Guides for Expats
Education is essential for every child, and the government emphasises on formal education for every child in Singapore. Singapore Expats comprehensive listings of international schools in Singapore, education system in Singapore and procedure to admit into a local school.
Please contact us to add to this list.
Primary School Education
A child starts studying at Primary One at the age of six and studies for six years. He/she then sits for the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) before moving on to secondary school for another four or five years. The Primary School Education consists of a 4-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a 2-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6. The overall aim of primary education is to give students a good grasp of English language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics.
- 6 years of compulsory education
- National examination: Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)
- Students are encouraged to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Community Involvement Programme (CIP)
Secondary School Education
Second School Education places students in the Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the PSLE. The different curricular emphases are designed to match their learning abilities and interests. In secondary school, he/she can choose- based on his/her examination results to enter in the School Cambridge General Certificate of Education ’Ordinary’ (GCE ’O’s) level examinations.
- 4-5 years of education
- National examination: GCE ‘O’ Levels (for Special / Express courses) or GCE ‘N’ Levels (for Normal course)
- All students take part in at least one CCA; CCA performance is considered for admission to JCs, CI, polytechnics and ITE
After the secondary level, it’s a selection whether to go:
- Technical (ITE) or commercial institutes (MDIS, MIS, TMC, SIM)
- Polytechnics (Nanyang, Temasek, Ngee Ann, Singapore Polytechnic) to pursue diploma courses
- Pre-university centres or junior colleges to prepare for the Senior Cambridge General Certificate of Education ’Advanced’ (GCE ’A’) level examinations and later on tertiary education
- Centralised institutions
The Pre-U Education prepares students for the GCE "A" Level examination at the end of the 2-year junior college or 3-year centralised institute course. Students who completed their pre-university education will receive aSchool Graduation Certificate.
- 2-3 years of education
- National examination: GCE "A" Levels
- All students take part in at least one CCA. CCA performance is considered for university admission
For tertiary education, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) provide a wide choice of courses.
The primary role of ITE is to ensure that its graduates have the technical knowledge and skills that are relevant to industry. ITE is the national authority for the setting of skills standards and the certification of skills in Singapore.
Polytechnics were set up with the mission to train middle-level professionals to support the technological and economic development of Singapore. Reflecting the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of their students, the polytechnics seek to train students with relevant and specific skills for the workplace to give Singapore a competitive edge as we move into a knowledge-based economy.
Singapore’s undergraduate university education aspires to prepare students not only for today’s world but also for a world where there will be jobs that have yet to be invented and challenges not yet foreseen.
Schools tailored for handicapped children are also available and are mainly operated by managed by private schools/ organisations.
Expatriates in Singapore on employment / professional visit passes could apply for their children for admission to the government or government-aided schools through the Ministry of Education (MOE). If there are vacancies, they need to obtain student passes from the Immigration Department. School fees in such schools are much lower than in private schools. The students in local schools are usually Singaporean origin whereas students in International Schools consist of students from all over the world. Information and procedure of enrolling into a local school are listed below.
Admission of Foreign Students to Government, Government-aided, Independent Schools, Junior Colleges and Centralised Institute
Applications for school admission of foreign students must be made using the prescribed form obtainable from the foreign student information website or the schools (ie Government/Government-aided/Independent schools/Junior colleges/Centralised institute).
For information on school admission of foreign students, you may visit foreign student information website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/esp/foreign/
For further clarifications, please contact:
- MOE Customer Service Centre at DID (65) 6872 2220, Fax No (65) 6776 4617
- MOE email address at email@example.com
Part 1: Application Procedure
Step 1 - Apply at school of choice
The parent/guardian submits the completed application form for school admission together with all the necessary original documents directly to a school of choice. For children whose parent(s) are holding S Pass or Work Permit (R Pass), they are required to pass a qualifying test before seeking school admission (see Step A).
Step 2 - School conducts placement test and issues Letter of Acceptance
School will conduct placement test for the applicant if there is a vacancy.
If applicant passes the placement test and the school accepts him/her, the school will issue a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). The LOA will indicate in-principle acceptance of the applicant to the school. The applicant can proceed to ICA to apply for a student’s pass with this letter (see Step 3)
Acceptance to the school is subject to the applicant obtaining and returning with a student’s pass from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority(ICA) within 2 weeks from date of issue of the LOA.
Applicants who are holding a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order(IEO) are not required to apply for a student’s pass from ICA. He/She can be admitted by the school immediately upon passing the placement test (go to Step 5).
Step 3 - Apply student’s pass at ICA
The LOA is valid for 2 weeks from date of issue. Upon receiving the LOA, the applicant should proceed to ICA immediately to apply for a student’s pass. Applicant must produce the original LOA endorsed by the School to ICA.
Step 4 - Return to school within 2 weeks with student’s pass
The applicant must return to school with a valid student’s pass within 2 weeks from the date of the LOA. The applicant will forfeit his/her admission to the school if he/she does not return within 2 weeks.
Step 5 - Donation to the Education Fund
After the applicant has been successfully admitted to the school, the Ministry of Education will send a letter to him/her requesting for the biennial donation to the Education Fund, i.e $1,000 for every 2 years.
Step A - For Children of S Pass and Work Permit (R Pass) Holders Only
Applicants with at least one parent working in Singapore on S Pass or Work Permit (R Pass) must pass a qualifying test (Assessment of General Ability conducted by Civil Service College Consultants) before they can be considered for admission. For more information on this requirement, please refer to Ministry of Manpower’s website at http://www.mom.gov.sg.
Applicants who have not taken the qualifying test can apply online at General Ability Test Singapore website.
The applicant will receive by post a letter on the Outcome of the Qualifying Test. If the letter shows that he/she is eligible to seek admission to a Singapore school, he/she can then approach a school of choice with the letter to apply for school admission (refer to Step 2)
Part 2: Other Information
1. Application Period
Applications for school admission are accepted by schools subject to availability of vacancies. Application can be made anytime during the year. For admission to Primary One in the following year, the applicant may register with the school of choice during or after Phase 3 of the annual Primary One Registration Exercise (http://www.moe.edu.sg/esp/schadm/p1/).
2. Donation to the Education Fund
A foreign student is requested to make biennial donations (that is, once every two years) to the Education Fund of the Ministry of Education if his/her application to study in Singapore is approved.
Foreign students are requested to make the biennial donations of S$1,000 within the period stated in the Letter of Donation.
Thereafter, foreign students are requested to make the donation in advance every two years. The biennial donations are requested from foreign students of all nationalities who seek admission to schools, junior colleges and centralised institute for the academic year beginning in January each year. The biennial donations replace the previous donation rates ($3,000 for Malaysians and $5,000 for other nationalities) which were requested once at the primary education level and once at the secondary education level.
Foreign students whose parents are Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, or holders of work passes (including P1, P2, Q1, S, R and other work passes), who are admitted from 1 Jan 2001 onwards, are also requested to make the biennial donations to the Education Fund.
The donations to the Education Fund are eligible for tax-exemption and the official receipts will be made in favour of either the donor or the foreign student. The donation is non-refundable except when the foreign student is awarded a Singapore Government Scholarship www.moe.gov.sg/aseanscholarships in the year of admission or when he/she has not attended any lessons in school.
3. Particulars of Guardian
The foreign student is required to provide the particulars of his/her guardian to the school for contact purposes. The guardian should be a Singapore Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident above 21 years old OR the parent of the foreign student if the parent is working/staying in Singapore.
A foreign student should report any change in guardianship to his/her school principal.
4. Choice of school
Parent/guardian can approach the school of choice directly. Admission is dependent on the availability of vacancies in the school provided there are no Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents on the school’s waiting list.
5. Placement Test conducted by the school
The foreign student will be tested subjects such as English, Mathematics and Mother Tongue Language (where applicable). The tests are conducted by the school which the foreign student is seeking admission to.
6. Level of Admission
Besides the performance in the school placement test, foreign students will be considered for admission to a level subject to documentary proof that he/she has completed the previous level, and the age criteria. Foreign students who have been admitted at the primary level must complete the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) before proceeding to the secondary level.
7. Boarding Facilities
Please refer to the list of boarding schools and hostels. The private hostels are listed in the yellow pages of the Singapore Telephone Directory.
8. Exemption from offering Chinese, Malay or Tamil as a Mother Tongue Language
Exemption from the mother tongue requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis after the student has been admitted to school. Application for exemption should be made through the school principal, who will refer the application to the Languages & Literature Branch, Ministry of Education, for consideration.
9. Monthly School Fees
For Government and Government-Aided Schools, the monthly rates of school fees payable are S$80 for primary, S$130 for secondary and S$240 for pre-university levels. For children of Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents and dependants of Employment Pass and Skilled Work Permit Holders, the monthly school fees payable for the first 2 years are S$3 for primary, S$5 for secondary, and S$6 for pre-university levels. For the third year onwards, the school fees payable will be determined based on their citizenship status.
In addition to school fees, all students are to pay miscellaneous fees. The maximum monthly miscellaneous fees payable are S$11 for primary, S$16 for secondary, and S$22 for pre-university levels. Students studying in Autonomous Schools are also required to pay additional miscellaneous fees. Please check directly with the schools on the actual amount of miscellaneous fees payable.
The rates of school and miscellaneous fees payable are reviewed by the Ministry of Education and individual schools from time to time.
For Independent Schools, the school fees payable varies from school to school. Please check directly with the schools concerned for the fees payable.
10. Admission to Kindergartens, Private Schools, Universities & Polytechnics
A foreign student seeking admission to a kindergarten, private school or an institution of higher education (ie university or polytechnic), should approach the kindergarten, private school or institution directly.
In accordance with the Immigration Regulations, a foreigner is exempted from applying for a Student’s Pass if he/she is a Dependant’s Pass or Immigration Exemption Order Holder studying in a Government/Governement-aided/Independent School. For more details on Student’s Pass applications, please refer to ICA ’s website .
A copy of the "Directory of Schools and Educational Institutions, Singapore" is obtainable from the Customer Service Centre at the Ground Floor, Podium Block, Ministry of Education, at S$3.50 per copy excluding postage. This publication provides the addresses and telephone numbers of all the schools in Singapore. Alternatively, the information may be found in the Schools Information website at http://www.moe.edu.sg/schdiv/sis/
Age Criteria for Admission of Foreign Students
Permissible Age Range as at 1st Jan or Year of Admission
|Primary 1||6 to 10+|
|Primary 2||7 to 11+|
|Primary 3||8 to 12+|
|Primary 4||9 to 13+|
|Primary 5||10 to 14+|
|Primary 6||No direct admission is allowed to this critical level as the students will not have sufficient preparation time for the Primary School Leaving Examination held towards the end of the year.|
|Secondary 1||12 to 16+|
|Secondary 2||13 to 17+|
|Secondary 3||14 to 18+|
|Secondary 4||No direct admission is allowed to this critical level as the students will not have sufficient preparation time for the GCE "N" or GCE "O" Level Examinations held towards the end of the year.|
|Secondary 5||No direct admission is allowed to this critical level as the students will not have sufficient preparation time for the GCE "O" Level Examinations held towards the end of the year.|
|Pre-U 1||16 to 20+|
|Pre-U 2||No direct admission is allowed to this critical level as the students will not have sufficient preparation time for the GCE "A" Examinations held towards the end of the year.|
|Pre-U 3||No direct admission is allowed to this critical level as the students will not have sufficient preparation time for the GCE "A" Examinations held towards the end of the year.|
ISS International School
ISS International School was founded in 1981 to serve the expatriate community in Singapore.
ISS is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a multicultural environment for students from almost 60 countries. It is the ONLY IB World School in Singapore specialising solely in the IB, incorporating IB Primary Years, IB Middle Years and the IB Diploma Program. This specialisation makes it possible for the school to offer a clear and undiluted IB focus. ISS has a high percentage of IBO workshop leaders, moderators and examiners among its staff, one of the highest in Asia.
The IB is a combination of the best education systems offered worldwide and ISS offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of subjects in Singapore at the IB Diploma level. Students graduate with either the full IB Diploma or IB Diploma Course.
ISS is also known for its outstanding support services, which include counselling, university advising and a guardianship program. The school has an intensive ESL (English as a Second Language) program to enhance the overall level of the English Language.
ISS has a fully digitally integrated 1 to 1 laptop program, and all students in Grades 7 to 12 are required to have an Apple MacBook as part of the school’s curriculum. ISS is also the first International School in Singapore with an Apple MacBook laptop program.
- An authorized IB World School
- Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), USA
- Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS)
- A member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS)
- EduTrust certified and registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE)
Elementary & Middle School campus:
25 Paterson Road, Singapore 238510
Tel: +65 6235 5844 Fax: +65 6732 5701
High School campus:
21 Preston Road, Singapore 109355
Tel: +65 6475 4188 Fax: +65 6273 7065
ISS is a member of the ISS Education Group (Incorporated in 1981) with subsidiaries in Beijing and Singapore.
Testimonies from Parents:
Parents’ testimonials are available at: http://www.iss.edu.sg/parent_testimonials.php
Marlborough College Malaysia
THE BEST OF BRITISH BOARDING AND DAY EDUCATION
Located on the Southern tip of Malaysia; a 10 minute drive from the border and 68kms
from Singapore International airport.
In August 2012, after five years of careful planning, Marlborough College became the first independent, British boarding and day school to open a campus in Malaysia. After a successful, first year of operation, the initial cohort of 350 pupils now stands at over 600. The College follows a programme of selective admission which will enable slow and steady growth towards a target of 1280 pupils in 2018/19.
|Senior School||Day and Boarding for children Years 9 – 13 (aged 13 – 18)|
|Upper Preparatory School||Day and Boarding for children Years 5 – 8 (aged 8 – 13)|
|Lower Preparatory School||Day School from Year 3 – Year 4 (aged 6 – 8)|
|Pre-Preparatory School||Day School from Reception to Year 2 (aged 4 – 6)|
British Curriculum - internationally recognised IGCSE qualifications at 16, the IB Diploma Programme at 18 and Mandarin, Spanish and Bahasa Malay as foreign languages.
Common Room – the majority of teachers have worked at British Curriculum schools and one third of these have direct experience of Marlborough College, UK, bringing with them the pedagogy and sense of tradition.
Community – a vibrant, international, multi-faith environment where the children represent over 30 different nationalities.
Resources - a beautiful, 90 acre estate, housing nine grass pitches, a cricket ground, athletics track, 50m swimming pool, junior swimming pool, six tennis courts, netball courts and an all-weather pitch for hockey and games. Indoor facilities include a theatre, air conditioned music practice rooms, a fully-equipped gym, dance studio, netball, basketball, volley-ball and badminton courts, four squash courts and a climbing wall.
Please contact the Admissions Secretary, Nicola Grogan for an appointment and a tour of the College.
Telephone: +60 7 560 2244
For the latest MCM news, details of open days and information sessions, please visit www.marlboroughcollege.my
Stamford American International School
With a goal of instilling an enthusiasm for lifelong learning and a sense of global awareness, along with building the necessary skills to prepare students for the challenges and changes which lay ahead, Stamford American International School provides a world class academic offering.
Stamford American International School’s new $300 million campus facility features state-of-the-art technology and facilities establishing Stamford as a new benchmark for international schools around the world. The campus features top notch academic and athletic resources:
• Cognita iLEarn™ facility for interactive learning
• Science Wing with specialized laboratories
• High-Tech Learning Resource and Media Center
• Swimming Pools, indoor sports arena, gym, sports field, dance studio and golfing excellence center
The best of American and International learning
Stamford offers two rigorous programs of learning; the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program integrated with the most rigorous US state standards (AERO). Stamford students get the best of American and international education to prepare them to live, learn and work in our increasingly globalized world.
Strength in Languages
Beyond developing their English, students receive daily language lessons beginning at age 2 in Mandarin or Spanish. Daily reinforcement helps students to develop fluency in their chosen language.
At Stamford we focus on building our students’ experience and comfort with integrated technology. There are interactive Promethean boards in every classroom, a 1 to 1 iPad Program for students from Kindergarten 2 through Grade 5 and a 1 to 1 MacBook Program for our Middle School and High School students.
Healthy Food, Health Kids, Healthy Planet
Stamford has partnered with Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant to run the Student Café and Parent Café. Chef Stroobant strongly believes in the importance of building good eating habits from a young age by serving students healthier, fresher and more nutritious foods. The diverse menu uses organic ingredients with low GI, high quality meats and no MSG.
The name suggests internationalism ... a visit confirms it. Not just in the curriculum and the focus on languages, but the wide range of nationalities at Stamford. The student body represents over 40 different nationalities, a diversity that is celebrated!
Conveniently located at 279 Upper Serangoon Road (1 Woodleigh Lane), the campus is next to the Woodleigh MRT and a short drive from most expat communities.
French Courses for Children at Alliance Française de Singapour
The Alliance française de Singapour, Singapore's premier French language institution and cultural centre, runs French courses for children from as young as one year old to teenagers aged twelve and above. French courses for children at Alliance française are very much sought after thanks to the great quality of the content, the dedication and professionalism of highly trained native French teachers and our desire to make sure that learning is fun AND efficient!
Our programme for the young begins with the Zouzous class for pre-schoolers, where children as young as 12-months-old are exposed to a foreign language, and where their natural abilities help them to master French language rapidly and easily while boosting their intellectual competencies. We also offer various classes for children from the ages of five to fifteen, using methodology and syllabus developed in France for optimum language learning.
Broadened Cultural Horizons
Learning another language is a life-long commitment. An early start facilitates a deeper understanding of one's own culture, as well as an appreciation of other cultures. At the cross-cultural level, being educated in French broadens a child's outlook and introduces new modes of expression. Knowing more than one language enables communication with a wide spectrum of people from diverse backgrounds.
Alliance française de Singapour has developed a great expertise in teaching French to children and we are eager to expand our programs by offering others ways of learning that can greatly complement their learning in class.
Call us today for an in-depth discussion on our best programmes which can be tailored to meet individual needs, and on how learning French can benefit your child.
Mr Emmanuel Lainé
+65 6833 9309
or Ms Myzu Hoang
+65 6833 9304
AIOA - American International Online Academy
As a student in AIOA, you can learn from anywhere in the world. American International Online Academy is a private, AdvancEd accredited college preparatory school. We provide a convenient and flexible learning environment. With AIOA, you can get a US education including a high school diploma from anywhere in the world! As long as you have internet access, you can learn with AIOA. AIOA is kindergarten through 12th grade school; our curriculum is online and ready for you. Our high school students also have the opportunity to take US university classes online. As a parent in AIOA, you will have the flexibility to be more involved in your child’s upbringing, and you can rest assured that your student will receive a quality US education. AIOA believes each student is unique and can meet or exceed their potential, and AIOA will provide a quality standards based education with a distance learning supported curriculum using state of the art technologies.
- At AIOA we offer each student the tools and resources that they need to become successful and accomplished students. Our teachers and staff members are patient and experienced and will work alongside the student, in cooperation with the parents, for superior achievement.
- Every student will have a variety of courses to choose from that meet the standards required for a unique education tailored to that student.
- AIOA will adapt curriculum to meet students’ academic abilities and aptitudes.
- AIOA believes in a strong sense of community and diversity, and AIOA is open to students worldwide.
- AIOA believes that accountability is paramount.
- AIOA is a private institution, governed by an acting Board of Education that upholds the regulations and requirements for a successful educational environment.
AIOA, educating the world one student at a time.
At Brighton Montessori, we believe that every child learns at his or her own pace. Therefore, Brighton Montessori's curriculum was uniquely designed to cater to each individual child's needs. Following the philosophy of Maria Montessori, Brighton Montessori adapted the hands on learning approach and one to one teaching approach with concrete to abstract methods for both Phonics and Mathematics.
Our carefully prepared environment is designed to complement the activities and encourage the participation of children. All our classrooms are well equipped and ever ready for a child's learning, allowing them to explore and express themselves freely. With an open door communication practice, strong parent and school partnership and a team of dedicated principals and teachers, Brighton Montessori stands firm in preparing each individual child with education and life skills for their next stage of formal education and beyond.
Our goal is to nurture in children:
- A creative mind with a love for learning
- A loving heart with independence and self-confidence
- A lively spirit to share, respect and cooperate with others
- A healthy body for physical well-being and development
Ages taught: 18 months - 6 years
Teacher/student ratio: 1:6 for Pre-Nursery - 1:14 for Kindergarten students.
Montessori Curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial Exercises, Language, Mathematics, Cultural Studies
Programmes include: Intensive Chinese Immersion Programme, Kidz Fun Discovery Programme
Instruction in: English, Mandarin
Half Day, Full Day, and Flexi Programme available.
Brighton Montessori Fort Road
16 Fort Road, Singapore 439077
Brighton Montessori Frankel Avenue
125 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458235
Brighton Montessori Mountbatten Road
764 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 437764
Brighton Montessori River Valley
370 River Valley Road, Singapore 248279
Brighton Montessori Sunset Way
41 Sunset Way, #02-01/02 Clementi Arcade Singapore 597071
Brighton Montessori The Grassroots' Club
190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #02-01 The Grassroots Club, Singapore 568046
Contact us to find out more or to schedule a tour at any of our centres.
Chatsworth International School at Emerald Hill Road
Sitting inconspicuously among the characteristic and colourful shophouses of the old Straits settlement on top of Emerald Hill, Chatsworth International School(Orchard) occupies a former Peranakan mansion and its grounds.
Accessible to Orchard Road by its front entrance on Cairnhill Road, and backing on to the old-world feel of Emerald Hill at the rear, Chatsworth blends elements of both into a School with a unique community of 689 students and over 70 educators and support staff.
The present day mansion, which is now our entirely self-contained School campus, was constructed in the late nineteenth century as the family home of the influential Dr. Lim Boon Keng. Between the years of 1925 and 1994, it housed the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School.
Among its student and staff body, this campus today plays host to an IB World School with over 44 nationalities, characterised by a distinctively international flavour. Its location occupies both an important place in the past as an educational landmark of colonial-era Singapore as well as a place today where it sits seamlessly within the modern heart of this tropical City State.
Dover Court International School
In April 2014, Dover Court International School (formerly Dover Court Preparatory School) became part of the world’s leading premium schools organisation, Nord Anglia Education. For over 40 years, Dover Court has provided a traditional and highly sought after British education to expatriate students residing in Singapore. Currently educating 650 children from over 60 nationalities, the school’s relentless commitment to three core promises has been the key factor for its success.
Firstly, children attending the school develop a passion for learning that enables them to develop into socially and intellectually confident individuals. Teachers are well skilled at helping children to understand how they are doing and areas where they can improve. This process enables children to become part of the learning process and also helps them to become independent and disciplined in their school life.
Secondly, Dover Court places a large emphasis on ensuring children understand the importance of respect, support and interaction with others. Inter-cultural understanding is at the heart of the school’s ethos and built extensively into the curriculum through events such as UN Day and Deevali celebrations. Students are actively involved in working on community projects so that they can understand some of the issues and challenges in the world around them.
Thirdly, children achieve outstanding progress across all areas of school life at Dover Court. With only 650 students, and fully staffed and resourced departments for English as a Second Language and Special Needs, learning is very carefully tailored to each child’s needs and extremely effective at delivering results. Importantly, learning is monitored rigorously and feedback is given at every level so that students never cease to develop academically and socially.
If you are interested to find out more about entrance to Dover Court International School, please do visit the website at www.dovercourt.edu.sg; email the very friendly and welcoming admissions team on Admissions@dovercourt.edu.sg; or call and arrange a visit with a member of the team on +65 6775 7664
EtonHouse International School
The EtonHouse campus at Broadrick Road is a popular International Baccalaureate World School that houses both the pre-school and international school. There are approximately 500 children enrolled at the Broadrick site. Situated in a quiet, leafy residential area adjacent to the Geylang walkway connector and canal, the school has a bustling, multicultural community of learners from over 44 different nationalities. The school is walking distance to Dakota MRT station.
The pre-school offers levels Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 and the International school offers classes from Year 2 to Year 6 for children aged 6 to 11 years of age. The curriculum philosophy is inquiry-focused and trans-disciplinary, based upon the pedagogy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The Literacy and Numeracy framework from the United Kingdom is also used as a curriculum reference. Students are encouraged to become active, compassionate, life-long learners who seek to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. The programs are academically rigorous in their learning expectations and challenge students to be become responsible members of their school, local and global communities.
The school also offers a richly diverse curricular and co-curricular program that includes: a Years 5 and 6 laptop program, computer laboratory access for all, a well-stocked library, specialist art and music rooms, a large multi-purpose hall for dining and performance, and daily language classes in Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese and English as a Second Language. Also offered are Chinese Cultural classes, parents Mandarin classes, Pre-SAP immersion Mandarin, after-school academic and recreational clubs and sports programs on the extensive playing fields.
The campus also offers the first and only bilingual primary years programme in Singapore where learning happens in an integrated bilingual environment with an English and Mandarin speaking teacher in the classroom at all times. At EtonHouse International School, students develop a strong foundation and proficiency in Mandarin and more importantly, a love for learning the language. The Primary Bilingual Programme offered at EtonHouse is delivered in an integrated bilingual environment and is the first of its kind in Singapore. The holistic and multi-dimensional bilingual programme integrates many interesting aspects of the language such as culture, music, art, helping children appreciate the language better and develop in them a genuine interest in the language at a very young age.
EtonHouse International School’s inquiry-based learning approach nurtures lifelong learners with inquisitive minds and the potential to shape the future of our planet. Education is about more than imparting knowledge; it is also about building character and empowering each individual to be an enthusiastic lifelong learner, global citizen, and leader of the future. EtonHouse aims to develop each child into a well-balanced individual with a genuine thirst for learning - and the courage to embrace the decisions, and take the action, to make the world a better place.
EtonHouse believes that children must learn to live and socialise with their fellow human beings as part of a considerate and mutually supportive community. Students at EtonHouse acquire social skills and the confidence to communicate freely and comfortably with both adults and peers’ in a happy, relaxed and safe environment.
International-mindedness is at the core of all truly relevant 21st century educational practice. EtonHouse seeks to embed this awareness and sensitivity into the hearts and minds of all its students so that their understanding of what it is to be a global citizen is reflected in their decision-making and actions.
EtonHouse schools inculcate concepts around sustainability amongst its students, both social and environmental. The children are therefore not only involved in projects that promote environmental awareness but also include aspects of social responsibility.
Children are supported by a highly qualified and committed team of staff. EtonHouse educators are recruited from all over the world - the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Singapore - and they are involved in continuous professional development during their tenure. Professional development is provided through the EtonHouse Education Centre, the Group’s in-house training, research and development arm, together with international presenters from many educational settings around the world. EtonHouse places great emphasis upon its research-based pedagogical approach and offers regular industry workshops that attract educators from the Asian region and around the globe.
The EtonHouse International Education Group provides educational services through International Schools, Pre-Schools and Teacher Education Courses. Registered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore, EtonHouse is a member of the Council of International Schools.
Headquartered in Singapore, EtonHouse currently operates more than 70 pre-schools and schools across Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. Together these campuses provide quality international education to over 6000 children from sixty one different nationalities. In Singapore, EtonHouse has 10 pre-schools and 1 international primary school. EtonHouse’s first school commenced operation in 1995 in Singapore. Spanning almost 18 years, the EtonHouse schools have set standards of excellence across Asia by providing high quality international education.
Excelsior international School – City of Knowledge, Iskandar Johor
Excelsior International School is located within the City of Knowledge, in the Iskandar region, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The purpose-built Campus spreads over 20 acres with a built-up area of 320,000 square feet. The vast premise houses world-class learning, sporting and recreational facilities.
The School is designed to be the flagship campus of Singapore’s Raffles Campus Group and builds upon Raffles’ expertise and experience in operating and managing schools in Dubai, Singapore, India and China.
Excelsior commenced classes from Nursery (age 3) to Grade 8 (age 13) on 2nd September 2013. We plan to open the Upper Secondary (Grades 9 and 10) from August 2014 and, subsequently, High School (Grades 11 and 12).
We are offering the Cambridge International Programmes; we have embarked on the process of gaining accreditation to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Diploma programmes.
We are committed to excellence in education by striving to provide each student with opportunities to reach their full potential as lifelong learners in a holistic, challenging and supportive learning environment that will ultimately prepare them to play an active and responsible role as global citizens in a multi-cultural world.
In support of our belief in holistic education, all students follow a broad educational programme covering Academics, Sports and the Arts – our Three Pillars of Excellence. Alongside these three pillars, we offer an extensive Enhanced Curriculum Programme allowing students to participate in many activities, from guided study groups, to follow-up work with subject teachers and acquire and practise what are now termed “21st Century skills”.
Across the campus, the language of instruction, communication and understanding is English. To facilitate the use of English, there is a wide-ranging English Language Support programme enabling all students to learn and improve their competence in the language.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
Opening in September 2014, GEMS World Academy (GWA), Singapore will be the first school in South East Asia to be connected to the GEMS global network of international schools. The network provides the opportunity for students from Singapore to interact with their peers in other cities around the world from over 150 nationalities. This unique learning environment is designed to prepare students for a world that is more interconnected than ever before.
GWA (Singapore) will initially enrol students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 (ages 3-13), and will expand in the future to include children up to Grade 12. It intends to apply to become a full International Baccalaureate Programme for students, within a state-of-the-art educational facility on a five-hectare campus. GWA (Singapore) will be led by Dan E. Young, Founding Head of School, an internationally recognised educator with more than 40 years of experience and previously Head of School for GWA-Dubai.
GEMS IB Diploma students have been recruited and accepted into more than 350 universities worldwide.
While all the academies under GEMS Education focus on academic excellence, they are also dedicated to the concept of "Ad Vitam Paramus" - "preparing for life". GWA students will study world languages from an early age, participate in global initiatives and specially designed extracurricular activities and sports programs that develop leadership skills through peer interaction. GWA Singapore will encourage independent learning, empowering students to take on personal responsibility and will look to develop a student's character, talents, skills, creativity, values, entrepreneurship and leadership. The school will support parents by reinforcing basic human values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality and respect, all reflected in a defined learner profile.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
Information and Enrolment Centre
582 Orchard Road
German European School Singapore
GESS (German European School Singapore) is a multi-lingual, international school in Singapore with a distinct European flavour. With two green campus locations, GESS provides international education to 1,500 students of more than 50 nationalities from pre-school to grade 12. Since its foundation in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections: as an authorised IB World School, our European Section offers education for students from 3 years old to high school across all three IB programmes, the PYP, the MYP and the IB Diploma. As an accredited ‘Excellent German School Abroad’, the German Section of GESS offers all major German school leaving certificates. Unlike the many proprietary schools in Singapore, GESS is a not-for-profit organisation which is governed by elected parents. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools.
One of GESS’ core strengths is language acquisition. The European Section supports multiple languages with a high proportion of students being bi- or even trilingual. In particular, Dutch, Danish, German, French, Spanish and Mandarin are all delivered within the curriculum, with more languages coming online all the time. Dedicated and caring international faculty members encourage students to develop their strengths. GESS believes “learning to live and to give” to be crucial in supporting and nurturing the students to become balanced, responsible and informed world citizens.
German European School Singapore
Main Campus: 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Junior School Campus: 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598668
Contact: +65 6469 1131
International Community School (Singapore)
Since its opening in 2001 by the British High Commissioner, Insworld Institute has maintained an excellent track record of students progressing onto top degree courses, with particular success in preparing students for medical, law, engineering and economic professional degrees at globally respected universities such as Imperial College and Newcastle upon Tyne. Insworld’s students originate from nearly 30 different countries, creating a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere to study in.
Insworld focuses on excellence and creativity, where our small classes guarantee the personal attention vital for academic success. Our commitment to realising the full academic potential of each and every student is enshrined in the dedicated and personalised care that we provide and is linked to quality programmes and excellent teaching.
Working closely with Edexcel, the UK’s largest public examining body we offer courses at every level of high school education and beyond. The resultant qualifications are “gold standards’ in education and provide holders with a passport to opportunities world-wide. Its students benefit from a superb British education whilst studying in the heart of one of Asia’s most beautiful and safest cities.
There are 4 main entrance dates in January, March, July and September.
- 12- 18 Months Edexcel International Advanced Level ( A level) – 16 to 18 years old
- 15- 18 Months Edexcel BTEC Diploma in Business Level 3 – 16 to 18 years old
- 12- 18 Months Edexcel International GCSE (O level) – 14 to 16 years old
- 12- 18 Months Edexcel International Tuition Program (Junior Secondary)–12 to 14 years old
- 3 – 9 months English For Academic Studies
Insworld also accepts students wishing to re sit their exams.
Professional counselors will work with students to help them choose which subjects to study depending on their ability, interest and field of study. With a wide choice of subjects and pathways Insworld offers of chance for everybody to design their own future. Come and see us for a free consultation at your convenience.
Integrated International School (IIS)
Boutique School with Two Educational Approaches (Mainstream & Support) – One Integrated Community!
Students learn differently, and no other International School in Singapore recognises this more than IIS; a hidden gem nestled in the West of Singapore, IIS provides its students the personalised attention and support they need whilst challenging them academically and supported by an Australian based curriculum.
Two educational approaches:
The first boutique International School in Singapore to offer a Mainstream and Support approach for children aged 4 to 16 years old in an inclusive setting. IIS prides itself on inclusivity and acknowledges that the “one size fits all approach,” to learning and teaching is extinct. Students at IIS are integrated in one International community, supporting and enhancing individual talents whilst fostering socially conscientious and tolerant human beings.
Amongst the jungle of International Schools in Singapore, class sizes rarely fall below 18. IIS provides an environment where small class sizes (approximately 10 students per class) and an enviable teacher to student ratio are tantamount to the success of the students.
The IIS curriculum is based on the foundations of the New South Wales curriculum with students sitting the NAPLAN assessments in the relevant year groups as advised by the NSWBOSTES (New South Wales Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards).
Core socio-emotional curriculum:
Encouraging students to ‘think out of the box,’ believe in themselves, take risks and enjoy every small success they are a part of is as important as academic success at IIS.
IIS incorporates a well-equipped Support Department, with Counsellors/Psychologists and Therapists offering students relevant therapy and support in areas of individual need.
Nexus International School, Singapore
Nexus enrolled its first learners in 2011 and now caters to over 600 students from around 40 different countries. Believing in openness in communication, Nexus possesses a transparent and supportive ethos, and the environment welcomes and cares for all cultures.
The 44,000 square metre campus, just 2km from Holland Village, contains a well resourced and modern library, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, sport fields, an auditorium, and music rooms along with science and multimedia laboratories – all the facilities necessary in supporting the development and enrichment of a well-rounded individual. Nexus also participates actively in sports competitions organized by the Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools (ACSIS).
Committed to cultivating more than academic skills in its learners, Nexus believes every child’s emotional, creative and intellectual needs should be celebrated and nurtured and has an exceptionally strong teacher to student ratio.
To keep up with the latest and most effective pedagogies and to be at the cutting edge of technological developments, Nexus rolled out a 1:1 Apple laptop scheme in the Secondary School in 2013 and is committed to the integration of innovative learning technologies in the classroom. The Primary School has a ratio of MacBooks to learners of 1:2 and other technologies are integrated across the curriculum, including iPads and a range of the latest tools to aid learning
Nexus has a team of highly qualified international educators delivering a well-balanced curriculum based on the best standards and practices used around the world. Nexus is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme(DP). It is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), and an approved Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre. Nexus is currently a candidate school for CIS/WASC accreditation.
Odyssey - The Global Preschool
At Odyssey, The Global Preschool, our commitment to nurturing children extends beyond our research-based curriculum, state-of-art learning spaces and best-in-class educators. We explore the world we live in through the eyes of our children, and together learning is enriched through their inquisitiveness and our unrelenting focus on the world as our classroom.
The unique Odyssey experience is built on a multi-intelligence approach conceptualised by a team of early childhood experts and designed to nurture creative thinkers prepared to share their views with the world. We become children from 18 months to 6 years age.
Odyssey’s curriculum is inspired by the most innovative and internationally-acclaimed teaching pedagogies from around the world; the United States, Australia and Reggio Emilia educational practice from Northern Italy. The highly-effective teaching team in each of our classes compromises a Curriculum Specialist (Qualified and experienced educators with bachelor degrees in Preschool Education), a Chinese Language Teacher and an English-speaking Teacher.
Our Odyssey centres are accredited SPARK and Odyssey Wilkinson campus has recently obtained the International Baccalaureate accreditation.
Odyssey is opening a brand new centre at 119 Jalan Loyang Besar in January 2014. Odyssey de Loyang It is housed on an expansive plot of land of about 3,400 square metres, with lots of outdoor areas surrounded by greenery as well as spacious, state-of-the-art classrooms, music, art studios and little chef lab.
Odyssey Fourth Avenue: 20 Fourth Avenue, Singapore 436559
Odyssey Wilkinson: 101 Wilkinson Road, Singapore 268669
Odyssey de Loyang: 191 Jalan Loyang Besar, Singapore 506996
Raffles American School
Rain Trees International Playhouse
Rain Trees Playhouse is a lovely preschool that provides a ‘home–from–home’ environment that is especially designed to provide children from the international community in Singapore with a warm, friendly and secure first school experience.
Rain Trees Playhouse is based at the Bukit Timah Fire Station on Upper Bukit Timah road and has a lovely integrated indoor-to-outdoor setting.
Our multi-sensory programme is taught by experienced teachers with experience of international schools.
For more information please visit www.raintreesplayhouse.com
Red SchoolHouse @ Katong occupies a quaint red and white bungalow with plentiful space for interesting outdoor activities. A herb garden is in the pipeline where the little ones will have a chance to learn how to grow and care for the living plants and the environment.
At Red SchoolHouse, we embark on a unique holistic SPICE curriculum incorporated with innovative approaches. Emphasis is given on hands-on experiential learning as kids are encouraged to be independent learners and creative thinkers. Class sizes are kept small (below the teacher-child ratio guideline required by the Ministry of Education / Early Childhood Development Agency) to ensure the child gets the maximized attention from the teachers.
Monthly field trips take the little learners to various places in Singapore such as goat / mushroom / tortoise farms, kampongs, health promotion board and various museums. The school will also take them for age-appropriate theatre plays at least once a year at places like the Esplanade and Act 3 International at Cairnhill Road. Apart from stimulating the kid's curiosity, these trips also teach them to be more confident and aware of their surroundings when they are outdoors.
Red SchoolHouse believes in forming a strong partnership with parents. We invite parents to be actively involved in the school’s activities e.g. field trips, baking classes. Together, as a BIG family, we support and care about the well-being of each other.
The mission at Red SchoolHouse is to create an environment where one feels secure, happy and loved unconditionally. Our team of dedicated and dynamic staff is also constantly building up and refreshing their knowledge and expertise to better support the children's learnings.
The tag line that keeps this BIG family grounded - "Settling The Heart, Defining Your Child".
Address: 11 Margate Road Singapore 438052
Tel : +65 6342 1377
Fax : +65 6342 1477
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rosemount International School
Established in 1999, Rosemount International School is a private international school in Singapore providing schooling at the preparatory (kindergarten) and junior school (primary) levels.
Our curriculum is built on an inquiry-based philosophy in which students are encouraged to question, discover and communicate through an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to learning.
At Rosemount it is the combination of highly trained teachers, a challenging, yet flexible curriculum and an individual approach to learning that allows students to develop to their full potential.
For more information please contact admissions:
Singapore American School
Singapore American School offers a comprehensive liberal arts education that actively engages students and challenges them to reach their full potential. SAS enjoys a reputation for being one of the world's finest international schools. The curriculum at SAS is similar to that of U.S. college preparatory schools. The school’s commitment to providing an international perspective is reflected in the curriculum, extensive service opportunities, and extra-curricular activities.
SAS students consistently rank higher on academic achievement tests than their peers in U.S. school systems, yet students with different learning styles, interests, and personal strengths are welcomed based upon the belief that being part of a diverse population will prepare students for the world they will encounter as adults.
SAS has the largest Advanced Placement (AP) program outside of the United States, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the U.S., and offers the American High School Diploma at the senior level.
Student enrollment consists of 56% American citizens with 50 additional nationalities comprising the remainder. Instruction is in English, with daily language classes in Mandarin or Spanish for elementary students and every-other-day classes in French, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese for middle and high school students.
Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at every grade level at SAS, with 1:1 iPads for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and 1:1 MacBook Pros for students in fifth grade to eighth grade, and 1:1 BYOD for high school. Technology is purposefully incorporated as a tool for learning in core classrooms as well as in support services, world languages, PE, art, science, and music, and more than 2,000 SAS students publish blogs as portfolios for their work.
State-of-the-art facilities on a 36-acre campus give SAS students the place and space to explore areas of interest and pursue their passions, all while being nurtured in a tight-knit community.
St. Francis Methodist School
Reg. no.: 201021676W
Validity: 8 Dec 2010 – 7 Dec 2014
Founded in 1960, St. Francis Methodist School (SFMS) is Singapore’s leading private academic school. With an annual cohort of 550 students, both local and foreign who hail from over 25 countries, SFMS offers a variety of holistic programmes catered to the learning needs of different students.
Our present student population size allows for individualised attention. Students benefit from a strong core academic programmes that includes different levels of Mathematics, Science, English Language, Chinese Language and History. We are committed to providing strong elective programmes in Integrated Communication Technology, Business and Visual & Performing Arts. With smaller class sizes, the school offers excellent facilities for experiences that include quality performing arts, visual art and language programmes. SFMS has a team of excellent qualified teachers delivering a well-balanced, comprehensive and engaging curriculum.
Through the years, many have passed through the gates of SFMS, each bringing new ideas along and leaving valuable insights behind, students and teachers alike. We teach and grow together in SFMS – our home away from home.
Our Academic Programmes include:
- English Immersion Programme
- Singapore Cambridge Lower Secondary 1 & 2
- Preparatory Course for Singapore Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Examination (Year 9 & 10)
- Preparatory Course for Pearson Edexcel IGCSE (Year 9 & 10)
- Preparatory Course for Pearson Edexcel International ‘A’ Level (Year 11 & 12)
- Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business
- Upper Secondary AUSMAT Matriculation Programme (Year 9 &10)
- Preparatory Course for Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 11 & 12)
We provide globally recognised qualifications, offering the opportunity for further education both locally and internationally.
Tanglin Trust School
Structure: Established in 1925, Tanglin provides British based education for 2,700 students from the ages of 3 through to 18 years. The school has four internal sections, each with dedicated buildings and facilities within the one campus: the Infant School (3-7 years); the Junior School (7-11 years), the Senior School (11-16 years), and the Sixth Form College (16-18 years).
Enhanced Curriculum: The English National Curriculum provides the basis for the programmes of study which are enhanced and enriched to reflect the calibre of students and the school's international setting. Tanglin’s links with Singapore and Asia are increasingly woven into subject areas and key topics across the school to ensure students achieve a global perspective and that they have an awareness of the world and their place in it.
Pathway Options: As students progress through the Key Stages of the English National Curriculum, they are presented with a widening choice of subjects to choose from for their General Certificate of Secondary Education or International ‘GCSE’ examinations. In the Sixth Form College students have the choice to study for A Level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Tanglin graduates typically progress to universities of their choice which are among the best in the world.
Inspections: The school is regularly inspected by independent UK Inspectors. The most recent inspections, in 2011 and 2012, focused on the Infant and Senior Schools, finding both to be ‘outstanding’ (the highest possible grading). The Junior School is due to be inspected in 2013.
Breadth of Learning Experience: High levels of achievement are evident throughout the school and high quality teaching places great emphasis on meeting the needs of each and every student. In addition to its outstanding academic performance, Tanglin offers an extensive range of sporting, musical, creative and recreational co-curricular activities, as well as a challenging Outdoor Education programme to enrich the students’ learning experience.
Community: Tanglin students are also encouraged to contribute actively to the local community, support social projects and participate in sustainable and long term service commitments. A strong pastoral system nurtures positive relationships, promoting an ethos that values and celebrates students as individuals while fostering a strong sense of community.
The Canadian International School
Engage. Enlighten. Empower.
As a premier IB World School in Singapore, CIS delivers an outstanding educational experience that develops a love of learning, 21st century skills, and an international outlook - all essential for success in today’s globalized world. Students, aged 3 to 18, enjoy a world-class educational programme facilitated by highly qualified faculty members in an optimal learning environment.
The Best of International Learning
CIS is one of the few international schools in Singapore to offer all three IB programmes - the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. The CIS curriculum is benchmarked against national curriculums globally, allowing students to transition to another school when the time comes, or to graduate to universities anywhere in the world.
A STEAM Philosophy that Fuels Innovation
The CIS STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics) philosophy and makerspaces provide project based learning experiences that challenge inquisitive minds, fuel innovative thinking, and create a culture of teamwork and collaboration. STEAM provides students with:
- An engaging interdisciplinary approach that integrates the five areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics.
- Innovative and enlightening learning experiences that are transformational, for both students and educators.
- An inquiry-based approach that helps develop critical thinking skills and creativity, spurring innovation and invention. Students are empowered to take control of their own learning, preparing them to be problem solvers in the real world.
A Bilingual Programme in Chinese and English
CIS offers a pioneering bilingual programme in Chinese and English to students aged 4 to 7. Key features of this programme include:
- A bilingual curriculum fully aligned to the IB Primary Years Programme, promoting intercultural understanding and inquiry based learning.
- Two fully qualified teachers in every classroom - one native Chinese speaker and one native English speaker.
- Equal exposure to both languages.
A Focus on Personal Excellence
At CIS, learning environments are designed to facilitate excellence in all facets of teaching and learning. CIS faculty engage a range of teaching practices that encourage students to excel as they develop critical thinking and communication skills, intellectual curiosity and independence of mind, and a commitment to high standards.
In addition to pursuing academic excellence, CIS students are inspired to excel as they participate in a range of sporting, service, and fine and performing arts programmes.
An International Community for Life
With students from over 65 nations and no one dominant nationality, CIS offers students a truly international experience - one that is celebrated. The richness that this diversity brings is seen in both our inclusive nature and the rich and diverse experiences, perspectives and talents enjoyed on campus. CIS students feel that they belong, can realize their potential, and contribute to school life in a meaningful way.
CIS has two campuses on the island, Lakeside in the west, and Tanjong Katong in the east. Both campuses are conveniently located near public transport and are a short drive from most expat communities - both in the centre of Singapore and in the East Coast area.
Lakeside Campus (ECE to Grade 12)
Jurong West Street 41
T: +65 6467 1732
Tanjong Katong Campus (ECE to Grade 8)
371 Tanjong Katong Road
T: +65 6345 1573
The Chinese International School (CNIS) - Best of Both Worlds
The Chinese International School (CNIS) began operations in 2006 with the vision to be an international school integrating Eastern and Western cultures through the IB philosophy.
Since opening it’s doors CNIS has become a multicultural school set in the tranquil setting of Dunearn Road with an enrollment of over 400 students aged 3 to 18 years.
CNIS is one of a few schools to only offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes throughout giving students the support, focus and encouragement needed to succeed in the IB.
CNIS specializes in the immersion of Chinese Language and culture and therefore has a team of dedicated international professionals who deliver a holistic learning environment that develops our students into caring, thinking and morally upright bilingual global citizens.
CNIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from K – Grade 6, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in Grade 7 – Grade 10 and the IB Diploma Years Programme (DP) is for students from Grade 11 and 12. The IB Diploma is acknowledged by universities from around the world giving the students a gateway to their future. CNIS is also a proud member of the Beijing Municipal UNESCO Club Association Club School.
CNIS is part of Huijia Private Education Group which has over 20 years experience in the Chinese education system allowing CNIS to build a strong foundation in teaching Chinese to expatriates and locals alike.
UWC South East Asia
UWCSEA is a member of the global UWC movement and a K-12 international school. We provide a challenging, holistic, values-based education, leading to the IB Diploma in Grade 12. Our mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future and our goal is to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world.
UWCSEA’s educational programme comprises five interlinking elements:
Academics – the Primary School’s inquiry-based programme allows students to take an integrated approach to subjects, which continues through the Middle School. In High School, (I)GCSE exams in Grade 10 are followed by the IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12.
Activities – a vital part of student life and learning, the Activities programme provides students a chance to explore their talents, develop new skills and to be successful beyond the classroom.
Outdoor Education – students take on challenges that build resilience, collaboration and leadership through age-appropriate experiences designed to develop confidence in their physical abilities and emotional resilience to withstand difficult situations.
Personal and Social Education – opportunities for personal and social development are embedded throughout the learning programme.
Service - empowering students to become aware, able and active contributors to the community, on campus, in Singapore or internationally in a developing country
The UWC movement is a global group of 12 schools and colleges whose shared mission is based on the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn.
Founded in 1971, UWCSEA is a not-for-profit school with two campuses in Singapore that enrol day students aged 4 to 18 years, and offers residential boarding for students aged 14 to 18.
Please come and see for yourself why we are widely regarded as one of the world’s leading international schools.
Other International Schools
Australian International School
Avondale Grammar School
Chatsworth International School
Chinese International School
DPS International School
Dover Court Preparatory School
German European School Singapore
Global Indian International School
Hwa Chong International School
International Community School
Lycée Français de Singapour
Manasseh Meyer School
NPS International School
Overseas Family School (OFS)
San Yu Adventist School
Singapore American School
St Joseph Institutional International
Tanglin Trust School
The Japanese School
The Swiss School Singapore
UWC South East Asia
Yuvabharathi International School
Barker Road Methodist Church Kindergarten
British Council Pre-School
At British Council Pre-school, we believe that a forward-looking, stimulating environment is the key to developing your child’s inquisitive nature. Instil the love for learning in your child with our 21st century education.
- We will help every child fulfil his or her true potential.
- We will provide a happy, secure and healthy learning environment.
- We will work together with parents to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.
We believe every child is unique and is constantly learning. Using the best pre-school practices from both the United Kingdom and Singapore, we provide holistic, hands-on and concrete learning, with a strong emphasis on language and literacy.
Our Daily Programme
Our 3-hour programmes are available in two sessions:
Morning 09:00 to 12:00
Afternoon 13:00 to 16:00
Delivered by a team of dedicated and passionate teachers with professional qualifications in early childhood education, children will learn about:
- Language and Literacy: Immerse in a language-rich environment and learn about the multi-sensory Jolly Phonics programme
- Speech and Drama: Build strong communication skills and confidence through fun activities
- Art: Foster creativity through the exploration of art
- Motor Skills Development: Develop coordination, control and movement through purposeful play
- Music and Movement: Learn to appreciate music, sound and dance while honing gross motor coordination skills
- Numeracy: Understand mathematical concepts through hands-on learning experiences
- Discovery of the world: Build the foundation for learning science, history and geography
- Social and Emotional Development: Through the reinforcement of “Golden Rules”, children cultivate a positive sense of themselves
- Primary School Induction Programme: K2 students will experience new teaching styles in Terms 3 and 4
- Chinese: Stories, songs, games and role-play will develop the confidence to use the language
11 Tampines Concourse #01-02/03/04 Singapore 528729
Free school visits can be arranged. Call +65 6653 6070 to book an appointment now.
EtonHouse International Pre-School
The EtonHouse International Pre-Schools offer young children a thoughtfully considered and aesthetically beautiful learning environment, designed to stimulate the learning and development of young children 18 months to six years of age.
The curriculum is inspired by internationally recognised best practice and based on an understanding of the work undertaken by colleagues working in the world renowned pre-schools and infant toddler centres in Reggio Emilia, in Northern Italy. The Inquire - Think - Learn curriculum focuses on inquiry based learning where children’s ideas, interests and theories inform the design of curriculum experiences
Young children at EtonHouse are respected as competent thinkers and communicators who are offered many opportunities to engage with a wide range of materials and resources to extend and challenge their thinking. Our curriculum invites children to explore, discover, hypothesise, predict, problem solve, construct and document their deepening understandings of the world in which we live. Our approach acknowledges the significance of socio-cultural theory in that children learn via quality interactions and relationships with people, places and things.
We encourage young children to explore their environment and express themselves using multiple languages which may include speaking, singing, movement, drawing, painting, writing, building and designing, collage, dramatic play, and music. Topics of study for project work may be captured from the children’s current competencies, skills, ideas and theories, through family and community events as well as the best known interests of children (enduring childhood themes e.g. relationships, roles and responsibilities; identity).
The outdoor spaces in the EtonHouse campuses are designed specifically to ensure that children build deep relationships with the natural world and strengthen the concepts of sustainability within our curriculum. The pre-schools also offer a strong and integrated second language programme where the teaching and learning of Mandarin is in a relevant environment, thus making the process natural and effective.
Headquartered in Singapore, EtonHouse currently operates more than 70 pre-schools and schools across Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. Together these campuses provide quality international education to over 6000 children from sixty one different nationalities. In Singapore, EtonHouse has 10 pre-schools and 1 international primary school. EtonHouse’s first school commenced operation in 1995 in Singapore. Spanning almost 18 years, the EtonHouse schools have set standards of excellence across Asia by providing high quality international education.
Addresses: 15 Claymore Road, 2 Orchard Boulevard, 718 and 717 Mountbatten Road, 223 Mountbatten Road #01-18, 1 Vanda Road, 240 Outram Road, 39 Newton Road, 51 Broadrick Road.
Addresses of EIS Japanese Kindergarten: 7 Seraya Lane and 21 West Coast Road.
We are going to open a new campus at 8 Thomson Lane this year, and it will be Singapore’s largest pre-school campus (at 200,000 sq ft) with generous outdoor space.
Phone: +65-6746 3333
Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Preschool
Begin Your Child’s Tomorrow with Us Today!
The Preschool is an initiative by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) to provide good quality preschool education in Singapore. With more than 170 years of excellent foundation in education, SHHK, one of the largest Chinese clan association in Singapore, is well positioned to nurture children as life-long learners who are future ready.
SHHK Preschool adopts the curriculum framework set out by the Singapore Early Childhood Development Agency, the local government agency in charge of early childhood education. What makes SHHK Preschool more than just a preschool is its Special Programme which consists of two components: Living Skills and Holistic Character Development Programme. Under the Special Programme, children of different ages come together in a home-simulated environment, where a Plan-Do-Review process is introduced. The programme aims to inculcate and nurture a holistic child based on eight core values, namely Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Care, Harmony, Resilience, Sincerity and Perseverance.
At SHHK Preschool, every child is an active learner, every teacher a facilitator and every parent an active partner. Teachers facilitate a child’s learning with both thematic-based and project-based curriculum, and its Parents-in-Partnership programme enhances the success of the learning process. While parents are encouraged to participate in the Preschool’s programmes such as festive celebrations, the Parents-in-Partnership programme extends the classroom into the child’s home, where parents reinforce their child’s learning curve in tandem with the child’s experience gained in school. Constant engagement of parents on the learning habits and progress of their child is key to the Parents-in-Partnership programme.
Though Chinese Language is the main language medium, its programmes also include the Froebel Living Garden, Music & Movement Engagement Syllabus, a unique Art Expression Syllabus designed to expose a child to a most exciting learning journey.
For more information, please visit www.shhkpreschool.com.sg or call 65899500 for an appointment.
Smart Kids @ Portsdown
Smart Kids @ Portsdown is a boutique childcare centre in the vicinity of Temasek Club. The centre has a serene, cozy and stimulating learning environment within the ambience of lush and greenery environment. The children will be using the Club swimming pool for their water play activity as well as the outdoor and indoor playground to enhance their motor skills development.
The centre niche area is Aesthetics and Creativity and the children will be having Creative Day to support the learning environment in Language and Literacy as well as Numeracy The love for art and craft is inculcated for children as young as 18 months till 6 years old. Children will explore with varieties of art medium and personalized attention is given due to low teacher – to – child ratio and highly qualified and dedicated teachers.
The centre is easily accessible by public transport and is about ten minutes away from the AYE expressway. Parents who drive will be pleased to know that there is a sheltered drop-off point, 10 minutes grace period for parking as well as ample parking lots at Car park B in Temasek Club where the centre is situated. The One North and Buona Vista MRT has service bus number 191 that brings the parents or visitors to the Club.
There is also school transport to fetch and send the children to and from the Centre to their premises. Most of the children live within Portsdown area, Rochester, Buona Vista, Dover, West Coast and Telok Blangah. The transport will go to Bukit Timah and Holland Village area too. Most of the children are on school transport service as to ease their parents and able to continue working or indulging in their leisure activities while the children are in the good care of the teachers and enjoy their holistic curriculum and exploring activities.
Smart Kids mission is to provide an exciting conducive environment where the children enjoy quality education. Our vision is to be a leading childcare centre that promotes and provides a stimulating learning environment to nurture children holistically.
Smart Kids @ Portsdown
Contact no: 6893 2696
Address: 1 Portsdown Road, Temasek Club Singapore 139295
For registration and enquiries : email@example.com
Preschools at Bukit Timah
Address: 5 Vanda Road, Singapore 287775
Tel: (65) 6468 6550
German European School Singapore
Address : 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Tel: (65) 6469 1131
Raffles House Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 1 Robin Drive, Singapore 258261
Tel: (65) 6732 1455
Preschools at Holland
Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 37 Grove Lane, Singapore 279029
Tel: (65) 6462 4838
Faith Montessori Centre
Address: 4 Moonbeam Walk, Singapore 277219
Tel: (65) 6465 2751
Address: 118 Kings Road, Singapore 268155
Tel: (65) 6466 3375
NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 170 Ghim Moh Road #03-03 Ulu Pandan Community Building,
Tel: (65) 6468 3725
St James’ Church Kindergarten
Address: 1 Leedon Road, Singapore 267878
Tel: (65) 6468 7609
Preschools at East Coast
Raffles Montessori Pte Ltd
Address: No.95 Telok Kurau Road, Singapore 423797
Tel: (65) 6841 1111
Christ Methodist Church Kindergarten
Address: 597 East Coast Road, Singapore 429082
Tel: (65) 6344 8823
Schoolhouse By The Bay
Address: 51 Kampong Arang Road, Singapore 438178
Tel: (65) 63458258
NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 1 Haig Road #01-555, Singapore 430001
Tel: (65) 6846 3065
Learning Tree Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 26A Ulu Siglap, Singapore 457184
Tel: (65) 6242 9975
Preschools at West Coast
Ellas Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 12 West Coast Walk #02-16 West Coast Recreation Centre,
Tel: (65) 6778 1293
Japanese Kindergarten (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Address: 251 West Coast Road, Singapore 127390
Tel: (65) 6779 3434 / (65) 6776 2930
Tanglin Trust School Limited
Address: Portsdown Road, Singapore 139294
Tel: (65) 67703171
TownforKids Pte Ltd
Address: 10 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139940
Tel: (65) 6776 1888
Preschools at North
Address: 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Tel: (65) 6483 2261
Modern Montessori Preschool Centre
Address: Block 750 Woodlands Avenue 4, #01-317, Singapore 730750
Tel: (65) 6369 0700
Address: 2 Kovan Road #01-01 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Tel: (65) 6285 5911
Address: 39 Jansen Rd, Singapore 548441
Tel: (65) 6487 6116
The American College offers a two-year Liberal Arts curriculum which is fully accredited to and leads to an Association of Arts degree from Broward Community College in Florida. The courses here are also transferable to American colleges and universities towards a Bachelor’s Degree.
Address : 12 Prince Edward Rd #01-03 Bestway Building Singapore 079212
Phone No: (65) 6223 4566 Fax No: (65) 6223 4533
Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS)
MIS is the national body for marketing professionals. They run many courses for popular universities including Curtin University of Technology and The University of Strathclyde, which are mainly marketing courses, also MBA and Master of Business (International Marketing).
Address : 1 Pasir Panjang Road BP House Singapore 118479
Phone No: (65) 62217788 Fax No: (65) 62238785
NUS Department of Extramural Studies
The Department of Extramural Studies is one of the non-faculty departments of the National University of Singapore. It offers a wide range of courses which are open to the general public -- Computer & Technology, Business Studies, Language & Literature, Asian & Foreign Languages, Personal Enrichment course, etc. Conducted mainly in English and Mandarin, these are non-examinable courses, and as such, do not lead to any formal certification. There are no entrance pre-requisites for admission to the courses, unless spelt out in the course information.
Address : 10 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119260
Phone No: (65) 67756666 Fax No: (65) 6778637
LASALLE-SIA College Of The Arts
This college specialises in professional and academic training in the Fine Arts with Diplomas of Licentiate awarded with completion of a four-year course.
Address : 90 Goodman Road Singapore 439053
Phone No: (65) 63444300 Fax No: (65) 63465708
Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)
SIM, an independent, not-for-profit professional organisation founded in 1964, is dedicated to enhancing managerial and organisational effectiveness in Singapore. The school offers many programmes which are tailored for working executives. Mainly degree and Masters degree courses as well as self-improvement courses.
Address : 461 Clementi Road Singapore 599491
Phone No: (65) 1800 4688866 Fax No: (65) 64680779
MOE registers private schools, the courses they offer and the teachers conducting the registered courses. To be registered, prospective private school operators need to fulfill the requirements as laid out in the information notes for the setting up and registration of private schools. As all private schools are owned by private entities, the operators themselves are responsible for the management and administration of their schools and courses.
San Yu Adventist School
Singapore Sports School
Address: 1 Champions Way , Singapore 737913
Tel: 67660100 Fax: 67662100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Lim Soo Hoon (Ms)
St. Francis Methodist School (Private)
Address: 492 Upper Bukit Timah Road , Singapore 678095
Tel: 67600889 Fax: 67608031/ 67608032 Email: email@example.com
Supervisor: Low Wee Ping
The Pupil Placement Section (PPS) of the Ministry of Education (MOE) advises Singaporean expatriates on matters relating to their children's education and assists them in the placement of their children in Singapore schools upon their return. As a returning Singaporean expatriate you could also apply directly to the principal of the school to which you wish your children to be admitted.
Rejoining your Child’s Former School
Students who are planning to go overseas but wish to rejoin their former schools upon their return to Singapore can apply for Leave of Absence.
The Leave of Absence scheme was introduced in 1999 assist in the re-entry of students who accompany their parents in their overseas postings. It is open to children who are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents. Your child/ children would be allowed to apply for Leave of Absence from a primary school until the end of Primary 6, from a secondary school till the end of Secondary 4 or 5 (whichever is applicable) or a pre-university institution till the end of JC 2 or Pre-U 3 (whichever is applicable).
Once the student is granted the Leave of Absence, a placement in the school would be made available to him when he returns, provided that the Leave of Absence is renewed and payment is made yearly.
Admission / Re-admission to Primary Schools
There are two categories, as follows:
- Singaporean expatriates with children who are due to enter Primary 1 should register their child/ children while overseas during the Primary 1 Registration Exercise opened July/August every year.
- Once the child/ children has been allocated a place, parents may apply for Leave of Absence for their child if they are not due to return when school starts in the new academic year.
Parents can obtain such forms at the Singapore embassies, High Commissions, Singapore clubs overseas and MOE website.
Other Primary Levels
If parents require assistance with the school placement, they may submit the “Application form for school placement” 6 months in advance. The purpose of this application is to facilitate the PPS to process requests in time for the children to start school as soon as possible upon their return to Singapore.
Otherwise, parents could also approach the school of their choice directly to seek admission for their child/ children.
PPS will try to find the pupil a place in the school of choice. Should there be no allocation is the preferred school, it will do its best to place the pupil in other schools.
Admission / Re-admission to Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges
As returning students may possibly re-enter Singapore schools at different times of the school year, principals have the right to decide on a case-by-case basis if the pupils should be exempted from any examinations and put on a promotion to the next level.
- Such admission will be subjected to the provision of documentary proof that the student has completed the previous level, and subjected to the student meeting the age criteria for that level.
- Students seeking admission to a pre-university course should produce their GCE ‘O’ Level results transcripts or certificate or its equivalent for assessment of eligibility.
- Admission is also dependent on the availability of vacancy in the school or the preferred junior college and MOE does not guarantee students in the placement of their preferred schools and institutions.
There are two categories of admission :
Admission to Top Secondary Schools or Junior Colleges
- Returning Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents who would like to apply for the admission to any of the top 30 secondary schools and junior colleges will have to sit for a Centralised Qualifying Test (CQT). A list of the schools with this requirement can be found in the MOE website.
- To qualify it also depends on the student’s performance in the CQT and the availability of placement in the school or junior college. On top of that, the school or junior college may want the applicant to sit for its own assessment tests in English, Mathematics and the Mother Tongue Language. The tests are to ascertain the student’s eligibility for the level, stream and class to which the student is requesting for entry.
- Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Eligibility which then permit them to look for vacancies in the preferred top schools. Unsuccessful applicants could approach schools or junior colleges that are not in the top 30 list. This Letter of Eligibility will be sent out within 7 days after the student has sat for the test.
- All applications for the test have to reach MOE at least 7 days in advance of the preferred test date. The application form can be found at its website. Applicants can complete the form and test fee and then have them submitted - with a copy of the student’s Birth Certificate or not, Identity Card, Entry Permit/Re-entry Permit to the MOE Customer Service Centre.
Admission to Other Secondary Schools or Junior Colleges
- Students seeking entry to schools or junior colleges that are not in the top 30 list need not sit for CQT. They can approach these schools.
- Otherwise, for admission to a secondary school, the parent or guardian could apply through PPS for school placement if they require any assistance.
Provisions could be arranged for students return to Singapore during their holidays to attend classes in Singapore schools. This immersion program is to ease their re-entry into the school system. Parents who are working overseas and who would like to have their children to join in the immersion programs can contact the PPS for assistance or to the preferred school.
For more information, please contact:
Customer Service Centre
Ministry of Education
Ground Floor, Podium Block
1 North Buona Vista Drive, Singapore 138675
Tel : (65) 6872 2220
Fax : (65) 6775 4487, (65) 6776 8616
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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