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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

Our Location

APSN Katong School

School Information

Phone +65 6445 8027
Fax +65 6445 6313
Principal Mdm Ng Puey Koon
Address 900 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467354
School Hours Secondary Mon-Tues: 7.45am – 1.00pm
Wed – Thu: 7.45am -12.30pm
Fri: 7.45am – 11.30am
Primary Mon – Tue: 12.30pm – 5.15pm
Wed – Thu: 12.30pm – 5.00pm
Fri: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
School Fees $20/month (For Singaporeans/PR)
$20/month (For International Students for first 2 years)
*$4,080/month (For International Students after 2 years)

To order school uniform online, please click on the link below:

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Updated School Term:

Mid-Year Holidays: 5 May (Tues) to 1 June (Monday)
Term 3: 2 June (Tues) to 6 September (Sun)
Mid-Term 3 Break: 20 July (Mon) to 26 July (Sun)
September Holidays: 7 Sep (Mon) to 13 Sep (Sun)

Resource Packages for Parents:

Holiday Resource Package for Families
Back to School Resource for Families

Parents’ Orientation:

Welcome to Katong School
Preparing your Child for KS

2020 FamilyMatters@School
2020 Public Talk and Family Matters@School

The Public Talk is organised for parents who wish to know more about APSN – Katong School for students, 7 to 16years old with Mild Intellectual Disability. The talk will provide an overview of APSN, APSN’s educational pathway, the School’s key curriculum programme, admission criteria and application process.

The schedule for 2020 Public Talks is as follows:

  • Due to COVID-19 Circuit Breaker, all Public Talks and Student Admissions are on hold. You may still send in your application via email, and we will contact you.

To register for the Public Talks, please email Amizah Binte Othman  with your name, contact number and number of people attending.

For admissions, please email application form to Amizah Binte Othman and Chang Wei Ling 

Katong School will consider the applications from applicants aged 6-16 years (as at 1 Jan of year of admission) who fit the school’s disability profile based on professional diagnosis and assessed needs as well as those referred by MAAP.

For further enquiries, please call 6445-8027.

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Our Stars

Our Learning Domains

In alignment with MOE-SEB SPED curriculum framework, APSN Katong School’s Learning Domains covers the key areas of Academic, Daily Living, Physical Education and Sports, Social-Emotional, The Arts, and Vocational Education. With Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) as the foundation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an enabler for teaching and learning, APSN Katong School aims to provide every student with a holistic, meaningful and purposeful journey during their time with us.

Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

ICT as an Enabler

Learning Domains

Functional Academics

In APSN Katong School, the functional academics curriculum consist of the three key areas of Functional Literacy, Functional Numeracy and Science. The three key areas aims to develop students’ competencies in the following areas through various pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies.

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Through Reading Mastery (RM), Shared Book Approach (SBA), Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA), students are equipped with the necessary skills to become Avid Readers, Confident Communicators and Expressive Writers.

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Functional Numeracy curriculum adopts the RICH approach to make learning math concepts Relevant, Interesting, Collaborative and Holistic. Through approaches such as Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) and Improving Confidence and Achievement in Numeracy (ICAN), students are equipped to be Problem Solvers and Logical Thinkers who can meaningful make Meaningful Connections in their daily experiences.

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The Science curriculum offered to students from Primary 4 to Secondary 2 aims to provide the opportunity for students to understand more about the world around them. Through inquiry-based approach, students are provided experiences to become Explorers with Flexibility to Respond to and understand the environment.

Daily Living

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Daily Living curriculum in Katong School focuses on equipping students with essential skills such as food preparation, personal hygiene and grooming, independent travelling, and accessing community facilities to ensure our students can have access to participate in Independent living with Quality of Life.

Adapted PE and CCA

Through Physical Education (PE) and Co-Curricular Activities (CCA), students in APSN Katong School are given the opportunity to develop a foundation towards a Healthy and Active lifestyle with Resilience. Throughout their learning journey with us, students participate in various activities ranging from sports & games, uniform groups, and performing and visual arts.


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To nurture the talent of every child, APSN Katong School provides a vibrant aesthetics programmes, Visual Arts (VA) and Performing Arts (PA). Through these initiatives students have the opportunity to not only express themselves, but to be able to participate in Community Inclusion through the Talents.

Social Emotional

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Social Emotional is a key aspect of our students’ development to ensure they are Socially Competent Self-Regulators. Through role-playing, perspective taking and explicit teaching of coping skills, students have meaningful activities to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage their well-being, relationships and integration into the community.

Vocational Education

Work ready, Active Contributors

Transition Programme (TP)

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As we prepare students for transition to post-secondary vocational training and employment opportunities, TP plays a key role in engaging and collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure students are well-equipped and prepared as they head towards the next chapter of their learning journey. The key feature of transition planning in Katong School is giving students a voice in decision-making in collaboration with key stakeholders such as parents, teachers, and allied professionals.

Our Achievements

Artiste Inc. (Primary Dance)


Event: Rhythm @ Bedok Town Square, 16 March 2019 at Bedok Town Square
Katong School Artiste Inc CCA had the privilege to be invited to perform for this occasion. Putting their hip hop dance moves on show, students put up an entertaining and memorising performance.

Athletics (Primary & Secondary)


Event: Haw Par National Youth Athletics Championships 2019
A total of 17 Katong athletes took part in the various events; 60m dash, 100m run, 400m run, 4 x 100m relay, 1500m run, and shot put 2kg and 5kg. The months of training and hard work proved fruitful as our athletes brought back 16 medals in total. They embodied the values of resilience and true sportsmanship as they tried their best in every event and accepted every result with poise and dignity.

Circus Arts (Secondary Performing Troupe)


Event: EXTRA.Ordinary Inclusive Concert
Circus Extravaganza is a circus arts performance that infuses various circus-related acts, ranging from the Chinese diablo, LED staff & poi, plate-spinning to balancing acts. It is a collaborative effort between Yumin Primary School & APSN Katong School, where students from both schools interact and work together to put up a spectacular display of coordinated circus arts. Through several combined rehearsals, the students work together as a team, establishing friendships and building rapport with one another, to put up this captivating performance.

Soccer (Secondary)


Event: Play Inclusive 2019
Katong School participated in the Play Inclusive games on 24th August 2019. Play Inclusive is Singapore’s biggest unified competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities and mainstream partners. It aims to promote social inclusion through shared sport and competition experiences. Katong School has paired up with Anglican High to form 5 Unified football team. Our athletes did well for the games, clinched 1st and 2nd position for the Under-15 male category, 1st position for under-15 mixed category, 2nd and 5th position for 16-and-above category.

Swimming (Primary and Secondary)


Event: SDSC Haw Par Swimming Competition
5 students took part and bagged two gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals. The team also won the prize for the most participants in the competition.

Our Journeys, Our Stories

Melvin Kwek – Sec 3/4 (15 years old, 2020)


Melvin joined APSN Katong School when he was nine years old as a shy and withdrawn child. He had difficulties expressing himself and it hindered his learning. Through therapy sessions with the school’s Speech Therapist, as well as the functional curriculum set in place, Melvin made significant progress over the years. His confidence grew as he improved in his speech. He is now able to articulate and convey his thoughts clearly. He is more sociable and is well-liked by his peers. He developed a keen interest in technology and took up robotics CCA. His resilience to overcome his struggles was evident in his determination to learn and equip himself with new skills. Melvin represented the school in the 2019 First Lego League Challenge and his team clinched the ‘Overcoming Adversity’ Award.

Muhammad Hafazha – Sec 2/4 (14 years old, 2020)


The school’s curriculum and student leadership development opportunities contributed significantly to Hafazha’s development. In spite of his initial struggles in transiting from the mainstream school to APSN Katong School, Hafazha leveraged on all learning opportunities to uplift himself. He made remarkable progress, especially in the area of Vocational Education (Voc Ed). The diverse exposure from the Voc Ed curriculum has sparked Hafazha’s keen interest not only in learning new skills, but also in guiding his peers who needed more support. Character and Citizen Education in the curriculum has also inculcated a good sense of responsibility and directed him to always extend a helping hand to others. As an Assistant Head Prefect, Hafazha is held in high regard by his peers and he leads the school daily in reciting the national pledge. Hafazha is looking forward to new learning as he gears towards post-secondary education and work-related opportunities.

Alisha Hadirah – P6/3 (12 years old, 2020)


The true essence of learning takes place when one is able to transfer and apply learning beyond the walls of the classroom. A keen learner, Alisha has shown at the age of 12, the capability and competence in applying her learning and skills attained in school back at home. Besides helping out with household chores, Alisha also guides her two younger siblings in developing their daily living skills. The functional curriculum and programmes in school have provided Alisha with the platform to pick up daily living skills and to meaningfully apply them at home. Being a good role model for her two younger siblings and exemplifying school values as one of the Assistant Head Prefects, Alisha has shown that with commitment and resilience, students from SPED schools can play an important role in the community and society.

Our G.E.M.S

Allied Professionals (APs)

APs comprise occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, and speech language therapists. APs provide individual and group therapy services to students to enhance the participation and learning in school. Aside from individualised and group sessions, APs have programmes that addresses the specific needs of the students. The following programmes are in place to enhance cognitive, physical, emotional and daily living skills for students:

  • Transition Programme
  • “I Can Just Feel Right” – The Alert Programme
  • P1 School Readiness Programme
  • Social Skills Programme
  • Buddy- In Programme
  • Higher Order Language Skills Programme

Our Achievements

Listening Educator for Advancement and Progress (LEAP) Award

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2020 – Mrs Joanne Pinto

2018 – Mrs Stella Ho

2017 – Ms Sharmala Sangar

MOE-NCSS Outstanding SPED Teacher Award (OSTA)

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2020 – Ms Nur Suhaidah
2016 – Ms Tay Wan Ting
2012 – Mrs Lynette Yeo
2011 – Mdm Choo Pee Ling

MOE-NCSS Innovation Award (IA)

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2020 – Sensory Experiences for Students in APSN Katong School

Our Journeys, Our Stories

Outstanding SPED Teacher Award 2020 – Ms Nur Suhaidah Binte Yusup

Ms Nur Suhaidah was awarded the prestigious Outstanding SPED Teacher Award (OSTA) 2020 (Commendation). As a dedicated teacher, she not only goes the extra mile for her students but creates a strong collaborative partnership with key stakeholders such as parents and caregivers. Ms Suhaidah strongly believes that her role as a teacher is not confined with the four walls of the classrooms, and her dedication has seen her remove barriers to help students achieve their dreams and goals. As she strongly believes, “Every student has the potential to do great things in life, and all it takes is for someone to believe in them.”

From Volunteer to Staff – Mrs Lynette Ee

Starting off as a volunteer in APSN Katong School, Mrs Lynette Ee shared a close bond with the students she was supporting. With the meaningful programmes in place for students, providing them a holistic experience, Mrs Ee made the decision to join us as a staff and she never looked back. As a teacher aide, she continues working closely with students and finds joy in being able to bring a smile to their faces, especially when they succeed in their goals and dreams.

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Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) sets the foundation for Special Education (SPED). At APSN Katong School, CCE aims to develop students as S.T.A.R.S and be equipped with the R3ICH values, namely Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony. The key to CCE is to build knowledge, develop the right attitude and for students to apply the skills learnt in their daily lives. Moral development is done through application of self-awareness, personal and social responsible acts. At the highest level, students should be able to provide sound reasoning to morally acceptable acts. Leveraging the 4 National Education Commemorative Days, national identity will be highlighted through the application of skills and knowledge.

CCE is embedded across all learning domains in Katong School. During assembly talks, school values and national identity are emphasised through explicit teaching. Students also have opportunities to put values in action as they contribute to the school, home or the community. Having CCE as the building blocks, students are given opportunities to explore their leadership skills in class, CCA or as a prefect serving the whole school. The leaders are developed through a structured process, which includes identification, selection and training.

ICT plays a key role as an enabler for Special Education (SPED). In Katong School, ICT aims to provide the platform and serve as a driver to transform teaching and learning. ICT in Katong School aims to achieve the following key areas:

i. To develop and promote independence through the use of assistive technology;
ii. ICT enabled lessons to maximise students’ engagement and learning;
iii. Equipping students with digital literacy skills for active participation in the community and employment opportunities;
iv. To prepare students as they transit to post-secondary vocational training.

As we gear towards a SMART Nation, Katong School will equip students to not only be a valued member in society, but enable them to be independent learners for lifelong learning.

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