Returning Singaporeans who have no particular school preference are encouraged to apply for school placement through MOE as MOE can guarantee your child a place in a school with vacancies near to your residence, even before your return to Singapore.
You can inform us using the Application Form for School Placement for Returning Singaporeans no earlier than three months before the intended date of school admission. MOE will take approximately three working days to identify a list of secondary schools for you to choose from, based on the residential address indicated in your application form. Once a school place is confirmed, it will be guaranteed and reserved for your child in advance of your return. Nearer to your return to Singapore, you can contact the school to arrange for any pre-admission procedures. For instance, the school may conduct school-based assessment tests and/or interview to determine the level and course to place your child into, before your child starts school.
If a permanent Singapore address is not available at the point of this application, you will have to provide an intended residential area in Singapore for us to process your request.
Please note that schools will generally not admit students in the final term of the academic year (i.e. October to November), as this will not be educationally beneficial to your child. Hence, if you apply for admission after September, we will process your application and inform you by end-December for admission in the following year.
The Assured School Placement for Returning Singaporeans provides greater certainty and convenience to returning Singaporeans, while the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans – Secondary (conducted in September) and the Supplementary Placement Exercise (conducted in December) offer an opportunity for your child to seek admission to a school based on merit and choice. We encourage you to consider a range of schools for your child, taking into consideration factors like your child’s personalities, learning style, strengths, interests, location of school and transportation options. For contact details of our schools, please refer to the School Information Services (SIS).
For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.