All You Need to Know About the International School System in Singapore

The international school terrain in Singapore is changing rapidly. More and more Singaporeans and expat parents are turning to them because of their all-around curriculum and a few other factors. That said, before you send your kid to one, it is important that you learn as much as you can about how they operate, their teaching standards, their tuition and so on. Doing this, will help you determine if they will be a good fit for your kid.

In this article, we will be looking at some important things you need to know about the international school system in Singapore.

Can local children attend international school?

Local kids in their primary level are not allowed to attend an international school in Singapore unless their parents have returned after working overseas for more than two years or they have an international passport.

This means, therefore, that the major percentage of kids in international schools especially at the primary level, are foreign students.

Why the numbers of international schools in Singapore are increasing drastically?

Over the last couple of years, many international schools have taken center stage in the academic space in Singapore. As the percentage of expat parents increases in Singapore, there is surely going to be an increase in the number of students who attends these schools.

As you probably guessed, international schools are a dominant choice for expatriate parents in Singapore. But presently, many Singaporean parents are enrolling their kids in them because they have a very good record and a high standing position in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) program for International Student Assessment ranking. The PISA results for 2015, show that students in international schools do exceptionally well in mathematics, science, and reading.

International school curriculum

A good number of international schools in Singapore have been lauded by educational enthusiasts from different parts of the world because of their all-round approach to the academic performance of their students and character development programs. Their curriculum is tailored to addressing the needs of international students. They also offer academic qualifications that are recognized by top colleges in different parts of the world.

Their approach combines a Western understanding of child development with an Eastern academic rigor which will go a long way in helping kids reach their full potential while developing essential attributes like good manners and politeness.

The future of international schools

In response to the increase in the population of expats in Singapore, the government has approved 3 new buildings for international schools’ system. Popular international schools like Nexus international school have made solid plans to increase their student intake from 900 to 2,000. EtonHouse, which is another reputable international school, is also making plans to increase its student intake. 

Final note

These are just a handful of some things you need to know about the international school system in Singapore. Of course, there are more. To learn about them, you may have to do deep and extensive research.

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