Primary education lays the foundation fora child’s academic path and hence many parents in Singapore find the selection of a primary school for their child a very stressful experience. For many parents in Singapore, academic achievement is still an important marker of success. As there isn’t any official ranking (understandably so), parents are left looking for other indicators of a school’s success.
At theAsianparent.com, we’ve taken a look at the MOE awards that primary schools have received to give you an indicator of the school’s success. This ranking is not an official one nor should it be the sole basis of your primary school selection. After all, all schools are good schools and academic achievement and awards are not everything.
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Overview of Primary School Awards
Overview of the types of awards accredited to schools in Singapore.
- Level One Awards are given to schools to affirm their achievements in certain domains in at least a single year.
- Level Two Awards recognise schools for their sustained excellence in specific areas.
- The Special Awards recognise schools’ holistic efforts in establishing outstanding education processes and obtaining excellent outcomes.
School Excellence Award (SEA)
The SEA is the highest and most prestigious award and serves as a mark of distinction for schools that have sustained achievements in a wide spectrum of student development processes.
School Distinction Award (SDA)
The SDA recognises high-achieving schools with exemplary school processes and practices. It is the second highest award conferred to schools.
Level Two Awards
Sustained Achievement Award (SAA)
The SAA recognises schools’ ability in sustaining good outcomes over a number of years, in 3 areas: Aesthetics, Sports and Physical Health. Schools need to achieve an Achievement Award in the same category over 3 consecutive years before they are awarded the SAA.
Development Award (DA) and Outstanding Development Award (ODA) for Character Development
The DA and ODA recognizes schools that have put in place systems and processes for the effective development of students’ character.
DA and ODA for National Education
The National Education Awards recognise schools for their national education efforts. From the winners of the Outstanding Development Award for National Education, a maximum of 2 award recipients, one for the Primary School category and another for the Secondary School/Junior College/Centralised Institute category, will be selected for the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) National Education (NE) Award. Introduced in 2002, this award is the pinnacle of the National Education Awards.
Best Practice Award (BPA)
The Best Practice Award (BPA) recognizes schools for their effective practices and systems that lead to good education outcomes. There are 4 categories for the BPA: Organisational Effectiveness, Student All-Round Development, Staff Well-Being, and Teaching and Learning.
As of now, only 21 primary schools in Singapore have attained at least one Special Award. Without a doubt, these are the crème de la crème of primary schools in Singapore.