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Best schools in Singapore

A snapshot: schools in Singapore considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

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

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


International schools

Australian International School (The) 

Reggio Emilia/ Australian curriculum/ New South Wales HSC/ PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,440 students

Comprising a junior, senior and a pre-school (now housed in the purpose-built Early Learning Village) which takes in very small babies as well as infants. A smorgasbord of options with the Australian curriculum and IGCSEs sandwiched between two International Baccalaureate 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

Brighton College (Singapore)  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 18 months-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Opened in 2020 and describing itself as Singapore’s only Prep school. An offshoot of the extremely, academically, successful Brighton College in the UK and headed up by a teacher with eight years’ experience at the original school. They run a dual language programme from tiny tots to year 1 and then daily Mandarin lessons for the rest of the school. Too new to be accredited.

Canadian International School Singapore (CIS Singapore) 

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

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 pre-kindergarten to grade 6 on the west (Lakeside) campus and junior-kindergarten to grade 5 on the east campus. French-English in grades 1 to 5 are only available at the Lakeside campus. An International Baccalaureate World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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

Dover Court International School

EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ BTEC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,500 students

Founded in 1972, in a former British Officer’s Mess, as Dover Court Preparatory School. Part of the Nord Anglia Education 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. 

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

Dulwich College (Singapore) (DCSG) 

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

Opened in 2014, one of seven Dulwich College offshoots in the Far East. A separate International Baccalaureate Diploma facility and a state of the art, performing arts centre were added in 2018. This is a British leaning education, although classes are taught in both English and Chinese from age two to seven, plus daily Mandarin lessons in junior school. Stupendous IGCSE results from the first cohort with just under 80 per cent of students gaining A*-A.

Click here to read our full review of Dulwich College Singapore

EtonHouse International School  (pending)

PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 students

Part of the global, franchised EtonHouse International Education Group. In Singapore, the group runs four Singapore pre-schools, two international pre-schools, one Chinese pre-school and two international junior and senior 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.

GESS – International School Singapore  (pending)

German curriculum/ Abitur/ PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 18 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,800 students

Two in one, with a German section accredited ‘Excellent German School Abroad’ and a European section, which is an International Baccalaureate 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. Designed to be totally eco-friendly with vertical greenery and a rainwater-harvesting system. Interestingly, the UK is the most popular university destination.

International French School of Singapore (formerly Lycée Francais de Singapour)  (pending)

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; state; 2,800 students

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. Bilingual classes give French students a wider range of university choice on graduation.

International School of Singapore (ISS)  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 600 students

Smaller than most international schools in Singapore. ISS Paterson in River Valley houses the elementary and middle schools and International Baccalaureate Diploma students are taught at the nearby Preston Road campus. An 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).

Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS)  (pending)

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

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/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

Moved to a new campus in Aljunied, which has capacity for 2,000 students. Founded in 2011, the school is now attended by pupils from over 50 different nationalities with British, Australian 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).

Click here to read our full review of Nexus International School

North London Collegiate School (NLCS Singapore)  (pending)

PYP candidate/ MYP candidate; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Another famously academic UK school, which joined the fiercely competitive Singapore education market in 2020, having already set up schools in South Korea and Dubai.

Overseas Family School (OFS)  (pending)

International Early Years Curriculum/ International Primary Curriculum/ MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 3,000 students

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, currently, amongst the top scoring International Baccalaureate schools in Singapore (spectacular competition) but accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Singapore American School  

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

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).

Click here to read our full review of the Singapore American School

SJI International School  (pending)

International Primary Curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,700 students

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 International Baccalaureate Diploma environment, a startling (nearly 42 per cent) of students scored over 40 points recently and although slightly lower in the following year, 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 and boarding; independent; privately owned; 2,600 students

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

Click here to read our full review of Stamford American International School

Tanglin Trust School

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

The oldest British international school in South East Asia, established in 1925. British based curriculum (around 40 per cent British passport holders, with the second largest groups being Indian and Australian) but choice of A Levels or International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB results are very strong, even by Singapore standards. Inspected by Education Development Trust (EDT) for British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Click here to read our full review of Tanglin Trust School

The Perse School  (pending)

International Primary Curriculum; ages 6-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

Located in Upper Bikat Timah and one of two international schools to be opened or planned by The Perse School, founded in Cambridge, England in 1615. The curriculum also incorporates Singapore maths and Mandarin as a second language.

The Winstedt School  (pending)

IPC/ IMYC/ IGCSE/ ASDAN; ages 4-17; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 170 students

A very well-regarded SEN school, founded in 2008. Offering a high teacher to student ratio, specialised teachers, therapists and psychologists and the opportunity to acquire ASDAN (vocational) qualifications.

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 5,400 students

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. On two campuses with consistently impressive average International Baccalaureate Diploma scores around 36 – 37 (the East campus tends to produce fractionally lower figures than the Dover one). Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Click here to read our full review of the United World College of South East Asia

XCL World Academy (Singapore) 

PYP/ MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 995 students

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. Set up by GEMS Education, a huge player in the Dubai educational world but recently taken over by XCL Education, and Asian based education group. As yet, the only Singapore international school to offer the full International Baccalaureate programme including the Careers Related Programme. A truly global cohort of students with no dominant nationality or ethnic group. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Click here to read our full review fo XCLWorld Academy

Just across the border in Malaysia

Marlborough College, Malaysia  

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

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

Click here to read our full review of Marlborough College, Malaysia

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

Anglo-Chinese International School (ACS)

Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 12-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 990 students

A group of five schools, originally known as the Anglo-Chinese School, founded in 2005, and owned by the Methodist Church in Singapore. Seriously academic, with three ACS International students recently being awarded the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for coming Top in the World in Maths and there have been 20 other winners from the school, over the last decade. Mainly Singaporean but students from around 30 different nationalities. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Chatsworth International School

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

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 pre-schools catering for just under 200 children and teaching the local curriculum. Rigorous academics in the senior school resulting in an impressive International Baccalaureate Diploma average score recently. An International Baccalaureate World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Hillside World Academy

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

On a former public school campus in Dunearn Road. Originally, the Chinese International School, now re-named and run by the Huija Private School in Beijing. Set up to cater for the children of Chinese expats in Singapore. Truly bilingual in the elementary school as the International Baccalaureate PYP programme is delivered 50/50 in English and Chinese. They offer students 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/ New South Wales HSC; ages 8 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 100 students

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, all in an inclusive setting. The campus is specially designed to include 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 (Singapore)

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

A small international school, by Singapore standards, teaching an American based curriculum and following a strong Biblical ethos, although they also 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).

Invictus International School

IPC/ IMYC/ IGCSE; ages 5-16; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students

Founded in 2015 as a primary school and now on three campuses. The new Centrium campus will offer bilingual and secondary education, still following the International Primary Curriculum but, unlike its sister schools, teaching will be in English and Mandarin with integrated Chinese lessons in speech, drama and culture as well as reading. When the school expands upwards, it will offer A Levels.

One World International School Singapore (OWIS SG)

PYP/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,200 students

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) has allowed the school to grow to its current size. Has recently added the International Baccalaureate Diploma for grades 11 and 12 whilst keeping the fees well below the average for Singapore international schools.

Rosemount International School (formerly Rosemount Kindergarten)

Adapted curriculum; ages 2-7; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 140 students

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

Sir Manasseh Meyer International School

IPC/ IMYC/ IGCSE; ages 2-16; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 165 students

A small school, founded in 1994, catering mainly to Israeli and American families but also to a range of other nationalities. Offering a British education with strong Jewish values and is part of the Jewish interactive Educational Trust.

Swiss School in Singapore (SSiS)

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

Founded in 1967, located 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

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

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

For more information on the schools above, please go to each school's individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

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