Singapore leads by far the Pisa statistics (OECD); in the field of science, mathematics and reading competence and not just by rote learning. By contrast, Germany ranks 13th, Denmark 17th and Switzerland 15th in the overall assessment (OECD 2015). Austria is ranked 27th and the USA is ranked 31st. If you like, there is an article on the subject here from TheStraihtsTimes.
That’s reassuring when you consider going to Singapore with your children. The only question that remains is which school and in which district is it? The effort to inform yourself on the internet is high and therefore I have compiled the most important information here at the request of some parents. The schools and kindergartens were sorted by me into the individual districts. So you can immediately see how this goes together with the living and the ways to school or work.
In Singapore there are about 366 schools and “infinitely” many kindergartens. Since it would be beyond the scope to list all of them, I will limit myself to a selection that might be relevant for expats.
School system Singapore
Basically, the education system in Singapore starts early. At the age of 4, the children go to pre-school. At the age of 7, they usually go to primary school. At the age of 12 they go to secondary school. In addition, there are many other private schools and institutions for the students to choose from. At the age of 17, they go to the Post Secondary School for one to three years. Here certain qualifications can be attained in order to then be able to choose an appropriate course of studies at a university.
Students with restrictions can go to so-called special schools. Here they are specifically supported so that they can be given a good education.
Which school is the right one?
This question can only be answered by yourself. But as a rule, expats want to send their children to an international school or a school system from their home country. This is usually based on the fact that the children have to go back after a few years and a change should not be so problematic.
Expats receive partial or full fees for schools in their packages. This should definitely be clarified, as non-governmental schools are very expensive. Here as an example the price list of the German/International school GESS.
Schools have an admission procedure which should not be underestimated and which usually includes admission tests. It is therefore necessary to deal with the respective school in advance.
The age for the kindergarten is between 2-6 years. Usually the schools have a kindergarten attached. This is especially good for siblings. Below I list a few external kindergartens which I particularly liked.
List of schools and/or kindergartens by districts and nations
- German and international – D23 North West:
– GESS – Main Campus (2 Dairy Farm Lane)
– GESS – Preschool and Primary School (2 Dairy Farm Lane)
- Switzerland – D11 Central Newton:
Swiss School – Pre-, Primary- and Secondary (38 Swiss Club Road)
- Holland – D11 Central Newton:
Hollandse School – Age from 4 to 12 (65 Bukit Tinggi Street)
– D10 Central Tanglin – Avondale High School (Phoenix Park Campus, 318 Tanglin Street)
– D19 North East – Hougang – International Baccalaureate Organization World School (1 Lorong Chuan)
- England – D5 South West:
Dover Court International School (301 Dover Road)
- France – D20 Central North/AMK:
Lycée Francais de Singapour (3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3)
– D15 East Coast/Katong – CIS/Canadian and international (371 Tanjong Katong Street) – Kindergarten up to grade 8
– D22 Far West/Jurong – CIS Lakeside Campus (7 Jurong West St 41) – Kindergarten up to 12th grade
- China – D11 Central Newton:
IB World School for Girls (60 Dunearn Street)
The Japanese School (D5 – 95 Clementi Rd, D5 – 201 West Coast Rd, D17 – 11 Changi N Way)
– D18 Far East – Tampines – OFS (Overseas Family School)/from Kindergarten to High School (25F Paterson Street)
– D13 Central East – Stamford American and international School (1 Woodleigh Ln)
Global Indian international school
– D19 North East/Hougang – SMART Campus (27 Punggol Field Walk)
– D15 East Coast – Katong – East Coast Campus (82 Cheviot Hill)
– D14 Central East/Eunos – Mountbatten Campus (Block G Mountbatten Centre 231)
- International Schools:
Chatsworth – from Kindergarten to High School
– D11 Central Newton – 72 Bukit Tinggi Rd
– D9 Central/Orchard – 37 Emerald Hill Rd
UWC South East Asia – from Kindergarten to High School (D18 Far East/Tampines – 1 Tampines Road)
- Religious Schools – D10 Central Tanglin:
ACS International School – Methodist Institution (61 Jalan Hitam Manis)
APSN Chaoyang School – School for persons with special needs (different locations)
- Sir Manasseh Meyer International School
- Dulwich College
- GEMS World Academy
- Integrated International School
- ISS International School
- Melbourne Specialist International School
- Brithton Montessori – from 1,5 to 6 years
– D15 – 16 Fort Road
– D15 – 125 Frankel Avenue
– D15 – 764 Mountbatten Road
– D9 – 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-41A/42,
Great World City
– D10 – 456 River Valley Road, #01-01
– D21 – 41 Sunset Way, #02-01/02 Clementi Arcade
– D20 – 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #02-01 The Grassroots Club
- International Kindergarten Rain Trees – D11, from 1,5 – 6 (60 Kheam Hock Rd)
Have I forgotten a school or kindergarten wich is importend for you or made a mistake in the description? I would be happy if you would help me to improve and expand this site. Thank you