The education scene in Singapore remains exciting and classed as one of the top educational cities in the world. There is plenty to brag about, lots of new openings, existing schools upgrading and expanding their campuses to accommodate the forever growing vibrancy and population. Singapore continues to celebrate diversity and opportunity. Get the scoop now in this Little Steps guide to school news and new school openings in Singapore.
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Want to raise global citizens and future leaders? Learn more about Kinderland’s quality curriculum and programs that propel your child to reach their potential. There are limited vacancies available at selected locations for 2022 and 2023, so book a tour to find out more about their unique approach! With a dynamic learning environment and nurturing teachers, your preschoolers will grow and thrive through their time with Kinderland.
Physical and virtual centre tours are now available for booking. Enjoy exclusive privileges when you enrol your child by December 31, 2022 at Kinderland Academy @ Yio Chu Kang, Kinderland Preschool @ Marine Parade, Kinderland Preschool @ Pandan Valley and Kinderland Preschool @ Ministry of National Development for 2022 or 2023.
Kinderland, various locations across Singapore, kinderland.com.sg
EtonHouse International School is excited to announce two new key appointments at their Orchard and Thomson campuses.
Robert Randall is the new Principal of EtonHouse International School Orchard. He joins EtonHouse from Tanglin Trust School (Singapore), where for the past 14 years he successfully held several senior leadership positions including the Head of Sixth Form and the Assistant Headteacher. He has 25 years of educational experience, having worked at the London Oratory School for 11 years before moving to Singapore.
Luna Deller has been appointed as Principal of EtonHouse International School Thomson. An experienced educator of more than 16 years, she has taught children and led teams of educators in the UK, Bahamas, Malaysia, and Singapore. She joins EtonHouse from One World International School(Singapore), where she was the Senior Coordinator for the Early Childhood team before leading the OWIS Secondary team. She last held the position of Deputy Head of School.
Tanglin is the oldest British International School in Southeast Asia and is known for combining UK curriculum with an international perspective. It is the only school in Singapore to offer both A Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Sixth Form.
Commenting on why Tanglin won in the Best Post-16 Education category, the jury said: "The incredible range of both A Level and IB means that there are options for everyone, regardless of their interest and chosen career ambitions. This is further evidence of the school's inclusive commitment to provide a pathway for all of its learners."
Tanglin also emerged as finalist for Best Primary School and Best Early Years Programme in an International School.
Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore, +65 6778 0771, www.tts.edu.sg
Melbourne Specialist International School have launched the Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 programs using the Victorian Foundation to Year 10 (F-10) Curriculum. This program offers the mainstream curriculum with learning support. The Early Years program incorporates the Think Equal curriculum framework, which focuses on social emotional learning.
The newly launched programs offer excellent learning opportunities with differentiated instructions to cater to the different learning styles. The maximum class size of 12 students also mean great personalised support for the students.
In response to the pandemic, the Melbourne Specialist International School introduced the Four and One Primary School Program, which offers four days of focus on core content subjects and one day of immersion in creative and performing arts at The Guild. This dual focus on academics and creative arts together with small class sizes, affordable fees, a strong focus on relationships and social-emotional is really the first of its kind! Admissions now open for Year 1 and 2.
The early years community at Blue House Childcare's Rambai Road center is flourishing! Enrollment spots for children born in 2019 and 2018 are limited, so book a school tour soon to join them in the second half of 2022!
A handful of spaces are available for children born between January to April 2021 to start from June 2022 onwards on a first come, first served basis. And for those planning ahead, registration is also open now for 2023 at this beautiful boutique centre.
Blue House Childcare, 17 Rambai Road, Singapore 424336, +65 6445 5765, www.bluehouseinternational.com
Chatsworth International School has been awarded the Best IB School and highly commended in the Best School for the Arts Award by WhichSchoolAdvisor (Singapore).
As a well established IB World School offering all the three IB programs, Chatsworth is committed to developing knowledgeable, confident and caring young people through their creative, innovative and holistic approach to the IB curriculum. The panel of judges were impressed by the excellent delivery of results against moderate fee levels, the availability of a scholarship program and the internationality of the curriculum, including the mother-tongue program.
Chatsworth also won the Highly Commended Best School for the Arts award, which is testament to the value and importance of an arts education at Chatsworth.
At the Perse School, the math curriculum is based upon the breadth of the Cambridge syllabus and the progressive and conceptual ‘Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract’ approach of Singapore Math. By marrying the two, they strive to enable our pupils to see the relevance of Mathematics in everyday life, apply the concepts learned, and solve problems requiring higher-order thinking skills once they have built a strong foundation.
For English, pupils are taught to read using Sounds-Write, an accredited phonics scheme that provides teachers with a comprehensive system to teach reading, spelling, and writing. They are the only school in Asia that adopts the Kinetic Letters programme where pupils learn handwriting and letter formation through movement and multisensory experiences.
Their daily Mandarin lessons (3.5 hours weekly) aim to enable pupils to acquire functional language use. The dual-track system (Standard Mandarin and Mandarin as a Foreign Language) renders different outcomes in terms of language proficiency and cultural appreciation, with real-life contexts anchored in the course.
Founder of White Lodge Preschools, Avondale Grammar School, Melbourne Specialist International School and The GUILD International College, Jayne Nadarajoo has launched the Think Equal Early Years, Australian primary, middle and high school programs for all students.
Offering quality, affordable Victorian Foundation to Year 10 Australian education, there are excellent learning opportunities and facilities for students in a small school with personalized support. Students can excel in academically focused and/or vocational oriented studies and pursue their passions.
What's more, Melbourne International School and the Guild International College will both be hosting open days on May 19 from 9am-12pm. Check their websites for details!
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is a not-for-profit, child-centred school offering a rigorous international education in state-of-the-art facilities. A boutique school with big facilities, each child is nurtured and loved to enable your child to flourish and reach their full potential.
The intimate pre-school is inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia and follows the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. In primary school, the IPC is blended with the Singapore Maths Curriculum and the UK National Curriculum for Literacy. In secondary school, students continue with the IMYC, which leads into the globally recognised iGCSE exams in Grade 10. Mandarin and Hebrew are taught as modern foreign languages. The SMMIS educational philosophy is one that teaches resilience, collaboration, independence and perseverance. Want to book a tour? Sign up here!
St. Joseph's Institution International happily announces record-breaking achievements in their International Baccalaureate® Diploma results for the class of 2021. On average, 198 of the SJI students scored an average of 39.3 points, with over half achieving 40 points or more, an impressive increase of 11.1 percent from the 2020 results, and a score only achieved by 15.6 percent of students globally. Brother Lawrence Humphrey, SJI International's Brother President, said, "We take pride in each student who completed the program and produced such outstanding results, despite having to manage two years of uncertainty and restrictions and sit their examinations in the most challenging of circumstances. These students have taken our mission to heart, using their God-given talents to excel on their learning journeys." Darryl David, CEO of SJI International, went on to say, "While we celebrate the results of the Class of 2021, academic achievements are only part of our holistic education that prepare our students to be people for others who contribute to the wider community. We are also especially proud of our students whose PSLE scores might not have qualified them for IB programs in other schools, but who nevertheless went on to achieve remarkable results."
NLCS (Singapore) community is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by using non-mechanised methods to cover 1,263 km, the length of Ukraine, as many times as they can. For 40 days starting on March 21 2022, parents, guardians, teachers and staff are encouraged to run, cycle, swim and walk as often as possible, requesting adults to sponsor their efforts. The community will raise funds for the Singapore Red Cross Society by making a donation to the school's campaign here.
Singapore is always placed as one of the top globally celebrated countries for educational outcomes. This placement allows the EdTech industry to continue evolving and growing to provide student learner data analysis, gamification, social learning, and personalized learning solutions. At the end of 2021, there were 442 EdTech startups in Singapore. The top ten included EMERITUS, LingoAce, XSEED, Geniebook, Adventus, Doyobi, Amdon, and Knowledge Platform. Whether students use apps like XSEED to help develop their thinking and problem-solving skills, Doyobi provides courses on science and coding, or Adventus, an SaaS-based platform connecting international students with universities, each app is guaranteed to aid students in a specific way and enhance their academic journey.
XCL (pronounced excel) World Academy, formerly known as GEMS World Academy, enrolls students across Singapore. Its community spirit, stringent curriculum, and exceptional IBDP results drive them to be the premier international IB school in Singapore. Each of the four International Baccalaureate programs stretches beyond traditional academic subjects to embrace music, the arts, drama, design, innovative technologies, and sport. They intend to increase their offerings and provide a university, career counseling center, science and coding labs, and next-gen technology-equipped classrooms to facilitate hybrid learning. In a little over a year, XCL has become the multicultural constitution of the community providing a global perspective into every child's learning.
XCL World Academy, 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039, +65 6808 7300, www.xwa.edu.sg
Singapore has seen impressive results among the 22 International Baccalaureate schools with positive scores across various IB diploma programs. Despite COVID-19 causing severe upheaval and local restrictions hampering education efforts, 1,679 students attained the diploma compared to 1,663 in 2020. The global diploma pass rate is 88%, but Singapore students have increased it to 97.9%. Remarkably the IB scores have also increased from 34.52 to 37.69, which is an outstanding accomplishment considering the constant hardships the students and teachers have faced. What an impressive academic year. Singapore Schools will look forward to even better results in the 2021-22 academic year.
Singapore American School is having a significant facelift to the tune of SG$400m, which will include a campus upgrade with new, early learning, elementary and middle school buildings, renovations to the high school, a new dining hall, sports fields, and many more play spaces. The upgrade program is to reimagine the role of classrooms in the learning journey. Not only will the new learning environment benefit the students, but it will also allow the school to invest in and attract some of the world's finest educators. The new campus aims to bring students, faculty, and community members various benefits across different divisions. New modular spaces will allow teachers to quickly adjust classroom sizes and formats with moveable walls, flexible seating, and sliding glass doors. A state-of-the-art digital room will permit teachers to set lighting, temperature, and IT preferences while assessing real-time data about energy use. The high school's renovations have a forward-looking vision in mind, with renovated spaces enhancing the student experience in several ways. The new spaces will create strong links to nature, which will give students more opportunities to be more responsive and flexible to create, connect, and explore. The revamped facilities include the building of a 50-meter pool and expansion of the health and fitness facilities. The entire project is scheduled for completion by the autumn of 2026.
Singapore American School, 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547, +65 6360 6360, https://www.sas.edu.sg
Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by a global pandemic, Stamford American students continued to achieve strong results in the IB, DP, and AP exams. Impressively, students surpassed the increased global IB exam pass rate with an average score of 35, three points higher than a year ago. The exam average was also higher than in any previous year. Stamford American is also one of the few schools in Singapore with onsite SAT and ACT test centers, offering college preparatory tests for secondary students from grade 10. They have a dedicated academic and college counseling team that is tuned in to the requirements of universities all over the world. To date, the Class of 2021 has received offers from Universities and Colleges in 18 different countries, with notable acceptances from Boston University, New York University, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Berkeley, Imperial College, University of Amsterdam, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University amongst others.
Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane, Singapore, +65 6653 2949, sais.edu.sg
One World International School (OWIS) are launching a Grade 6 at OWIS Suntec in August 2022, where they will follow the modified Cambridge curriculum. They will be introducing an ICT curriculum for Primary School in August 2022, which will be aligned with IB Primary Years Programme and through which children will start to build a foundation in digital literacy, coding and digital citizenship.
On July 20, OWIS Nanyang will host an open house, where parents can meet the headteacher to learn more about their student-centric approach to education and how this helps your child to develop a lifelong love of learning. After the meet-up, the Admissions Team will be on hand to offer families tour of the expansive OWIS Nanyang campus. Click here to find out more.
Look forward to new changes as White Lodge International Preschool & Childcare rebrands to Invictus International Preschool in April 2022! Discover an affordable international education that provides individualised learning for you child.
GESS is well recognized for its languages and offers a choice between two primary curricula: the German Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in English. The students consistently score way above the world average in the International Schools' Assessment (ISA). In the most recent ISA, the Primary School students scored 10 percent above the world average in tests related to reading, writing, and mathematics; they scored 17 percent higher than the ISA reading test. Grade 5 students scored 13 percent higher than the world average for math literacy. For those interested in finding out more about GESS, applications are open for primary school. They have regular school tours, and there is an open house too.
GESS, 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621, +65 6469 1131, www.gess.sg
Looking for a great Kindergarten with top-notch facilities in Singapore? The Canadian International School has a new Kindergarten wing opening in January 2023 with a large outdoor discovery centre that is 2,600 sqm in size! Find out more here!
Canadian International School, 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore, +65 6345 1573, www.cis.edu.sg
Bilingual learning is one very hot topic globally and in Singapore. Parents are keen to provide their children with an immersive experience beyond their learning. The Singapore American School recently introduced the Chinese Immersion Program, which will help the children towards fluency while excelling academically.
Singapore American School, 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore, +65 6360 6360, https://www.sas.edu.sg
Grange International Preschool encourages learning through play, imagination, and creativity and encourages connections through interactive experiences. The school has been steadily growing since its conception in 2018. The small, broadly British school describes itself as a small school with big aspirations. It offers a creative focus on the curriculum and is more relaxed compared to some of the more rigorous academia-focussed schools in the city. The school is located in a lush three-acre compound and surrounded by nature which lends itself perfectly to children spending time in the eco-garden or farm or learning about the life cycle of plants. The Grange is keen to educate its students about responsibility and environmental awareness. The director of the school, Ronald Stones, has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for services to education and has been awarded the honorary position of Fellow of the RSA. If you think that learning through play and creativity will inspire your child, you can book a tour with the school.
Grange International Preschool, 1 Grange Garden, Singapore 249631, +65 6884 8490, https://preschool.thegrange.edu.sg/
Exciting news! 15 Ministry of Education (MOE) Kindergartens will open across Singapore throughout 2022, 2024 and 2025. Each of the kindergartens will be located at existing primary schools and will offer between 100 and 120 spaces for children aged 5 and 6.
Opening in 2022
Opening in 2024
Opening in 2025
Note that registration for admission will start in February, the year before the opening dates.
Ministry of Education, https://www.moe.gov.sg/
The Plano App is the world's first science-based parental control app to keep your children safe online and maintain their eye health. Easily track and manage your child in this unpredictable digitalized world all from your own device. The parental control app features include a remote device lock, scheduling device-free timings, app, browser blocking, and safe zone creation. Not only does the app protect your child in terms of safety but also in terms of eye damage. This is made possible by features such as safe face-to-screen distance detection, eye break reminder, poor posture detection, low light detection, and lots more. Take a look at their website for their education and science-driven technological solutions.
Leading parenting publications, year after year, vote Mulberry Learning’s curriculum as Singapore’s best holistic learning program. Mulberry Learning opened various new centers throughout 2021, making the new total count 14 bilingual preschools, with another in Dover due to open later in 2022. Mulberry Learning prides itself on making the preschool experience memorable and enjoyable while transforming a child into a competent explorer, an imaginative thinker, and a creative problem solver. Through their unique curriculum, Habits of Mind, and dedicated staff, Mulberry Learning promises to deliver a holistic education that nurtures your child to be future-ready. If you are interested in finding out more, register your interest in meeting their passionate, dedicated, well-qualified educators and exploring their beautiful learning facilities.
Little Footprints is growing and now boasts 42 preschools and 10 infant care centers throughout Singapore. They understand that the early childhood education landscape is ever-changing; their focus is to provide affordable and quality childcare services to the community. Each center strives to nurture every child and make them confident communicators, problem solvers, and independent thinkers. Their educators inspire children with English and Chinese curriculums and capture magical moments of learning by stimulating their imagination. The centers are community-based, and children will often be exposed to various collaborations, which helps them understand the world around them and learn essential values from positive role models.
Following the successful introduction of the Kindergarten class and Primary 3,4 and 5 classes, the Swiss School Singapore is expanding its French Stream with the opening of a new Primary 1/2 and Primary 6 class.
The school will also extend the German-speaking Kindergarten to two years. They will offer a Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 class in the German Stream similar to the setting in the French Stream. For the next school year, parents can decide whether they will send their children to the second Playgroup II or Kindergarten 1 of the German and French stream.
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