Education: International & Local Schools, Kindergartens in Singapore


International Schools


United World College SEA


There are many international schools in Singapore to cater for the needs of expatriate children. While more expatriates loose their jobs in the current economic downturn, demand for places in the 27 international schools is shrinking and waiting list are vanishing. However, Tanglin Trust, United World College SEA and SAS still have waiting lists and we recommend to contact them early to avoid disappointment.

More often expatriates employed on local terms choose to send their children to local schools with about 22,000 international students enrolled in the Singapore's main stream education system. See below

International schools in Singapore are quite expensive and you may be advised to negotiate with your employer to integrate their payment into your benefit package.

International Schools have a vast number of extra curricular activities and children are fairly busy and involved in school life until late afternoon. Some schools do not provide afternoon transport and students must either be picked up by their parents or come back on their own. Check with the respective transport office.

Safety on School Busses

Fleets of school busses pick up children from their homes all around Singapore. The school bus operators use locally developed global positioning systems (GPS) with bus tracking system and radio frequency identification (RFID) on tags embedded in the students' passes.


The system tracks children when a child gets on and off a bus. The bus driver can identify the students when they tap their passes on a RFID reader as students' photographs are displayed on a dashboard device with an LCD screen. This information is transferred to a centralised server at the bus operator's call centre which then sends SMS messages to parents. The bus is directed to use the shortest route to their destination through GPS satellites and the system can pick up distress calls at any time.

It is also safe to use local busses and you may search for the bus for your child on the website below.

Map of International School Locations in Singapore with houses for rent nearby

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School Uniforms
Many schools sell uniform on campus. Other uniforms you may purchase at the below shop:


English Instruction International Schools

Anglo-Chinese School (International)
Anglo-Chinese School (International)
Pre-IB Course for Sec 2 Boys
70 Barker Road
#06-04 Methodist Centre
Tel: (65) 6478 4726
Fax:(65) 6478 4795
Australian International School (AIS)
1 Lorong Chuan
Tel:(65) 6883 5155
Fax:(65) 6285 5255
Avondale Grammar School
Australian age 4-12 yrs
(NSW Board of Studies)
506 Toa Payoh Rise
Lorong 1
Singapore 319760
Tel: (65) 625 88 544
Fax: (65) 625 81 667
British Tanglin Trust School
Portsdown Road
Tel:(65) 6778 0771
Fax:(65) 6777 5862
Canadian International School (CIS)
CIS Tanjong Katong
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437128
Tel: (65) 6345 1573
Fax: (65) 6345 4057
Elementary Campus
(Early Childhood to Grade 3)
5 Toh Tuck Road
Singapore 596679
Tel: (65) 6467 1732
Fax: (65) 6467 1729
Middle School Campus
(Grades 4 to 8)
71 Bukit Tinggi Road
Singapore 289759
Tel: (65) 6875 1519
Fax: (65) 6875 1516
High School Campus
(Grades 9 to 12)
514 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 099450
Tel: (65) 6323 0208
Fax: (65) 6323 0209
Chatsworth International School
37 Emerald Hill Road
Age 3 - 10+
Jalan Tembusu
Tel:(65) 6737 5955
Fax: (65 )6737 5655
Chatsworth East (Katong)
Chinese International School (Singapore) (CNIS)

60 Dunearn Road
Singapore 309434
Tel: (65) 6254 0200
Fax: (65) 6252 5120

Dover Court Preparatory School
Dover Road
Tel: (65) 6775 7664
Fax: (65) 6777 4165
Nexus International School Singapore
201 Ulu Pandan Road
Singapore 596468
Te : (65) 6536 6566.
Eton House
51 Braodrock Road
Tel: (65) 6346 6922
Fax: (65) 6344 328O
Pre School
39 Newton Road
Tel: (65) 6352 3322
Fax: (65) 6356 7822
German European School
English Instruction IB Programme
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel: (65) 6469 1131
Fax: (65) 6469 0308
Global Indian International School
1 & 3Mei Chin Rd
Tel :(65) 6474 3914
Fax:(65) 6508 3721
Hwa Chong International School
663 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269783
Tel: (65) 64647077
Fax: (65) 64647060
International Community School Singapore (ICS)
27A Jubilee Road
Tel: (65) 6776 7435
Fax: (65)- 6776 7436
International School of Singapore (ISS)
21 Preston Road
Tel: (65) 6475 4188
Fax: (65) 6273 7065
NPS International School
Grades K-9 with IGCSE, CBSE and IB on offer by 2010
10 Chai Chee Lane 
Tel:(65) 6294 2400 During Business
HP:(65) 9172 8004 Hours for Urgent Matters
One World International School
One World International School
696 Upper Changi Road East
Singapore 486826
Tel: +65 65422285
Fax: +65 65428602
Overseas Family School (OFS) - IB School
25 F Paterson Road
Tel: (65) 6738 0211
Fax: (65) 6733 8825
Website College
Rosemount International School
461 Telok Blangah Road
Tel: (65) 62762821
Fax: (65) 62761063
Singapore American School (SAS)
40 Woodlands St. 41
Tel: (65) 6363 3403
Fax: (65) 6363 3408
St Francis Methodist School
11 Mount Sophia
Tel: (65)6334 8944
City Center Office
#03-07 Peace Centre
Tel: (65)6333 0116
St. Joseph's Institution International (SJII)
IGCSE & IB (Grades 7 - 12)
490 Thomson Road
Singapore 298191
Tel: (65) 6353 9383
Fax: (65) 6354 3103
Stamford American International School (SAIS)

21st Century American curriculum enriched by an International accredited program with a strong foreign language foundation, ESL, and mother tongue support

11 Lorong Chuan
Singapore 556821
Tel: +65 6602 7247

United World College SEA (UWCSEA)
Dover Campus
1207 Dover Road
Singapore 139654

East Campus
1 Tampines Street 73
Singapore 528704

Non-English International Schools

German European School
German and English Instruction
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel: (65) 6469 1131
Fax: (65) 6469 0308
Hollandse School

65 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel: (65) 6466 0662
Fax: (65) 6647-7582

Japanese School

Primary School
95 Clementi Road
Tel: (65) 6775 3366
Fax (65): 67780801

11 Upper Changi Road North
Tel: (65) 6542 9600
Fax:(65) 6542 8801

Secondary School
201 West Coast Road
Tel: (65) 6779 7355
Fax: (65) 6778 9710
Lycee Francais de Singapour
71 Bukit Tinggi Road
Tel: (65) 6469 6066
Fax: (65) 6469 2684
Norwegian Supplementary School
at the Overseas Family School
25F Paterson Road
Tel: (65) 67385661 (Royal Norwegian Embassy)
Fax: (65) 67385662
Sekolah Indonesia
20 A Siglap Road
Tel: (65) 64480722
Fax: (65) 6444 4831
Singapore Korean School
74 Lim Ah Woo Road
Tel:(65) 6741 0778
Fax: (65) 6741 1321
Swedish Supplementary Education School
Dover Road
Tel: (65) 6734 2771
Fax: (65) 6732 2958 (Swedish Embassy)
Swiss School (Schweizer Schule)
38 Swiss Club Road
Tel:(65) 6468 2117
Fax: (65) 6466 5342


Local Schools

United World College SEAThe 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. Photo:UWCSEA



International students who wish to undertake preparatory courses before or at the start of their entry into schools should visit here.

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) ( download application form) 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).

singapore school fees


American/International Undergraduate Education


141 Cecil Street #01-01
Tung Ann Association Buildg.
Tel: 6732 1728
Overseas Family College
25 F Paterson Road
Tel: 6 738 0211
Center for American Education- The CAE School
12 Prince Edward Road
#01-03 Podium A,
Bestway Building
Tel: 6 223 4566

Study in Singapore

Singapore Schools


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). See also Immigration  and Career.





Preschool Education

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.








Expatriate Preschool Choices


SGD 500.00/ annual for an entry into this directory. Please visit here for details

Contact also Non-English International Schools for more information on their Preschool Education.

Figures in Brackets are District Numbers

Australian International School (AIS)
1 Lorong Chuan (D19)
Tel: 6883 5155
Fax: 6285 5255
Brighton Montessori
6 Fort Road (D10)
Tel: 6346 8887
Fax: 6346 8815
Canadian International School
Elementary Campus (Early Childhood to Grade 3)
5 Toh Tuck Road
Singapore 596679
Tel: (65) 6467 1732
Fax: (65) 6467 1729
Chatsworth International School Chatsworth East
Jalan Tembusu (D9)
Tel: 6737 5955
Children's World Early Learning Centre
1 Jalan Siglap (D15)
Tel: 6314 5481
German European School
Deutsche Schule Singapore
German and English groups
72 Bukit Tinggi Road (D11)
Tel: 6 469 1131
Fax: 6 469 0308
Japanese Kindergarten
251 West Coast Road (D05)
Tel: 6 779 3434
Fax: 6 777 1830
Julia Gabriel Centre
(from 6 months)
Learning through educational drama
various locations
Korean Church Kindergarten
16 Barker Road (D11)
Tel: 6 254 7943
Fax: 6 250 6665
43 Newton Road (D16)
Tel: 6 256 3952
Pat's Schoolhouse
9 different locations
11 Claymore Road (D10)
Tel: 62386753
Pibos Garden Playschool

Tel: 64650019/64662639
Preschool for Multiple Intelligence (PMI)
37 Newton Road
Tel: 6259 9661
Rosemount Kindergarten School
25 Ettrick Terrace Siglap (D15)
Tel: 6 446 4636
Tel: 6 276 2821
Swiss School Singapore
Teaching language is English
38 Swiss Club Rd (D11)
Tel: 6468 2117


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. Once the rollout is completed, an additional 2,000 children will benefit from the programme annually. For more information visit

Tthere 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.

AIT Special Needs School
Asian Women Welfare Association Special Schools
Association for Persons with Special Needs

operates 5 schools
Tel: 6835 3374

Autism Resource Centre
Tel: 6323 3258  
Autism Youth Centre
Tel: 6773 6930
Tel:6773 6852
Balestier Special School
8 McNair Road
Singapore 328517
Tel: 6 295 6591
Care Corner Child Development Center
St George"s
Tel: 6298 2543
Tel: 6756 0729
Dover Court Preparatory School
Tel: 6 775 7664
Fax: 6 777 4165
The School integrates children with
special needs while employing a full-time
psychologist and a speech therapist.
Genesis School
Tel: 6 733 1172
Fax: 6 733 6695
Catering for students with Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, development delay, language delay, language disorder and other specific learning disabilities.
Joy Place
#01-03 38 C Belverdere Close
Tel: 6475 2680
Kits4Kids Special School@Telok Kurau
Lorong L, No. 107, Telok Kurau Road
Tel: 6345 8812
Block 17A, Lor 7
Toa Payoh, #01 –192
Tel: 6250 1442
Kids Testing & Dyslexia Services
Tel: 6732 9038  
Lorna Whiston Study Centres
Forum, United Square, Pandan Valley, Parkway Parade, SAFRA
Tel: 6 734 0366
Fax: 6 235 7995
Maelene Poon
Private Speech Therapy
#08-01 27 Claymore Rd
Tel: 6734 9180
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
runs 5 schools
Metta School (Simei)

for children 7- 18 yrs mild to moderate intellectual disability
and those with autism

Pathlight School
for children with autism
Rainbow Center
Margaret Drive Special School
501 Margaret Drive
Singapore 149306
Tel: 6 472 7077
Fax: 6 473 9739
Spastic Children's Association School



Summer Schools and Camps

Summer Camp UWCSEAFor 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.

Please see here on 'How to select a summer camp for your kids or teens'.


Phone: +65-6764 6496
The Singapore American School
Canadian International School
Chatsworth International School
Overseas Family School
United World College of South East Asia


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