Singapore offers a multitude of options for world-class school education. On the one hand, there is a local public school system, which focuses on developing 21st century competencies in students from a young age. On the other hand, there are over 40 international schools in the country to cater to the diverse educational needs of the expat families that relocate here from across the world.
Broadly speaking, all parents want their children to experience a great education.But not everyone agrees on what a great education looks like. Is it creative and engaging? Focussed and practical? Data-driven and futuristic? In Singapore, you will be able to find a school that is the right fit for your child’s personality and your family’s requirements.
To give one example of our K-12 international school, OWIS provides expat families of all nationalities with an all-inclusive and welcoming school environment, affordable school fees, and internationally recognised IB PYP, IGCSE and IBDP curriculum.
Choosing whether to go the local public school route or private school route means taking the following aspects into consideration:
Singapore's public schools welcome international students, but they do charge tuition for non-Singaporeans. Citizens of ASEAN nations pay one fee, and citizens of other countries pay a higher one.
Private school tuition can range higher than public school costs, starting at S$13,000 a year and topping out at S$50,000 a year.
As in most countries, citizens enjoy first priority for slots available in public schools. Expat families who plan to enrol their child in public school should always have a backup plan in case they are waitlisted in favour of local families. Foreigners cannot request a school, meaning children can get placed in a school allocated by the Ministry of Education.
Admission to private schools is often much more straightforward. Expat families can choose the right school for their child by researching school features, location, fees and parent testimonials and going for virtual tours or open house days.
Singapore's public schools take holidays in September, December, March, and June. The Academic Year runs from January to December. Families from other countries may find this schedule inconsistent with their native calendar.
Private schools choose their academic year for themselves. The most popular academic calendar is August - July which aligns with northern hemisphere schools.
Singapore has constructed one of the most admired public education systems in the world, and its maths curriculum, in particular, is second to none. Most of Singapore's curriculum prepares students to pass levelled, standardised examinations.
International schools typically select the curriculum used in their home country, or they adopt an internationally-recognised curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate approach.
Let us know what information we can provide you to make your choice a little easier. Our admissions team will be happy to guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have about our academic approach, focus on all-round development and core values. Whether your family is new to Singapore or your child is transitioning from a local school to our private school, our experienced and caring teachers will ease the settling process. We will ensure that you and your child are welcomed into our vibrant and multicultural school community and he or she loves to come to school every day.