International Schools in Singapore: How Much Will it Cost?
Picture a scenario where you are a Singapore resident or a foreigner who just settled in Singapore, and you want your child or children to be educated at an international school. Fortunately, there are many of those in Singapore regardless of the country’s small size.
Selecting the ideal international school in Singapore for your child might not be easy considering that there are many, and they offer high-quality education. The downside is that they can get quite expensive. The cost may not be an issue for some, but most of us, mere mortals; it tops the list of factors to consider.
Top international schools in Singapore and their annual fees
- Australian International School- This is one of the schools that target children from the time they enter nursery school to the time they enter and finish secondary school. Its address is 1 Lorong Chuan (S) 556818. The Australian International School also happens to be among the most expensive schools in Singapore. Just to put it to perspective, parents who start their kids at nursery level in this school fork out between S$14,126 and S$21,709 in annual fees. Parents whose kids are in high school will pay about S$40,422 annually for students in lower secondary and about S$42,016 for students in upper secondary.
- Canadian International School- This school also has a structure that starts from nursery school up to high school. The annual nursery fees start from S$13,500. The annual fee for lower secondary students is S$38,900 and above.
- Chatsworth International School- Its offerings start from pre-school with the annual fees kicking off at around S$25,711. The average annual school fees for the primary level at this school is S$29,484. Parents with high school children attending this school will have to pay anywhere from S$29,969 to 34,551 every year.
- EtonHouse International School- Annual nursery school fees start at around S$26,194 and increase with each stage, topping it off at about S$34,026 annually for a high school student.
- DPS International School- This is one of the international schools that are lower-priced compared to many others on the list. Annual nursery school fees start at 6,420 while fees at the primary school level start at S$10,593. The fees for high school students is around S$15,408.
- GEMS World Academy- This one kicks off the nursery fees at S$12,600 while the primary school fees range from S$31,920 to S$32,760.
- German European School Singapore- Nursery school prices for this school start at around S$5,110 while primary school fees start at around 18,240. Parents who want to educate their high school children in this school will have to part with more than 23,060 annually.
- Global Indian International School Singapore- This is one of the international schools that try to maintain the fees below five digits. The fees for nursery schoolers in this school starts from S$4,576 while primary school fees start at around S$5,603 while those for high schoolers are slightly higher from S$5,969 and above.
- Invictus International School- in case you are just looking for a primary school, you might want to consider this one. School fees range at around S$18,190.
- International Community School Singapore- This one starts at pre-school, where the annual fee per child is around S$22,700. The annual fee for a primary school per student starts from S$25,850 while that of high school students starts at S$29,450 and may go as high as S$32,975.
- Hwa Chong International School- It is one of the few international schools that only offer high school level education. Lower secondary school annual fees start at S$24,610 while upper secondary fees start at around S$28,890.
- ISS International School- this school’s offerings start at pre-school with an annual fee of S$25,038. The fees for primary school students start at S$28,594 while those of secondary school students start at S$31,116.
The above are just some of the popular international schools located in Singapore, but numerous others are available in the country. There are a few other things to consider before deciding which school your child to attend. Most of these schools not only offer education, but they also provide children with extracurricular activities.
Primary school starts from Grade 1 to Grade 5 while lower secondary starts from Grade 6 to Grade 9. The upper secondary is Grade 10 to Grade12. Some of the schools also offer Community service programs as part of extracurricular activities.
The fees indicated above were for the 2017/2018 academic year and may be slightly different from the fee structures for this year and 2020. However, any adjustments will probably not be so different, meaning that the presented figures can be used as rough estimates to indicate what parents should expect.
International schools are highly coveted by the expatriate community and also by local parents who want their children to have the best education that they can get from Singapore schools. This means that they are in very high demand, but the slots available are quite few, and so naturally, the schools charge high fees.
This because the slots are few, schools have to employ measures that will help them select the students that they want in their schools. Among those measures include hefty application fees and confirmation fees. Anyone that applies their children to such schools can probably afford the hefty school fees. However, the application fees and confirmation fees are probably there to help make sure that applicants are fully committed.
Some of the extra fees that parents may have to pay aside from the enrollment and application fees include transport, uniform, lunch, and exam fees, among others. Some schools even charge facility fees, boarding fees, development fees, and others. This means that a parent may end up paying more than S$10,000 in additional fees every year. The fees may also be adjusted each year, thus the need for parents to stay updated.
Taking your child to an international school in Singapore is an expensive affair. However, it is perhaps the best way to go for any parent that can afford it to give their child the best education available in the country.