What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

Expats tend to enroll their children in one of the many international schools available.
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What are some examples of these schools?

Singapore American School (US curriculum)
  • Preschool to grade 12
  • Established in 1956; approx. 3700 students from over 50 nationalities
  • Applications can be submitted throughout the calendar year and students are accepted as spaces become available

United World College of South East Asia (IB school)
  • K1 to grade 12
  • Founded in 1971; approx. 2900 students from 68 nationalities
  • Tanglin Trust School (UK curriculum)
  • Nursery to year 13
  • Started in 1925; almost 2000 students
  • Waiting list exists for most year groups so parents are encouraged to apply early for a place

Dover Court Preparatory School (IB school)
  • Nursery to year 9
  • Founded in the early 1980s; almost 900 students
  • Centre for Special Education - a comprehensive program for children (aged 3-18) with special needs

Overseas Family School (IB school)
  • Pre-K to grade 12
  • Founded in 1991; approx. 3000 students from 60 nationalities

International School Singapore (IB school)
  • Founded in 1981; pre-K to grade 12
  • Two campuses: Paterson and Preston

Please contact Crown Singapore for assistance with locating a suitable international school for your child.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

Yes, especially in schools providing gifted programs.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

There is an abundance of preschools and childcare centers in Singapore. However, the most popular ones can have a waiting list of up to a year.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

Children take a school bus or are driven to school by parents.
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When does the typical school year start and end?

International schools start the school year in September and end in June. Local schools operate from January until late November.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

Kids on the local school system work towards the General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Level (GCE O-level) based on the British system. Most local institutions allow expat children to enrol but availability is extremely limited as preference is given to citizens prior to permanent residents and foreigners.
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