Top 20 Best International Schools in Singapore

Top 20 Best International Schools in Singapore

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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!

International Singapore Schools

The reputation of Singapore schools is very good. For those looking for the best international schools in Singapore, there are over 50 to choose from. There are 38 International Baccalaureate, 16 British and 3 American schools in Singapore. Beyond that you can find French, Australian, Swiss, German, Dutch, Indian, Korean and Japanese. You can see the full directory of international schools Singapore here.

Best schools Singapore

Best International Schools Singapore - Ranking

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 Singapore schools list, or search by name here.


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

5.0 from 6 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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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 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 ACS 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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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.

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Singapore American School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Singapore American School 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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Dover Court International School 

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

Established since 1972, Dover Court International School in Singapore 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. 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. Our 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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Hollandse School (HSL) 

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

By joining the Integrated International School, you will be helping your child redefine what it means to be successful, to emphasize his or her own strengths and talents, and to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Prospective students who wish to apply to the Integrated International School will need to first complete an Application Form and pay an Application Fee in order to be considered against our admissions criteria and be offered a placement. We welcome new applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and each application is considered in chronological order of submission. Please note that since we are currently under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) and not EduTrust certified, we cannot provide student passes to those on Long Term Visit Passes (LTVP). However, parents may personally approach the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to obtain a student visa. Please contact our Admissions Team for further details.

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Chatsworth International School - Bukit Timah Campus 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Chatsworth International School has a strong history in Singapore, dating back to 1995. The school is a product of a handful of teachers and students founding the school in Upper Serangoon back then. The two international campuses in Orchard and Bukit Timah are part of the Chatsworth Group of Schools, which also includes two preschools running the local curriculum. The Bukit Timah campus that opened in August 2018 consists of students from Years Kindergarten to Year 13 (age 3 to 18) while the Orchard campus caters to primary students from K through Year 6.

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

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

At 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.

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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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5 Steps Academy 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:5 to 16
DESCRIPTION

The 5 Steps Academy is the only international school in Singapore focusing on Mathematics whilst providing a world-class multilingual well-rounded education founded on academic rigour, small classes with the highest teacher/student ratio, and complemented by rich co-curricular programmes.

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Stamford American International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:American, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
DESCRIPTION

Every student at Stamford American is treated as a unique individual and is given the direction, counsel and support to discover her or his own potential for greatness. All of us at the school are committed to encouraging a lifelong love for learning. We want to give our students the skills they will need to face the ups and downs on their path to becoming outstanding global citizens.

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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
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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
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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 our 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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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 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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ACS International Singapore 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:13 to 18
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ACS International Singapore is owned by the Methodist Church of Singapore. Christian values and inclusivity underpin all that we do — in academic pursuits, on the sports field, in leadership and in service to others. A half-hour Chapel Service is held every week for the whole school community where basic and universal Christian values are espoused. We cater for Singaporeans and overseas students who are interested in an international curriculum in a Singaporean context, in particular, the “ACS brand of education”. Our establishment is in line with the Singapore Government’s aim of making Singapore an educational centre of excellence that serves both local and regional students. ACS International Singapore takes great pride in nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. As we continue to move forward and meet the needs of the ever-changing modern world, one thing in our brand of education remains unchanged — the sound Christian values and principles that are responsible for the matchless ACS International Singapore spirit of excellence, service and loyalty.

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GESS Singapore 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
DESCRIPTION

GESS Singapore 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 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in English. Many 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. As commissioned by the German Foreign Office, the Central Agency for German Schools (CAGS) supports the German European School Singapore (GESS) in terms of financial, personnel and education resources. In addition, CAGS helps to promote quality-oriented advancement of the school through professional advisory and support services.

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Insworld Institute 

4.8 from 19 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:11 to 22 Max Class Size:12
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Insworld 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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