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Nexus International School

Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 4:54 pm
by Lisylou
Hi,

Just currently doing some investigating of schools in Singapore as there may be a good chance we will be moving over from the UAE. I have 2 children, one is at the higher end of primary whereas the other is the lower years of secondary. Preferably, I would like it if they could stay at the same school together to give each other moral support. Nexus is jumping out at me due to the fact that it is getting some very good reviews from parents and that they are stating that each child is being treated as an individual and it has good pastoral care. Due to being in the UAE, I do have knowledge of Gems schools and Nord Anglia which to be honest they haven't impressed me for varying different reasons when dealing with these schools over this side. However, different countries so I'm sure that isn't the case in Singapore. Could anyone give me current reviews of Nexus and offer up any other schools that I could also consider? Also is it worth choosing the school first and ensuring they are accepted before working out where to live? I'm kind of working on this ethos from moving to the UAE. I really look forward to hearing from you.

Re: Nexus School

Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2016 7:56 pm
by RITESH78
Hello Lisylou,

We are a family of four with kids of similar age as yours. We will be relocating to Singapore in middle of this year and are presently going though the process of identifying the right school for our kids. I came across your post and could not stop myself asking you for sharing any good insights you have had in the choices available.

Thanks
Ritesh

Re: Nexus School

Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 8:35 am
by movingtospore
I would say, be wary of the very many private, profit International Schools in Singapore. Look for the ones where the community/parents have some level of oversight and involvement. This usually means that they are Trust/non profit run schools. Ask them hard questions and don't assume that the IB designation = quality. There are a few threads on this on the forum if you search. Good luck.

Re: Nexus School

Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 6:13 pm
by karenam
HiI was just wondering if you went ahead with Nexus and if you can provide me with any insight?
thanks

Re: Nexus School

Posted: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 9:25 am
by Sensei Michael
movingtospore wrote:I would say, be wary of the very many private, profit International Schools in Singapore. Look for the ones where the community/parents have some level of oversight and involvement. This usually means that they are Trust/non profit run schools. Ask them hard questions and don't assume that the IB designation = quality. There are a few threads on this on the forum if you search. Good luck.
So trust/non-profit schools would be schools like Tanglin Trust, UWC or national schools like the American or Japanese School?

Re: Nexus School

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 8:05 am
by PNGMK
Sensei Michael wrote:
movingtospore wrote:I would say, be wary of the very many private, profit International Schools in Singapore. Look for the ones where the community/parents have some level of oversight and involvement. This usually means that they are Trust/non profit run schools. Ask them hard questions and don't assume that the IB designation = quality. There are a few threads on this on the forum if you search. Good luck.
So trust/non-profit schools would be schools like Tanglin Trust, UWC or national schools like the American or Japanese School?
Yep, you could possibly add 'mission' schools (ICS) into that as well as perhaps GEMS.

Re: Nexus International School

Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 3:43 pm
by migratingbird
Curious to know why you would put GEMS in with not-for-profit schools. Having worked for GEMS myself (not in Singapore), I found them the most money-focused company I've ever worked for.

Re: Nexus International School

Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 5:44 pm
by Sensei Michael
migratingbird wrote:Curious to know why you would put GEMS in with not-for-profit schools. Having worked for GEMS myself (not in Singapore), I found them the most money-focused company I've ever worked for.
GEMS is not a non-profit organisation. I believe the previous poster was referring to their management philosophy? I am curious to find out more about your experience though.

Re: Nexus International School

Posted: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 2:46 pm
by migratingbird
I can't speak knowledgeably about the Singapore branch. I always found them all show and no substance. Of course they have some good teachers, but the people at the very top are all about the money. If the good people they have don't directly correlate with an increase in income, they will be quickly replaced by those with more of a financial focus.