Are high international school fees stressing you out? Here’s a list of affordable, low cost school options in Singapore
With international school fees on the rise (many upwards of $40,000 per year) and a limited number of spots available for expat kids in local primary schools, parents in Singapore can often feel the financial pinch, particularly if you’ve got more than one child!
If you’re feeling frustrated by your options or unsure of what to do, an enterprising group of parents has formed the Facebook group Singapore Expat Schooling Forum to cover the full range of schooling options for kids in Singapore. Here you’ll find candid discussions about schools around the island, along with an in-depth look at the distinction between different types of student passes and school requirements. Read on for their comprehensive guide to lower cost international schools in Singapore.
– Fees listed are for grade 1 and exclude uniforms, transport, exams and ad-hoc fees. As this is only a guide, be sure to check and confirm fees and whether fees are inclusive or exclusive of GST (7%).
– You can also consider international schools that bill monthly or ask if monthly billing is an option.
– Schools denoted with an asterisk (*) can sponsor a student pass, important for children holding a LTVP.
– Jump to explanations for the terms: EduTrust, Cambridge curriculum, DP, LTVP, SP, SC, PR and Tourist Visa.
– Always check that the school of your choice is fully licensed and accredited. Find out what to look for here.
Lower cost international schools in Singapore:
The Perse School Singapore
The Perse School Singapore is a boutique international British school in Singapore emphasising academic achievement with a unique, nurturing environment only possible in a small school setting. The school is an accredited Cambridge International School following the Cambridge International Primary school with plans to open full secondary in the future years. They offer Singapore Mathematics and daily Mandarin classes in addition to English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, PE, Global Perspectives, and Digital Literacy. From year 1, students enjoy 2.5 hours of science every week in the designated science labs to perform experiments, make observations and draw conclusions. Children enjoy 16 swimming lessons every year – taught by professional swim coaches – at The Temasek Club and when not swimming, they attend field sports at Turf City, a short 5-minute private bus ride. These are all included in the school fees. From Year 3, each child is taught by subject-specific teachers, who bring depth and passion to their subject. Working with an understanding of how children progress in that subject, subject-specialists have the ability to meaningfully extend and fine-tune our children’s learning in the traditional prep school manner. The excellent academic heritage, breadth and balance of the curriculum and pastoral care are embedded from The Perse School Cambridge, which has more than 400 years of tradition and has been adapted to meet the international needs of children in Singapore.
15% Discount off Annual School fees for 2021/22 (from Aug 2021 – July 2022): *$22,737.50 split into 3 terms (*$7,579.17 per term).
10% Discount for our 2022/23 school year (August ’22 – July ’23): *$24,075 split into 3 terms. (*$8,025.00 per term).
Sign up by August 2022 and receive 10% discount until your child leaves the school!
Fees start at approximately $22,737.50 per year (July – August). All payable in three termly payments per year. *All fees include 7% GST
The Perse School Singapore, 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588180, www.perse.edu.sg
GIG International School
GIG International School, Singapore is amongst Singapore’s leading international schools. With their transformative, proprietary 4Quadrant learning framework, they are nurturing a new generation of global citizens, inculcating in them the spirit of enquiry, innovation, entrepreneurship, and a solid eco-consciousness. Their emphasis is on producing lifelong learners with an academic curriculum designed based on best practices from Cambridge & International Baccalaureate (IB), helping students exceed their potential by igniting the curiosity in their minds. The small class size at GIGIS ensures active and focused learning, allowing teachers to gain insights into each child’s individual development. They’re also committed to providing a safe environment for students and their unique 5C Safety Protocol is designed for unmatched security in all aspects be it Physical, Visual, Digital, Data or Emotional security, ensuring that all children feel comfortable, secure, and happy at school. GIGIS and its group of schools operate in Oman, India in addition to Singapore to deliver international benchmarks of education, leading its students to the next level with compassion, creativity and a high work and moral ethic. An accessible and affordable, world-class institution, it partners with you to take your child from strength to strength.
Fees start at $12,480 Annually ( Excluding 7% GST) To be paid in 6 equal instalments (Monthly $1,040)
GIG International School, MDIS Building, 190 Changi Road, Singapore 419974, gigis.edu.sg
Middleton International School
Part of EtonHouse International Education Group, Middleton International School offers high-quality education at an affordable fee. It’s able to do so without compromising on the quality of teachers and rigour of the curriculum by keeping operating costs low through economies of scale and affordable rent. Middleton is an EduTrust certified school and an accredited Cambridge International School. The school offers a learning pathway for families from Nursery 2 to Grade 10, offering the EtonHouse’s Inquire-Think-Learn, International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) that are blended with the rigorous Singapore Maths Curriculum and the UK National Curriculum for Literacy and ensures students are well-prepared to take the IGCSE in Grade 10. Subjected to CPE approval, Middleton will offer the Cambridge A-Level qualification for Grades 11 and 12 from 2023 onwards. They also offer a well-rounded education through leadership and entrepreneurship programmes, extra-curricular activities and community projects. Beyond academics, the school places a strong focus on children’s happiness and wellbeing by partnering with The Contentment Foundation, a US-based organisation that provides scientifically evidenced, philosophically-grounded well-being curriculum and programme in schools. Middleton is its Mothership School in Southeast Asia, leading the way for well-being implementation and pedagogy for schools in the region.
Founding families at the new West Coast campus will get to enjoy exclusive offers when they enrol. Sign up for an information session to find out more!
Fees start from $15.885.37 (excluding GST), payable 4 times a year. Registration Fees (excluding GST) are $500 Administration Fees and $500 Confirmation Fees.
Middleton International School, multiple locations, www.middleton.edu.sg
Ascensia International School*
Centrally located in the heart of Singapore, Ascensia is a new IB World School with 30 years of educational expertise, offering accessible international education to students. AAIS adopts a personalised and inquiry-led teaching approach, offering students the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Cambridge IGCSE and the Cambridge International AS & A Level or the Diploma Programme. AAIS is helmed by a group of nurturing, experienced and multicultural-diversified teachers from around the world. With the purpose of allowing more time per student, AAIS has a maximum of just 15 students in each class.
Ascensia is now offering 100% off application fees for all new students, and also offering up to 35% discount on course fees for Year 1 to Year 5 students till the end of 2022.
Fees are between $17,900 and $23,000 a year from Year 1 to Year 12, plus a one-time application fee of $535. Prices are exclusive of GST. There are no development or facility fees.
Ascensia International School, 106A Henderson Cres, 01-01, Singapore 151106, aais.edu.sg
Dynamics International School
Dynamics International School is a private boutique school that caters to children aged 3 to 12 years old. They provide a world-class mainstream and special education curriculum for pre-school and primary education. Dynamics International School’s strengths and uniqueness lie in its nurturing and safe learning environment, along with dedicated and personalised attention, to enable its students to grow and achieve their academic aspirations. To also better support students with special learning needs, they provide specialised therapeutic and educational services, such as Educational Therapy, Shadow Support, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and more through their in-house multidisciplinary team of professionals.
DIS is offering a series of limited-time exclusive promotions:
Opening Discount – 50% off enrolment fees (with a FREE assessment)
Proximity Discount – 75% off enrolment fees (with a FREE assessment)
Sibling Discount – 20% off programme fees. Contact them for more information!
Fees start at $15,000 (Mainstream Reception to Grade 1), $17,000 (Mainstream Grade 2 to 3) and $30,000 (SPED Support Reception to Grade 3), plus a one-time enrolment fee of $1,200.
Global Indian International School (GIIS)*
GIIS offers a premium international education at a fee that’s almost 40% lower than some international schools in Singapore. Their international curricula include the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). Offering an affordable fee doesn’t mean they compromise on the quality of education – students get an opportunity to study in Asia’s first SMART Campus with 21st-century infrastructure. The state-of-the-art campus has over 40 skill-based studios including Radio and TV studios, design and culinary labs, high-end performing arts and sports infrastructure and digital classrooms to provide students with a well-balanced education. There is a wide range of scholarships available, providing equal opportunities to students from every background. Did we mention GIIS has great academic results too? The school has produced 33 IB World Toppers (45/45 points) and 37 near-perfect scorers (44/45 points) in the last 15 years. For IGCSE, 84% of their students receive A+ or A grades and their school average for the CBSE Grade 12 exams was 91.6% in 2021!
Fees start at $18,894 ($6,298 for 3 terms, inclusive of GST) + $2945.71 Registration fee for Grade 1. Look out for discounted registration fee offers and waivers from GIIS. In December 2021, all grade admissions have significant discounts being offered on registration fees.
The International French School
The International French School (IFS) is an international school open to all nationalities, including families who are not native French speakers. In order to develop bilingualism in French and English (they accept non-French speakers until Grade 6), IFS has implemented language support programmes that are included in the school fees and tailor-made to each student’s needs. For over 50 years, IFS has put the academic, social and personal development of the children at the centre of its teaching philosophy, and has managed to keep tuition fees affordable (with tiered prices for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary, and with sibling discounts for families with more than two enrolled children). The school’s multicultural and multilingual student community (2,800 students) represents and celebrates their motto – “Open Your Mind”. IFS has very comprehensive ECA, arts, culture & sports programmes (currently on pause in light of the governmental health measures) with state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including two swimming pools, two climbing walls, a dance studio, dojo, running track and soccer fields. Students also have the option of trouble-free transferability to 535 schools across 139 countries.
Fees start at $17,335 for Kindergarten and $18,700 for Primary, inclusive of 7% GST. Payable in three payments (at the start of each term). Extra canteen fees, or option for kids to bring their own lunchbox.
First-time registration fee: $5,350 (incl. GST)
School Fees Advance: $5,075 (incl GST)
The International French School, 3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569928, www.ifs.edu.sg
Invictus International School
Invictus International School offers the International Primary Curriculum from Grade 1 Prep to Grade 6 (aged 5 to 12) at its primary schools in Dempsey and Centrium. The campus on Dempsey Hill is home to the English medium primary school, with the campus at Centrium Square (Farrer Park) home to the Chinese-English bilingual primary school and the secondary school. Invictus Secondary School utilises the IGCSE curriculum and students are able to graduate into the International A-level programme at Centrium. A new state-of-the-art, fully equipped Fabrication Lab is slated to come online next year at the Centrium campus. Established in partnership with The Fab Foundation, the Invictus Fab Lab will give students a chance to participate in and explore digital fabrication technologies, which will equip them with essential skills to embrace any challenges that they may encounter in the future. The Dempsey campus was upgraded over the summer to include more learning spaces, a multi-purpose hall and a bigger library. Invictus has attained EduTrust Certification and is also a fully accredited Cambridge International School.
Fees include a $2,700 registration and assessment fee, average annual tuition fee of $18,190 (paid over 5 instalments), plus fees for extracurricular events (optional), books, IT fee (optional), field trips (up to $2,000). There are no development or facility fees.
Invictus International School, multiple locations, www.invictus.edu.sg
Knightsbridge House International School
Knightsbridge House International School is an affordable, high-quality international school in Singapore. They follow a rigorous academic program, which incorporates internationally benchmarked learning standards from the Singapore and UK curricula. As an international school, they use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as a learning framework in order to develop balanced, global citizens within the school community. Knightsbridge House offers an English medium program with one hour of mandarin instruction a day, a Mandarin-English bilingual program, with 50% Mandarin and 50% English instruction a day and personalised learning programs for children who require bespoke customised education solutions. The school believes in balancing the need for rigorous academic instruction with independent student inquiry and a strong sense of student agency. Knightsbridge House is truly international, with over 25 nationalities represented. All of their educators have university teaching degrees and 75% have Masters degrees with prior experience at top-notch international schools in Singapore and abroad. The school’s founder John Fearon is also the founder of Invictus International School.
Fees start at $12,000 per year. Payable in 5 instalments. All registration and assessment fees have been waived for the 2021/22 academic year. We also offer a free bus service along designated routes until June 2022.
Knightsbridge House International School, multiple locations, www.kbh.edu.sg
One World International School
One World International School’s (OWIS) vision is to offer world-class international education with a moderate fee structure to expat families in Singapore. Learners at both the Nanyang and Suntec campuses benefit from an international education and premium facilities, all for a thoughtfully-priced fee. OWIS offers the IB PYP in the Early Childhood and Primary Grades (OWIS Suntec, the new campus, is an IB PYP Candidate School). The programme is underpinned by the English National Curriculum to help students to achieve age-appropriate learning outcomes. In Secondary, students hone their knowledge and skills in the Cambridge IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme pathway. Students at OWIS start to learn digital literacy from the Primary Grades. The classrooms and learning are all technology-enabled. OWIS’ kindness-led philosophy is evidenced in classroom activities, school events, the teaching approach of the experienced educators, and the sense of belonging students feel. Through opportunities for student agency, children feel engaged in their learning at OWIS, and the school day at these welcoming school campuses is always something for them to look forward to.
Fees start at $17,970. All fees quoted are applicable per academic year (with the exception of the one-time non-refundable application fee of $1,056 + 7% local GST). Parents are required to pay the annual tuition fees in three separate instalments throughout the year. Tuition fees include two sets of school uniforms, technological devices like iPads, textbooks and academic field trips that are scheduled throughout the year. There may be additional fees required depending on the extra-curricular activities that a student chooses to participate in.
One World International School, multiple locations, www.owis.org
Razum International School
Razum International School is the first boutique international primary school in Singapore that provides education for children 5 to 12 years old (Years 1-6). Razum is a small community-based school, founded in 2019 with the aim to provide quality, affordable education in a nurturing environment that develops life-long learners with a passion for knowledge. Razum is a single-stream primary school with a maximum of 18 students per class. Their low teacher-student ratio allows students to benefit from individual attention, and gives teachers the capacity to adjust curriculum according to specific student needs. The curriculum is based on Singapore English, Singapore Math, and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). They deliver inquiry-based learning, which promotes curiosity and engagement. Their four-hour school day sets them apart from other international schools. These shorter hours make learning more efficient and leave free time for exploration, enquiry and fun. The main curriculum runs until 1pm, followed by optional Extra-Curriculum Activities (ECAs) to 3pm. Children can use ECAs to develop skills in art, music, dance, drama, sports and much more – all of which are also instrumental in cognitive development. Besides the spacious, naturally-lit classrooms conveniently located on one floor, the campus has a library, an arts and craft room, an outdoor playground and an indoor play space.
Fees start at $14,900 a year, based on a flexi-arrangement where you can make your own timetable. You can choose ECAs on certain days, or none at all. ECAs are payable separately each term. Another option is fixed fees for $18,500 a year, where students stay until 3pm every day. ECAs five days a week are included in the fee and students can choose which ECAs to attend.
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School*
As a not-for-profit school, Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is committed to lower fees without compromising on quality and offers an outstanding education. State-of-the-art facilities and first-rate curricula are blended with a holistic approach to education. Smaller class sizes allow for individualised learning pathways, enabling children to flourish and reach their full potential. Imbued with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture, SMMIS is a diverse community that welcomes students of all denominations and those of other faiths or none. An intimate Reggio Emilia inspired Pre-School leads into Primary and Secondary school where the IPC and IMYC are blended with the rigorous Singapore Maths Curriculum and the UK National Curriculum for Literacy. This paves the way for the globally recognised IGCSE exams in Grade 10. Mandarin and Hebrew are offered in modern foreign languages.
Fees range from $15,890-25,124 inclusive of GST. This includes a free daily nutritious hot lunch and a free shuttle bus to Yishun MRT station. A 15% sibling discount applies for the second and subsequent children. SMMIS invoices per semester.
SMMIS, 3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, Singapore 758932, Tel: (+65) 6331 4633, www.smmis.edu.sg
Catering to students from Grades 1 to 12, TLS Academy is a private international school with an individualised, student-centred approach to learning. The Bible-based, American curriculum from Accelerated Christian Ministries, ACE School of Tomorrow, is holistic in style with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills and building character. They’ve got a knack for providing a balanced education that develops skills for academic and non-academic success to train students to be independent learners. Through mastery-based learning, students master each fundamental tool at their own pace before proceeding on to new material, in the process building confidence as they gain an understanding of sequential foundational skills.
Fees are $12,960, paid in 6 instalments.
TLS Academy, 10 Winstedt Road #02-04 Singapore 227977, Tel: (+65) 6836 0061 / 9199 2579, www.tlsacademy.org
XCL American Academy
Amongst the fleet of international schools in Singapore, XCL American Academy is the newest American international school that is accessible to all. The first cohort of students will start in August 2022 from Nursery (2 years old) to Grade 8 (14 years old). The school strives to inspire the next generation of pioneers and empower them to leave a positive mark on our ever-changing world. They believe in equipping students with the tools, mindset and experiences they will need to be at the forefront of this change and be agents of their own success. Through their mission to harness, guide and ignite the ‘Pioneering Spirit’ in every student, XCL American Academy encourages them to develop a challenger mindset and fulfil their potential while embracing the core American values of respect, honour and courage. By following a rigorous American curriculum and focusing on what really matters to both students and parents, this school will provide high-quality, values-driven learning experiences at an exceptional value.
Fees for founding families range from $20,370 to $28,900 and are payable in two terms. Alternatively, families can settle tuition fees in 4 instalments.
XCL American Academy, 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039, Tel: (+65) 6230 4222, www.xaa.edu.sg
5 Steps Academy*
This is an EduTrust certified school that operates a self-developed curriculum for grades 1 to 10 School hours are 10am to 2pm for Primary students.
Fees start at $1,800 per month.
5 Steps Academy, multiple locations, 5steps.academy
BMC International College*
Offers exam preparation courses for GCE N/O/A levels for secondary school — but is not recognized as an official school by Cambridge.org. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees for A-Level exam prep course are $6,602.
BMC International College, multiple locations, www.bmc.edu.sg
Offers exam preparation courses for IPC curriculum exams, grades P3-6, and additional exam prep courses for secondary. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees As of 2020, fees for their P3 program were $17,794.10. Contact them for the latest school fees.
Coleman College, 1 Coleman Street, #04-37, The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, colemancollege.edu.sg
An EduTrust certified school with three fully-fledged campuses across Singapore, DIMENSIONS offers a rigorous Cambridge curriculum for primary and high school students. The dedicated teachers and tailored approach equip students to move up to the local or overseas institutions of their choice.
Fees As of 2020, fees start at $17,355 per year. Contact them for the latest school fees.
This school prepares children for Indian School Certificate exams and offers Cambridge options for secondary as well. Offers kindergarten, primary and secondary options.
Fees start at $11,363.40 (GST inclusive) per year for Year 1 ($2,840.85 per term/4 terms) not inclusive of bus, camps, exams, and uniforms.
DPS International School, 36 Aroozoo Avenue, Singapore 539842, www.dps.edu.sg
GIG International School
A private education institution offering courses to prepare students for Cambridge exams for grades 1-8. They offer a wide range of ECA/CCA activities within school hours.
Fees start at $1,040 per month for Year 1 (paid bi-monthly), plus a $2,000 application fee not inclusive of bus, camps, exams, and uniforms.
GIG International School, 190 Changi Road, MDIS Building, Singapore 419974, gigis.edu.sg
The Grange Institution
Grange offers a well-balanced curriculum, with a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy and science which will be supported by the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum. These are further enhanced by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which engages students through multidisciplinary Units of Learning designed to help them to learn more about the world around them through different subject perspectives.
Fees start at $$18,988.
Read more: Alternative schools in Singapore
Happy Family School of Excellence (HFSE)
HFSE, an international school for all, uses a self-developed integrated curriculum combining syllabus from Singapore, the Philippines, and other countries. Courses on Languages, Social Studies, Arts, Values Education, Christian Living are integrated into the academic programme for students from Primary 1 to 6.
Fees are monthly payments of $625+GST, paid in 12 instalments + a $1,020 enrolment fee.
Heritage Academy is a private international school offering the American High School Diploma – School of Tomorrow curriculum for Grade 1 to Grade 12. The school focuses on individualised mastery-based learning where students master each fundamental tool at their own pace before proceeding on to new material.
Fees are $6,600 (Grade 1-6) and $8,100 (Grade 7-12), paid in 10 instalments.
Heritage Academy, multiple locations, Tel: (+65) 9382 5753 / 6203 0700, www.heritageacademy.com.sg
Offers exam preparation courses for GCSE N/O/A levels for secondary school — but is not recognized as an official school by Cambridge.org. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees start at $6,500 per term (3 months).
Insworld Institute, 100 Victoria Street, #08-02 National Library Building Singapore 188064, www.insworld.edu.sg
Kindle Kids International School
This school teaches a self-developed, “Cambridge inspired” curriculum and offers a “Kindle Kids certificate.” Opened March 2018. Licensed to teach grade 1.
Fees: $1,712 registration fee, monthly tuition fee starts from $800
Kindle Kids International School, SLF Building 510 Thomson Road #B1-01, #B2-00, #B1-02 and #14-01 Singapore 298135, kindlekids.sg
LEAD Centre for Education
LEAD Centre for Education offers a cost-effective alternative to education at the primary school level. They also offer Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) intensive classes, where international students can practise to take the exam to be enrolled in a local school.
Fees As of 2020, fees start from $6,800. Contact them for the latest school fees.
LEAD Centre for Education, 929 Tampines Street 91, #01-439, Singapore 520929, Tel: (+65) 6908 2962, www.leadcfe.com
Lodestar Montessori School
This mixed-aged Montessori school, with AMI certified teachers, is for students in Grade 1 to Grade 6.
Fees: As of 2020, $500 registration fee, plus annual tuition fee of $18,000 (+GST), paid over 6 instalments, plus fees for extracurricular events. Contact them for the latest school fees.
Lodestar Montessori School, 24 Jalan Selaseh, Singapore 808444, lodestarmontessori.com
Lotus Bloom School (formerly Waldorf Steiner School)
This school for grades 1-8 utilizes the Waldorf education philosophy (creative play through arts and nature) and offers lots of outdoor time, small class sizes, and teachers who stay with the same class for multiple years to foster a close, trusting relationship.
Fees start from $18,000 a year.
Lotus Bloom School, 78 Jalan Senang, Singapore 418417, lotusbloom.school
Lotus Bridge International School
Newly certified in 2019, Lotus Bridge teaches to the Cambridge Curriculum for Primary grades 1-6, and then offers IGCSE certification for grades 7 through 10. The school year runs from August through July.
Fees start from $11,110 per year
Lotus Bridge International School, 302 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208963, www.lotusbridge.edu.sg
Offers Cambridge certificate preparation courses for secondary school students to take O and A-level exams. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees: For budget purposes the fees are about $10,000 annually. Local student rates are about $8,000 for 10-month program and about $13,000 for 16 months.
MDIS College, 501 Stirling Road, Singapore 148951, www.mdis.edu.sg/mdis-college
Olympiad International School
Currently offering grades 1 to 6, this international school employs the popular International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. The school calendar runs from January through November.
Fees start from $9,000 annually, plus a monthly $100-$120 lunch fee
Olympiad International School, 398 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Prestige Point, Singapore 534986, olympiad.edu.sg
Offers Cambridge certificate preparation courses for secondary school students to take O- and A-Level exams. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees are $9,630 annually for local students and $19,260 for international students
PSB Academy, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-200, Singapore 039594, www.psb-academy.edu.sg/academic-levels/igcse-course
San Yu Adventist School
Follows a direct instruction method using Singapore local school textbooks and a self-developed curriculum and daily religious instruction in the 7th Day Adventist faith. Currently offer primary and secondary grades. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees Primary school fees for international students start at about $14,930.
San Yu Adventist School, 299 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307652, syas.edu.sg
This is a school licensed by CPE to prepare students ages 6 to 17 for the AEIS exam for 6-month terms starting in 2018. The license is valid for 1 year.
Fees start from $8,500
SFA Eduhearts International School, 2 Waringin Park, Singapore 416316, sfaeduhearts.com
SST International Academy*
Offers Cambridge certificate preparation courses for primary and secondary. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees start at $19,914.41 annually for Primary 1 to 3.
SST International Academy, 1 Maritime Square, #13-01, HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253, www.sstc.edu.sg/courses/cambridge-primary-year1-to-year6
St Francis Methodist School
This is a private primary and secondary school with the same syllabus as local schools that offers a variety of diplomas relating to Cambridge and Australian curricula, as well as the IBDP in the senior years. As of 2019 they also offer a primary school option.
Fees from $16,991.60 for Primary.
St Francis Methodist School, 492 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678095, www.sfms.edu.sg
This school offers Cambridge exam prep courses for secondary school age students to take GCE O-levels.
Fees for local students are about $6,500 per year, but do not include exam fees.
TMC Academy, 805 Geylang Road, Singapore 389683, www.tmc.edu.sg
Touchstone International Institute*
Offers Cambridge exam prep courses for secondary school age students to take GCE O-levels. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees are $14,810 per year.
Touchstone International Institute, 46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia, Singapore 239351, www.tsi.edu.sg
Victory Life Christian School
This self-directed learning school uses the biblical-based, A.C.E. School of Tomorrow – Evangelical Christian curriculum.
Fees from $8,988 for a year term, paid bi-monthly, plus a first-time registration from $3,852.
Victory Life Christian School, 1 Lorong 23 Geylang, Building 8, Singapore 388352, victorylifechristianschool.com
Yuvabharati International School
This school’s curriculum prepares students for Indian Central Board exams. Offers kindergarten, primary and secondary grades. EduTrust certified for students on LTVP.
Fees are approximately $8,040 per for Year 1 (split in 6 payments), plus a registration fee of $2,600.
Yuvabharati International School, 3 Hu Ching Road, Jurong West, Singapore 619651, www.yuvabharathi.sg
Some key terms to bear in mind (along with their educational implications):
EduTrust: A quality assurance scheme administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE) in Singapore to distinguish private schools that “consistently maintain a high standard of quality in the overall provision of education services and make continual improvements that lead to positive outcomes”. Read more about EduTrust certification criteria here.
Cambridge curriculum: Many of the schools listed below employ the Cambridge International Curriculum, which is recognised by universities and employers worldwide, and is followed by over 10,000 schools in 160 countries. Part of what makes it so popular is its international philosophy and approach that can be tailored to local contexts.
DP (Dependant Pass): The pass issued to the dependants (spouse and child) of an Employment Pass or S work pass holder earning over 6,000 SGD monthly. Children on DP may attend any Private Educational Institution of their family’s choice and will not require the sponsorship of a student pass.
LTVP (Long Term Visitor Pass): A pass issued to children of Permanent Residents and the step-children of Employment Pass holders. To attend school beyond preschool, children on a LTVP must enroll in a private educational institution that can sponsor a Student Pass. Please verify with your school of choice if they can sponsor a student pass if your child holds a LTVP.
SP (Student Pass): A visa sponsored for a student who is attending a private educational institution (international school), that holds EduTrust status. Some larger international schools, such as Singapore American School and Lycée Français, are exempt from the EduTrust certification. Student passes are designed for foreign students who come to Singapore (alone or with a guardian) to study, but who are not necessarily accompanied by a working adult.
SC (Singapore Citizen): Singapore citizens are required by the Compulsory Education Act to attend local primary school and will require special permission from the government to attend a Private Educational Institution (international school).
PR (Permanent Resident): Children who are permanent residents (PR) are eligible to enroll in local school and will be granted a spot. PR children are given preference of school choice behind Singapore Citizen children. PR children may also attend a private educational institution and do not require a student pass to attend any school.
Tourist Visa: A Tourist visa (sometimes referred to as a short term visit pass) is issued to tourists in Singapore for leisure. A child on a tourist visa will require a long term pass (for example, student pass) to attend school full time. Alternatively, they can be issued a dependant pass if they are eligible.
In all cases, the immigration status of the child decides the rules of enrolment – NOT the immigration status of their parent.