Open to children of all faiths and nationalities, St Francis Methodist School (SFMS) has designed a unique, well-rounded secondary curriculum based on Singaporean and international curricula.
Founded in 1960, St Francis Methodist School (SFMS) has a cohort of around 750 local and expat students from more than 20 countries including China, Indonesia and Thailand. Affiliated to a family of Methodist schools in Singapore, SFMS is by far the most international secondary school in the group.
SFMS is a private international school, and academic programmes include IGCSEs, A Levels, the IBDP, and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). However, SFMS also operates very much like a government-run MOE school in that it follows the Singaporean academic year (Jan-Dec) and schooling hours, it has a team of teachers largely recruited from mainstream Singaporean schools, and its curriculum includes GCEs.
Students study the MOE syllabus in Secondary 1-2; they can then choose between GCEs, IGCSES or WACE in Secondary 3-4 or Years 9-10; and then finish with A Levels or WACE in U-12 or Years 11-12. The school is now authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer the IB Diploma Programme, and its first IBDP cohort will start in January 2020.
Located next to the new Hillview MRT station, SFMS is a small campus with basic facilities – although it has recently opened a new learning resource centre. Where the school really shines, however, is in its holistic education that focuses as much on pastoral care, moral values and non-academic activities as it does on exam results. Also, tuition fees are considerably cheaper than many other international schools, but still more expensive than local MOE schools.
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