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Private International Schools in Singapore

Postby raquelpola » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 1:34 am

My husband is being relocated with his work to Singapore. We are Australians and have 2 kids, 4yrs old and 3yrs old. We have been to Singapore on holidays but have not had a look and see trip yet and have been looking for private schools for our kids. We have mixed feelings about Australian International School after reading reviews on the internet. We have always lived overseas but plan to eventually go back to Australia so an International curriculum school is preferable so then the kids can get into the Australian schools/universities if/when we go back. Any feedback will be much appreciated. TIA
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Re: Private International Schools in Singapore

Postby PNGMK » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 2:08 pm

raquelpola wrote:My husband is being relocated with his work to Singapore. We are Australians and have 2 kids, 4yrs old and 3yrs old. We have been to Singapore on holidays but have not had a look and see trip yet and have been looking for private schools for our kids. We have mixed feelings about Australian International School after reading reviews on the internet. We have always lived overseas but plan to eventually go back to Australia so an International curriculum school is preferable so then the kids can get into the Australian schools/universities if/when we go back. Any feedback will be much appreciated. TIA


Your last sentence makes no sense. There are really only two choice for easy entrance (i.e. where your kids matriculation documents are readily accepted) into an Oz Uni - an Aussie curriculum school that offers a HSC/TEE/whatever state acronym style curriculum or maybe an IB program (but check with your state unis). There is no such thing as an "international curriculum" school and even if there is, it it won't be accepted by your state's TEAS (or whatever your state equivelant is to the WA TISC (https://www.tisc.edu.au/static/home.tisc) is)).

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Postby PNGMK » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 5:51 pm

I should add that if your kids are going into a HELP or Commonwealth funded program in an Australian uni; and in particular into a competitive program, then having them matriculate with the correct certification will help them enormously in gaining a place in the very competitive environment for non-fee paying places in their state Unis. Don't rely on IB being recognized or even worse don't assume that IB marks will line up on an equitable basis with state certification.

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Second this request

Postby VicStan » Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:16 am

Hi,

We are an American family and I was wondering the same thing regarding Australian International School.

I have a couple of friends in there who have given mixed reviews as well so I would appreciate any advice given.

Thanks!

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:23 am

I checked with my S/O. She says that the Australian IS runs at the bottom of the rankings in any of the math/science competitions they are in but Tanglin does much better. IS that a useful indicator?

(FYI - my USC S/O went to an Australian school up until grade 10 in the early 80's and is shocked at this, she believes that the Australian curriculum must have been softened up).

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Postby aussierulz » Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:48 am

I am an AIS parent and have to disagree with the posts on academic performance. Just go to the website and you can see the performance, which is top in class relative to the top private schools in Australian.

See link below on results

http://www.ais.com.sg/curriculum/our-results.html

The new leadership and academic rigour and culture for the last 2 years has really changed the school for the better

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Postby VicStan » Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:49 pm

PNGMK wrote:I checked with my S/O. She says that the Australian IS runs at the bottom of the rankings in any of the math/science competitions they are in but Tanglin does much better. IS that a useful indicator?

(FYI - my USC S/O went to an Australian school up until grade 10 in the early 80's and is shocked at this, she believes that the Australian curriculum must have been softened up).


I have been enquiring around and realise that UWC is one of the best schools in Singapore, next to Tanglin UK school and all the American schools.

Their standards in Maths and Science is also relatively higher compared to the others.

Only problem is that for some of these schools, the waiting list is ridiculous.

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Re: AIS Parent

Postby PNGMK » Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:29 pm

aussierulz wrote:I am an AIS parent and have to disagree with the posts on academic performance. Just go to the website and you can see the performance, which is top in class relative to the top private schools in Australian.

See link below on results

http://www.ais.com.sg/curriculum/our-results.html

The new leadership and academic rigour and culture for the last 2 years has really changed the school for the better


I'll admit it's about two years since my S/O class wiped the floor with AIS students but your data is from the school itself - I'm pleased to see the HSC marks though :)


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