The PSLE results are OUT!
Some children have performed very well while others could manage to stay above or near average. Do all have the same post-PSLE options for further studies in Secondary School? Of course not!
Every anxious parent and child who just went through PSLE exams are struggling with the same questions; “What are my options?”, “Which secondary school shall I pick?”, “I want to pursue my higher studies in a particular school. Will I get admission there with my score?” and many more.
If you are one such individual or parent of a child struggling to find the best Secondary school for your child, this blog post is for YOU.
With the hope that it would help you make the best choice, we have gathered certain data that can guide you as you begin your new academic journey. Your academic career largely depends on the choice of school. Hence, it is pivotal to pick the best.
But, is it available for one and all equally? The answer is ‘NO’.
You may wish for your child to be admitted to a certain school, but whether you’ll get it depends upon your PSLE score. Due to immense competition in education, PSLE cut-off point (COP) plays the major role in your decision. This cut-off limits your choice for a secondary school.
As a general consideration, the higher the COP of a secondary school, better is its rank and the more succcessful your child will be in academic terms. If you attained a high PSLE T-score, you have a wide range of choices available and of course, you can pick the school that is best for you.
While there are children who manage to get the school of their choice, yet others remain indecisive due to variety of reasons, some of which can be location, curriculum, fee structure, whether the school is for boys or girls or co-ed and many more that can further limit their choice of Secondary School.
If you have difficulties choosing the right school for your child, keep reading further and you may find some help in hand-picking the best option for yourself.
The very first thing that remains the decisive factor for the admission is the admission criteria through PSLE COP.
And, we have collected this data based on 2019 PSLE Cut-Off Points intake just to help you check your first eligibility.
Here is the secondary school ranking list and their cut-off points:
Learning is a journey. And secondary school journey depends largely on your choice of the school.
Pupils who are in the top 30% of the PSLE cohort wishing to enter in SAP secondary schools will be given bonus points, added to the T-Score if they take the Higher Chinese subject. Bonus points will be 3 points for Distinction, 2 points for Merit and 1 for Pass. SAP secondary schools cater to learning in both languages, English and Chinese.
Though the same programs can be offered by a variety of schools, you may want to look into other contributing factors before arriving at the final decision.
Most of the schools in Singapore are either government schools or government-aided schools. Then, there are others like independent schools, specialized schools and specialized independent schools (SIS).
Fee structure of a school is a big deciding factor. Most of the government and government-aided schools provide education at a subsidized fee.
Government and government-aided schools follow the National curriculum as determined by the Ministry of Education (MOE). Autonomous schools have the liberty to choose their curriculum, programs and activities.
Fee structure of these autonomous schools is on a higher band as they charge the autonomous fee above the subsidized fee.
Independent schools, as the name suggests have the independence to select their curriculum, set up special programs and activities. Hence, you can expect their fee to be higher even than the autonomous schools.
Under the MOE financial assistance scheme, the monthly fees in Government and government-aided schools is maximum S$25, while in that of autonomous schools, it is S$43. And in independent schools, it can range from S$300 – S$600.
There are certain schools that best suited for students with deep interests in sports, arts, applied learning, Mathematics and Science:
Specialised schools are the ones which take up students who could not manage to qualify for any secondary course. They are then educated by a hands-on-learning method by experienced teachers. Two such schools are:
Other specialized schools that can be taken up by students interested in the technical stream are:
These schools have a practice-based approach to learning where necessary skillset and training can be obtained.
Curriculum offered by the schools is yet another contributing factor to this major decision. What a child wants to take up as a career depends on the course he/she picks and the quality of education.
The three pathways for the courses are:
English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics are the compulsory subjects for all tracks. Students enrolled in the Express or Normal Academic Track have to study humanities and science. And students in the Normal Technical Track are required to study Computer Applications and Social studies.
One other pathway is to embark on the international syllabus IB or IGCSE which also offers a route to a local or foreign university. You can read up in our Ultimate Guide to International (IB) Schools in Singapore.
The next deciding factor for the selection of a secondary school is the child’s interest. Ultimately, the best career is the one that can be enjoyed at work. If you have an interest in arts, music, sports or language, then you should develop it further.
For that, your criteria for the choice of secondary school can be the special programmes offered by certain schools in your area of interest. Some such programmes are the Art Elective Programme (AEP), Music Elective Programme (MEP) and Third Languages.
For those who are interested in Sports have certain choices and one of them could be The Singapore Sports School that can hone your sports skills if you wish to be a professional Sportsperson.
AEP and MEP can be availed at some other schools like Ngee Ann Secondary and St Andrew’s Secondary.
And the final contributing factor is the location of the school and availability of boarding or travelling facilities. For that, you can check each school’s prospectus or website or inquire at their helpline number.
After having looked into all the factors, we expect you may have derived the much-needed help in making the wisest selection. All the best!
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