Singapore offers a variety of school curriculum options for families. While it might seem a tad overwhelming, there are some basic differences and we thought we would put together a handy guide to give you a bit of help in understanding what is offered in Singapore and which schools offer it. Enjoy!
In this guide, you will find the following micro guides on school curriculum:
For early years curriculum in Singapore:
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The British, UK, or English National Curriculum is a highly structured, incredibly globally popular curriculum developed to ensure a degree of uniformity through a general framework prescribed by the UK government. The rigorous curriculum is followed by a rigorous selection of teachers who get to teach it. Needless to say, only the best of the best can meet the teaching standards. The efficiency of both the curriculum and the teacher's performance is regularly reported on for each student and each subject through evaluation forms, and the collected data is used to help the students flourish individually further. The curriculum prepares students for GCSE and A Level senior school qualifications, and the ultimate goal of premium UK higher education, through compulsory subjects taught at an age-appropriate level.
Schools Offering British Curriculum: Click here!
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. 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.
Schools Offering American Curriculum In Singapore: Click here!
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has developed a holistic education centered on values and character development. Learning takes place individually and collaboratively, as children construct meaning from knowledge and experiences. The development of confident learners with strong social skills and a good foundation in literacy and numeracy is at the core of the Singapore National Curriculum. Preschools following the Singapore National system incorporate a bilingual (Mandarin) element to their early learning programs as well as a focus on hands-on learning.
Singapore National Curriculum And Schools: Click here!
You must have heard the letters "IB" thrown around when it comes to the overwhelming subject of choosing an education for your kid. They often appear with other mysterious combos of letters: PYP, MYP, DPCP. The International Baccalaureate (IB) consists of 4 programs of international education covering learners aged 3-19. All levels are built on IB's core values of holism and sustainability, a winning combination when you are on a mission to change the world at large in the best way possible—through cherishing children's inherent curiosity and openness and turning it into the knowledge of how to navigate and embrace the life-long process of learning, appreciate and understand the beauty of the world's diversity and complexity, be proactively kind to others and our planet, form communities and grow as individuals.
Schools Offering IB Curriculum In Singapore: Click here!
The Australian Curriculum is made up of 8 learning areas. These learning areas are English; Mathematics; Science; Humanities and Social Sciences; The Arts; Technologies; Health and Physical Education as well as Languages. Students graduate with the Western Australian Certificate of Education at the end of year 12.
Schools Offering Australian Curriculum In Singapore: AIS Singapore
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for the education and care of children from 0 to 5 and is developed by the UK government. The framework follows 7 areas of learning, taught mostly through game and play, with parents being highly involved in their children’s learning journey. Progress is followed through assessments based on classroom observation, so there’s no stress for the kids, only indispensable information for adults.
In addition to the above curricula, Singapore also boasts a number of other curricula schools. These are international schools that offer the education of their home country’s curriculum, and these schools usually teach in their home country’s language. The German-Swiss and French for example, are well-suited for families whose overseas stay is going to be short, or whose children are planning to attend university in their home country. The advantage of attending such a school is that students can continue with an education system they are familiar with while gaining experience of living overseas and then can return to a school in their home country with minimum disruption. There is also The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which is put forward by the Union Government of India, and it carries out final exams for Indian schools in Years 10 and 12. Another key curriculum worth mentioning is the popular IPC curriculum which is a skills-based curriculum for kids ages 3-12.
Other Curriculum Schools In Singapore:
German-Swiss: GESS Singapore