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International Schools in Singapore
- In Singapore you have a breadth of choice between the local and international schools.
- If you choose to send your kids to local schools, they will need to sit the Admission Exercise for International Students.
- Some international schools offer the national curriculum of the country they represent, while others favor an international or IB curriculum.
While Singapore’s education system has an excellent reputation and strives to constantly improve its public schools, most expat parents prefer to send their children to international schools in Singapore instead. The advantage is that your kids will get in touch with other expat children who speak the same language and all deal with the same difficulties. However, some public schools are ready to accommodate foreign students as well.
If an International School Isn’t Right for You
Expat kids who prefer to attend public schools instead of international schools in Singapore have to take the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS). This examination tests the students’ English language proficiency, as well as their math skills. Upon completion, the students are then placed in a suitable school, based on vacancies, their test results, and the students’ place of residence in Singapore.
The AEIS is conducted by the Ministry of Education in September or October each year. It is meant for foreign students who do not have a place at a Singaporean school yet and wish to start the following January. The AEIS is held only once per year and the fees for the test are non-refundable. Make sure that your children are available to take the test and that they are well prepared before applying. Contact the Ministry of Education to learn more about the AEIS.
An Overview of International Schools around Singapore
There are lots of international schools in Singapore, catering to different age levels, nationalities, and educational needs. Because the list of these schools is so extensive, we cannot name all of them in this article. However, we will give you an overview of international schools in Singapore with experience in educating expat children. Keep in mind, that the monthly tuition will significantly increase your cost of living in Singapore.
Schools with a National Curriculum
Some international schools in Singapore target expat children from a certain country and offer a national curriculum. These are a good choice for children who are due to return to their home country soon. That way, they will easily transition back into the local school system without further difficulties. However, they also make it harder for children to adjust to local culture in Singapore. This is why many of them also offer an IB curriculum or international degree courses. Some of these international schools in Singapore include:
- Avondale Grammar School is an independent grammar school which is licensed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards in Australia.
- The Lycée Français de Singapour offers a French education to expat children.
- The German European School Singapore provides education with both a German and an English IB curriculum.
- The Hollandse School Singapore offers a Dutch curriculum.
- The Swiss School in Singapore is a relatively small school offering education according to Swiss standards.
- Stamford American International School offers both a credit-based high school diploma and the IB diploma.
- The Japanese School Singapore is present with three campuses in Singapore and offers a Japanese Certificate of Graduation.
- INSWorld Institute gives students the chance to choose between an IGCSE diploma and the British A Levels.
- The Singapore American School offers a US American curriculum.
- The Australian International School offers both the IB and Australian National Curriculum. Students get to choose between the IB diploma and the Australian Higher School Certificate.
- Rain Trees Kindergarten is a preschool based on the UK national curriculum.
International and IB Schools
While most international schools in Singapore offer both a national and an international curriculum, some schools have a predominantly international curriculum. Some of these schools are:
- The Hillside World Academy (previously called the Chinese International School) caters to children from kindergarten to high school and offers both the IB and IBDP.
- ISS International School is an international school with an IB program for all age groups.
- One World International School has adopted the IB curriculum for its primary years and the UK curriculum with the IGSCE from grade six onwards.
- ACS International Singapore is a Christian school with an international academic program.
- Chatsworth International School has two school campuses in Singapore and offers the IGCSE, the IB, and a Chatsworth High School Diploma.
- Nexus International School Singapore offers the IB, the English National Curriculum, and the IGCSE, dependent on the child’s year group.
- Hwa Chong International School is a Singaporean private school offering the IGCSE and IB.
- Rosemount International School / Kindergarten offers education from kindergarten to grade two level.
- Overseas Family School has a curriculum based on the IB and IGCSE, which also includes the Model United Nations.
- SJI International School is an international elementary school and high school with an IB and IGCSE program.
- The United World College of South East Asia has two campuses, both offering a K-12 curriculum leading to the IGCSE and then the IB Diploma.
- The GEMS World Academy offers an international curriculum preparing students for the IB.
- The German European School Singapore also offers an IB curriculum (as mentioned above).
- The Canadian International School offers the IB program and has two campuses in Singapore.
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