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Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 18 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.

To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.

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Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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APSN Chaoyang School


Curriculum Framework

APSN Chaoyang School caters to children between 7 and 12 years old, with mild intellectual disability (MID), i.e. IQ range 50-70 with concurrent significant limitations in adaptive behaviour as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills.

Key Programmes Offered:

  • Integrated Programme
  • ASD Structured Programme

Integrated Programme

The majority of pupils in APSN Chaoyang School are in the Integrated Programme. The programme caters to pupils with MID, as well as pupils with ASD who have the necessary social skills to be integrated into the general population of the school. The average class size of the Integrated Programme is 1:10.

The programme covers functional academics such as Literacy, Numeracy and Science; Life Skills; and Aesthetics. More details on the curriculum coverage are provided under the specific subject domain headings.

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Structured Programme

APSN Chaoyang School’s ASD Structured Programme serves students with mild autism with higher support needs. The direction of the programme is to prepare and integrate these students to the more inclusive general Integrated Programme of the school.

This programme adopts ‘Structured Teaching’ approach in a class size of 1:4. All students in the ASD Structured Programme are offered access to the same curriculum and activities of the Integrated Programme. To cater for the specific needs of these students, the ASD Structured Programme additionally focuses on areas of social skills, play skills and communication skills development. All teachers in the programme are specifically trained to teach children with ASD. ICT resources are widely used to enhance teaching and learning for these students.

APSN Chaoyang School implements systematic approaches – Integration and Transition Programme – to prepare the students in the ASD Structured Programme for integration and transition beyond their structured learning environment. The Integration Programme helps pupils to integrate from a structured ASD classroom into the Integrated Programme classes within APSN Chaoyang School. The Transition Programme also prepares graduands of APSN Chaoyang School to eventually make the transition to the stage of their education in APSN Tanglin School or APSN Katong School.

Key Features:

  • Warm-hearted and caring staff committed to providing holistic and quality education
  • Module-based curriculum to cater to different learning abilities of pupils
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) programme for developing social and emotional competencies
  • Pervasive use of ICT to support Teaching and Leaning in all domains
  • Strong partnership programmes with school and community partners
  • Daily 15-min physical workout to promote healthy lifestyle

Lower-primary pupils learn English through modified STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading). Pupils learn through various activities including shared reading of “big books” and the scaffolding of writing activities. To equip pupils with the foundation skills for reading, all lower-primary pupils are also taught phonics through the Reading Mastery programme.

Upper-primary pupils are taught English through the thematic approach. Component skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, are taught through themes meaningful to the pupils. Reading is continued to be emphasised for the pupils via multi-sensory, multi-media activities approach.


The overarching goal of the Numeracy curriculum is to ensure that all pupils in Chaoyang School achieve a good foundation in numeracy, and to better prepare our pupils for the future working environment by developing functional, job-related skills.

The Numeracy curriculum comprises 4 main components: Counting and Computation, Budgeting, Scheduling, and Measurement. Pupils are also taught data analysis and problem-solving skills.


APSN Chaoyang School introduced Science as a subject for the upper-primary pupils. The curriculum seeks to enable pupils to make sense of their world and to pique their curiosity. Inquiry-Based Learning is adopted as a key teaching pedagogy in order to create a learning environment that will excite and encourage pupils to find out more about the world. The themes that are taught include: Diversity, Cycles, Systems, Interactions and Energy.

Life Skills

Life Skills focuses on everyday skills that pupils need to be self-reliant: Independent Living Skills such as basic self-care, social competencies, work behaviours, and social emotional learning. These skills are essential because they provide the basis for independent living, and facilitate the transition from school to life in the “real world”.


Aesthetics is embedded into the school curriculum to improve self-expression, concentration and motor skills, and channel pupils’ energy into positive activities. It also helps to lay the foundation for the acquisition of literacy, numeracy and life skills in a lively and wholesome way.

Aesthetics is a critical part of any child’s education as the skills learnt and experiences gained while taking part in visual arts, drama, dance and music classes help to improve their abilities in different areas of their life. Different music, drama and visual arts genres also help to expose pupils to cultures across the world and enable them to be more inclusive in the larger global community.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)

APSN Chaoyang School’s Co-Curricular Activities Programme is conducted once a week and it introduces pupils to activities beyond their daily classroom routines. These activities are clustered under 3 groups: Sports, Aesthetics, and Social Enterprise. Conducted during curriculum time, the CCA Programme is offered to all pupils regardless of age or ability.

Support Services & Partnerships

Allied Professionals

The Allied Professional (AP) Department at APSN Chaoyang School is made up of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech and Language Therapists.

Besides providing individual intervention to identified pupils and families, the AP team collaborates closely with teachers to implement multi-disciplinary programmes that are infused into the school curriculum to facilitate holistic development of pupils. The AP Department also conducts parent workshops to educate parents and equip them with skills to help their children cope with changing emotional and behavioural needs, social communication patterns and motor development.

Parent Support Group

Parents are important partners for the education of students with ASD in APSN Chaoyang School. The Parent Support Group (PSG) was set up for better collaboration between school and parents. The PSG works closely with the school to provide authentic learning opportunities for all students. Parents meet up regularly for outings, workshops and gatherings.


APSN Chaoyang School’s partnership framework encompasses meaningful collaborations between school and community partners to support and enhance pupils’ holistic education and development.

Throughout the year, activities such as Educational Excursions, Learning Journeys to places of interest, Buddy Reading Programmes, Visual Art or ICT lessons, Camps and Festival Celebrations are conducted with the support of our partners, in alignment with school strategic goals to meet the social, intellectual, and emotional needs of the pupils.

School Information

Phone +65 6456 6922
Fax +65 6456 2030
Principal Mrs Angela Lee
Address 10 Ang Mo Kio Street 54
Singapore 569184

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APSN Chaoyang School Public Talk

The Public Talk caters to parents who wish to know more about APSN Chaoyang School. The talk will provide an overview of APSN, APSN’s Educational Pathways, the school’s general information, key programmes, educational curriculum, admission criteria as well as application process.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, the Public Talks are suspended till further notice. Instead, please click here for a video that the school has prepared in place of the Public Talks.

Please note that Primary 1 registrations for 2021 intake are currently open. Interested parents/guardians of child/ward who are turning 7 years of age in 2021 may submit the completed SPED School Application Form through email to . You may also submit the SPED School Application Form to our school address at 10 Ang Mo Kio Street 54 Singapore 569184.

Should you have any further enquiries specific to admission application, please contact Mr Terence Giam at 6637 9807.

For general enquiries, please contact the school at 6456 6922 and the school will try our best to address your questions. Thank you.

CYS updates


APSN Chaoyang School’s niche area is in Aesthetics.

For Visual Arts, the school has a Talent Development Programme to nurture pupils’ budding talent in Chinese and Batik Painting.

For Performing Arts, the school has two very successful performance groups: Merry Melodies and Groovies. Merry Melodies, a choir group, and CYS Groovies, a hip-hop dance troupe, are regularly invited to perform for public events at various locations including the Istana, Esplanade and MediaCorp.


Official Opening of the new APSN CYS campus at Ang Mo Kio Street 54 by President Halimah Yacob


APSN CYS athletes at the 9th Special OlympicsAPSN CYS athletes clinched 27 medals at the 9th Special Olympics Singapore National Games.


Merry Melodies performed at APSN Gala Dinner 2016.

CYS Groovies performed at:

  • APSN Gala Dinner 2016
  • Purple Parade 2016


CYS Groovies performed at Purple Parade 2015.

Merry Melodies performed at:

  • APSN Charity Golf 2015
  • APSN Gala Dinner 2015
  • ASEAN PARA Games


CYS Groovies performed at NTU Joint Dance Concert.

Merry Melodies performed at NCSS ‘Give-a-Hand’ Campaign.


CYS Groovies performed at SYF ‘Youth Got Talent’.


MOE Inaugural Masters Scholarship 2012: Mr Patrick Aw (overseas)

2008 to 2010

MOE/NCSS Outstanding Teacher Award (OSTA)

  • Mr Patrick Aw (2010)
  • Mrs Anita Suwandi (2008)
  • Ms Chui Kit May (2008)

MOE/NCSS Innovation Award 2009

  • Performing Arts Innovation Programme

MOE/NCSS Innovation Award 2008

  • I-café Innovation Project

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