Primary Schools

Phases of Primary One Registration Exercise

From 2012 onwards, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement measures to further differentiate between Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) at the Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise. When balloting is necessary in a specific phase, SCs will be given absolute priority over PRs. SCs and PRs will continue to be eligible for the same phases, and all applicants will be admitted if the total number of applicants in any phase does not exceed the number of vacancies. However, if the number of applications exceeds the number of vacancies in a specific phase, SCs will be admitted first ahead of PRs, before home-school distance is considered.

Starting from the 2014 Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will reserve 40 places in every primary school for registrants in Phase 2B and 2C (20 places for each phase) to ensure continued open access to all primary schools.

From the 2015 Primary One Registration Exercise, a child who gains priority admission into a school through his/her distance category is required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the P1 registration exercise.

Category 1: Children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Phase 1

For a child who has a sibling studying in a school of choice. All children registered under this phase will be given places in schools.

Phase 2A1

For a child whose parent is a former student of the school and who has joined the alumni association as a member not later than the cut off date for that year; or whose parent is a member of the School Advisory/Management Committee.

Phase 2A2

For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the school of choice; or whose parent is a staff member of the school of choice.

Phase 2B

For a child whose parent has joined the school as a parent volunteer not later than the cut off date for that year and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by the cut off date for that year; or whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the school; or whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader. Schools that balloted during Phase 2B registration.

Phase 2C

For a child who is ineligible for or unsuccessful in earlier phases. Schools that balloted during Phase 2C registration.

Phase 2C Supplementary

For a child who is unsuccessful in gaining a place in a school of choice at Phase 2C. Schools with Phase 2C supplementary vacancies.

    Notes:
  • Should the number of applications exceed the number of vacancies in any phase, places will be balloted according to the following order of priority:
    1. Children living within 1 km of the school of choice.
    2. Children living between 1 km and 2 km of the school of choice.
    3. Children living outside 2 km of the school of choice.

  • At the end of Phase 2A(2), 50% of the remaining places will be allocated for phase 2B and the other 50% for Phase 2C registrants in a school. In the event that less than 50% of the allocated vacancies are taken up at Phase 2B, the remaining vacancies will be carried forward to Phase 2C.

  • Singapore Citizens (SCs) will be given an additional ballot slip (i.e. two chances instead of one), while Permanent Residents (PRs) will retain one ballot slip whenever balloting is conducted by any school during the P1 Registration Exercise. SCs will therefore have a higher chance of securing a place for their child in a school of choice when there is balloting.

Category 2: Children who are neither Singapore Citizens nor Singapore Permanent Residents

Phase 3

For a child who is neither a Singapore Citizen nor a Permanent Resident.

Children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents and who have not registered at any of the earlier phases are also eligible to register at this phase. Registration in this phase will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Schools with Phase 3 vacancies.

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