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The Australian International School (AIS) offers the best of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and the Australian Curriculum. The school prides itself on being globally focused while remaining distinctly Australian in its culture and attitude. With a friendly community of students, parents and staff, AIS provides a welcoming environment that offers opportunities for collaboration, learning and, most importantly, enjoyment.
Read more about AIS here.
With 1,700 students from 50 nationalities, Dulwich College (Singapore) balances traditional academic rigour with a love of learning through a structured and challenging learning environment. Not only are students placed at the heart of the learning process, they are always encouraged to take pride in their achievements inside and outside of the classroom.
Read more about Dulwich College (Singapore) here.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)‘s students are from around the world – there’s no dominant nationality, and the GWA teachers are recruited from a wide variety of countries. More importantly, the international curriculum allows students from all nationalities to learn while here and then progress their education when they return to their home countries.
Read more GEMS World Academy here.
Home to 1,500 students, GESS believes that an education rooted in European and German foundations equips students with the essential skills to spread their wings. Students can choose to study either the German curriculum or the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Its 2016 results saw a 100 percent pass rate for both curricula.
Read more about GESS here.
Kinderland provides quality infant care and offers a bilingual preschool and kindergarten education. Its success over the last few decades has led to an extensive regional preschool network of more than 60 centres – present across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Cambodia, which nurture more than 20,000 children annually.
Read more about Kinderland here.
The only Catholic international school in Singapore, St Joseph’s Institution International Elementary School‘s ethos, values and principles have a firm foundation in the Catholic faith and the 335-year tradition of the De La Salle Brothers: To teach students to learn how to learn, and empower them to become people of integrity and people for others. The school offers an international curriculum delivered by a first-rate teaching team in the context of Singapore’s vibrant culture. In addition to daily Mandarin lessons, the school follows the world-renowned Singapore Maths programme and has a thematic, skills-based curriculum.
Read more about St. Joseph’s here.
Named after the popular Arthur Ransome novel, Swallows and Amazons focuses on emotional development in an enquiry-based early years programme. Learning is through purposeful play and its teachers do not adopt a “lecture-style” approach. Instead, they create a learning environment for children explore and discover. The school works within a ratio of one teacher for every five students; for students between 12 to 18 months, this ratio shrinks to 1:3.
Read more about Swallows and Amazons here.
As one of the leading international schools in Singapore, Stamford American International School values every student as a unique individual. Each of its offerings are designed to equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to face the tests of adult life ahead.
SIM International Academy (SIM IA) offers the Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and International A Level – developed and awarded by Cambridge Assessment International Education, United Kingdom – to students aged 12 to 18. Its curriculum focuses on applied learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as the Social Sciences
Read more about SIM IA here.
Following the success of its Sunway City campus in Kuala Lumpur, Sunway International School’s (SIS) second campus, Sunway Iskandar, was established in Johor 2017. The Sunway Iskandar campus offers the Canadian (Ontario) Curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Grades 11 and 12.
Read more about SIS Sunway Iskandar here.
A Jewish community school with a diverse student body, Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) offers a rigorous international education, imbued with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture. Skills acquisition, knowledge and understanding is at the heart of teaching, giving children the best possible start in life.
Read more about Sir Manasseh Meyer International School here.
With a high teacher-student ratio in every class, One World International School’s (OWIS) teachers have more one-to-one time with students to provide feedback and improve learning. The school utilises the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA), undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and currently has more than 40 nationalities.
Read more about OWIS here.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul; updated May 2018
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