New: An Alternative, Affordable Primary!

Razum International School Singapore (RISS) is a boutique primary school offering a shorter school day, small class sizes and annual fees of under $15,000.
New: An Alternative, Affordable Primary!
By Carli Allan
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A new primary school has opened in Singapore with annual tuition fees of just $14,900. Located in the Tanglin district, Razum International School Singapore (RISS) offers a four-hour school day and small class sizes of 12-18 students.

As a registered private school, Razum is now enrolling students aged six to nine years old for Grades 1-3; as the school grows, it will open Grades 4, 5 and 6. Parents can expect “a close, nurturing, family environment” within a boutique-style school that will open in a small, purpose-built campus on Kay Siang Road.

Teaching at RISS follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Singaporean MOE curriculum for maths. The school promises to run regular trips, weekly assemblies, sports and arts days, and ‘learning share’ days for parents and students. The daily timetable starts with a 10-minute fitness session and includes a 30-minute mid-morning break.

The school day runs from 8.45am to 1pm, which is at least two hours shorter than most international schools in Singapore. Additional languages are taught as an optional ECA outside of the school day, together with specialised sports and arts activities. 

RISS says: “We pride ourselves on our four-hour school day which sets us apart from other learning institutions. The shorter hours allow students to be more focused on their core subjects of mathematics, literacy, humanities and science. At the same time, we encourage our students to develop a love for art, music, dance and drama which are instrumental in their cognitive development.

“Students finish at 1pm, allowing them the time needed for external coaches, training, and programmes, that have otherwise not been accommodated for in extended school days.”

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Fees are $14,900 per year, plus an admission fee of $1,300.

The school opened in August 2019 for Grades 1 and 2, but is only now been registered as a private educational institution by Singapore’s Committee for Private Education (CPE), which regulates the private education sector.

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