Top International Schools In Singapore & How Much They Cost
While parents have developed a keen interest in investing in their kids’education, international schools always appear to be the most appealing choice. They may have a hard time finding the best schools for their children particularly here in Singapore where there is quite a good number of international schools. Fortunately, this dilemma comes with its own benefits as they have various qualities and features to pick from for their children.
The Singapore education system has been rated as one of the best worldwide and sits atop the Programme For International Student Assessment (PISA) ranking. That is why it is not surprising to have so many international schools in the country and parents getting sleepless nights thinking about the high fees, reputation, and facilities.
Why international schools?
Expats often get a hard time, especially when finding schools for their children because priorities are mainly given to permanent residents Singapore citizens. If you need to enroll your child to a local school, the child may have to take the AEIS test to access his or her reasoning abilities, English literacy, and numeracy.
That undoubtedly should give you a clear picture of the amount of competition in the Singapore education system and based on your philosophy; this may be an absolute downer or simply a significant plus point. Some children learn faster than others while others focus most on co-curricular activities than academics. Knowing your child’s best interests may help you find a better option which in most cases, just leads you to an international school.
If you’re an expat who does not wish to stay long in Singapore, you may need to look for a school that has a similar syllabus with your home country to give the child a more natural transition. International schools happen to be more diverse when it comes to ethnic, nationality and cultural mix which goes a long way towards settling the mindset of the child in the new school.
Australian International School (AIS)
The Australian International School in Singapore offers an Australian curricular global education for students between age 1 and a half year to 18 years. The school provides both Australian Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Here, students perform well compared to other schools. For instance, in 2016, the students in the IBDP achieved a 100 percent pass rate compared the average global score of 70 percent. They also scooped a 34-point average that was way 10 percent higher than the expected global average.
The fee structure for the year 2018
|Period||1st semester||2nd semester|
|5-day full session (preschool)||S$14,990||S$14,990|
|5-day half session (preschool)||S$10,358||S$10,358|
|4-day session (preschool)||S$12,380||S$12,380|
|3-day session (preschool)||S$9,771||S$9,771|
|5-day full session (nursery)||S$10,709||S$10,709|
|5-day half session (nursery)||S$7,499||S$7,499|
|4-day session (nursery)||S$10,351||S$10,351|
|3-day session (nursery)||S$7,063||S$7,063|
Nexus international school Singapore (NISS)
Nexus international school is one of the members of the Taylors Education Group, a Malaysian based company. The school is relatively new since it was founded in 2011 and currently holds over 800 students from 50 countries. NISS students perform well, and in 2017 IGCSE notably, the students scored a pass rate of 99.8 percent and an equivalent 82 percent IB diploma. They score an average of 31.3 which stands relatively ahead of the average global rate of 29.95.
Aside from shining bright in their studies, the students have a muscle for co-curricular activities like music and sports. The school also engages the students in NISS facilitate sessions like 3D designs, Lego robotics, and virtual reality expeditions.
The fee structure for NISS
|Half day Nursery||S$ 10,515||S$21,030|
|Full Day Nursery||S$13,976||S$27,952|
|Year 1 kindergarten||S$13,976||S$27,952|
International school Singapore (ISS)
Started in 1981, the International, School Singapore serves over 600 students from over 50 nationals across two campuses. This small academic institution believes in an excellent learning environment that can nurture learners to becomes individuals with moral intelligence and academic success. The school also accommodates various learning speeds as they believe that each student is unique and each has his or her own educational strengths and challenges.
Students also enjoy arts, music, drama, and visual art programs generated by the school. The campus also indulges in outdoor theatre sessions and jungle sketching sessions.
|Level||Fee per semester||Per year|
|Kindergarten 1 and 2||S$12,519||S$25,038|
United World College of East Asia Singapore (UWCSE)
The UWCSE is the most popular choice for most expats as it is big and offers all levels of learning. The UWCSE prides in two campuses, Tampines, and Dover. The school houses over 5, 500 students from over 90 different countries providing education at the high school levels, middle, junior and kindergarten level, all students are well prepared for their IB and (I)GCSE examinations.
Aside from academic studies, students take part in a wide range of activities like drama productions, music, sports, and clubs. The United World College of East Asia is another academic giant that contributes to the high academic score in the country. In 2017, the UWCSE students made their school proud by garnering a 98.4 percent pass score with an average global score of 36.72 on the IB diploma examinations.
However, with academic excellence comes substantial fee structures and the UWCSE mainly is no exception. In as much as sending your child to an international school could be costly, sending him or her to UWCSE could cost you more than sending them to a university. To find out for yourself, see the below table. (Note that the one-time enrolment and application fees are not included.)
TheUWCSE 2018 fee structure
|Grade level||The first year||Fee other subsequent years|
|K1 to G1||S$37,485||S$33,735|
|G2 to G5||S$37,630||S$33,870|
|G6 to G10 (GCSE)||S$43,185||S$39,435|
|G10 (FIB) G11, G12||S$44,580||S$40,830|
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