Founded in 1912 by Syed Mohamed bin Ahmed Alsagoff


The Alsagoff Arab School was established in 1912 upon the legacy of the last will of its founder and benefactor Syed Mohamed b Ahmed Alsagoff. Students were taught Islamic knowledge and Arabic language, as well as reading and writing in English and Malay. The institution provided education to all Muslims living in the Colony of Singapore then. At such time in Singapore’s history, only a few schools had been established and this was a rare opportunity for the Muslim community to pursuit their education.

Beginnings


For the first three decades of its existence, only boys were enrolled. In that period between the two World Wars, neither necessity nor demand was perceived for the enrolment of girls into schools.

It was only after the end of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in the 1940s that girls came to be enrolled. They were in separate schooling sessions and  in classes of their own. In the next two decades, more girls came to enrol whilst the number of male students receded.

Eventually, in the mid-sixties, it was decided that the school should only cater for girls and boys could enrol in other madrasahs. In 1966, the school was converted into an institution for girls only and has remained so since.

The 12 year programme


Today, Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah has about 300 students enrolled across its 12-year educational program. Throughout the first 10 years at the Primary and Secondary level, students build a strong foundation in Islamic subjects, learning and memorizing the Qur’an and hadith, as well as other essential subjects that include tafsir, tauhid, fiqh, sirah (Islamic history) and akhlak.

The Diploma in Islamic Studies (DPI) Program that was introduced in 2013 offers our students a chance to further develop their understanding of Islam with subjects like Fiqh Mu’amalat, Usul Fiqh, Tarikh Tasyri’ and many more. With the Diploma in Islamic Studies, our students are well-prepared to continue their education in prestigious Islamic institutions in the Middle East and Malaysia such as the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, Yarmouk University in Jordan, Univesiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS) in Malaysia and others.

In keeping up with the rigorous educational landscape of Singapore, Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah follows the Singapore national curriculum closely. At the end of Primary Six, our students sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Our school also offers subjects at the O-Levels and A-Levels at the end of the Secondary and Pre-University levels respectively.

Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah is largely self-funded through the Syed Mohamed Ahmed Alsagoff (SMA) Wakaf, with occasional grants from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and contributions from society. Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah is recognized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) as a heritage school.

Our history timeline


Opening of the Madrasah. Guest-of-Honour was the then British Governor of the Colony of Singapore. Only boys were enrolled into the Madrasah.

With the ending of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, girls were admitted into the Madrasah. Though it became a co-educational institution, the girls were in a separate session of their own.

The Madrasah became an institution for girls only.

Administration of the Madrasah was entrusted to the Muslimin Trust Fund Association.

The educational curriculum in the Madrasah was upgraded to secondary four level and the students were required to sit for the GCE ‘O’ Level Exams.

In the years following, the students furthered their studies in colleges and universities in Malaysia, Egypt and elsewhere.

Development of the building extensions to the Madrasah was completed. It provided better facilities and the potentials for a higher enrolment of students into the Madrasah.

Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah became independent of the administration of the Muslimin Trust Fund Association.

The entrustment of the administration of the Madrasah to the Muslimin Trust Fund Association in 1973 was rescinded by the Trustees of the Wakaff Fund of Syed Mohamed Ahmed Alsagoff.

Madrasah Alsagoff began implementing the single-session educational system.

It enables more time for the focus on national school subjects of English Language, Malay Language, Mathematics and Science.

The existing dual session educational system began its phasing out. This is scheduled to be completed within six years at its latest.

Although the single session system began with the primary one class, the secondary classes enjoyed the transition to single session or full day school simultaneously.

Migration to the single-session system of education for the secondary level classes was completed this year

Full migration of the primary level classes to the single-session system.

What remains the immediate responsibility of the Madrasah would be to ensure progress towards excellent achievements at both the primary ( up to the PSLE ) and the secondary ( up to the GCE ‘O’ Exams ) levels.