|1||Ai Tong School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bishan||100 Bright Hill Drive, S579646|
|2||Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)||NO||NO||NO||Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)||Central||16 Winstedt Road, S227988|
|3||Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)||NO||NO||YES||Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)||Novena||50 Barker Road, S309918|
|4||Canossa Catholic Primary School||NO||NO||NO||St. Anthonys Canossian Secondary School||Geylang||1 Sallim Road, S387621|
|5||Catholic High School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||YES||Catholic High School||Bishan||9 Bishan Street 22, S579767|
|6||CHIJ (Katong) Primary||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ Katong Convent||Bedok||17 Martia Road, S424821|
|7||CHIJ (Kellock)||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ St. Theresas Convent||Bukit Merah||1 Bukit Teresa Road, S099757|
|8||CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ St. Josephs Convent||Serangoon||2C Burghley Drive, S558979|
|9||CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ St. Josephs Convent||Hougang||1257 Upper Serangoon Road, S534793|
|10||CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ St. Theresas Convent||Bukit Panjang||4 Chestnut Drive, S679287|
|11||CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)||NO||NO||NO||CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)||Toa Payoh||628 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, S319765|
|12||CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||NO||CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School||Ang Mo Kio||501 Ang Mo Kio Street 13, S569405|
|13||Chongfu School||NO||NO||NO||NO||Yishun||170 Yishun Avenue 6, S768959|
|14||De La Salle School||NO||NO||NO||St. Josephs Institution, St. Patricks School||Choa Chu Kang||11 Choa Chu Kang St 52, S689285|
|15||Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)||NO||NO||NO||Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)||Queenstown||100 Dover Road, S139648|
|16||Geylang Methodist School (Primary)||NO||NO||NO||Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)||Geylang||4 Geylang East Central, S389706|
|17||Holy Innocents' Primary School||NO||YES||NO||Holy Innocents High School||Hougang||5 Lorong Low Koon, S536451|
|18||Hong Wen School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Kallang||30 Towner Road, S327829|
|19||Kheng Cheng School||NO||NO||NO||NO||Toa Payoh||15 Lorong 3 Toa Payoh, S319580|
|20||Kong Hwa School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Geylang||350 Guillemard Road, S399772|
|21||Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School||NO||NO||Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School||Bishan||8 Bishan Street 13, S579793|
|22||Maha Bodhi School||NO||YES||NO||Manjusri Secondary School||Geylang||10 Ubi Avenue 1, S408931|
|23||Maris Stella High School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||NO||Maris Stella High School||Toa Payoh||25 Mount Vernon Road, S368051|
|24||Marymount Convent School||NO||NO||NO||Toa Payoh||20 Marymount Road, S297754|
|25||Mee Toh School||NO||NO||NO||Manjusri Secondary School||Punggol||21 Edgedale Plains, S828867|
|26||Methodist Girls' School (Primary)||NO||NO||NO||Methodist Girls School (Secondary)||Bukit Timah||11 Blackmore Drive, S599986|
|27||Montfort Junior School||NO||NO||NO||Montfort Secondary School||Hougang||52 Hougang Avenue 8, S538786|
|28||Nan Chiau Primary School||NO||NO||NO||NO||Seng Kang||50 Anchorvale Link, S545080|
|29||Nan Hua Primary School||NO||YES||YES||NO||Clementi||30 Jalan Lempeng, S128806|
|30||Nanyang Primary School||NO||YES||YES||Nanyang Girls High School||Bukit Timah||52 King's Road, S268097|
|31||Ngee Ann Primary School||NO||NO||NO||Ngee Ann Secondary School||Marine Parade||344 Marine Terrace, S449149|
|32||Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary)||NO||NO||NO||Paya Lebar Methodist Girls School (Secondary)||Hougang||298 Lorong Ah Soo, S536741|
|33||Pei Chun Public School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Toa Payoh||16 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, S319320|
|34||Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bukit Timah||7 Pei Wah Avenue, S597610|
|35||Poi Ching School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Tampines||21 Tampines Street 71, S529067|
|36||Red Swastika School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bedok||350 Bedok North Avenue 3, S469719|
|37||Singapore Chinese Girls' Primary School||NO||NO||NO||Singapore Chinese Girls School||Novena||190 Dunearn Road, S309437|
|38||St. Andrew's Junior School||NO||NO||NO||St. Andrews Secondary School||Toa Payoh||2 Francis Thomas Drive, S359337|
|39||St. Anthony's Canossian Primary School||NO||NO||NO||St. Anthonys Canossian Secondary School||Bedok||1602 Bedok North Ave 4, S469701|
|40||St. Anthony's Primary School||NO||NO||NO||St. Josephs Institution, St. Patricks School||Bukit Batok||30 Bukit Batok St 32, S659401|
|41||St. Gabriel's Primary School||NO||NO||NO||St. Gabriels Secondary School||Serangoon||220 Lorong Chuan, S556742|
|42||St. Hilda's Primary School||NO||NO||YES||St. Hildas Secondary School||Tampines||2 Tampines Ave 3, S529706|
|43||St. Joseph's Institution Junior||NO||NO||NO||St. Josephs Institution, St. Patricks School||Novena||3 Essex Road, S309331|
|44||St. Margaret's School (Primary)||NO||NO||NO||St. Margarets School (Secondary)||Central||99 Wilkie Road, S228091|
|45||St. Stephen's School||NO||NO||NO||St. Josephs Institution, St. Patricks School||Bedok||20 Siglap View, S455789|
|46||Tao Nan School||NO||YES||YES||NO||Marine Parade||49 Marine Crescent, S449761|
Understanding Government-Aided Primary Schools: Unveiling Their Uniqueness
In this article, our objective is to provide insight into government-aided schools, which represent a unique category of educational institutions. Singapore boasts a total of 46 government-aided primary schools, a significant subset of the 182 primary schools across the country. We will delve into their defining characteristics and elucidate the distinctions that set them apart from mainstream MOE primary schools. (Source: MOE School Finder)
Characteristics of Government-Aided Primary Schools
Government-aided primary schools play a pivotal role in serving their respective communities. These institutions are deeply rooted in their communities.
They not only deliver high-quality education comparable to that of government schools but also embrace unique missions tailored to their specific identities.
For instance, Ai Tong School goes beyond academics to instill a profound appreciation for Chinese culture in its students. Meanwhile, schools like the Infant Jesus Convent (CHIJ) adhere to a mission centered on creating a Christ-centered school community. Their primary focus is to foster an environment where truth, justice, freedom, and love prevail, with particular attention to the needs of disadvantaged students.
In essence, government-aided primary schools prioritize community enrichment and provide a robust academic foundation, each with its distinct character and mission.
What sets government-aided primary schools apart is their commitment to maintaining the same high standards as government schools. They employ teachers who are certified by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and follow the national syllabus, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive and competitive education.
Moreover, these schools receive funding from the Singaporean government, which helps them maintain their educational excellence and ensure that they have the necessary resources to provide a conducive learning environment. This funding also allows them to offer various programs and initiatives that enhance students’ learning experiences.
Here is a summary of the characteristics of these special schools:
- Community-Centered: Government-aided schools are established by different community groups to serve their specific educational requirements.
- Education Quality: These schools maintain similar educational standards as government schools, ensuring a high-quality education.
- Autonomous Status: Some of these schools have autonomous status, allowing them to follow the national curriculum while offering additional programs to enhance students’ learning and talents.
- Special Assistance Plan (SAP): Certain government-aided schools, known as SAP schools, emphasize bilingualism, Chinese culture, and a global perspective in nurturing their students.
- GEP Schools: There are a total of 9 GEP schools in Singapore, with 6 of them being Government-Aided schools.
A Glimpse into Their History
Many government-aided schools have a rich history, some dating back to 1906, exemplified by Tao Nan School (Established 1906; 116 years ago). Others, like Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) and CHIJ Primary and Secondary (Toa Payoh), have been serving their communities for decades.
These schools have deep historical connections with clans and churches, thanks to the support of organizations like the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK). The following six schools are a testament to these collective efforts, emphasizing core values encompassing 德 (Moral), 智 (Cognitive), 体 (Physical), 群 (Social), 美 (Aesthetics).
- Chongfu (Estd 1915)
- Nan Chiau High School (Estd 1947)
- Nan Chiau Primary School (Estd 1947)
- Ai Tong (Estd 1912)
- Kong Hwa (Estd 1953)
- Tao Nan (the oldest, founded in 1906)
Here are the 9 Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) schools in Singapore with their respective founding years:
- Katong Convent (1930)
- St Nicholas Girls’ School (1933)
- St Theresa’s Convent (1933)
- St Joseph’s Convent (1938)
- Bukit Timah Convent (1955; now known as CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace)
- CHIJ Punggol (1957; now known as CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity)
- Opera Estate Convent (1959; merged with the primary section of Katong Convent to form CHIJ Katong Primary in 1990)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel (1960)
- Kellock Convent (1964)
These CHIJ schools have made significant contributions to education in Singapore and continue to play a vital role in shaping the lives of students in their respective communities.
Why these schools are important in Singapore’s education landscape?
In my perspective, it alludes to a renowned Chinese proverb, “饮水思源” (Yin Shui Si Yuan), which translates to “when you drink water, think of its source.” Clan members have played a pivotal role in the success stories of these schools, reflecting the importance Chinese community pioneers placed on education. Acknowledging the rich history and heritage of government-aided schools in Singapore is paramount.
These schools owe their existence and success to various key stakeholders, including parents, the Chinese community, and the dedicated Infant Jesus nuns who arrived in Singapore with a mission to establish Catholic schools for girls. Alongside their efforts, the Hokkien, Hainanese, TeoChew and other clan’s commitment to education has played a vital role in shaping the ethos, culture, and values of these institutions. It is this unique blend of Christian mission and the clan’s community’s support that has contributed significantly to Singapore’s diverse educational landscape.
Recognizing and preserving this historical legacy is essential in understanding the profound impact these schools have had on our society. These schools serve as remarkable examples of institutions established by the community, for the community. Their beginnings and historical contexts have imbued them with the ethos, culture, and values of their founding communities.
Phase 2B registration for P1 Primary school
Clan or church members who have community endorsement are eligible during Phase 2B. If you wish to register your child during Phase 2B for a school affiliated with your church or clan, you’ll need to provide a church or clan letter of endorsement when completing the online registration process. For detailed guidance on obtaining this letter of endorsement, eligible parents can reach out to the school directly. They will be able to provide you with the necessary information and support for your registration process.
SAP Schools – Primary School
There are currently 15 SAP Schools (primary) in Singapore, each with its unique focus on nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in Chinese language and culture while also developing a global outlook. These schools uphold a tradition of academic excellence and cultural heritage, offering students a comprehensive educational experience that extends beyond the standard curriculum. The SAP program equips students with strong language skills in both English and Chinese, providing them with a competitive advantage in today’s multicultural and interconnected world.
One notable feature of SAP Schools is the emphasis on Chinese language proficiency. These institutions not only teach the Chinese language but also integrate it into various subjects, fostering a deep understanding of Chinese culture, history, and traditions. This approach creates a holistic learning environment that prepares students for the global stage while preserving their cultural heritage.
Furthermore, SAP Schools are known for their close-knit communities and active alumni networks. These networks provide valuable support and opportunities for students even after they graduate. The schools’ commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals is evident in their strong co-curricular programs, which include activities related to Chinese culture, the arts, and community service.
SAP Schools in Singapore offer a unique and enriching educational experience that prepares students to excel academically and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. With a focus on bilingualism, cultural appreciation, and holistic development, these schools play a vital role in shaping the future leaders of Singapore.
|1||Ai Tong School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bishan||100 Bright Hill Drive, S579646|
|2||Catholic High School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||YES||Catholic High School||Bishan||9 Bishan Street 22, S579767|
|3||CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||NO||CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School||Ang Mo Kio||501 Ang Mo Kio Street 13, S569405|
|4||Holy Innocents' Primary School||NO||YES||NO||Holy Innocents High School||Hougang||5 Lorong Low Koon, S536451|
|5||Hong Wen School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Kallang||30 Towner Road, S327829|
|6||Kong Hwa School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Geylang||350 Guillemard Road, S399772|
|7||Maha Bodhi School||NO||YES||NO||Manjusri Secondary School||Geylang||10 Ubi Avenue 1, S408931|
|8||Maris Stella High School (Primary Section)||YES||YES||NO||Maris Stella High School||Toa Payoh||25 Mount Vernon Road, S368051|
|9||Nan Hua Primary School||NO||YES||YES||NO||Clementi||30 Jalan Lempeng, S128806|
|10||Nanyang Primary School||NO||YES||YES||Nanyang Girls High School||Bukit Timah||52 King's Road, S268097|
|11||Pei Chun Public School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Toa Payoh||16 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, S319320|
|12||Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bukit Timah||7 Pei Wah Avenue, S597610|
|13||Poi Ching School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Tampines||21 Tampines Street 71, S529067|
|14||Red Swastika School||NO||YES||NO||NO||Bedok||350 Bedok North Avenue 3, S469719|
|15||Tao Nan School||NO||YES||YES||NO||Marine Parade||49 Marine Crescent, S449761|
Autonomous School (Primary School)
There are only three primary schools categorized as autonomous schools in Singapore: Catholic High School (Primary Section), Maris Stella High School (Primary Section), and CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary Section). These autonomous schools are still adhere to the national syllabus. However, what sets them apart is their commitment to providing more extensive student development programs that enrich your child’s educational journey and nurture their talents.
It’s important to note that autonomous schools may charge additional fees on top of the regular school fees that all government school students pay. These supplementary charges support the implementation of specialized programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing your child’s learning experience and overall development.
In summary, these three primary autonomous schools in Singapore prioritize the holistic growth of their students by providing diverse opportunities and student development programs while following the national syllabus.
Visit our dedicated page for comprehensive information about the 9 GEP schools in Singapore.
We previously published a post for the year 2023 primary school rankings, focusing on popularity. Please note that this table is exclusively based on ballot data from the Phase 2B exercise and is not directly related to school performance.
Additionally, we have created another post highlighting the top primary schools in Singapore. In this evaluation, we consider various factors such as the GEP program, SAP status, Singapore Youth Festival presentations, Singapore National School Games participation, and recognition of their uniformed groups units. These schools are assessed primarily for their academic excellence and are highly sought after by parents.
If you would like to explore these topics further, you can visit the full blog post here: