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Rainbow Centre schools offer an education that goes beyond the disabilities of the students we serve. We respect the intrinsic and unique worth of every individual, and we believe that all children can learn, so we ask not whether someone can do something, but how they can do it.

Our aim is to nurture our students into adults who are able to live independently, grow continuously, and live in community interdependently.


The Special Education (SPED) programme features an outcomes-based functional curriculum, facilitated by a teaching team and supported by a multidisciplinary therapy team.

The curriculum is 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 areas:

  • Daily Living
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Language and Communication
  • Numeracy
  • 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.

Co-curricular Activities

We offer activities at varying levels of involvement and complexity, to give our students exposure 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.

The activities include:


  • Student leadership programme
  • Overseas student exchange programme


  • iBounce & Gym
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Adapted soccer
  • Swimming
  • Inline-skating
  • Community sports


  • Dance
  • Sensory arts
  • Drama
  • Visual arts
  • Clay
  • Music and movement
  • Handbells
  • Batik painting


  • WeDo 2.0
  • Mindstorm EV3

Beyond the Classroom

At RC, we understand that learning goes beyond the classroom and even beyond our students.

That’s why we also invest in:

  • Family Life Services where social workers provide person-centred care planning and capability building for those involved in supporting persons with disabilities, and advocating for as well as building more inclusive communities.
  • A Family Empowerment Programme, a strengths-based, family-driven crisis-stabilisation programme that equips parents/caregivers with the knowledge and skills to manage unresolved challenging behaviours, as well as possible future behaviours which could arise. Caregivers are also made aware of resources and support available in the community.
  • A Student Care Centre for before- and after-school care for students with special needs between 7 and 18 years.

Aside from these programmes, we invest in helping our older 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. RC also matches the families to existing resources as well as partners with the community, so that they are able to access resources that they need.


Centralised Admissions

Rainbow Centre schools operate from three campuses and admit students 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)
  • Admiral Hill School (For children with ASD)

A place in one of the Rainbow Centre schools will be offered to eligible applicants based on:

  1. admissions assessment
  2. residential address of the applicant in relation to the catchment area of the campuses
  3. availability of places in each of the campuses.

*Admiral Hill School currently operates from its interim site at 11 Marsiling Lane, Singapore 739148. It will subsequently move to its purpose-built campus at Admiralty Lane 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 under Rolling Admissions.
  • 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 born in 2015)

Applications for enrolment in the following year begin on 1 February. Applications must be received by Rainbow Centre by 30 September for the child to start school in the first week of January the following year. Applications received after 30 September will be processed to start school after the first week of January.

Admissions Offer Process
Admissions Offer Phase Applicable For Timeline

Singapore Citizens

Students of the Rainbow Centre Early Intervention Programme are given priority

Application period: 1 Feb – 15 Jun
Applications received after 15 Jun go into Phase 2

Admissions offer:
Results on 31 July

Assessment appointment:
Given between 2-6 weeks upon receipt of complete application

School starts:
First week of January

2 Singapore Citizens

Applications period: 15 Jun – 30 Sep
Applications received after 30 Sep go into Rolling Admissions

Admissions offer:
Results on 31 Oct

Assessment appointment:
Given between 2-6 weeks upon receipt of complete application

School starts:
First week of January

Rolling Admissions

Singapore Citizens

Singapore Permanent Residents

International Students

Applications period: After 30 Sep

Admissions offer:
Results on 15 Nov or 2 weeks after assessment, whichever is later

Assessment appointment:
Given between 4-8 weeks upon receipt of complete application

School starts:
First week of February or later

Admissions for children born before 2015

Application is accepted under Rolling Admissions. Enrolment will be advised based on availability of vacancies.

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.

  1. Download application form here.
  2. Send the application form and supporting documents to:
    Central Admissions
    Rainbow Centre
    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. Read more about the application process here.


For enquiries, please email school.admission@rainbowcentre.org.sg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Rainbow Centre SPED campuses?

Rainbow Centre operates from three campuses:

Margaret Drive Campus
501 Margaret Drive
Singapore 149306
Tel: (65) 6472 7077
Email: rcmds@rainbowcentre.org.sg

Yishun Park Campus
15 Yishun Street 61
Singapore 768548
Tel: (65) 6482 2592
Email: rcyps@rainbowcentre.org.sg

Woodlands campus*
11 Marsiling Lane
Singapore 739148
Tel: (65) 6817 9300
Email: rcwoodlands@rainbowcentre.org.sg
*From 2022, the campus will relocate to a permanent site at Admiralty Link.

How will my child be allocated among the campuses?

Each eligible applicant will be offered a place in one of the campuses based on:

  • 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

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?

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 is the basic fee for the RC Schools?

We welcome and support the move (announcement made by MOE on 8 November 2019) to make school fees more affordable for the families we serve. We will reduce our fees from January 2020. The basic fees will be reduced from $250 to $170 for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will continue to provide the same programmes and level of service to our students, and look forward to working with MOE and NCSS, as well as other partners and donors, to do so.

The basic fees remain at 60 per month for students with Multiple Disabilities (MD).

Financial assistance is available for eligible students.

Goods and services tax (GST) is absorbed by the Ministry of Education.

Will transport be provided?

Rainbow Centre works with bus vendors to offer transport for those residing within the respective catchment areas of the campus that applicants are posted to. Parents should liaise with the vendors to make arrangements and payment for transport to and from school.

Where can I find the admission agreement?

For parents whose children are new to Rainbow Centre, the admission agreement will be handed to you upon admission and explained in person. 

The admission agreement is also available here. Updates to the agreement, if any, will be reflected in this copy. To view the online copy, please obtain the log-in password from the school administration team.

For queries not addressed in this FAQ, please email school.admission@rainbowcentre.org.sg