Singapore International Schools: What's New?

The latest news from international schools in Singapore, including North London Collegiate School (Singapore), Olympiad International School and Invictus International School.
Singapore International Schools: What's New?
By Carli Allan
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What's new? Well, there’s a school with annual fees of less than $9,000, a new British school opening in 2020 with admissions now open, and one of Singapore’s most affordable schools is set to expand.

What's more, many international schools in Singapore are holding regular open days this autumn, so you can tour the campus, meet the senior academic leadership team, ask questions about the curriculum, and see classes in action. Click here to find out more.

Open for enrolment: NLCS

Applications are now open for North London Collegiate School (NLCS), which will open a campus in Singapore in August 2020. The prestigious British independent school brings an all-through, co-ed day school to Singapore, offering a curriculum “based largely on that of NLCS (UK)”.

NLCS is now registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE), which regulates Singapore's private education sector. This means that it can now open enrolment, and it is accepting applications from students from Pre-KG to Grade 10 for entry in the 2020/22 academic year.

The school is currently under construction on Depot Road. Fees range from $30,925 for FS1 up to $45,885 for Year 13, making it one of the most expensive international schools in Singapore.

Read our updated review of NLCS Singapore here.

There are two other new schools to look out for in 2020. Brighton College (Singapore) plans to open as a nursery and primary school for students aged 18 months through to 11 years, and The Perse School Singapore hopes to open a primary campus in Bukit Timah in for up to 480 students aged six to 11 years.

Both schools will open subject to regulatory approvals from Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

New school: Olympiad International School

Olympiad International School is a new small, no frills primary school that offers a self-designed curriculum to children. The school has based its curriculum on the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), although it’s important for parents to understand that OIS is not registered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to teach the PYP.

Annual tuition fees are $8,400, payable over six instalments. Although OIS is open from reception (three to five years) through to primary (six to 12 years), it is only currently registered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), which regulates Singapore's private education sector, for Grades 1-3.

The curriculum covers English, maths, science, social studies, knowledge of inquiry, and personal, social and physical education; languages offered include Hindi, Tamil and Chinese.

Located in Hougang, the school follows a January to December academic year and lessons run from 9am to 3.45pm. The school promises a low teacher-student ratio of 1:15, and a wide variety of CCAs.

Read our review of Olympiad here.

New grades: Invictus School

Invictus International School’s Dempsey campus plans to roll out an extra two grades. The low-cost school, which has annual fees of $17,000, will open Grades 7-8 from November, subject to regulatory approval.

Last month the school opened a second Singapore campus, located in Sentosa for Grades 1 and 2.

Read our review of Invictus here.

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