hotmum wrote:I have a question regarding Int schools which are run by the Singapore Gov (Eg ACS Int/St Josephs Int)
Most Singaporean's think kids who attend Singapore Int schools are who cannot cope with the local system.
This is the main reason why I prefer a Int school like UWC/Chatsworth instead of ACS Int.
I don't think SJI Intl is run by the Singapore Government. It is run by St Josephs Institution (SJI), which is an independent school affiliated to the Catholic Church. The parent SJI still has some Franciscan brothers as teachers. I attended the SJI Intl open house and most of the teachers are from UWC (including the headmaster) or from the parent SJI. SJI Intl pays comparatively high salaries, which attracts good teachers.
While its true that there are some kids in SJI Intl that can't cope with the local system, its mainly due to the bilingual requirements (Chinese language), rather than the ability of the children overall. If I recall, SJI Intl targets around 35-40 for the IB, while ACS Independent targets 40-45. So SJI Intl is for good students, but ACS Independent is for brilliant students. It was mentioned that SJI Intl won't accept you if they don't think you can make their target IB score.
Don't know much about Tanglin, but UWC is a top International School
in the region. However, it is no where close to ACS Independent in the ability to churn out students that are accepted into Ivy League universities or Oxbridge. If your child is brilliant, best try to get him into ACS Independent or Raffles Institution. Forget about UWC. The other issue with UWC is that unless you are willing to pay $100K or so to jump the queue, there is a several year waiting list to get in.
Lastly, there is one more local school that offers the IB. Its School of the Arts (SOTA), which is just putting the finishing touches on its $100m building on Orchard Road next to Singapore Management University. However, admission is by audition in dance, visual arts, drama or music. Fees are around $22,000 per year unless you are a PR, where it falls to $5,000.