Inclusive & SEN Schools in Singapore

Which specialist and mainstream international schools offer the very best SEN, differentiated or inclusive education for children aged three to 18 years?
Inclusive & SEN Schools in Singapore
By Carli Allan
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Integrated International School (IIS)

The multi-sensory Snoezelen room at IIS

Curriculum: Bespoke, based on Australian Curriculum
Enrolment: Nursery to Grade 10 (four to 16 years)
Number of students: 85
Fees: $32,410.30 (Mainstream) – $38,894.50 (Mainstream with Support)
Facilities: Occupational therapy gym, multi-sensory Snoezelen room, counselling suites, speech therapy suites, ABA therapy suites, outdoor recreational area, library & computer lab
Admission criteria: An interview will be conducted by the Principal and/or Vice Principal of IIS
Teacher-student ratios: Primary 1:5; Secondary 1:6

Integrated International School (IIS) is one of Singapore’s leading mainstream schools for special needs education that is praised by parents for its “love and warmth”.

Opened in 2009, this all-through school in Clementi offers a dual approach to learning: a mainstream education and a ‘mainstream with support’ programme for students with learning difficulties. There’s certainly no traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach to learning here, and an education balances the academic with behavioural and counselling support, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and social skills training.

It’s a small international school with less than 100 students, which offers students from Preschool to Year 10 a bespoke international programme based on the Australian curriculum. Lessons are flexible enough to support students who may prefer self-paced studying; those who prefer learning using pictures; those who enjoy music to learn; or students who benefit from a hands-on approach. Its educational approach also embraces learning styles for those who learn best through speech and writing, prefer to learn in groups with others, or through reasoning.

One family at the school says that it “meaningfully welcomes children with a broad array of learning styles. The teachers and administrators are accessible and attentive, and the facilities are great, especially the Snoezelen room.”

Founded by clinical psychologist Dr Vanessa von Auer, IIS offers a learning environment where your child’s emotional, learning or behavioural needs can be closely monitored. Each student has their own Individualised Education Plans (IEP), class sizes are kept small with around 12-15 students, there is a maximum 1:6 teacher to student ratio.


Dr von Auer says:

“We firmly believe that multiple intelligences matter, which is why we offer two teaching approaches: one for mainstream students, who benefit from our diverse educational expertise and supportive environment, and the other for mainstream students with individualised needs, who benefit from the additional resources. With both approaches running in tandem, each student receives the differentiated learning experience they deserve.

“Our highly specialised and dedicated team at the Integrated International School (IIS) strongly believe that children of all abilities and learning styles deserve a tailored and quality education to reach their own personal level of success. Our inclusive school teaches students the importance of self-belief, confidence, individuality and happiness, thus paving the way for their journey of success, with student well-being at the forefront of their educational journey.”

Read the full review of Integrated International School (IIS) here.

Next: Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS)

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