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 examination. A 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.
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)
For Integrated Programmes (IP) School with their respective JC Partners, please refer to https://www.learnerslodge.com.sg/news/integrated-programmes-ip/
For IP Cut off Points (COP) For 2017 Sec 1 intake, please refer to
For IP Cut off Points (COP) For 2016 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