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Best schools in Singapore

A snapshot overview of schools in Singapore that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.


Schools in Singapore reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Australian International School (The) 

Reggio Emilia/Australian Curriculum/New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC)/PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2mths-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,600 pupils

Comprising a junior and a senior school and a pre-school now housed in the purpose-built Early Learning Village (opened in 2017) which takes in very small babies as well as infants. A smorgasbord of options with the Australian Curriculum and IGCSEs sandwiched between two IB programmes and the alternative of the HSC offered in addition to the IB Diploma. Around two thirds of students come from Australia and New Zealand with the remainder from over 50 other nationalities. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Click here to read our full review of the Australian International School

Dover Court International School

EYFS/Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,400 pupils

Founded in 1972 in a former British Officer’s Mess as Dover Court Preparatory School but part of the Nord Anglia group of schools since 2014. On a 12 acre campus, updated in 2014, in the Dover educational district. All primary pupils have daily Mandarin lessons but can change to French or Spanish in secondary. The performing arts and music programmes have been devised in collaboration with Julliard, New York and the STEM programme is run with input from MIT. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Click here to read our full review of Dover Court International School

Singapore American School  (pending)

American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 4,000 pupils

In the Woodlands area of Singapore on a 36 acre eco campus, complete with 1,000 seat stadium and no less than five air-conditioned gyms and three swimming pools. Grown from 100 students in 1956 to over 4,000 students from 50 different nationalities with US citizens counting for over 50 per cent. Impressive SAT (mid 600s) and ACT (low 30’s) scores and graduates move on to top Ivies. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Tanglin Trust School

EYFS/National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Levels/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,800 pupils

The oldest British international school in South East Asia, established in 1925. British based curriculum (approximately 45 per cent British passport holders) but choice of A-Levels or IB Diploma. The IB results are strong even by Singapore standards with an average score of 38.2 in 2019 and 63 per cent achieved 38 points or above. At A-Level, in 2019, 47 per cent achieved A*-A, a notable achievement considering the number of candidates. Inspected by British Schools Overseas.

Click here to read our full review of Tanglin Trust School

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

School designed curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 5,400 pupils

Originally founded as St John’s School for the children of the British military and a member of the United World College movement since 1975. Scholarships are available through the UWCSEA Foundation. Consistently impressive average IB scores around 36.5 – 37 (37 in 2019 for the Dover campus, at 36 slightly lower at the East campus). Dually accredite by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


Canadian International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma/Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 pupils

On two campuses, one in east and one in west Singapore. Established in 1990 it has grown exponentially from the six original students to over three thousand today. Classes taught in English but also offering two bilingual programmes, Chinese-English from junior kindergarten to grade 6 and French-English in grade 1 and 2 but only at the west (Lakeside) campus. An IB World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Chatsworth International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 pupils

One all-through campus, opened in 2018 taking over the old site of the German European School and one primary school on the original site. Two local preschools catering for just under 200 children teaching the local curriculum. Rigorous academics in the senior school resulting in a very impressive IB average score of 36 points in 2019. An IB World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Dulwich College Singapore

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,250 pupils

Opened in 2014, one of seven Dulwich College offshoots in the Far East. An IB Diploma facility and a state of the art performing arts centre were added in 2018 but this is a British leaning education. Classes taught in both English and Chinese from age two to seven, daily Mandarin lessons in junior school. Staggering IGCSE results from the first cohort with 78 per cent of students gaining A*-A.

Eton House Schools

PYP/IGCSEs; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 pupils

Part of the global franchised Eton House International Education Group. In Singapore, consisting of four Singapore preschools, two international preschools, one Chinese preschool and two international schools. All have a dual language foundation and some offer a third language. Started in 2017, Middleton International is understood to charge lower fees than its competitors and there are four IB World Schools, Broadrick, Thomson, Newton Preschool and Mountbatten.

GEMS World Academy

PYP/MYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma/IB Careers Programme; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils

Opened in 2014, another new school kid on the Singapore block. $210 million dollar campus in Yishun includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a 750-seater auditorium. Owned by GEMS Education, a huge player in the Dubai educational world. As yet the only Singapore international school to offer the full IB programme including the Careers Programme to a truly global cohort of students with no dominant nationality or ethnic group. 

German European School (GESS)

German Curriculum/German Abitur/PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 18 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,700 pupils

Two in one, with a German section accredited ‘Excellent German School Abroad’ and a European section, which is an IB World School and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Originally on two separate (junior and senior) campuses, there is now just one new state of the art campus at Dairy Farm Lane; totally eco-friendly with vertical greenery and a rainwater-harvesting system. Interestingly, the UK is the most popular university destination.

Hillside World Academy

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 pupils

On an ex-public school campus in Dunearn Road. Formerly the Chinese International School, now re-named and run by the Huija Private School in Beijing, originally to cater for the children of Chinese expats in Singapore. Truly bilingual in the elementary school as the PYP programme is delivered 50/50 in English and Chinese and they offer the opportunity of spending a few weeks in the sister school in Beijing later on in their school career.

Integrated International School (IIS)

Adapted Reggio Emilia/Adapted New South Wales Curriculum/HSC; ages 8mths-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 100 pupils

Founded in 2009, this is a rare bird in Singapore, offering a combination of an international mainstream section together with support for both minor and major educational needs in an inclusive setting. The campus is specially designed including behavioural and occupational therapy suites and the class sizes are kept small (approximately ten students per class). They also offer a Psycho Educational Assessment Facility.

International Community School

Adapted American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 450 pupils

A small international school, by Singapore standards, teaching an American based curriculum and following a strong Biblical ethos, although they accept pupils from families with different religious beliefs. The only Christian school in the city with a curriculum delivered by predominantly US teachers, preparing students for SATs and US university entrance. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

ISS International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-16; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 pupils

Smaller than most international schools in Singapore. ISS Paterson in River Valley houses the elementary and middle schools and IB Diploma students are taught at the nearby Preston Road campus. IB World School with a strong EAL programme, founded in 1981 by government member Chan Shee Seng and now part of the larger ISS educational group. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Lycée Francais de Singapour

French National Curriculum/Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,800 pupils

On a site north of central Singapore, not considered convenient by some parents. The French curriculum is taught in French but includes in depth learning of English and the school has gradually introduced bilingual French-English classes starting with kindergarten and primary. Two thirds of the pupils are French nationals but students also come from over 60 other nationalities. An asset is the ability to transfer easily to other international lycées (just under 500 in nearly 200 countries).

Melbourne Specialist International School

SEN: Victorian (Australian) Curriculum Framework; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 60 pupils

Founded in 2014 to cater for a wide range of learning disorders and physical disabilities. Centrally located in Loewen Gardens with a teacher to student ration 1:4. Part of the White Lodge Education Group which owns seven pre-schools and kindergartens in Singapore.

Nexus International School (NISS)

PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 pupils

Moving to a new campus in Aljunied (January 2020 announced date) which will hold 1,200 students. Founded in 2011, it is now attended by pupils from over 50 different nationalities with British and Chinese leading the way, followed by Australian, Japanese, Korean, American and New Zealanders. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

One World International School Singapore (OWIS)

PYP/Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned;

Owned and run by the Global Schools Foundation which was founded in 2002 and has 15 member schools. Previously a tiny international school by Singapore standards (where student numbers are often in four figures) but the new Nanyang campus (opened in January 2018) will change that as it can cater for 1,200 students. Aiming at adding the IB Diploma for grades 11 and 12 as the school expands whilst keeping the fees well below the average in Singapore.

Overseas Family School

IEYC/IPC/MYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 pupils

An enormous school, licensed for 4,800 students, run by Overseas Education Ltd. Moved in 2015 to a purpose-built campus at Pasir Ris Heights which is more university than school in terms of size and layout. Unusually, in Middle School, pupils study three years of the IB MYP programme followed by two years of IGCSEs. Not amongst the top achieving IB schools in Singapore (spectacular competition) but accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Rosemount International School (formerly Rosemount Kindergarten)

School developed curriculum; ages 2-7; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 140 pupils

Tiny school by Singapore standards (formerly Rosemount Kindergarten) and now expanded to offer grades 1 and 2. International curriculum and low teacher: pupil ratio.

Singapore American School

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 4,000 pupils

In the Woodlands area of Singapore on a 36 acre eco campus, complete with 1,000 seat stadium and no less than five air-conditioned gyms and three swimming pools. Grown from 100 students in 1956 to over 4,000 students from 50 different nationalities with US citizens counting for over 50 per cent. Impressive SAT (mid 600s) and ACT (low 30’s) scores and graduates move on to top Ivies. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

SJI International School

IPC/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,700 pupils

An elementary and international school founded in the mid 2000’s (one of seven Lasallian Catholic schools), located centrally on Thompson Road. In a deeply competitive IB environment, a startling (nearly 42 per cent) of students scored over 40 points in 2017 and although slightly lower in 2018, still very impressive, with an average of over 36 points.

Stamford American International School (SAIS)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,600 pupils

Opened in 2009 and owned by global schools group Cognita, consisting of an Early Learning Village following the Reggio Emilia philosophy and a campus for the elementary and secondary schools. The latter offers the options of the IB Diploma or the American High School Diploma/AP route. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Swiss School Singapore

Adapted Swiss Canton Zug curriculum; ages 2-12; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 280 pupils

Founded in 1967 in the vast Swiss Club campus in Bukat Timah and run by the Swiss School Association. An international school teaching in either German and English or French and English. Swiss nationals account for 60 per cent of the student body but they also come from 12 other nationalities. Grades 7, 8 and 9 are taught at UWCSEA where there is a Swiss teacher in place for German, French and Swiss history and geography classes.

The Grange Institution

Cambridge International Primary Curriculum; ages 5-12; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; capacity for 160 pupils

Shiny, brand-new stand-alone primary opened in 2018, still tiny but we are keeping our eye on it as it is much more affordable and offers a creative focus, compared to the rigorous academic approach of other international schools.


This school is actually in Malaysia but only just across the border from Singapore.


Marlborough College, Malaysia  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 900 pupils

An offshoot of Marlborough College in England, based in Johar Bahru on the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, 20kms from the Singapore border. Run on the same lines as its parent school with traditional boarding for students in year 5 onwards. Very impressive academic results at IGCSEs and an average score of over 35 points for IB Diploma candidates in 2019.

 

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