondary School 229 177 135 Co-ed
57 CHIJ Katong Convent 229 158 111 Girls CHIJ (KATONG) PRI: 203 Govt-Aided, Auto
58 Evergreen Secondary School 229 179 138 Co-ed
59 Jurong Secondary School 228 177 133 Co-ed
60 St. Hilda’S Secondary School 228 178 127 Co-ed SH PRI: 188 Govt-Aided
61 Gan Eng Seng School 227 179 141 Co-ed
62 Hua Yi Secondary School 227 182 144 Co-ed
63 Bowen Secondary School 226 175 139 Co-ed
64 Pei Hwa Secondary School 226 186 146 Co-ed
65 Hai Sing Catholic School 225 172 119 Co-ed Govt-Aided
66 St. Gabriel’s Secondary School 225 172 121 Boys SG PRI: 188 Govt-Aided
67 West Spring Secondary School 225 175 135 Co-ed
68 Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School 224 177 131 Co-ed
69 Mayflower Secondary School 224 174 105 Co-ed
70 Deyi Secondary School 222 166 127 Co-ed
71 Queensway Secondary School 222 168 131 Co-ed
72 Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School 220 172 128 Co-ed
73 Pasir Ris Secondary School 220 170 123 Co-ed
74 Unity Secondary School 219 169 104 Co-ed
75 Bedok View Secondary School 218 164 Co-ed
76 North Vista Secondary School 218 170 139 Co-ed
77 Yuan Ching Secondary School 218 166 118 Co-ed
78 Beatty Secondary School 217 152 124 Co-ed
79 Kent Ridge Secondary School 217 167 108 Co-ed
80 Chua Chu Kang Secondary School 216 171 115 Co-ed
81 Compassvale Secondary School 215 176 139 Co-ed
82 Jurong West Secondary School 214 172 125 Co-ed
83 Orchid Park Secondary School 214 177 126 Co-ed
84 Peirce Secondary School 214 160 108 Co-ed
85 Bedok South Secondary School 213 159 96 Co-ed
86 Bukit View Secondary School 213 152 Co-ed
87 Greendale Secondary School 213 180 143 Co-ed
88 Meridian Secondary School 212 163 137 Co-ed
89 Woodlands Ring Secondary School 212 160 122 Co-ed
90 Hillgrove Secondary School 211 166 123 Co-ed
91 Tampines Secondary School 210 167 132 Co-ed
92 Zhenghua Secondary School 210 169 129 Co-ed
93 Seng Kang Secondary School 209 169 141 Co-ed
94 Christ Church Secondary School 207 170 122 Co-ed Govt-Aided
95 Montfort Secondary School 207 164 127 Boys MJS: 188 Govt-Aided
96 Yishun Secondary School 207 169 118 Co-ed Auto
97 Hougang Secondary School 205 165 129 Co-ed
98 Naval Base Secondary School 205 168 130 Co-ed
99 Punggol Secondary School 205 171 140 Co-ed
100 New Town Secondary School 204 152 Co-ed
101 Woodgrove Secondary School 204 165 131 Co-ed
102 Admiralty Secondary School 203 168 132 Co-ed
103 Jurongville Secondary School 202 160 134 Co-ed
104 Bedok Green Secondary School 201 159 132 Co-ed
105 Regent Secondary School 200 158 Co-ed
106 Juying Secondary School 198 160 135 Co-ed
107 Manjusri Secondary School 197 152 97 Co-ed MAHA BODHI SCH: 189 Govt-Aided
108 Serangoon Secondary School 194 164 130 Co-ed
109 Westwood Secondary School 194 153 122 Co-ed
110 Greenridge Secondary School 193 156 108 Co-ed
111 Guangyang Secondary School 192 152 105 Co-ed
112 Canberra Secondary School 191 165 108 Co-ed
113 Junyuan Secondary School 191 155 114 Co-ed
114 Queenstown Secondary School 191 152 120 Co-ed
115 Teck Whye Secondary School 189 154 110 Co-ed
116 Yio Chu Kang Secondary School 189 152 109 Co-ed
117 Assumption English School 188 152 105 Co-ed Govt-Aided
118 Bartley Secondary School 188 155 100 Co-ed
119 Bendemeer Secondary School 188 152 136 Co-ed
120 Boon Lay Secondary School 188 152 106 Co-ed
121 Broadrick Secondary School 188 152 91 Co-ed
122 Bukit Merah Secondary School 188 152 117 Co-ed
123 Changkat Changi Secondary School 188 152 Co-ed
124 Damai Secondary School 188 152 112 Co-ed
125 Dunearn Secondary School 188 153 117 Co-ed
126 East Spring Secondary School 188 157 109 Co-ed
127 Fajar Secondary School 188 152 94 Co-ed
128 Fuchun Secondary School 188 152 108 Co-ed
129 Loyang View Secondary School 188 152 104 Co-ed
130 Marsiling Secondary School 188 152 104 Co-ed
131 Northbrooks Secondary School 188 158 129 Co-ed
132 Northland Secondary School 188 154 113 Co-ed
133 Outram Secondary School 188 152 97 Co-ed
134 Peicai Secondary School 188 152 99 Co-ed
135 Ping Yi Secondary School 188 152 101 Co-ed
136 Sembawang Secondary School 188 153 115 Co-ed
137 Serangoon Garden Secondary School 188 152 123 Co-ed
138 Springfield Secondary School 188 152 114 Co-ed
139 Tanglin Secondary School 188 152 107 Co-ed
140 Whitley Secondary School 188 152 101 Co-ed
141 Woodlands Secondary School 188 155 120 Co-ed
142 Yuhua Secondary School 188 153 116 Co-ed
143 Yuying Secondary School 188 152 123 Co-ed Govt-Aided


*SAP = Special Assistance Plan, IP = Integrated Programme, AEP/MEP/LEP = Elective program*Exp = Express, NA = Normal Academics, NT = Normal Technical

What are the top secondary schools in Singapore?

Based on PSLE cut off point 2019, the top secondary schools in Singapore are both Nanyang Girls’ High School and Raffles Girls’ School (Sec), having the same cut off points (261).

Top ranking Boys secondary school: Raffles Institution (259) 

Top ranking secondary school: Dunman High School (255)

What is an Autonomous school?


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Image from Nanyang Girls High School

While the majority of secondary schools in Singapore are funded by the government, certain government schools are autonomous. These schools still teach the standard MOE’s syllabus but also offer a larger choice of programs to enhance students’ learning experience.

Autonomous schools have higher school fees, charging $18-$30 more monthly.

What is an Independent school?

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Image from Raffles Institution

The independent schools in Singapore have a larger autonomy in its own management including curriculum, syllabus, textbooks, fee schemes, student admission, staff recruitment, and more. 

Singapore’s centralized education system has been good at producing academically-oriented students, but it is lacking in creativity, critical thinking areas. These leading autonomous schools have lesser bureaucracy and the flexibility to design programs to help students reach their full capabilities. 

The independent schools charge a much higher school fee than Government-aided schools. For instance, Raffles Girls’ School charges $340 monthly and $4,080 annually for the year 2020 and 2021 for Singapore citizens. The normal public secondary school fees range from only $5 to $25 monthly.

 

What is an Affiliated school?

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Image from Dunman High

Some secondary schools have affiliation with certain primary schools and junior colleges. For example, the CHIJ Katong Convent has a prior connection with CHIJ Katong (primary). 

Students who have met the minimum affiliated PSLE score in a primary school can enroll in its affiliated secondary school. In most cases, the minimum cut off point required is usually lower than non-affiliated PSLE scores. If demand by these eligible affiliated students is lower than 80%, all of these students will get a place in the school.

 

What is Government-aided school?

Government-aided schools receive funds largely from the Singapore government. They also obtain funds from fund-raising activities and donations from private sources. 

These schools usually have some elements of autonomy on how they are operated, which brings a greater flexible system of education.

 

What is the Special Assistance Plan (SAP)?

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Image from Hwa Chong Institution

In an SAP school, some subjects may be taught in Mother tongue language which is Mandarin currently. This program is suitable for students who perform well in both their mother language and English.

 

What is the Integrated Programme (IP)?

In the Secondary’s Express course, students under IP will go through its 6-years course length leading to GCE A-Level examination, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or NUS High School Diploma. As such, students do not need to sit for ‘O’ level exams in sec 4.

At Year 5 and 6 of the secondary course, students will take a combination of Languages, Humanities and Arts, and Mathematics and Sciences. They will then sit for the ‘A’ level exams, and enroll in the Universities.

It’s also worth noting that well-performing students on O Level track can apply to transfer to IP at Sec 3.

If you wish to find out more about IP, you can check out our article: Complete Guide to Integrated Programme.

 

What are the School-specific subjects?

Art Elective Programme (AEP)

The AEP specializes in providing an in-depth curriculum for artistically-inclined students with no additional school fee required. 

Students will go through a 4-year program where they can learn and practice the theory of art, as well as access specialized art equipment, studios, and well-stocked art libraries. They will also have overseas study trips and interact with other AEP students from other schools.

For the GCE ‘O’ level exams, AEP students can use the Higher Art grade as Humanities subject for Junior Colleges’ admission.

To take the AEP course, students in AEP schools will apply for it upon admission to the school. They will also need to pass the AEP selection exercise. From Sec 1 to Sec 4, they will take Higher Art in place of Design & Technology and Food & Consumer Education at lower secondary.

 

Music Elective Programme (MEP)

The MEP is a 4-year program that enables students with music potential and talent to pursue a comprehensive study. Similar to AEP, there is no additional fee needed.

Students will hone their skills in music research, performance, listening, and more. There will be specialized facilities like practice studios, music software, scores, books, and other materials.

MEP students can offer Higher Music as an ‘O’ level exam subject in place of a Humanities subject for Junior Colleges’ admission. 

The enrolment process for MEP is similar to AEP where students will apply for it and pass the admission test.

 

Language Elective Programme (Chinese, Malay and Tamil)

The Language Elective Programme (LEP) nurtures students to gain better language proficiency in their Mother Tongue Language and its literature. Students will be bilingual effectively throughout this program.

The LEP is eligible for students who scored at least ‘A2’ grade in their Mother Tongue subjects (Chinese, Malay, or Tamil) or ‘B3’ grade in Higher Mother Tongue subjects in their Secondary 2 exams. For LEP-sec, students will need to offer O Level Literature in mother tongue language.

 

What is an International Baccalaureate school (IB)?

Equivalent to ‘A’ level examinations, the IB diploma program is also a 2-year course that prepares students for university. While the ‘A’ level exam is a local curriculum, IB is an international curriculum that can be equally challenging and demanding in terms of the study load.

All local universities do consider all IB diploma applicants subjected to the courses’ minimum requirements, though admission is very competitive especially for non-citizens.

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