Legend has it that Mencius' mother moved house three times, before finally settling near a school where her son could pick up knowledge and good values. Similarly, conscientious parents in Singapore often choose properties that are near good schools so that their children may have a head start in life. This is especially important because of the priority given to those staying with 1km or 2km of the school when it comes to Primary 1 registration. Here is our guide to some of the most popular Primary Schools in Singapore that are well regarded for their academic excellence, along with the properties are are within 1km or 2km of them.
Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) is a Methodist school for boys with a long history in Singapore. Founded in 1886 by Bishop William Fitzjames Oldham, the school is considered one of the most prestigious schools in Singapore because of its long history and its strong alumni network.
The school has a reputation for producing students who are strong in English, sports, and the arts. Notable alumni include Tan Chin Tuan (former Chairman of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation), Joseph Schooling (Olympics Gold Medalist), Ng Eng Hen (Minister for Defence), Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Senior Minister). There are currently more cabinet ministers from ACS than from any other school.
There are seven schools within the ACS family -
Primary Schools: ACS (Junior) and ACS (Primary)
Secondary Schools: ACS (Barker Road), ACS (Independent), ACS (International)
Junior College: Anglo Chinese Junior College (ACJC)
ACS (Primary) and (Independent) offer the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Both Primary Schools are affiliated to ACS (Barker Road) and ACS (Independent). The girls' school counterpart to ACS is Methodist Girls' School (MGS). ACS (Independent) runs a joint Integrated Programme (IP) with MGS Secondary, where students skip the GCE 'O' Levels and sit for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or GCE 'A' Levels after 6 years of secondary education.
Condos within 1km of ACS (Primary)/(Junior):
- Cairnhill 16 (Junior)
- Perfect Ten (Primary)
- Peak Residence (Primary)
- Klimt Cairnhill
- Kopar at Newton
- Sloane Residences (Primary)
- The Atelier
- Pullman Residences
- Neu at Novena
- Juniper Hill (Primary)
- 35 Gilstead
- The Hyde at Balmoral
- 10 Evelyn
Condos within 2km of ACS (Primary)/(Junior):
- Canninghill Piers (Junior)
- Cairnhill 16 (Primary)
- Irwell Hill Residences (Junior)
- Perfect Ten (Junior)
- Peak Residence (Junior)
- Dalvey Haus
- Midtown Modern (Junior)
- The Avenir (Junior)
- The Iveria (Junior)
- Sloane Residences (Junior)
- Neu at Novena
- Juniper Hill (Junior)
- The Hyde at Balmoral
- Nouvel 18
- Cuscaden Reserve (Junior)
- Uptown at Farrer
Ai Tong School (爱同学校) is a co-ed primary school under the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. Started in 1912 as a Chinese school, it is now a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school. Ai Tong emphasises the learning of Chinese culture, language and values.
Ai Tong is one of the most popular primary schools in Singapore, with places in the Primary 1 registration frequently being oversubscribed. The school is not only strong academically, but also in sports and the performing arts.
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Catholic High School is an all-boys Catholic school with a primary section and a secondary section. Founded in 1935 by Rev. Fr. Edward Becheras, a French missionary, the school is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school and the primary section offers the Gifted Education Programme (GEP).
Catholic High School also offers a Joint Integrated Programme together with Singapore Chinese Girls' School and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School. After four years of secondary education at Catholic High School, IP students will bypass the GCE 'O' Level examination and move on to Eunoia Junior College for their GCE 'A' Levels.
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CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School (SNGS) is a Catholic school for girls, with both Primary and Secondary divisions. It was established by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus in 1933 as a Chinese-medium primary school for girls. Today, it retains its strength in Chinese and is a designated Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school.
The Primary School is affiliated to the Secondary, and both are known for their academic excellence.
SNGS Secondary offers a Joint Integrated Programme together with Singapore Chinese Girls' School and Catholic High School. After four years at SNGS Secondary, IP students will bypass the GCE 'O' Level examination and move on to Eunoia Junior College for their GCE 'A' Levels.
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Henry Park Primary is a popular co-ed school located at Holland Grove. In its early years, it shared a compound with Raffles Girls’ Primary School (RGPS).
It is known for its excellence in PSLE results, as well as holistic approach to education and student development. A wide range of CCAs are offered, and Henry Park has achieved good results in sports, notably Badminton, Gymnastics and Tennis.
The school is innovative in its teaching methods, such as its Applied Learning Programme (Science), which teaches science principles using a more hands-on approach and is MOE approved.
Henry Park also offers the Gifted Education Programme.
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Kong Hwa is one of the six Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan schools, along with Tao Nan and Ai Tong. Established in 1953, it is a co-ed school with rich history and is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese culture and values. Kong Hwa offers the Bi-Cultural Enrichment Programme (BiCEP) which encourages students to be effectively bilingual.
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Maris Stella High is an all-boys Catholic school, with primary and secondary sections.
Founded in 1958 by the international Marist Brothers, it was one of the first schools to receive SAP status in 1978. It became autonomous in 1996 and in 2002 was designated as a Cluster Centre of Excellence for Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The school is focused on holistic development, and the primary school in particular is a popular choice among parents.
Notable alumni include local politicians Ong Ye Kung and Lee Yi Shyan.
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Methodist Girls' School is an independent Methodist school founded on 25 July 1887 by Sophia Blackmore, an Australian missionary. The school offers Primary and Secondary education, with MGS Primary being afflicated to MGS Secondary.
MGS is renowned for its academic, music and sporting excellence. It was routinely placed in the top ten schools of Singapore in the rankings by the Ministry of Education before the rankings were discontinued.
The boys' school counterpart to MGS is ACS. MGS Secondary runs a joint Integrated Programme (IP) with ACS (Independent), where students skip the GCE 'O' Levels and sit for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or GCE 'A' Levels after 6 years of secondary education.
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Nan Hua Primary (南华小学) has its roots in Nan Hua Girls' School, a Chinese girls' school founded in 1917. Nan Hua Primary was established as a separate co-ed school in 1964, and the secondary school is now known as Nan Hua Girls' High School.
Till today it is very much grounded in traditional Chinese values and culture. Nan Hua Primary's rich heritage as a Chinese school has led to its status as a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school. It also offers the Gifted Education Programme (GEP).
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Nanyang Primary School is a co-ed school. It was founded in in 1917 by Tan Chu Nan and Teo Eng Hock as the primary section of Nanyang Girls' High School. In 1978, the primary school gained autonomy and was established as Nanyang Primary School. Today, NYPS is still affiliated to Nanyang Girls' High School.
NYPS is one of the most popular primary schools in Singapore and is known for its academic achievements and strength in Chinese language and culture. It is a designated Gifted Education Programme (GEP) school as well as a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school, where English and Chinese are both taught as a first language.
Notable alumni include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary is a co-ed Christian school. Originally known as Pei Hwa School, it was started in 1889 as a free school established by the Presbyterian Church in Singapore and ran on the premises of the Chinese Christian Church, now known as Glory Presbyterian Church.
Today, it is still situated next to Glory Presbyterian Church and is overseen by the Presbyterian Education Council, which also has 4 other schools under its umbrella. It is a designated Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school, where English and Chinese are both taught as first languages.
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Raffles Girls' Primary School is a school for girls. It began as an offshoot of Raffles Girls’ School, which was founded in 1844. However, the two schools separated in 1847 and by 1881, RGPS was conducting its own classes.
Today, Raffles Girls' Primary School and Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) are separate and not affiliated, as many people might assume from the "Raffles" name. The Raffles family of schools consists of Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College.
That said, RGPS has been a highly sought after school since the 1960s, when parents would camp overnight to enroll their daughters in the school.
RGPS has a reputation for producing many of the top PSLE scorers. Now that the PSLE rankings are no longer being released, RGPS still sweeps many of the awards given by the Ministry of Education, such as School Excellence Award, Best Practice Award (BPA) for Teaching & Learning, and Best Practice Award for Student All-Round Development.
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Rosyth School is a co-ed primary school started in 1956. It was initially situated at Rosyth Road from which it derived its name.
In 1983, the school was identified as one of the first four primary schools to host the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Rosyth is a popular school known for its academic excellence. It grown in size over the years to meet demand, and now has over 2000 students.
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St Joseph's Institution Junior (SJIJ) (圣若瑟书院) is a Catholic primary school for boys. It was originally St Joseph's Junior School, the primary section of St. Joseph's Institution (SJI), founded in 1852 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools or De La Salle Brothers. It is the first Catholic school and the 3rd oldest school in Singapore.
St Joseph's Junior School eventually merged with St Michael's School, another primary school in the De La Salle family, and St Michael's was renamed as St Joseph's Institution Junior in 2006 to reflect its affiliation to St. Joseph’s Institution. St. Joseph’s Institution is one of two secondary schools in Singapore that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) in its Integrated Programme (IP).
SJIJ is known for its academic and sporting excellence. Notable alumni include Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and prominent lawyer Davinder Singh.
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St Margaret's School is the oldest girls' school in Singapore. Founded by Maria Dyer of the London Missionary Society in 1842, the school was then known as Chinese Girls' School. In 1949, the late Bishop Wilson renamed the school St Margaret's School, in honour of Queen Margaret of Scotland.
Today, St Margaret's Primary School (SMPS) is a single session girls' school that remains a popular choice with parents. SMPS is noted for its good PSLE track record and achievements in netball, bowling, art, choir, music and dance. It is affliated to St Margaret's Secondary School.
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Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) is an independent girls school with Primary and Secondary divisions. The Primary School is affiliated to the Secondary. Founded in 1899 by Straits Chinese businessmen as a school for Peranakan girls, it is one of the oldest schools in Singapore and was also among the first schools in Singapore to receive independent status in 1989.
SCGS Secondary offers a Joint Integrated Programme together with CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School and Catholic High School. After four years at SCGS Secondary, IP students will bypass the GCE 'O' Level examination and move on to Eunoia Junior College for their GCE 'A' Levels.
Notable alumni include Madam Halimah Yacob (Singapore's first female President) and prominent business woman Jennie Chua (CEO, The Ascott Group).
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Tao Nan School is a popular co-ed school in Singapore that is well-regarded for its academic excellence. It was started by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan in 1906.
In 1990, the school was selected for the Special Assistance Programme (SAP), where Chinese language is taught at a higher level. Tao Nan School is noted for its strength in the Chinese language and culture, such as the offering of Wushu, Chinese Dance and Chinese Orchestra as Co-Curricular Activities.
Tao Nan is also one of the Primary Schools that offer the Gifted Education Programme.
Alumni include prominent public figures such as philanthropist Lee Kong Chian and former Minister of State Ow Chin Hock.
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