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International Schools In Singapore 2018 – Guide To Fees And Costs For The Best Expat Schools

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Joanne Poh

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So you’re moving to Singapore with the kids in tow. If you’ve decided to enrol your kids in an international school rather than a local one, you might still be overwhelmed by the options. Despite Singapore’s small size, there are many international schools crammed onto the tiny island due to the high proportion of foreign nationals. 

Now, you’ve heard about the island nation’s high education standards, which have landed Singapore’s students the top spot in numerous global education rankings. But you’ve also heard horror stories of crushing school stress and heavy workloads that turn kids into little robots. So which international school should you go with?

 

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  1. Most recommended international schools in Singapore and where they are
  2. How much do international schools in Singapore charge?
  3. What additional fees do international schools in Singapore charge?

 

Most recommended international schools in Singapore and where they are

International schools come in all shapes and sizes in Singapore. Some schools have built up a reputation for nurturing Ivy League-ready overachievers. Others are known as a hotbed of budding party animals. And there are still others that are, unfortunately, regarded as places where students enrol just to secure a visa.

The following are some of Singapore’s most popular and more highly regarded international schools. Of course, your home country will also play a part in influencing your choice of school, as you might want to ensure your kids receive a formal education in your native language or continue under the same system they were under back home.

School

Address

Telephone number

Singapore American School

40 Woodlands Street 41 (S) 738547

6363 3403

United World College of South East Asia

1207 Dover Rd (S) 139654

6775 5344

Canadian International School

Lakeside Campus: 7 Jurong West St 41 (S) 649414

Tanjong Katong Campus: 371 Tanjong Katong Road (S) 437128

Lakeside Campus: 6467 1732

Tanjong Katong Campus: 6345 1573

Australian International School

1 Lorong Chuan (S) 556818

6883 5155

Tanglin Trust School

95 Portsdown Rd (S) 139299

6778 0771

Overseas Family School

81 Pasir Ris Heights (S) 519292

6738 0211

Dulwich College (Singapore)

71 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (S) 658966

6890 1000

Dover Court International School

301 Dover Road (S) 139644

6775 7664

German European School Singapore

72 Bukit Tinggi Rd (S) 289760

6469 1131

Nexus International School

201 Ulu Pandan Rd, Singapore 596468

6536 6566

Chatsworth International School

37 Emerald Hill Rd (S) 229313

6737 5955

Global Indian International School

Queenstown Campus: 1 Mei Chin Road (S) 149253

Balestier Campus: 51 Jalan Rajah (S) 329154

East Coast Campus: 82 Cheviot Hill (S) 459663

Mountbatten Campus: Block G Mountbatten Centre 231 Mountbatten Road (S) 397999

Queenstown Campus: 6914 7000

Balestier Campus: 6254 3258

East Coast Campus: 6442 6670

Mountbatten Campus: 6509 8097

The Japanese School Singapore

95 Clementi Road (S) 129782

6775 3366

ISS International School

21 Preston Rd (S) 109355

6475 4188

One World International School

Nanyang Campus: 21 Jurong West Street 81 (S) 649075

East Coast Campus: 696 Upper Changi Rd East (S) 486826

6542 2285

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

2 Yishun Street 42 (S) 768039

6808 7321

Be aware that the most popular schools on the list often have very long waitlists.

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How much do international schools in Singapore charge?

International schools in Singapore are some of the world’s most expensive.

For comparison’s sake, we’ve compiled a list of some of the costs you can expect to pay when enrolling your child at an international school.

School Annual tuition fees Does tuition fee include any extras?
Singapore American School $20,746 (Preschool & Pre-kindergarten) to $51,748 (high school)
United World College of South East Asia $38,685 (K1) to $46,350 (Grade 12) for first year

$34,775 (K1) to $42,420 (Grade 12) for second and subsequent years

Development levy
Canadian International School $13,100 (Nursery half day at Tanjong Katong Campus) to $38,710 (Grade 12 at Lakeside Campus) per year
Australian International School $14,126 (Nursery 3 day session) to $42,016 (secondary school) All books, stationery, Parents Association membership.

Lunch is included for Early Years students.

Excursions are included for Early Years and Elementary School students.

Tanglin Trust School $21,693 (infant school) to $38,973 (Year 13)
Overseas Family School $16,000 (Pre-K1 half-day) to $41,000 (Grade 12)
Dulwich College (Singapore) $15,800 (Nursery half-day) to $42,500 (Year 11)
Dover Court International School $14,340 (Nursery half day) to $30,000 (Year 13)
German European School Singapore $21,350 (Kindergarten) to $34,180 (Grade 12 European Section)
Nexus International School $21,030 (Nursery half day) to $37,460 (Year 13)
Chatsworth International School $25,710.90 (Kindergarten) to $34,550.72 (Year 13)
Global Indian International School $9,296.16 (Nursery) to $11,235 (Class 10)
The Japanese School Singapore $6,612 (Primary) to $7,511.40 (Secondary)
ISS International School $25,040 (K1) to $37,520 (Grade 12)
One World International School $16,999 (Early Childhood at Nanyang Campus) to $29,458 (Grade 10 at East Coast Campus) Fees include 2 sets of school uniforms, academic field trips, textbooks and technology/IT equipment
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) $12,600 (Pre-Kindergarten half day) to $39,113 (Grade 12)

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What additional fees do these international schools charge?

In addition to the annual tuition fees, you will also typically be charged a hefty application fee when your child applies, and/or an enrolment fee to confirm his or her spot once accepted. Many schools also charge an annual facility or building fees, sometimes referred to as a capital or development levy.

Here’s how much each school charges on top of their annual tuition fees.

Singapore American School

Application fee: $2,500
Enrolment fee: $7,490 for US passport or green card holders, $9,630 for students not holding US passport or green card
Re-enrollment fee: $2,500 per year
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $6,634
Other fees: 

  • Bus transportation: $1,556 to $3,047 per semester
  • Uniforms: $158 to $200
  • School lunch: $5.20 per day
  • EAA courses: $200 to $500
  • English language learning: $6,420
  • Laptop (for high school): $1,500 to $2,200
  • Interim Semester (for high school): $0 to $4,400
  • AP exams: $205 per paper
  • IASAS trip (for high school): $125 to $850
  • Student Leave of Absence: $5,000

 

United World College of South East Asia

Application fee: N/A
Enrolment fee: $410 to $820
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: Included in tuition fee
Other fees:

  • Residential boarding fee: $35,610
  • Amenities fund for boarders: $300
  • Parents’ Association Fee: $30 per year
  • Outdoor Education trips: $6 to $1,260 per year

 

Canadian International School

Application fee: $2,500
Enrolment fee: $3,500 for first child, $2,800 for second child, waived for third and subsequent child
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • Support Programmes for English and Learning: $4,000 to $4,750 per year
  • Field work/excursions: $1 to $6,500
  • Hats and caps: $18
  • PE uniform: $15 to $400
  • Activities: $2 to $3,000
  • Stationery, bags, clear folders, consumables and materials: $0.50 to $100
  • Locks for lockers: $15
  • Exam, testing and marking fees: $1 to $500

 

Australian International School

Application fee: $3,360
Enrolment fee: N/A
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $2,675 for Early Years students, $6,420 for Elementary and Secondary School students
Other fees:

  • Technology fee: $535 for Elementary students, $300 for Year 6 to 12 students with own laptop, $963 for Year 6 to 12 students with school-provided laptop
  • English as Additional Language fee: $3,210
  • Intensive Language Course: $4,280
  • Examination fees

 

Tanglin Trust School

Application fee: $2,675
Enrolment fee: N/A
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,541, $3,500 capital levy payable for up to two students per family, waived for third and subsequent students
Other fees: 

  • Exam fees
  • Personal mobile technology device (for Year 5 to 13)
  • Trips and activities

 

Overseas Family School

Application fee: N/A
Enrolment fee: $2,000
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • School uniforms and sports attire
  • Examinations
  • Excursions and field trips
  • CCAs
  • Course/educational materials

 

Dulwich College (Singapore)

Application fee: $4,500
Enrolment fee: $3,500
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • English as an Additional Language: $3,300 per year (Year 1 to 9)
  • Specialist support for children who need small class instruction: $34,950 to $37,950 per year
  • Admissions assessment fee for specialist support: $535
  • Examination fees
  • Compulsory school camps and trips
  • Learning support or therapy services

 

Dover Court International School

Application fee: N/A
Enrolment fee: $2,800
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,500
Other fees:

  • School uniforms
  • Examination fees
  • Compulsory school camps and trips
  • School bus
  • School lunches
  • ECAs and individual instrument lessons
  • Learning Support fee: $120 per hour
  • Therapy fees: $160 per hour

 

German European School Singapore

Application fee: $945
Enrolment fee: $2,000
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $4,890
Other fees:

  • Learning Support: $695/$1,390 (German/European section) per semester
  • Extended afternoon programme (German section): $200 to $1,200 per year
  • English as an Additional Language: $1,390 per semester
  • Dutch as a mother tongue: $2,000 per year
  • Examination fees for IB (Grade 12): $1,500
  • Class trips, enrichment week and excursion fees: $$200 to $1,600
  • CCA subscription: $260 per semester

 

Nexus International School

Application fee: $856
Enrolment fee: $2,354
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,712
Other fees:

  • Textbooks: Up to $500 per year level
  • House t-shirts: $20 per piece
  • Examination fees (IGCSE): $150 to $2,500
  • Examination fees (IB): $1,400 to $2,500
  • Managebac Account for CAS (IB Year 12): $50
  • Yearbook: $20
  • Field trips: Up to $7,000 per trip
  • CCAs: Up to $700 per season
  • Student’s Pass processing fee: $30
  • Visa fee: $60 to $90
  • Intensive English Support fee: $2,675 per semester
  • Additional English Support fee: $561,75 per semester

 

Chatsworth International School

Application fee: $230 to $240
Enrolment fee: $2,300 to $2,400
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • English as an Additional Language fees if required
  • Learning Support fees if required
  • Apple MacBook compulsory for all Year 7 to 13 students

 

Global Indian International School

Application fee: $445.12 (Nursery) to $2,753 (Class 10)
Enrolment fee: N/A
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $603 (Nursery) to $3,759 (Class 10) per year
Other fees:

  • Bus fee: $2,982.72 to $3,656.19 per year
  • Activity fee: $1,215 (Nursery) to $1,788 (Class 10) per year
  • Student welfare fee: $375 per year
  • School event fee: $360 per year
  • Resource fee: $603 (Nursery) to $894 (Class 10) per year
  • Technology fee: $987 per year

 

The Japanese School Singapore

Application fee: $1,070 (Japanese Association Corporate Membership), $3,852 (Non-JA Corporate Membership), $1,070 (JA Personal Membership)
Enrolment fee: N/A
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $2,675 building surcharge per year, $1,669.20 facility fee per year
Other fees:

  • Corporate donation required if parents are working in Japanese company.
  • If parents are not working in Japanese company, personal donation: $3,210 per family

 

ISS International School

Application fee: $300 placement test fee
Enrolment fee: $3,600
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $2,675 building surcharge per year, $1,669.20 facility fee per year
Other fees:

  • English as a Second Language fee: $1,600 to $2,520 per semester
  • Learning Support Fee: $1,600 to $2,520 per semester
  • Parent-Teacher Association Fee: $22 per year
  • Examination fee: $600 to $2,000
  • Career Assessment Test: $160 to $400
  • Excursions and field trips: $10 to $1,500
  • School Bus: From $1,630 per year
  • ECA fee
  • Technology fee: $100
  • Ticket to School Events: $25
  • Yearbook $30
  • School uniform – $15 to $40 per piece

 

One World International School

Application fee: $150
Enrolment fee: $2,400 (waived for 3rd child onwards)
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • English as Additional Language: $4,280 per term
  • ECA fees
  • School bus fees
  • Fees for special class trips and residential camps

 

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Application fee: $1,500 to $1,575
Enrolment fee: $4,000 to $4,200
Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A
Other fees:

  • Experiential Learning Programme: $400 to $3,000
  • IGCSE Examination fees (Grade 10): $100 per subject
  • IB Examination fee (Grade 12): $204 registration fee, $140 per subject
  • School uniforms
  • School bus fees
  • ECAs provided by external vendors: $30 to $300 per class

 


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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.