In Singapore, all Primary school students aged 7-12 follow a broad-based mainstream curriculum, with some schools offering niche programs such as aesthetics and sports.
Secondary education for students aged 13-17 places students in the Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). The different curricular emphases are designed to match their learning abilities and interests.
Specialised Schools offer customised programmes for students who are inclined towards hands-on and practical learning. The Integrated Programme (IP) combines secondary with Pre-University Education without an intermediate national examination Specialised Independent Schools are for students with specific talents in areas like maths, science, arts, and sports. For students age 16-19, Junior Colleges (JC)/ Centralised Institutes prepare students for university education.
More practice-oriented Polytechnics train middle-level professionals, while the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) ensures vocational graduates have technical skills that are relevant to the industry.