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International Schools for Expats in Singapore

Submitted: February 2014

When you move to Singapore you will be pleased to know that there are many options available if you are seeking to give your child a high-quality education. In Singapore, the main language of instruction is English, even in state schools, so there will be no major language barriers for your children.

It will be also useful to know that the majority of international schools cater to a mixture of expatriate and local children and have gained a solid reputation for producing high-achieving and well-disciplined students, preparing them for higher education institutions all over the world.

Secondly, the student body is usually quite international which exposes young people to a variety of cultures. When you are making your choice, you may wish to take careful consideration of the curriculum that each international school offers in orderto choose the most appropriate one for your child.

Below are some mini profiles of a few international schools you can choose from:

  1. United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) – this is a highly sought-after school with over 4,500 pupils. The school follows the International Baccalureate programme as well as the International GCSEs.

    Facilities at the school include two Olympic-sized swimming pools, nine tennis courts and four sports halls, just to name a few. There are more than 200 sports teams, and several dramatic and/or musical groups.

    The admissions procedure will involve interviews, entrance tests as well as reproduction of reports from previous schools. Tuition fees range from S$23,369 to S$29,195 ($18,391US - $22,976US) annually. There are extra charges, such as a development levy. For more information see: www.uwcsea.edu.sg

  2. Singapore American School (SAS) – the curriculum offered at SAS is the largest Advanced Placement (AP) program outside of the United States. The majority of students are American citizens. The main instruction is in English with daily language classes in Mandarin or Spanish.

    The facilities at SAS are modern and technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at every grade level. iPads and MacBook pros are given to students and technology is used as a core tool for learning. Tuition fees range from S$44,454 to S$48,462 ($34,985 US to $38,139 US) for new students as well as a one-time registration fee of S$12,840 ($10,105 US). For further information see: www.sas.edu.sg

  3. Tanglin Trust School – this is a British International school dating back to 1925. There are approximately 3000 students who attend Tanglin. The school follows the International Baccalaureate Diploma and GCSEs and teaches according to the English National Curriculum. The majority of students that attend are British; however there are some 42 other nationalities represented.

    Facilities at Tanglin include drama and music rooms, a 25m swimming pool and four libraries. The admissions process is not overly rigorous however there is a high demand for space and a long waiting-list which prospective parents will have to consider. The tuition fees range from S$20,627 to S$34,260 ($16,233 US - $26,962 US). For further information see: www.tts.edu.sg

  4. Anglo Chinese School International (ACSI) – this is a Methodist International school. It is by no means exclusive and there are many non-Christian students who also attend the school. Most of the students at ACSI are Singaporean.

    The curriculum offered includes teaching IGCSEs followed by the International Baccalaureate. The facilities include a sports hall, performance arts centre and sports field.

    The admissions procedure includes entrance tests in English and Maths, interviews and a review of previous school reports. Tuition Fees range from S$21,935 to S$24,610 ($17,262US to $19,368 US) a year. For more information see: https://www.acsinternational.com.sg/

 

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