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International Schools in Singapore

So far, we’ve compared the differences between the public and private systems in Singapore. Whilst parents are increasingly opting for the local school system, International schools in Singapore remain extremely popular. But which school is right for your child?

There are many ways to start looking, from the size of the school, what curriculum is on offer, its location, facilities etc. The list can be a long one, and there is a lot of choice. Here we break down the most popular schools and give you all the key facts, to help you narrow down your decision. Let’s get started…

Australian International School

Ages taught: Nursery to Grade 12 (18 months to 18 years)
School year: January to December
Student profile: Over 2,500 students, representing 50 different countries.
Curriculum: Australian curriculum, combined with the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Location: Lorong Chuan
Facilities: 2 gymnasiums, 25m swimming pool, 2 outdoor fields, 3 libraries, 250-seat professional theatre and 2 inquiry centres. There are specialist rooms for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music and Technology.
Languages offered: Mandarin from 2 years old, progressing to a choice of Bahasa Indonesian, French, Mandarin and Spanish in secondary school. Korean, Japanese, and other Mother Tongue languages are available. There is also the option for ongoing support for non-native English speakers.
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child, anything from $9,000 per year to $40,000 per year. A comprehensive guide to fees and charges can be found 
here.*
Website: http://www.ais.com.sg/
Nearby condos include: Chiltern Park, The Springbloom and The Scala.

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Avondale Grammar School

Ages taught: Preschool to Middle School (3 – 14 years)
School year: January to December
Student profile: 350 students, representing 20 different countries.
Curriculum: Australian
Location: Tanglin
Facilities: Outdoor play area, science laboratories, a variety of sports and other outdoor activities are offered by the school or their external provider partners.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child, anything from $17,000 per year to $32,000 per year. A comprehensive guide to all costs can be found here.*
Website: http://www.avondale.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: Tanglin Regency, Tanglin View, and The Anchorage.

Canadian International School

Ages taught: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
School year: August to June
Student profile: 3,000 students
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP)
Location: Two campuses, Lakeside in Jurong in the west and the other in Tanjong Katong in the east. The Lakeside campus caters to students of all ages; the Tanjong Katong campus caters for students from Early Years education to Grade 6.
Facilities: CIS’ world class facilities are designed to give students an edge. They include state-of-the-art STEAM maker spaces, an Outdoor Discovery Centre, swimming complex, performing arts and fine arts centre, theatre, sports fields, gymnasium and fitness centre.
Languages offered: All students learn a second language with the exception of those who are taking English Language Learner classes. Students are placed in language classes according to their proficiency level. Languages taught are Chinese, French and Spanish. We also offer a  pioneering bilingual English-Chinese programme for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child, from $9,000 per year to $38,000 per year. A comprehensive guide can be found here.
Website: https://www.cis.edu.sg
Nearby condos include: The Centris, Parc Vista and Lakefront Residences are great for the Lakeside campus; One Amber, Aalto and The Esta are well-placed for the Tanjong Katong campus.

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Dover Court International School

Ages taught: Nursery to Year 11
School year: August to June
Student profile: 900 students
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Location: Dover (located between Clementi and Buona Vista, in the west of Singapore).
Facilities: Swimming pool complex, 6-lane running track, full-size soccer pitch, basketball court, playing fields, indoor multi-purpose hall, music hall, computer labs, science facilities, and infant and junior playgrounds. Dover Court is a Julliard Performing Arts Social Hub.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child, anything from $4,500 per year to $28,000 per year. A guide to fees and charges can be found here.
Website: http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore
Nearby condos include: Heritage View, The Rochester and The Trizon.

Dulwich College (Singapore)

Ages taught: Ages 2 to 18
School year: August to June
Student profile: 1,300 students
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, IGCSE
Location: Bukit Batok
Facilities: A theatre and performing arts centre, swimming pool, rugby field, roof-top garden, outdoor study area, multi-purpose room, and a gymnasium.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French, Spanish
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child, from $14,700 per year, to $38,000 per year. More information on fees and charges can be found here. Do note that Dulwich College requires students applying for places from Year 3 upwards to sit entrance examinations. Further information is available on their website.
Website: https://singapore.dulwich.org/
Nearby condos include: Merawoods, Hillview 128 and The Lanai.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Ages taught: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
School year: August to June
Student profile: American, British, Australasian, Indian, French, Japanese, Korean and more than 40 other nationalities. No dominant nationality or ethnic group and the largest nationality only represents 15% of the overall student population.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and IGCSE
Location: Yishun
Facilities: 750 seat Auditorium, Olympic-sized swimming pool, dedicated learner pool, all-weather sports field, indoor gymnasium with rock-climbing wall, creative suite studio, music rooms and more.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French, Spanish.
Fees: Fees are dependent on the age of your child and range from $9,000 to $34,250 per year. More information on fees and charges can be found here.
Website: http://www.gwa.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: The Canopy, Lilydale, and The Miltonia Residences.

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German European School (GESS)

Ages taught: 18 months to 18 years
School year: Commences in August
Student profile: 1,500 students from 50 nationalities
Curriculum: German curriculum (offered in German) and the IB (offered in English)
Location: Two campuses, located in the Bukit Timah/Bukit Batok area
Facilities: Large competition size swimming pool, outdoor football pitch, basketball courts, multi-purpose gymnasium, and design studios.
Languages offered: German, Dutch, Danish, French, Spanish and Mandarin
Fees: Fees are dependent on the age of your child, and range from $4,800 to $32,000 per year. More information on fees and charges can be found here.
Website: http://www.gess.sg/
Nearby condos include: Southaven I, The Tessarina and Maplewoods.

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ISS International School

Ages taught: Kindergarten to Grade 12
School year: August to June
Student profile: 750 students
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (IB) – Primary, Middle and Diploma levels
Location: Elementary and Middle school campus is located in Orchard; the High School campus is located in Telok Blangah
Facilities: Basketball courts, playgrounds, specialist art and music rooms.
Languages offered:
Fees: Costs are dependent on the age of your child and range from $25,000 to $36,000 per year. For a comprehensive guide to fees and charges, please click here.
Website: http://www.iss.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: The Interlace, Alexis and The Anchorage.

Nexus International School

Ages taught: Nursery to Year 13
School year: August to June
Student profile: Over 900 students, from 50 different countries
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Diploma
Location: Holland
Facilities: Auditorium, drama studio, multi-media studio, science laboratories, two playgrounds, 25m swimming pool, two gymnasiums (equipped with basketball, volleyball, table tennis, mini-tennis, indoor soccer courts) and two outdoor playing fields
Languages offered: French, Mandarin, Spanish
Fees: Costs range from $19,000 to $35,000 per year, depending on the age of your child. A complete guide to all charges can be found here.
Websitehttp://www.nexus.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: The Marbella, Astor Green and Hundred Trees.

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One World International School (OWIS)

Ages taught: 3 years to 13 years (later grades opening in 2016)
School year: August to June
Student profile: 140 students
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate PYP and IGCSE.
Location: Changi
Facilities: Specialist art, science, drama and music rooms, basketball court, sports field. Swimming programmes are held off-site.
Languages offered: Mandarin
Fees: Costs are dependent on the age of your child and range from $15,000 to $27,000 per year . A complete guide to all charges can be found here.
Website: http://www.owis.org/
Nearby condos include: Double Bay Residences, Modena and Tropical Spring.

Overseas Family School

Ages taught: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
School year: August to June
Student profile: 3,000 students from 70 countries
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Elementary School), International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes (Middle School and High School)
Location: Pasir Ris
Facilities: Specialist music and art rooms, auditorium, drama studio, basketball courts, football/rugby field, three sports halls, 50m swimming pool and junior pool.
Languages offered: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
Fees: Costs are dependent on the age of your child and range from $16,000 to $41,000 per year. A complete guide to all charges can be found here.
Website: https://www.ofs.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: Oasis @ Elias, Ris Grandeur and NV Residences.

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St Joseph’s Institution International

Ages taught: 5-18 years
School year: January to December
Student profile: 1, 700 students from 40 nationalities
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (Elementary school), IGCSE and International Baccalaureate (High School).
Location: Thomson (nearest MRT is Caldecott)
Facilities: a flexible indoor Hall, art rooms, music rooms, ICT suite, science laboratories. three adventure playgrounds, three hard court play areas and a large playing field. The High School also houses a Sports Complex which contains a large multipurpose sports hall, a fitness centre, dance studio, climbing wall, and 25-metre outdoor swimming pool.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French, Spanish, Malay, Tamil. Other language tuition can be arranged via the school.
Fees: Currently around $28,000 per year for Elementary students. High school fees range from $26,000 to $30,000. A complete guide to all charges can be found here.
Website: http://www.sji-international.com.sg/
Nearby condos include: Trellis Towers, Sky @ Eleven and Tresalveo.

Singapore American School

Ages taught: Pre-school to Grade 12
School year: August to June
Student profile: 4,000 students
Curriculum: American and Advanced Placement
Location: Woodlands
Facilities: Music rooms, science laboratories, computer and technology labs, extensive playing fields for a wide variety of sports, drama studio and auditorium, five lighted tennis courts, two soccer/football fields, a baseball field, two softball fields, one 20-meter and two 25-meter swimming pools and a high-ropes course. There are four large, air-conditioned gymnasiums and two auxiliary gyms to provide space for physical education classes and sporting events.
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Mandarin.
Fees: Costs vary from around $28,000 per year to $38,000 per year. A complete guide to fees and costs is available here.
Website: http://www.sas.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: The Woodgrove, Casablanca and Rosewood Suites.

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Stamford American International School

Ages taught: 2 years to 18 years
School year: August to June
Student profile: 2,710 students, from over 65 nationalities
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Location: Serangoon
Facilities: 1st Class sports facilities including; three swimming pools, two indoor sports arenas, tennis courts, dance studios, rock climbing walls, a sports field and a Golf Academy, offer students opportunities in 70 competitive teams. Specialist coaches maximise the use of these facilities, preparing students to compete in the Athletics Conference of Singapore (ACSIS) with over 20 international schools in Singapore. Stamford American’s 500-seat Reagan Theatre is the only school theatre in Singapore equipped with an LED backdrop screen, allowing students to give more interactive performances and presentations. Weekly drama classes begin at age five and progress to the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Theatre. Cutting edge technology and learning takes place in Stamford American’s unique Innovation Center, launched in partnership with Bloomberg – a first for any high school in Asia!
Languages offered: Mandarin, Spanish
Fees: Costs are dependent on the age of your child and range from $14,968 per year, to $39,104 per year. For a complete cost breakdown, please click here.
Website: http://www.sais.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: 8 @ Woodleigh, Eden Crest and Avon Park.

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Tanglin Trust School

Ages taught: 3 years to 18 years
School year: August to July
Student profile: 2,800 students
Curriculum: British Curriculum, (I)GCSE, A-Levels, IB Diploma
Location: Buona Vista
Facilities: Multi-purpose halls, music rooms, ICT suites, science laboratories, drama studio, an eight-lane 25 metre swimming pool and learner pool, large outdoor playgrounds, tennis courts, playing fields, running track, fitness centre.
Languages offered: Mandarin, French, Spanish. The school also offers other languages such as Dutch, Danish, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian and Japanese after school or during lunchtime.
Fees: Costs vary dependent on the age of your child. Tuition fees range from $25,000 per year to $42,000 per year. For a full breakdown of fees and charges, please click here.
Website: http://www.tts.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: One-North Residences, Queens and The Rochester.

UWC South-East Asia (UWCSEA)

Ages taught: 4 years to 18 years
School year: August to June
Student profile: 5,400 students across two campuses
Curriculum: UWCSEA designed curriculum, leading to IGCSE and IB Diploma in High School
Location: Two campuses in Dover and Tampines
Facilities: Facilities include Olympic sized swimming pools, science laboratories, music rooms, fitness centre and gymnasium, drama studio, high ropes course, climbing wall, multi-purpose halls which can cater to a variety of sports, playing fields, and tennis courts.
Languages offered: Mandarin, Spanish, French. Depending on the grade and proficiency, the school can also offer Korean, Japanese, Dutch, German and French, and in the IB Diploma Hindi, Russian and Spanish are added to the list of languages offered.
Fees: Costs range from $33,000 per year to $43,000 per year, depending on the age of your child. For a full breakdown of fees and charges, please click here.
Website: https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/
Nearby condos include: Ris Grandeur, NV Residences and Double Bay Residences are nearby the Tampines campus; Heritage View, The Rochester and The Trizon are good choices for those at the Dover campus.

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Now you’ve got the school sorted, the next step is finding that ideal home. Get in touch with one of Greyloft’s property brokers to get started.

*A note on fees. The amounts quoted in this article represent academic course fees, for comparison purposes and does not include any other fees such as enrolment/admission fees, technology charges or any other mandatory costs. For full information on total costs for your child(ren), we recommend contacting the school directly. Prices are correct at the time of publication (May 2016) but are subject to review and amendment.

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