Rainbow Centre special education schools nurture children and youth with disabilities (aged 7-18) into adults who enjoy learning, strive for independence, and develop strong ties to their communities. Our outcomes-based functional curriculum enables them to build a Good Life, where they are safe, healthy, connected, engaged, independent, included, and heard.
RC schools follow the MOE school schedule for primary and secondary schools. We offer a robust curriculum designed to meet students’ changing learning needs at different life stages:
- Junior Programme (7-10 years old)
- Middle Programme (11-14 years old)
- Senior Programme (15-18 years old)
Learning goals are focused on these 6 domains:
- Daily Living
- Social Emotional Learning
- Language and Communication
- Physical Development
- Vocational Development
Each student gets an Individualised Education Plan – a customised learning roadmap. Integrating co-curricular activities, therapy services, the use of technology and character and citizenship education, our students experience a well-rounded education experience.
We also offer Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and In-Curricula Enrichment (ICE) to expose our students to numerous leisure options and interest groups, including student leadership, sports, the arts and information and communications technology. These enable our students to explore and discover their interests and strengths, and teach values to guide them to become active, contributing members of society.
Good Life Planning
We enable our students to transition from school to community through early, person-centric, holistic transition planning.
This planning process, which starts when students turn 15, involves students and their families in building a shared vision to maximise the students’ independence and productivity, and enable them to lead a Good Life. RC also connects the families to existing resources as well as partners with the community, so that they are able to access resources that they need.
01 – Eligibility
Rainbow Centre schools serve children and youths between 7-18 years old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or multiple disabilities.
Applicants to SPED should:
- Have a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or multiple disabilities (MD) by a psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor, as appropriate.
- Undergo an admissions assessment to determine if they will benefit from Rainbow Centre’s programmes, and if the school can support their learning needs.
- Be evaluated on a case-by-case basis should they have significant medical conditions
A place in one of the Rainbow Centre schools will be offered to eligible applicants based on:
- Admissions assessment
- Residential address of the applicant in relation to the catchment area of the campuses
- Availability of places in each of the campuses.
Under the Compulsory Education Act, all Singapore Citizens born on or after 2 January 2012, with special education needs and eligible for entry into Primary 1 in 2019 onwards, are to enrol in and regularly attend government-funded special education schools. Parents must seek an exemption if they want to place their child outside the national school system.
02 – Admission
Rainbow Centre schools operate from three campuses and admit students through a centralised admission process.
- Margaret Drive School (For children with ASD and multiple disabilities)
- Yishun Park School (For children with ASD and multiple disabilities)
- Admiral Hill School (For children with ASD)
*Admiral Hill School will operate from its purpose-built campus at Admiralty Lane from 2023.
03 – Fees
|Programme||Fees for Singapore Citizen (SC)||Fees for Permanent Resident (PR)|
|Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)||$150||$250|
|Multiple Disabilities (MD)||$60||$60|
Financial assistance is available for eligible students.
Goods and services tax (GST) is absorbed by the Ministry of Education.
04 – Transport
Rainbow Centre works with bus vendors to offer transport for those residing within the respective catchment areas of the campuses. Parents should liaise with the vendors to make arrangements and payment for transport to and from school.