The private education sector is huge in Singapore with a wide range of international schools and preschools to cater to the country’s growing expatriate community. Currently, local children are not allowed to enter international schools unless permission is granted by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.
There are currently over 60 international schools located in Singapore offering curricula such as the American Curriculum, British Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Curriculum.
Popular qualifications include the IGCSE, A Levels and IB Diploma Programme. Singapore is also home to a large number of international preschools, a number of them adopting the Reggio Emilia approach for their curriculum.
Here are the international schools in Singapore that will open their doors in 2020:
Located at 1 Chuan Lane, Brighton College Singapore is a collaboration between Cognita, a global schools group and Brighton College, a co-educational school in the United Kingdom. The school is scheduled to open in August 2020 and will accept students aged 18 months to 11 years old to enter Pre-Nursery to Year 4 levels. The curriculum throughout Pre-Nursery and Reception will be based on the Early Years Foundation Stage whereas the British Curriculum will be introduced from Year 1. Brighton College Singapore will implement a dual-language environment where Mandarin will be part of the core curriculum from Year 2 upwards.
Nexus International School recently moved to a larger purpose-built campus in Geylang in January 2020. The school accepts students aged three to 18 years old and offers early childhood to pre-university levels. The school emphasises on language skills and currently offers Mother Tongue courses in Dutch, French, Japanese, Russian and Polish. Nexus International School is also recognised as an IB World school and offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. In addition, students sit for the IGCSE examinations at the end of secondary school.
NLCS Singapore is scheduled to open in August 2020 and is located in Depot Road. The school will join the NLCS family of schools in Jeju, Dubai and Bangkok. They are an expansion of the original NLCS in the United Kingdom which is an independent day school for girls aged four to 18 years old. NLCS Singapore offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. Children aged three to 14 years old can enter the school when it opens in August. In addition, the Sixth Form level will be introduced in 2021.
One World International School recently opened a new campus in January 2020 which caters to children aged three to six years old. The new campus is called OWIS Early Years and is located in Mountbatten. It is an addition to One World International School’s existing East Coast and Nanyang campuses. OWIS Early Years offers an enquiry-based programmed based on the British Curriculum. The curriculum also integrates well-structured, play-based learning.
The Perse School Singapore was established in January and is an extension of The Perse School, a co-educational day school for students aged three to 18 years old in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The school is located in Upper Bukit Timah Road and offers a curriculum based on the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum infused with elements of the Perse Prep Curriculum. There is also an emphasis on coding and digital literacy. Mandarin is also offered as a subject at The Perse School.
Popular international schools in Singapore have a waiting list so it is wise to prepare early when searching for a school. Parents who are considering enrolling their child in an international school in Singapore should do as much research as possible through school websites and social media pages. Good ways to see if a school is right for your child is to visit the school, attend school tours and Open Days, and speak to the teaching staff and admissions team, among others.
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To find out more about new schools in Singapore, make sure to use the powerful School Finder on www.EducationDestinationAsia.com.