- Apply to Primary 5 or 6 so that they have time to adapt to local school system while learning English and Chinese. I find that students who came later than primary 6 had a hard time picking up Chinese because level of English here is very high.
- They will go through AEIS. As such, they may be posted to schools that are not top 10. You can increase the chance by choosing a guardian who has an address close to top school. However, it’s okay if they aren’t getting into any top school. Students can be transferred after 1 or 2 years.
- After 1-2 years, request for a transfer to Secondary 1 in the top school through direct school admission (DSA) or PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) – a standardized national exam at the end of primary 6. Students will be posted to schools based on this result. For DSA, students with special talents in sports, culture or academics will have a chance to bypass PSLE and get into school directly if they find the student suits their needs.
- After secondary 4, students will take GCE ‘O’ level and get placed for junior colleges or International Baccalaureate (IB) schools.
- Finish up IB/’A’ Level examination and apply for schools in the US. They will be exposed to education that emphasizes more on thinking out of the box and creativity. At the same, they have a solid foundation from Singapore high schools. Furthermore, they are discipline and less prone to temptations in the western cultures such as alcohol and drugs.