The school was founded in 1960 as a girls' primary school. In 1964, it became girls' secondary school, but began admitting boys in 1965. The school has occupied several sites. Formally situated at Stevens Road and Anderson Road, Anderson Secondary School moved to Ang Mo Kio Street 44 in 1984. In December 1993, it moved to its current location, Ang Mo Kio Street 53.
Anderson Secondary School has been used from time to time for educational experiments. In 1994 it was declared an autonomous school for consistent academic performance, and in 1996 it was one of the first schools to use the Students-and-Teachers Workbench project. In 1997 it was chosen as an IT demo school. The school received the School Distinction Award by the Ministry of Education in 2004.
From 2003 to 2006 the school underwent a PRIME upgrading project. The school raised funds for a student activity hub, a heritage centre and a multi-purpose studio, upgraded the lecture theatre and classrooms and added a five-storey building.
The final stage of the upgrading process took place in 2005. Some facilities, such as the school hall, cookery rooms and the football field, were ready in July 2006.
A facility called the "INSPIRE TOWN" was opened in 2005. This is a room where innovation and creativity is encouraged amongst pupils. Two classrooms were converted into a Black Box for use by drama students.
In 2008, an indoor sports hall was opened.
In Anderson Secondary School, overseas exchange programmes are known as Cultural Flexibility Programmes (CFP):Anderson-Winitsuksa Student Exchange
Anderson-Marryatville Drama Educational Exchange
Anderson-Kagoshima Daiichi High School Sports Exchange
Anderson-SMPK1 BPK Penabur Bandung
Anderson Secondary School was the partner school for South Korea during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Uniformed GroupsNational Cadet Corps (Land)(Boys)
National Police Cadet Corps (Land)
St John's Ambulance Brigade
Anderson Clover Guides (Girls)
Performing ArtsAnderson Theatre Circle (ATC)
Anderson Military Band(AMB)
Clubs and SocietiesInfocomm Club
ServicesAnderson Student Council(ASC)
Girls wear a white blouse and a kelly-blue knee-length pinafore. Lower secondary boys wear white short trousers while upper secondary boys wear white long trousers. Students wear the school badge, with their name tag directly below it. Students wear the school tie on Mondays, and at formal school functions. On Casual Friday, students are allowed to wear PE-Shirts or their Class T-shirts to replace their school shirt. From time to time, if there is an increase in temperature, the school may allow Half-Uniform from Tuesdays-Thursdays, with PE-Shirts the only choice.
The Anderson Secondary School Discipline Committee has classified offences committed by students into minor and major offences. Minor offences include being late for school, flaws in personal grooming and use of electronic devices during curriculum time. Major offences include absenteeism, forgery, arson and many others. Boys who commit any of the major offences are liable to receive corporal punishment in the form of caning. In the most serious cases, they are caned in front of the other students (known as "public caning"). Girls are never caned at Anderson but must attend detention class if they carry out any of these acts instead. A stroke of cane for boys is equivalent to 5 days of detention class for girls.
The school organizes events such as Cross Country (Term 1) and Arts Fest (before end of Term 4) every year.
The school's Choir and Military Band stages a performance biennially known as VOICES and AMBience respectively.
The School's Chinese Dance and Malay Dance stages a performance biennially known as ANDance.
Student-initiated events hosted in Anderson, mainly under the auspices of the Anderson Student Council (ASC), include a fund-raising carnival, Anderson Cultural Project, and the March/April Games.
Most intra-school events are played at the class level, where students compete in events for their classes. This is done instead of inter-house competition to encourage greater bonding within classes.
The Old Andersonian Alumni Society ("OAAS") was set up in 1999. With the help of the school, a temporary committee was formed in November 1998 to spearhead the formation and setting-up of an Alumni association. Some twenty ex-Andersonians came forward to help plan and execute the launch of the OAAS. Its objectives are to provide an organisation for ex-Andersonians to interact with one another as well as with their Alma Mater.Ang Peng Siong: Olympian (Swimming)
Ruth Bayang: Author; Two-time Emmy Award winner; Entrepreneur
Colin Cheong: Writer and journalist
Adrin Loi: Chairman and CEO, Ya Kun Kaya Toast
William Scorpion: Mandopop singer
Cruz Teng (丁志勇): Programme Director, 933FM