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School type

Choose the right type of school based on subjects offered, fees charged and financial assistance available.

There are 5 types of schools:

Government schools, including autonomous schools

Most secondary schools are government-funded. These schools offer high-quality education at standardised fees.

Government schools also offer unique electives, applied subjects and student development programmes.

Some government schools have an autonomous status. This means that they follow the national syllabus, but offer a wider range of programmes that enhance your child’s learning experience and develop their talents.

Some government schools are also Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools that are committed to nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in the Chinese language and culture, yet equipped with a global outlook.

Key offering

Standardised fees and curriculum.

Fees

  • Singapore Citizens: $15-$43/month.
  • Permanent Residents: $270-$418/month.
  • International students: $670-$1,438/month.

Note: Fees for Permanent Residents and international students will increase between now and 2020.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Singapore Citizens may be eligible for:

Government-aided schools, including autonomous schools

These schools receive a large portion of their funding from the government, but they are not significantly different from government schools in terms of curriculum.

Some government-aided schools have an autonomous status. This means that they follow the national syllabus, but offer a wider range of programmes that enhance your child’s learning experience and develop their talents.

Some government-aided schools are also Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools that are committed to nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in the Chinese language and culture, yet equipped with a global outlook.

Key offering

Standardised fees and curriculum.

Fees

  • Singapore Citizens: $15-$43/month.
  • Permanent Residents: $270-$418/month.
  • International students: $670-$1,438/month.

Note: Fees for Permanent Residents and international students will increase between now and 2020.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Your child may be eligible for:

Independent schools

Independent schools have the flexibility to set their own fees and develop their academic and non-academic programmes. While most independent schools offer the national curriculum leading to the GCE national examinations, two independent schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Some independent schools are also Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools that are committed to nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in the Chinese language and culture, yet equipped with a global outlook.

Key offering

Some flexibility in programmes and curriculum, and flexibility to charge different fees.

Fees

  • Singapore Citizens: $200-$600/month.
  • Permanent Residents: $550-$900/month.
  • International students: $950-$2100/month.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Depending on the school, your child may be eligible for:

Specialised independent schools (SIS)

SIS offer specialised education catering to students who have talent and strong interests in Mathematics and Science, the Arts, Sports, and 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 interests in applied learning, Mathematics, Science, Sports or the Arts.

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.
  • School of the Arts.

Note: Students interested in the Singapore Sports School must apply directly to the school.

Fees

  • Singapore Citizens: $300-$830/month.
  • Permanent Residents: $450-$800/month
  • International students: $950-$2,700/month

Scholarships and financial assistance

Singapore Citizens may be eligible for:

Specialised schools

NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School are specialised schools that offer an experiential and hands-on learning approach for students who do not qualify for a secondary course of education after the PSLE. Students graduate with an ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) at the end of Year 4, which prepares them for employment or admission into the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Crest Secondary School and Spectra Secondary School are specialised schools for students eligible for the Normal (Technical) course (SSNT). They offer an alternative educational pathway for students who prefer a customised, hands-on and practice-oriented curriculum. Students graduate with a combination of Normal (Technical) level and ISC qualifications at the end of Year 4.

With effect from 2021, the Secondary 3 SSNT cohort will offer the ITE Skills Subject Certificate (ISSC) instead, as part of the regular curriculum review to better cater to the needs of the SSNT students. The ISSC provides a more broad-based curriculum that allows students to better discover their interests and make more informed choices about their post-secondary education and future careers.

Key offering

Customised programmes for students who are inclined towards hands-on and practical learning.

Special requirements

For NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School, students can apply if they:

  • 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 be considered based on the recommendations of their primary school principals.

For Crest Secondary and Spectra Secondary:

Students must be eligible for the Normal (Technical) course.

Fees

Varies across schools.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Your child may be eligible for: