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Choosing A Secondary School & Open House Dates 2019

Choosing a Sec School

On 21 November 2019, this year’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results will be announced, and it will be time for parents and their Primary 6 children to choose a secondary school. 

If you have any queries about school selection, please contact the Ministry of Education (MOE) directly for the most accurate information. 

Narrowing Down The Options

By now, every Primary 6 student should have received a copy of the “Choosing Your Secondary Schools” booklet from his or her school. The latest version of the booklet can also be downloaded from the MOE website

Published by the MOE, this year’s booklet contains useful information such as the 2018 PSLE entry scores for each school, the subjects and special programmes offered, and co-curricular activity options. 

To help you assess if a school is in a convenient location, the booklet also provides public transport information on bus services and the nearest MRT station.

Before the release of the PSLE results, take time to read the booklet, and encourage your child to read it too. You can also use the MOE’s School Finder to browse schools.

Although you may already have some “ideal” schools in mind for your child, it’s still good to assess all the available options, and shortlist schools that seem interesting or promising. This way, in case your child happens not to qualify for his or her dream school, you will have a ready list of alternative schools to choose from.

Here are some factors to consider when shortlisting schools:

  • What sort of environment does my child thrive in? (Read our post about “big pond vs. small pond” environments and how they affect school performance.)
  • What are my child’s needs, strengths, and interests? 
  • Is the location accessible? What are my child’s transportation options?
  • Are there financial considerations? If your child is considering an independent school, do be aware of the school’s fee structure. (For Singapore citizens, financial assistance and scholarships are available to help them attend the school of their choice.)

Read the MOE’s online guide on “How To Choose Secondary Schools” for more useful tips.

Special Needs Support

According to the MOE, most secondary schools are able to support students with mild special educational needs, such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mild Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hearing loss, and visual or physical impairments. 

Most secondary schools have at least one Allied Educator who provides learning and behavioural support to students. Schools also have a group of teachers who are trained to plan and differentiate learning strategies, in order to support students with mild special educational needs. For more information on special needs, refer to Reference F of the “Choosing Your Secondary Schools” booklet.

For students who are unable to progress to secondary school based on their PSLE results, do consult with the school’s principal on next steps. Northlight School caters for such students, but for those who have only attempted the PSLE once, the application must be recommended by the school principal.

2019 Secondary School Open House Dates

Many secondary schools will be holding their Open House events. If the school that you are interested in is not listed here, contact the school directly to see if you can arrange a visit.

 

Open House Dates

20/11/19, Wed
21/11/19, Thu
22/11/19, Fri

23/11/19, Sat
25/11/19, Mon
26/11/19, Tue
27/11/19, Wed
30/11/19, Sat

 

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20/11/19, Wed
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 

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21/11/19, Thur
Assumption English School
01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
622 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678117
 
Crest Secondary School English School
12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
561 Jurong East Street 24 Singapore 609561
 
Guangyang Secondary School
01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
8 Bishan Street 12 Singapore 579807
 
 
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 
Spectra Secondary School
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
1 Woodlands Drive 64, Singapore 737758
 

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22/11/19, Fri

Assumption English School
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
622 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678117
 
Beatty Secondary School
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
1 Toa Payoh North Singapore 318990
 
Bedok Green Secondary School
08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
360 Bedok North Avenue 3 (469722)
 
Guangyang Secondary School
8:30 AM to 04:30 PM
8 Bishan Street 12 Singapore 579807
 
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
02:30 PM to 06:30 PM
10 Bishan Street 13 Singapore 579795
 
Northland Secondary School
11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
3 Yishun Street 22 Singapore 768578
 
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 
West Spring Secondary School
01:30 PM to 05:30 PM
61 Senja Rd Singapore 677737
 

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23/11/19, Sat
Anderson Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
10 Ang Mo Kio Street 53 Singapore 569206
 
Anglican High School
09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
600 Upper Changi Road Singapore 487012
 
Assumption English School
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
622 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678117
http://assumptionenglish.moe.edu.sg/

 
 
Bartley Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
10 Jln Bunga Rampai Singapore 538403
 
Beatty Secondary School
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
1 Toa Payoh North Singapore 318990
 
Bedok South Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:30 PM
1 Jalan Langgar Bedok Singapore 468585
 
Bendemeer Secondary School
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
1 St. Wilfred Road (S) 327919
 
Boon Lay Secondary School
09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
11 Jurong West Street 64 Singapore 648354
 
Bukit Batok Secondary School
08:00 AM to 02:00 PM
50 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 Singapore 658962
 
Bukit Merah Secondary School
08:00 AM to 02:00 PM
10 Lengkok Bahru Singapore 159050
 
Bukit View Secondary School
08:30 AM to 01:00 PM
16 Bukit Batok Street 21 Singapore 659633
 
Catholic High School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
9 Bishan St. 22, Singapore 579767
 
Changkat Changi Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
23 Simei Street 3 Singapore 529894
 
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School
08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
501 Ang Mo Kio Street 13 Singapore 569405
 
CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent
09:00 AM to 01:30 PM
160 Lower Delta Road Singapore 099138
 
Christ Church Secondary School
09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
20 Woodlands Drive 17 Singapore 737924
 
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
3 Teck Whye Crescent Singapore 688845
 
Chung Cheng High School (Main)
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
50 Goodman Road Singapore 439012
 
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
11 Yishun Street 61 Singapore 768547
 
Compassvale Secondary School
08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
51 Compassvale Crescent Singapore 545083
 
Damai Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4800 Bedok Reservoir Road Singapore 479229
 
Deyi Secondary School
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
1 Ang Mo Kio Street 42 Singapore 569277
 
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
2 Geylang East Central Singapore 389705
 
Greenridge Secondary School
08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
32 Bukit Panjang Ring Road Singapore 679938
 
Guangyang Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
8 Bishan Street 12 Singapore 579807
 
Hai Sing Catholic School
08:30 AM to 01:00 PM
9 Pasir Ris Drive 6 Singapore 519421
 
Hillgrove Secondary School
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
10 Bukit Batok Street 52 Singapore 659250
 
Hua Yi Secondary School
09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
60 Jurong West Street 42 Singapore 649371
 
Jurong West Secondary School
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
61 Jurong West Street 65 Singapore 648348
 
Jurongville Secondary School
10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
202 Jurong East Avenue 1 Singapore 609790
 
Juying Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
33 Jurong West Street 91 Singapore 649038
 
Kranji Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
61, Choa Chu Kang Street 51 Singapore 689333
 
Maris Stella High School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
25 Mount Vernon Road Singapore 368051
 
Marsiling Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
12 Marsiling Road Singapore 739110
 
Meridian Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:30 PM
31 Pasir Ris Street 51 Singapore 518901
 
Montfort Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
50 Hougang Avenue 8 Singapore 538785
 
Nan Hua High School
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
41 Clementi Avenue 1 Singapore 129956
 
Naval Base Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
901 Yishun Ring Road Singapore 768689
 
North Vista Secondary School
09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
11 Rivervale Link, Singapore 545081
 
Northbrooks Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
585 Yishun Ring Road Singapore 768692
 
NorthLight School
08:00 AM to 12:30 PM
151 Towner Road Singapore 327830
 
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:30 PM
11 Pasir Ris Street 41 Singapore 518934
 
Pasir Ris Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
390 Tampines Street 21 Singapore 529400
 
Peicai Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
10 Serangoon Ave 4 Singapore 556094
 
Peirce Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
10 Sin Ming Walk Singapore 575566
 
Queenstown Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
1 Strathmore Road Singapore 148800
 
Queensway Secondary School
09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
2A Margaret Drive Singapore 149295
 
Regent Secondary School
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
50 Choa Chu Kang North 5 Singapore 689621
 
River Valley High School
08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
6 Boon Lay Ave, Singapore 649961
 
Sembawang Secondary School
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
30 Sembawang Crescent, Singapore 757704
 
Seng Kang Secondary School
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
10 Compassvale Lane Singapore 545090
 
Serangoon Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
11 Upper Serangoon View Singapore 534237
 
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
190 Dunearn Road Singapore 309437
 
Springfield Secondary School
08:30 AM to 02:30 PM
30 Tampines Avenue 8 Singapore 529593
 
Tampines Secondary School
08:30 AM to 01:00 PM
252, Tampines St 12, Singapore 529427
 
Tanglin Secondary School
08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
301 West Coast Road Singapore 127391
 
Teck Whye Secondary School
08:00 AM to 12:30 PM
31 Teck Whye Crescent Singapore 688848
 
Temasek Junior College
09:30 AM to 11:00 AM
22 Bedok South Road Singapore 469278
 
Unity Secondary School
08:30 AM to 02:30 PM
20 Choa Chu Kang Street 62 Singapore 689143
 
Yishun Secondary School
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
4 Yishun Street 71 Singapore 768516
 
Yishun Town Secondary School
09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
6 Yishun Street 21 Singapore 768610
 
Yuan Ching Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
103 Yuan Ching Road Singapore 618654
 
Yuhua Secondary School
08:00 AM to 01:00 PM
35 Jurong West Street 41 Singapore 649406
 
Yuying Secondary School
08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
47 Hougang Avenue 1 Singapore 538884
 
Zhenghua Secondary School
08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
91 Senja Road Singapore 677741
 

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25/11/19, Mon
Assumption English School
01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
622 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678117
 
Beatty Secondary School
9:00 AM to 04:00 PM
1 Toa Payoh North Singapore 318990
 
Guangyang Secondary School
08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
8 Bishan Street 12 Singapore 579807
 
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 
St. Joseph’s institute
02:00 PM
38 Malcolm Rd, Singapore 308274
Registration is required: https://www.sji.edu.sg/news-and-events/announcements/2019
 

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26/11/19, Tue
Assumption English School
01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
622 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678117
 
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 

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27/11/19, Wed
Orchid Park Secondary School
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10 Yishun Street 81 Singapore 768454
 

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30/11/19, Sat
Bedok Green Secondary School
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
360 Bedok North Avenue 3 (469722)
 

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Source: Schoolbag.sg

 

What To Ask At The Open House

During the open house, do spend time getting to know a school’s current students as well as the teaching staff. Students are a true reflection of the school’s environment and teaching methods. (Find out how to tell if a school has a good school culture.)

The most important thing that you should do at the open house is to ask questions — and note the responses for discussion with your child. Wondering where to begin? Use this list for ideas. 

Questions For Existing Students

  • Do you enjoy attending school? Why or why not?
  • What classes do you like or not like? Why?
  • What do you like about the teachers in school? Or, do you have favourite teachers in school, and what do you like about them?
  • Do you enjoy your CCA? Why do you like it?
  • What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before joining this school?

Questions For Teachers

  • How are classes allocated in this school? (Many schools have different ways of grouping their students for optimal learning, but parents may have their preferences too.)
  • What subject combinations does the school offer for its upper secondary classes? How many classes are available for each combination?
  • What is this school’s strength? Or, what does this school do better than many other schools?
  • What are some extracurricular opportunities that this school provides? For instance, does the school send students for events such as Model United Nations?
  • Offhand, would you know which universities some of the teachers have graduated from? (You may be surprised to learn that your humble neighbourhood school has teaching staff who graduated from universities such as Oxford.)
  • How does the school support children who have academic, social, or emotional difficulties?
  • How does the school deal with bullying?

Questions About CCAs

  • Can my child’s involvement in this sport or activity count as a CCA? (This question is useful if your child is on the national team or represents a club for a sport or activity that is not a CCA in the school that you’re interested in.)
  • Do students who wish to try a new sport or activity have a chance to be selected for the school team? 
  • What is the commitment required for this CCA? (You may wish to check on the time as well as financial commitments required. For instance, sporting CCAs where training is intensive may result in higher CCA fees.)
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