The Total Cost of a Singapore School Place

To guide you through what is going to be an expensive, and sometimes frustrating experience, here is the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com guide to what you'll need to pay upfront – and then to secure - that prized international school place in Singapore. Application fees, registration fees, levies, security deposits... and more!
The Total Cost of a Singapore School Place
By Carli Allan
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What Do Schools Recommend Parents Do To Increase Their Chances Of Securing A School Place?

According to admissions officers, the best advice to help save you money and to secure a place is to apply as early as possible.

As GESS explains: “It is important that you apply early as grades sometimes fill up fast, especially during peak application periods. It also helps to start off in pre-school as this is a great way to ensure a spot in Grade 1 eventually.”

And a spokesperson for Dover Court offers this advice: “Our admissions waitlist is open as far forward as August 2023, it is never too early to apply. We see the greatest demand for places in Years 1 and 2, it would be our advice to plan ahead and visit the school as early as possible to stand the best chance of securing a place.”

“We would always advise you to come and visit the school and talk to our team to see for yourself if Dover Court is the right school for you and your children. It is possible to apply for August, January or April commencement; however, August is our largest enrolment as it is the start of the academic year and the term when we see most new starters.

While cost may be a factor in deciding on a school, GEMS (Singapore) encourages parents to look at other aspects of a school.

“There are many factors to consider when choosing your child’s next school. Price and prestige; approaches to teaching and learning; personality and the people at the school. However, it is critical to also assess the academic, sports and arts facilities and infrastructure both physical and intellectual. Look for schools that are true innovators and have a clear mission that is driven to provide quality education.”

And Middleton (Tampines) says: “Parents will need to feel the positive vibe and that this is the right school for their child! So, sign up for a school tour. Talk to the admission team to understand the curriculum and fee structure. Observe how the children behave and see the interaction among the staff members. Look out for genuine and happy faces of the stakeholders!

“It's a partnership between the school and the family so it's important for you and your child to feel and want to be part of the community. Ask as many questions as you like; then trust your judgement and enrol!”

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