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11 Popular Primary Schools in Singapore and Properties Within 1km of Them

Eugenia Liew
Attending primary school in Singapore marks the start of a child’s formal education. Getting a good head start is very important, especially for Singaporean parents who only want the best for their children, i.e. playing classical music to the little embryo, purchasing toys marketed for brain development and going to great lengths to get their kid into a good primary school.
You’re not the only one who’s toying with the idea of moving house just to be near your kids’ preferred primary school. Mr Andrew Nair, Associate Division Director at ERA Realty Network, notes that this is a growing trend typically caused by two situations — when families need to be near the school to get a better chance of scoring a place, and families that need to reduce commute time for the child.
That’s right. One hack to get your child into a popular primary school is to make sure you are living nearby (the closer the better; even better if you are an alumnus to boot).
This is not some random rumour but a fact. Each year, during the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Primary One registration exercise, priority is given to those who live closer to the preferred school when balloting.

MOE Primary One Registration: How Does It Work?

During each year’s Primary One registration exercise, priority admission is given in this order:
  1. Singapore Citizens (SC) living within 1km of the school.
  2. SCs living between 1km and 2km of the school.
  3. SCs living outside 2km of the school.
  4. Permanent Residents (PR) living within 1km of the school.
  5. PRs living between 1km and 2km of the school.
  6. PRs living outside 2km of the school.
Source: MOE
Here’s some good news for parents who have yet to enrol their children into primary school. From 2022 onwards, the MOE Primary One registration exercise will calculate Home-School Distance (HSD) in a new and improved way.
Currently, the HSD is determined using a particular reference point within the primary school compound. But from next year’s Primary One registration onwards, MOE will calculate the distance from the boundary of the school to the applicant’s home.
The update makes the distance criteria more lenient, so more homes within 1km and 2km of the school will be eligible for priority admission across all phases of registration. However, that also means stiffer competition for the most popular primary schools in Singapore.
To check if your home will benefit from the new HSD, check out the SchoolQuery function on Singapore Land Authority’s OneMap website.
To ensure that more children will have access to schools near their homes, the number of places reserved in Phase 2C will be doubled to 40. This will give students who live nearby, but with no prior links to the school, a greater chance of enrolment.
There’s just one thing to take note of though; your child must have lived at the address used for Primary One registration for at least 30 months.
So, while it’s too late to move before the Primary One registration for 2022, those planning for kids or have a little one who is barely out of the womb can start strategising and find a property closest to your preferred school(s).

11 Popular Primary Schools in Singapore

Here is a list of the 11 popular primary schools in Singapore and some of the projects closest (by distance) to them — all within 1km, of course, to increase your chances of snagging a place in the school during the annual primary school registration exercise.
By all means, this is not a definitive list. This list is based on general popularity and compiled from other lists online; the popular primary schools here are listed in alphabetical order.
Ai Tong School
Bishan
Bishan Point (98m), Fulton Hill (145m), HDB 441 Sin Ming Avenue (177m)
Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
Central
Cavenagh Court (202m), Kopar At Newton (256m), The Atelier (272m)
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
Bukit Timah
Five Chancery (140m), Chancery Park (172m), Balmoral Gate (187m)
Catholic High School (Primary)
Bishan
HDB 291 Bishan Street 24 (68m), Coral Park (381m), Seasons View (486m)
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary)
Ang Mo Kio
Saint Nicholas View (158m), Wellington Park (192m), The Panorama (212m)
Nan Hua Primary School
Clementi
The Trilinq (131m), Faber Hills Estate (187m), HDB 206 Clementi Avenue 6 (247m)
Nanyang Primary School
Bukit Timah
The Asana (199m), Coronation Gardens (262m), HDB 4 Queen’s Road (267m)
Raffles Girls’ Primary School
Bukit Timah
Hillcrest Villa (214m), Watten Residences (283m), Hillcrest Arcadia (497m)
Rosyth School
Serangoon
HDB 507 Serangoon North Avenue 4 (119m), Hundred Palms Residences (337m), Regentville (433m)
St Hilda’s Primary School
Tampines
HDB 832 Tampines Street 82 (74m), Arc at Tampines (700m), The Tapestry (943m)
Tao Nan School
Marine Parade
HDB 30 Marine Crescent (74m), D’Ecosia (187m), Villa Martia (241m)

1. Ai Tong School

Ai Tong School, located in the Bishan area, is both centrally located and a well-established school (started in 1912). The co-ed government-aided Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school is extremely close to Bishan Point condo, but you’re also well within walking distance (literally just 5 minutes’ walk) in the surrounding HDB estate at 441 Sin Ming Avenue and the landed housing area at Fulton Hill.

Projects within 1km:

Bishan Point

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2005
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $1,220,000 (last transacted: $1.54 million in Jul 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Stations: Bright Hill (Thomson-East Coast Line), Upper Thomson (Thomson-East Coast Line), Marymount (Circle Line)

Fulton Hill

  • Type of project: Terraced House, freehold
  • TOP: 1970
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $4,988,000 to $6,000,000 (last transacted: $4.15 million in May 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Stations: Bright Hill (Thomson-East Coast Line), Upper Thomson (Thomson-East Coast Line), Marymount (Circle Line)

HDB at 441 Sin Ming Avenue

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1988
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $560,000 to $1,000,000 (last transacted: $1 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Stations: Bright Hill (Thomson-East Coast Line), Upper Thomson (Thomson-East Coast Line), Marymount (Circle Line)

2. Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)

Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) — not to be mixed up with Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) — is located in the Central area, near Newton MRT at Winstedt Road. The government-aided boys’ primary school is close to projects such as Cavenagh Court apartments, as well as the upcoming Kopar At Newton and The Atelier condos. Not to mention, it’s also walking distance to the famous Newton Food Centre.
For parents who prefer sending their sons to single-sex schools, check out other popular all-boys primary schools too.

Projects within 1km:

Cavenagh Court

  • Type of project: Apartment, freehold
  • TOP: 1971
  • District: Orchard / River Valley (D09)
  • Price: $3,150,000 (last transacted: $3 million in Nov 2020)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

Kopar At Newton

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2023 (upcoming)
  • District: Orchard / River Valley (D09)
  • Price: Up to $8,143,000 (last transacted: $3.5 million in Oct 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

The Atelier

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 2024 (upcoming)
  • District: Orchard / River Valley (D09)
  • Price: $1,366,000 to $4,546,000 (last transacted: $4.5 million in Mar 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

3. Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)

Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) — not to be mixed up with Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) — is located in the Bukit Timah area, at Barker Road. The government-aided boys’ primary school is close to projects such as the Five Chancery landed housing estate, Chancery Park condo and Balmoral Gate condo — all freehold properties.

Projects within 1km:

Five Chancery

  • Type of project: Cluster House, freehold
  • TOP: 2013
  • District: Newton / Novena (D11)
  • Price: $4,800,000 to $7,880,000 (last transacted: N/A)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

Chancery Park

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 1991
  • District: Newton / Novena (D11)
  • Price: $2,510,000 to $3,680,000 (last transacted: $2.95 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

Balmoral Gate

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 1994
  • District: Tanglin / Holland / Bukit Timah (D10)
  • Price: $2,950,000 to $3,350,000 (last transacted: $2.14 million in Jul 2020)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Newton (North-South Line, Downtown Line)

4. Catholic High School (Primary)

Catholic High School (Primary) is a government-aided SAP boy’s school in the Bishan area. The secondary school is just next door, so it’s a good choice for continued education in the same area (if you have a son). Just a hop and a skip away are a slew of HDB flats, but if you want more privacy, the terrace houses at Coral Park and the condo at Seasons View are also less than 500m away.

Projects within 1km:

HDB at 291 Bishan Street 24

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1996
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $550,000 to $952,000 (last transacted: $952,000 in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Bishan (North-South Line, Circle Line)

Coral Park

  • Type of project: Terraced House, freehold
  • TOP: 1981
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $4,280,000 to $4,500,000 (last transacted: $3.2 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Bishan (North-South Line, Circle Line)

Seasons View

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2000
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $1,100,000 to $2,930,000 (last transacted: $1.06 million in Aug 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Marymount (Circle Line)

5. CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary)

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary) is a government-aided SAP school located in Ang Mo Kio. This girls’ school needs no introduction — the blue pinafores are extremely iconic. Close by are the aptly named Saint Nicholas View and Wellington Park terrace houses, as well as The Panorama condo. As this is the centrally located Ang Mo Kio, you’ll also be sure to find lots of HDBs for sale listings in the area as well.
For parents who prefer sending their daughters to single-sex schools, check out other popular all-girls primary schools too.

Projects within 1km:

Saint Nicholas View

  • Type of project: Terraced House, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2000
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $2,880,000 to $3,500,000 (last transacted: $2.4 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Mayflower (Thomson-East Coast Line), Yio Chu Kang (North-South Line)

Wellington Park

  • Type of project: Terraced House, freehold
  • TOP: 1985
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $2,300,000 to $4,300,000 (last transacted: $2.91 million in Jul 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Mayflower (Thomson-East Coast Line), Yio Chu Kang (North-South Line)

The Panorama

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2019
  • District: Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson (D20)
  • Price: $720,000 to $2,490,000 (last transacted: $2.1 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Mayflower (Thomson-East Coast Line), Yio Chu Kang (North-South Line)

6. Nan Hua Primary School

Nan Hua Primary School, in the west of Singapore (finally, we’re deviating from the central area), is a government-aided SAP mixed school in Clementi. While not in the same compound (actually a bus ride away), it’s in the same HDB estate as its secondary school counterpart, Nan Hua High School. To increase your chances of snagging a spot at Nan Hua Primary School, consider projects such as The Trilinq condo, Faber Hills Estate semi-Ds, or one of the many resale HDB flats in the area.

Projects within 1km:

The Trilinq

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2017
  • District: Buona Vista / West Coast / Clementi New Town (D05)
  • Price: $860,000 to $4,999,999 (last transacted: $1.88 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Clementi (East-West Line)

Faber Hills Estate

  • Type of project: Semi-Detached House, freehold
  • TOP: 1977
  • District: Buona Vista / West Coast / Clementi New Town (D05)
  • Price: $5,300,000 to $8,000,000 (last transacted: $5.69 million in Oct 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Clementi (East-West Line)

HDB at 206 Clementi Avenue 6

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1984
  • District: Buona Vista / West Coast / Clementi New Town (D05)
  • Price: $715,000 to $875,000 (last transacted: $860,000 in May 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Clementi (East-West Line)

7. Nanyang Primary School

Nanyang Primary School takes us back to the Bukit Timah area. This government-aided SAP mixed school is part of the Nanyang Family, which includes Nanyang Girls’ High and Nanyang Kindergarten. Close by are The Asana condo, the Coronation Gardens semi-Ds, and the HDB flats at Queens Road.

Projects within 1km:

The Asana

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 2019
  • District: Tanglin / Holland / Bukit Timah (D10)
  • Price: $1,000,000 to $1,980,000 (last transacted: $1.46 million in Jul 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Botanic Gardens (Circle Line, Downtown Line)

Coronation Gardens

  • Type of project: Semi-Detached House, 999-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1970
  • District: Tanglin / Holland / Bukit Timah (D10)
  • Price: $21,000,000 (last transacted: N/A)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tan Kah Kee (Downtown Line)

HDB at 4 Queen’s Road

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1973
  • District: Tanglin / Holland / Bukit Timah (D10)
  • Price: $420,000 to $500,000 (last transacted: $408,000 in May 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Farrer Road (Circle Line)

8. Raffles Girls’ Primary School

Raffles Girls’ Primary School is another popular Bukit Timah primary school. The government school was established in 1844 and is within the cluster of other well-known schools such as National Junior College, Nanyang Girls’ High and Hwa Chong Institution. Projects within 1km include Hillcrest Villa, Watten Residences and Hillcrest Arcadia condo.

Projects within 1km:

Hillcrest Villa

  • Type of project: Cluster House, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2010
  • District: Newton / Novena (D11)
  • Price: $6,500,000 to $10,300,000 (last transacted: $3.28 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tan Kah Kee MRT (Downtown Line)

Watten Residences

  • Type of project: Cluster House, freehold
  • TOP: 2012
  • District: Newton / Novena (D11)
  • Price: Up to $5,100,000 (last transacted: $4.39 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tan Kah Kee MRT (Downtown Line)

Hillcrest Arcadia

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1980
  • District: Newton / Novena (D11)
  • Price: $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 (last transacted: $1.12 million in Oct 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tan Kah Kee MRT (Downtown Line)

9. Rosyth School

Rosyth School, which offers the Gifted Education Programme, is located in the Serangoon area, or more accurately, Serangoon North. The government co-ed primary school is surrounded by lots of HDB flats, and you can also opt for other types of property at the Hundred Palms Residences EC and Regentville condo project.

Projects within 1km:

HDB at 507 Serangoon North Avenue 4

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1995
  • District: Hougang / Punggol / Sengkang (D19)
  • Price: $495,000 to $610,000 (last transacted: $600,000 in Jul 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Kovan (North-East Line)

Hundred Palms Residences

  • Type of project: Executive Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2020
  • District: Hougang / Punggol / Sengkang (D19)
  • Price: $715,000 ~ $1,450,000 (last transacted: $1.45 million in Jul 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Kovan (North-East Line)

Regentville

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2000
  • District: Hougang / Punggol / Sengkang (D19)
  • Price: $855,000 to $1,538,000 (last transacted: $807,000 in Oct 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Hougang (North-East Line)

10. St Hilda’s Primary School

St Hilda’s Primary School takes us to Tampines, in the east of Singapore. The government-aided mixed school was founded in 1934 and was the first private school to be reopened in 1945, after the Second World War. To partake in the school’s history, increase your chances by getting a unit at properties within 1km, such as the HDB blocks at Tampines Street 82, the Arc at Tampines EC or The Tapestry condo.

Projects within 1km:

HDB at 832 Tampines Street 82

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1984
  • District: Pasir Ris / Tampines (D18)
  • Price: $410,000 (last transacted: $410,000 in Aug 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tampines West (Downtown Line)

Arc at Tampines

  • Type of project: Executive Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2014
  • District: Pasir Ris / Tampines (D18)
  • Price: $868,000 to $1,550,000 (last transacted: $1.3 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tampines West (Downtown Line)

The Tapestry

  • Type of project: Condominium, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 2021
  • District: Pasir Ris / Tampines (D18)
  • Price: $700,000 to $2,100,000 (last transacted: $2 million in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Tampines West (Downtown Line)

11. Tao Nan School

Tao Nan School is a government-aided SAP mixed school also located in the east of Singapore, in the Marine Parade area. Although the Marine Parade area is known for pricey landed homes, you’ll also find HDB resale units at Marine Crescent, in addition to the relatively new D’Ecosia and Villa Martia freehold condos.

Projects within 1km:

HDB at 30 Marine Crescent

  • Type of project: HDB flat, 99-year leasehold
  • TOP: 1974
  • District: East Coast / Marine Parade (D15)
  • Price: $390,000 to $430,000 (last transacted: $368,000 in Sep 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Kembangan (East-West Line), Marine Parade (upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line)

D’Ecosia

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 2003
  • District: East Coast / Marine Parade (D15)
  • Price: $800,000 to $900,000 (last transacted: $1.95 million in May 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Kembangan (East-West Line), Marine Parade (upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line)

Villa Martia

  • Type of project: Condominium, freehold
  • TOP: 2000
  • District: East Coast / Marine Parade (D15)
  • Price: $1,650,000 (last transacted: $1.78 million in Apr 2021)
  • Nearby MRT Station: Kembangan (East-West Line), Marine Parade (upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line)

Don’t See Your Preferred Primary School or Property in This List?

These listed properties were chosen for their proximity to popular primary schools, uniqueness of the project and even current availability of units for sale.
You may be looking for a primary school — whether for a specific CCA or perhaps it is your alma-mater. Did you know that you can easily search for properties close to your preferred primary school on the PropertyGuru site?
Here’s how:
  1. Head to the PropertyGuru Property for Sale page
  2. Input the school name in the search bar, e.g. Tao Nan School
  3. Input the postal code of the property you’re interested in into the MOE Distance tool to generate a list of schools in the area (tip: you should be searching for a more specific address, not just the development name else the search on the MOE website may fail)

Final Note: Moving Is a Major Decision, So Do Consider Carefully!

Moving to live near your preferred school seems a strategic move, but do consider carefully as buying a new property and moving house are big life events that require much time, money and effort.
In addition, staying close to your preferred primary school does not automatically guarantee your child a place in it during MOE’s Primary One registration exercise.
Mr Nair shares: “We had a family that recently sold their property, which was, in our opinion, in a fantastic location. They decided to purchase a unit near their school of choice — not only to get a better chance of entering the school, but due to high school bus fares and long travel distance and travel time from their current home.”
He adds: “Unfortunately, they did not get into the school of choice. Now they are stuck in a property they don’t like and will have to wait a few years to sell it (because of Additional Seller’s Stamp Duty). The location is also not convenient and not practical for the rest of the family.”
Ms Vivian Chua, Associate Group Director at PropNex Realty, agrees. She notes that many of her clients ask her if purchasing the property will ensure their child’s position in the school.
She says: “Many empty their life-savings just to make sure that their children get into these schools. I will always advise them to study the trends of the past years’ [enrolment] of the school to determine [their chances] first.”
Ultimately, the decision is yours. All the best!

More FAQs about Primary One Registration and Primary Schools in Singapore

What Age Is Primary School in Singapore?

Children typically start Primary One at 7 years old in Singapore. You can enrol your child in the annual Primary One registration exercise the year before he or she turns 7. For example, the 2022 Primary One registration exercise will be open to children born in 2016 (i.e. turning 6 years old in 2022).

Which Primary School Is the Best in Singapore?

Popular primary schools include but are not limited to Ai Tong School, Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), Nanyang Primary School, Raffles Girls’ Primary School, and St. Joseph’s Institution Junior.

How Much Are Primary School Fees in Singapore?

School fees vary depending on the different type of schools (e.g: government schools, independent schools, or specialised schools) and on the child’s citizenship. For example, for Singapore citizens in a government school, monthly fees range from $6.50 to $13. Check your child’s school fees here on the MOE webpage.

How Do I Choose a Primary School in Singapore?

Factors you should consider are your child’s interests, travel and distance to the school, and affiliated secondary schools.
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This article was written by Mary Wu, who hopes to share what she’s learnt from her home-buying and renovation journey with PropertyGuru readers. When she’s not writing, she’s usually baking up a storm or checking out a new cafe in town.