Guide to Selecting a Secondary School for your child

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I have gone through the PSLE twice and am done with it for the rest of my life. Thought it would be good to share my experience of choosing a Secondary School for my boys with first time PSLE parents, hopefully to help to relieve some headache when the time comes for choosing a Secondary School for your child. 

Remember, for Primary School, it is we parents who chose the School for our child, but for Secondary School, it is the School which chooses our child based on the PSLE score. Sad but true.
 
The trick to relieving the headache of choosing a School for your child after the release of the PSLE is to do your homework as early as a few years back. In other words, preparation starts a few years before (at least 2 to 3 years before), not the few days after the PSLE results have been released.   No need to fret or tear your hair apart if you have not done your homework. It is still not too late, it is only March, you still have at least 6 to 8 months to do your homework. 
 
I have given a list of COPs for the 2009 and 2010 intake in my earlier article. You can use it as a guide to start somewhere.
 
For me, I went back as far as 3 years before my boys actually sat for the PSLE. I collated the COPs of about 20 schools prior to my boys’ PSLE year, beg, borrow or steal those very useful PSLE COPs booklets given by the MOE or go to the MOE website to search for the various COPs for the schools that you are interested in applying to. By observing and charting the COPs of the selected schools, I was able to observe the trend of COPs for those schools.
 
With the table that I collated over the years, selecting a School was a breeze when the PSLE results were finally released. In fact, for both boys, we submitted our choices by the very afternoon the results were released, thus saving us the headache of pondering over which Schools to choose to fill up the 6 choices given by the MOE.
 
I took into account a few criteria when I shortlisted those 20 odd schools or so for my boys – distance, whether the School is SAP or not (can use the HMT bonus points), programmes of the school, CCA options, track records etc. 
 
Another very important point to note is that it is almost a must to visit as many Schools’ open house as possible for the child to see and soak in the School environment himself/herself. If a child likes a particular School very much, that itself would be a very good motivation for him/her to work towards getting into that School of his/her choice. Been there, done that.  No point choosing a School which the parents like and want the child to go it, after all, it is the next 4 - 6 years of a child's life that we are talking about.
 
Glad to say that with my homework etc, both my boys got into above average Secondary Schools of our choice.
 
Here’s a example of the homework that I did for both boys. Schools were arranged according to merit.
 

School
Year XX
Year XX+1
Year XX+2
Year XX+3
 
Remarks
School A
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School B
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School C
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School D
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School E
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School F
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School G
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School H
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School I
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School J
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School K
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School L
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School M
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School N
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 
School O
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
2XX-2XX
 

 
Depending on the PSLE score of the child, these were the choice of Schools that I shortlisted.
 

260 +
251 - 259
241-250
231-240
220-230
School A
School B
School C
School D
School D
School B
School C
School D
School E
School E
School C
School D
School E
School F
School F
School D
School E
School F
School G
School G
School E
School F
School G
School H
School H
School F
School G
School H
School I
School I

 
Hope the above is useful in helping first time PSLE parents.



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Selecting The Right Schools

If your kid is in P5, you can go to the ecareer website to explore all the schools. You may compare their CCAs, achievements, COP as well as check out how far are the schools from your home. The info provided by this website seems to be more convenience to make better comparison than the booklet issue by MOE. Parents can start looking out for suitable secondary schools one year earlier without begging or borrowing the book. In fact the MOE should issue the booklet earlier to the parents.

mummy so kiasu | Wed, 29/06/2011 - 2:49am

Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for sharing :)

WCW | Mon, 20/06/2011 - 11:26am

Selecting a Sec Sch

Wow, what can I say for your efforts? You are indeed a great and capable mother!

I feel so ashamed of myself after reading through some of the articles by the mummies here.

I also have a child who will be taking her PSLE this year. Most mummies went to the extra mile for their children while I am just doing the normal stuff, checking the school's website just to know a bit here and there only unlike you, so structured and detailed.

I like your way of organizing and planning for your children's sec sch choices and I admired your efforts the most.

Allow me to salute to you! 

 

 

ppnqq | Fri, 03/06/2011 - 12:08pm

Hi ppnqq Thanks for dropping

Hi ppnqq

Thanks for dropping by.  My apologies for the delay in responding.  Been so busy that I have neglected the articles in my blog.

Why should you feel ashamed of yourself?  As parents, all of us want only the best for our kids, but just that my way or doing things may not be your way, but at the end of the day, we all want the best for our kids and I am sure you are special in your own way.

The PSLE and Selection of Schools is about 5 months away.  You still have time to do your homework if you haven't done so.

All the best to your child in her PSLE this year.

加油!

 

 

 

25hourmaid (not verified) | Mon, 20/06/2011 - 10:20pm

thanks for sharing. but

thanks for sharing. but don't quite understand what are those "2XX-2XX" means?

amylqf | Mon, 05/04/2010 - 12:56am

Hi amylqf Those 2XX-2XX

Hi amylqf

Those 2XX-2XX means the range of COPs for the various schools, from the lowest to the highest.  Hope that helps.

maid to 3 men and a dog ... 

25hourmaid (not verified) | Mon, 05/04/2010 - 5:39am

25hourmaid, a son in

25hourmaid,

a son in DHS??  I wished!  I'm still worrying about this DS1, don't know if he is able to pass his PSLE or not when his turn comes.  He is very lazy and doesn't like to read.  I was in the DHS thread cos i'm in their alumni...  ;P  check out check, look look see see and kaypoh a bit mah...

tree nymph | Sat, 03/04/2010 - 12:52am

tree nymth OIC, so you are

tree nymth

OIC, so you are ex-Dunmanian.  Don't worry so much about your son.  Some kids develop faster, some slower than others, you still have a long way to go before he gets to the PSLE. Just have to wait for him to "kai cheow" when the time is right.

 

maid to 3 men and a dog ... 

25hourmaid (not verified) | Sat, 03/04/2010 - 11:55am

You really are very

You really are very dedicated to your 2 little men!

I'll have to KIV your method till 4 years later, when my DS1 is P5...  :P  Thanks for sharing!

tree nymph | Thu, 01/04/2010 - 6:34pm

Hi tree nymph Eh, I thought

Hi tree nymph

Eh, I thought you already have a child in DHS?  Thought I have seen you posting in that thread before?

Haha, yes, if I do not 'invest' in my 2 little men, who would?  They are my men after all.  Like what a friend once said, for Primary School, we parents decide which school uniform our child wears, but in Secondary School, it is the school which decides if our child is worthy to wear theirs.  How true!

Anyway, glad to be of help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maid to 3 men and a dog ... 

25hourmaid (not verified) | Fri, 02/04/2010 - 4:37pm