Is your little one ready for ‘big school’? Check out our comprehensive guide to international schools in Singapore, mama!
We’ve told you about the best preschools in Singapore, now we’re taking things to the next level with our comprehensive guide to international schools in Singapore.
While many families will be drawn to a school that offers the same language and/or curriculum as schools in their home country, Singapore’s multicultural, multi-national atmosphere means a lot of schools offer programmes with a more global context that’s not restricted to a single nationality. Read on to find out what makes each and every international school special, mama — we highlight curriculum, nationality breakdown, and even which schools have the most affordable school fees!
And if you want to get even more in-depth school info, be sure to check out our comprehensive Sassy Mama Schools Tool, which allows you to search by location, compare up to three schools, and get detailed information on nationality demographics, school fees, and more!
Swipe through our gallery, or jump to each school:
Australian International School
Brighton College (Singapore)
Canadian International School (CIS)
Chatsworth International School
Dover Court International School
Dulwich College (Singapore)
EtonHouse International School
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
GESS – International School
Global Indian International School (GIIS)
The Grange Institution
Hillside World Academy
International Community School Singapore (ICS)
International French School Singapore (IFS)
ISS International School (Singapore)
Invictus International School
Nexus International School
North London Collegiate School (Singapore)
One World International School (OWIS)
Overseas Family School (OFS)
The Perse School Singapore
Razum International School Singapore (RISS)
St. Joseph’s Institution International School (SJI International)
Singapore American School (SAS)
Stamford American International School
Swiss School in Singapore
Tanglin Trust School
UWC South East Asia
Waldorf Steiner School Singapore
The Winstedt School
Lead image via Dulwich College (Singapore)
With a beautiful new campus in Pasir Ris, OFS has students from more than 70 different countries spanning from the early years (age 2) through high school. OFS has thoughtfully designed best-in-industry programs within a rigorous-yet-supportive learning environment that truly focus on the individual needs of every student. For instance, in the renowned Study Preparation Program, a dedicated team of specialist educators helps students gain English fluency in as quickly as six months. The 14-language Mother Tongue Program – the most extensive offered by any international school in Singapore – helps students gain native-level language proficiency for seamless re-integration in their home country if their families should move. And both programs come at no additional cost!
From grades 6-12, the OFS curriculum follows the IB MYP – allowing students to take the Cambridge IGCSE exams – and students can also pursue the IB Diploma to prepare for universities around the world. In the past three years OFS has produced seven students scoring a perfect 45 on their IB Diploma exams! In 2019, OFS produced not one but two Cambridge IGCSE “Top in the World” awardees, who were recognized for gaining the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
The Winstedt School is the only mainstream international school in Singapore – and indeed the region – that was founded and purpose-built for students who think and learn differently. This small and diverse (28 countries represented!) international school catering to students aged 4 to 16 offers integrated learning support through an innovative trans-disciplinary educational model that incorporates integrated therapy, multi-sensory lessons, and personalized instruction from a community of specialised and dedicated teachers, therapists and counsellors. Every classroom has two teachers and a maximum of 15 students; core beliefs include no two brains are alike and there are many paths to successful learning.
Opening to much anticipation in August 2020, Brighton College (Singapore) offers a British Prep School approach that is totally unique among Singapore international schools. Based on the outstanding success of its founding school in the UK (rated England’s Top Independent School in 2019/2020), Brighton has built a programme that draws on the very same values and ambitious approach to learning. Another unique aspect is the school’s pure focus on primary education (it only goes up to age 12), with an eye toward providing unrivalled preparation for senior school.
Founded in 1990, Canadian International School (CIS) is one of Singapore’s leading international schools, with over 3,000 students from more than 70 countries who are enrolled across two campuses. In the East there’s the cozy Tanjong Katong campus for students aged 3 to 12, while the state-of-the-art Lakeside Campus in Jurong caters to students aged 3 to 18. Parents rave about CIS’s inquiry-based approach that ensures students don’t just achieve academic success, but also develop important leadership, community service, artistic and sporting skills to prepare them for life after school. CIS offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes – the PYP, the MYP for Grades 7-10, and the IBDP for students in Grades 11 and 12 – and benchmarks its curriculum against national curricula worldwide. Over the past five years CIS graduates have been offered places at more than 200 of the world’s leading universities. CIS aims to provide a warm, collaborative environment for all its students that emphasises problem-solving and taking responsibility, and celebrates core values like diversity and generosity. The school offers many distinct academic programmes, such as the popular Chinese-English and French-English bilingual streams, STEAM and Open Minds.
CIS Lakeside: 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
CIS Tanjong Katong: 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128
Click here to arrange a call with the admissions team, email [email protected] or call (+65) 6734 8088
An IB World School catering to students aged 3 to 18, Chatsworth prides itself on providing a holistic environment and quality education at exceptional value. From academics to athletics to service learning, students get ample opportunities to discover and hone their talents to become the best version of themselves. In 2019-2020 Chatsworth students have achieved a 100% pass rate and placed well above world average scores on the IB Diploma exam with an average 34 points and 36 points, respectively. In addition, with the merger of their Orchard and Bukit Timah campuses in 2020, Chatsworth has developed a new Early Childhood centre with fantastic facilities catering to early years learners at its beautiful new location next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Established in 1972, DCIS is an inclusive school with a British background that caters to approximately 1,750 students aged 3 to 18. DCIS is an IB World School that teaches the English National Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, IB, ASDAN and BTEC.
DCIS accepts children of all abilities, offering a unique programme that meets the needs of all learners. DCIS teachers are experienced, passionate and dedicated, with a drive to challenge and support all learners to achieve their best. DCIS is part of Nord Anglia Education, drawing on a global campus of 66 schools, and has collaborations with Unicef, MIT and Julliard.
Dulwich College (Singapore) is a leading international school with a British independent school ethos, drawing upon the 400-year heritage of excellence, innovation and values of its founding school in London. The state-of-the-art, green Singapore campus opened in 2014; innovation and a global outlook are at the heart of the school’s approach, with a rich curriculum of academics, sports, performing arts and music that’s designed to help each individual student reach their potential and make a positive difference in the world. Dulwich is an IB-authorised school that offers the 3-year IGCSE Programme to students in Years 9 through 11 along with a Sixth Form and the full IB Diploma. The “Dulwich Difference” also includes a focus on personalised pathways to bring out the best in every student.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) is a family-oriented international school in Singapore for students ages 2 to 18. GEMS (Singapore) is the first and only international school in Singapore authorised to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (the PYP, MYP, DP and CP). GEMS students – who come from a cohort representing over 60 different nationalities – all receive a personalised, well-rounded education that stretches beyond traditional academic subjects to embrace the arts, music, drama, design, innovative technologies, and sport. In addition to academic rigour, the curriculum also emphasises career readiness and extensive extracurricular enrichment for even the most highly motivated students, with a wealth top-notch facilities like a state-of-the-art auditorium, art and music studios, a contemporary design centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an all-weather sports field and two libraries with over 27,000 books.
Another major plus of GEMS is its low student-teacher ratio; all classes in Nursery through Grade 5 are facilitated by both a full-time teacher and a fully qualified teaching partner to ensure every student receives plenty of personal attention so as to bring out their best and encourage greater participation in class. Ultimately the goal is that GEMS (Singapore) student embrace flexibility, creativity and adaptability to change in preparation for both university and life ahead.
Offering both a traditional, accredited German school curriculum and a European IB curriculum, GESS is an international school in Singapore with students of over 65 nationalities across its Preschool, Primary, Middle Years and High School (ages 2 to 18).
Housed in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus that opened in 2018, GESS offers the full IB programme (PYP, MYP and IBDP), with an outstanding track record for exam results. There’s also the newly-launched GESS Centre for Excellence to create opportunities for talented and high-potential students across the sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, arts, sports, music and more, and the school also has the first ever Junior Engineer Academy outside Europe. This innovative program for students in Grades 8 and 9 is an amazing opportunity for those hoping to explore a future career in engineering, and is delivered in partnership with leading scientific and industrial partners. GESS also has an extremely strong Mother Tongue language programme offering German, Dutch and Danish; GESS students are well prepared when they leave school, no matter where in the world they end up!
GESS – International School, 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621, Tel: (+65) 6461 0881, www.gess.sg/en
With an 18-year presence in Singapore, GIIS offers a premium international education to more than 3000 students in K-12 across its two campuses (SMART Campus and East Coast Campus). A particularly attractive feature of GIIS is its choice of multiple curricula, including the IB PYP/MYP and Cambridge IGCSE, and the IB Diploma Programme for Classes 11 and 12, along with the CBSE (Indian National Curriculum). GIIS also recently introduced a Chinese-English Bilingual Programme for students in grades 1 to 5.
Another reason parents love GIIS: its moderate school fees, which are 40% lower than other international schools in Singapore, despite the fact that it has a state-of-the-art campus featuring 92 Digital Classrooms, over 40 skill-based studios, and Nextgen technology. GIIS students consistently perform above the world average on the IBDP exams, with 14 World Toppers and 24 Near Perfect Toppers in the last decade, along with placement at top universities around the world.
GIIS SMART Campus (K-12), 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649
GIIS East Coast Campus (K-8), 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
Tel: (+65) 6914 7100 or WhatsApp (+65) 9631 6000
With experienced faculty drawn from leading international schools around the region, the Grange Institution is an international school offering primary education for students aged 5 to 12 years. The Grange is the first school in Singapore to offer both the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These are implemented in harmony with its own “Cre8tors in Action” educational philosophy, which equips students with eight core competencies – Construction & Design, Respecting the Environment, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Active Citizenship, Teamwork & Partnerships, Original Ideas, Recognising Ideas, and Service Leadership. By providing a dynamic and creative environment that inspires excellence, the Grange aims to develop respectful, responsible, and innovative members of society.
The first 20 applicants to sign up for the new school year can enjoy a waiver of the $500 application fee and 50% off the enrolment fee, coming out to less than $20,000 in school fees!
First opening at Dempsey in 2017, Invictus International School has been a hit with families island-wide thanks to its high-quality education and affordable school fees (under $20,000!). In addition to the original Dempsey Campus (Grades 1 to 6), there’s also a Sentosa Campus just for kids in Grades 1-2 (ages 6 to 8). Invictus Dempsey recently received a favourable result in the International School Assessment (ISA) in Singapore, receiving a higher-than-average score across every subject in comparison with other schools that participated.
Primary students can also now enrol in Invictus’s brand new English-Chinese bilingual programme (employing the renowned IPC curriculum) at its Invictus Centrium Campus, with a special introductory price of just $15,000 per year. Invictus Centrium also offers Secondary School education based on the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE and A Levels curricula.
Invictus International School
Dempsey Campus: 73 Loewen Road, #01-21, Singapore 248843, Tel: (+65) 6259 3877 [email protected]
Sentosa Campus: 31 Ocean Way #01-15, Singapore 098375, Tel: (+65) 6694 5088 [email protected]
Centrium Campus: 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218108, Tel: (+65) 9664 3651 [email protected]
Priding itself on innovative teaching and learning environments (it’s got a brand new, state-of-the-art campus that only opened in January 2020), Nexus International School believes in personalised education that respects each student’s individuality. In the new campus there are no walled classrooms, only open spaces that give children the flexibility to learn in the ways that best suit them, from quiet zones to collaborative spaces, with everything from bean bags to high stools. With this nurturing environment, children are encouraged to make mistakes, reflect and try again, refining and learning from their discoveries as they go. Running from Nursery through Years 12/13 (ages 3 to 18), the Nexus curriculum comprises the PYP, IGCSE and IB Diploma. Students are split over a wide range of nationalities, and language instruction is available in both Mandarin and French alongside English.
This close-knit, non-denominational international school welcomes students of all cultures, ethnicities and religions, with over 70 nationalities represented on campus. Catering to students aged 3 to 18, OWIS offers the IB Primary Years Programme followed by the Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme in a nurturing environment with equitable school fees. OWIS also has well-designed sports, music, and performing arts programmes created in coordination with the academic curriculum to support all aspects of child development. OWIS is a kindness-driven place of learning, where students learn to be compassionate, empathetic, and tolerant.
The school has two campuses in Singapore (Nanyang and East Coast), with an emphasis on values, collaboration, creativity and service to others. The OWIS ethos is to deliver a highly personalised education for all students, with an emphasis on fostering creativity and a desire for meaningful connection. At the same time, community is at the heart of the OWIS experience, from cultural festivities and celebrations, to its House system and engaging classrooms.
One World International School
Email [email protected]
Nanyang Campus: 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075, Tel: (+65) 6914 6700
East Coast Campus: Block G, 231 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 397999, Tel: (+65) 6914 7350
Drawing on more than 400 years of tradition, values, and educational excellence from its sister school in Cambridge, UK, The Perse School Singapore opened in January 2020 and encourages a culture of international-mindedness while also promoting respect and encouraging empathy and thoughtfulness. The school works hard to ensure that every child is valued as an individual and goes on to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Perse teachers draw on their knowledge and experience to provide quality education by challenging pupils on a personal, individualised basis. The aim is to create teachable moments throughout the school day to build pupils’ character and empower them with lifelong independent learning skills.
Razum International School in Singapore (RISS) was created by two parents as an alternative schooling option that offers maximum flexibility for students and families, with a focused four-hour school day and affordable school fees of $14,900 per year. The core curriculum runs from 8:45am to 1pm, at which time students can sign up for additional ECAs including sports, arts and languages. Aimed at students ages 5 to 12, RISS teaches the globally renowned Singapore English and Maths along with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Classes are limited to 18 students, allowing for plenty of personal attention from experienced international teachers. RISS is also conveniently located nearby to Tanglin and Alexandra.
*Note that RISS’s registration as a Private Educational Institution in Singapore is pending.
With over 1,800 students ages 4 to 18 comprising 40 nationalities, SJI International is a Lasallian Catholic school with a strong emphasis on values, community and relationships. The inclusive community welcomes families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds, with a mission of enabling students to learn how to learn and learn how to live so they will become people of integrity, and people for others. The world-class curriculum incorporates the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Singapore Maths, IGCSE, and the IB Diploma Programme, but what truly sets SJI International apart is its famous Virtues Project, a global grassroots initiative to inspire kindness, justice and integrity. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of co-curricular, outdoor, and service learning opportunities. NB: Unlike most other international schools in Singapore, SJI International’s academic calendar runs from January through December, which has major appeal for both local and Southern Hemisphere families!
A non-profit school with a strong history spanning over 60 years, SAS is considered one of the world’s leading American international schools, offering top-notch, quality education to students from preschool through 12th grade. SAS is a big school but from the start it’s very much about personalized learning: the faculty and curriculum are dedicated to encouraging inquiring minds to think critically, collaborate, experiment, reflect and engage in the pursuit of individual passions and interests. Students do this through inquiry-based courses, competitive athletics, fine arts classes, and after-school clubs. The beautiful 36-acre campus in Woodlands includes state-of-the-art facilities like music recording, video production, robotics and art studios, along with tropical walkways, extensive athletic fields, and a natural learning rainforest. SAS students consistently rank higher on academic achievement tests than peers in US school systems.
This cozy, family-oriented school for children ages 2 to 12 is located in a lush campus in Bukit Timah. The Swiss School offers two language streams – German and English, or French and English – from age 4 onwards, and provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for children of any nationality, ethnic background or denomination. The Swiss School provides ample space for playing and sports while preparing students for life with a holistic primary education approach that supports and challenges students to encourage independence, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility. In a unique arrangement, secondary students can attend UWCSEA, where a Swiss teacher instructs students in German, French and Swiss Civics according to the Curriculum of the Canton of Zug. Students can follow UWCSEA’s German language programme – allowing them to re-enter a Swiss or German school system anytime in their schooling – while also following the renowned IB curriculum.
Tanglin Trust is the oldest British international school in Southeast Asia, with an illustrious history stretching back 95 years! The school’s academic approach is grounded in an “enhanced and rigorous” English National Curriculum, though over 40% of the population is non-British. In fact, with a student population of 2,800 students across the Infant, Junior and Senior Schools (spanning ages 3-18), Tanglin students are drawn from 51 different nationalities.
Tanglin is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IB Diploma and A Level exams at the Sixth Form Level, and has a sterling academic reputation and consistent record of outstanding results (including an average IB score of 38 over the past six years). Tanglin students regularly attend leading universities around the world; indeed 95% of graduates typically receive admission to their first or second choice university. Through an innovative approach to learning and dynamic teaching staff, Tanglin creates an environment which nurtures and inspires every individual to be the best they can be. One final highlight: as a not-for-profit school, Tanglin’s tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.
UWCSEA is a non-profit school with a very multicultural population (students from nearly 100 countries!) and nearly 50 years of holistic, inquiry-based international education. Across two campuses, all students (ages 4 to 18) participate in all five elements of holistic K-12 curriculum, which offers age-appropriate learning in academics as well as activities, outdoor education, personal and social education, and service opportunities.
UWCSEA’s K-12 concept-based curriculum leads to the IB Diploma
UWCSEA’s intentional diversity in student admissions and staff recruitment adds much to its learning environment and outcomes for it students, as by increasing the richness of ideas explored in their classrooms, students build a deeper understanding of and respect for others. UWCSEA’s goal is to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world, by using what they have learned in their time at UWCSEA to contribute to creating peace and a sustainable future, every day.
Beginning with infant care at the tender age of 2 months, AIS offers a world-class, purpose-built Early Learning Village alongside its elementary and secondary programmes that go up through age 18. AIS is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IGCSE/IBDP and the HSC (New South Wales Higher School Certificate) curricula. The school also offers extensive extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.
Following the inquiry-based pedagogy of their popular preschools and drawing on the trans-disciplinary IB PYP Programme in Primary Schools, EtonHouse has gradually introduced four primary school programmes (at Sentosa, Broadrick, Thomson and Orchard) around the island along with one secondary programme (at Orchard) that offers the IGCSE for Years 10 and 11 and the IBDP up to age 18. EtonHouse also has a strong focus on bilingual learning.
Formerly known as the Chinese International School, HWA is a bilingual, bi-cultural school that combines the discipline and rigour of Eastern pedagogy with the inquiring, creative and collaborative values of Western pedagogy, as delivered through the IB framework from Kindergarten through 12th grade. If you’re keen on bilingualism, HWA students develop strong Mandarin skills, as all subjects up through Grade 6 are taught in both English and Chinese (English is the primary mode of instruction from Middle School onwards).
Offering an American curriculum, credentials and diploma, ICS is a Christian school open to all nationalities and faiths that’s beloved for its tight-knit community of 400+ students spanning Pre-K through 12th grade. The school offers a solid range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, too.
If you’re keen for your little one to learn French (regardless of your nationality), the French School combines French teaching methods with a multi-national worldview and focus on Asian culture. The International Section offers a bilingual, bicultural approach to the French curriculum that also incorporates British national standards and culminates with the Cambridge IGCSE.
For over three decades ISS has offered all three IB Programmes(Primary Years, Middle Years, and the IB Diploma). Students come from a diverse population of over 50 nationalities, and go on to attend top universities around the world. ISS is located conveniently close to the CBD at Preston Road within Telok Blangah Hill Park.
One of three esteemed British schools opening up a Singapore campus in 2020, NLCS is an academically ambitious school with a rigorous curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum. North London Collegiate School (Singapore) comprises a Junior School (Pre-K to Grade 5) and a Senior School (Grades 6 to 12). The new, modern campus at Depot Road will offer state-of-the-art facilities, and school fees from $30,925.
Stamford American begins with a beautiful, Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Learning Village for ages two months to six years that includes facilities like a learning pool and indoor tumbling room. At the Elementary, Middle and High School levels, SAIS employs the popular IB framework, and also offers US-centric Advanced Placement (AP) credits. In fact, students can choose from three different graduation pathways: the full IB Diploma, an American High School Diploma with AP credits, or a blended program.
The Waldorf Steiner School Singapore was started by parents and is now a thriving international school in the East catering to children ages 6 to 12. Imagination and creativity are the name of the game — teachers integrate storytelling to bring each subject to life, and children spend lots of time with hands-on activities like cooking and knitting. Waldorf students also get lots of time outdoors, whether farming or learning about biology through natural observations. The Waldorf curriculum focuses on developing a balanced, healthy person who is curious, compassionate and self-reliant. The approach is deliberately low-tech, instead using art, movement, and nature to stimulate the learning process. Another big selling point: Waldorf Steiner School Singapore has extremely reasonable school fees at $1,400 per month (with sibling discounts available, too!).