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.
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.
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Yes, especially in schools providing gifted programs.
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.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Children take a school bus or are driven to school by parents.
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.
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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