Top Primary Schools in Singapore 2018 and Tips on How to Get in One

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Singaporean parents are one of the most competitive in the world in terms of their children’s education, this guide will provide you with the necessary information to survive the primary school registration in 2018.

Although entering a good primary school might not necessarily dictate how well your children will succeed in the future, but entering a good one will definitely do more good than harm.

Check out also: Top Secondary Schools in Singapore 2018 based on PSLE COP 2017

Nanyang Primary School has been consistently named the top few primary education institutes in Singapore for years.

Finding a good primary school is not hard, and MOE has been promoting the “Every School a Good School” slogan for years now, making it feel like a good education is easy to find.

But, is it really so?

There is no real definition of a “Good” primary school, just which primary school might make your child’s portfolio look nicer when they eventually graduate and need to apply for secondary or tertiary education institute.

What are primary school registration phases?

There are 3 main phases of registration, and a total of 7 sub-phases under the mains. Below is an easily understandable summary of the 7 phases, and date for registration:

Phase 1
Registration date: 28 – 29 June 2018
Announcement date: No announcement needed, 100% chance of entering successfully.
Reserved for: Child with sibling studying in the same school ONLY.

Phase 2A(1)
Registration date: 4 July 2018
Announcement date: 9 July 2018
Reserved for:
Child with parent in school alumni association before 30 June 2017.
Child with parent on school’s management.

Phase 2A(2)
Registration date: 11 – 12 July 2018
Announcement date: 17 July 2018
Reserved for:
Child with either sibling or parent studied in the school of choice.
Child whose parent a staff of the school of choice.
Child from MOE Kindergarten under purview of and co-located with the school of choice.

Phase 2B
Registration date: 19 – 20 July 2018
Announcement date: 26 July 2018
Reserved for:
Child whose parent had joined the school’s volunteer programme before 1 July 2017, and clocked 40 hours of volunteer work with the school before 30 July 2018.
Child whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the school.
Child whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader.

Phase 2C
Registration date:
30 July 9am until 1st Aug 4.30pm, 2018 (P1-IS Online Reg)
31 July – 2 Aug 2018 (School Reg)
Announcement date: 8 August 2018
Reserved for: Child eligible for Pri 1 in the following year and not yet registered in a pri-school.

Phase 2C Supplementary
Registration date:
13 Aug 9am to 14 Aug 4:30pm, 2018 (P1-IS Online Reg)
14 – 15 Aug 2018 (School Reg)
Announcement date: 21 August 2018
Reserved for: Child eligible for Phase 2C but not yet registered.

Phase 3
Registration date: Oct 2018 (Date TBC)
Announcement date: By 31 October 2018
Reserved for: ONLY non-Singaporean / Permanent Resident (PR) children who express interest and granted by MOE in October 2018 with their pri-school placing.
IMPORTANT: All non-SC / non-PR children are required to first submit an online indication of interest form from 5 June 2018 (Tuesday), 9.00am to 11 June 2018 (Monday), 4.30pm. Click here for more info.

What is the most important factor when choosing a Primary school?

Home-school distance.

This is one thing that you can find it being repeated over and over again on the MOE’s website, and many other sources on primary school acceptance criteria.

MOE’s website even emphasized on the need for parents to check the distance between their home and school with the Singapore Land Authority’s (SLA) OneMap School Query Service.

The way they went to such length to push parents into finding a nearer school to their home, very clearly says that they will put the home-school distance the number one deciding factor in enrolling students into any school.

If I want to apply to a school that is not the nearest few to my house, what do I need to do?

Simply speaking, there is currently no effective and legal way to do this in a short timeframe. There are parents who attempted to change their house address just to get their kids into their desired school, but was caught and fined heftily.

The best way to proceed with your child’s primary education institute is to plan far ahead. Decide on the school you want to enrol for, and buy or rent a property within 1 or 2 km from the school of choice, 30 months before the school commencement date.

The 30 months’ stay requirement was set by the MOE to ensure that the truthfulness of your address. During the 30 months, make sure to not move your address, and if you are renting a house, the lease has to cover for at least the entire 30 months period.

If you were ever found out to falsely indicate your address, you might run the risk of your child being transferred away from the school by MOE.

Therefore it is strongly advised to do the application honestly.

Currently, there is also no appeal process set up for the change of pri-school.

The only way for a second chance of getting your child into your desired school is to sign-up for their waitlist, which will only open up slots when those who got enrolled in exited.

What are the most popular schools nowadays?

Below we have compiled a list of the most popular primary schools among parents in 2015, 2016 and 2017 which you might want to consider before applying.

We hope this article had shed some light on the primary school registration situation in Singapore.

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