Navigating the Primary One Registration Process in Singapore

It’s that time of year again. Primary school registration will soon begin, and if you have a little one born between 2 January 2018 and 1 January 2019 (both dates inclusive), it’s time to start thinking about primary school placement—if you have yet to do so, that is.

In Singapore, choosing where your little one will begin his formal education has become a hot topic among many parents. Which school is he going to? Do you stay near the school? Did you have to ballot? These are just some of the questions that have peppered many a conversation once friends or family, or sometimes even strangers, know that you have a kid attending Primary one next year! Everyone’s just as curious and maybe even a little excited. And as the date draws nearer and the anticipation builds, what can you expect from the Primary One registration process?

Choosing a School

By now, you’ve probably narrowed down your choices. When picking a primary school, consider whether the school can meet your child’s learning needs and interests. Of course, something closer to home works better for everyone!

Check out SchoolFinder to find the schools near your home and their programmes.

To Register

Parents of Singapore Citizen (SC) and Permanent Resident (PR) children can register through the P1 Registration Portal. You’ll need to log into the portal with your Singpass to register during your child’s eligible phase registration period. So, ensure you have a valid Singpass with 2-factor authentication.

Phase 1: 2 July 2024, 9am

For a child who has a sibling currently enrolled in the primary school.

Registration Dates

From: 9am on Tuesday, 2 July 2024

To: 4.30pm on Thursday, 4 July 2024

Results

Wednesday, 10 July 2024

Phase 2A: 11 July 2024, 9am

For a child:

  • Whose parent or sibling is a former student of the primary school, including those who have joined the alumni association of the primary school as a member.
  • Whose parent is a member of the School Advisory or Management Committee.
  • Whose parent is a staff member of the primary school.
  • From the MOE Kindergarten under the purview of and located within the primary school.

 

Registration Dates

From: 9am on Thursday, 11 July 2024

To: 4.30pm on Friday, 12 July 2024

Results

Friday, 19 July 2024

Phase 2B: 22 July 2024, 9am

 For a child:

  • Whose parent has joined the primary school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July of the year before the P1 registration and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June of the year of the P1 registration.
  • Whose parent is a member endorsed by the church or clan directly connected with the primary school.
  • Whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader.

 

Registration Dates

From: 9am on Monday, 22 July 2024

To: 4.30pm on Tuesday, 23 July 2024

Results

Friday, 29 July 2024

Phase 2C: 30 July 2024, 9am

For a child who is not yet registered in a primary school.

Registration Dates

From: 9am on Tuesday, 30 July 2024

To: 4.30pm on Thursday, 1 August 2024

Results

Tuesday, 13 August 2024

Phase 2C Supplementary: 15 August 2024, 9am

For a child who is not yet registered in a primary school after Phase 2C.

Registration Dates

From: 9am on Thursday, 15 August 2024

To: 4.30pm on Friday, 16 August 2024

Results

Tuesday, 27 August 2024

Some Things to Keep in Mind

Distance Affects Priority Admission

Keep in mind that priority is given to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who live closer to the preferred school when balloting. 

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.

Check here to see which schools are within 2km of your home.

 

Home-School Distance (HSD) Category

The official residential address of the parents, as reflected on the NRICs, will be used to determine the Home-School Distance (HSD) category, where it is required for consideration of priority admission. Should your child gain priority admission through the distance category, he must reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the start of the P1 Registration Exercise, which is 2 July 2024 for the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise.

In cases where the 30-month stay requirement is not met, MOE has and will transfer the child to another school with vacancies.

 

Stay Updated

Finding out if your preferred school is still available or wondering if you need to ballot for a place? Keep informed on the latest updates for school vacancies and balloting information here.

 

Source: Ministry of Education