Private schools play a useful role in the society because it fills students’ learning needs that government schools fail to provide. Many private schools in Singapore also cater to foreign children who wishes to enter the local school system via the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS); students from China and neighbouring countries want to study in Singapore because they want to either avoid the gruelling GaoKao in China High School or search for better lives in the future. The lower tuition fees of the local schools is also an attractive alternative to international schools.

Private schools, also known as independent schools, are privately-funded and administered as primary, secondary and pre-university schools. Private schools in Singapore follow the local curriculum and exam system similar to Singapore, such as the PSLE, GCE ‘O’ level exams and GCE ‘A’ level exams. However, they retain the right to recruit their teachers and select their students. These schools usually provide more enriched learning environment and low student to teacher ratios. Some private schools are also boarding schools.

There are some unique private schools that offer language proficiency training to help them pass the language proficiency tests to study overseas for older teens. These training include English Language Testing System (IELTS), Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and the Chinese Proficiency Test, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (JSK). The private schools in Singapore are governed by the Council of Private Education (CPE), and many schools have been awarded EduTrust.

A good first step tip to search for the right private school in Singapore for your child is to browse the list of private schools available; one that will allow him to learn at his own pace and help realise his potential.

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