Top International Schools In Singapore & How Much They Cost [Updated]
One of the many things that keep parents up at night is the education of their children. Parents who are relocating to a foreign country may find the search for a good school to be a daunting affair.
Fortunately, the dilemma in Singapore is a good one to have, as there are many international schools that offer the academic syllabi of various countries as well as differing education philosophies.
To add to that dilemma is the fact that Singapore’s education system is one of the best in the world and it sits atop the PISA global ranking, beating the rest of the world. Not only that, its pedagogy in Mathematics has also been exported to the U.S and Europe.
So, why should expats still consider sending their children to an international school?
Why choose international schools?
First of all, it isn’t easy to enrol your child in a local school as priority is given to Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents. It is not unheard of for Singaporean parents to literally go the extra mile by moving to a location where their preferred primary school is and to volunteer years ahead just to secure a place.
All international students who want to enrol in a local school will have to take the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS), which assesses English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities.
That probably gives you an idea of what the second point will be – competition. The educational system in Singapore is known to be highly competitive, and depending on your own philosophy, that may be a major plus point or an absolute downer.
Some children thrive while others are held back with rigorous academics and co-curricular activities that are focused on results. If you know your child learns better in a less competitive environment, then an international school may be a better option.
Last but not least, if you plan on returning to your home country in a couple of years, going to an international school that has the syllabus of your home country may make the transition home a lot smoother for your child. International schools are also more diverse in their nationality and ethnic mix, so that offers your child a glimpse into other cultures too.
Here are the fee structures of 10 popular international schools in Singapore, not ranked in any particular order:
1. Australian International School of Singapore (AISS)
Founded 25 years ago in 1993, AISS is the only school in Singapore that offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC).
AISS students are high achievers – in 2016, students enrolled in the IBDP had a 100% pass rate, compared to a global average of 70%. They also collectively achieved a 34 point average, which was 10% higher than the global average.
AISS also has a strong focus on the creative arts, starting with an Early Years Speech & Drama programme for students as young as 18 months. The school also offers an Athlete Development Program, the first of its kind in Singapore, whereby potential and aspiring athletes will engage in eight different sports and fitness-related modules over a two-year period.
- Preschool to Year 5: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Years 6 to 8: Australia Curriculum
- Years 9 and 10: Cambridge IGCSE
- Years 11 and 12: Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Fee Schedule 2019
|Class||Semester 1||Semester 2||Total annual tuition fee|
|Nursery (3 day session)||S$7,416||S$7,416||S$14,832|
|Nursery (4 day session)||S$10,866||S$10,866||S$21,732|
|Nursery (5 half day session)||S$7,872||S$7,872||S$15,744|
|Nursery (5 full day session)||S$11,244||S$11,244||S$22,488|
|Preschool (3 day session)||S$10,260||S$10,260||S$20,520|
|Preschool (4 day session)||S$12,996||S$12,996||S$25,992|
|Preschool (5 half day session)||S$10,878||S$10,878||S$21,756|
|Preschool (5 full day session)||S$15,740||S$15,740||S$31,480|
|Elementary School (Prep - Year 5)||S$17,412||S$17,412||S$34,824|
|Secondary School (Year 6 - 9)||S$20,412||S$20,412||S$40,824|
|Secondary School (Year 10 - 12)||S$21,216||S$21,216||S$42,432|
Other academic fees include an annual Technology Fee (S$300 – $963, depending on the age of the student), an English as Additional Language fee (S$3,210 per semester) and an Intensive Language Course fee (S$4,280 per semester).
Australian International School of Singapore
1 Lorong Chuan Singapore 556 818
+65 6653 2958 (admissions), +65 6664 8127 (general enquiries)
2. Canadian International School (CIS)
Founded in 1990, CIS has students from more than 74 nations across two campuses at Jurong West and at Tanjong Katong.
In 2017, CIS outperformed world average scores for the IB Diploma exam, with 79% of students scoring above the global average. They collectively achieved an average score of 33.3, almost 10% higher than the worldwide average score of 29.95.
CIS prioritises a holistic approach to education, providing opportunities for field-based investigations whereby students can exercise leadership and learn about cultural, humanitarian and environmental concerns.
- Pre-Kindergarden to Grade 6: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Grades 7 to 12: IB Middle Years Programme
- Grades 11 to 12: IB Diploma Programme
Fee Schedule 2019/2020
|Lakeside Campus tuition fees (English programme)||Per semester||Annual fees|
|Nursery half day programme||S$8,250.00||S$16,500.00|
|Nursery full day programme||S$12,000.00||S$24,000.00|
|Pre-Kindergarten half day programme||S$9,800.00||S$19,600.00|
|Pre-Kindergarten full day to Grade 3||S$16,050.00||S$32,100.00|
|Grades 4 to 6||S$17,900.00||S$35,800.00|
|Grades 7 to 10||S$19,950.00||S$39,900.00|
|Grades 11 to 12||S$20,450.00||S$40,900.00|
In addition to these fees, you’ll have to pay an application fee of S$2,500, a student confirmation fee (S$3,500 for your first child and S$2,800 for your second child) and the following Support Programme Fees:
|Support Programmes 2019/2020||Per semester||Annual fees|
|English Language Learners (ELL)||S$2,500.00||S$5,000.00|
|English Language Learners (ELL) Intensive Programme||S$3,000.00||S$6,000.00|
|Learning Support (LS)||S$3,000.00||S$6,000.00|
Canadian International School Singapore (Lakeside Campus)
7 Jurong West Street 41 Singapore 649414
+65 6467 1732
Canadian International School Singapore (Tanjong Katong Campus)
371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128
+65 6345 1573
3. German European School Singapore (GESS)
GESS was founded in 1971, and has evolved into an international school in 2005. The school offers both a German and an IB curriculum to prospective students.
GESS has a commendable academic record – in 2017, GESS students had an 89% IB Diploma pass rate and an average score of 31, slightly above the worldwide average of 29.95.
Outside of the classroom, there is also a wide choice of co-curricular activities students can partake in, including dance, drama and even robotics. GESS also competes against other international schools in Singapore in sports.
Education in German
- Pre-School: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Grades 1 to 5: Grundschule
- Grades 6 to 9: IB Sekundarschule
- Grades 10 to 12: Gymnasiale Oberstufe
Education in English
- Pre-School to Grade 5: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Grades 6 to 10: IB Middle Years Programme
- Grades 11 to 12: IB Diploma Programme
Fee Schedule 2019/2020
|Pre-Kindergarten||3 half-days + 2 full days||S$22,600|
|Pre-Kindergarten||5 full days||S$26,230|
|Kindergarten 1 + 2||3 half-days + 2 full days||S$22,600|
|Kindergarten 1 + 2||5 full days||S$26,230|
|Pre-Primary||5 full days||S$26,230|
|Primary School - Grundschule||Grade EST – 4||S$19,380|
|Middle School - Sek.1||Grade 5 – 9||S$22,270|
|High School - Sek.2||Grades 10 – 12||S$24,370|
|Primary School||Grades 1 – 5||S$27,450|
|Middle School||Grades 6 – 10||S$31,230|
|High School||Grades 11 – 12||S$34,010|
In addition, you’ll have to pay a development levy of S$4,890 (for the first year only; from second year onwards and for the third child onwards, it’s reduced to S$2,445.00) and an entrance fee of S$2,945.
German European School Singapore (Main Campus)
72 Bukit Tinggi Road Singapore 289760
+65 6469 1131
German European School Singapore (Junior School Campus)
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil Singapore 598668
+65 6461 0802
4. International School Singapore (ISS)
Founded in 1981, ISS has over 600 students from over 50 countries across two campuses. This relatively small school encourages a learning environment that nurtures students as individuals, taking into account different learning rates and unique educational competencies and challenges.
ISS also provides opportunities for students to explore the arts, with programmes that focus on music, visual art and drama. Their campus also lends itself to activities like outdoor concerts, jungle sketching sessions and theatre creations.
- Kindergarten to Grade 5: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Grades 6 to 10: IB Middle Years Programme
- Grades 11 to 12: IB Diploma Programme or IB Diploma Course Programme
Fee Schedule 2018/2019
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School|
|Fee Per Year||Kindergarten||G1-G5||G6-G8||G9-G12 /Preparatory Course|
25 Paterson Road Singapore 238510
+65 6235 5844
International School Singapore (G9 to G12)
21 Preston Road Singapore 109355
+65 6475 4188
5. Nexus International School Singapore (NISS)
NISS is a member of Taylor’s Education Group, an education holdings company based in Malaysia. It’s a relatively new school that was founded in 2011, but now serves over 800 students from about 50 countries.
NISS students had a 99.8% IGCSE pass rate and an 82% IB Diploma pass rate in 2017. They scored an average of 31.3 for the IB Diploma exam, slightly ahead of the global average score of 29.95.
The school provides an extensive range of co-curricular activities for students. Aside from the usual co-curricular offerings like sports and music, NISS facilitates sessions like virtual reality expeditions to the moon, Lego robotics and 3D design and printing.
- Nursery to Year 6: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
- Years 7 to 9: English National Curriculum
- Years 10 to 11: Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- Years 12 to 13: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Fee Schedule 2018/2019
|Year Level||Annual tuition fees|
|Kindergarten / Year 1||S$28,792|
|Years 2 - 3||S$30,464|
|Years 4 - 7||S$32,220|
|Years 8 - 9||S$34,236|
|Years 10 - 11||S$36,780|
|Years 12 - 13||S$38,584|
|Application Fee (for new applicants, at time of application)||S$856|
|Registration Fee (for new applicants, upon acceptance of offer of a place)||S$2,354|
|Annual Development Levy||S$1,712|
Nexus International School Singapore
201 Ulu Pandan Road, Singapore 596468
+65 6536 6566
6. Overseas Family School (OFS)
Founded in 1991, OFS caters to a diverse community of students that hail from over 70 nations. OFS offers an Intellectual Development Program for students that includes Math Coding and compulsory (for elementary school students) chess participation. Besides that, OFS also has an after school sports programme that encourages inclusive student participation across a range of sports.
- Kindergarten to Grade 5: International Early Years Curriculum
- Grades 6 to 8: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
- Grades 9 to 10: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- Grades 11 to 12: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Fee Schedule for 2019
|Kindergarten (Pre-K1 & Pre-K2)||Pre-K1 (Half Day)
Pre-K1 (Full Day) & Pre-K2
|K1 - K2||S$15,000 per semester|
|Grades 1 - 5||S$16,250 per semester|
|Grades 6 - 8||S$17,500 per semester|
|Grades 9 - 10||S$19,750 per semester|
|Grades 11 - 12||S$20,500 per semester|
In addition, students are subject to a one-time registration fee of $2,000.
Overseas Family School
81 Pasir Ris Heights Singapore 519292
7. Singapore American School (SAS)
Founded in 1956, The Singapore American School is located in Woodlands and has a sprawling 36-acre campus, a luxury in a space-starved city like Singapore. While the majority of students here are American citizens, students from over 50 countries are represented.
The school offers education to students from Elementary to Middle and High School, and also has a separate Early Learning Centre for preschool children. SAS students take the SAT exam for college and university admissions. Apparently, SAS students rank higher on academic tests than their counterparts in the US school systems.
In addition to the rich student life with an extensive range of athletic and artistic activities, there is also the Summer Term, which offers courses that are not taught in the curriculum, such as Immersion Chinese, Entrepreneurship, and Robotics.
Lane One fees apply to students or parents who hold a US Passport or the Green Card while Lanes 2-4 refer to students or parents who do not hold the US Passport or Green Card.
Fee Schedule 2020
|Lane 1||Lanes 2-4||Lane 1||Lanes 2-4|
|Early Childhood (PS & Pre-K)||S$2,500||S$7,490||S$9,630||S$7,383||S$22,168||S$39,541||S$41,681|
|Middle School (Grades 6–8)||S$33,522||S$50,895||S$53,035|
|High School (Grades 9–12)||S$35,328||S$52,701||S$54,841|
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands Street 41 Singapore 738547
+65 6363 3403
8. Stamford American International School
Stamford American is the only school in Singapore to offer both the American and International Baccalaureate curriculums. Its students achieved commendable academic results in 2017, with an average score of 33.6 on the IB Diploma exam (compared to a world average of 29.95) and 3.20 in the Advanced Placement (AP) exams (compared to a world average of 2.86).
Stamford American also prioritises learning outside the classroom, with over 250 co-curricular activities available for students to explore each semester. The co-curricular activities programme in this school has a high participation rate of 78% of the student body.
- Early Years to Grade 5: IB Primary Years Program (PYP) framework integrated with American Education Reaches Out (AERO)
- Grades 6 to 10: IB Middle Years Program (MYP) framework integrated with American Education Reaches Out (AERO)
- Grades 11 to 12: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program OR Advanced Placement International Diploma OR combination of Advanced Placement and Diploma Program
Fee Schedule 2019/2020
Early Learning Village Campus
|Daily options||Annual Technology Fee||Semester 1 Tuition||Semester 2 Tuition||Annual Fee|
|Pre-Nursery (Pre-N) & Nursery (N)||3 Days||Full||Nil||S$7,933||S$7,933||S$15,866|
|Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K)||3 Days||Full||Nil||S$10,111||S$10,111||S$20,222|
|Kindergarten 1 (KG1)||3 Days||Full||Nil||S$11,946||S$11,946||S$23,892|
|Kindergarten 2 (KG2)||5 Days||Full||S$850||S$18,372||S$18,372||S$37,594|
Woodleigh Main Campus
|Woodleigh Campus||Grade||Annual Technology Fee||Semester 1 Tuition||Semester 2 Tuition||Annual Fee|
|Lower Elementary School||1 to 2||S$850||S$18,372||S$18,372||S$37,594|
|Upper Elementary School||3 to 5||S$850||S$18,372||S$18,372||S$37,594|
|Middle School||6 to 8||S$1,070||S$19,866||S$19,866||S$40,802|
|High School||9 to 12||S$1,070||S$20,760||S$20,760||S$42,590|
You will also need to pay the following fees:
- Application fee: S$800
- Enrollment fee: S$3,360
- Facility fee: S$6,490 (Grade 1 to Grade 12)
Stamford American International School (Main Campus)
1 Woodleigh Lane (Off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684
Stamford American International School (Early Learning Village)
3 Chuan Lane Singapore 554350
+65 6602 7247 (Admissions)
+65 6709 4800 (Parent Helpdesk)
9. Tanglin Trust School (TTS)
Situated in Portsdown Road, the Tanglin Trust School offers a British-based education for children from the Nursery level up till either ‘A’ Levels or the IB Diploma.
In addition to the various club and societies that students can join, the school also collaborates with local schools to host sporting and cultural events, and also with the local business community to expose students to career paths through enterprise projects and work experience programmes.
- Infant School to Year 9: English National Curriculum
- Years 10 to 11: (I)GCSE
- Years 12 to 13: A Levels OR IB Diploma
Fee schedule 2018/2019
|Year Group||Building Fund||Tuition Fee||Total Fees Per Term|
|Year 1 to Year 2||S$9,638||S$11,179|
|Junior||Year 3 to Year 6||S$10,224||S$11,765|
|Senior||Year 7 to Year 9||S$12,033||S$13,574|
|Year 10 to Year 11||S$12,667||S$14,208|
|Sixth Form||Year 12 to Year 13||S$13,316||S$14,857|
In addition to the fees above, students are subject to a one-time enrolment fee of S$2,675 and a one-off capital levy fee of S$3,500.
Tanglin Trust School
95 Portsdown Road Singapore 139299
+65 6778 0771
10. United World College of East Asia Singapore (UWCSE)
UWC Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) boasts two campuses in Dover and Tampines. With over 5,500 students from over 90 countries, UWCSEA is one of the most popular choices amongst expats.
Offering education at the Kindergarten, Junior, Middle, and High school levels, students are prepared for the (I)GCSE and the IB examinations. In addition to academics, students can also take part in various sports, clubs, as well as music and drama productions.
UWCSE students achieve outstanding results, with a 98.4% pass rate and an average score of 36.72 for the IB Diploma exam in 2017.
Like most international schools, sending your child to UWCSEA could cost a lot more than sending him or her to university. Below is the fee schedule for Academic Year 2017/2018, excluding the one-time application and enrolment fees.
Fee schedule 2017/2018
|School fees||K1–G1||G2–G5||G6–G10 (I)GCSE||G10 FIB, G11, G12|
|School fees – first year||S$39,630||S$40,065||S$45,430||S$47,085|
|School fees – second and subsequent years||S$35,570||S$36,005||S$41,370||S$43,025|
|Application fee – day student||S$615|
|Application fee – boarding student||S$825|
United World College of East Asia Singapore (Dover Campus)
1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654
+65 6775 5344
United World College of East Asia Singapore (East Campus)
1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704
+65 6305 5344
Although there are many benefits to enrolling your child to an international school, it is important to ensure that you are not overextending your finances. Tuition fees are only going to go up. In addition, there may be other costs that are not included in the tuition fees, such as examination fees, field trip expenses and boarding fees.
If you are struggling to pay the fees in the first few years, it is only going to get worse. If you simply cannot afford to put your child through an international school without going into debt or compromising other important financial goals.
While attending an international school can give your child a kick start in life, it doesn’t guarantee a successful life.
Whatever option you choose, make sure you pick one that is both practical and sustainable for you and your child(ren) in the larger scheme of things.