1. 5 Boarding Schools in Singapore

5 Boarding Schools in Singapore

Published on 09 Apr 2020
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Boarding Schools

A boarding school provides accommodation, meals and academic support to students all year round. British boarding schools are especially popular and many of them have opened sister campuses in major Asian cities. There are also a number of international schools which provide boarding facilities to their students. Boarding is usually offered to students in secondary school onwards. 

Here are five international schools in Singapore that provide accommodation and boarding facilities:  

1. ACS International Singapore 

ACS International Singapore was established in 2005. The school is owned by the Methodist Church of Singapore and offers an international secondary school education. Students are taught a general academic programme in Years 1 and 2 and choose their IGCSE subjects for Year 3. The IB Diploma Programme is offered to students in Year 5. Students that meet the school’s English language requirements are enrolled in the mainstream course whereas other students can sit for Second Language Bridging classes at Years 1, 2 and 4. ACS International Singapore has two hostels for students, namely the ACS (Independent) Boarding School and Oldham Hall. Since 2018, it is mandatory for international students staying in Singapore without a guardian to be a boarder for one year. 


2. Hillside World Academy

Hillside World Academy was formerly known as the Chinese International School. Established in 2006, the school provides an education that combines the IB philosophy with Eastern and Western values. Students are exposed to both Mandarin and English throughout Kindergarten, Primary School, Middle School and High School. The IB PYP, MYP and DP programmes are offered by Hillside World Academy. The school will assist students who need accommodation either in housing development board (HDB) flat/room rentals, private flat/room rentals, homestay with Singaporean families or hostels/boarding homes. 


3. SJI International High School

SJI International High School began enrolment in 2007 and SJI International Elementary School opened one year after. The school is steeped in Catholic and Lasallian heritage and this philosophy is embedded in the school’s curriculum. The Elementary School offers an education to students in Prep 1 to Grade 6 (four to 12 years old). Students are taught a unique curriculum where Mathematics subjects follow the Singapore Mathematics programme and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for Humanities and Science subjects. At High School, students prepare for the IGCSE examinations. The IB Diploma Programme is offered at pre-university level. SJI International’s official Boarding House is called St. Andrew’s Hall and has a capacity for 600 students. New students who do not live with parents or relatives are required to stay at St. Andrew’s Hall. 


4. St. Francis Methodist School

St. Francis Methodist School was founded in 1960 by Mrs. Harriet T. Doraisamy and was taken over by the Methodist Church in 1994. The school offers a number of pathways and programmes to meet the different academic needs of each student. A combination of curricula is offered to students aged 12 to 19 years old from Year 7 to Year 12. In Lower Secondary, the Singapore Cambridge programme and English Immersion Programme are offered. In Upper Secondary, both the Cambridge IGCSE and Singapore Cambridge GCSE O Level are offered. At pre-university level, students are offered the Australian Matriculation Programme in Years 9 and 10. In addition, the A Levels and Western Australian Certificate of Education are offered in Years 11 and 12. The school provides accommodation to students at ACS Oldham Hall or Nanyang Girls’ Boarding School. 


5. United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

UWCSEA was first established in 1971 as Singapore International School by former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Since then, the school has expanded to have two campuses, namely the Dover Campus and East Campus. The learning ethos at UWCSEA comprise five elements which are academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education and service. The school is recognised as an IB World School and offers the IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. UWCSEA’s curriculum is a concept-based curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Boarding is offered at both campuses for students aged 13 to 18. 


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