This local primary school in the Bedok district is popular with international students looking for a government-run school that follows the Singapore MOE curriculum.
Opera Estate Primary School (OEPS) is government-run local primary school that follows Singapore’s MOE curriculum. Located in Singapore’s eastern district of Bedok, OEPS is local school with one of the largest international student populations.
As well as being considerably cheaper than an international school, OEPS offers all the advantages of a local school: it immerses your child in the local culture, offers a world-class curriculum with an excellent reputation for maths and science, and embraces an English-based bilingual system where Mandarin is taught as a second language to international students.
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The school’s holistic curriculum combines the MOE syllabus with the Ignite D’Arts arts and music programme. The school achieved a 99% pass rate in the Primary 6 mainstream programme.
The MOE curriculum focuses on English, maths, science, mother tongue languages, humanities, and the arts, as well as lessons in PE, knowledge skills, and character and citizenship education. Students in Primary 1 through to 6 work towards the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) at the end of Primary 6. After school, students can sign up to various co-curricular activities.
Learning support at the school includes a two-year programme in Primary 3 and 4 for dyslexia, and a reading remediation programme. There’s a small choice of co-curricular activities including chess, IT, art, robotics, and maths and science. Also, OEPS has a Student Care Centre that offers after-school care including meals, homework supervision, games, and tuition.
Admission and fees
All primary students must apply for a place through the Primary One Registration Exercise, which takes places from June to September every year. Also, all expats entering Primary 2 – 5 and Secondary 1 – 3 have to pass the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS), which assesses English literacy, numeracy, and reasoning abilities.
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Annual tuition fees (2018-19) for international students from non-ASEAN countries are $7,800 for all local primary schools; additional costs include a miscellaneous fee, which the MOE says is “a contribution towards the cost of materials used by students”.
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