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Difference between Government, Autonomous, Independent & SAP schools

Difference between Government Schools, Autonomous, Independent & SAP schools

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Government Schools

Government Schools

Government schools offer high quality education such as unique electives and student development programmes at standardised fees. For secondary schools, government schools in Singapore usually offer a 4-year course (Express) or 5-year (NA/NT) leading up to the GCE O-level examination. There are a few schools that offer Integrated Programme (IP), which is a 6-year course leading up to the GCE A-level examination or the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination.

Autonomous Schools

Government Schools

Autonomous schools are still government schools and they follow the national syllabus, but offer more student development programmes that enhance your child’s learning experience and develop their talents. Naturally, the school may charge extra fees on top of the regular school fees paid by all students attending government schools.

Independent Schools

Government Schools

Independent schools can set their own fees and decide on their school curriculum and programmes.


There are even specialised independent schools (SIS), which offer specialised education for students who are talented and interested in Mathematics and Science, the Arts, Sports, and applied learning. The four specialised independent schools are:

  • NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Singapore Sports School, for Sports and Athletics.
  • School of the Arts

Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools

Government Schools

Some government and independent schools are also Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools which aim to nurture bilingual and bicultural students, focusing particularly on the Chinese language and culture.

List of Singapore Autonomous Schools (Sec)

Anderson Secondary School

Anglican High School

Bukit Panjang Government High School

Catholic High School

Cedar Girls' Secondary School

CHIJ Katong Convent

CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School

CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)

Chung Cheng High School (Main)

Commonwealth Secondary School

Crescent Girls' School

Dunman High School

Dunman Secondary School

Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

Maris Stella High School

Ngee Ann Secondary School

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)

River Valley High School

St. Anthony's Canossian Secondary School

St Margaret's Secondary School

Tanjong Katong Girls' School

Tanjong Katong Secondary School

Temasek Secondary School

Victoria School

Xinmin Secondary School

Yishun Town Secondary School

Zhonghua Secondary School

List of Singapore Independent Schools (Sec)

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Secondary)

Hwa Chong Institution (Secondary)

Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)

Nanyang Girls' High School

Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)

Raffles Institution (Secondary)

Singapore Chinese Girls' School

St. Joseph's Institution (Secondary)

List of Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools (Sec)

Anglican High School

Catholic High School

CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School

Chung Cheng High School (Main)

Dunman High School

Hwa Chong Institution

Maris Stella High School

Nan Chiau High School

Nan Hua High School

Nanyang Girls' High School

River Valley High School

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