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October through March - worth pursuing the public school?

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October through March - worth pursuing the public school?

Postby msbucho » Fri, 20 Aug 2010 8:20 am

We are so excited to be heading to Singapore, albeit for only 6 months. We have a 2nd and 4th Grader and would truly love fully immersing them through the public school system. Will October through March be an unrealistic time to do this? From research, it seems that testing occurs around November, then the school year begins in January. Is this correct?

Would really appreciate your input!

Thank you!

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Re: October through March - worth pursuing the public school

Postby gmusser » Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:54 am

msbucho wrote:We are so excited to be heading to Singapore, albeit for only 6 months. We have a 2nd and 4th Grader and would truly love fully immersing them through the public school system. Will October through March be an unrealistic time to do this? From research, it seems that testing occurs around November, then the school year begins in January. Is this correct?


We're facing a very similar situation. What did you end up doing?

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Postby scarbowl » Thu, 10 Feb 2011 4:49 pm

It has become more difficult to enroll in a local school. You might try one of the smaller International Schools. The fees are lower and the waitlists are shorter. The International Community School (ICS) offers an American-ish program, as an example.

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Postby Mad Scientist » Thu, 10 Feb 2011 5:55 pm

Go to www.moe.gov.sg.

You need to be in the zone in order to be admitted in the school. Even that most of the primary school waiting list is a mile long.

I am not sure but it used to be OK if you approached the school to be enrolled under international student. The fees will be higher though .

This you have to go to individual school to check it out.

Other than that what scarbowl said is very true I'm afraid
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Postby Mslee » Mon, 11 Apr 2011 6:00 pm

You could consider homeschooling. That is fairly popular among expats especially, nowadays. I myself have many friends who are homeschooled.


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