Curriculum: Global Montessori Plus (GMP) at nursery levels; CBSE from Grades 1-7; IGCSEs or CBSE from Grades 8-10; and CBSE or the IBDP from Grades 11-12.
Student body: 3,500
Tuition fees (Year 1-13): $9,405-13,101
Key facilities: Virtual classrooms, digital classrooms equipped with iPads and SMART boards, Global Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, smart restrooms
Latest exam results: IBDP average score of 37 (2018, GIIS Queenstown campus)
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Location: North East, Punggol
GIIS SMART claims to be one of Singapore’s "most digitally-advanced" new schools. The not-for-profit Global Schools Foundation (GSF) opened this large school in August 2018; it is one of the first buildings in the government's Punggol Digital District. With capacity for up to 5,000 students this “school of the future” offers a virtual approach to learning and a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, robotics and artificial intelligence, and design technology. It also has the latest NBA-standard sports technology and smart safety features like facial recognition.
As well as teaching CBSE, IGCSE and the IBDP, the school embraces GSF's holistic learning programme that "meets the changing needs of a growing child and his/her evolving personality". There are virtual classrooms where students can ‘attend’ lectures held globally, digital classrooms equipped with iPads and SMART boards, and tools such as Augmented Reality (AR). State of the art technology will run throughout the school, from cashless payment to a facial recognition ID system; there’s even talk of robots on campus in the future.
What the school says: “The digitally-savvy GIIS SMART Campus is an epitome of new age learning, where every technology, every facility and every design has been carefully formulated to give them the best academic and extracurricular pedagogy for their benefit.”
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