What does it take to shape a well-balanced student where academic excellence and being kind and caring is equally valued?
A fully accredited K4 to Grade 12 international school in Singapore, International Community School (Singapore) (ICS) offers an American curriculum with academic excellence as one of its core values along with personal excellence, caring community and a Biblical worldview. Here’s how ICS promotes these four core values in students, nurturing them to excel academically and all the while choosing to ‘be kind over being cool’.
ICS is one of the few international schools on the island to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These advanced-learning courses are paired with the school’s existing curriculum. While standard subjects like the Sciences, Maths and English Language Arts are compulsory as part of the curriculum, students can choose to tack on AP Physics or Physics Honours, for example, or pick between signing up for traditional Algebra or AP Calculus. This way, your child’s learning path is flexible and tailored to their passions and interests. As a standards-based teaching and learning school, ICS ranks well in both MAP testing and PSAT scores, as its students often score well above the national and worldwide averages.
Personal excellence – going beyond grades
It’s no secret that a healthy body and mind is just as important as grades, which is why ICS invests in its students’ wellbeing through fitness, counselling and mentorship. The school offers a CrossFit programme to students – it is personally helmed by ICS’ Principal, Mr. Darryl Harding. The programme has borne positive results for the student body’s physical, mental and emotional health, and students have walked away from it equipped with discipline, determination and a newfound appreciation for hard work. ICS also encourages vertical groupings, where students from the Sixth Grade up to high school seniors learn from one another in a mentorship through the school’s many collaborative programmes.
Building a caring community
ICS uses outward and inward care to truly educate its student body, and service learning is one of the ways it practises outward care. One of the school’s strongest pillars, service learning is done through ICS’ Week Without Walls programme. This unites the middle and high school divisions, moulding them into globally-minded citizens that are compassionate. While the school typically partners with various Southeast Asian NGOs to send students on learning missions abroad, it took a different approach when the pandemic hit. This time around, ICS’ students volunteered for local beach clean-ups, participated in in-school maintenance projects and conducted small group projects with the elementary school students. Inward care is practised through small class sizes, ensuring personalised attention for each student, and through intentional mentorship from ICS staff and teachers; they make it a point to know each student that walks through the school’s gates.
Prepping for life after high school
ICS has dedicated counsellors in both middle and high school to help them through any issues they may face. Your child is also well-guided when it comes to their tertiary education. In fact, ICS’ High School Counsellor, Mr. Eric Laug, spends most of his time to one-on-one sessions with each high school student, helping them select universities that will elevate their educational pathway and prepare academically for it.
Want to experience life at ICS for yourself? Email [email protected] for more information about the ICS virtual open house on 24 April.