Hwa Chong Institution Singapore

Guide To Know About the Hwa Chong Institution

Hwa Chong Institution is an 89-year-old top independent school, one of Singapore’s best schools, offering secondary (junior high) to senior high school education. The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College were once two independent but related schools, but the Institution gets formed by a merger on January 1, 2005. They provide a seamless Integrated Program for students who skip the GCE ‘O’ Levels Examinations and sit for the GCE ‘A’ Levels Examinations following a six-year program. In Singapore, the school boasts the best admittance rate to Oxford and Cambridge. The HWA CHONG INSTITUTION has the most President’s Scholarship recipients.

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HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (HCI) is a private secondary school in Bukit Timah, Singapore, that offers secondary and pre-university education to both boys and girls.

High School Section

The Chinese High School was founded on March 21, 1919, by benefactor Tan Kah Kee and was the first high school in Southeast Asia to cater to distinct Chinese dialect groups.

It gets now recognized as one of the best educational institutes in the region for high achievers and brilliant students. Its reputation as a top school stems from the students’ academic achievements and from their desire to excel in other areas such as leadership, sports and games, extracurricular activities, science research, and community service. The Chinese High School has always been a top choice for the best and brightest students. Every year, the top 3% of the national PSLE cohort and the top 1% of the Gifted Education Programme enroll.

It included not only Singaporean high achievers but also Malaysian and Chinese students. Following the merger, the Chinese High School is currently the High School Section of Hwa Chong Institution.

College Section

The college division, formerly known as Hwa Chong Junior College, was established in 1974 as a different pre-university institution on the Bukit Timah Road campus of The Chinese High School, but under the same management board as the latter. The college is committed to offering a complete education to students more than three decades later.

In 2004, Hwa Chong Junior College became Singapore’s first autonomous junior college. The college has been placed first for the past four years in the Ministry of Education’s Junior College Ranking Exercise based on the university points system.


From Secondary 1 to JC2, the school provides a 6-year Integrated Program that allows students to skip the GCE ‘O’ Levels and take GCE ‘A’ Levels at the end of their six years. It helps pupils devote more time to educational pursuits that will benefit them immensely. They provide students to spend one of the last weeks of each term participating in programs of their choice, such as music composition, camps, and field excursions abroad.

Student pursues undergraduate studies at universities after completing their ‘A’ levels, with 10-15% of each cohort attending prestigious international universities. The school has also continuously been regarded among Singapore’s best, producing 49 President’s Scholars to date, the most of any junior college in Singapore. Students often receive outstanding scholarships from a variety of government and private organizations.

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