Can’t decide on where you should send your kids to school in SG?
Let us help you with this comprehensive list. (Note: Schools are listed in alphabetical order, not by rank.)
Australian International School (AIS) is the only school in SG offering Australian Curriculum and International Baccalaureate (IB). The school prides itself on being globally focused while remaining distinctly Australian in its culture and attitude. There’s a strong team spirit between students, parents and staff, and an emphasis on arts, sports and outdoors education.
Insider tip: AIS shares the purpose-built Early Learning Village with Stamford American International School, which provides top-notch infant care from 2 months and up.
Approximate annual fees: from $23,160 for 5 full days at Nursery to $42,852 for Years 10 to 12.
Read more about Australian International School here.
3 Chuan Ln., 554350; 1 Lorong Chuan, 556818
Founded in 1990, Canadian International School (CIS) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with more than 3,300 students between two campuses: Lakeside in the west (2 to 18 years) and Tanjong Katong in the east (2 to 12 years). The school is known for its academic achievements and a well-rounded approach.
Approximate annual fees: from $24,000 for Nursery full-day to $40,900 for Grades 11 to 12.
Visit www.cis.edu.sg for locations
With an enrolment of 800 students for Kindergarten through Year 13 (Grade 12) across two campuses, Chatsworth takes pride in its “small school” ethos and nurturing environment. It offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes to students of more than 50 nationalities. Located next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the campus has a serene yet vibrant feel.
Insider tip: Its upcoming brand new, purpose-built Forest Playground features innovative structures for kids aged 3 to 12.
Approximate annual fees: $23,819 for K1 and K2 to $32,788 for Years 12 to 13.
72 Bukit Tinggi Rd., 289760
Read more about Chatsworth International School here.
Dover Court International School’s broad and balanced programme is within the framework of the English National Curriculum. Pupils come from more than 60 nationalities, making it a diverse experience for children and parents alike. Part of the Nord Anglia family of schools, students utilise Global Campus to connect with peers at Nord Anglia schools worldwide via online, in-school and worldwide expeditions.
Insider tip: Collaborations with Juillard offer a platform for students to develop their talents in performing arts.
Approximate annual fees: from $21,810 for Nursery to $33,855 for Year 13.
301 Dover Rd., 139644
Read more about Dover Court International School here.
Dulwich College (Singapore) is an International school with a British Independent school ethos and values, and draws upon 400 years of excellence and tradition from the original Dulwich College in the U.K. Opened here in 2014, the school has a strong duallanguage English and Mandarin programme, and boasts three libraries, a Performing Arts Centre with three theatres, three swimming pools and other exceptional facilities.
Insider tip: Dulwich has a new Forest School site on campus and is the first international school in SG with one run by an accredited Forest School
Approximate annual fees: from $16,400 Toddler half-day to $45,500 for Year 13.
71 Bukit Batok West Ave. 8, 658966
Read more about Dulwich College (Singapore) here.
For more than 20 years, EtonHouse has delivered a curriculum not solely focused on academics, but also on helping children develop life skills. Pupils can progress from preschool right through to high school, where both IGCSE and IB Diplomas are offered at its various locations. Primary and Secondary students have access to sports science, design thinking and entrepreneurship programmes. In High School there’s a SMART programme built around Science, Mathematics, Art, Research and Technology.
Insider tip: Its Sentosa outlet is expanding to accommodate more Primary students.
Approximate annual fees: $6,016 per term for Nursery to K2, Primary level $28,723 and Secondary $30,174 to $34,688.
Visit www.etonhouse.com.sg for locations.
Read more about EtonHouse here.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) offers all four International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes from Kindergarten to Grade 12: Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma and Career-related Programmes. Students in Grades 9 and 10 can also complete Cambridge IGCSE courses. Beyond the core curriculum, it has GEMS Sports Academy Programmes and a recently built Design Centre.
Approximate annual fees: from $27,080 for K1 full-day to $40,640 for Grade 12.
2 Yishun St. 42, 768039
Providing IB curriculum in English and German curriculum in German from Preschool to Grade 12, GESS is a not-for-profit school with European foundations. In mid-2018, GESS moved to a new campus, which has impressive sports, design, music, drama and arts facilities.
Approximate annual fees: from $26,230 Pre-K and Kindergarten; $34,010 for English IB; and $24,370 for German curriculum in High school.
2 Dairy Farm Ln., 677621
Initially founded in Singapore to cater to the Indian expatriate community, the school is now attracting a highly diverse enrolment and has expanded to seven countries. Students have a choice of an Indian or international curriculum and extensive choices of CCAs, including robotics, bharatanatyam dancing and folk painting.
Approximate annual fees: from $3,415 per term for Nursery to $4,455 per term for Grade 12.
Visit www.globalindianschool.org for locations.
Integrated International School (IIS) is a boutique school that offers two teaching approaches: One for mainstream students, who benefit from a supportive environment; the other for mainstream students with individualised needs, who benefit from additional resources and learning support available in-house.
Approximate annual fees: from $6,000 for 18- to 36- month-old children to $37,824.40 for 12- to 16-year-olds.
41 Sunset Way, Clementi Arcade, #01-01, 597071
International Community School (Singapore) (ICS) has a smaller-than-most enrollment of 450 students from 26 nationalities. Students follow the K4 to Grade 12 American Curriculum, with 80 percent of graduates attending U.S. universities. Christianity informs the school’s principles. Students can participate in ministries throughout Southeast Asia, China and India.
Approximate annual fees: $23,155 for Elementary; $34,540 for G9 to 12.
27A Jubilee Rd., 128575
In its 53rd year, International French School (Singapore) (IFS) now has a new name, logo and vision (it rebranded from Lycée Français de Singapour in February 2020). There, children from 67 nationalities get to study the French curriculum, including bilingual English and French instruction, and fees are kept low (read: good value for
Insider tip: IFS is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan – with the goal of increasing its student body to 4,000 by September 2023.
Approximate annual fees: from $10,320 for Toute Petite Section to $26,510 High School.
3000 Ang Mo Kio Ave. 3, 569928
Read more about IFS here
ISS is said to be the most established three-programme authorised World IB school in SG for Kindergarten to Grade 12. Teachers have the flexibility to customise the IB programme based on each student’s needs and strengths – making it a caring place where all children
Approximate annual fees: $28,422 for K1 and K2 to $41,354 for G9 to G12.
25 Paterson Rd., 238510, visit www.iss.edu.sg for locations
With more than 40 years of experience, Kinderland is a leader in quality infant care and bilingual preschool education (English and Mandarin) for little ones 2 months to 6 years. The secret? Its music-infused curriculum – facilitated by professional music teachers with internationally recognised qualifications – enhances language literacy in young children. Plus, the use of keyboards, percussion instruments and solfege singing has been shown to help brain development.
Insider tip: Kinderland has more than 16 convenient outlets around SG, including its lush 28,000-square-foot Yio Chu Kang campus.
Approximate annual fees: $26,000 and below (infant care), and $21,000 and below (preschool).
Visit www.kinderland.com.sg for locations
Read more about Kinderland here.
Formed in 2014 and located in leafy Loewen Gardens, Melbourne Specialist is dedicated to providing children with disabilities an environment in which they can learn and thrive in a warm, positive and supportive environment. Each child has an individualised learning plan tailored to his or her specific growth and development path.
Approximate annual fees: from $24,160 for Pre-K to $31, 244 for Transition Year.
75C Loewen Rd., 248853
Middleton International School is part of the EtonHouse International Education Group, and has two campuses (Upper Bukit Timah and Tampines). Its Early Years curriculum follows a Reggio-inspired Inquire- Think-Learn programme, while the International Primary Curriculum is taught in Primary; 11- to 14-year-olds follow the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and Cambridge IGCSEs are offered at High School.
Approximate annual fees: from $19,375.
Visit www.middleton.edu.sg for locations
In SG since 2011 and with 1000 students drawn from over 50 countries, 2020 has been a landmark year for Nexus International – thanks to the opening of its new state-of-the-art campus in Aljunied. Staff at Nexus worked alongside architects to design their “dream school”. Classrooms are built without walls, helping to bring classes together to learn in innovative and engaging ways. The classrooms have quiet spaces, collaborative zones, presentation areas and plenty of surfaces to showcase the work of students.
Insider tip: The school offers performance-related scholarships ranging from 25 to 75 percent of annual school fees, renewed every two years.
Approximate annual fees: $23,500 for Nursery half-day to $40,338 for Year 12 to 13.
1 Aljunied Walk, 387293
With two campuses in SG – one in Jurong West; the newer one on the East Coast – One World International School (OWIS) is a welcoming and inclusive community. The aim is for students to become lifelong learners who find joy in the learning process. Facilities such as open-concept and outdoor learning classrooms, recreational spaces, and performing arts centres are designed to achieve this goal.
Approximate annual fees: $17,514 for EC1 to 3, and $20,136 for Grades 11 to 12.
Visit www.owis.org for locations
With a diverse student body, Overseas Family School offers a Mother Tongue Program and a Study Preparation Program to help students quickly learn English. International Early Years Curriculum is taught from Pre-K1 to K2, International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Grades 1 to 5 and International Baccalaureate from Grades 6 to 12.
Approximate annual fees: from $13,000 for Pre-K1 per semester to $20,500 per semester for Senior High.
81 Pasir Ris Hts., 519292
With an enrollment of more than 4,000 students, Singapore American School (SAS) and its 36-acre campus is one of the largest single-campus K-12 schools in the world. Facilities are world-class. Take, for example, the school’s 2 acres of natural rainforest, used by its science classes as a living laboratory. Plus, SAS has more than 90 after-school activities on offer.
Approximate annual fees: $40,625 at Preschool and Pre-K to $54,246 for High School.
40 Woodlands St. 41, 738547
Singapore’s only Korean international school offers Kindergarten to High School education. Students are encouraged to be intellectually curious and expressive. Mandarin is taught, with an emphasis on mastery of Korean and English.
Approximate annual fees: from $5,729 per semester for Kindegarten to $10,673 per semester for High School.
71 Bukit Tinggi Rd., 289759
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is a not-for-profit, child-centred school that offers a rigorous International Education, imbued with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture. A diverse community that welcomes students of all denominations and those of other faiths, the school uses the framework of the International Primary (IPC) and International Middle Years Curricula (IMYC), as well as offering the Cambridge IGCSE’s in Grades 9 to 10. Students follow British National Curriculum English, Singapore Maths, Personal Social and Health Education, PE and Swimming.
Insider tip: Hebrew and Mandarin are offered as second languages.
Approximate annual fees: $15,590 for Pre-school; $23,170 to $24,300 for Primary School; and $24,650 for Secondary School
3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, 758932
Read more about Sir Manasseh Meyer International School here.
With the aim of inspiring students to create their unique future, Stamford American welcomes diversity and tailors the education pathway to their ambitions. The school community is highly diverse (think more than 75 nationalities), and aims to create a caring and supportive environment. Its Early Learning Village for infants to K2 children and the Elementary and Secondary level campus all have outstanding facilities for art, theatre, dance, music and sport.
Insider tip: Stamford American offers students both International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Approximate annual fees: from $24,406 at Pre-Nursery to $42,490 in High School.
Early Learning Village: 3 Chuan Ln., 554350; Woodleigh campus: 1 Woodleigh Ln., 357684
Read more about Stamford American International School here.
Founded in 1967, Swiss School is a boutique school recognised by the Swiss Government. Set amidst tropical greenery, it has ample space for playing and sports while also equipping children with strong academic skills. Pre-school (ages 2 to 5) is taught in English with an introduction of German, while the Primary curriculum (ages 5 to 12) is offered in German or French with English classes.
Approximate annual fees: from $18,870 for Kindergarten to $24,230 for Primary 6.3
8 Swiss Club Rd., 288140
Founded in 1925, not-for-profit Tanglin Trust School has an excellent academic reputation. Students’ examination results consistently surpass Singapore and global averages, with around 95 percent of graduates typically receiving their first or second choice university, which are among the best in the world. It is the only international school in Singapore to offer both the IBDP and GCSE A Levels in its Sixth Form curriculum.
Insider tip: The school is heavily subscribed and operates on a waitlist based on the date the application and enrollment fee are received, so the earlier the better!
Approximate annual fees: $9,238 per term for Nursery to $15,276 per term for Sixth Form.
95 Portsdown Rd., 139299
Read more about Tanglin Trust School here.
Offering the International Primary Curriculum and Cambridge Primary Curriculum, The Grange Institution (TGI) caters to children aged 5 to 12 years. The campus has a small boutique feel, and there is an emphasis on leveraging its 3 acres of outdoor space to provide a natural extension of the classroom in which to learn.
Insider tip: TGI’s curriculum supports a Cre8tors-in-Action educational philosophy, aimed at helping children achieve eight core competencies including Respecting the Environment, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Service Leadership.
Approximate annual fees: from $18,480 onwards.
449 Yio Chu Kang Rd., 805946
Read more about The Grange Institution here.
The Japanese School was founded in 1912, with three campuses supporting education from elementary to high school. Two separate elementary schools are based in Clementi and Changi, while the junior high school division is located in the West Coast. All three schools are rooted in the Japanese curriculum that provides a robust, well-rounded education.
Approximate annual fees: $561 per month for Primary; $636 per month for
Visit www.sjs.edu.sg for locations
The Windstedt School is dedicated to educating children who learn differently. It individualises the British Curriculum to each student. In addition, small class sizes with high teacher-pupil ratios encourage successful learning. Integrated learning support, counselling, and occupational and speech therapy are also available, if needed.
Approximate annual fees: $39,000 for Reception to $54,891 for Years 10 and 11.
1208 Upper Boon Keng Rd., 387312
One of the oldest international schools in SG, UWCSEA (United World College Southeast Asia) sees education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. A highly sought-after school, there is a selective admissions policy as the school seeks to ensure balanced and diverse cohorts in each class.
Approximate annual fees: $40,434 for K1-G1 and $48,459 for G10 FIB-G12 for the first year of admission.
Visit www.uwcsea.edu.sg for locations
The White Lodge Education Group Services includes eight White Lodges around Singapore and three in Malaysia. White Lodge has a rich 20-year history, and its preschools support children from 6 months to 6.5 years. The curriculum approach adopts a series of themes incorporating theories of High Scope, Reggio Emilia and Howard Gardner.
Insider tip: Term time can run up to forty-seven weeks, which means that extensive education is possible all year.
Approximate annual fees: from $6,407 to $19,637 varying by half- or full-day and partial- or full-week.
Visit https://whitelodge.edu.sg for locations
Read more about White Lodge International Preschool & Childcare here.
Text: Assemblage + Additional Reporting: Ruth Beattie / Photos: Facebook + Wikimedia Commons (unless provided by schools)
From The Finder Kids, Vol. 28, March 2020
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