Singapore’s education system is renowned globally for its rigorous academic standards, holistic development approach, and emphasis on equipping students with the skills needed for the future.

At the heart of this education system, secondary school plays an important role in shaping the future of the next generation of leaders, innovators, and thinkers.

Several secondary schools are noteworthy for their exceptional contributions to education and student development.

Based on the Primary School Leaving Examination AL score range in 2022, here’s a look at the best secondary schools in Singapore for the year 2023.

2023 Secondary School Ranking

More Insights on Some of the Best Secondary Schools in Singapore

Raffles Institution (Secondary)

One of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country, Raffles Institution (RI) has played a significant role in shaping Singapore’s educational landscape. RI provides education from secondary school and culminates in the Raffles Programme which is the institution’s pre-university curriculum.

While academic excellence is the primary focus, RI also emphasises holistic education – character development, leadership skills, and offers a wide range of co-curricular activities such as sports, arts, and community service.

Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)

A counterpart to Raffles Institution, RGS is one of the most prominent and well-respected all-female secondary schools in Singapore. Known for its strong academic programs, rich history, and devoted faculty, RGS has consistently ranked highly as a top choice for many students and parents.

With a long history of academic excellence, RGS students have been obtaining consistently high scores in national and international examinations. RGS also places great emphasis on a well-rounded education, encompassing character development, leadership qualities, and a sense of social responsibility.

Nanyang Girls’ High School

Established in 1917, Nanyang Girls High School (NYGH) is an independent secondary educational institution catering exclusively to female students. Their long history of academic success is a result of the school’s rigorous academic curriculum, dedicated instructors, and conducive learning environment.

In addition to providing a holistic and values-based education, NYGH strongly emphasises empowering young women to unlock their potential and contribute positively to society. The school seeks to develop the student’s self-confidence, independence and leadership skills.

Hwa Chong Institution

With a history dating back to 1919, Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) is well-regarded for its academic excellence and comprehensive programs. The school provides both secondary and pre-university education and is known for its challenging programmes – IP and Hwa Chong Diploma.

Along with its vision to provide holistic development, HCI is involved in research and innovation, particularly in the fields of science and technology. Since then, their students have been recognised for their achievements in various research competitions.

Methodist Girls School (Secondary)

Ranked amongst the top in the IP Secondary School Ranking, MGS is a highly regarded secondary school known for its strong academic programs, holistic education approach, and emphasis on character development. The school aims to nurture well-rounded individuals who excel academically, morally, and socially.

In addition of the O-Level programme, the school offers the Integrated Programme (IP), a six-year program leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) that allows students to seamlessly transition from secondary to pre-university education without taking the GCE O-Level examinations.

CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (IP)

CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ is an all-female catholic school highly regarded for its commitment to academic excellence, holistic development, and values-based education. Also known as SNGS, the school has fostered generations of accomplished young women who are rooted in moral principles and motivated by a sense of mission.

SNGS offer a range of enriching and authentic learning experiences for the well-established GCE ‘O’ Level Programme and the Integrated Programme. The curriculum they offer is designed to support the development of each child, ensuring that they can reach their maximum potential.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), also known as ACS, has earned its reputation as a top educational school due to its rich history of nurturing young minds who grow up to become notable global citizens.

Beyond academics, ACS (Independent) is renowned for its values-based curriculum, which emphasises character development, ethics, and moral values via co-curricular activities, leadership roles, and community service.

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