If I had a dollar for every time I heard or discussed this with expat parents, I might be able to afford the term fees of my kids schools!!
Mums talk to other mums (as we all know) and schooling is a hot topic. It seems no sooner have we weaned them, we are told we have to get cracking with registering them for preschool and school. In Weybridge (UK) where I used to live, I was told I had left it too late when my eldest was the grand old age of 1!! Singapore seems to be better, in that there are a raft of top notch pre-schools and schools on your doorstep. So you will definitely be able to get your child into an amazing school; probably with touch screen whiteboards, an Olympic size swimming pool, immersion mandarin lessons, and connections to Julliard school of music in New York don’t you know!. But how will you ever choose which one?
So your starter questions might be … what curriculum are you looking for? where are you going to be living? what can you afford?…a question other mums won’t ask you…but you will certainly need to ask yourself!
You may also want to consider the size of the school, do you like the attitude of the teachers? If needed, do they offer special support for children with learning differences?…
Suffice to say I am not about to attempt to answer all of those questions, schooling is a very personal choice.
HOWEVER… because I am being helpful I have done some homework for you and can tell you…
1. How much do these international schools charge for Primary school Year one (aged 4-5 years)?
2. Where these schools are located in Singapore? Check out my schools map created with MapCreator.
3. What curriculums do these schools follow?
Hollandse School – Dutch
Dover Court International School – English National Curriculum
Canadian Intl School – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Stamford American International School – IB PYP integrated with American Education Reaches Out
United World College SEA – “The UWC curriculum”*
Australian International School – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Dulwich College – English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)
Overseas Family School -International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
St Josephs Intl – International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Tanglin Trust – English National Curriculum
Avondale Grammar School – Autralian
GEMS World Academy – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Nexus International School – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
International School Singapore – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Additions & Updates:
German European School Singapore – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Singapore American School – The Singapore American School Early Childhood Center accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges out of the United States. An international curriculum aligned with the Pre-Kindergarten Standards document out of the United States.
*UWC have withdrawn from IB PYP. On their website regarding Infant school it states “The academic curriculum is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning. Guided by the UWCSEA profile and learning principles, students study literacy, mathematics, Chinese (or Spanish from Grade 1), science, social studies, the Arts and PE.”
One last tip is that all of the schools are eager to acquire new minds… so they are more than happy to meet prospective parents and many run open days. So call them up and have a chat, go visit one or two, or three of four. By all means chat to other parents, but I would recommend reserving judgement until you have visited the schools for yourself.
Please let me know if you found this post helpful in the comments section below. Cheers!