Best International Schools In Singapore, & Why

Are you looking for a place at an international primary or secondary school in Singapore for 2023 or beyond? WhichSchoolAdvisor rounds up the best schools for expats.
Best International Schools In Singapore, & Why
By Carli Allan
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Canadian International School (CIS)


Winner of the WhichSchoolAdvisor (Singapore) Best Schools Award 2022 for Best Bilingual Programme. Click here to read why.

Highly Commended in the WhichSchoolAdvisor (Singapore) Best Schools Award 2022 for Best IB Programme. Click here to read why.

Type: All-through
Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP and IBDP)
Student body: 2,100 (Lakeside) and 900 (Tanjong Katong)
Tuition fees (Nursery-Year 13): $33,950-44,200 (English programme)
Key facilities: STEAM makerspaces, music and science labs, libraries, bilingual classrooms, outdoor discovery centres
Latest exam results: In 2022, the IB average score was 37 
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Location: West, Jurong (Lakeside); East, Marine Parade (Tanjong Katong)

CIS offers all three IB programmes – the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme – and it has been delivering a high-quality education to expats for more than 25 years. While its curriculum is not exclusively Canadian, its approach to teaching does follow Canada’s student-led model.

Standout features include the bilingual programmes in Chinese-English for KG to Grade 7 and French-English for Grades 1-4, its focus on outdoor learning, and a unique approach to teaching STEAM. The Lakeside campus is the newer, bigger brother of the two CIS schools; the Tanjong Katong campus is far less modern and only offers an IB education up to Grade 6.

There’s a strong feeling amongst parents that CIS has the best bilingual programme in Singapore, or as one parent says it is, “The only international school in Singapore with the most complete Chinese-English bilingual education”. It’s definitely seen as one of the key reasons for parents choosing the school, and an overwhelming majority (87%) say they would not consider moving their child from CIS.

Click here to read the reviews of the Lakeside and Tanjong Katong campuses.

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