SECONDARY - SCHOOL EDUCATION
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01 SINGAPORE’S EDUCATION SYSTEM: AN OVERVIEW 03 LEARNING TAILORED TO DIFFERENT ABILITIES 04 DEVELOPING YOUR CHILD FOR THE FUTURE 08 CATERING TO INTERESTS AND HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT 21 EDUSAVE SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEMES 23 CHOOSING A SECONDARY SCHOOL 24 SECONDARY 1 POSTING 27 CHOOSING A SCHOOL: PRINCIPALS’ PERSPECTIVES The Ministry of Education formulates and implements policies on education structure, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. We oversee the development and management of Government-funded schools, the Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics and autonomous universities. We also fund academic research.
01 02 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Singapore’ s Education System : : An An Overview Our education system offers many choices for the next Singapore’s Education System Overview phase of learning for your child. Its diverse education pathways aim to help each child discover his interests, abilities, and passions and develop to his full potential. PRIMARY SECONDARY POST-SECONDARY 6 years 4-5 years ALTERNATIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS4 SCHOOLS1 PRIVATELY ALTERNATIVE FUNDED SCHOOLS QUALIFICATIONS4 UNIVERSITIES 4-6 Years SPECIAL EDUCATION SPECIALISED INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS3 GCE A-LEVEL 4-6 Years PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVING JUNIOR COLLEGES/ EXAMINATION CENTRALISED (PSLE) INSTITUTE WORK & LIFELONG LEARNING7 2-3 Years EXPRESS GCE O-LEVEL 4-6 Years PFP5 POLYTECHNICS 1 Year 2-3 Years PRIMARY SCHOOLS 6 Years DPP6 NORMAL GCE N(A)-LEVEL (ACADEMIC) [N(A)] 4-5 Years INSTITUTE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION 2-3 Years NORMAL GCE N(T)-LEVEL (TECHNICAL) [N(T)] 4 Years ARTS INSTITUTIONS 3-6 Years SPECIALISED SCHOOLS2 ALTERNATIVE 3-6 Years QUALIFICATIONS4 1 Students in special education schools which offer the national primary curriculum will sit for PSLE. Some students in Pathlight School who take the national secondary 5 The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a diploma-specific foundation programme conducted by the polytechnics over two academic semesters for students curriculum may also sit for the GCE N- or O-Level examinations. Note: This has not been fully represented in the graphic. who have completed Secondary 4N(A). Students who successfully complete the PFP may progress directly into the first year of their respective polytechnic diploma courses. 2 Specialised schools offer customised programmes for students who are inclined towards hands-on and practical learning. Some also offer N(T)-Level exams. These schools are Northlight School, Assumption Pathway School, Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School. 6 The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) is a through-train pathway to polytechnics via ITE, for students who have completed Secondary 4N(A). DPP students who successfully complete a two-year Higher Nitec programme at ITE and attain the required qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) scores are guaranteed a 3 Specialised Independent Schools offer specialised education catering to students with talents and strong interests in specific fields, such as the arts, sports, mathematics place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to their Higher Nitec course. and science, and applied learning. These schools are the School of the Arts, Singapore Sports School, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the School of Science and Technology. Eligible students of the Singapore Sports School can progress directly to Republic Polytechnic. Eligible students of the School of the Arts can 7 Adults and working professionals are encouraged to upskill and reskill through quality learning options in lifelong learning provided by our Institutes of Higher Learning pursue a diploma programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts via special admissions after their fourth year of study. as well as Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) training providers accredited by SkillsFuture Singapore. 4 Alternative Qualifications refer to qualifications not traditionally offered at mainstream schools in Singapore. Note: Students can opt to transfer laterally between Express, N(A) and N(T), if they are assessed to be more suitable for these courses. (This has not been fully represented in the graphic).
03 04 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Learning Tailored Three courses are offered at the secondary-school level. SUBJECT-BASED BANDING (SECONDARY) to Different Depending on your child’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) score, he will be placed in the Express (including the Integrated Programme in some schools), Normal (Academic) Subject-Based Banding (Secondary) [SBB (Sec)] is one of many pathways for students to nurture their • N(A) and N(T) students who scored A* or A grade in a PSLE Standard subject can take the subject at the Abilities [N(A)], or Normal (Technical) [N(T)] courses. aptitudes and enhance their access to opportunities throughout their educational journey. SBB (Sec) allows your child to take specific subjects at a higher Express Level; and While your child may initially be placed in a particular course • N(T) students who scored at least C grade in a PSLE academic level starting from Secondary 1 if he is found to better support his learning pace and style, there are Standard subject or ‘1’ in a PSLE Foundation subject suitable to do so. If he is in the N(A) or N(T) course, opportunities for him to transfer to another course if it is more can take it at N(A) Level. he may be able to take some subjects at Express or suited to his abilities and interests. He can also take specific N(A) Level to allow him to stretch himself and acquire subjects at a higher academic level. Beyond the start of Secondary 1, other N(A) deeper competencies in his area(s) of strengths. and N(T) students who do well in school-based WORK AND LIFE examinations may be considered to take higher- HOW DOES IT WORK? level subjects if found suitable to do so by their Continuous N(A) and N(T) students are eligible to take some schools. Learning subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Science Advanced Diploma/ Specialist Diploma/ ITE Technical Diploma2 Work-Learn Technical and official Mother Tongue Languages) at a higher Secondary schools will provide eligible students with Modular Courses Diploma1 at Universities, University Diploma (Conversion)1 Workforce Skills academic level starting from Secondary 1 if they have more information and offer letters to invite them to Degree Qualifications Polytechnics and ITE3 Institute of Technical Education (ITE) performed well in these subjects at the Primary School apply to take higher-level subjects when they report Polytechnic Diploma1 Higher Nitec/Nitec Leaving Examination (PSLE): to their secondary school in late December. GCE A-Level Exam/ International Baccalaureate Diploma/ National University of Singapore High School Diploma Developing Your Child for the Future Integrated Programme Polytechnic Junior College/Millennia Institute Foundation Programme ITE Skills (Years 5 and 6)4 Certificate GCE O-Level Exam Guided by our Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes, your child’s school will provide Direct-Entry- Scheme to learning experiences that will develop his self-awareness, a sound moral compass, and the necessary attitudes, Polytechnic Programme skills and knowledge to take on challenges of the future. He will be responsible to his family, community and Secondary 5N(A) nation. He will also appreciate the beauty of the world around him, possess a healthy mind and body, and have a zest for life. GCE N(A)-Level Exam GCE N(T)-Level Exam tion S kills Your child will be nurtured through our secondary- o rma Civ ic school education to become: Inf Lit d e an ra c Secondary 4 Express Secondary 4N(A) Secondary 4N(T) n • A Confident Person who has a strong sense of tio y, right and wrong, is adaptable and resilient, ra G lo bo ba knows himself, is discerning in judgment, thinks a Specialised Schools oll lA Secondary 3 Express Secondary 3N(A) Secondary 3N(T) independently and critically, and communicates ,C wa Communication effectively. rene ss Secondary 2 Express Secondary 2N(A) Secondary 2N(T) • A Self-directed Learner who questions, reflects and Cross- and perseveres and takes responsibility for his own learning. Secondary 1 Express Secondary 1N(A) Secondary 1N(T) C ultu • An Active Contributor who is able to work ral effectively in teams, is innovative, exercises Sk Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) ills initiatives, takes calculated risks and strives for excellence. Refer to the overview of Singapore’s Education System on the previous pages to see the diverse education pathways offered beyond secondary schools. Cr itic al a g nd Inventive Thinkin Footnotes: • A Concerned Citizen who is rooted to Singapore, 1 Selected programmes will be progressively made available as SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes, which are work-learn programmes designed to give fresh has a strong sense of civic responsibility, is informed polytechnic and ITE graduates a head-start in their careers related to their discipline of study. about Singapore and the world, and plays an 2 Graduates of Technical Engineer Diploma (TED) in Machine Technology and TED in Automotive Engineering are eligible to apply for admission into a relevant part- Framework for 21St Century Competencies time Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree programme at NUS. active part in bettering the lives of others around 3 Relevant modular courses may count towards the attainment of a full qualification at the universities, polytechnics and ITE. and Student Outcomes him. 4 Schools that offer the Integrated Programme admit students at Secondary 1. Places are also available to admit students at Year 3. (This has not been fully represented in the diagram.) Note: The Arts Institutions, NAFA and LASALLE, also offer diploma and degree programmes in the creative arts. For the pathways for education placement of students with special needs, please refer to: https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/special-education-schools/education-pathways-for-children.
05 06 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Maximising Your Child’s Potential We believe in providing a range of options so that each APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAMME (ALP) CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES child has the opportunity to build up his core and holistic AND LEARNING FOR LIFE PROGRAMME (CCAs) set of skills. As such, there are many different secondary (LLP) schools to choose from, each offering a variety of The ALP is designed to give students the opportunity CCAs are an integral part of your child's Participation in CCAs fosters social programmes to cater to the different strengths and to discover their aptitudes and interests, build their holistic education. He will discover integration and deepens your child’s interests of our students. strengths, and make informed decisions on their even more interests and passions while sense of belonging, commitment and education and career pathways. This is complemented developing values and competencies. responsibility to school, community When choosing a school, we encourage you to by the LLP where students develop skills and attributes This will prepare him to meet the and nation. consider the distinctive strengths of each school and that enable them to contribute to the betterment of challenges of a rapidly changing world. place your child in an environment that can best society as socially responsible citizens. Your child can choose from an exciting broaden his horizons, motivate him to be an engaged CCAs also promote friendships among range of CCAs, which include uniformed learner, and build himself up continuously. • All secondary schools offer one ALP and one LLP students from diverse backgrounds as groups, clubs and societies, sports and while Autonomous, Independent and Specialised they learn, play and grow up together. games and visual and performing arts. Schools offer their school-initiated distinctive APPLIED LEARNING programmes. Our schools provide students with hands-on and authentic learning experiences. This way, knowledge • Where relevant, secondary schools may offer can be applied in real-world contexts, and 21st Century direct admission to primary school students with Competencies and values can be developed. outstanding talents and achievement and/or potential in areas related to the schools’ distinctive • Applied Learning experiences are incorporated in programmes. the national curriculum, and these can be found in the various subjects and Co-Curricular Programmes For more information on Applied Learning, please visit: such as CCAs. www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/applied-learning • Additional Applied Learning opportunities are made available through Applied Subjects, Advanced Elective Modules (AEM) and Elective Modules (EM). • Applied Subjects broaden students’ educational experience in secondary school and expand their range of post-secondary education options. Examples of Applied Subjects include Electronics, Exercise and Sports Science, Drama, Mobile Robotics and Retail Operations. They cater to students who have the interest in and aptitude for specific fields of applied study. At the upper secondary level, some schools offer MOE Applied Subjects which are O-Level subjects, and MOE-ITE Applied Subjects which are N(T)-Level subjects. For the list of Applied Subjects and the schools that offer them, please visit the relevant web link (at right of this page). • AEM and EM are short courses conducted by the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) respectively. They extend our students’ learning of subjects, and expose them to possible educational and career pathways beyond secondary schools. AEM are offered to Express and Normal (Academic) students, while EM are offered to Normal (Technical) and Normal (Academic) students.
07 08 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Catering to Our schools recognise that every child is unique, with different interests, abilities and passions. Students with a passion for language, art and music can select from a range of elective Interests and programmes that focus on these areas of interest. Our schools also offer a wide variety of sports and students can select Holistic schools that offer quality sports development programmes in the sport of their choice. More information on programmes that Development schools offer can be found at the School Information Service website at http://sis.moe.gov.sg/. As a parent, you can draw on your knowledge of your child’s talents and engage him in his interests. MOE LANGUAGE, ART AND MUSIC PROGRAMMES CATEGORY PROGRAMME CRITERIA WHERE IT IS HELD LANGUAGE Higher Mother Tongue Top 10% of the PSLE Selected schools (schools decide PROGRAMMES Languages (HMTL) on a yearly basis whether to offer OR any one, two or all HMTL) Top 11% to 30% band who meets the Note: Higher Malay and Higher language criteria of A* grade in the Tamil are also offered at MOE MTL or at least a Merit in the HMTL Language Centre (Bishan) and the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, respectively Elective Programme Qualify for Higher Malay Anderson Secondary School DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION – Some secondary schools are resourced in Malay Languages Bukit Panjang Government SECONDARY (DSA-SEC) with Allied Educators (Learning and for Secondary Schools High School DSA-Sec allows students to be admitted Behavioural Support), who have deeper (EMAS) Tanjong Katong Secondary to secondary schools based on a diverse expertise in supporting students with SEN. School range of talents and achievements that They work closely with teachers to provide may not be demonstrated by the PSLE. the necessary support to facilitate a Third Languages CSP and MSP CSP and MSP: positive school experience. • Chinese (Special • Express and Normal (Academic) At respective CSP and MSP Under this exercise, participating schools Programme) [CSP] course centres can select some Primary 6 students for Our mainstream secondary schools provide • Malay (Special • Have not taken Higher Chinese/ Schools offering CSP and MSP admission to Secondary 1 before the support to students with sensory and/or Programme) [MSP] Chinese (for CSP) and Higher PSLE results are released, based on their physical impairment in these areas: • Bahasa Indonesia Malay/Malay (for MSP) at PSLE talents and achievements in specific • Arabic academic and/or non-academic areas, • Provision of assistive learning devices. • French Bahasa Indonesia and Arabic Bahasa Indonesia and Arabic: as well as their suitability for the school’s • Itinerant school-based specialised • German • Express and Normal MOE Language Centre (Bishan) overall programmes. Upon admitting these educational services run by VWOs. • Japanese (Academic) Course students, the school will continue to grow • Deployment of resource teachers in • Spanish • Have not taken Higher Malay/ their talents through suitable programmes. designated secondary schools for Malay (for Bahasa Indonesia) at students with hearing loss and/or visual the PSLE STUDENTS WITH MILD SPECIAL impairment. • Student/Parent is a Singapore EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) • Full handicapped facilities for barrier- Citizen or Singapore Permanent Additional provisions have been made in free accessibility for students with Resident schools to support the inclusion of students physical impairment. with mild special educational needs who Foreign Languages Programme Foreign Languages Programme: can access national curriculum, such as For a list of the secondary schools (French, German, Japanese, MOE Language Centre (Bishan) students with Dyslexia, Attention Deficit resourced to support students with mild SEN Spanish) offers French, German, and Hyperactivity Disorder, and mild Autism, as and physical/sensory impairments, • Top 10% of the PSLE Japanese well as students with physical and sensory please refer to the MOE website at • Student/Parent is a Singapore impairment. www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/ Citizen or Singapore Permanent MOE Language Centre (Newton) support-for-children-special-needs. Resident also offers Spanish, French and Each secondary school has a core group • Pass Higher Chinese/Chinese at Japanese of teachers who are trained to support the PSLE (for Japanese) students with mild SEN.
09 10 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION CATEGORY PROGRAMME CRITERIA WHERE IT IS HELD Bicultural Studies Qualify for Higher Chinese Hwa Chong Institution Programme Dunman High School [BSP] Nanyang Girls’ High School River Valley High School Catholic High School CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School Singapore Chinese Girls’ School Regional Studies • Must offer MSP or Bahasa Anglo-Chinese School Programme (RSP) Indonesia (BI) as L3 (Independent) • Must be a student in Raffles Institution one of the RSP centres Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) Victoria School Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Mother Tongue Obtain Grade C or below Schools offering MTLB course Language ‘B’ (MTL'B') in MTL at the PSLE MTLB Centres* ART AND Art Elective Qualify for Express course and Bukit Panjang Government MUSIC Programme (AEP) pass an internal AEP Selection Test High School ELECTIVE set by the school CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) PROGRAMMES Hwa Chong Institution Nanyang Girls’ High School National Junior College Victoria School Zhonghua Secondary School Music Elective Qualify for the Express Course Anglo-Chinese School Programme (MEP) (Independent) AND Catholic High School CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School A pass in Grade Three Practical Crescent Girls’ School and Theory or Practical Dunman High School Musicianship examinations of Methodist Girls’ School LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES relevant examination boards such (Secondary) The bilingual policy is a cornerstone of Schools also have the flexibility to allow as the Associated Board of the Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) Singapore’s education system. Our schools students who do not meet the above Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Raffles Institution equip students with language and cultural criteria to take HMTL on a case-by- NAFA-CCOM Chinese Instruments Tanjong Katong Girls’ School competencies from young to help them case basis, if they are assessed to have Graded Examination, Trinity Temasek Junior College develop a broader outlook and enable exceptional ability in MTL and are able College London, etc. them to tap into opportunities in the to take on HMTL without affecting their OR regional and global environment. performance in the other subjects. A pass in both the written selection Each student is required to learn English Interested students can apply to take HMTL test and practical audition on an and a Mother Tongue Language (MTL) when they report to their secondary school instrument or voice, conducted by the MEP school under our bilingual policy. To encourage in late December. They will attend classes students to study a MTL for as long and in their school, if the course is offered by the ENHANCED Enhanced Art Qualify for GCE O-Level Art at the CHIJ Katong Convent to as high a level as they are capable school. If not, they will attend HMTL lessons ART AND Programme (EAP) upper secondary level and any Jurong West Secondary School of, schools offer different programmes to at secondary schools designated as Higher MUSIC other criteria set by the school Meridian Secondary School cater to the needs of different students. Malay (HML) and Higher Tamil (HTL) centres PROGRAMMES Nan Chiau High School outside school curriculum time. Naval Base Secondary School HIGHER MOTHER TONGUE New Town Secondary School Ngee Ann Secondary School LANGUAGES (HMTL) The HML and HTL classes are also offered Orchid Park Secondary School Your child can choose to study HMTL if at the MOE Language Centre (Bishan) and St Andrew’s Secondary School he takes Chinese/Malay/Tamil or Higher the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil at the respectively. Enhanced Music Qualify for GCE O-Level Music at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School PSLE and Programme (EMP) the upper secondary level and any Chung Cheng High School (Main) • Is ranked among the top 10% of PSLE For more details on HMTL, please visit other criteria set by the school St Margaret’s Secondary School Yuhua Secondary School candidates; or the MOE website at www.moe.gov. • Is in the top 11% to 30% band and meets sg/education/secondary/language- the language criteria (i.e. an A* grade programmes/. *The MTLB centres are: CLB Centres, only for Chinese B; MOE Language Centre (Bishan), only for Malay B; Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, only for Tamil B. in the MTL or at least a Merit in the HMTL)
11 12 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION CHINESE (SPECIAL BAHASA INDONESIA PROGRAMME)/ MALAY AND ARABIC (SPECIAL PROGRAMME) Your child may be offered Chinese (Special Programme) one of these languages if [CSP] is offered to all Secondary he is from the Express and 1 students from the Express and Normal (Academic) courses. Normal (Academic) courses as long as they have the interest For Bahasa Indonesia, he and inclination, and did not offer must not have been offered Higher Chinese/Chinese as their Higher Malay/Malay as his MTL at the PSLE. MTL at the PSLE. The student or one of his parents must Similarly, Malay (Special also be a Singapore Citizen Programme) [MSP] is offered or Singapore Permanent to all Secondary 1 students Resident. from the Express and Normal (Academic) courses as long Bahasa Indonesia and as they have the interest and Arabic is a four-year course inclination, and did not offer leading to the O-Level exam. Higher Malay/Malay at the PSLE. Lessons are conducted outside the school curriculum Students would be offered CSP/ time at the MOE Language MSP as a third language in Centre at Bishan. Bahasa addition to English and their MTL. Indonesia is also offered at Victoria School as part Students being offered these of their Regional Studies ELECTIVE PROGRAMME IN MALAY LANGUAGE programmes will attend lessons Programme. FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS (EMAS) twice a week*, two hours per If your child has an aptitude for the Malay language, session outside the school EMAS can help him reach a higher level of curriculum time, either in their FOREIGN LANGUAGES PROGRAMME proficiency. This will deepen his understanding and own secondary school if the appreciation of the Malay language, history and school offers it, or at the nearest Your child may be offered a Foreign Language culture. CSP/MSP centre. (French/German/Japanese/Spanish) if his PSLE result is among the top 10%. The four-year programme is offered at Anderson Your child may apply for these Secondary School, Bukit Panjang Government High programmes online once he Your child, you or your spouse must be a School, and Tanjong Katong Secondary School as a gets his PSLE results. If the number Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent niche programme. Students taking Higher Malay in of applicants exceeds the Resident. these schools will be offered the programme. number of vacancies available at the CSP/MSP centres, the The Foreign Languages Programme is a six-year NATIONAL ELECTIVE TAMIL LANGUAGE applicants will be selected course with various exit points at the end of PROGRAMME (NETP) based on their PSLE results. Secondary 4, JC1 and JC2. Students sit for the The programme is offered to all Secondary HTL O-Level, H1 and H2 exam respectively. Lessons students who have an aptitude for Tamil language * With the exception of MSP at MOE are conducted outside school curriculum time at and culture. The NETP can help your child reach Language Centre (Bishan), where the MOE Language Centre at Bishan or Newton. a higher level of proficiency in, and deepen his lessons are conducted once a week for three hours and fifteen minutes. understanding and appreciation of the Tamil To qualify for application to study Japanese, language, literature and culture. This programme is your child must have passed Higher Chinese or offered at the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre. Chinese at the PSLE as the standard written form of Japanese uses Kanji (Chinese characters). THIRD LANGUAGES Your child can also choose to take a third language If the number of applications exceeds the from the eight languages offered, namely, Chinese number of vacancies available, the applicants (Special Programme), Malay (Special Programme), will be selected based on their PSLE results. Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
13 14 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION BICULTURAL STUDIES PROGRAMME Your child could take up the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) if he has an interest in contemporary China and its culture. The four-year programme is offered at seven schools starting from Secondary 3, namely, Hwa Chong Institution, Dunman High School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, River Valley High School, Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. Students from Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School and Singapore Chinese Girls' school will continue the programme at Eunoia Junior College. Your child can look forward to an immersion experience in China for up to six months and in a Western country for up to two weeks. Students who are successfully enrolled in the programme will be considered for the Bicultural Studies Programme Scholarship. REGIONAL STUDIES PROGRAMME (RSP) The Regional Studies Programme (RSP) ART AND MUSIC • Nanyang Girls’ High School focuses on the culture and contemporary Students offered MTL ‘B’ will attend classes ELECTIVE PROGRAMMES • National Junior College society of the Southeast Asian region. in their secondary schools if MTL ‘B’ is MOE also offers elective programmes in • Victoria School offered in the schools. If not, the students Art and Music. • Zhonghua Secondary School The secondary schools offering the will have to study Chinese B at CLB centres, programme are Anglo-Chinese School Malay B at the MOE Language Centre ART ELECTIVE PROGRAMME (AEP) AEP students in these Integrated Programme (IP) schools – (Independent), Raffles Institution, Raffles (Bishan) and Tamil B at Umar Pulavar Tamil A child who is artistically inclined could Hwa Chong Institution, Nanyang Girls’ High School and National Girls’ School (Secondary), Victoria School Language Centre outside the school consider the Art Elective Programme (AEP), Junior College – will take a school-based Higher Art exam in the and Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. curriculum time. a four-year course leading to the O-Level fourth year and have the option to continue the two-year AEP at Higher Art exam. The enriched art Year 5 and 6. Upon successful completion of the six-year AEP, they Students who are successfully enrolled Learn more about the criterion for each curriculum in the AEP covers historical and will offer H2 and H3 Art as exam subjects at the A-Level. in the RSP will be considered for the programme and obtain the application theoretical studies in Art, places emphasis RSP Scholarships. forms from the respective secondary on creative processes and exposes students Primary 6 students who are admitted to Independent Schools schools upon the release of your child’s PSLE to a wide range of media and art forms. offering the AEP are eligible for the AEP fee subsidy. They will be MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE ‘B’ results. offered the subsidy if they are successfully admitted to and enrolled Your child could take the Mother Tongue Students in the AEP will take Art in place in the AEP of an Independent School offering the programme at Language ‘B’ (MTL ‘B’) if he obtains Grade For more information on the highlighted of Design & Technology and Food Secondary 1, and not receiving any other fee subsidy. C or below in MTL at the PSLE. programmes, please refer to the MOE and Consumer Education at the lower website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/ secondary level. They are expected to CENTRE FOR AEP Schools also have the flexibility to offer secondary/language-programmes/. complete the four-year programme, National Junior Collge (NJC) operates as an AEP Centre. It caters to students MTL ‘B’ even if they do not meet following which they will offer Higher Art as secondary-school students with a talent for art and are enrolled in the eligibility criterion above. an exam subject at O-Level. schools that do not offer the AEP. The AEP is offered at these schools: Students will travel to NJC for their weekly lessons throughout • Bukit Panjang Government High School the four-year secondary-level AEP. Students will enjoy the same • CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) specialised and rigorous AEP curriculum in art practice, history and • Hwa Chong Institution theory.
15 16 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Secondary 1 students in the Express course ENHANCED ART PROGRAMME (EAP) ENHANCED MUSIC PROGRAMME (EMP) who have a keen interest in art can apply The Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) is The Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) is to be an external AEP student at NJC another enriched art programme that another enriched Music programme that by submitting their application through artistically-inclined students can consider. musically-inclined students can consider. their own secondary schools in January. The EAP is an upper secondary programme The EMP is an upper secondary programme Applicants will participate in a selection that leads to the GCE O-Level Art or Higher that leads to the GCE O-Level Music or comprising drawing and creativity exercises. Art exam. The EAP exposes students to Higher Music exam. The EMP develops Those shortlisted will be invited for a portfolio different art media, creative processes and students’ understanding in different music interview. Application details will be posted practices in the creative industries. Students traditions, and theory and practices in the on the Ministry’s AEP website by the end of will also have opportunities to know more creative industries. Students will also have November. about and deepen their skills in select opportunities to know more about and media. deepen their skills in the different fields of For more information on the AEP, please music studies. visit the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/ Schools that offer the EAP are: education/secondary/other/art-elective- • CHIJ Katong Convent Schools that offer the EMP are: programme/. • Jurong West Secondary School • Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School MEP students in these IP schools – Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), • Meridian Secondary School • Chung Cheng High School (Main) MUSIC ELECTIVE PROGRAMME (MEP) Raffles Institution and Temasek Junior College – will take a • Nan Chiau High School • St Margaret’s Secondary School A child who is musically-inclined could school-based Higher Music exam in the fourth year and have the • Naval Base Secondary School • Yuhua Secondary School consider the Music Elective Programme option to continue the two-year MEP at Year 5 and 6. • New Town Secondary School (MEP), a four-year course leading to the • Ngee Ann Secondary School As the EMP is only offered to students O-Level Higher Music exam. Upon successful completion of the six-year MEP, students in Anglo- • Orchid Park Secondary School enrolled in these schools, students interested Chinese School (Independent) [ACS(I)] will offer the International • St Andrew’s Secondary School in the programme are advised to include The programme allows students to Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Music at Higher Level, them among their six choices when build their conceptual and creative while students in other IP schools will offer H2 and H3 Music as exam As the EAP is only offered to students selecting a secondary school. To enrol in skills through the practical and subjects at A-Level. enrolled in these schools, students interested the programme, students must qualify for theoretical study of music. in the programme are advised to include GCE O-Level Music at the upper secondary Primary 6 students who are admitted to Independent Schools them among their six choices when level and meet any entry requirements set Students in the MEP will take Music in offering the MEP are eligible for the MEP fee subsidy. They will selecting a secondary school. To enrol in by the school. place of Design & Technology and Food be granted the subsidy if they are successfully admitted to the programme, students must qualify for and Consumer Education at the lower and enrolled in the MEP of an Independent School offering the GCE O-Level Art at the upper secondary For more information on the EMP, please secondary level. They are expected to programme at Secondary 1, and not receiving any other fee level and meet any entry requirements set visit the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/ complete the four-year programme, subsidy. by the school. education/secondary/other/enhanced- following which they will offer Higher Music music-programme/. as an exam subject at O-Level. CENTRE FOR MEP For more information on the EAP, please Both ACS(I) and Dunman High School (DHS) operate as MEP visit the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/ The MEP is offered at these schools: centres. They cater to secondary-school students with a talent for education/secondary/other/enhanced-art- • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) music and are enrolled in schools that do not offer MEP or the programme/. • Catholic High School Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) • CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School • Crescent Girls’ School Students will travel to either MEP centre for their weekly lessons • Dunman High School throughout the four-year secondary level MEP. Students will enjoy • Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) the same specialised and rigorous MEP curriculum in music • Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) practice, history and theory. • Raffles Institution • Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Secondary 1 students in the Express course who have a keen • Temasek Junior College interest in music can apply to be an external MEP student at either ACS(I) or DHS by submitting their application through their own Integrated Programme (IP) students enrolled secondary schools in January. The centres accept students from in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) [ACS both genders. Applicants will participate in a selection comprising (I)], Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas theory and musical-perception exercises. Those shortlisted will be Girls’ School and Methodist Girls’ School invited for an audition and interview. Application details will be (Secondary) would be required to sit for the posted on the Ministry’s MEP website by the end of November. O-Level Higher Music exam. For more information on the MEP, please visit the MOE website at IP students in Dunman High School (DHS) www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/other/music-elective- gives students the option to take the programme/. O-Level Higher Music exam in the fourth year or continue on to offer the two-year MEP at Years 5 and 6.
17 18 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION INTEGRATED PROGRAMME (IP) The IP culminates in the A-Level qualification, The Integrated Programme (IP) provides an or other diplomas. integrated six-year Secondary and Junior College (JC) education for academically- Schools that offer the IP admit students at strong students who can benefit from Secondary 1. Places are also available to programmes that provide broader learning admit suitable students at Secondary 3. experiences. The IP aims to stretch their potential in non-academic aspects that More details on the respective schools’ IP are beyond the academic curriculum. and application procedures are available on their websites. SCHOOL JC PARTNER QUALIFICATION ATTAINED Catholic High School* Eunoia Junior College CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School* Singapore Chinese Girls’ School* Hwa Chong Institution (Secondary) Hwa Chong Institution Nanyang Girls’ High School Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) Raffles Institution Raffles Institution (Secondary) Cedar Girls’ Secondary School* Victoria Junior College A-Level Victoria School* Dunman High School - GIFTED EDUCATION Primary 6 GEP students who prefer to enrol PROGRAMME (GEP) in the O-Level programme may join the National Junior College - Students who have done well in the Gifted dual-track IP schools that offer both the IP Education Programme (GEP) in primary level and O-Level programmes, so that they can can choose to enroll in IP schools offering participate in school-based enrichment River Valley High School - School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE) programmes in these schools to better engage programmes, which provide enrichment them in learning. Temasek Junior College - opportunities tailored to the needs of the GEP students. The schools offering both the IP and O-Level programme are: Methodist Girls’ School* Anglo-Chinese School International The IP schools that offer SBGE programmes for • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)* (Independent) Baccalaureate GEP students are: • Catholic High School Diploma • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) • Cedar Girls’ Secondary School • Dunman High School • CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School St Joseph’s Institution* - • Hwa Chong Institution • Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) • Nanyang Girls’ High School • Singapore Chinese Girls’ School National University of Singapore (NUS) - • NUS High School of Mathematics • St Joseph’s Institution NUS High School Diploma High School and Science • Victoria School • Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) *Dual-track schools that offer both the IP and O-Level programme. • Raffles Institution
19 20 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION SPECIALISED INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS (SIS) SIS offer specialised education catering to students who have talent and strong interest in mathematics and science, the arts, sports, or applied learning. The four specialised independent schools are: • NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, for mathematics, science, technology and engineering. • School of Science and Technology, for applied learning in science, technology, aesthetics, engineering and mathematics. • Singapore Sports School, for sports and athletics. • School of the Arts, for visual, literary and performing arts. Key offering: Specialised education for students who have talent and strong interest in mathematics and science, the arts, sports, or applied learning. Special requirements Students must apply through the Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec) process for the following schools: NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, School of Science and Technology, and School of the Arts. Note: Students interested in the Singapore Sports School must apply directly to the school. SPECIALISED SCHOOLS TYPES OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS • NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School are specialised schools that offer an experiential and There are five types of secondary schools: Government Schools, Government-aided Schools, hands-on learning approach for students who do not qualify for a secondary course of education after Independent Schools, Specialised Independent Schools, Specialised Schools the PSLE. Students graduate with an ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) at the end of Year 4, which prepares them INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS for employment or admission into the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT-AIDED SCHOOLS • Government schools and government-aided schools are • Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School are specialised schools for Normal (Technical) • Independent schools have the flexibility students (SSNT). They offer an alternative educational pathway for students who prefer a customised, the mainstay of our education system, and offer high- to set their own fees and develop their quality education at standardised fees. Students at these hands-on, and practice-oriented curriculum. Students graduate with a combination of Normal academic and non-academic curriculum (Technical) and ISC qualifications at the end of Year 4. schools will access the national curriculum, including and programmes. electives and applied subjects. Each school also offers unique student development programmes to provide • With effect from 2021, the Secondary 3 SSNT cohort will offer the ITE Skills Subject Certificate (ISSC) instead • Some independent schools are also Special of the ISC, as part of the regular curriculum review to better cater to the needs of the SSNT students. The opportunities for applied learning and developing 21st Assistance Plan (SAP) schools that nurture century competencies. ISSC provides a more broad-based curriculum that allows students to better discover their interests and students to be bilingual and bicultural in make more informed choices about their post-secondary education and future careers. English and Chinese. • Some government/government-aided schools have autonomous status. This means that they offer a Key offering: Key offering: Customised hands-on curriculum for students who are inclined towards practice-oriented learning. wider range of programmes that can enhance your Some flexibility in programmes and curriculum, child’s learning experience and develop their talents. and flexibility to charge different fees. Autonomous schools collect autonomous school fees, Special requirements on top of the standardised fees charged by other For NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School, students can apply if they: government schools and government-aided schools. • Do not qualify for any secondary school course after 1 to 3 attempts at the PSLE. • Applications by students who have attempted the PSLE only once will also require the recommendation • Some government/government-aided schools are also of their primary school principals. Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools that nurture students to be bilingual and bicultural in English and Chinese. For Crest Secondary and Spectra Secondary: • Students must be eligible for the Normal (Technical) course. Key offering: Standardised fees and curriculum. For more information on fees, scholarships and financial assistance offered by the different types of secondary schools, please visit the MOE website at: https://beta.moe.gov.sg/schools/types
21 22 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION MOE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR SINGAPORE CITIZENS IN GOVERNMENT Edusave Scholarships & Awards and AND GOVERNMENT-AIDED SCHOOLS (i) Criteria Financial Assistance Schemes • The child must be a Singapore Citizen studying in a Government or Government-aided School. • Meet the following income criteria: Singaporean students with academic and non- GETTING FINANCIAL HELP a. The family’s gross household income (GHI) must not exceed $2,750 per month; or academic achievements may be eligible for the Financial assistance schemes are available to all b. The family’s per capita income (PCI)* must not exceed $690 per month. following scholarships and awards: Singapore Citizens in our schools. This will ensure that no Singapore Citizen child is denied an education because (ii) Benefits • Edusave Character Award of his financial background. • Edusave Scholarships for Secondary Schools, SCHOOL STANDARD TEXTBOOKS SCHOOL TRANSPORT Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools Financial assistance application forms are available FEES MISCELLANEOUS ATTIRE SUBSIDY • Edusave Awards for Achievement, from the schools and on MOE’s website at www.moe. FEES Good Leadership & Service (EAGLES) gov.sg/education/financial-assistance. Applications • Edusave Merit Bursary must be submitted together with the relevant Financial 100% subsidy 100% subsidy Free Free $10 transport • Edusave Good Progress Award documents to your child’s school directly. Assistance to credit per month, Students at up to $120 per More information is available at www.moe.gov.sg/ Secondary annum (for education/edusave/edusave-scholarships and www. Level students taking moe.gov.sg/education/edusave/edusave-awards. public transport) *PCI is gross monthly household income divided by the number of members in the household. MOE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS BURSARY (ISB) MOE provides additional support through the ISB to help Singapore Citizens from lower- and middle-income families cope with the relatively higher fees charged by Independent Schools and Specialised Independent Schools. INCOME CRITERIA AND BENEFITS INCOME LIMITS# (Meet one of the following criteria) MONTHLY GROSS PER CAPITA INCOME (PCI) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS HOUSEHOLD INCOME (GHI) AT SECONDARY LEVEL+ Not exceeding $2,750 Not exceeding $690 100% subsidy of feesO Free textbooks and school attire Full subsidy of exam fees^ Transport Subsidy: $120 transport credit per annum (for students taking public transport) $2,751 - $4,000 $691 - $1,000 90% subsidy of feesO $4,001 - $6,900 $1,001 - $1,725 70% subsidy of feesO $6,901 - $9,000 $1,726 - $2,250 33% subsidy of feesO # Singapore Sports School, School of the Arts, NorthLight School, Assumption Pathway School, Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School have their own schemes to provide financial assistance to students. Please refer to the schools’ websites for information. + For ISB recipients who are eligible for partial subsidy of school fees and are also recipients of MOE scholarships, special awards or bursaries which provide partial payment of school fees, the total subsidy received by them will be capped at the annual school fees charged by each independent school or specialised independent school less the annual amount of school and standard miscellaneous fees paid by students in government/ government-aided secondary schools. O Fees include school and miscellaneous fees. ^ Applicable to students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) only. Exam fees are waived for Singapore Citizens sitting for national exams in Government-funded schools. SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAMME (SMP) Under the SMP, secondary school students on MOE FAS will receive meal subsidies of $2.50 per meal for ten meals per school week. The SMP is also extended to students receiving 100% fee subsidy on the ISB. Application for meal subsidies is not required.
23 24 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION Choosing a Secondary School Secondary 1 Posting As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child SECONDARY 1 (S1) SCHOOL CHOICE choose a secondary school. You are encouraged to discuss schools 1. Once you have received your child’s PSLE results, holistically with your child, choosing one that can cater best to his you should discuss with your child and choose needs. Here are some factors you may wish to consider. six schools in order of preference, and submit them to MOE. • What are my child’s personality, needs, interests, strengths and aspirations? 2. Bear in mind the programmes and schemes offered • What are the programmes and schemes available by the various schools. You may want to choose the in the school? schools which offer programmes that your child will • What are the school’s culture and ethos? benefit from and which he would be interested in. • Do co-curricular activities offered by the school match my child’s interests? 3. Your child’s PSLE results will also guide your choice. • Will the secondary school provide an appropriate environment for my child to learn among other children with similar The PSLE aggregate ranges for schools are not academic abilities? pre-determined by MOE or schools before posting. • How far is the school from my home? Each school’s eventual PSLE aggregate ranges for that year depend on students’ PSLE results and their school choices during the annual S1 Posting Process. Each secondary school publishes the aggregate range of the previous year’s PSLE intake in the ‘Choosing your Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary 1 in 2019’ information booklet. These indicate the highest and lowest scores of the students who were admitted to the school for each of the courses. The previous year’s PSLE aggregate ranges serve only as an approximate guide. SUBMISSION OF SCHOOL CHOICES AND OPTIONS In the S1 Option Form, you should indicate the six secondary schools that you wish your child to be posted to in order of preference. The school choices and other options, if applicable, can be submitted via the S1 Internet System or in person at your child's primary school. If you encounter any difficulties, you can seek help from your child’s primary school when filling out the S1 Option Form.
25 26 SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION DON’T MISS THE SUBMISSION DATES! KEY EVENT DATE (TENTATIVE) Release of PSLE Results Between 22 and 26 November 2018 Submission of school choices Seven calendar days starting from the release of the PSLE results (e.g. if the PSLE and options results are released on 22 November, submission will be from 22 to 28 November). a. V ia S1 Internet System S1-IS is 24-hour accessible starting from 11am on the first day until 3pm on the last (S1-IS) day of the school choice submission period. b. Via Primary School Five working days starting from the release of the PSLE results (e.g. if the PSLE results are released on 22 November, submissions will be from 22 to 28 November). Primary schools are not open on weekends. Submission starts from 11am to 3pm on the first day; and 9am to 3pm from the second to last day of the school choice submission period. If your child missed the one-week period for submission, you can approach the primary school for assistance the day after the submission closes, from 9am to 12pm. This half-day submission is only for new submission of S1 school choices and options and not for amendments to earlier submissions. Release of S1 Posting Results 19 December 2018 (tentative) Students to report to secondary 20 December 2018 at 8.30am (tentative) schools for registration RELEASE OF POSTING RESULTS • Applicants admitted to a school through the DSA- 1. All students will be posted to their preferred schools, Sec Process will not be allowed to participate in in the order they have stated in their S1 Option the annual S1 Posting Process to opt for secondary Form, based on their PSLE results and availability of schools as places have already been reserved for vacancies in the school. them in the DSA-Sec schools. • Applicants admitted to a school through the DSA- 2. If your child does not get into any of the six schools Sec Process will not be allowed to transfer to another he had chosen, he will be posted to a school near school after the release of the PSLE results. They are your home which still has vacancies. expected to honour the commitment to study in the allocated DSA-Sec schools for the full duration of the 3. You may check the posting results through these programme that they are admitted to. modes: (a) short messaging system (SMS) messages received through the mobile number provided during the school choice submission period; (b) S1-IS WHAT IF I AM NOT IN THE COUNTRY or (c) visit your child’s primary school, after release of DURING THE S1 POSTING PROCESS? the secondary school posting results. As a parent, you may authorise a representative as proxy to collect the PSLE results and S1 Option Form from the primary school, to submit the options and/or to report to DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION– the posted school for registration. SECONDARY (DSA-SEC) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The authorised person is required to produce the • Primary 6 students have a choice of whether or following documents for verification at the school: not to participate in the DSA-Sec Process. If they • A completed proxy form from the parent; the form choose not to participate in it, they will continue to can be found in Reference K of the ‘Choosing Your participate in the Secondary 1 (S1) Posting Process Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary 1 in after the release of the PSLE results. 2019’ booklet. • Students who have been offered a place in • Photocopy of the NRIC of both parents. a school under the DSA-Sec must qualify for a • Photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate. course (i.e. Express/Normal (Academic)/Normal • Original NRIC of the person the parent(s) have (Technical)) offered by the DSA-Sec school. appointed to act on their behalf. For more information on S1 Posting, please refer to the booklet titled ‘Choosing Your Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary 1 in 2019’, which is given out to all Primary 6 students in October 2018.
27 Choosing a School : Principals' Perspectives “Choosing a secondary school is a big decision. It is very important for children to like the school that they have chosen as they will be spending the next four to five years there. Parents can help their children find a good fit; this will help them transit to secondary school life more easily, and thrive in the new environment. What constitutes a good fit? Beyond meeting the school’s cut-off point, parents will need to consider how it will value add to their children’s learning and growth. They will also need to find out what programmes the school has, and how these will help their children pursue their interests, uncover their strengths and realise their potential to the fullest. The best way to go about this is for parents to visit the school with their children, talk to the staff and students, and get to know the school better.” MR MOHD AZHAR TERIMO Principal, Bartley Secondary School “Involve your child in the selection of a school. Each child is unique and has his strengths, interests and needs. Listen to your child’s perspective and explore what various schools have to offer in terms of programmes and experiences. Find out the school vision, mission and values. Visit schools to observe the environment, and talk to the staff, students and parents to have a sense of the school culture. The school that you and your child select should be one that can best nurture him in the next phase of his development, where opportunities and experiences provided will engage and excite him, and motivate him towards attaining his potential. The values, skills and knowledge imbued in your child will shape and develop him holistically, and prepare him for the future.” MDM JESSIE KOH Principal, Greenridge Secondary School “Going on to secondary school is one of the most exciting phases in your child’s life; it is also the start of the journey into adulthood. So, the decision on which secondary school to select should be mutual – one that is decided by both you and your child. Do have that important conversation. SUPPORT AND CONTACT Visit MOE’s website at You may also visit For the latest news You can also connect Schools now have distinctive programmes, from outdoor education to aesthetics, and www.moe.gov.sg or MySkillsFuture portal on education and with us on facebook at robotics to aeronautics that can stimulate your child. Consider what would best meet the call the MOE Customer for students at features on schools www.facebook.com/ needs of your child’s aptitude and interests. It is good to be in a learning environment that Service Centre at 6872 www.myskillsfuture.sg/ and teachers, please moesingapore. offers just the right challenges, with a belief system and values that are aligned to yours. 2220 if you need more secondary using your visit www.schoolbag.sg information on secondary child’s account. and Schoolbag mobile When your child’s passion is ignited and talent optimised, he will find purpose and school education. You can explore the app available on Apple endless possibilities.” various educational and iTunes Store (for iOS) or career interests open to the Google Play store MDM SHANTI DEVI your child. (for Android). Principal, Riverside Secondary School
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