One of the primary concerns of expatriate families when relocating overseas is the availability of good Foreign System Schools (FSS) for their children. Usually, expat packages usually include the children’s education in international schools, in addition to the relocation services and a month’s worth of temporary stay in a serviced apartment. Sometimes, the relocation companies such as Crown Relocations, Santa Fe Relocation, K C Dat, and K2 Corporate Mobility will include the sourcing of international schools and property agents as part of their services to the moving family. Favourite serviced residence for families include Great World Serviced Apartment, and Treetop Serviced Apartment since they are centrally located in Orchard Road and near to great shopping facilities that fit the expats’ lifestyle.
There are many high quality international schools in Singapore for foreigners, either run by the country embassies, not-for-profit or privately run. Some also belong to conglomerates such as the Cognita Education, Nord Anglia Education and Southern Capital Group.
The Council of Private Education (CPE) awards excellent private education institutions (PEIs) who are able to consistently maintain high standards in key areas of management and in the provision of education services with edutrust awards.
Some internationals schools may require an entrance test, but some readily accept new students. If speaking English is the issue, many schools provide ESOL programme (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at an added fee to help students bridge the initial English language challenge.
Many international schools like the Nexus International School, GEMS, Overseas Family School, Canadian International School and United World College offer International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) in their high school, while some like Singapore American School offer Advanced Placement (US or Canadian high school system). Some international schools also offer Higher School Certificate (New South Wales, Australia) or the British GCE Advanced Level (‘A’ Level) exams. A few international schools also offer two high school systems, such as the Stamford American International School (IB Diploma and High School Diploma) and the German European School Singapore (IB Dipoma and all German school leaving certificates).
For junior and middle schools, a few international schools adopt the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, and Diploma (IB MYP), while others adopt the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). International schools such as Tanglin Trust also offer the British National Curriculum using key stages and iGCSE as assessments.
Country-specific international schools are available like NPS, Yuvabharathi, Global India International School and Chinese International School. These schools offer various Indian curriculum and assessments such as iCBSE, CBSE and AISSCE.
Supplementary schools for Europeans such as Lycee Francais De Singapour, Norwegian Supplementary School, Hollandse School, Finnish School in Singapore, Danish Supplementary School, Swiss School in Singapore, Scuola Italiana Singapore and Swedish School in Singapore hold weekly lessons independently or in one of the bigger international school.
Facilities and co-curricular activities vary from school to school but most have school bus service. All the regular international schools in Singapore require students to wear their uniform.
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