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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?


Nanyang girls high school photo

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?

Raffles institution photo

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?

Dunman high photo

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)?

Hwa Chong Institution photo

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.