Why choose us?
At Rainbow Centre, each person is celebrated for their uniqueness. Everyone, regardless of ability, deserves an equal opportunity to quality services so that they can be empowered and thriving in inclusive communities.
Since our inception more than 30 years ago, we have continually evolved to stay current in knowledge and practices, to offer opportunities and services that will benefit our students and their families. We’re constantly evaluating the needs of those whom we serve, and looking for possibilities beyond the immediate horizon, when crafting services and activities to meet the changing needs across our students’ life stages.
Our facilities provide a safe space for students to learn, explore and build friendships. These include specialised intervention rooms, Activities for Daily Living (ADL) rooms, running tracks, vocational training facilities and computer rooms.
FOR CHILDREN UP TO 6 YEARS OLD
Early Intervention Programme Enrolment
The Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (EIP) serves children aged 6 years and below, who have been diagnosed with mild to severe developmental, intellectual, sensory or physical disabilities, or a combination of disabilities. Applicants should be recommended for EIP by a doctor from the Child Development Unit (CDU) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), National University Hospital (NUH) or Singapore General Hospital (SGH), or a private paediatrician.
The programme serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, chromosomal and rare disorders, as well as other developmental disabilities.
All applications to the programme are made via SG Enable, the central referral agency for all Early Intervention Programmes in Singapore. A monthly Parents Information Meeting (PIM) is held at each EIP centre to provide parents with information on the programme and application procedures. Necessary documents to be completed for application are also given out at the meeting. The dates of each meeting will be provided to parents upon referral by SG Enable to Rainbow Centre.
- More on RC’s Early Intervention Programme
- Apply for admission via SG Enable (SingPass login required)
- SG Enable – Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children
- KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Developmental Milestones
To find out more about our programme and the application process, you may contact our Student Relations and Operations Manager.
Special Education Programme Enrolment
Rainbow Centre schools operate from three campuses and through a centralised admissions process.
- Margaret Drive School (For children with ASD and multiple disabilities)
- Yishun Park School (For children with ASD and multiple disabilities)
- Yishun Park School (Woodlands)* (For children with ASD)
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.
*YPS (Woodlands) currently operates from its interim site at 11 Marsiling Lane, Singapore 739148. It will subsequently move to its purpose-built campus at Admiralty Link from 2022.
Rainbow Centre schools serve children and youths between 7-18 years old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or multiple disabilities.
- Priority is given to Singapore Citizens at all phases of admission.
- In addition, during Phase 1, Singapore Citizens who are students of the Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (RCEIP) are given priority.
- Children who are Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and International Students (IS) will be considered for admission in Phase 3.
- SPR will be given priority over IS.
- SPR and IS students of the Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme (RCEIP) will be given priority over SPR and IS applicants who are not.
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.
Junior 1 Admissions (For children turning 7 years old the following year)
Applications for enrolment in the following year begin on 1 February. Applications must be received by Rainbow Centre by 15 September for the child to start school in the first week of January the following year. Applications received after 15 September will be processed to start school after the first week of January.
Admissions Offer Process
|Admissions Offer Phase||Singapore Citizens (SC)||Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and International Students (IS)|
|1||Application period: 1 Feb – 15 Jun
Applications received after 15 Jun go into Phase 2
|2||Applications period: 16 Jun – 15 Sep
Applications received after 15 Sep go into Rolling Admissions
|3||Applications period: 1 Feb – 15 Sep
Applications received after 15 Sep go into Rolling Admissions
|Rolling Admissions||Admissions offer from Nov, to start school after the first week of Jan of the following year.||Admissions offer from Nov, to start school after the first week of Jan of the following year.|
Admissions for all levels except Junior 1
Admissions for students applying for places in levels beyond Junior 1 (ie, 8-17 years old) are ongoing, as per the process above.
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted through MOE’s Common SPED School Application Form with the relevant supporting documents. Applications across various SPED schools are processed centrally.
- Download application form from: https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/application-to-sped-schools
- Send the application form and supporting documents to:
Reception, Level 1
Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive Campus
501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306.
Application submission and enquiries can be made from Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 5pm (excluding public holidays). Application outcomes are released according to the admission phase for which the child qualifies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Rainbow Centre campuses?
Margaret Drive Campus
501 Margaret Drive
EIP and SPED
Yishun Park Campus
15 Yishun Street 61
11 Marsiling Lane
*From 2022, the campus will relocate to a permanent site at Admiralty Link.
How will my child be allocated among the campuses?
- Suitability and outcome of the admission assessment
- Applicant’s residential address and its relation to the catchment areas of the three campuses
- Availability of places in each campus
In addition, please note that the Margaret Drive and the Yishun Park campuses serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or multiple disabilities.
The Woodlands campus serves only students with ASD. From 2018-2021, it will serve students from 7-14 years old. It will serve students up to 18 years old after moving to its permanent site in 2022.
What are the criteria for admission?
- 6 years old or younger
- A Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Diagnosed with mild to severe developmental, intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities or a combination of disabilities.
- Recommended for EIP by a doctor from the Child Development Unit (CDU) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), National University Hospital (NUH) or Singapore General Hospital (SGH), or a private paediatrician.
Applicants to SPED should:
- Have moderate to severe disabilities who require moderate to high learning support.
- 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
What are the basic school fees?
For SPED: The basic fees are $250 per month for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and $60 per month for students with Multiple Disabilities (MD).
Financial assistance is available for eligible students.
Please note that goods and services tax (GST) is applicable on the fees and all GST collected is paid to the government in accordance with Singapore’s tax laws.