From new campuses to new school openings and curriculum changes there’s A LOT of school news happening amongst international schools in Singapore right now, mamas!
Extra, extra, read all about it! There’s always news when it comes to international schools in Singapore: From campus closures to new curricula, new bilingual offerings, new international school openings, and additional primary and early years campuses (many with affordable school fees), we’ve got the scoop! If you’re considering an international school for your kiddo for the 2020 school year, be sure to swipe through for all the latest deets!
The esteemed Perse School will be opening its first international campus in Bukit Timah in January 2020, in case you hadn’t heard, mama! Founded in Cambridge, UK all the way back in 1615 to prepare students for entry to Cambridge University, The Perse School Singapore focuses on four core values: Intellectual curiosity, Endeavour, Breadth and balance, and Respect for one another & our environment. The school has an outstanding academic reputation; in 2018 and 2019 it was the top performing co-educational school in the UK on the GCSE!
Catering to students ages 6 to 11, The Perse School Singapore will closely follow the Cambridge International Primary curriculum, with integrated Singapore Maths and Mandarin as a second language option. There will also be great emphasis on cutting edge technology and STEAM topics, along with strong pastoral care to support each child’s journey of growth and maximise their potential. And with school fees starting at $25,000, this wonderful education comes with a refreshingly affordable price tag!
The Perse School Singapore will open in January 2020, email [email protected] or call (+65) 6971 8210 for more information.
The Perse School Singapore, 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588180
A leading independent day school in the UK that already has established international campuses in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Dubai, academically selective Brighton College will open in Singapore in August 2020, with a bespoke designed campus at Chuan Lane that will share the state-of-the-art play, sport and co-curricular facilities with its sister schools at the Stamford American and AIS Early Learning Village.
Featuring a very high standard of faculty comprised mainly of teachers from the UK – including Head Master Paul Wilson, who has taught and held senior leadership positions at the UK campus for the past eight years – Brighton College (Singapore) will employ the UK Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum, and will initially open with a limited number of spaces for students in Pre-Nursery through Year 4, with plans to grow each year up to a maximum of 550 students through Year 6. With its three pillars of curiosity, confidence and kindness, Brighton College was named Independent School of the Year for 2019 by The Sunday Times, and is renowned for its outstanding academic results. Parents in Singapore can be confident in an exceptionally close relationship with the UK sister school, ensuring that its high standards are closely replicated here in the Little Red Dot!
Already popular with parents for providing an affordable international school option with a stellar faculty, The Grange Institution will introduce a new, more nurturing framework when its new school year begins in January 2020. Taking a step beyond its commitment to being a school “Where Creativity Flourishes,” The Grange Institution will introduce the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), a globally recognized framework utilised by over 1,000 schools in 90 countries around the world. By enhancing their current Thematic Frame with the IPC, this new framework seeks to empower students as resilient and future-focused creators.
Since initially launching as an affordable international primary school (fees at $17,000 before GST!) back in 2016, Invictus International School has gone from strength to strength. This year the school opened a new Sentosa campus for students in Grades 1 and 2, and is now expanding to a new secondary school to provide affordable, high-quality education to students all the way up to Grade 12 (18 years of age).
Its first Grade 7 and 8 classes are now open for enrolment, and classes will begin in January 2020, offering the International Middle Years Curriculum along with Singapore Maths, and culminating with Cambridge IGCSE at Grade 10. The secondary school is scheduled to move to its brand new, centrally located campus (Grades 7-12) in August 2020.
There are currently vacancies at all grade levels, and secondary school fees will be maintained at $17,000 before GST for all students who enrol prior to 31 December 2019.
Ever worry about the toll that super long school days take on your kiddos? Two Singapore mamas, Elena and Maria, came together to create an alternative schooling option, RISS School, which offers a focused four-hour school day. Conveniently located between Queenstown and Tanglin, RISS (short for Razum International School Singapore) provides quality and affordable education for students from 5 to 12 years of age (school fees are $15,000 per year). The academically rigorous, individualized core curriculum, which runs from 8:45am to 1pm, teaches Singapore Maths and English within an inquiry-based framework. From 1pm to 4pm there are additional options for ECAs and language instruction, priced from $150-$300 per term, or families can opt to do their own activities!
Classes are small (capped at 18 students per class), and the qualified teaching team consists of native English speakers from the USA, Canada and the UK. RISS welcomes all nationalities, though, and also offers a unique “Gateway Programme” to provide a bridge between local K2 and international school Grade 1 between December and August.
*Note that RISS’s registration as a private educational institution in Singapore is pending
If you’re keen on bilingual education, mama, be sure to give the Swiss School in Singapore a look: due to the popularity of its recently-added bilingual French language stream, the international school that welcomes all nationalities will be opening an additional Primary 3/4 class, and a mixed-age Kindergarten 1+2 class (for children ages 4-5), in addition to its existing mixed-age Primary 1/2 French-speaking section, for the 2020-2021 academic school year.
A small, family-oriented international school in a beautifully lush (but convenient!) Bukit Timah location, Swiss School in Singapore caters to children in the early years through Grade 6. The school offers bilingual education in either German and English, or French and English. Swiss School in Singapore also offers short-term enrollment (from 3 to 9 months), and has affordable school fees between $19,000 – $24,230.
- Chatsworth International School has announced the closing of its Orchard campus at the end of the 2020 school year, with all students moving to its newer, larger Bukit Timah campus. In a welcome bit of news, Chatsworth will also be freezing school fees for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Yet another British school opening in August 2020 will be North London Collegiate School, an academically selective international school catering to children from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 10. Their campus will be located at 130 Depot Road.
- Nexus International School will be moving to a new state-of-the-art campus in Aljunied for the start of the 2020 school year. This will enlarge its capacity to 2,000 students (up from the current 1,200 at Ulu Pandan).
- One World International School, popular with families for its affordable school fees, announced that it will open a new Mountbatten campus in the East from January 2020, with a dedicated Early Childhood programme for children ages 3 to 6.
- St. Francis Methodist School, a private school in Upper Bukit Timah with a local school syllabus and a variety of diplomas relating to Cambridge and Australian curricula, as well as the IBDP in the senior years, has recently started offering a primary school option. Primary school fees are priced from $12,203.