No matter how much the MOE tries to tell Singaporeans that “every school is a good school”, the fact remains that many parents stop at nothing to get their kids into what they perceive as the top primary schools in Singapore.
When there are too many students trying to get into a school, the school will run a ballot, which is basically a lottery. At this point, the only thing that can give your child an edge is if you live within 2km of the school. In fact, the nearer the school, the better your odds.
That’s why parents have been known to buy homes near “good” schools years ahead of time. (Some have also lied about where they live and have even gone to jail for cheating the school this way!)
And, thanks to kiasu parents and our meritocratic culture, property prices around these schools have often reached stratospheric realms. Let’s have a look at how much it costs to buy a home near one of these coveted schools.
We’ve selected a handful of top primary schools in Singapore and checked out the prices of the nearby residential properties:
In the following sections, we’ll jump into each school and survey the property prices of residences within the 2km radius: