Allocation of Places

Places in the school are allocated accordingly to the order of priority laid out in the various phases of the Primary One Registration Exercise. There will be balloting amongst the applicants if the number of applications to a school exceeds the number of vacancies available in any of the phases from Phase 2A(1) to Phase 3.

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 Citizen (SC) / Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) children who are unsuccessful in obtaining a Primary One place in a school of their choice at the end of Phase 2C Supplementary should approach MOE to facilitate their placement to a school which still has vacancies.

The number of Primary One vacancies each school will offer for the Primary One Registration Exercise will be made available in June before the registration begins. Parents can refer to Primary Schools Vacancies by Phases for information on vacancies for each school.

Balloting

Balloting will be conducted if the number of applications to a school exceeds the number of vacancies available in any of the phases from Phase 2A(1) to Phase 3. It is conducted within the school premises. Parents are welcomed to witness the balloting.

Parents can refer to Primary Schools Conducting Balloting to find out which schools will be conducting balloting at the end of each registration phase.

Phases Balloting
Phase 2A(1) to Phase 2C Supplementary

Singapore Citizens (SCs) will be given absolute priority over Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) when balloting is necessary in a specific phase. SCs and PRs will continue to be eligible for the same phases, and all applicants will be admitted if the total number of applications 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. The following two examples illustrate this rule.

Example 1: School A has 50 vacancies in a specific phase and 61 children applying, based on the table below.
Home-School Distance Singapore Citizen Permanent Resident
<1km 38 3
Between 1km and 2km 10 1
>2km 8 1
Total 56 5

As the total number of SC applications exceeds the number of vacancies, not all SC applicants will be admitted. The vacancies will be allocated to the SC children based on home-school distance in this order of priority—home-school distance is (1) within 1km, (2) between 1km and 2km and (3) outside 2km. In the above example, the 38 SC children living within 1km from the school will first be admitted, followed by the 10 SC children living between 1km and 2km from the school. After the 48 vacancies are taken up, the remaining 2 vacancies will be balloted among the 8 SC children living outside 2km from the school.

Example 2: School B has 50 vacancies in a specific phase and 54 children applying, based on the table below.
Home-School Distance Singapore Citizen Permanent Resident
<1km 29 4
Between 1km and 2km 15 2
>2km 3 1
Total 47 7

As the total number of SC applications is less than the number of vacancies in this phase, all the 47 SC children will be admitted first and PR can still be admitted thereafter. The remaining 3 vacancies will be allocated to the PR children based on home-school distance in the same order of priority—home-school distance is (1) within 1km, (2) between 1km and 2km and (3) outside 2km. The 4 PR children living within 1km from the school will ballot for the remaining 3 vacancies.

Phase 3

Places will be balloted according to the following order of priority:

  1. Children who are Singapore Citizens
  2. Children who are Singapore Permanent Residents
  3. Children who are not Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Within each of the above categories, balloting will be conducted if applications exceed the number of vacancies. For categories (a) and (b), balloting will be conducted according to the order of priority based on the home-school distance category for Phases 2A to 2C Supplementary. For category (c), if the number of applications exceeds the number of places, priority will first be accorded to a child with a sibling already in the primary school, followed by a child with at least one parent who is a Singapore Citizen. Thereafter, balloting will be conducted regardless of home-school distance.

Balloting will be conducted one day after Phase 3 registration. The parents of children who have not been able to obtain a place at their school of choice after the balloting can approach another school with remaining vacancies to register. Registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Home-School Distance Category

Parents may check the home-school distance category from the OneMap SchoolQuery Service managed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Alternatively, they may check with the schools directly on the distance between their home and the schools in June.

How to use OneMap SchoolQuery Service

  1. Go to the OneMap website.
  2. Select the SchoolQuery service.
  3. Click on the “Find Schools near a building” option button.
  4. Enter the residential address in the “Find Location” box and click “Go”.
  5. Click on the desired building on the map. A list of schools which are within 1 km and between 1 km and 2 km from the selected building will be displayed.

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For registration using the address of the child’s grandparents or the parent’s sibling, a statutory declaration is needed. If statutory declaration is used, children who are registered using either the grandparent’s or the parent’s sibling’s address and residing within 1 km or between 1 km and 2 km from the school of choice are balloted together with the other children of the same citizenship residing between 1 km and 2 km from the school. View details on eligibility for statutory declaration.