New Home, New School: Some of the Best International Schools in Singapore


One of the hardest choices for parents to make is choosing the right school for their children. Even if you have been living in the same suburb for many years, you may deliberate for months, possibly years, before finding a good match for your ideals and your kids. So if you have just moved to Singapore, the pressure is tenfold. Not to worry, Singapore is home to people from all over the world and there are great international schools that offer high-quality education.

Why Choose an International School?

Singapore has high educational standards and local schools can be an option but there are times when an international school is a better fit. If your move to Singapore is for a short-term assignment, your children will have an easier time adjusting to their new environment if they are enrolled in an international school. This will help them to carry on without too much disruption when you return home because they will follow the same school term as in your home country. An international school can help your child settle easily and stay in touch with their familiar culture. If school fees are included in your work package, an international school makes perfect sense when considering where to enrol your child.

Some of the Best International Schools in Singapore

The following schools are not in ranked in any order.

United World College: South East Asia (UWCSEA)

The UWCSEA provides children from age 4 to 18 with the opportunity for united learning through academics, outdoor education, activities, personal and social education and service to the community for a sustainable future. A community of 90 nationalities, UWCSEA is proud to offer an outside-the-box approach to education through passion, engagement and effervescence.

Singapore American School

Students can enjoy personalised learning from preschool to the 12th grade at this international school, which offers a Chinese language and cultural immersion program. The school advocates teaching children as individuals catering to their various needs, rather than trying to fit them into an educational mould, in order to try to help them find their passions.

Stamford American International School

Part of the leading international schools group Cognita, this school offers early learning from 18 months right through to secondary school for 18 year olds. Filled with bilingual classes, Stamford American offers an inquiry-based integrated curriculum with services tailored for local parents.

Tanglin Trust School

Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School provides British-based learning with an international flavour. Striving for individual acceptance in a safe learning environment for 3 to 18-year-olds, the school creates a stimulating educational paradigm to foster a community of lifelong learners.

German European School Singapore

This multi-lingual independent school offers a bi-lingual preschool catering to children from 18 months to 6 years old. GESS offers Dutch and Danish primary and secondary school students an exclusive Mother Tongue Program and gives students the choice between English IB and German curriculums at the brand new campus on Dairy Farm Road.

Canadian International School

Celebrating the 70-plus nationalities of its teachers and students, this school is a large school with two campuses: Lakeside and Tanjong Katong. It offers a bilingual programs and excellent primary education. The facilities have everything children need to excel in sports and arts.

Nexus International School

Educators strive to identify each individual child’s need in an inclusive learning environment, while technology is implemented to ensure children are prepared for the digital age. The school uses the International Baccalaureate system from early years to Year 12 and 13 to ready students with internationally accepted qualifications for tertiary education around the world.

Australian International School

The school follows an International Baccalaureate system, the Australian Curriculum or Cambridge IGSCE system depending on the educational stage and encourages students to become responsible and respectful world citizens. Students are aged from 2 to 18 years old.

De Hollandse School

The largest Dutch language International Primary Curriculum (IPC) school outside of the Netherlands, The Hollandse School has successfully blended the international dimension into its Dutch language education. Offering a high level of education, the school encourages integration with many after-school activities available for students.

Chatsworth International School

This school was established in 1995 and has four campuses: Chatsworth Orchard, East, Piccadilly and Bedok, educating students from 2 to 18 years old. The school follows the International Baccalaureate system. The Piccadilly and Bedok campuses use the local Singaporean curriculum for the youngest pupils.

EtonHouse International Education Group

EtonHouse International has 13 schools all over Singapore with students aged from playgroup to senior years. The school offers a program that encourages children to become critical thinkers and to be involved in their learning. They offer Mandarin, Hindi and Japanese language lessons.

Make Contact With A Few Schools

With the offer being quite varied, you’ll want to know if the school is a good fit for your values and your children. As all schools strive to contribute to your child’s development using encouraging and aspirational methods, talking to the parent liaison officer and wandering the grounds if you’ve already moved to Singapore is the best way to help you make your choice. 

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