A snapshot overview of schools in Singapore that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
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Australian International School
1 Lorong Chuan
Tel: +65 6883 5155
Fax: +65 6285 5255
IB PYP, IB MYP and IB Diploma, New South Wales; co-ed; private day school; approximately 2,500 students; ages 3-18; 200 teaching staff.
AIS moved to its current home, a purpose-built campus north east of the city centre, in 2003. Several major modifications since then, including the addition of a new preschool wing and junior school in 2008, and a new senior school in 2010, have enhanced the campus as the student body has grown. Majority of students and staff are from Australia or New Zealand. AIS offers the full IB across all grades as well as the New South Wales Higher School Higher School Certificate in Years 11 and 12.
Avondale Grammar School
Phoenix Park Campus
318 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6258-8544
Australian-based curriculum (NSW Board of Studies); co-ed; private day school; ages 3-12.
This small school opened in April 2007 and relocated to its current, more centrally-located campus in January 2010. It aims to create a nurturing environment through small class sizes and good teacher/student ratios. Demand for places has been such, however, that the school is expanding upwards. An additional year group (Year 7) was introduced in 2013.
Canadian International School
7 Jurong West Street 41
Phone: +(65) 6467 1732
Fax: +(65) 6467 1729
Tanjong Katong Campus
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: +65 6345 1573
Fax: +65 6345 4057
Curriculum: IB PYP, IB MYP, IB Diploma, Ontario; ages 4-18; private day school.
With the opening of its purpose-built Lakeside campus in August 2011, CIS became a two-centre campus. The Tanjong campus (Early Learning to Grade 10) lies to the east of Singapore and the Lakeside campus (Early learning to Grade 12) to the west. The new, lakeside campus on the West Coast has spacious with state-of-the-art facilities and offers its diverse student body a full IB programme covering all levels. The more intimate Tanjong Katong campus offers IB MYP.
Chatsworth International School
37 Emerald Hill Road
Tel: +65 6737 5955
Fax: +65 6737 5655
25 Jalan Tembusu Road
Tel: +65 6344 5955
IB PYP, IB Diploma, IGCSEs, American Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; private day school.
Chatsworth’s main campus, comprising over 700 students aged 3 to 18 years, is centrally located in Singapore’s main shopping district, Orchard Road. The East Coast campus caters for 3 to 11-year olds. A kindergarten in the north caters for 3 to 6-year-olds. Two smaller, affiliated schools cater for 3 to 11-year-olds on the east coast, and 3 to 6-year-olds in the north. It has a culturally diverse student body and implements the IB PYP in the Primary School and a mix of British, US and IB systems in the senior school.
Dover Court International School
301 Dover Road
Tel: +65 6775 7664
Fax: +65 6777 4165
National Curriculum of England, IGCSEs; 900 students; co-ed; ages 3-17; private day school.
Dover Court prides itself on its small class sizes and upgraded sporting facilities, and is well respected for its special needs expertise. The Centre for Special Education caters for students up to the age of 18 with mild and severe learning disabilities. Students with special needs are generally taught separately in small groups but, where possible, they are integrated into the main school. Students come from 57 countries. Owned by Nord Anglia.
51 Broaderick Road
Tel: +65 6346-6922
Fax: +65 6346-6522
IB PYP; ages 4-11; co-ed; private day school; 520 students.
An international primary school and pre-school located on the east coast, one of a chain of 9 other campuses around Singapore which cater for pre-school children only (approx. 3000 students across the entire group of schools). The main campus on Broaderick Road has IB PYP status, as do the Orchard Road pre-school and Newton pre-school. Mandarin is offered to all students, as are a range of other language programmes. Eton House is less expensive than the larger international schools, has small classes and provides after school care for working parents.
German European School Singapore
Pre-school and Secondary School Campus
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel: +65 6469 1131
Fax: +65 6469 0308
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil
Singapore 598 668
Tel: + 65 6461 0802
Fax: +65 6465 2575
German, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB Diploma; ages 18 months-18 years; 1250 students; co-ed; private day school.
Definitely not just for Germans, this school has both a German Section in which all lessons are taught in German, and a European Section taught in English but with German taught (from Grades 1 – 12) as the first foreign language. Not a large school by Singapore standards but increasingly popular. The number of students in the European Section, which opened in August 2005 with 87 students, has grown to over 485 students (total pupil number of 1250 includes 511 in the German section; remainder in pre-school). Teachers in the European Section are native English speakers and the three IB programmes (PYP, MYP and IB Diploma) provide the curriculum framework. GESS also offers an early years programme from 18 months.
Integrated International School (IIS)
41 Sunset Way, #02-03/04 Clementi Arcade
Tel: +65 6466 4475/ 6235 9602
NSW curriculum; ages 4-18; co-ed; private day school.
A small school offering a personalised approach to education. With two educational streams, one mainstream and one for children with special needs, IIS has possibly the best teacher-student ratios in Singapore: 3:1 for children with special needs, 6:1 in the mainstream school.
ISS International School
Elementary School and Middle School: 25 Paterson Road
High School: 21 Preston Road
Tel: +65 6235 5844 (Elementary School) / +65 6737 6407 (Middle School) / +65 6475 4188 (High School)
Fax: +65 6732 5701 (Elementary School) / +65 6735 4966 (Middle School) / +65 6273 7065 (High School)
IB PYP, IB MYP, IB Diploma, American High School Diploma; ages 3-19; 700+ students spread over two campuses; co-ed; private day school.
The ISS elementary and middle schools are located in the city centre whilst the high school lies just to the south of central Singapore in a more tranquil setting. An option for those looking for a truly international school where no culture dominates, ISS offers students 3-19 a full IB programme.
Lycee Francais de Singapour
3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Tel: +65 6488 1169
Fax: +65 6487 2821
French National Curriculum; 900+ students; ages 4-18; co-ed; private day school.
Historically not an obvious choice for native English speakers but since the opening of bilingual classes several years ago for 4 to 7-year-olds, in which half of each lesson is taught in French and the other half in English, it has become a more popular option. The school anticipates that it will open up more bilingual classes each year to cater for progressively older children until eventually all age groups will have the option to learn in bilingual classes. The French National Education programme is taught to all students. Not the most convenient location, though, north of central Singapore.
Nexus International School (EIS)
201 Ulu Pandan Road
Tel: +65 6536 6566
Fax: +65 6536 6866
IB PYP, IB Diploma, IGCSEs; ages 3-18; 400 students; co-ed.
Nexus is a member of Taylor's Education Group; located to the west of the city on the site formerly occupied by the Singapore American School and most recently by the Emaar International School (now closed). The 400-strong student body is steadily growing, with capacity for 1200 students.
One World International School Singapore (OWIS)
696 Upper Changi Road East
Tel: +65 6542 2285
Fax: +65 6542 8602
IB PYP, UK curriculum; ages 2-14 years; co-ed; private day school.
Located on the East Coast. A smaller international school which prides itself on its small classes, high teacher-student ratios, and personalised education for each child.
Overseas Family School
25F Paterson Road
Republic of Singapore
Tel: +65 6738 0211
Fax: +65 6733 8825
IB PYP, IB MYP, IB Diploma, IGCSEs; ages 4-18; co-ed; 3600 students; private day school.
OFS is a multicultural school with students from 75 nations. Its location, close to Orchard Road, the main shopping district, is convenient for those living or working in central Singapore. OFS has a progressive approach to education: having been the first in Singapore to introduce the full IB Programme, from primary years to diploma level, OFS now offers students, teachers and parents access to a very impressive digital online network. An IGSCE programme is also taught alongside IB. Admissions policy is open entry so pupils can join at any time of the school year.
25 Ettrick Terrace
Tel: +65 6446 4636
Fax: +65 6444 4075
Inquiry-based curriculum; co-ed; ages 2-7; private day school.
A small international school located on the East Coast, offers an inquiry-based curriculum and is popular with expats living locally. It prides itself on its low teacher-student ratio and nurturing environment.
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands 41
Tel: +65 6363 3403
Fax: +65 6363 3408
American (High School Diploma), AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; 3800 students; private day school.
With 68% of its pupils holding an American passport, clearly this is a popular choice for American expats. Located in the far north of Singapore, SAS has an enormous campus housing four separate schools (primary, intermediate, middle and high schools) and an early childhood centre. All students follow a rigorous American-based curriculum, including a choice of at least 22 AP courses, and enjoy a wide range of modern facilities and extracurricular activities.
SJI International School
490 Thomson Road
Tel: 6353 9383
Fax: 6354 3103
Web: [email protected]
International Primary Curriculum, IGCSEs, IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; Catholic private day school.
SJI Elementary School educates expatriate children from the age of 4 to 11 years following the International Primary Curriculum. The high school caters for children of all nationalities up to 18 years and offers IGCSE courses and the IB Diploma. One of the newest schools in Singapore, SJI has already become a very popular school amongst expats and has a reputation for providing good academics and a nurturing environment. Campus facilities are constantly improving and include the recent addition of a 25 metre swimming pool and indoor sports hall.
Stamford American International School
11 Lorong Chuan
Tel: +65 6602 7247
Fax: +65 6280 3250
American curriculum, IB candidate school for PYP and MYP; ages 2-18; co-ed; private day school.
SAIS is located in a state-of-the-art campus in Upper Serangoon Road in August. The new campus, built in 2012, filled quickly to its capacity for 2500 students and is a popular option amongst expats.
Swiss School Singapore
38 Swiss Club Road
Tel: +65 6468 2117
Fax: +65 6466 5342
Swiss National curriculum; ages 2-12; co-ed; 200 pupils.
One of the smallest international schools here, located to the west of central Singapore. Swiss-based curriculum is taught with English as the language of instruction for students up to age 5, and classes taught in German thereafter. Lovely for nursery aged children but not popular amongst native English speakers with children over 5.
Tanglin Trust School
Tel: +65 6778 0771
Fax: +65 6777 5862
National Curriculum of England, IGCSEs, A levels, IB Diploma; 2,800 students; ages 3-18; co-ed; private day school.
This large, modern school offers an English-based curriculum as well as the IB, and is predominantly staffed by British teachers. Approximately 47 per cent of the student population hold British passports with the second largest group from India, and the third from Australia. English is the language spoken in the playground. The separation of its infant, junior and senior schools ensures that the size of TTS is not overwhelming for its students and the well-established infant school, in particular, has a reputation for being well-organised and friendly. The addition of a sports and drama centre in 2007, as well as a building for administrative staff and sixth form students in 2009, further enhanced the already impressive campus. This is a popular school with a thriving parent body.
United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)
1207 Dover Road
Tel: +65 6775 5344
Fax: +65 67785846
1 Tampines Street 73
Tel: +65 6305 5344
Fax +65 6305 5345
IB PYP, IGCSEs, IB Diploma; 3,800 students students; ages 4-18; co-ed; private day school.
Part of the UWC movement, this school has a broad cultural mix of students and staff. There are nearly three thousand students at the Dover Road campus who follow the IB PYP programme in the primary school, take IGCSEs in the upper school, and finally the IB Diploma in the high school. The East Campus has an additional 2500 pupils. Although many of the students are not native English speakers, UWC’s excellent academic record and impressive facilities make it a very popular option for English-speaking expats.