Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Popularity

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(Updated 18 Oct 2008) Smart KiasuParents do not target a school where we have little chance of getting into.  The KiasuParents.com Popularity Ranking for Primary Schools is meant to let parents appreciate the odds of getting their children into their dream schools.  “Popularity” is measured as the perceived difficulty of getting a place in the school based on the previous 2 years’ Primary 1 registration status.

We have changed our methodology for measuring popularity into a 2 step process:  We first count the number of times the school is involved in a ballot situation, with higher weightages given to distances below 1km and 2km.  Next, we sort by the average number of applications versus the number of vacancies for a school in Phase 2C over the past 3 years.  Naturally, schools which are several times oversubscribed over the past 3 years, (ie. >100% of available places) will float up to the top.

As our data is incomplete (we only have 2008 and most of 2007’s data), we can only average over 2008 and 2007.  In cases of missing data, we simply used the following year’s numbers as the average value.

Note that this list would be updated after every Primary 1 Registration exercise.

Legend      
  Balloting required for <1km     Cut-off, no balloting for <1km
  Balloting required for 1-2km     Cut-off, no balloting for 1-2km
  Balloting required for >2km     Cut-off, no balloting for >2km
         
No Color = No balloting required for that Phase
Cut-Off = There were an exact number of applicants within one of the 3 distance bands
TUR = Cumulative Take-Up Rate at the end of the Phase
APP = Number of Applicants versus available places for that Phase
School 2008 Phase 2C 2007 Phase 2C 2006 Phase 2C Average APP Ballot Count
APP APP APP
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ 174% 173%   173% 18
Catholic High 175% 135%   149% 18
Ai Tong 163% 134%   144% 16.5
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) 132% 123%   126% 14
St Hilda’s Primary 387% 219%   275% 13.5
De La Salle 221% 214%   216% 13.5
Nan Chiau Primary 306%     306% 13
Tao Nan 136% 165%   155% 13
Nanyang Primary 113% 124%   120% 12.5
Chongfu Primary 175% 141%   152% 12
Kong Hwa 137% 159%   152% 12
Rosyth 247% 331%   303% 11
Holy Innocents’ Primary 154% 146%   149% 11
Pei Chun Public 125% 155%   145% 11
CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh) 138% 126%   130% 11
Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) 116% 121%   119% 11
Henry Park Primary 126% 141%   136% 10.5
Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) 126% 137%   133% 10.5
Nan Hua Primary 314% 160%   211% 10
Red Swastika 144% 227%   199% 10
St Anthony’s Primary 193% 165%   174% 10
Northland Primary 233% 126%   162% 10
Temasek Primary 161% 147%   152% 10
St Andrew’s Junior 143% 142%   143% 10
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ 118% 140%   132% 10
Fairfield Methodist Primary 119% 103%   108% 10
Rivervale Primary 349%     349% 9
Rulang Primary 190% 345%   293% 9
West Grove Primary 301% 253%   269% 9
Jurong West Primary 190% 260%   237% 9
Mee Toh 228%     228% 9
South View Primary 176% 209%   198% 9
Woodlands Ring Primary 133% 180%   164% 9
Admiralty Primary 147% 164%   158% 9
Chongzheng Primary 205% 125%   152% 9
Princess Elizabeth Primary 121% 159%   147% 9
Evergreen Primary 174% 131%   145% 9
St Joseph’s Institution Junior 166% 133%   144% 9
Canberra Primary 144%     144% 9
East Spring Primary 118% 152%   141% 9
Gongshang Primary 150% 131%   137% 9
Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary 121% 130%   127% 9
Woodgrove Primary 126% 109%   115% 9
Hougang Primary 124% 101%   109% 9
Poi Ching 103% 104%   104% 8.5
Pasir Ris Primary 121% 163%   149% 8
White Sands Primary 116% 126%   123% 8
Maha Bodhi 124% 120%   121% 8
Xinmin Primary 124% 109%   114% 8
Keming Primary 129% 107%   114% 8
Yu Neng Primary 111% 108%   109% 8
Compassvale Primary 166%     166% 7
Jiemin Primary 137% 142%   140% 7
Anderson Primary 122% 145%   138% 7
Bukit Panjang Primary 145% 109%   121% 7
Unity Primary 101% 102%   102% 7
Hong Wen 164%     164% 6
Radin Mas Primary 139%     139% 6
St Stephen’s 128% 139%   135% 6
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary 131% 120%   123% 6
CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity 127% 115%   119% 6
CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel 110% 117%   115% 6
CHIJ (Kellock) 113%     113% 6
Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary 110%     110% 6
Shuqun Primary 102% 113%   110% 6
Clementi Primary 110% 107%   108% 5
Yew Tee Primary 101% 86%   91% 5
Raffles Girls’ Primary 186% 192%   190% 4.5
CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace 115% 131%   126% 4
Maris Stella High 123% 122%   123% 4
River Valley Primary 130% 118%   122% 4
Fuchun Primary 107% 107%   107% 4
Jurong Primary 119% 86%   97% 4
Beacon Primary 136% 98%   111% 3.5
Zhangde Primary 129% 100%   110% 3
Xingnan Primary 111% 101%   104% 3
Greenwood Primary 111% 95%   100% 3
Geylang Methodist School 96% 102%   100% 3
Telok Kurau Primary 70% 98%   89% 3
Bendemeer Primary 71%     71% 3
St Margaret’s Primary 100%     100% 2
CHIJ (Katong) Primary 125% 85%   98% 2
Fengshan Primary 88% 84%   86% 2
Kheng Cheng 72% 89%   83% 2
St Anthony’s Canossian Primary 80% 95%   90% 1
Ngee Ann Primary 100% 79%   86% 1
St Gabriel’s Primary 73% 73%   73% 1
Marymount Convent 64% 51%   56% 1
Cedar Primary 54% 55%   55% 1
Elias Park Primary 65% 92%   83% 0
Casuarina Primary 71% 87%   82% 0
Greenridge Primary 83% 77%   79% 0
Punggol Primary 55% 89%   78% 0
Tanjong Katong Primary 73% 79%   77% 0
Tampines North Primary 89% 68%   75% 0
Ang Mo Kio Primary 93% 63%   73% 0
Endeavour Primary 71%     71% 0
Edgefield Primary 67%     67% 0
Changkat Primary 74% 63%   67% 0
Gan Eng Seng Primary 66%     66% 0
Meridien Primary 79% 58%   65% 0
Concord Primary 61% 66%   65% 0
Townsville Primary 68% 62%   64% 0
Haig Girls’ 69% 60%   63% 0
Zhenghua Primary 52% 67%   62% 0
Yangzheng Primary 63% 60%   61% 0
Chua Chu Kang Primary 54% 65%   61% 0
Sembawang Primary 61%     61% 0
Woodlands Primary 66% 58%   61% 0
Innova Primary 83% 49%   61% 0
Teck Ghee Primary 56% 61%   59% 0
Park View Primary 64% 54%   58% 0
North View Primary 49% 57%   54% 0
Pei Tong Primary 48% 57%   54% 0
Ahmad Ibrahim Primary 42% 58%   53% 0
Jing Shan Primary 36% 61%   52% 0
Queenstown Primary 44% 56%   52% 0
Greendale Primary 52%     52% 0
New Town Primary 51% 52%   51% 0
Fuhua Primary 35% 59%   51% 0
Lakeside Primary 60% 44%   49% 0
Yishun Primary 77% 35%   49% 0
Wellington Primary 49%     49% 0
Lianhua Primary 45% 49%   47% 0
Bedok Green Primary 48% 47%   47% 0
Xishan Primary 42% 49%   46% 0
North Vista Primary 46%     46% 0
Huamin Primary 36% 51%   46% 0
Mayflower Primary 43% 47%   46% 0
Yumin Primary 53% 41%   45% 0
West View Primary 32% 51%   45% 0
Bukit View Primary 53% 39%   44% 0
Canossa Convent Primary 46% 42%   44% 0
Dazhong Primary 15% 58%   44% 0
Seng Kang Primary 43%     43% 0
Eunos Primary 39% 44%   43% 0
Xinghua Primary 25% 50%   41% 0
Qifa Primary 40% 41%   41% 0
Pioneer Primary 61% 29%   40% 0
Montfort Junior 43% 37%   39% 0
Peiying Primary 39% 37%   38% 0
Da Qiao Primary 40% 37%   38% 0
Anchor Green Primary 36%     36% 0
Qihua Primary 40% 32%   34% 0
Yuhua Primary 25% 38%   34% 0
East View Primary 24% 38%   33% 0
Tampines Primary 27% 37%   33% 0
Fernvale Primary 32%     32% 0
Damai Primary 26% 35%   32% 0
Marsiling Primary 25% 32%   30% 0
North Spring Primary 29%     29% 0
Naval Base Primary 26% 31%   29% 0
Junyuan Primary 31% 28%   29% 0
Boon Lay Garden Primary 29% 29%   29% 0
Coral Primary 24% 31%   29% 0
Bukit Timah Primary 23% 31%   28% 0
Si Ling Primary 21% 31%   28% 0
Corporation Primary 26% 28%   27% 0
MacPherson Primary 21% 30%   27% 0
Kranji Primary 14% 31%   25% 0
Zhonghua Primary 19% 28%   25% 0
Stamford Primary 25%     25% 0
Yio Chu Kang Primary 17% 23%   21% 0
East Coast Primary 21% 19%   20% 0
Opera Estate Primary 20% 18%   19% 0
Loyang Primary 16% 19%   18% 0
Teck Whye Primary 20% 17%   18% 0
Farrer Park Primary 18%     18% 0
Hong Kah Primary 13% 19%   17% 0
Griffiths Primary 13% 19%   17% 0
Juying Primary 14% 17%   16% 0
First Toa Payoh Primary 20% 13%   16% 0
Balestier Hill Primary 14%     14% 0
Qiaonan Primary 6% 14%   11% 0
Guangyang Primary 9% 12%   11% 0
Blangah Rise Primary 7%     7% 0
Bedok West Primary 2% 6%   4% 0

2014 updates?

Ya… i’m looking for latest update for this table as well, preparation for my daughter for enrolment in next 2 years (start to doing some survery over here:) )… is anyone can be so kind to direct me to the correct and latest link to get this piece of useful info please? Thanks…!

2014 updates?

Wonder if there is an update to this useful chart… perhaps within the forum?

CHIJ Queen of Peace. Thanks

I am considering this primary school for my daughter born in 2008.

Any feedback or review to share? Thanks! 

Is Mayflower primary school a good school?

I am confused between choosing mayflower primary school and Teck Ghee Primary School. Which is better? Are they of similar standards? Is Anderson Primary School much better than Mayflower Primary School? Please advice me.

Take up rate

Can someone please explain the concept of take-up rate?

Good Primary School Near Novena area.

Dear All,

Currently my 7yrs old daughter is going to a local primary school. But this school is too far from my home. She need to wake up at 5am and it’s been to difficult for her. Could anyone can suggest good primary school near Novena. Would be greatfull!

An Updated List?

Hi Chief,

The "Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Popularity" is very useful.

I was wondering when an updated list with 2009 and 2010 data is available. 🙂

Thanks!

hi, honestly, i understand

hi,

honestly, i understand that both schools (chij and rgps) are good,  however, how sure are u to get into rgps? if u are not  very sure that u can get balloted into rgps, the safest way is to go back to chij (though i can also understand how inconvenient it gets).  Rgps is not affliated to rgs, even it might be if one day, as rgs is the top school in spore, noone can be sure of the child’s result in psle. where as, chij has always given pirority to its very own girls…

Which primary school in AMK will you recommend?

Looking for a good co-ed school in AMK, or any other areas near AMK, since I have children of both genders. Any recommendation? It’s going to be our first time involving in Pri 1 registration, so we are very concerned and anxious.

Is Teck Ghee Primary School coming forth as one worth considering for Pri 1 registration?

What do you think of Geylang Methodist Primary School?  Just being curious….

 

RGPS or CHIJ Toa Payoh (Primary)???

I am an old girl of CHIJ Toa Payoh and had always thought that I’d send my daughter there. However, CHIJ will be relocated to Geylang Bahru next year and the distance from my house is quite far. As such, I am now considering sending my daughter to RGPS, which is within 1 km of my home. The main drawback of RGPS is that P1 is still in the afternoon session and I am afraid that the environment at RGPS is very stressful (for bot me and my daughter) since some people have commented on the "teach less, learn more" policy there.

Any comments or advice on where I should send my daughter????? I need your help since I have less than 2 months to decide now… 🙂

Thanks!

 

 

 

we are not within 1-2km bewteen any schools where we stay

Hi,

can anyone advice me what can i do if we are not staying even 2km within any nearby schools.I really wish to get my girls into the schools which i was looking.I try speaking to those schools but was sadly rejected as told we need to be at lest within 2km otherwise chances is low.Is balloting the last resource?I do not wish my girl to end up in a school of which is not my choice.

Can someone with a good heart advice what is the best solution without ending in a wrong school?

2009 Statistics for Pri One Admission Popularity Ranking?

Will there be 2009 Statistics for Pri One Admission Popularity Ranking?

You are looking at the wrong table...

… if you are trying to determine balloting in Phase 2B.  Look at this page instead if you want the balloting history of RGPS.

How to tell whether any Ph 2B balloting?

Take RGPS as an example.  Both 2008 and 2007 shows that Ph 2C balloting only for >2km (so those staying <2km automatically get in).  But since the places are split 50:50 between Ph 2B and Ph 2C, just by looking at the table, there is no way I can tell whether there is any balloting at Ph 2B, right?

Chossing Yang Zheng or CHIJ OLN

My doubt almost same as Majella, I stay at Serangoon Central & my gal 6 yrs old too, I am doubt whether to register her to CHIJ OLN (under phase 2A1)  or Yang Zheng (under phase 2C), for myself I more preferred Yangzheng Pri Sch but my husband always quarrel with me over this matter is he insist to send our gal to CHIJ OLN as this is girls school.  I really confused and the date for register P1 coming soon, hope any friends can give me advise please.

 

Thank you a lot and deeply appreciated.

Choosing between Paya Lebar Methodist Girls & CHIJ (OLGC)

Hi

My daughter is in K2 and for P1 admission soon. I stay at Serangoon Central. Initially I was keen to admit her to Paya Lebar MGS. However I realised that we in the 1-2 km and fall into phase 2c which is balloting.

Also the school has afternoon session for Primary 1 and I am not happy about that. Am considering putting her in CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel or CHIJ (Nativity). As we come from the same religious denomination, it would be easier for my daughter to get in with ease.

My questions are:
1. Can I have your comments about how to chose which CHIJ is more popular and academically which school has done better

2. Would you outrightly recommend PLMGS instead of CHIJ?

I am confused. Pls advise

Hi ChiefKiasu, I went to

Hi ChiefKiasu,

I went to SLA and check the distance for the schools which falls within 1km….results : Only two schools -Pei Hwa & MGS.

According to u…seems like even if is within 1km i still need balloting ya….so was wondering you know about Pei Hwa’s PV….or any body can help ot give some advise ….if i need to start PV …how many years ahead????Am i late or a good time…got a 2005 boy!

 

Bukit Timah schools

You’re welcome.  From the Bukit Timah balloting history in the last 3 years, children staying within 2km of RGPS have all been successful in getting a place in RGPS.  Nanyang is the one that is the most difficult to get in for that region – balloting is required even for those staying within 1km.  Also, given its outstanding performance in the recent years for PSLE, I’m sure NYPS will be hotly contested this year.

If you have only girls, it may make sense to try to get a place under 2km of RGPS.  If you have both girl/s and boy/s, you can try your luck for Nanyang or Pei Hwa or Henry Park which are co-ed, failing which Bukit Timah Primary is always a good fallback option.

Thanks for great advice!

I’m quite clueless about the whole primary school admission system, and really appreciate your detailed explanation which helps my understanding.

We are planning to buy a place during this economic downturn and considering whether we should move closer (within 1km) to MGS, Henry Park, RGPS or Nanyang around Bukit Timah area.

Based on your data, RGPS seems to be my safest bet? So scared that if I commit to a property near MGS or Nanyang, and then didn’t get ballot! If really like that, then how? Can only settle for Bukit Timah Primary?

What is Ballot Count?

A school can encounter balloting situations whenever the number of qualifying applicants/registrants exceed the number of places allotted for a specific phase during the annual Primary One Registration exercise.  The Ballot Count used in the context of this article refers to the total number of times a school had balloting situations over the last 3 years, weighted against the distance that it occurs.  So it is 3 points for balloting under 1km, 2 points for balloting between 1-2km, and 1 point for balloting over 2km.  For situations where there was cut-off without balloting, ie. if there were exactly 10 places for the 10 children staying within 1km and none of those that stayed outside of 1km even get a chance to ballot, we add 0.5 points more weight to that incident.

Green 186% in Phase 2C means that the total number of applicants at all distances exceed the total number of vacancies for Phase 2C by 86%.  All those staying within 2km are considered registered without balloting.  Assuming that this group represents x% of the total number of vacancies, the probability of winning a ballot is (100 – x) / (186 – x).  So if 99% of the places are taken up by kids staying within 2km, the probability of winning a place if you stay outside of 2km is 1/87 !  So while it is true that you have at best a 100/186= 53% chance of winning the ballot assuming ALL applicants are outside of 2km, at worse, you may only have a 1% chance of getting into that school.  You need to ask the school during the last day of balloting how many parents staying less than 1km and 2km have applied to get a feel of what you are really up against.

That is why people want to stay near the popular schools.

Only in situations where balloting is required for under 1km (marked in RED) can the take-up rate be used to represent the real probability of parents winning a ballot, since ALL parents in that group will have to stand for balloting.

What is Ballot Count?

What does the Ballot Count numbers mean? How to interpret?

In the primary school ranking, 186% (2008) for RGPS means there are 86% more applicants staying >2km, and therefore required balloting for this particular phase? This means that applicants staying within 1 and 2km are admitted? So easy to get into RGPS?

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