Hello everyone! It’s been a really trying period of time for everyone in the world, but as parents, this is probably our constant lament 🙂 In any case, P1 registration starts on 1 July 2020 so it is time to clean off the dust on our crystal ball and prepare for the trying period that all parents have to go through if they wish to place their children in a Singapore primary school. This year’s registration is entirely online, ostensibly due to COVID-19, but we all know that was the intention since they tried out the online system last year 🙂
If you are like many Singaporean parents who would like to place your children in good Primary schools, you would appreciate the following table. It is indicative of the DIFFICULTY of getting your children in the school for each stage. The stages are listed horizontally from Phase 2A(1) onwards (Phase 1 is a shoo-in for those eligible) and the values range from 0.00 (no balloting required) to 1.00 (most likely to require balloting for folks living less than 1km away). The colour coding is as follows:
RED for Likely to require balloting within 1km of school
YELLOW for Likely to require balloting between 1-2km of school
GREEN for Likely to require balloting beyond 2km of school
For example, if you are hoping to get your girl into CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’, even if you were alumni, you will probably face balloting in Phase 2A(1) as the number of applicants for that stage may exceed the number of places available for your child. The school usually finishes its registration by Phase 2C which is why there is no data for Phase 2C(S). Mayflower Primary would be a better option if you are looking for a stress-free registration period, as there are usually enough places in most Phases except for the last stage which might require balloting in some years for those living beyond 2km.
The schools have been sorted in terms of difficulty of admission in each area of residence in Singapore.
The data is based on the last 14 years of careful monitoring of the balloting statistics from publicly available data, and through constructive parents’ feedback. We hope it would ease the frustration of those registering this year! Remember that there is no BAD school in Singapore. Just that some schools seem to be higher demand than others.