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Singapore American School Review

As well as offering a rigorous and broad American curriculum, Singapore American School (SAS) boasts state-of the-art facilities, one of the largest campuses in the region, and a new Chinese immersion programme.
At a glance
School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
not_interested No
Availability 2019/20
not_interested No
Annual fee average
SGD 32,500
Annual fees
SGD 30,351 - 35,328
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1956
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Chip Kimball
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
Main student nationality
US Citizen
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Singapore American School

Singapore American School Review - WhichSchoolAdvisor

School phase
All through
Curricula taught
Availability 2018/19
not_interested No
Availability 2019/20
not_interested No
Annual fee average
SGD 32,500
Annual fees
SGD 30,351 - 35,328
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1956
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Chip Kimball
Main teacher nationality
US Citizen
Main student nationality
US Citizen
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First Published:
Tuesday 27 February, 2018

Updated:
Wednesday 27 February, 2019

As well as offering a rigorous and broad American curriculum, Singapore American School (SAS) boasts state-of the-art facilities, one of the largest campuses in the region, and a new Chinese immersion programme.

One of the largest American international schools in the world, Singapore American School (SAS) delivers a rigorous US curriculum to nearly 4,000 students. Founded in 1956, this popular school in northern Singapore has a predominantly American student population. Demand for places is high here, from kindergarten through to Grade 12, and students can expect "an exemplary American educational experience with an international perspective".

The curriculum
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), SAS has the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programme outside of the US. It is also one of the few schools in Singapore to offer a Chinese bilingual programme from elementary level.

SAS' youngest learners join the early learning centre, which uses a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning. The curriculum includes daily Chinese language classes, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, music, and daily perceptual motor skills development in the 'move and groove room'.

At elementary and middle school level, students enjoy a well-rounded curriculum that includes language arts, social studies, maths, science, PE, and languages (Chinese and Spanish). There's a strong focus on project-based learning and real-world experiences, as well as innovative programmes in the arts and technology. At high school, SAS currently offers 25 AP courses, the AP Capstone Diploma programme, and advanced topic courses for students who wish to pursue college-level study. In terms of technology, the school has a 1:1 iPad and laptop programme and runs an annual digital boot camp for all students.

Everything at SAS is on a grand scale. It hosts more than 20 major art, dance, and drama productions annually; runs 250 clubs, service organisations, and after-school activities; and has 35 competitive boys' and girls' sports teams.

The campus
The school has one of the largest campuses in Singapore. Spread across 36 acres, you'll find a two-acre natural rainforest that is used as a living laboratory, an indoor rock climbing wall, tennis courts, gyms, sports pitches, a performing arts centre with auditorium and black box theatre, an early years' outdoor playground, science labs, libraries, music studios and other academic facilities. There's also a high adventure ropes course that's from middle school PE lessons.

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