It is important to plan the children’s schooling in advance to avoid being placed on wait list. We encourage you to speak with the Admission officer to find out all the information and questions you may have. Ideally, you should request for a school tour and meet the respective personnel if you have a chance to arrange a pre-visit to the country.
The following is a list of international schools in Singapore including local schools which offer a foreign education system.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Pte Ltd
The Winstedt School
|The Ministry of Education (MOE) conducts a centralised admissions exercise around Sep–Oct annually for new international students who wish to join Singapore mainstream public primary and secondary schools in January of the following year. Students seeking admission to levels Primary 2 to 5 and Secondary 1 to 3 need to undergo a centralised test. International students should ensure that they satisfy the age requirements for the levels they are seeking admission into.|
|International students who are unable to come to Singapore during the dates of the AEIS centralised tests, or who wish to seek admission to Primary 1 or junior colleges (JCs), may approach schools directly.Any of the 30 top primary and top 30 secondary schools or top 5 junior colleges require to take the Centralised Qualifying Test (CQT). A fee of S$20 is payable at the time of registration for the test. Once the test has been passed the Admissions Operation Unit of the School Placement & Scholarship Branch will issue a Letter of Eligibility to the foreign student for presentation to the school of choice.|
|Note, that Singaporean students will always enjoy priority over new international students.|
|To sharper differentiate between Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) and International Students (IS), school fees payable by PRs will increase by between $36.50 and $73 per month, and those for IS will increase by between $100 and $400 per month from 2011 onwards. See table below (Source MoE).|
|Course fees for programs vary between S$ 9,000 and 13,000. On top you need to pay for return airfares, the registration, administration fees, a refundable security deposit, your medical check up and the fees for your student pass.Before you apply for a school you should make sure the school is registered under the Student Protection Scheme endorsed by CaseTrust and administered by the Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE). Schools must be signed up under both the CaseTrust for Education and SPS scheme in order to be allowed to bring in foreign students. See website below for more information.|
|Living cost vary, depending on the type of accommocation you require (S$ 350 – S$ 500) and how much you spend on transport (S$ 50- S$ 200) and meals (from S$ 200 onwards). You need to prove that you are able to support yourself when you apply for a visa.For your application for a Student Visa the following documents are needed and notorised English translation is required if the original is in another language.|
|Original Birth Certificate of Applicant|
|Original Parents Marriage Certificate|
|Copy of Passport of Applicant|
|4 passport sized photographs|
|Study Plan written in English|
Calculate sufficient time for the application process (1 – 2 months).
Pre-school education covers children from 18 months to 6 years old.You can choose between full day, half day and part day options. The Singapore government will subsidize fees for working mothers if at least one parent is a Permanent Resident. Current subsidies vary between S$ 75 for half-day care and S$ 150 for full-day care per month.
Special Needs Education
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will roll-out the Development Support Programme (DSP) to pre-schools in Singapore to provide learning support and therapy intervention to children with mild developmental delays. First piloted in May 2012 to over 300 children from 90 pre-schools, this programme showed encouraging results. An additional 2,000 children are expected to benefit from the programme annually.
There are a number of special schools for severely disabled children as listed below. A number of childcare centres have implemented the Integrated Childcare Programme for disabled children.
The few existing specialists currently work in different hospitals and organizations and coordination and monitoring of treatment is difficult. From about 20 pediatricians in all of Singapore, only 10 have a specialist qualification for children with special needs.
|For families staying in Singapore for part or all of the summer can choose among various activities offered by International Schools, Women’s Associations and private clubs.While activities for the youngsters are generally fun based courses targeting High School students offer more academic challenges. Watch the newsletters around May or contact the below schools and their Web Sites.The safety of summer camps, fortunately, is an area you do not have to worry too much about, since the established providers typically have vast experience dealing with school groups. Simply put, they stand to loose so much in case of an accident that safety is naturally their first priority. So, if a camp has been around for a long time, and has a proven track record of dealing with school groups, you can rest easy on the safety front. For newly established camps, however, you may wish to check on safety items in the link below.|
|The Singapore American School|
|Canadian International School|
|Chatsworth International School|
|Overseas Family School|
|United World College of South East Asia|