Top 20 Best International Schools in Singapore

Top 20 Best International Schools in Singapore

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International Schools in Singapore

The reputation of international schools in Singapore is very good. For those looking for the best international schools in Singapore, there are over 50 to choose from. There are 36 IB schools, 18 British and 3 American schools in Singapore. Beyond that you can find French, Australian, Swiss, German, Dutch, Indian, Korean and Japanese. You can see all of them in the full list of international schools in Singapore.

About Singapore

Singapore has over 5.5 million people crammed into 7,800 square kilometres making it the second most densely populated country on the planet. Despite that, for the majority the quality of life is high, crime and taxes are very low. Since independence in 1965 it has been ruled by the same party which has presided over astonishing growth into one of the most important trade and financial centres in the world.

For a lot of people, Changi Airport will be the only experience of Singapore as they pass through onto another destination. It represents a lot of what Singapore is: modern, clean, well-organised and very comfortable. And one thing that Changi shares with the rest of modern Singapore - good air-conditioning! If you spend any time travelling and working in Singapore you are likely to experience moving from the intense heat of the outside to the over-air-conditioned inside of offices and shops. You end up needing a jumper or coat to survive the inside world!

Language

Singapore has four official languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English. For many expats, English being one of the official languages makes life much more straight-forward and has no doubt played a part in helping Singapore become such an accessible part of Asia. It is the main language used in schools which means almost all locals can speak two languages - their mother tongue and English.

One last language you might not know about is Singlish - it’s the mix of English with a jumble of locally spoken languages and slang…the end result is…well, it’s like this! To really integrate into Singaporean life you might have to put it on the list of things to learn but you can survive with plain old English otherwise!


Before the ranking, check out our Featured Best Schools in Singapore:

Brighton College (Singapore)

  The facilities for a school of this size are outstanding.  

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Ages
1 to 11

Curriculum
English

Primary Language
English

Canadian International School

 The students here a great and are friendly. The teachers are awesome  

Canadian International School logo

Ages
2 to 18

Curriculum
Canadian,IB

Primary Language
English

One World International School

 OWIS has very high quality education.  

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Ages
3 to 18

Curriculum
IB, PYP, IGCSE, IBDP, English

Primary Language
English


Where Singapore international schools are distributed (view our List of International Schools in Singapore to see a live map):

Best international schools in Singapore

Best International Schools in Singapore - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Singapore school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school! You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Singapore, or search by name here.


United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) - Dover Campus 

5.0 from 7 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18
DESCRIPTION

UWCSEA Dover is an incredibly special place. It is special because it manages to combine high levels of academic achievement with an all-pervading emphasis on service to others, environmental stewardship, teamwork and leadership. It is also special because there never seems to be a moment when something isn’t happening. There is a feeling of extraordinary vibrancy, dynamism, warmth and fun, and it is worth noting that much of what you will see as you walk around the campus is student-driven. Opened in 1971 as Singapore International School by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, UWC South East Asia became a full member of the UWC movement in 1975. For more than 40 years, it has been offering a mission-driven, values-based international education to students from more than 90 nationalities. A K–12 school, with two campuses and over 5,500 students, UWCSEA is now recognised as one of the leading international schools in the world.

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Singapore American School 

5.0 from 7 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Singapore American School (SAS) is known for an unmistakable culture of excellence, extraordinary care, and possibilities. We nurture in our students a passion for and commitment to deep intellectual and personal exploration. SAS students grow up in a community where every student learns at high levels, every student is known and advocated for, and every student personalizes their learning. Education in the past has been good at making kids fit the mold: the IB mold, the AP mold, the IGCSE mold. The mold often says what is possible and what is not. Singapore American School, however, is giving students possibilities like never before with personalized learning, new course offerings, and passion pathways. Students at SAS find their true selves rather than letting a system define who they can become and how far they can go. Possibilities don’t make school easier, but they make it different and provide personal awakenings for kids who are looking for more. The direction Singapore American School is taking reflects what made us one of the most desirable international schools in the first place.

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Anglo-Chinese School 

5.0 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:12 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Education at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) Barker Road centres on the belief that God is our Strength and Provider, and that by His Grace, pupils come to us for a purpose - to have their lives touched and changed. We recognise and accept that each pupil is unique and that individual abilities differ widely. An Anglo-Chinese School education has always stood for the total development of a child. Anchoring it is the strong belief that in addition to the mind and body, there is also a need to enrich the soul. This touches the heart and gives character to the being. It is our mission to Touch Hearts by creating memories and giving meaning to all the things that our pupils do, we Empower Minds by sharpening their intellect and broadening their perspectives and we Enrich Souls by helping them grow in Faith and serving others.

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Dover Court International School 

5.0 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Dover Court International School in Singapore was established in 1972 and is one of the leading inclusive British international schools in South East Asia. We will open our new Secondary block and sports hall in August 2019. Dover Court International School is not a selective school, we welcome students of all academic abilities and it’s because we offer support for many different academic, social and emotional needs that our student population is incredibly diverse. The school community reflects the wider global community and everyone benefits from this. Dover Court International School fosters students who are empathetic, accepting and understanding, qualities that we all hope our children will have as they grow up and forge their own independent paths in the world.

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Tanglin Trust School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Tanglin Trust School Singapore has a long tradition of providing British-based learning with an international perspective. At Tanglin we strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged and integrity is prized. Working together in a safe, caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world. Tanglin Trust School Singapore are also fully committed to our core values: Respect, Responsibility, and Purpose, which underpin everything we do, the way we do it, and ultimately our ethos. We believe school life is important in itself, not simply a preparation for something in the future. Every day of your child’s school life is important and should be looked forward to with excitement and anticipation. At Tanglin Trust School, we acknowledge every child is different and needs change as they grow. Therefore, it is important we know your child and your child feels known and cared for. Although every school has to have structure to its operation, we work hard to avoid having a ‘fixed menu’ so we can identify and meet the varying needs of each individual. You won’t be surprised then to hear that ‘wellbeing’ is our core development strategy!

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Chatsworth International School - Bukit Timah Campus 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Chatsworth International School - Bukit Timah Campus was established in 1995 as a mid-sized, unique K-12 international school in Singapore. Our two campuses are IB world schools, members of East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), Edutrust certified (Singapore’s quality certification scheme) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited. As a three programme IB world school, we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP, MYP and DP curriculum to students of approximately 50 nationalities, ages 3-18. A non-selective school, Chatsworth International School focuses on the holistic development of each individual student and prepares students to either enter universities around the world or to transfer to international and national system schools as their families move on from Singapore. An extensive and supportive English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL) caters to the needs of those students who are not yet completely fluent in English. Our learning technologies are progressive and grounded in 21st century learning: we are an Apple and Google school with a 1:1 laptop program running from Year 4 upwards. Our school has a friendly, family feel and Chatsworth is known for its strong community spirit.

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Hollandse School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Dutch, IB Primary Language:Dutch
Age Range:2 to 12
DESCRIPTION

The Hollandse School (HSL) is well-known in Singapore and beyond. As the largest Dutch-language IPC (International Primary Curriculum) school abroad, we have been providing quality Dutch education for almost 100 years. As a Dutch-language primary school with an international dimension, we create an optimal learning environment with a home feeling. The Hollandse School offers a child-friendly and safe environment, in which children are challenged to purposefully learn and collaborate. HSL provides a wide range of after-school activities (NSA). Children can choose a sport, but they can also take art lessons, drama, chess, technical lego, typing, or even circus lessons !

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Integrated International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB, Australian Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 16
DESCRIPTION

Integrated International School (IIS) is about embracing individuality and encouraging uniqueness. We follow the Australian curriculum in our school and take special care in our approach to education to ensure everyone in Singapore – parents and students – feel heard. Our goal is to break the mould and redefine notions of success. We aim to create a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that makes our students feel at home. The best way to get a feel for Integrated International School is to experience it first-hand! We welcome all interested families to book a tour with our Admissions Team for a detailed chat about what makes us a great match for your child and your family.

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Stamford American International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:American, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
DESCRIPTION

At Stamford American International School (SAIS), our vision is to inspire students to create their unique future… academically, socially and as ecologically literate citizens in our culturally diverse world. SAIS students not only have the opportunity to choose a sought after education pathway to help realize their academic ambitions, they are also provided with life skills reflective of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile as adaptive, thoughtful and principled young adults, with a fostered inclination to design, innovate, problem solve and communicate. Stamford American International School in Singapore offers the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme integrated with US Standards, combined with the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We look forward to welcoming you to our global community.

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United World College of South East Asia East Campus 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18
DESCRIPTION

At United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) East, we believe that anything is possible. In our central location in the fast-developing community and business hub of Tampines, we provide outstanding facilities for academics, the Arts, sports and professional learning. We have developed as a community hub in our own right - families learn together with students and teachers at East Campus. It is a truly exceptional and extremely safe environment. In a country that is internationally renowned for leading development and achievement in global education, UWCSEA has been at the forefront of the international school community for over 40 years. We are driven by the UWC mission and we offer a programme that is globally connected and richly embedded within South East Asia and beyond. Our bustling, vibrant campus is currently home to over 2,500 students from 75 nationalities, speaking 59 different languages. 161 members of our student community are boarders, including 48 UWCSEA and UWC National Committee scholars.

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Middleton International School - Bukit Timah Campus 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IPC,English Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 11
DESCRIPTION

Middleton International School offers a high-quality international curriculum at an affordable fee. We aim to groom independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and are compassionate, responsible and active global citizens. The school is part of the EtonHouse International Education Group. Middleton International School will draw on the expertise of EtonHouse, its parent company. The school will be led by highly respected educators with years of experience and an established track record in international schooling.

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Hwa Chong International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:English, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:12 to 18
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Hwa Chong International School (HCIS) is a member of the prestigious Hwa Chong family of schools, drawing its core strengths from a century old tradition of educational excellence and philanthropy. Established in 2005 with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB), HCIS is part of Singapore’s endeavours to diversify the local education landscape and offer more educational pathways and connections with the region and the world. As a local international school, at least half of the student population is local, and the rest from over 20 countries. HCIS offers a six-year integrated curriculum that eventually prepares students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at Year 6 (Grade 12). Our IB graduates have been well placed to seek admission to prestigious universities around the world, having nurtured with capability building and character development into global citizens who will collectively create a better world.

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EtonHouse International School Thomson 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 9
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EtonHouse International School Thomson offers a truly integrated bilingual programme across all year levels, with an English and Mandarin teacher working alongside the children in both languages throughout the day. Play and inquiry is a powerful tool and motivation for learning and by drawing upon the children’s interests, our educators encourage the experimentation and exploration of different aspects of both English and Mandarin languages. Housed in a beautiful colonial style building on a hilltop, EtonHouse Thomson has unique traditional architectural features like a charming water fountain and exquisite stained glass ceilings. Visitors and families are welcomed by a beautiful and tranquil environment with lush greenery as soon as they enter the private driveway of the premises.

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Nexus International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Nexus International School Singapore firmly believes in putting your child at the centre of his or her education. Our child centred philosophy is echoed by every teacher, in every class and in every extra-curricular activity. We work hard to ensure that your child has a world class education, internationally recognised and accredited by the most respected awarding bodies. Nexus International Schools’ learners have an open and creative mindset for better critical thinking skills; learning how to build strong supportive relationships, understanding their own impulses, and developing empathy for others. Encouraging them to see the world from a global perspective, our learners are taught to become independent through experiences within and beyond the classroom, whilst technology is embedded in the learning process to enhance creativity. In order to achieve this, The Nexus Way was developed as our guiding philosophy, adopting the key elements of Mindsets, Relationships, Inclusion, and Innovation.

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Invictus International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:IPC, IMYC, IGCSE, A-LEVEL Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 14 Max Class Size:25
DESCRIPTION

Invictus International School is an independent co-educational​ international​ ​primary school. Our vision is that quality education is simple, focused and affordable. Here at Invictus International School, we believe that we cater for the individual, in an innovative and inspiring way.Invictus has grown from a three-room school in an office building to three campuses, having two campuses in Singapore and one in Hong Kong. Invictus International School has maintained our core community values, where each child is known and the emphasis in on the connection between the teacher and student. Our Dempsey Hill Campus is surrounded by lush rainforest and offers Grades 1 to 8. Our Sentosa Campus near Quayside Marina offers Grades 1 and 2. Invictus International School teachers come with an extensive background in teaching in multicultural classrooms and understand the challenges expat children may experience. All of Invictus International School teachers have experience in international schools and bring a dynamic student-centered approach to the classroom.

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International Community School 

4.9 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:4 to 18
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International Community School (ICS) invests in and tend to every part of each student: spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. We are a school that puts Christ at the center of all academics and activities. Our parents are our partners with us in this process, helping their student to find his or her own unique balance. With this partnership and shared values, every child wins. This values-centered focus forms the foundation of our family/community environment. International Community School is a place where students and families are welcomed and known. No student is merely a name on a class list. We want to know our students, make them feel a part of the family, and give them a safe place to belong. This spills over to the families of our students and beyond so that our mission of impacting the world for the glory of God is ultimately realized.

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GESS - International School Singapore 

4.9 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:German, English IB Curriculum Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18 Max Class Size:24
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GESS has strong European foundations and believes in developing confident, forward-looking students through a celebration of respect, openness and inclusiveness. GESS is recognised for its languages and offers a choice between two main curricula: the German Curriculum or the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Many other languages are offered as part of the unique ‘mother tongue’ and language enrichment programmes. The school caters to students of all ages, starting from 18 months to graduation at 18 years. GESS has moved to a new purpose-built campus with brand new facilities in August 2018 at Dairy Farm Lane.

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Insworld Institute 

4.8 from 18 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 22 Max Class Size:12
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Insworld Institute Singapore is a unique private school located in Singapore, providing a British-based curriculum that offers Pearson Edexcel Advanced Level, GCE Advanced Level and IGCSE, Edexcel International Tuition Programme (an International Lower Secondary Programme) and English for Academic Study.

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Australian International School Singapore 

4.8 from 7 reviews
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Curriculum:Australian, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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The Australian International School (AIS) is the only southern-hemisphere school in Singapore that offers an Australian curriculum-based global education for students from the age of 2 months to 18 years. This truly international education begins with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) from Preschool to Year 5, Australian Curriculum for Years 6 to 8, Cambridge IGCSE in Years 9 and 10, and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) for Years 11 and 12. Ever since The Australian International School was founded 25 years ago, our parents have applauded the unique opportunities afforded to their children to grow in confidence and stature, learning to contribute with creativity and initiative – opportunities that are there for all of our students, whatever their abilities or aspirations. Being a truly international community, the experiences presented to us by living and working in a global environment like Singapore, permeate every activity at The Australian International School. Our reputation for excellent results from not only high quality, passionate teaching from our staff, but also the resolve that our students develop in their time with us – beyond their academic pursuits and across all areas of their development.

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NPS International School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Indian,English,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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NPS International School Singapore is a value-driven school with a strong focus on holistic development. Our carefully curated environment allows for students to blossom into active learners, compassionate citizens, and critical thinkers. Our international educational programme has been meticulously developed by lifelong educators and caters to the all-round growth of our students. We are known to foster academic excellence and an overall sense of wellbeing. NPS International School is a part of the international NPS Group of Schools, with an established reputation in upholding the highest quality standards in education.

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This is just the first few schools listed according to their review scores. There are plenty more amazing schools in our database.

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