International Schools and Tertiary Education

The Public Education System In Singapore

In Singapore, English is not only the first language, but also the language of instruction. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew relates the idea that English is the only language that connects Singaporeans of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds with a common bond, and has the dual purpose of linking Singapore to the rest of the business world. Students are also required to take up a second language, usually their mother tongue (of Chinese, Malay, Tamil, etc.) so there is no loss of cultural identity.

Kindergarten: 3 years of pre-school programmes for children aged 3 – 6 commonly referred to as Nursery, Kindergarten 1 (K1) and Kindergarten 2 (K2). Kindergartens provide an environment for children to learn how to communicate, play, and interact with others, and to prepare them for the start of formal education in primary schools.

The kindergartens are run by the private sector, including community foundations, religious bodies, social organisations and business organisations. There are more than 200 kindergartens registered with the Ministry of Education. Kindergarten programmes are also offered by child care centres as well as international schools.

Primary School: 6 years of formal elementary education. Since 2003, primary school education is compulsory for all children of schooling age in Singapore and it is a criminal offence if parents fail to enrol their children in a primary (elementary) school and ensure their regular attendance. At the end of Primary 6, the national Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) are held. More than simply determining whether the student has received adequate elementary education, PSLE scores serve to allocate seats in Secondary (high) schools as well as stream them into Special, Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) streams.

Secondary School: 4 to 5 years of formal high school education. Both Special and Express are 4-year courses leading up to a Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) “Ordinary”—”O” level examination. Normal is a 4-year course leading up to a Singapore-Cambridge GCE “Normal”—”N” Level examination, with the possibility of a fifth year followed by a Singapore-Cambridge GCE “Ordinary”—”O” Level examination.

International / Private School Options

It is compulsory for foreign students here to apply for an annual student pass from the Immigration Department. In addition to the various International Schools, expatriates’ children can apply for admission to government (public) or government-aided schools through the Ministry of Education (MOE). Some international/private schools listed below also provide pre-school education.

 

The Australian International School
http://www.ais.com.sg

1 Lorong Chuan
Singapore 556818
Tel: 6883 5155

British Association of Singapore Playschool
http://www.britishassociation.org.sg

9 Penang Road

#08-08 Park Mall

Singapore 238459

Tel: 6339 8229

Bhavan’s Indian International School
http://www.biissingapore.org

1 & 3 Mei Chin Road

Singapore 149253

Tel: 6479 1511

The Canadian International School
http://www.cis.edu.sg

5 Toh Tuck Road

Singapore 596679

Tel: 6467 1732

Chatsworth International School
http://www.chatsworth-international.com

37 Emerald Hill Road

Singapore 229313

Tel: 6737 5955

Dover Court Preparatory School
http://www.dovercourt.edu.sg

301 Dover Road

Singapore 139644

Tel: 6775 7664

German European School Singapore
http://www.gess.sg

72 Bukit Tinggi

Singapore 289760

Tel: 6469 1131

Hollandse School
http://www.hollandseschool.org

65 Bukit Tinggi

Singapore 289757
Tel: 6466 0662

International Community School
http://www.ics.edu.sg

514 Kampong Bahru Road

Singapore 099450

Tel: 6324 4287

ISS International School
http://www.iss.edu.sg

Elementary / Middle School

25 Paterson Road

Singapore 238510

Tel: 6235 5844

High School

21 Preston Road

Singapore 109355

Tel: 6475 4188

The Japanese School
http://www.sjs.edu.sg

201 West Coast Road

Singapore 127383

Tel: 6779 7355

Lycee Francais de Singapour
http://www.lyceefrancais.edu.sg

3000 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3

Singapore 569928

Tel: 6488 1160

Overseas Family School
http://www.ofs.edu.sg

25F Paterson Road

Singapore 238515

Tel: 6738 0211

Rosemount International School
http://www.rosemount.com.sg

369 Tanjong Katong Road

Singapore 437126

Tel: 6276 2821

San Yu Adventist School
http://www.syas.edu.sg

229 Thomson Road

Singapore 307652

Tel: 62566840

Sekolah Indonesia

20A Siglap Road

Singapore 455859

Tel: 6448 0722

Singapore Sports School
http://www.sportsschool.edu.sg

1 Champions Way

Singapore 737913

Tel: 6766 0100

St. Francis Methodist School
http://www.sfms.edu.sg

492 Upper Bukit Timah Road

Singapore 678095

Tel: 6760 0889

Tanglin Trust School
http://www.tts.edu.sg

Portsdown Road

Singapore 139294

Tel: 6770 3171

The Singapore American School
http://www.sas.edu.sg

40 Woodlands St 41

Singapore 738547

Tel: 6363 3403

The Swiss School Singapore
http://www.swiss-school.edu.sg

38 Swiss Club Road

Singapore 288140

Tel: 6468 2117

United World College of South East Asia
http://www.uwcsea.uwc.org

1207 Dover Road

Singapore 139654

Tel: 6775 5344

DPS International School
http://www.dps.edu.sg


36 Aroozoo Avenue Singapore 539842 
Tel: 6285 6300

Hwa Chong International School
http://hcis.edu.sg

663 Bukit Timah Road, 
Singapore
269783.
Tel: 6464 7077

Getforme Singapore
http://www.getformesingapore.com

 

International / Private Preschools

 

 

Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten
http://www.buttercupsmontessori.com

37 Grove Lane

Singapore 279029

Tel: 6462 4838

Chatsworth Kindergarten
http://www.chatsworthkindergarten.com

1 Jalan Kayu

Singapore 799433

Tel: 6481 5585

Cherrybrook Kindergarten
http://www.cherrybrook.edu.sg

5 Vanda Road

Singapore 287775

Tel: 6468 6550

Chiltern House
http://www.juliagabriel.com

583 Orchard Road

#04-01 Forum The Shopping Mall

Singapore 238884

Tel: 6737 1966

Christ Methodist Church Kindergarten
http://www.cmc.org.sg/kindergarten.html

597 East Coast Road

Singapore 429082

Tel: 6344 8823

Ellas Kindergarten (Singapore)

12 West Coast Walk

#02-16 West Coast Recreation Centre

Singapore 127157

Tel: 6778 1293

EtonHouse International School and Pre-School
http://www.etonhouse.com.sg

51 Broadrick Road

Singapore 439501

Tel: 6346 6922

Faith Montessori Centre

4 Moonbeam Walk

Singapore 277219

Tel: 6465 2751

Jansen Preschool

39 Jansen Road

Singapore 548441

Tel: 6487 6116

Japanese Kindergarten (Singapore)

251 West Coast Road

Singapore 127390

Tel: 6779 3434

Kinderland Preschool
http://www.web.singnet.com.sg/~kinderld/network.htm

(several locations)

449 Yio Chu Kang

Singapore 805946

Tel: 6483 2261

Learning Tree Preschool Pte Ltd

26A Ulu Siglap

Singapore 457184

Tel: 6242 9975

Little Hands Montessori Kindergarten
http://www.littlehandsmontessori.com.sg

11 Jalan Arnap

Singapore 249317

Tel: 6235 5741

Little Woods Montessori
http://www.littlewoodsmontessori.com

45 Gentle Road

Singapore 339066

Tel: 6251 0817

Lock Road Kindergarten

10 Lock Road

Singapore 108938

Tel: 6474 6181

Modern Montessori Preschool Centre

Blk 750 Woodlands Ave 4, #01-317

Singapore 730750

Tel: 6369 0700

Nanyang Kindergarten

51 Coronation Road

Singapore 269460

Tel: 6466 3375

NTUC Childcare
http://www.ntuc-childcare.com

Blk 70 Geylang Bahru

#02-2719

Singapore 330070

Tel: 6391 9233

Pibo’s Garden Playschool

1 Dunearn Close

Singapore 295574

Tel: 6466 2639

Raffles House Preschool

1 Robin Drive

Singapore 258261

Tel: 6732 1455

Schoolhouse By The Bay
http://www.schoolhouse.org.sg

51 Kampong Arang Road

Singapore 438178

Tel: 6345 8258

Sonrise Preschool

2 Kovan Road

#01-01 Simon Plaza

Singapore 548008

Tel: 6285 5911

St James’ Church Kindergarten
http://www.sjck.org.sg

29 Harding Road

Singapore 249537

Tel: 6476 6026

Tanglin Trust School Limited
http://www.tts.edu.sg

Portsdown Road

Singapore 139294

Tel: 6770 3171

The Children’s Place
http://www.thechildrensplace.com.sg

19 Kay Siang Road

Singapore 248935

Tel: 6472 3788

The Preparatory Place

40 Fernhill Road

Singapore 259101

Tel: 6737 6427

TownforKids Pte Ltd
http://www.townforkids.com

(several locations)

11 Tampines St 92, #03-01

Singapore 528872

Tel: 6788 1213

White Lodge Early Learning Centre
http://www.white-lodge.org

(4 locations)

39 Linden Drive

Singapore 288712

Tel: 6468 8846

United Educare Kindergarten

35 Lotus Avenue

Singapore 277618

Tel: 6467 9877

 

International / Private Special Needs Schools

Children with disabilities are educated in special education schools run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO), and are partially funded by MOE. The National Council of Social Service, a government agency, provides information on government-sponsored schools for special needs children. Contact them for more information.

 

National Council of Social Service
170 Ghim Moh Road #01-02
Singapore 279621
Tel: 6210 2500
Email: ncss_webmaster@ncss.gov.sg
Web: www.ncss.org.sg/sped or www.disability.org.sg/home

Dover Court Preparatory School
http://www.dovercourt.edu.sg

Dover Road

Singapore 139644

Tel: 6775 7664

Genesis School
http://www.genesisschool.com.sg

No. 9/11 West Coast Road

Singapore 127296

Tel: 6733 1172

Joy Place
http://www.joyplace.com.sg

38C Belvedere Close

Singapore 159883

Tel: 6475 2680

Chiltern House Learning Support
http://www.juliagabriel.com

583 Orchard Road

#04-01 Forum The Shopping Mall

Singapore 238884

Tel: 6737 1966

The Cotton Tree Group Home

396 Joo Chiat Place

Singapore 428078

Tel: 6345 9905

Tertiary Education – Public Institutions

 

 

The Institute of Technical Education
http://www.ite.edu.sg

(various locations)

10 Dover Drive

Singapore 138683

Tel: 1800 CALL ITE

Nanyang Polytechnic
http://www.nyp.edu.sg

180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

Singapore 569830

Nanyang Technological University
http://www.ntu.edu.sg

Nanyang Avenue

Singapore 639798

Tel: 6791 1744

National University of Singapore
http://www.nus.edu.sg

10 Kent Ridge Crescent

Singapore 119260

Tel: 6775 6666

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
http://www.np.edu.sg

535 Clementi Road

Singapore 599489

Tel: 6466 6555

Republic Polytechnic
http://www.rp.edu.sg

9 Woodlands Ave 9

Singapore 738964

Tel: 6510 3000

Singapore Polytechnic
http://www.sp.edu.sg

500 Dover Road

Singapore 139651

Tel: 6775 1133

Temasek Polytechnic
http://www.tp.edu.sg

21 Tampines Avenue 1

Singapore 529757
Tel: 6788 2000

 

Tertiary Education – Private Institutions

 

Center for American Education
http://www.cae.com.sg

12 Prince Edward Road

#01-03 Bestway Building

Singapore 079212

Tel: 6223 4566

LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
http://www.lasallesia.edu.sg

90 Goodman Road

Singapore 439053

Tel: 6344 4300

Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS)
http://www.mis.org.sg

30 Prinsep Street

#01-02 Prinsep House

Singapore 188647

Tel: 6221 7788

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
http://www.nafa.edu.sg

Bencoolen Street

Singapore 189656

Tel: 6512 4000

Overseas Family College
http://www.ofscollege.edu.sg

25F Paterson Road

Singapore 238515

Tel: 6738 0211

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)
http://www.sim.edu.sg

461 Clementi Road

Singapore 599491

Tel: 1800 468 8866

Singapore Management University (SMU)
http://www.smu.edu.sg

81 Victoria Street

Singapore 188065

Tel: 6822 0100

 

 

 

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