8 Independent Schools in Singapore: Which Is the Best?

Here is the full list of independent schools in Singapore.

Independent schools are secondary schools that MOE gives more freedom to set school fees and plan academic and non-academic programmes.

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) cut-off points of these secondary schools range from 6 to 17. The cut-off points are in terms of PSLE Score.

Five of these eight secondary schools are affiliated to primary schools.

Independent Schools List

  • IP means the cut-off point is for the secondary school’s Integrated Programme stream.
  • E means the cut-off point is for the secondary school’s Express stream.
  • (D) means a Distinction grade in Higher Mother Tongue Language (HMTL).
  • (M) means a Merit grade in HMTL.
  • Affiliated means the student is from the secondary school’s affiliated primary school.
Secondary School 2021 PSLE Cut-Off Point
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 7 8; 13 if affiliated
Hwa Chong Institution 7(M)
Methodist Girls’ School 7 8; 17 if affiliated
Nanyang Girls’ High School 7(D); 8(M) if affiliated
Raffles Girls’ School 6
Raffles Institution 6
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 8 8; 17 if affiliated
St. Joseph’s Institution 8 10; 12 if affiliated

What is the best independent school in Singapore?

Based on PSLE cut-off point in 2022, the top independent secondary schools in Singapore are Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls’ School.

Which planning areas of Singapore are the independent schools located in?


Raffles Institution is a secondary school in the Bishan area.

Bukit Timah

Hwa Chong Institution, Methodist Girls’ School and Nanyang Girls’ High School are secondary schools in the Bukit Timah area.

Central Area Planning Areas

Raffles Girls’ School is a secondary school in the Central Area of Singapore.


Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and St. Joseph’s Institution are secondary schools in the Novena area.


Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) is a secondary school in the Queenstown area.