Top primary schools in 2018


Top primary schools in Singapore

Ever since MOE stopped releasing the names of top PSLE performers and their schools, the best primary schools in Singapore have been a mystery. But for anxious parents out there having difficulty choosing a school for your child, we’ve made it a little easier. Here’s a list of the primary schools ranked according to their recognition received, sorted by area.


Primary Schools in Singapore


There’s no solid way of confirming the top primary schools and the very definition of top varies depending on who you ask. Some parents value a focus on non-academic achievements highly while others prioritise the quality of teaching. But when certain schools have plenty of awards pegged to their name, you can be sure that particular school is doing something right. MOE initially started to recognise these schools with their Masterplan of Awards initiative. But in 2012, MOE announced they were going to place more emphasis on schools which have the best practices instead, and focused on these awards.

  • Best Practice in Teaching and Learning
  • Best Practice in Student All-Round Development
  • Best Practice in Staff Development and Well Being
  • Best Practice in Character and Citizenship Education (new)
  • Best Practice in Partnership (new)

In their previous framework, awards like the School Excellence Award (SEA) and School Distinct Award (SDA) were given to schools that were excellent both academically and non-academically. But because awards like Character Development and Teaching and Learning matter just as much, we’ve taken all of these into consideration to come up with the list below

As you’ll need to filter by home-school distance, we’ve sorted the top primary schools according to area – featuring those with 5 or more awards.

*Number in brackets identifies the number of awards won.


– Most awarded primary schools in Singapore by area –


Central Singapore

  • Raffles Girls Primary School (7)
  • Ai Tong School (6)
  • Catholic High School (6)
  • CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (6)
  • Kong Hwa School (6)
  • Methodist Girls’ School (6)
  • Tao Nan School (6)
  • Hong Wen School (6)
  • Henry Park Primary School (5)
  • Maris Stella High School (5)
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School (5)
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) (5)
  • Haig Girls’ School (5)
  • Fairfield Methodist School (5)
  • River Valley Primary School (5)
  • CHIJ Kellock (5) 

North Region

  • Chongfu School (5)
  • Canberra Primary School (5)
  • Northland Primary School (5)

North-East Region

  • Rosyth School (6)
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (5)

East Region

  • St. Hilda’s Primary School (7)
  • Pasir Ris Primary School (7)
  • Tampines Primary School (6)
  • Temasek Primary School (5) 

West Region

  • Rulang Primary School (7)
  • Keming Primary School (5)
  • Nan Hua Primary School (5)

Best primary schools in Singapore

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While we hope this list helps anxious parents with their decision making, we all know it’s not an easy feat to get into popular primary schools as most of them have a rigid vacancy cap. Depending on whether you’re an alumnus of the school or if you’ve completed 40 hours of volunteer service, there are different enrolment phases based on your circumstances.


Preschool education in Singapore – Josiah Montessori


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