Singapore's Most Affordable International Schools

Here’s our roundup of budget international schools in Singapore with annual tuition fees of under $20,000 - half the price of the city's most expensive schools. We have divided up the schools into the main areas of Singapore, so if distance is a consideration, you can also ensure your chosen school is close to home.
Singapore's Most Affordable International Schools
By Carli Allan
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Invictus International School (Dempsey)

Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Grades 1-6: $17,000 (plus $1,190 GST), payable over five instalments
Location: Tanglin
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Highlights: Small-sized school, close-knit community, rigorous maths curriculum, fees paid by instalment

Located in the heritage buildings of Dempsey Hill, this charming primary school enrols just under 200 students in Grades 1-6. Facilities include a school hall, small playing fields, sandpit playground, and open-air swimming pool. The school complements the IPC curriculum with mathematics, English and Mandarin courses. It's a school that you will either love for its natural setting, low fees and village-style learning environment, or you will dislike for its basic facilities, lack of technology and small student body.  

Invictus International School (Centrium)

Opening: Early 2021
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (English-Chinese bilingual programme), International Middle Years Curriculum, UK National CurriculumIGCSE and A Levels in future years
Grades 1-12: $17,000 (primary); $18,800 (secondary)
Location: Museum & Rochor
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Highlights: Bilingual immersion programme, plans to offer GCSEs and A Levels, rigorous maths curriculum, fees paid by instalment

Invictus' latest opening means that it can now offer students an all-through education, as well as one of the most affordable bilingual primary education programmes in Singapore. The bilingual immersion programme will offers classes in English and Mandarin on alternate days. The new Invictus school will be located across three floors of the Centrium Square mixed-use development in Farrer Park. While this modern campus will feel worlds apart from the school’s charming Dempsey campus, it is well-located for sports facilities and the MRT.

Invictus International School (Sentosa)

Invictus Sentosa

Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum
Grades 1-2: $17,000 
Location: Sentosa
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Highlights: Small-sized school, close-knit community, rigorous maths curriculum, fees paid by instalment

Invictus International School is offering expat families living in Sentosa a back to basic, affordable choice of international education; there is just one other international school for Grades 1-2 in Sentosa, which is EtonHouse Sentosa. The new Sentosa campus is open for Grades 1 and 2 only, and students transfer to Dempsey Hill for Grades 3-6.

The Perse School (Singapore)

The Perse Singapore

Curriculum: Cambridge Primary curriculum
Years 2-6: $25,000 (reduced to $17,500 for 2020-21 academic year)
Location: Bukit Timah
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Highlights: Standalone primary school, rigorous Singaporean maths curriculum, direct admission for students at Repton Schoolhouse, collaboration with The Perse UK

The Perse holds promise for delivering a strong primary education built on British values and steered by a forward-thinking leadership team. It’s a school that may deter some with its limited enrolment of Years 2-6, a lack of outdoor space and state-of-the-art arts facilities, and move away from the IB programme – but is also one that will appeal to families searching for a standalone primary school with centuries-long Cambridge roots, a strong maths curriculum, and low fees.

Middleton International School (Upper Bukit Timah)

Middleton International School

Curriculum: UK National Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Grades 1-5: $18,000 (plus GST), payable over four instalments
Location: Bukit Timah 
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Highlights: Close links to other EtonHouse schools, specialist programmes including performing arts and PE, fees paid by instalment, Jan to Dec academic year, large, well-equipped classrooms

This primary school for seven to 11-year-olds follows the UK National Curriculum for English, Science and humanities, the Singapore Ministry of Education standards for maths and Chinese, and International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Based in Bukit Timah, facilities include a library, performing arts studio, IT labs, and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. It’s worth bearing in mind that there are larger class sizes of 28, and students need to travel to other EtonHouse schools for sports and co-curricular activities. 

GIG International School (GIGIS)

Curriculum: CBSE, Cambridge Secondary
Classes 1-5: $12,000 (plus GST), payable over six instalments
Classes 6-8: $13,200 (plus GST), payable over six instalments
Location: Geylang
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Highlights: Central location, CCAs and ECAs included in tuition fees, April to March academic year

GIG International School (GIGIS) offers an affordable education to families looking for a Indian curriculum school. Centrally located in Geylang, this small school teaches the CBSE curriculum for Classes 1-8, and there are future plans to roll out the IGCSE programme for Classes 9-10. There are no added charges as the tuition fee, which is paid in six instalments, includes a technology fee, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and celebrations.

The Open Primary

Curriculum: Singapore MOE primary curriculum
Primary 1 and 2: $7,390-7,930
Primary 3 and 4: $7,840-8,380
Location: Various

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Highlights: No external exams, small class sizes of nine students, strong academic focus, shorter school day running from 8am to 1pm

The Open Primary offers a far less traditional form of education. There are currently 15 campuses across Singapore, each with a private teacher and classroom of just nine students. The school connects groups of parents living in the same area with children aged between five and 11 years to a campus. The school follows the Singapore primary school curriculum, which includes English, maths, science and social studies, as well as the arts, Mandarin and PE.

While The Open Primary is a very affordable schooling option, parents should consider that it doesn’t follow an international curriculum, offer external exams, or have the facilities for sport and co-curricular activities. The school does, however, offer parents an ‘easier’ route into local education, which is notoriously difficult for expats to get into. Read more about the pros and cons of a local education here.

Singapore Korean International School

Curriculum: Nuri, Korean, AP

Years 1-13: $5,350-$9,500
Location: Bukit Timah
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Highlights: Trilingual language programme, weekly taekwondo

This all-through international school offers an international curriculum that features Korean language courses, Korean history classes and cultural activities such taekwondo, a STEAM programme, and trilingual classes in English, Korean and Chinese. High school students can take AP (Advanced Placement) subjects to help prepare them for university. The school is only open to Korean-speaking students.

Kindle Kids International School

Curriculum: Self-developed, based on the International Cambridge curriculum
Grades 1-8: $10,272, all-inclusive fee payable over six instalments
Location: Toa Payoh
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Highlights: Central location, CCAs included in tuition fees, Indian academic calendar (April to March)

Kindle Kids International School (KKIS) teaches a self-developed curriculum that is based on the international Cambridge programme for Grades 1-8. Teaching at KKIS has an emphasis on ‘skill’ and less on ‘content’. Lessons are held at a well-equipped, small campus in Thomson, and class sizes do not exceed 20. The school follows the Indian academic year, and runs from April to March.

St Francis Methodist School

Curriculum: Singapore MOE secondary curriculum, IGCSEs, A Levels and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
Years 7-12: $17,120-20,276
Location: Bukit Timah
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5 Steps Academy

Curriculum: Self-developed curriculum
Primary: $15,000 (plus GST), payable monthly
Secondary: $18,000 (plus GST), payable monthly
Location: Tanjong Pagar 
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Ascensia International School

Curriculum: IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programme, O Level, IGCSEs, A Levels
IB PYP: $20,000 per year (five years)
IGCSE: $16,000 per year (two years)
A Levels: $16,000 per year (two years)
Location: Tanglin 
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