This all-through school in Bukit Timah is a popular choice for its international curriculum, its excellent teaching of Mandarin, and its high-scoring IBDP results.
A local international school like HCIS appeals to expat students for many reasons: it is easier to get a place than at a local school; teaching combines the MOE and international curricula such as the IB programme and A Levels; fees are lower than many international schools; and academic standards are high.
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HCIS is a top-performing all-through school with impressive IGCSE and IBDP results. A member of the Hwa Chong family of schools, this Singapore outpost has a reputation for its teaching of Mandarin and long list of academic accolades. Learning extends beyond the classroom with a wide choice of extra-curricular activities, community service, and outdoor adventure and field trips.
In its own words,
"Hwa Chong International School has established itself within a very short time as an attractive alternative to the successful national school system for both local and international students."
Hwa Chong has more than 800 students in Grades 7 to 12. As a local international school, at least half of the students must be Singaporean; the remaining student population includes international students from over 20 countries.
Teaching here follows a very international programme. In middle school (Grades 7 – 9), students study a foundation curriculum, with some taking the option of IGCSEs; in senior school (Grades 10 – 12), students follow the IBDP. In 2017, the average IBDP score was well above the global average at 37, and 50% of the cohort score more than 38 points.
The school plans to expand with a new four-storey teaching wing that will include a performing arts centre and a student activities hub.
Admission and fees
Admission is based on the school's own entrance exam (and not the MOE’s AEIS). Fees range from $24,610 to $28,890, which is average in terms of international tuition fees and considerably cheaper than other high performing international schools.
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