Kindergartens in Singapore provide up three years of pre-school for children ages three to six. The kindergartens are run by the private sector, including community foundations, religious bodies and civic or business groups.
Primary education, normally starting at age seven, is a four-year foundation stage (Primary 1 to 4) and a two-year orientation stage (Primary 5 to 6). Primary education is compulsory under the Compulsory Act since 2003.
After six years of Primary education, students will have to sit for the national Primary School Learning Examination (PSLE). Students will then choose the secondary school of their choice based on their results at this examination.
Secondary Education places students in the Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the PSLE. Most secondary schools in Singapore offer 4-year or 5-year courses.