Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

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Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby Pearapple » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:38 am

These are the 7 schools in mind ranked in terms of preference: 1. RI, 2. NJC, 3. ACS (I), 4. Victoria, 5. SJI, 6. Anderson, 7. Kuo Chuan. Because Hwa Chong and Catholic does not offer Tamil language, we did not consider them.
NJC has a higher cut off but no IP, ACS and Victoria sounds good but quite far; SJI looks good, IP program is coming, moving to Bishan ITE for 2 years, but cut off is much lower than the above mentioned schools. Andersen no IP.
Can someone share a few important facts about these schools which can help to rank the schools. I am particularly confused with NJC, ACS(I), Victoria, SJI and Andersen.
I am expecting my son to score in the range 245-257.
My son likes ACS(I) because of the atmosphere he saw during open house.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby Dreamgear » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:08 am

NJC is pure IP. SJI already started IP.

You can choose sonething like this -

1. RI
2. NJC
3. ACSI IP
4. SJI IP
5. ACSI O level
6. SJI O Level

This can be interchange with victoria ip or o level and anderson accordingly to your preference. Honestly i think u are looking at too many schools at the same scores.. Mayby should narrow down. At same time, do some search for lower cop schools for the 5th or 6th choice. Your lowest cop is at 245.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby Pearapple » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:13 pm

Thanks for your reply. I learnt O level and IP program are two choices.

Of course, if his T-score is lower than, I cannot think of RI, NJC or AJC(I).
Bottom 3 schools in mind are Zhonghua, St.Andrew's and Kuo Chuan.

Zhonghua - he needs to go to nearby language centre, not sure whether it is a good idea, whether it will take extra time
St. Andrew's - I hear colleagues tell me there are gangs in Potong Pasir, so scary
Kuo Chuan - he is affiliated, even if we do not apply, I assume MOE will give him the nearest school.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby emoh » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:24 pm

Pearapple wrote:Thanks for your reply. I learnt O level and IP program are two choices.

Of course, if his T-score is lower than, I cannot think of RI, NJC or AJC(I).
Bottom 3 schools in mind are Zhonghua, St.Andrew's and Kuo Chuan.

Zhonghua - he needs to go to nearby language centre, not sure whether it is a good idea, whether it will take extra time
St. Andrew's - I hear colleagues tell me there are gangs in Potong Pasir, so scary
Kuo Chuan - he is affiliated, even if we do not apply, I assume MOE will give him the nearest school.


dun think moe will give nearest sch, moe will give nearest sch that still has vacancy if u do not get any of your 6 choices, so its probably those cut off for express stream 188 kind of schs so if u stay in bishan then it might be whitley, bishan park ...

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby thsheng99 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:59 pm

Have you considered Maris Stella ?

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby MMM » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:16 pm

thsheng99 wrote:Have you considered Maris Stella ?


Maris Stella is a SAP school. Reading the forumner's comments on tamil. Wondering if they offer tamil though???

But personally, I think Maris Stella would be my preferred choice vs St Andrews or Kuo Chuan. Heard good feedback on Zhonghua. Actually Kuo chuan as well from a friend whose ds moved from Catholic High Pri to Kuo Chuan. But for St Andrews...sounds scary huh on the gang part though I thought the village was quite nice and its affiliation to JC.

Maybe I should strike St Andrews off my target list for ds's DSA option next year.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby Pearapple » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:59 pm

SAP schools do not offer Tamil. Maris Stella is a SAP school.
Zhong Hua - for Tamil, he needs to go to a nearby language centre. This option not in Catholic or Maris Stella.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby susu » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:34 pm

Pearapple wrote:SAP schools do not offer Tamil. Maris Stella is a SAP school.
Zhong Hua - for Tamil, he needs to go to a nearby language centre. This option not in Catholic or Maris Stella.


Pardon me, what does SAP school offer comparing "normal" secondary school? :shrug:

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby mummy so kiasu » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:11 pm

susu wrote:
Pearapple wrote:SAP schools do not offer Tamil. Maris Stella is a SAP school.
Zhong Hua - for Tamil, he needs to go to a nearby language centre. This option not in Catholic or Maris Stella.


Pardon me, what does SAP school offer comparing "normal" secondary school? :shrug:

All SAP schools do not offer tamil & malay as MT. They only offer chinese as MT & students will have a better understanding of the chinese culture.

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Re: Selection of secondary schools (for a boy)

Postby Pearapple » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:56 am

Xinmin or Zhong hua - which one is a better choice?

Went for NJC open house on saturday, looks like a good school. But, the school is small compared to RI or ACS.

Not many people come to attend the open house compared to RI or ACS is a big question in my mind.

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