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Ultimate Guide to International Schools in Singapore

If you are looking for an international school with world-class facilities, high-quality education and well-structured co-curricular activities, then, probably you should read further.

We have summed up the best International schools across the island to help you gain an insight into each and compare as per your preferences and budgets.

Important Disclaimer: Please refer to their official websites for the latest information as they may update their course offering, fees payable, admission requirements, etc.


1. Stamford American International School (SAIS):

It is one of the best international schools for children in the age as young as only 2 months till 18 years.

The school has the vision to inspire its students to create their unique future academically, socially and as ecologically literate citizens.

Apart from imparting academic excellence in a variety of streams, the school also strives to equip its students with life skills reflective of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile as adaptive, thoughtful and principled young adults, with a fostered inclination to design, innovate, solve problems and communicate.

Language of Instruction: English and American

Facilities: Woodleigh Lane Centre (Grade 1 to Grade 12):
• Conducive environment
• State-of-the-art facilities for sports including 3 swimming pools, 2 air-conditioned indoor sports arenas, rooftop tennis courts, dance studios for drama and arts, rock climbing walls, multi-purpose sports field and a Golf Academy.
• Boarding program that focuses on safety and guardianship, academic growth and community and social bonding. It is available for students aged 12 years and above.
• Innovation Center and Makerspace kitted out with 3D printers, robots and other advanced electronics.
• Innovation Center and Makerspace kitted out with 3D printers, robots and other advanced electronics.

Chuan Lane Centre (Infant Care to Kindergarten 2):
• Conducive environment
• 6 expansive ultraviolet-protected outdoor campus areas to spark discovery and experiential learning. • Infant Care Pod with spacious rooms and secure sensory play areas.
• 20-meter pool with adjustable lanes and resting benches for safe water activities.
• The Hive—an air-conditioned multipurpose gymnasium for sports and performances.

Age range: 2 months to 18 years

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme integrated with US Standards, combined with the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Fee Structure: Tuition fees include course fees, all textbooks, workbooks, stationery, select after school and Co-Curricular Activities and a division Year Book.


Application Fee: Each application needs to be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $800. This is a one-off fee which applies only to new students.

Enrollment Fee: $3,360 payable upon acceptance of an offered place. This is a one-off non-refundable fee payable per successful application.

Academic field Studies (AFS) Fee: It is mandatory for all students from grades 3 to 12. English as an additional language:


Additional fees for meal plans and transportation are optional. Sibling discounts can also be availed.

Address: 2 campuses
• Chuan Lane: Early Learning Village Campus, 3 Chuan Lane, Gate 4, Singapore 554350
• Woodleigh Lane: Elementary and Secondary School Campus: 1 Woodleigh Lane (Off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684

Contact Information 
Admissions: +65 6602 7247
Parent’s Help-desk: +65 6709 4800
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2. Dover Court International School (DCIS)

Founded in 1972, DCIS is one of the leading inclusive British international schools.

Language of Instruction: English

Languages taught: English, Mandarin, French, Spanish

• English National Curriculum
• IB Diploma Programme
• International Primary Curriculum
• Edexcel

• Nurturing environment for your child to excel academically, socially and personally.
• Central location
• Swimming Pool
• Natural grass pitch
• Music Academy in collaboration with The Juilliard School, the world's leading performing arts conservatory.
• Accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools)
• An innovative approach to Sciences in collaboration with MIT where creativity and experimentation are encouraged and methods taught to apply skills in real-world situations.

Age range: 3 years - 18 years

Fee Structure:
• Application Fees: a one-off fee of SGD$1,000. It is refundable only in events if a parent wishes to withdraw the student from the waitlist before a place is offered. After that $500 will be deducted.
• Registration Fee: $3000 one-time only, non-refundable. Registration Fee is required for all new students.
• Building Fund Fee: S$500 per term
• Tuition Fees: Mainstream Students and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students


English as an Additional Language (EAL) Fee Supplement: For EAL students in Year 1 to Year 9, there is a termly EAL Fee Supplement of S$1,210 (including GST), so the annual amount due is S$3,630. For students on the partial EAL support programme there is a termly EAL Fee Supplement of S$400 (including GST) so the annual amount due is S$1200 (including GST).

Tuition Fees: Department for Supportive Education (DSE) Students The Department for Supportive Education provides specialist support for children who need small class instruction.


Miscellaneous Costs: School uniforms, examination fees, and school camps and trips are charged separately, and are not included in the Tuition Fees. Charges are also levied for optional services such as bus transport, school lunches, individual instrument lessons and some extra-curricular activities.

Address: Dover Court International School, 301 Dover Road, 139644, Singapore

Enquiry: +65 6775 7664
Admissions: +65 6775 7664
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3. The Grange Institution (TGI)

TGI is a leading international school providing education at the primary level. It is one of the best schools to develop creativity in your child’s mind when it is the right time.

• Future-focused curriculum.
• Best place for developing understanding while respecting cultural differences. • Experienced team of international educators.
• The curriculum is dedicated to developing learners who are confident, responsible, innovative and engaged.

Age range: 5 years - 12 years

• Cambridge Primary Curriculum (CPC): Subjects taught as a part of CPC are English, Mathematics, Science
• International Primary Curriculum (IPC): Art, Geography, History, ICT and Computing, Music, PE, Science, Society, Technology, Language and Mathematics
• Co-curricular activities: Personal, Social, Physical Education (PSPE) curriculum covers a variety of topics related to personal development, social growth and physical activities.
a. Art: It intends to develop a deep understanding of Art as a powerful mode of communication and helps them engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. 
b. Music: The Music curriculum is organised around the learning strands of Music Theory, Appreciation, and Performance. o Languages taught: Mandarin Foreign Language, Japanese Mother Tongue Language, Additional English Language

Fee Structure:
• Application fee: It is a non-refundable fee of $500 waived off for the first 20 students.
• Enrolment fee: It is a non-refundable fee of $2000, 50% of which is waived off for the first 20 students.
• Annual fee:

The Grange Annual fees

• Miscellaneous fee:

The Grange Misc Fees

• Sibling discounts can also be availed.

Address: 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Contact: +65 68173630
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4. Canadian International School Singapore (CIS)

The word international connects people from different nationalities and what can be better for an international school to be having students and staff representing 70 different nationalities.

Age Range: 2 years - 18 years


a. Kindergarten (2 years - 5 years):
• Stimulates imagination, creativity and self-discovery in youngest learners. • Warm and nurturing learning environment.
• Inquiry and play-based approach.
• Teaching instruction caters to each student’s needs, abilities, and learning styles, resulting in a community of happy, confident and engaged learners.
• Classrooms are organised in grade levels and spill out into learning pods.
• Other facilities include the junior library, kitchen, black box theatre, STEAM maker space and a Kindergarten kitchen.

b. Primary School (Grades 1 to 6):
• Focuses on developing inherent curiosity into passionate learning.
• Involve children to think deeply about issues, work collaboratively, solve problems creatively, and communicate across a variety of media.
• Creative, performance, service and sporting opportunities.
• Their house system and primary student council encourage a strong sense of community, leadership and team spirit.

c. Secondary School (Grades 7 to 12):
• Challenging and supportive environment.
• SMART (Students Maximising Achievement Responsibility on Time) programme provides opportunities for students to excel and develop new-found passions, whether intellectual, sporting, entrepreneurial, creative or service related.
• Excursion Week and field-based investigations help students in exercising leadership and learning first-hand about the world’s people, cultures and humanitarian and environmental concerns.

• Kindergarten and Primary School: Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.
• Secondary School: IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework for students in grades 7 - 10 and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students in Grade 11 and 12.

Fee Structure:
• Application Fee: $2500 non-refundable
• Confirmation fee: First-child: S$3500, Second-child: S$2800, Complete waive-off for additional children

• Tuition Fees:
a. Lakeside Campus:

CIS lakeside 1

CIS lakeside 2

b. Tanjong Katong Campus:

CIS tanjong katong

• Support Programme Fees:
English Language Learners (ELL): S$ 2500 per semester o Learning Support (LS): S$ 3000 per semester

• Miscellaneous Fees:

CIS misc fees

Address: 2 campuses:
• Lakeside Campus: 7 Jurong West Street, 41- Singapore – 649414 (E-mail: Contact: +65-64671732, +65-64671729)
• Tanjong Katong Campus: 371, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore – 437128 (E-mail:

Contact: +65-63451573, +65-63454057)

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5. Hwa Chong International School Singapore (HCIS) 

It was founded in 2005 as a member of the Hwa Chong family of the schools with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB).

• Team of qualified and dedicated teachers.
• The balanced and broad-based programme allows the development of the child while drawing out their talents and strengths.
• Support for academic pursuits, leadership and character development of students.
• Vibrant and dynamic learning environment.
• Co-curricular activities (CCA): The CCA Programme emphasizes participation and engagement in activities leading to the holistic development of the individual.
• Weekly activities that challenge and stimulate the students to learn new skills, strengthen relationships with others as well as hone leadership skills.
• Sports: Archery, Badminton, Tennis, Basketball, Bowling, Ice Hockey, Indoor Skydiving, Karate, Netball, Soccer, Table tennis
• Performing Arts: Contemporary dance, Guzheng, Jam band, Strings Ensemble
• Clubs and Societies: ELDDS, Finger painting, Media (Photography), Robotics, Mobile App coding


Integrated Curriculum: It is a six-year integrated curriculum that encompasses the four-year Integrated Programme progressing from the Foundation Programme to Pre-IB Programme, as well as the final two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

IGCSE: Taken at Year 4 (Grade 10), IGCSE is equivalent in standard to the GCE ‘O’ levels and British GCSE. Upon the attainment of the IGCSE qualification, students may proceed with the GCE ‘A’ levels, SAT, International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and various other certifications.

IB Diploma: The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous two-year curriculum widely recognized by the world’s leading universities and offered at Year 5 (Grade 11) for students aged 16-19 years. Components of IB assessment include:
• The extended essay (EE)
• Theory of knowledge (TOK)
• Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

• Subjects offered:

HCIS subjects

Fee Structure:
• Admission Assessment fee: S$535 non-refundable
• Tuition Security Deposit: S$6000
• Tuition Acceptance Fee: S$5350 one-time non-refundable.
• Tuition fees:

HCIS fees

Address: 663 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269783
Contact: +65 6464 7077
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6. St Francis Methodist School Singapore (SFMS)

• Unique academic pathways to internationally recognised qualifications.
• Supportive student environment.
• With a team of dedicated, experienced and qualified teachers, coupled with the Academic Achievement Programme (AAP), SFMS aims to enable students to realise their fullest academic potential.
• SFMS provides students with the opportunity to develop their potential and excel in their areas of talent and interest, through various interest groups.
• SFMS brings together students with diverse cultures from different parts of the world, allowing interaction and appreciation of different cultures.
• SFMS has adopted the You Can Do It! (YCDI) the model which focus on the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities to groom students into responsible and caring adults.


a. Cambridge Primary:
• Duration: 6 years
• Class size: Maximum 25 students
• Subjects: English, Chinese, Mathematics, Science, Music, Global perspectives, Marketspace and IT skills, Visual and performing arts, Physical and Health Education

• Entry Requirements:
i. Minimum Age Requirement: 6 – 12 years old
ii. Completed Kindergarten 2 or it's equivalent
iii. Pass SFMS Admission Test & Interview

b. Foundation:
• English Immersion Programme – Level 1, 2 and 3: 12 months each
• Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Global Perspective, IT Skills, Visual and Performing Arts • Class size: Maximum 30 students

• Entry Requirements:
i. Minimum Age Requirement: 11 years old
ii. Completed Primary or Elementary Education or it's equivalent
iii. Pass SFMS Admission Test & Interview

c. Lower Secondary:
• Duration: 2 years
• Class size: Maximum 30 students
• Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Global Perspective, IT Skills, Visual and Performing Arts

• Entry Requirements:
i. 12-16 years old
ii. Completed Primary or Elementary Education or it's equivalent
iii. Pass SFMS Admission Test & Interview

d. Upper Secondary:
• Duration: 2 years
• Class size: Maximum 35 students
• Subjects: English, Mathematics, Chinese, Additional Mathematics, Principles of Accountancy, Chemistry, Geography • Elective Subjects: Physics or Biology, Chinese literature

• Entry Requirements:
i. 15 – 19 years old
ii. Completed Secondary 2 Education or its equivalent
iii. Pass SFMS Admission Test & Interview

e. Pre-tertiary:
• Duration: 2 years
• Class size: Maximum 35 students
• Subjects:

St Francis Methodist school subjects

• Entry Requirements:
i. 16 -19 years old
ii. Completed Year 10 / Secondary education or equivalent
iii. Satisfactory performance in SFMS admission tests and interview

Fee Structure: All term-wise fee structure:

Address: 492 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678095
Contact: +65 6760 0889
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7. Eton House International Education Group (EHIEG)

If you are looking for a truly international school which has more than 120 grounded establishments spread across 12 different countries.

• The school has won many awards and accreditations.
• Comprehensive through-train programme from Playgroup to High School.
• Research-based inquiry programmes that adhere to international best practice.
• Dual language foundation.
• An innovative curriculum that is holistic, contemporary and demonstrates academic rigour. • An inquiry-based pedagogy is followed in EHIEG schools through the research-based Inquire.Think.Learn approach in the Pre-Schools and the integrated transdisciplinary IB PYP Programme in the Primary Schools.
EtonHouse Secondary students are offered a curriculum that fuses a proactive use of information technology and inquiry-based learning with the development of the essential skills required to complete the robust Cambridge approved International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme undertaken in Years 10 and 11.

Age Range: 12 months to 18 years

• Pre-school: In the early years, an inquiry-based “Inquire-Think-Learn” curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach is followed.
• Primary, Secondary and High School: International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and IGCSE qualifications.

Fee Structure: S$ 33000 per semester.

• Head office: EtonHouse Head Office, 178 Clemenceau Avenue #06-00, Haw Par Glass Tower Singapore 239926

• Play Group:
i. Claymore (International): 15 Claymore Road, S229542 (Contact: +65 6737 3322, E-mail:
ii. Sentosa (International): 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa, S099981 (Contact: +65 6377 3322;E-mail:

• Pre-School:
i. 215 Upper Bukit Timah (Singapore Pre-school): 215 Upper Bukit Timah Road, S588184 (Contact+65 6762 3322; E-mail:
ii. 681 Upper Bukit Timah (Chinese Pre-school): 681 Bukit Timah Road, #01-03, S269782 (Contact: +65 6467 3322; E-mail:
iii. Claymore (International): 15 Claymore Road, S229542 (Contact: +65 6737 3322, E-mail:
iv. Mountbatten 223 (Singapore Pre-School): 223 Mountbatten Road, #01-18, S398008 (Contact: +65 6440 5100; e-mail:
v. Mountbatten 717 (Singapore Pre-School): 717 Mountbatten Road, S437737 (Contact: +656440 0777, E-mail:
vi. Mountbatten 718 (International): 718 Mountbatten Road, S437738 (Contact: +65 6846 3322; E-mail:
vii. Newton (Singapore Pre-School): 39 Newton Road, S307966 (Contact: +65 6352 3322, e-mail:
viii. Robertson Walk (Singapore Pre-School): 11 Unity Street, #02-20, S237995 (Contact: +65 6221 1050; E-mail:
ix. Vanda (Singapore Pre-School): 1 Vanda Road, S287771 (Contact: +65 6468 7880; E-mail:
x. Thomson (International): 8 Thomson Lane, S297743 (Contact: +65 6252 3322; E-mail:
xi. Sentosa (International): 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa, S099981 (Contact: +65 6377 3322;E-mail:
xii. Islander (Pre-School): 35 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa, S099982 (Contact: +65 6274 2211; E-mail: 

i. Broadrick (International): 51 Broadrick Road, S439501 (Contact: +65 6346 6922; E-mail:
ii. Orchard (International): 10 Tanglin Road, S247908 (Contact: +65 6513 1155; E-mail:
iii. Thomson (International): 8 Thomson Lane, S297743 (Contact: +65 6252 3322; E-mail:
iv. Sentosa (International): 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa, S099981 (Contact: +65 6377 3322;E-mail:

Secondary and High School:
i. Broadrick (International): 51 Broadrick Road, S439501 (Contact: +65 6346 6922; E-mail:
ii. Orchard (International): 10 Tanglin Road, S247908 (Contact: +65 6513 1155; E-mail:

Contact: +65 6746 3333
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8. Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS)

Founded in 2014, MSIS as on today has gained wide recognition for its a truly innovative school that has led people to re-think how special education is taught and stands for equal education rights for all children.

• Unique three-pronged approach.
• uses a model in which a wide range of educational and therapy services operate collaboratively within the school. This is an integrated model of service delivery in which teachers, specialists and therapists collaborate to address the specific needs of each student.
• Classrooms have the essence of special motivational activities.
• An arts-based program that uses dance, drama, music and the visual arts to teach functional English, functional Mathematics and Daily Living Skills.
• Works with various Therapists, Educational and Clinical Psychologists to deliver an innovative arts-based program that uses dance, drama, music and visual art as a means of engaging students.
• Special training for differently-abled children.
• Provides an environment that truly supports each child’s learning journey, developing children’s communication and language skills, creative expression, physical skills and well-being, as well as personal and social development.


a. Early years:
• For: Students between 3-7 years old
• Staff: Student Ratio – 1:4 and 1:1 for children who require extra support
• Focus: Emerging language and pre-academic skills
• The capacity of the classroom: 12

b. Foundation 1:
• An evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between behavioural support and social-emotional learning (SEL).
• For: Students between 6-13 Years old
• Staff: Student Ratio – 1:4 and 1:1 for children who require extra support
• Focus: Emerging language and Behavioural Support
• The capacity of the classroom: 12

c. Foundation 2:
• The major focus is to develop language and communication skills.
• integrate the students into the school by using their existing strengths to develop a program in conjunction with parents, therapists and specialist staff that are appropriate for the individual’s needs.
• For: Students between 8-13 Years old
• Staff: Student Ratio – 1:4 and 1:1 for children who require extra support
• Focus: Academic Skills and Language development.
• The capacity of the classroom: 12

d. Pathways 3:
• Focuses on Daily Living skills to ensure children thrive on schedules, habits, and routines, which not only create a feeling of security but also help children learn self-control and focus.
• For: Children between 13-18 Years old
• Staff: Student Ratio – 1:4 and 1:1 for children who require extra support
• Focus: Daily Living skills and Emerging language and Academics
• The capacity of the classroom: 12

e. Pathways 4, Transition 5 and 6:
• Focuses on Academics and Pre-Vocational training.
• Promotes positive social interactions and provides opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning.
• The focus in literacy is on communication, awareness of print, and developing an understanding of multiple ways to communicate.
• Numeracy covers such topics as number, space, time, and money.
• For: Children between 14-21 years of age
• Staff: Student Ratio – 1:4 and 1:1 for children who require extra support
• Focus: Academic Skills and Language development
• The capacity of the classroom: 12

f. Victorian Curriculum 1 and 2:
• students continue their exploration of how dance can communicate ideas about themselves and their world and they make dances to express their ideas.
• Students increase their awareness of the movements their bodies can create and further explore the elements of dance (space, time, dynamics and relationships) as they make and observe dances.

Fee Structure:

Melbourne Fee 1
Melbourne Fee 2

Application fee: One-off S$ 1200
Administration Fee: One-off S$1000

Melbourne Misc Fee 1
Address: 75C Loewen Road, Singapore 248853
Contact: +65 6634 8891
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9. Anglo Chinese School (ACS) 

ACS belongs to the family of Anglo-Chinese Schools founded as a Methodist Institution in 1886 that began with a Providential call to Methodist Reverend William Fitzjames Oldham, to establish a mission in Southeast Asia.

On 1 March 1886, he founded Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) to nurture students to be of service “for God and humanity”.

• High-quality education
• School vision for Years 1 – 4 students is: Every ACSian a Scholar, Officer, Gentleman (For God & Humanity)
• School vision for Years 5 and 6 students are: Every ACSian a Scholar, Leader, Global Citizen (For God & Humanity)
• Teachers at ACS helps its students gain Godly values and robust character, equipped and willing to serve and lead in the family, nation and the global community.

• The four-year Express programme leading to the GCE “O” Levels Examination, and
• The six-year Integrated Programme (IP) leading to the IB Diploma Programme.

Fee Structure:

ACS international school fees

Address: 121 Dover Road, Singapore 139650
Contact: (65) 6773 1633
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10. 5 Steps Academy (FSA)

FSA focuses on Mathematics whilst providing a world-class multilingual well-rounded education founded on academic rigour.

• Small classes.
• Rich co-curricular programmes.
• Program is based on strong collaboration between teachers and parents.
• The program has been designed with an emphasis on the growth of our students as a whole person.
• Non-selective admission policy.
• Individual learning plans for each student.
• Apply 5 steps system in teaching.
• Enjoyable and meaningful learning.
• Safe and stimulating environment.
• Teachers not only act as tutors but also as mentors and counsellors.
• Balanced education program within a happy and comfortable environment.
• Affordable education


• Elementary School: Elementary Courses provided by 5 Steps Academy:
i. English
ii. Mathematics
iii. Science
iv. Chinese
v. Various CCA activities and Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Russian, Hindy, and Tamil).

• Secondary School: Age-range: 11 years -18 years.
High School Program provided by 5 Steps Academy includes:
1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Chinese
4. Biology
5. Chemistry
6. Physics
7. Economics
8. World Literature
9. History
10. Geography
11. Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Russian, Hindy, and Tamil)

• Co-curricular activities:
i. Creative Arts and Ceramics 
ii. Performing arts
iii. Coding
iv. Chess
v. Music Athletics
vi. Social Program

Fee Structure:
• No registration fees.
• No admission fees.
• No material fees.
• No deposit.
• No holidays fees.
• $1800/month payable monthly as tuition fees.

Language of Instruction: English

• Everton campus: 7 Everton Park, #01-23, Singapore 080007
• East Coast campus: 143 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428833

Contact: 8655-0005
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There you go, our list of 10 international schools that provide various curriculum types: IB, IGCSE, Edexcel, AP. If you need further advise and assistance, such as getting a private tutor with international school experience, feel free to contact us anytime.

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