Importance of staying 1KM from Primary School in Primary 1 Registration
When there is balloting in Phase 2B or Phase 2C for a school's Primary 1 registration, priority is given to Singaporeans or Permanent Residents residing near to the school. Hence it is common for Singapore parents to purchase or rent a property in order to fulfill this mandate requirement.
Distance Affects Priority Admission in P1 Balloting
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to stay 1km from a school in order to be given priority in the P1 Registration! Without the address, fulfilling the requirements in Phase 2B is fruitless. Please note down the timeline we've consolidated below so that you do not miss the opportunity to acquire that desired home before the registration exercise which usually takes place in June/ Jul of the year prior to the year your child turns 7.
Although priority admission will be given in the below order in the event there is an oversubscription for a phase, it’s unlikely that you stand a chance to ballot in phase 2B for top schools if you are located beyond 1km from it, as most of the time, the quota is exceeded with the number of residents within 1km for that phase (and fulfilled phase 2B criteria). If you stay beyond 1km, you do not stand a chance to ballot even if you are a Singapore citizen/ Permanent Resident who had fulfilled phase 2B criteria!
Singapore Citizens living within 1km of the preferred school
Singapore Citizens living between 1km and 2km of the preferred school
Singapore Citizens living outside 2km of the preferred school
Permanent Residents living within 1km of the preferred school
Permanent Residents living between 1km and 2km of the preferred school
Permanent Residents living outside 2km of the preferred school
Not going to move near to the school, any alternatives?
Another alternative is if your parents or your child’s caregiver stay near the school and you use their address through a declaration. However, you can only make a declaration if you meet the following conditions:
Both you and your spouse are both working full-time
Your child is under the care of a caregiver
Your chances are of course still based on your distance from the school. Hence if you are not within 1km of the school, prepare yourself for the disappointment of not being able to join the ballot.
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If you are: Looking for a New Launch:
New Launches require a longer leadtime before the TOP date. If you are looking for a new home near your school, start your house search at least 4 years before your child’s registration year (the June before he/ she turns 7)!
If you are: Looking for Resale Homes:
Start your house search 1 year before your child’s registration year (the June before he/ she turns 7).
If you are: Looking to Rent:
Start your house search 6 months before your child’s registration year (the June before he/ she turns 7)
Start Your Home Search Now!
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to stay 1km within the vicinity of the desired school! Without the address, fulfilling the requirements in Phase 2B is fruitless.
Click the button below and fill up the FORM, an experienced (in both property purchases and P1 registration) parent real estate consultant from *Home N School will be assigned to assist you with your home search and will be accompanying your home search journey till the end!
Alternatively just drop an EMAIL to SeriousAboutSchool.SAS@gmail.com with your queries and we will get back to you.
*Home N School is a network of preferred partnering real estate consultants/ agents who are also experienced parents in P1 registration, family and housing matters.