The American Curriculum is divided into three stages: Elementary School, Middle School and High School. In Elementary School, students aged 4 to 11 enter Kindergarten to Grade 5. Students aged 11 to 14 progress to Middle School which covers Grade 6 to Grade 8. They then move on to High School until the age of 18 to complete Grade 9 to Grade 12. 

The American Curriculum is a standards-based curriculum that is governed by six accreditation authorities including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS), and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All subject content must abide by the Common Core State Standards or the AERO Common Core Plus Standards. American international schools have the flexibility to design their curriculum based on standards that are relevant to their host country. 

Students need to complete a certain amount of credits from Grade 9 to Grade 12 to be granted the American High School Diploma. In addition, students have the opportunity to sit for standardised tests such as the SAT, PSAT and ACT to measure their knowledge in certain subject areas.

Here are the schools in Singapore that offer the American Curriculum: 


1. International Community School (Singapore)

Formerly known as ICS, the school was established by a group of parents from different nationalities in 1993. They had a common goal of building a school offering a Christian-centred education to meet the needs of both corporate and missionary expatriates. Two years later, the school’s name was officially changed to International Community School (Singapore). The school is known as a mid-sized school providing the American Curriculum with a Christian ethos from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 levels. College preparatory courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Classes are offered in the High School programme. The school has a comprehensive counselling department that supports students in the areas of academics, career choices and emotional health. International Community School (Singapore) also conducts a year-long Service Learning Program with the aim of building strong connections between Elementary and Middle & High School students. The Service Learning Program encompasses cross-cultural volunteer service, community volunteer service, charitable fundraising, and awareness campaigns.

2. Singapore American School 

Singapore American School (SAS) was founded by a group of pioneering American parents in 1956. The school had humble beginnings with an enrolment of 105 students in large colonial-style bungalows. In 1996, the school relocated to a larger campus in Woodlands to accommodate more students. The school offers Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School and High School levels. The Early Learning curriculum is based on the Reggio-inspired philosophy. SAS equips students with the tools for college preparation through 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the AP Capstone Diploma programme, and a growing number of specialised advanced topic courses. A unique feature of the school is the Interim Semester, an annual programme involving a range of activities in Singapore and excursions to other countries. The Interim Semester consists of three areas — Global Studies, Eco Adventure and Service Learning. Completion of one Interim Semester course during High School level is mandatory in order to graduate. In addition, counseling services are provided to both students and parents at SAS. 

3. Stamford American International School

Stamford American International School (SAIS) offers a unique curriculum, integrating the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme with American Standards and Advanced Placement courses. SAIS is spread out across two campuses — the Elementary & Secondary School Campus in Woodleigh Lane and the Early Learning Village Campus in Chuan Lane. The Early Learning Village is open to children to enter Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten 2 levels. The Reggio Emilia approach is adapted for the Early Learning Village curriculum. In addition, SAIS offers boarding to students aged 12 and above. SAIS has a comprehensive co-curricular activities programme where students can choose from over 300 activities to join throughout their school years. The school is also the only one in Singapore to partner with EducationUSA to provide students and parents with resources about higher education in the United States.


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