Selecting a school is undoubtedly one of the most important, life-changing decisions you can make for your child. It should be a purposeful and thoughtful process since it figures in their formative years, helping them meet their potential and cultivate their best values.
There are more options today than ever when choosing a school. In addition to the location and other logistics, you should also look at your child’s needs, the school management, the learning environment, the curriculum and co-curricular activities, and other tell-tale qualities. Here are our front-runners for the best international schools in Singapore.
Note: This list is strictly not in order.
1. Canadian International School
Canadian International School (CIS) is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School granting globally recognised diplomas to their students, signifying they have received an education fit for a globalised world. CIS takes pride in its diverse international representation of over 70 nationalities among its students and staff. They are among the few international schools in Singapore to offer all three IB programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP) for Pre-Kindergarten to Primary School; the Middle Years Program (MYP) for Grade 7 to Grade 10; and the Diploma Program (DP), which offers pre-university courses and credentials for secondary students.
CIS prioritises concept-based and inquiry-based learning. University planning is also a key component in their secondary program. CIS’ curriculum is benchmarked against other global curricula, like the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. If you want to know if CIS is right for your child, you can book an on-campus or virtual tour on given hours.
10/10 I used to go to this school and it’s nice
Ela Erozan Gursel
Great school, very warm and nurturing environment and inspiring teachers.
Contact: +65 6467 1732 | +65 6467 1729 | +65 6345 1573 | +65 6345 4057
Location: (Lakeside Campus) 7 Jurong West Street 41 Singapore 649414, (Tanjong Katong Campus) 371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128
Opening Hours: (Lakeside Campus) Mon-Fri 7:45AM-6PM | (Tanjong Katong Campus) Mon-Fri 7:45AM-5PM | Closed on Sat & Sun
2. Integrated International School
Integrated International School (IIS) provides an educational experience with an international perspective and a tailored syllabus based on the Australian curriculum. They are noted for their individualised and inclusive approach to education, catering to mainstream students and students who need a more individualised and supportive approach.
IIS has grown organically since its founding in 2009 by Dr Vanessa von Auer, a leading child expert. It offers a Primary Program for students aged 4-12 and a Secondary School Program for 13-17-year-old students. IIS implements low student to teacher ratios—1:5 for primary school and 1:6 for secondary school. Their maximum class size is 12-15 students. Students who wish to enrol in IIS will first need to complete an application form and pay the application fee to get a placement. If you are keen to enrol your child in IIS or have questions about their learning programs and curriculum, they offer a guided tour of their campus and facilities.
Our experience with IIS so far has been wonderful. It affirms our decision to enroll here. Ms. Alison (admissions) is incredibly helpful and supportive and the teachers are very kind and caring. We just wish we had enrolled our child sooner!
This is a positive, understanding learning environment that any student will benefit from. Faculty and support staff are knowledgeable and always have the students best interests at the forefront of their minds.
Contact: +65 6466 4475
Location: 41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM | Closed on Sat & Sun
3. Invictus International School
Invictus is an independent, coeducational international school that operates K-12 educational institutions and enrichment centres. With over 20 years since its founding, Invictus educates with academic framework and mind and holistic development. The school has students from over 42 countries, and their teachers have extensive backgrounds in multicultural classrooms and international school education.
Invictus positions itself as a centre of excellence with a strong curriculum in an international context. They offer a rigorous and internationally recognised secondary school curriculum in their Centrium campus, including the most popular international curriculum, the IGCSE, for students Grade 9 onwards, and the Cambridge International A-levels for Grade 11 and 12 students who require advanced studies to prepare for university. Students can choose from various subjects in science, language, and humanities and receive internationally-recognised grades. Prospective students undergo an interview and vetting process to qualify to represent Invictus International School. If you want to discover more about Invictus, you can book a campus tour with details on their website.
Great place for your children! Art classes with Impressions art studio are also available as additional development for all kids!
Great school, great location.
Contact: +65 6271 6088 | +65 6970 2908 | +65 8030 6403
Location: (Centrium Campus) 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218108
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-3PM | Closed on Sat & Sun
4. German European School Singapore
GESS is an international school that fosters European language, cultures and traditions. It offers a choice between the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program and the German curriculum. Their English-speaking IB curriculum is an accredited program ideal for families constantly on the move because it provides continuity for students with its international standards and an added advantage when they apply to esteemed universities worldwide. Their German curriculum provides German education certificates for primary and secondary school and a German International High School Diploma.
GESS caters to students of all ages with its comprehensive K-12 program, from Preschool, Primary School, Middle School, and High School. The school is currently represented by 66+ nationalities, with more than 1800+ learners and 250+ educators. GESS has a richly varied afterschool program with over 90 activities, from sports, music, language enrichment, artistic disciplines, social activities, and others, to develop learners’ interests and talents. You can book a school tour guided by completing a form on their website.
Valeria Fragozo Quiroz
The school is really cool and the people are really nice. There are really cool places to go when you need to be calm.
I really liked this school. It was the best I’ve ever been to. The people are so friendly and nice. The teachers really know what they’re doing and I’m glad I already had the opportunity to learn English at the age of 6.
Contact: (Admissions) +65 6461 0881 | (Reception) +65 6461 0801
Location: 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM | Closed on Sat & Sun
5. DPS International School
DPS International School has built its reputation of delivering excellent education in over 17 years. It was built to meet the growing need of the Indian expatriate community for a world-class school that integrates the best practices of Indian and Western education. Currently, DPS offers pre-nursery through K-12, including Cambridge’s IGCSE and A-Levels. Admission to the school is open for all nationalities.
DPS has a sprawling, centrally located campus with state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities conducive to learning. Apart from the prescribed syllabi, students also have a variety of co-curricular & extracurricular activities to choose from. DPS has a child-centred philosophy and individualistic approach to help each student steer the course in their area of aptitude and field of specialisation. For its secondary curriculum, DPS offers an IGSCE program and an Indian certificate of secondary education; for its advanced secondary curriculum, DPS offers Cambridge A-Levels and Indian School Certificate Examinations, so they have the advantage of placements in the best professional colleges in the world.
I have been the student of DPS for my entire school journey and I can say that we have had some of the most kind and caring teachers. The overall school environment is also incredibly friendly, motivating and inclusive for all the students. The curriculum being taught over here has also been a massive boost for my future studies in university – and I would definitely recommend prospective students DPS!
We have witnessed massive and exponential development in her. The teachers are remarkable and they provide the children with the excitement to explore, ask questions, wonder, ponder and play in school.
As parents, we know that our daughter is in a good environment that keeps her motivated and achieves the best in life. From the earliest grades the school encourages the kids to take on public speaking roles but always in a nurturing environment that allows them to develop confidence in their own abilities.
We thank the school from the bottom of our hearts for their wholehearted and sincere efforts to make us happy. We are truly blessed to be a part of DPS International school.
Contact: +65 6285 6300 | +65 6285 7273
Location: 36 Aroozoo Avenue Singapore 539842
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5:30PM, Sat 9:30AM-3PM | Closed on Sun
Education is multi-faceted— it isn’t only about what’s in the textbook but also in the extra- and co-curricular activities and other school offerings that help your child gain new insights and opportunities. Choosing the right school will equip them with the proper education they need to be successful in their careers and fulfilled in their lives.