Since the opening of campuses for international schools including United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Canadian International School, Middleton International School, Overseas Family School, Rosemount International School and NPS International School, there has been a steep rise in the number of expats moving to this attractive coastal region.
Read on for a round-up of international schools in this eastern part of Singapore...
UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) is a school of two halves. While its Dover campus is a large organically grown campus that has the space and facilities to offer students a wide range of academic options at both IGCSE and IBDP level, the purpose-built East campus is definitely a more modern, compact and urban version.
The school offers a concept-based curriculum that has been developed from the UWC Mission and sees students follow a co-curricular model where they divide their time between their IB studies and wider activities, service work and outdoor education on and off campus. Sport is an integral part of school life, there’s an impressive arts programme, and a vast programme of after-school activities. this mission-driven school also requires all students to take part in its outdoor education programme and service activities.
Read the full review for UWCSEA (East) here.
In some ways, the Canadian International School’s Tanjong Katong campus couldn’t be more different to its western sibling, the Lakeside campus. It’s much smaller, far less modern and only offers an International Baccalaureate education up to Grade 6. In other ways, though, these two schools are so similar. They both offer a pioneering bilingual programme in Chinese and English to students aged four to 10, have a spectacular Outdoor Discovery Centre for kindergarten students, and take a unique approach to teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics).
Read the full review for Canadian International School (Tanjong Katong) here.
Overseas Family School (OFS) has built up a reputation for offering a global education that will appeal to expats from many different countries. Located in Pasir Ris, in the Eastern part of Singapore, the OFS follows the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) at nursery level, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for Grades 1 to 5, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for Grades 6 to 12, and IGCSEs in Grades 9-10. Students are well-prepared to leave the school with an IBDP qualification.
As well as offering study in the multiple languages – French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish – there are mother tongue classes in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Other standout features here include chess lessons to encourage strategic thinking, a math coding programme, a Model United Nations programme, and a very broad enrichment programme.
Read the full review for Overseas Family School here.
Middleton International School's Tampines campus in eastern Singapore is an affordable school offering the creative and inquiry-led International Primary Curriculum blended with the rigorous Singapore Ministry of Education curriculum for maths and Chinese.
Currently a Grade 1-8 school, Middleton will expand to become an all-through school by 2024 and has capacity for 1,000 students from nursery through to Grade 12; as the school expands, secondary students will take IGCSEs and A Levels.
Read the full review for Middleton International School (Tampines) here.
With just 140 students, Rosemount International School is praised by existing parents for its personal touch. Formerly known as Rosemount Kindergarten, this pre- and junior school currently offers Prep 1,2,3 and Grades 1-2. The inquiry-based curriculum uses hands-on learning and exploration to learn English, Maths, science, society and environment, creative arts, and PE in the three Prep years. In Grades 1 and 2, the school moves to a more formal education. All students from the age of three learn Mandarin.
Thanks to its size and an active parent volunteer committee, there’s a close-knit community at Rosemount. There’s also a Parent & Child Programme for children aged two months to two years, which is a useful for young siblings.
Read the full review for Rosemount International School here.
NPS International School is a popular, high-performing all-through school offering a choice of Indian, UK and IB curricula. Part of the India-based NPS group, the school enrols 1,800 students from nursery through to Grade 12 at its large campus in the East Coast region.
NPS is popular with Singapore’s Indian expat community due to its ties with the National Public Schools (NPS) Group and The International School of Bangalore (TISB) in India. It is one of only two schools in Singapore to offer students the choice of an Indian curriculum including CBSE 10th and 12th Board exams, or an international pathway that includes IGCSEs and the IB Diploma Programme; the other option is GIIS SMART Campus.
Read the full review for NPS International School here.
EtonHouse's East Coast campus offers kindergarten, primary and secondary education (to Year 8); students in Grades 9 and above can move to EtonHouse's Orchard campus.The school offers the Reggio Emilia pre-school programme (in common with the other 11 EtonHouse pre-schools in Singapore) and is one of the oldest ‘IB World Schools’ in Singapore having been established for over 20 years and offering the IB PYP programme for nine years.
The Broadrick campus offers a bilingual pathway from nursery through to primary. Teaching follows a dual language approach with two qualified teachers (one native Mandarin speaker and one native English speaker) in each classroom; they jointly plan and teach each lesson, “taking turns to deliver different parts of the class in their native tongues”.
Read the full review for EtonHouse International School (Broadrick) here.
GIIS (East Coast)
GIIS East Coast has established itself as a school that focuses on sport, leadership, innovation and community service and exam results almost in equal measure. Its low fees, small class sizes and above average results are also part of its appeal.
The East Coast campus takes children from KG through to Grade 7 and offers international curricula including the IB PYP, Cambridge Primary, and CBSE. The teacher to student ratio is among the lowest in Singapore at 1:18. In line with the Indian curriculum, the GIIS school year runs from April to April, and all new students are required to sit a written entrance exam from Class 1.
Read the full review for GIIS (East Coast) here.