SAP, Government, Autonomous and Independent Schools

Government, Autonomous and Independent Schools

Most secondary schools in Singapore offer 4-year Express course (Special course for SAP schools) or 5-year courses leading up to the GCE O-level examinationA notable exception is the Integrated Programme (IP) schools, which offer a 6-year course leading up to the GCE A-level examination or the International Baccalaureate examination.

Autonomous schools have more autonomy as compared to other government-run secondary schools to plan their own curriculum and activities. However, such schools may charge an additional miscellaneous fee on top of the regular school fees paid by all students attending government or government-aided schools.

Independent schools are granted autonomy to its own school curriculum, programmes and school fees.

Autonomous schools are still govt schools although the schools have more funding & more programmes for the kids. They are still subjected to MOE’s syllabus.

Independent schools do not need to get budget approval & such from MOE. They have the autonomy to decide on curriculum (thus the IB diploma programs available).

Teaching style may also defer depending on the school’s focus. It’s better to know what the child wants & enjoys if budget is not a problem.


Autonomous Schools collect Autonomous School Fees, ranging from $3 to $18 per month, on top of second-tier miscellaneous fees.

Independent Schools charge a separate scale of fees. The range of school fees for local students (excluding miscellaneous fees) as at 2010 is $200- $300 per month.


Singapore Autonomous Schools

1 Anderson Secondary School
2 Anglican High School
3 Bukit Panjang Government High School
4 Catholic High School
5 Cedar Girls’ School
6 CHIJ Katong Convent
7 CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’ School
8 CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
9 Chung Cheng High School
10 Commonwealth Secondary School
11 Crescent Girls’ School
12 Dunman High School
13 Dunman Secondary School
14 Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)
15 Geylang Methodist Secondary School
16 Nan Hua High School
17 Ngee Ann Secondary School
18 Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)
19 River Valley High School, Singapore
20 Saint Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School
21 St. Margaret’s Secondary School
22 Tanjong Katong Girls’ School
23 Tanjong Katong Secondary School
24 Temasek Secondary School
25 Victoria School
26 Xinmin Secondary School
27 Yishun Town Secondary School
28 Zhonghua Secondary School


Singapore Independent Schools

1 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
2 The Chinese High School (Singapore)
3 Hwa Chong Institution
4 Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah
5 Methodist Girls’ School, Singapore
6 Nanyang Girls’ High School
7 Northlight School
8 Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
9 Raffles Institution
10 Raffles Junior College
11 SJI International School
12 St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore
13 School of Science and Technology, Singapore
14 School of the Arts, Singapore
15 Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
16 Singapore Sports School

Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools put more emphasis on Chinese language and Chinese bi-cultural education and attract more students from China. The SAP schools normally attract the Top 10% – 20% of each PSLE cohort.

Students who are in the Top 10% of their PSLE cohort will be given an option by the Ministry of Education to study a foreign language (French / German/ Japanese)


Singapore Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools

1 Anglican High School
2 Catholic High School
3 CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ Secondary School
4 Chung Cheng High School ( Main)
5 Dunman High School
6 Hwa Chong Institution
7 Maris Stella High School
8 Nan Hua High School
9 Nanyang Girls’ High School
10 River Valley High School

For Integrated Programmes (IP) School with their respective JC Partners, please refer to

For IP Cut off Points (COP) For 2018 Sec 1 intake, please refer to

For IP Cut off Points (COP) For 2019 Sec 1 intake, please refer to

For IP Cut off Points (COP) For 2020 Sec 1 intake, please refer to

For IP School Fees, please refer to

For JC School Fees, please refer to

For Singapore Exam and Posting Timetable, please refer to