4 Specialised Independent Schools in Singapore: Which to Pick?

Here is the full list of specialised independent schools in Singapore.

Specialised independent schools are secondary schools that the Ministry of Education (MOE) set aside for students who demonstrate strong ability and interest in areas like mathematics, the sciences, sports and the arts.

The four schools do not participate in the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise.

Students seeking admission to these schools, except the Singapore Sports School, must apply through the Direct School Admissions (DSA) process. Students seeking admission to the Singapore Sports School must apply directly to the school.

Secondary SchoolAbbr.Specialties
National University of Singapore (NUS) High School of Math and ScienceNUS High
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School of Science and Technology, SingaporeSST
  • Applied Aesthetics
  • Applied Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Science
  • Applied Technology
Singapore Sports SchoolSSS
  • Athletics
  • Sports
School of the Arts, SingaporeSOTA
  • Literary Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Why does the secondary school ranking not include specialised independent schools?

The schools do not have a PSLE cut-off point in 2022.

Where are the specialised independent schools in Singapore?


School of the Arts, Singapore is a secondary school in the Central Area of Singapore.


NUS High School of Math and Science and School of Science and Technology, Singapore are secondary schools in the Clementi area.


Singapore Sports School is a secondary school in the Woodlands area.