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please recommend a good international school for my son

Postby xiao0030 » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 1:25 am

Hello,

My husband got a position in NTU. We probably will move to Singapore in one year. I already visited this website many times and know that it is not easy for my 7-year old son to get into a good public school since we are on the lowest priority.

So we are considering some International Schools. Anyone who can recommend a good International School for us? I checked the Singapore American School, but it is far away from NTU. Are there any good International Schools close to NTU (western area) with American curriculum? We want our son to go to college in USA when he grows up.

Thanks a lot.
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Postby LondonLady » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 9:43 am

Hi,

There is a school called International Community school in the west ( not far from Clementi Station) which follows the american curriculum. Although my son doesnt attend, some of the american families from our condo go to this school and seem relatively happy.
I'm not sure whether there are any more in this area.

Hope that helps.

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Thank you very much.

Postby xiao0030 » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:25 pm

Hi, Londonlady,

Thank you very much. Do you know the difference between Singapore American school and this International Community school?

Which one is better?

Thanks a lot.
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Postby LondonLady » Wed, 22 Jul 2009 5:59 pm

Hi

One of the main things is ICS is a christian school. The Campus is also alot smaller than the campus at the American School, but thats not necessarily a bad thing..

ICS has a website as does the American school so it might help taking a look to get some ideas or further information etc for you to compare the two...

Thanks...

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Thank you very much.

Postby xiao0030 » Wed, 22 Jul 2009 9:52 pm

Hi, Londonlady,

Thank you very much. I will go to their website to have a look!

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Postby xiao0030 » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 7:28 am

Hi,

Thanks for your info. For the ICS School, the problem is that we are not Christians. I am not sure how much time the ICS will use to teach religious and related topics to kids. And for the las lilas school, I just checked its website and looks like it is a Spanish school. My son had one year Spanish class, but not good at it since Spanish is not his native language.

I am searching some International School focusing on American curriculum with good reputation like SAS, not far away from NTU.

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Postby Pentium » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:02 am

Have you checked Stamford American International School? Temporary campus is next to Australian International School and swimming pool is shared at the moment(not a bad thing). American teachers and curriculum. Offer both AP and IB.

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Postby xiao0030 » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:28 pm

Just visiting Stamford American International School’s website, it is a brand new school. I tried to get its admission requirements and related fees, but could not find on their website. I will keep checking on this.

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Postby Pentium » Thu, 30 Jul 2009 3:41 pm

fee k1 to grade 5 $22,680
application fee $2,700
facility fee $3,500
deposit $7,000

add 7% tax

I checked out this school about 1 month+ ago. I like their small class size and there is mandarin everyday. (or spanish)

You can do both IB and AP diploma but it's very challenging.

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Postby road.not.taken » Thu, 30 Jul 2009 6:36 pm

Pentium, could you elaborate? What is an AP diploma? Thanks.

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Postby Pentium » Thu, 30 Jul 2009 7:09 pm

Not sure but I guess it's the american advance placement.

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Postby road.not.taken » Thu, 30 Jul 2009 7:17 pm

But did they tell you there was a 'diploma' in it? Or that they offered AP classes? Since AP is basically college classes taught in high school, a diploma should be a college degree. Very confusing, I know. I was just wondering if there was some type of certification I was unaware of...

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Postby xiao0030 » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 5:18 am

Pentium, Thank you very much for fee details. Could you please explain what the IB is? We are in US and heard AP classes that are taken by high school students most of time, but not IB.
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Postby Pentium » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 9:19 am

I do not have first hand experience in IB nor AP.
Check www.ibo.org

Hope this help

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Postby Pentium » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 9:24 am

They told me kids can do either IB or AP or both but it will be academically challenging. I do not know much about both but they said IB is very popular.


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