Local vs international schools in Singapore

While the majority of expats in Singapore send their children to an international school, some families choose to go the local route. Just as Singaporeans have the choice of attending an international school, expats can secure a place at a government-run local school or one of three local international schools. There are pros and cons to each, so here’s some information to help you weigh up your options.
Local vs international schools in Singapore
By Carli Allan
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Bilingualism
Both local and international schools in Singapore teach the main curriculum in English. At local schools, it’s compulsory to study a mother tongue language (Mandarin, Malay or Tamil) and most expats will take up Mandarin.

In the main, international and local international schools teach Mandarin as part of the daily syllabus and the language of their origin, such as German, French or Dutch. Many will offer other language options as well, including Spanish and Japanese.

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