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5 Steps Academy Q & A

Looking for an alternative to mainstream education? A school with affordable fees? 5 Steps Academy is an international school in East Singapore offering a unique style of teaching and low fees.
At a glance
School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
Annual fee average
SGD 1,800
Annual fees
SGD 1,800–1,800
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Value
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Dr Alex Kuznetsov
Community
Main teacher nationality
Singapore
Main student nationality
United States of America
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Welcome to the 5 Steps Academy official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

If you have to highlight three strengths of your school, what would they be?

One-to-one teaching in small classes leading to academic excellence, flexible individual unpaid, holidays, affordable fees.

What is the single biggest challenge your school is currently addressing?

Limited spots.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

Very close to having one.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

We develop three values: Courage (to try and make mistakes), Kindness and Discipline.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

20+

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

No prevailing nationality

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:8, highest in Singapore

Please describe your approach to teacher recruitment in terms of the balance of staff you seek in terms of nationalities and in terms of years of experience/ qualifications you look for. Please also provide details of how you use teaching assistants.

5 Steps Academy is accredited by the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge professional development centre. All 5 Steps teachers are models for teachers from other schools whom 5 Steps Academy prepare for Cambridge Professional Certification in Teaching and Learning.

Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of how you measure, and current Value Added benchmark scores.

We measure our KPI and students' performance outcomes by benchmarking against UK national performance.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

SAT, AP, IGCSE, A-levels

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Accelerated Personalized teaching in small groups with individual learning plans and exam dates.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Everyday personalized homework.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

We have many sports activities to choose from.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Health education is part of our curriculum.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

Yes

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

10 am to 2.40 pm

Is there a school uniform?

No

Please advise on your discipline policy?

Zero tolerance for bullying, violence and disrespect.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Monthly

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

English (Primary)
Chinese
Spanish,
French,
Japanese,
Hindi,
Tamil,
Russian.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Yes

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

100% personalized support

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Yes

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes

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