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.
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):
- Sloane Residences (Primary)
- The Atelier
- Pullman Residences
- Neu at Novena
- Juniper Hill (Primary)
- The Hyde at Balmoral
- 10 Evelyn
- Fyve Derbyshire (Junior)
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.
Condos within 2km of Ai Tong:
Condos within 1km of Catholic High 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.
Condos within 1km of SNGS:
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.
Condos within 2km of Henry Park:
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.
Condos within 1km of MGS Primary:
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).
Condos within 1km of Nan Hua Primary:
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.
Condos within 1km of NYPS:
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.
Condos within 1km of Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary:
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.
Condos within 1km of RGPS:
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.
Condos within 1km of Rosyth School:
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.
Condos within 1km of SJIJ:
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).
Condos within 1km of SCGS Primary:
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.
Condos within 1km of Tao Nan: