Check out The Finder Kids’ latest Early Learning Reports for some of Singapore’s best international schools and preschools, what makes them special and their school fees, for infants on up to kids entering primary school.
Finding the right international school or preschool to send your child to can be tricky — especially with the seemingly never ending list of options!
Here, we take a closer look at 12 top international schools and preschools to make that task a little bit easier.
The Australian International School (AIS) brings you a melting pot of academics, co-curricular activities and culture – all while ensuring your child gets the best schooling experience. These exciting educational opportunities are offered to babies as young as 2 months on up to tykes aged 5 years at AIS’s purpose-built Early Learning Village.
Approximate annual fees: From $1,236 per month (InfantCare) – $42,852 per annum (Secondary)
1 Lorong Chuan, 556818
Read more about Australian International School here!
Whether your child is 3 or 18 years old, your little (or not so little one!) is bound to be stretched academically at Dover Court Interational School (DCIS). As a member of the Nord Anglia Education group, DCIS benefits from being part of a family of more than 65 schools worldwide. Plus, since 2019, the school has received its Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation and its Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation (WASC).
Approximate annual fees: From $21,810 to $33,855 per annum, depending on the grade
301 Dover Road, 139644
Read more about Dover Court International School here!
EtonHouse believes that every child should take ownership of his or her learning. This thinking was the motivation behind EtonHouse’s inquiry-based pedagogy that revolutionised early years schooling in Singapore more than 25 years ago. Today, it continues to be a leader in education services internationally, providing education pathways fromPlaygroup right up to High School. It is also one of the few education groups in Singapore with a dedicated in-housetraining and research arm where curriculum specialists and child psychology experts offer ongoing training to staff.
Approximate annual fees: From $21,600 to $31,500 per annum, depending on the grade.
14 campuses around Singapore, such as East Coast, Central Bukit Timah and Sentosa
Read more about EtonHouse here!
At the core of the ISS International School’s early learning programme is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), which guides children to become independent inquiry based learners. This PYP pedagogy focuses on the development of the whole child – in the classroom and the world outside – and offers a framework that meets the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of each learner.
Approximate annual fees: From $25,188 to $41,354 per annum, depending on the grade
21 Preston Road, 109355
Read more about ISS International School here!
International French School (IFS) offers families based in Singapore access to truly affordable education, delivered by highly experienced teachers with a track record of academic success. As a member of the world’s largest global network of 535 international schools, the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), IFS provides a unique hassle-free, transferable program to its 3,000 students.
Approximate annual fees: From $10,505 (TPS half day) to $26,990
3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 569928
Read more about International French School here!
Kinderland brings quality infant care and bilingual preschool education for children 2 months to 6 years of age. Founded in 1978, Kinderland Educare Services is a member of Crestar Education Group and one of the earliest established preschools in Singapore. It’s even the first and only preschool with a marching band here on the Red Dot!
Approximate annual fees: From $16,000 to $26,000 per annum, depending on the grade
16 centres islandwide, 13 with infant care
Read more about Kinderland Preschool and Infant care here!
Nexus International School (Singapore) prides itself on its contemporary approach to teaching and learning, which aims to help its students develop their curiosity through play —particularly for the youngest children. Just one impressive example: At the school’s new Aljunied campus, it has a devoted space specially for Early Childhood learners (Nursery to Year 2), that includes sensory bins, water play, dress-up racks, reading nooks and mini furniture.
Approximate annual fees: From $21,800 to $40,760 per annum, depending on the grade
1 Aljunied Walk, 387293
Read more about Nexus International School (Singapore) here!
One World International School (OWIS) is a non-denominational school that welcomes students of all cultures, ethnicities and religions. Its Early Years Programme is based on an inquiry- and play-based learning approach, tailored for children 3 to 6 years of age, and carried out in intimate and engaging settings. The school has a diverse student and teacher community, representing more than 70 nationalities from six continents, and two campuses, Nanyang and East Coast (Mountbatten).
Approximate annual fees: From $17,514 to $21,000 per annum, depending on the grade
1 Aljunied Walk, 387293
Read more about One World International School here!
As a school with a Lasallian Catholic foundation, spirituality, mutual respect, internationalism, leadership, experiences and service are central to everything that it does. Today, St. Joseph’s Institution International has a community of 1,900 students across two schools on one campus. The Elementary School caters to expatriate children from preschool Prep 1 and 2 (ages 4 to 6) and Grade 1 to 6 (ages 7 to 12), while its High School admits both Singaporean and international students from Grade 7 to 12 (ages 13 to 18).
Approximate annual fees: From $31,783 to $37,058 per annum, depending on the grade
490 Thomson Road, Singapore, 298191
Read more about St. Joseph’s Institution International here!
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) adopts a holistic viewpoint towards education, rich with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture. SMMIS follows the British National Literacy Curriculum and Singapore Maths Curriculum. Elements of the Reggio Emilia educational approach to teaching and learning shape the school’s curriculum as well.
Approximate annual fees:From $14,850 to $23,480 per annum, depending on the grade
3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, 758932
Read more about Sir Manasseh Meyer International School here!
Stamford American International School believes that there is an opportunity for every child no matter where his or her passion lies. It is intent on inspiring students to create their unique future in a caring, supportive and inclusive academic environment. Specially designed for the preschool years, the Stamford American Early Learning Village has been built as an environment for experiential learning.
Approximate annual fees: From $15,866 to $42,590 per annum, depending on the grade
Early Learning Village: 3 Chuan Lane, 554350
Elementary and Secondary Campus: 1 Woodleigh Lane, 357684
Read more about Stamford American International School here!
Catering to children aged 3 to 18 years old, Tanglin ensures the children can learn in an environment where they feel safe, valued, confident and happy. At Tanglin, classrooms and outdoor areas as well as its inspiring curriculum are designed to capture the children’s imagination, nurture inquisitive minds and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. This is underpinned by a commitment to support every child’s social, emotional, spiritual and cultural awareness.
Approximate annual fees:From $27,714 – $45,828 per annum, depending on the grade
95 Portsdown Rd., 139299
Read more about Tanglin Trust School here!
By Jashleen Kaur, The Finder Kids, Vol. 29, October 2020
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