Singapore Primary School Registration Guide

Under Singapore’s Compulsory Education Act, all Singapore Citizen born after 1st Jan 1996 are required to attend national primary school regularly. Entry age for primary one is 7 years old, thus you will need to register for primary school when your kid reaches 6 years old so that he/she can make it for the next year primary one intake.

The registration is broken down into many phases. 6 phases in all. For more information of the phases, you can refer to Phases of Singapore Primary School Registration link at the later section of this article

Basically, the most important and stressful event is the registration for their eldest kid. This is because, once your child have a sibling in the primary school of choice, you are almost guaranteed a place, since the younger siblings will be in phase 1 of the registration.

So lets talk about how to improve the chances of get your eldest kid into the school of choice. Once we understand the phases and priority of Singapore Primary School Registration, we can plan our activities towards achieving the highest possible chance for our eldest kid.

Before we begin a few things to understand.

A) Any vacancies after Phase 2A is split into 50-50 for phase 2B and phase 2C

B) If the number of applicants exceeds vacancies in the school, balloting will be done.

C) In the event of balloting, the priority is as follows:

– 1st: Kids living within 1 km from the school

– 2nd: Kids living within 1 to 2 km from the school

– 3rd: Kids living > 2 km from the school

So the strategy is this. To get into phase 2A if possible. If conditions do not permit, get yourself into phase 2B. Since if you fail to get an allocation in phase 2B, you can still try for phase 2C. Since popular schools are very competitive, pay close attention to the home-school distance.

Since phase 2A requires some existing condition which if parents meet will almost guarantee a slot for your kid, i shall not dwell on them.

Phase 2B is a phase where all parents starts at the same level. The best chance for Phase 2B is Phase 2B2. To get into phase 2B2,

i) you need to be a parent volunteer and complete 40 hours of volunteering work in the school. Or

ii) Be a member of Church / Clan that has direct relationship with the school Or

iii) Be an active community leader (Think grassroots and RCs)

So as you can see, phase 2B2 is very competitive so chances of balloting is very high for good schools. So some parents will choose to move to within 1 km from the school to have priority during the balloting process. Check this site for more information about home-school distance. It list out all the map of primary school with a radius of 1 and 2 km distance from the school. You can easily check if you stay within the distance by entering your address or postal code.