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Private Schools for Expats in Singapore

Submitted: February 2014

Singapore has a large expatriate community, as such, there are many international schools and private schools.  Private schools in Singapore are largely populated with expat children due to the fact that Singaporean students cannot be admitted without acquiring permission from the Ministry of Education first. This is with the exception of the following three private schools:

  • Hwa Chong International School,
  • SJI International School and the
  • Anglo-Chinese School  (International)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) permitted these new schools to be set up to admit Singaporean students without acquiring permission first. These schools must, however, follow compulsory curriculum standards set by the Ministry.

The MOE registers private schools, the courses they offer and the teachers conducting the registered courses. To be registered, private schools must meet basic statutory requirements, such as building and fire safety requirements, and have an acceptable curriculum and qualified teachers.



Each school would have its own individual admissions procedure. Before enrolment for a course, parents of prospective students ought to check and be satisfied that:

  • the school is registered with the MOE.
  • the school has permission to offer the course
  • the teachers are permitted to teach the courses, and
  • the eligibility or entry requirements (if any) specified for the course or examinations are met.

Parents could also request to view the registration certificate, and the letters of permission for the courses and teachers issued by the MOE to the respective schools.



There are two types of certificates that private schools may issue:

  1. Certificates for the successful completion of internal examinations or assessments conducted by the individual private schools; and
  2. Certificates for attendance or completion of the courses.

These are normally viewed as the student’s preliminary performance prior to his/her attempting external examinations such as the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE), London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) etc.



If you have a child with special needs, then they can obtain an education that caters to their specific needs in Special Education schools, known as SPEDs. They typically run different programmes which cater to distinct disability groups of children.

SPEDs are funded by the Ministry of Education, voluntary organizations and other private institutions. The curriculum typically aims to help children who cannot attend mainstream schooling, to function optimally and become self-sufficient.  Apart from teaching staff there is also additional support from paramedic professionals. You can find a list of SPED schools at https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/schoollist/



Some private schools in Singapore are:

San Yu Adventist School - www.syas.edu.sg 

Singapore Sports School - Email: enquire@sportsschool.edu.sg Tel: 67660100

St. Francis Methodist School - Email: sfmsadmin@sfms.edu.sg Tel: 67600889



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