Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Academic Excellence

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(Updated 17 Dec 2009) Academic excellence is one of the more important indicators used by parents to measure the quality of schools.  The KiasuParents.com Academic Excellence Ranking for Primary Schools is based on schools with at least 1 student having a T-score of 275 or more points in PSLE from 2000 onwards.  By noting the number of consecutive appearances for each school, we can get a feel for the consistency of the quality of the best students passing out from that school.

In general, top students do come from top schools.  If a school has multiple consecutive appearances, it will imply that it has gotten a good process for churning out top students.  The year is also an important indicator - if the school has not been getting top students in the recent years, it could mean that it is in a transition phase.

Do note that there are many schools with students scoring as high as 274 that are not in this list.  The 275 level is used by MOE as the cut-off point for an honorary mention of a school with well performing students for a particular year.  Unfortunately, MOE does not release the exact number of such students being produced by each school, so we cannot use that information in our measurement.

Methodology:

The schools score 1 point for every year it graduates any student who scored above 275 for PSLE.  The school also gets an additional 0.1 points for every student that it sends to the list of top 10 national graduates of PSLE.  Schools are further ranked according to the recency of its good performance in PSLE.  The Index is a weighted total of the annual scores, and more recent results are given higher weightage.

We do NOT profess our method to be either definitive or accurate in assessing the relative academic strengths of Primary schools in Singapore.  The best measure should be the total number of passes, weighted with the total number of quality passes across all schools.  In the absence of such data, however, we feel what we have is the best anyone can publicly offer at the moment.

Note that any school with a Index of less than 1 could well be an anomaly, especially if the score was attained several years ago.  On the other hand, schools that consistently managed to churn out students scoring >275 in the last 3 years consecutively probably have a good functioning teaching programme in place.

Not all schools are ranked in this table.  Any school that is not in the list are those that have not produced a student scoring >275 in the last 10 years.

               
Legend (Top National Student)     Male   Female
               

School Index 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01
Nanyang Primary 7.2 1.2 1.1 1.4 1.4 1 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.1
Raffles Girls’ Primary 7 1.1 1.4 1 1 1.2 1.1 1.4 1 1.4 1.3
Rosyth 6.582 1.3 1.1 1.1 1 1.1 1.1 1 1.1 1.1 1.1
Nan Hua Primary 6.536 1 1.2 1.1 1.1 1 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1
Tao Nan 6.455 1.1 1 1.1 1.3 1 1 1 1.1 1 1.1
St Hilda’s Primary 6.091 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1 1.1 1.2    
Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary 5.855 1.2 1 1 1 1.1 1 1   1.1 1.1
Henry Park Primary 5.455 1 1 1 1 1.1 1 1     1.1
Rulang Primary 5.345 1 1.1 1 1 1.1 1 1      
Catholic High 4.918   1 1.1 1 1.2 1 1   1.1 1.2
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) 4.645 1.1 1.1 1 1   1 1      
Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) 4.527   1 1 1.1 1   1 1 1 1
Ai Tong 4.382   1 1.1 1 1.1   1 1 1.2  
Bukit Panjang Primary 4.1   1 1 1 1.1 1   1.1    
Red Swastika 4.073 1.1 1   1 1.1   1     1
Maha Bodhi 3.991 1   1.1 1   1.1 1     1.1
Pei Chun Public 3.555 1.1   1 1 1         1
Nan Chiau Primary 3.527 1 1 1 1.1            
Chongfu Primary 3.482     1 1 1 1 1   1.1  
Kong Hwa 3.055   1 1 1.2     1      
Greenridge Primary 2.818   1.1   1 1   1      
Maris Stella High 2.818     1 1 1   1     1
Yangzheng Primary 2.727   1 1     1 1      
Northland Primary 2.7     1 1 1.1   1      
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ 2.636   1 1         1 1 1
South View Primary 2.636   1.2 1 1            
Chua Chu Kang Primary 2.545 1   1 1            
Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) 2.536   1 1.1 1            
Haig Girls’ 2.455   1 1 1            
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ 2.455   1 1 1            
White Sands Primary 2.427   1 1   1.1          
Si Ling Primary 2.364 1     1 1          
River Valley Primary 2.336   1   1 1.1          
Yu Neng Primary 2.3     1 1     1   1.1  
Unity Primary 2.236   1   1   1.1        
Pasir Ris Primary 2.182   1.1   1     1      
Qifa Primary 2.182   1.1   1     1      
Poi Ching 2.082     1.1 1     1      
CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh) 2     1 1     1      
Compassvale Primary 2     1 1     1      
Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary 2     1       1 1 1  
Keming Primary 1.918 1.1   1              
St Joseph’s Institution Junior 1.918 1.1   1              
St Anthony’s Primary 1.845     1 1         1.1  
Casuarina Primary 1.818 1   1              
Gongshang Primary 1.818   1.2   1            
CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace 1.727 1     1            
Hougang Primary 1.727   1 1              
Marymount Convent 1.727   1 1              
Woodlands Ring Primary 1.727   1 1              
Radin Mas Primary 1.645     1 1            
CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity 1.636   1   1            
Concord Primary 1.636   1   1            
Shuqun Primary 1.636   1   1            
Yew Tee Primary 1.627     1.1 1            
West Grove Primary 1.618     1 1.1            
East Spring Primary 1.545     1 1            
Fairfield Methodist Primary 1.545     1 1            
Meridien Primary 1.545   1     1          
Ngee Ann Primary 1.545     1 1            
Woodgrove Primary 1.545     1 1            
Hong Wen 1.455     1   1          
Princess Elizabeth Primary 1.364     1     1        
Sembawang Primary 1.364       1 1          
Yishun Primary 1.364   1         1      
Jurong Primary 1.291       1     1      
Admiralty Primary 1.273       1   1        
De La Salle 1.273       1   1        
Xingnan Primary 1.273       1   1        
Geylang Methodist School 1.255       1.1     1      
Peiying Primary 1.227       1     1.1      
Bedok Green Primary 1.182       1     1      
Evergreen Primary 1.182       1     1      
New Town Primary 1.182       1     1      
CHIJ (Katong) Primary 1.1 1.1                  
Coral Primary 1.1 1.1                  
St Andrew’s Junior 1.027       1         1.1  
St Stephen’s 1.018     1             1.1
CHIJ (Kellock) 1       1         1  
Boon Lay Garden Primary 0.909   1                
CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel 0.909   1                
Fengshan Primary 0.909   1                
Gan Eng Seng Primary 0.909   1                
Qihua Primary 0.909   1                
Yio Chu Kang Primary 0.909   1                
Elias Park Primary 0.9     1.1              
Edgefield Primary 0.818     1              
Fuchun Primary 0.818     1              
Greenwood Primary 0.818     1              
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary 0.818     1              
Rivervale Primary 0.818     1              
Temasek Primary 0.818     1              
Townsville Primary 0.818     1              
Yumin Primary 0.818     1              
Canossa Convent Primary 0.8       1.1            
Bukit View Primary 0.727       1            
Clementi Primary 0.727       1            
Corporation Primary 0.727       1            
Holy Innocents’ Primary 0.727       1            
Juying Primary 0.727       1            
Lianhua Primary 0.727       1            
Queenstown Primary 0.727       1            
Tampines North Primary 0.727       1            
Tanjong Katong Primary 0.727       1            
Woodlands Primary 0.727       1            
Xinghua Primary 0.727       1            
Xinmin Primary 0.727       1            
Zhenghua Primary 0.727       1            
Tampines Primary 0.7         1.1          
Anderson Primary 0.636         1          
Jing Shan Primary 0.636         1          
Telok Kurau Primary 0.636         1          
Chongzheng Primary 0.545           1        
St Anthony’s Canossian Primary 0.545           1        
West View Primary 0.545           1        
Seng Kang Primary 0.5             1.1      
Ang Mo Kio Primary 0.455             1      
Dazhong Primary 0.455             1      
Farrer Park Primary 0.455             1      
Jurong West Primary 0.455             1      
Mayflower Primary 0.455             1      
Montfort Junior 0.455             1      
Opera Estate Primary 0.455             1      
Teck Whye Primary 0.455             1      
Yuhua Primary 0.455             1      
Guangyang Primary 0.4               1.1    
Jiemin Primary 0.2                   1.1




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Does this method add to stress ?

Frankly, no method of ranking will add to stress among students or parents if we just look at the child for what he/she is or has, and not just compare, compare, compare blindly.

Having said this, as a parent who has sent all my children to a school which does not feature on your list at all, I think that ranking primary schools this way can mislead some parents who think the schools will have the silver bullet for their children's academic concerns.

I recognise that the consistency of some primary schools is astounding and a genuine drawing point, but for parents who cannot get their kids in these schools, there has to be a better criteria to judge schools.

Well, I turned to consider the reputation of secondary schools instead when my first child had to shortlist the sec schs she would want to aim for.

Here's one list I found (but I can only use it for my 2nd child, since during my 1st child's time, sec sch banding was still published)

http://singaporelearner.com/2012/12/30/list-of-top-secondary-schools-in-...

mon | Mon, 31/12/2012 - 2:43pm

@mon

 Not all schools are ranked in this table.  Any school that is not in the list are those that have not produced a student scoring >275 in the last 10 years.

tankee | Mon, 31/12/2012 - 9:05pm

I can find the school in the

I can find the school in the list...?????

wiser | Fri, 10/08/2012 - 1:28pm

Ranking of Primary Schools

Overall, I have found this website fairly useful.  I'm grateful to all the parents who have contributed over the years.  But the criteria used to rank these schools is a bit dodgy if you ask me.  It's about as scientific as a phase 2B ballot.  Pure chance.

pwadeley | Wed, 25/07/2012 - 6:41pm

Why didnt up date the year.  

Why didnt up date the year.

 

vshine | Mon, 07/05/2012 - 4:37pm

Can lower the T score to 270 & separate mainstream from GEP?

I think you should consider lower the T score to 270 so that more neighbourhood schools can be listed. Many of us are living near the neighborhood schools and not former students of those well known schools. By lowering the T score to 270 will able parents to differential the better neighbourhood schools from the average ones. I think the data should separate mainstream from GEP. The GEP classes help to push up the overall results of the well known schools.

mummy so kiasu | Tue, 31/07/2012 - 12:30pm

Any average score data?

if there is data on average score, it will be more representative of the school's overall results. Because 9 of the top 20 schools have Gifted Education Programme, and most of the over 275 scorers are from that programme. Cannot tell how the school help weaker students.

limedbk | Tue, 24/01/2012 - 5:23pm

Source of Data/Results for 2011

Just wondering where is the source of data? Is it from MOE site's press release (those PDF files)? If so seems like the press release for 2011's results is missing a few tables?

whjou | Thu, 29/12/2011 - 8:54am

Henry Park 2010

To my understanding, Henry Park last year nobody score higher than 275. But it recorded that someone score higher than 275... It makes me confuse????

mummy of 3 | Mon, 19/12/2011 - 10:50am

Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Academic Excellence

I found update here:

http://www.greatminds.edu.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=59&Itemid=91

Quite interesting results for 2011. Anyway this is just an index for school's ability to produce national top students.

MrBin | Mon, 12/12/2011 - 9:18pm