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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 SchoolsExpNANTIP/SAP/MEP/AEPTypeAffiliated Schools COPStatus
1Nanyang Girls' High School261--IP, SAP, AEPGirlsNY PRI: 250Independent
2Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)261--IP, MEPGirlsIndependent
3Raffles Institution259--IP, MEP, LEP (ENG)BoysIndependent
4Hwa Chong Institution257--IP, SAP, AEP, LEP (CHI), IBBoysIndependent
5Dunman High School255--IP, SAP, MEP, LEP (CHI)Co-edAuto
6National Junior College254--IP, AEPCo-ed
7CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School253--IP: 257, SAP, MEPGirlsCHIJ SN: 230Govt-Aided, Auto
8Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)253--IP: 257, MEP, IBGirlsMGS PRI: 220 ('O' LEVEL)Independent
9River Valley High School253--IP, SAPCo-edAuto
10Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)252--IP: 256, MEP, IBBoysACS PRI/ACS JUNIOR: 235Independent
11Singapore Chinese Girls' School252--IP:252GirlsSCG PRI: 220Independent
12Temasek Junior College250--IP, MEP, LEP (CHI)Co-ed
13Catholic High School249--IP: 252, SAP, MEPBoysCHS: 240Govt-Aided, Auto
14Cedar Girls' Secondary School249--IP: 253GirlsAuto
15Victoria School248--IP: 252, AEPBoysAuto
16St. Andrew'S Secondary School247193142-BoysSA JUNIOR: 193Govt-Aided
17Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)246188129-BoysACS PRI: 198Govt-Aided
18CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)246187105AEPGirlsCHIJ PRI (TOA PAYOH): 200Govt-Aided, Auto
19Nan Hua High School246--SAPCo-edAuto
20St. Joseph'S Institution246--IP: 251BoysDLS/SJIJ/ST.S/ST.A: 238Independent
21Anderson Secondary School245188140-Co-edAuto
22Bukit Panjang Govt. High School244187145AEPCo-edAuto
23Chung Cheng High School (Main)244269248SAPCo-edGovt-Aided, Auto
24Nan Chiau High School244--SAPCo-edGovt-Aided
25Crescent Girls' School243--MEPGirlsAuto
26Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)24318797-Co-edFFMS PRI: 200Govt-Aided, Auto
27St. Margaret's Secondary School243171126-GirlsSM PRI: 200Govt-Aided, Auto
28Swiss Cottage Secondary School242187148-Co-ed
29Anglican High School241--SAPCo-edGovt-Aided, Auto
30Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)241185142-Co-edGovt-Aided
31Commonwealth Secondary School239180114-Co-edAuto
32Maris Stella High School239--SAPBoysMSHS: 226Govt-Aided, Auto
33Yishun Town Secondary School239186148-Co-ed
34CHIJ St. Theresa'S Convent238184110-GirlsCHIJ KELLOCK/PEACE: 200Govt-Aided
35Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School238171--Co-edKCP PRI: 200Govt-Aided
36Ngee Ann Secondary School238189146-Co-edNGEE ANN PRI: 225Govt-Aided, Auto
37CHIJ St. Joseph'S Convent237187139-GirlsCHIJ NATIVITY/GOOD COUNSEL: 200Govt-Aided
38Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)237173121-GirlsPLMG PRI: 205Govt-Aided, Auto
39Tanjong Katong Girls' School237--MEPGirlsAuto
40Fuhua Secondary School236176105-Co-ed
41Presbyterian High School236180133-Co-edGovt-Aided
42Zhonghua Secondary School236181134AEPCo-edAuto
43Clementi Town Secondary School235178120-Co-ed
44Riverside Secondary School235183144-Co-ed
45Temasek Secondary School235187145-Co-edAuto
46Kranji Secondary School234180126-Co-ed
47Tanjong Katong Secondary School234---Co-edAuto
48Xinmin Secondary School234182137-Co-edAuto
49St. Patrick'S School233184143-BoysDLS/SJIJ/ST.S/ST.A: 201Govt-Aided
50Dunman Secondary School232183140-Co-edAuto
51Holy Innocents' High School232181131-Co-edHI PRI: 188Govt-Aided
52Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)231181143-Co-edGMS PRI: 197Govt-Aided, Auto
53Edgefield Secondary School230186148-Co-ed
54St. Anthony's Canossian Secondary School23015295-GirlsSAC PRI: 193Govt-Aided, Auto
55Ang Mo Kio Secondary School229170130-Co-ed
56Bukit Batok Secondary School229177135-Co-ed
57CHIJ Katong Convent229158111-GirlsCHIJ (KATONG) PRI: 203Govt-Aided, Auto
58Evergreen Secondary School229179138-Co-ed
59Jurong Secondary School228177133-Co-ed
60St. Hilda'S Secondary School228178127-Co-edSH PRI: 188Govt-Aided
61Gan Eng Seng School227179141-Co-ed
62Hua Yi Secondary School227182144-Co-ed
63Bowen Secondary School226175139-Co-ed
64Pei Hwa Secondary School226186146-Co-ed
65Hai Sing Catholic School225172119-Co-edGovt-Aided
66St. Gabriel's Secondary School225172121-BoysSG PRI: 188Govt-Aided
67West Spring Secondary School225175135-Co-ed
68Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School224177131-Co-ed
69Mayflower Secondary School224174105-Co-ed
70Deyi Secondary School222166127-Co-ed
71Queensway Secondary School222168131-Co-ed
72Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School220172128-Co-ed
73Pasir Ris Secondary School220170123-Co-ed
74Unity Secondary School219169104-Co-ed
75Bedok View Secondary School218164--Co-ed
76North Vista Secondary School218170139-Co-ed
77Yuan Ching Secondary School218166118-Co-ed
78Beatty Secondary School217152124-Co-ed
79Kent Ridge Secondary School217167108-Co-ed
80Chua Chu Kang Secondary School216171115-Co-ed
81Compassvale Secondary School215176139-Co-ed
82Jurong West Secondary School214172125-Co-ed
83Orchid Park Secondary School214177126-Co-ed
84Peirce Secondary School214160108-Co-ed
85Bedok South Secondary School21315996-Co-ed
86Bukit View Secondary School213152--Co-ed
87Greendale Secondary School213180143-Co-ed
88Meridian Secondary School212163137-Co-ed
89Woodlands Ring Secondary School212160122-Co-ed
90Hillgrove Secondary School211166123-Co-ed
91Tampines Secondary School210167132-Co-ed
92Zhenghua Secondary School210169129-Co-ed
93Seng Kang Secondary School209169141-Co-ed
94Christ Church Secondary School207170122-Co-edGovt-Aided
95Montfort Secondary School207164127-BoysMJS: 188Govt-Aided
96Yishun Secondary School207169118-Co-edAuto
97Hougang Secondary School205165129-Co-ed
98Naval Base Secondary School205168130-Co-ed
99Punggol Secondary School205171140-Co-ed
100New Town Secondary School204152--Co-ed
101Woodgrove Secondary School204165131-Co-ed
102Admiralty Secondary School203168132-Co-ed
103Jurongville Secondary School202160134-Co-ed
104Bedok Green Secondary School201159132-Co-ed
105Regent Secondary School200158--Co-ed
106Juying Secondary School198160135-Co-ed
107Manjusri Secondary School19715297-Co-edMAHA BODHI SCH: 189Govt-Aided
108Serangoon Secondary School194164130-Co-ed
109Westwood Secondary School194153122-Co-ed
110Greenridge Secondary School193156108-Co-ed
111Guangyang Secondary School192152105-Co-ed
112Canberra Secondary School191165108-Co-ed
113Junyuan Secondary School191155114-Co-ed
114Queenstown Secondary School191152120-Co-ed
115Teck Whye Secondary School189154110-Co-ed
116Yio Chu Kang Secondary School189152109-Co-ed
117Assumption English School188152105-Co-edGovt-Aided
118Bartley Secondary School
119Bendemeer Secondary School188152136-Co-ed
120Boon Lay Secondary School188152106-Co-ed
121Broadrick Secondary School18815291-Co-ed
122Bukit Merah Secondary School188152117-Co-ed
123Changkat Changi Secondary School188152--Co-ed
124Damai Secondary School188152112-Co-ed
125Dunearn Secondary School188153117-Co-ed
126East Spring Secondary School188157109-Co-ed
127Fajar Secondary School18815294-Co-ed
128Fuchun Secondary School188152108-Co-ed
129Loyang View Secondary School188152104-Co-ed
130Marsiling Secondary School188152104-Co-ed
131Northbrooks Secondary School188158129-Co-ed
132Northland Secondary School
133Outram Secondary School18815297-Co-ed
134Peicai Secondary School18815299-Co-ed
135Ping Yi Secondary School188152101-Co-ed
136Sembawang Secondary School188153115-Co-ed
137Serangoon Garden Secondary School188152123-Co-ed
138Springfield Secondary School188152114-Co-ed
139Tanglin Secondary School188152107-Co-ed
140Whitley Secondary School188152101-Co-ed
141Woodlands Secondary School188155120-Co-ed
142Yuhua Secondary School188153116-Co-ed
143Yuying Secondary School188152123-Co-edGovt-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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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?

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?

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)?

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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