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Top 5 International Schools in Singapore

Top 6 International Schools in Singapore

Academic Performance

The schools were chosen by how good their academic performance was in recent years. This is measured through their ranking and accolades received.

Tuition and other expenses

A metric based on how expensive their rates are

Accessibility

Related to the institution’s location and how accessible it is to its students

Nonacademic services

A rating based on the school’s extracurricular activities as well as its facilities

1. Overseas Family School

Overseas Family School Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Preschool – Grade 12

Curricula Offered: IB, IB DP, IPC, IGCSE

Average Tuition Rate: SGD 34,000

Address: 81 Pasir Ris Heights, Singapore 519292

Contact Details: +65 6738 0211

Website: https://www.ofs.edu.sg/

Google reviews score4.1/5
Total reviews4.1/5
Score consistency5/5
Academic performance5/5
Academic ranking5/5
Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses5/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
Extracurricular activities5/5
Facilities5/5

Pros

  • Consistent high passing rate in the IB diploma program
  • World-class facilities and amenities
  • Teaches several languages

Cons

  • Private bus service is limited only to one MRT station
  • Lack of food variety in the school canteen

Overseas Family School (OFS) is one of the older international schools in Singapore. Founded in 1991, OFS has a total capacity of 5,000 students in its current location.

A unique strength of OFS is its international program curriculum which enjoys a high passing rate of 97% despite not implementing a policy of preselecting students. 

This means that OFS implements a strong curriculum capable of providing excellent education to anyone.

In terms of facilities, OFS offers some of the best educational facilities available in Singapore. OFS encourages reading habits among its students with its four impressive libraries and up-to-date computer labs.

OFS also offers classes for a wide range of languages like Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, and many others.

Although unlike the other schools featured here, the OFS shuttle service is quite limited and only offers a single train station as its main destination with several pickup points along the way.

Also, a significant number of students have complained about the lack of variety in the school canteen’s menu. Having a good meal can be essential in improving a student’s attention when in class.

2. Global Indian International School East Coast

Global Indian International School East Coast Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Preschool – Grade 12

Curricula Offered: CBSE, IGCSE, Montessori, IB PYP

Average Tuition Rate: SGD 21,000

Address: 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663

Contact Details: +65 6914 7000

Website: https://singapore.globalindianschool.org/

Facebook reviews score4.3/5
Google reviews score4.1/5
Total reviews4.2/5
Score consistency4/5
Academic performance5/5
Academic ranking5/5
Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses5/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
Extracurricular activities5/5
Facilities5/5

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of curricula for its students
  • Least expensive school in this list
  • Many available extracurricular activities for its students
  • Up-to-date facilities and equipment
  • Small class sizes

Cons

  • Uses only the English language as its medium of instruction
  • Lack of support for learning other languages

The Global Indian International School, or the GIIS, is an institution founded back in 2002 with the goal of delivering excellent education to its students for a reasonable price.

GIIS is known for its early learners’ program, which earned them the award for the Best Montessori-style school at the HoneyKids Education Awards conducted last 2021.

GIIS still keeps its class sizes low and its facilities among the best in Singapore despite its cheaper tuition.

A big part of what makes GIIS great is its extremely comprehensive extracurricular programs. 

Ranging from arts and music to sports and even artificial intelligence programming, GIIS ensures that every student can explore ideas outside the classroom.

However, unlike the other international schools on the list, GIIS only uses the English language as its mode of teaching. This can be a problem for students who are more used to using other languages like Mandarin and Malay.

3. Knightsbridge House International School

Knightsbridge House International School's Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Primary, Lower, and Middle Secondary School

Curricula Offered: IPC, Personalised Learning Pathways

Average Tuition Rate: $13,080.00

Address: 167 Jalan Bukit Merah, Connection One, Tower 4 #02-15 S150167 Singapore

Contact Details:

  • Receptionist: +65 8399 6449
  • Admissions Officer: +65 80283177
  • Admissions Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.kbh.edu.sg/

Facebook reviews scoreN/A
Google reviews scoreN/A
Total reviewsN/A
Score consistencyN/A
Academic performance5/5
⮕Academic ranking5/5
⮕Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses4.5/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
⮕Extracurricular activities5/5
⮕Facilities5/5

Pros

  • High-Quality Education
  • Holistic Approach
  • Inspiring Teaching Staff
  • Affordability

Cons

  • Limited reviews online

Knightsbridge House International School prides itself on providing high-quality education within an international framework.

As a Cambridge-accredited institution they offer a rigorous education aligned with the Cambridge curriculum for IGCSE students. With a focus on academic excellence and international standards, it provides students with a globally recognized education.

We like that the school emphasizes nurturing environments and holistic development, aiming to create well-rounded individuals.

By offering a wide range of extracurricular activities like sports, arts, technology, and language classes, students have opportunities to explore their interests and talents beyond academics.

The school boasts a team of dedicated and qualified international teachers who understand the unique needs of each student.

We like that their focus on care, nurturing, and personalized attention ensures that students feel motivated, confident, and supported in their academic journey.

One of the standout features of Knightsbridge House International School is its affordability.

With an annual tuition fee of SGD 12,000 plus GST, the school provides access to high-quality international education at a relatively lower cost compared to other international schools in Singapore.

4. Stamford American International School Singapore

Stamford American International School Singapore Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Preschool – Grade 12

Curricula Offered: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, US HS Diploma, AP, Reggio Emilia, IB MYP, AERO

Average Tuition Rate: SGD 42,000

Address: 1 Woodleigh Ln, Singapore 357684

Contact Details: +65 6653 2947

Website: sais.edu.sg

Facebook reviews score4.4/5
Google reviews score3.6/5
Total reviews4.1/5
Score consistency3/5
Academic performance5/5
Academic ranking5/5
Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses4/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
Extracurricular activities5/5
Facilities5/5

Pros

  • Has the highest number of supported curricula on the list
  • Class sizes are kept small
  • Bilingual mode of education is offered, English and Mandarin
  • Students are provided with their own tablet

Cons

  • Poor payment policy prevents adjustment or withdrawal of enrollment fees
  • Tuition fee is more expensive than average

Stamford American International School Singapore (SAIS) is an international school which focuses on delivering American education in the international setting.

SAIS also features internationally approved curricula like the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate and the Reggio Emilia style of education.

They also teach their lessons in a bilingual format, English and Mandarin, which can be extremely useful for students who are more used to using the latter.

SAIS also prepares its students for the prospect of studying abroad by being the first and only school to offer its students a chance to take either the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the Advanced Placements program.

The SAIS also promotes the use of technology for learning by equipping every student with their own tablet. Coupled with highly advanced facilities, SAIS is capable of letting its students explore more of their interests after school.

However, a major weakness of theirs is their poor payment policy, which was criticized for their reluctance to refund or adjust tuition payments upon parents’ request.

5. Singapore American School

Singapore American School Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Preschool – Grade 12

Curricula Offered: US HS Diploma, AP

Average Tuition Rate: SGD 52,000

Address: 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547

Contact Details: +65 6360 6360

Website: https://www.sas.edu.sg/

Facebook reviews score4.6/5
Google reviews score4/5
Total reviews4.3/5
Score consistency4/5
Academic performance5/5
Academic ranking5/5
Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses4/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
Extracurricular activities5/5
Facilities5/5

Pros

  • Follows the American curriculum and education system
  • Highly advanced facilities and amenities
  • Students are provided with their own tablets and laptops to enhance their learning
  • Provides their own bus services for its students
  • Biggest Advanced Placement (AP) program outside of the US

Cons

  • Most expensive school in the list
  • Special bus service is too expensive for trips directly to students’ homes

The Singapore American School (SAS) was founded in 1956 with the goal of delivering American-based education tailored for an international setting.

Following the US standards curriculum, SAS offers a solid and well-rounded curriculum with a strong focus on academics, arts, and sports. 

To prove that it passes the standards set in the USA, SAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

SAS features some of the most intense support for digital-based learning, with each student receiving their own tablet and laptop to assist them in learning. 

Coupled with programming boot camps, SAS students are among the most proficient in the use of computers outside of everyday use.

In terms of accessibility, SAS ensures that every student will have no difficulty reaching the school and back home thanks to their private shuttle service, which can send students directly to their homes at an additional cost.

Featuring 25 AP courses, SAS has the largest AP program outside of the US, which allows its students to be more ready for college education compared to other students. 

SAS’s AP program allows its students to immerse themselves in different careers, which can help them in choosing their college after graduation.

However, with its average tuition reaching SGD 52,000, SAS may not be affordable to most who want to enrol their child in an international school.

6. Hillside World Academy

Hillside World Academy Homepage

Academic Years Offered: Preschool – Grade 12

Curricula Offered: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP

Average Tuition Rate: SGD 30,000

Address: 6 Raffles Blvd, #02-100 Marina Square, Singapore 039594

Contact Details: +65 6591 8772

Website: https://www.hwa.edu.sg/

Facebook reviews score5/5
Google reviews score3.8/5
Total reviews4.2/5
Score consistency3/5
Academic performance5/5
Academic ranking5/5
Accolades received5/5
Tuition and other expenses5/5
Accessibility5/5
Nonacademic services5/5
Extracurricular activities4/5
Facilities5/5

Pros

  • Strong emphasis on the application of both English and Chinese languages in teaching their curricula
  • Support for digital learning by providing tablets to each student
  • Has its own private bus service 

Cons

  • Has no established curriculum for students with special needs
  • Most extracurricular activities are limited to sports and physical fitness

Hillside World Academy (HWA) was founded in 2006 by the Beijing Huijia Private School in Singapore with the goal of teaching the International Baccalaureate program in a dual language setting, English and Mandarin.

Being an international branch of a famous private school in China, HWA aims to teach its lessons with the equal use of both English and Mandarin to its students. 

This dual-language setting is highly useful for a country like Singapore, which has a significant number of Chinese descent in its population.

HWA is also a strong supporter of digital-based learning thanks to its 1:1 student-to-tablet policy. 

Through the use of digital technology, teaching their lessons in both English and Mandarin has been made seamless and easier for their students.

Outside of the classroom, HWA strongly supports physical fitness. 

As a member of the Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools, HWA incentivizes its students to maintain their fitness by actively participating in athletic competitions among international schools.

In terms of transportation, HWA also offers a good shuttle service for its students that run through major bus stops and train stations.

However, HWA is still not fully equipped to deal with students with special needs. Lacking proper support, special needs students must look to other institutions tailored to their needs.

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