International Schools in Singapore
By Everlyn Lee

Finding an international school in Singapore for your child is easier than you may expect it to be, thanks to the wide range of options available.

If you have children, relocating to Singapore will most likely involve having to find a suitable school for them. Thankfully, there are many international schools here, and they usually follow the curriculum of their native countries and have classes catered for different age groups. This means that choosing a school which fits the needs of you and your children should not be too much of a hassle.

The following is a list of some international schools that you can consider enrolling your child in:

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)
Opened in 1971, the UWCSEA is the largest of the 12 non-profit colleges around the world which forms the United World College movement, with around 2,900 students from as many as 63 countries.

The UWCSEA educates students from ages 4 to 18. The four schools in the College are the Primary School, Middle School, High School and Upper School. The Primary School is authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP); the Middle School continues the PYP learner profile. In Grades 9 and 10, students study for either the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or the Grade 10 Foundation IB programme and during the final two years of College, the vast majority of students prepares for an IB Diploma.

The college is one of the world's largest IB Diploma schools and for 25 years has achieved superb exam results. However, the school is also known for placing equal emphasis on character development: students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities which include sports, music, drama and social service options; all IB students join at least one out of more than 30 Singapore-based social service projects; students are educated about global issues through the Global Concerns programme; and from Grade 3 onwards, all students participate in an annual class expedition outside of Singapore as part of the curriculum.

The UWCSEA occupies a campus of over 11 hectares and is wll-equipped with specialist facilities which allow a wide range of educational activities. Due to strong demand for its places despite fees averaging S$20,000 a year, a second campus is being set up in the east side of Singapore. The College also has exclusive access to a centre on a Malaysian island which offers opportunities for camping, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, mountain biking and orienteering.

Address: 1207 Dover Road Singapore 139654
Contact Number: (65) 6775 5344
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Tanglin Trust School (TTS)
Tanglin Trust School has an excellent academic reputation and its impressive results enable graduates to enter their universities of choice in the UK as well as other leading institutions around the world. In 2006, The Guardian newspaper named the school as one of the best UK-curriculum international schools in the world. The most recent Ofsted inspections, in 2011 and 2012, focussed on the Infant and Senior Schools, finding both to be 'outstanding'. The Junior school is due to be inspected in 2013.

Tanglin also has a strong emphasis on sports and performing arts, with well-established choirs, orchestras and concerts. Students can take part in a wide array of interesting lunch-time and after-school activities, co-curricular activities and challenging residential field studies to enrich their learning experience. 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 school has 2,700 students in its Infant, Junior and Senior Schools. Approximately 60% of students are British although over 50 different nationalities are represented. A vast majority of teachers are British, thereby giving the school a predominantly British feel. Students must be fluent in English to be accepted into the school. Tuition fees ranges from S$7,150 to S$11,877 per term.

Address: 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299
Contact Number: (65) 6778 0771
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Singapore American School (SAS)
Established in 1956, the SAS offers an American-based curriculum for approximately 3,800 students from preschool through grade 12, making it the largest international school in the world. Approximately 60% of the students are American citizens, with the rest comprising over 50 different nationalities. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The 37-acre campus includes four distinct divisions, namely the Primary School, Intermediate School, Middle School and High School as well as a purpose-built Early Childhood Center which provides a special learning environment for preschool and pre-kindergarten students. Annual tuition fees range from S$10,300 to S$24,400, depending on which division the student is in.

The SAS has the largest number of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses of any international school in the world. The programme offers students the opportunity to gain American college credits while in high school.

As one of the six international schools that make up the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS), it competes regularly with its other members in both academic and sports events so students are able to interact with their peers from around the region. Most notably, the school has been performing consistently well in sporting events and is well-known for its strong athletic tradition.

The interim semester programme is also in place to assure students of a well-balanced education. For one week during the second semester, all regularly-scheduled high school courses cease while students and teachers select their desired course from a wide variety of activities conducted in Singapore, Asia, Australia and Europe to participate in; for instance, trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, scuba diving in the Maldives, camping in Australia and traveling the Silk Road through China.

Address: 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547
Contact Number: (65) 6363 3403
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Established in Singapore in 1925, Tanglin Trust School provides a world class education, through British-based learning with an international perspective, for students aged 3-18 years.

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. 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 (GCSE/ IGCSE) examinations. In the Sixth Form College students have the choice to study for A Level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Chinese International School Singapore (CNIS)
IB Diploma authorisation was granted to the CNIS in May 2007. As an IB World School, the CNIS is working towards IB implementation at all levels, moulding their curricula to meet the demands of IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

The CNIS aims to combine both Eastern and Western philosophies of education and strives to produce effectively bilingual students. Emphasis on Chinese Language development in Kindergarden will give children an added boost for continued studies within CNIS Primary. Upon completion of Middle School, students will advance to the IB Diploma Programme in High School, a challenging two-year curriculum taught in English, French and/or Spanish. The school ensures that students who are unable to meet the rigorous demands of the IB Diploma are not denied of opportunities to succeed through the awarding of the CNIS diploma, an IB Certificate, and numerous in-house awards for service and academics.

Address: 60 Dunearn Road, Singapore 309434
Contact Number: (65) 6254 0200 
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DPS International School Singapore (DPSIS)
The Delhi Public School Society established its first school in 1949 at New Delhi, and today, the Society has grown into a family of 158 schools and 23 of these are abroad. The DPSIS Singapore, which commenced on 19 April 2004, is its latest school established and builds on the reputation of Delhi Public School. It is affiliated to both the Ministry of Education and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination Board, and holds classes from Pre-Nursery to XII.

The school follows the ICSE Curriculum. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations administers the ICSE Examination, whereas the school assesses the Socially Useful and Productive Work (SUPW) and Community Service work done by its students, which will eventually count towards the awarding of the certificate. DPSIS Singapore is also planning to offer the IB programme.

Students from Class I onwards are divided into four houses. Each house is headed by a House Captain and Vice-Captain along with a team of Prefects, accompanied by a House Warden and several House-Teachers. Points are awarded to the students throughout the year for participation in extra-curricular activities and sports, as well as for the display of qualities like creativity and teamwork. At the end of the year, the House with the highest number of points wins 'The Best House Trophy'.

Annual school fees, excluding GST and registration fees, range from S$4,200 to S$7,800.

Address: 36 Aroozoo Avenue, Singapore 539842
Contact Number: (65) 6285 6300
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The Australian International School

International Community School

ISS International School

Overseas Family School

Singapore Japanese School

Emaar International School

Insworld School

Canadian International School

German European School Singapore

Lycèe Français de Singapour

Singapore Korean School

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