In the sea of different and increasingly progressive curricula to choose from when enrolling your kiddos in international schools, the American curriculum is among the most widely used ones, along with the English National Curriculum and the IB curriculum.
Unlike the British, the US educational system is characterized by a lack of uniformity, so it is often unclear what the term “American curriculum” exactly implies. Before we present you with our scoop of the best places to get that premium American education, let’s clear those muddy waters and explain what it is that sets it apart first!
American international schools provide a core curriculum designed to prepare students for enrolment at schools and universities in the US especially, as well as other universities across the globe. The approach is less focused on the strict and boring academic side and more on the open and engaging holistic side, yet excellence is continuously achieved. This westernmost approach is student-centered, based on inquiry and hands-on teaching, and prepares our humans aged 5 to 18 for the greatest test of all—the unpredictability of the future.
Each of these schools in Singapore gives the American curriculum its own special twist, but all prepare their students for studies in the US or simply taking on the world with the help of a beautifully developed personal toolbox. Here we go!
Singapore American School has grown along with Singapore in the past 6 decades years since its doors were opened for the first time. Today they are one of the leading American international schools in the world, but this is not where the superlatives stop. They are one of the largest single campus K-12 schools in the world, offer over 90 after-school activities and continue to have a strong, sustainable impact on the local community and environment. Unsurprisingly, even though most continue their education far away, students feel deeply connected to their SAS roots for life.
Stamford American International School Singapore is part of Cognita, a global leader in independent education with over 68 schools worldwide. This first school to offer both integrates the IB curriculum and an American curriculum (and lets you choose between them in Secondary) to create a balanced educational program. They also have a pre-university counseling program to offer additional support! Students eventually leave the campus as fully-formed, globally aware individuals with a love of learning and an understanding of how to approach the unpredictability of adult life.
Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane (off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684, +65 6709 4800, https://www.sais.edu.sg/
International Community School offers an American curriculum that provides students with academic prowess (80% of their graduates attend American universities and, according to their surveys, do so confidently), but also puts Christ at the center of all academics and activities, which makes them feel like part of a large family and aims to instils in them a Christ-like spirit, even though they fully respect the religious preference of their students and their parents. They approach each student as an individual created by God to be unique and have a wiring of their own.