International American schools were originally created to service the educational needs of American citizens working abroad but now they are a popular choice for students from all over the world. American international schools devise a core curriculum designed to prepare students to enter schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. Whilst there is no American National Curriculum, there are many common themes and practices within American international schools. Schools tend to focus on holistic development in a warm and friendly environment. They also embrace creativity and the opportunity for exploration of a wide variety of different subject areas.
There are five American schools in Singapore and they all have excellent reviews (you can read individual school reviews on school profiles linked to below).
Singapore American School (SAS) is a large school with around 4,000 students representing 56 different nationalities. The school is set within a 36 acre campus containing 2 acres of rainforest in the Woodlands district to the north of Singapore. The academic focus is on flexibility and personalised learning, new course offerings, and passion pathways. In addition to a wide variety of course options in High School, SAS offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the AP Capstone Diploma program, and a growing number of specialised advanced topic courses for students who wish to pursue college-level study while still in high school. For one week during second semester, all regularly scheduled high school courses cease while students and teachers participate in a week long Interim Semester off-campus experience.
SAS is one of the largest single campus K-12 schools in the world. It has 3 swimming pools, 5 tennis courts, a climbing wall, studios, gyms, sports fields, a variety of open spaces, a very high tech theatre and a wide variety of cafeterias. SAS also offers a bus service service covering the whole island with after school activity buses available for students in grades 3 and above. Over 100 co-curricula activities are on offer. SAS offers learning support and counselling services.
Admissions are accepted throughout the year and the fees range from S$31,000 to S$55,000.
Review score at time of writing: 4.5/5
The Stamford American International School (SAIS) is a large school situated on two campuses with almost 3,000 children enrolled from the age of 2 months to 18 years from 70 different nationalities. It is part of the Cognita Group of international schools and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, aligned to the U.S. American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards with a choice of multiple pathways for admissions to leading universities worldwide, with either the IB Diploma or AP Diploma on top of a US accredited Stamford High School Diploma.
The Elementary and Secondary Campus of the SAIS is conveniently located in Woodleigh, just 10 minutes from Orchard Road. Its sister campus, nearby at Chuan Lane, houses the Early Learning Village and is linked by a shuttle bus service to the main campus. The campuses are well equipped with a 500 seat theatre, where 10 theatre productions are staged annually and excellent sporting facilities including 4 swimming pools, indoor sports arenas, rooftop tennis courts, dance studios, rock–climbing walls, a multipurpose sports field and a golf academy. They also have a choice of around 350 co-curricula activities available to students including 96 competitive sports teams. SAIS offers door to door bus transportation island-wide for both campuses. There is also a canteen and cafeteria providing fresh food daily prepared on site in allergen free kitchens. SAIS also have a Student Support Department who can offer a wide range of academic and counselling support.
Admissions are accepted throughout the year, depending on the availability of places, and the fees range from S$16,000 - S$43,000.
Review score at time of writing: 5/5
The International Community School (ICS) is a medium sized Christian school situated in the popular West Coast Area on Jubilee Road. ICS has over 450 students from 26 different nationalities enrolled from age 4 to 18 years. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and teaches a broad American curriculum which is flexible and individual and aims to enable access to US universities on graduation.
ICS is well-equipped with essential teaching and learning amenities such as air conditioned classrooms, science and technology laboratories, a multi-purpose hall and library. The school also offers sports facilities for enrichment and training purposes such as basketball court, volleyball court, sports field, gymnasium, sensorial playgrounds and a school canteen offering a wide variety of Western and Asian cuisines and snacks. ICS also offers a wide range of co-curricula activities and sports clubs. Whilst ICS does not offer a door to door bus service, it is easily accessible by public transport with two bus stops within easy walking distance and Clementi MRT station less than 20 minutes walk away. ICS offer learning support and extra support with English as a second language.
Admissions are accepted throughout the year, depending of availability of places, for most ages but there is a twice yearly entry point from the 9th grade. Fees range from S$26,000 to S$34,000.
Review score at time of writing: 4.9/5
XCL American Academy's mission is to provide quality international American educational experiences and opportunities to international students in Singapore. They endeavor to make the school accessible to all by focusing on what really matters to our students and parents.
XCL American Academy is Singapore’s newest American International School.
XCL values its students as individuals and strive to help them reach their full potential. Strong academic and pastoral care encourages students to build confidence, stretch their abilities, dare to dream, achieve their goals, and reach their ambitions.
Review score at time of writing: 5/5
Heritage Academy is a private, international school of quality with the vision to see young lives transformed and characterized by excellence!
At Heritage Academy, we recognise that each child is a unique individual, who can be trained to fulfill his full potential. In partnership with parents, we are dedicated to nurture the educational and spiritual growth of your children.
Training each child is not an easy task! Our curriculum and co-curricular activities aim to develop our students in diverse skills such as: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, Communication and Social Skills.
Heritage Academy provides an environment for the child to learn at his own pace, to build a firm foundation through mastery, and to motivate him towards excellence and success. We are excited to work with you in your child’s educational journey!