There are a number of steps that you can take to make a bit more sense of the International School
selection process (this is not exhaustive):
- Find out about all of the International Schools
that are out there. As mentioned, there are 29 international schools in Singapore offering schooling in English, so this means you need to look beyond the page 1 results of a "international school Singapore" search on Google. While not all of these schools will meet your requirements, if you don't at least find out what all the options are, then you may be missing out on some good ones.
- As Mary Hatch Bailey suggested, plotting the location of these schools on Google maps is a great way to get a visual feel for where they are located in relation to residential neighbourhoods where you might like to live.
- Find out which schools charge application fees (not all do; e.g. Global Indian International School, NPS International School, Overseas Family School, and San Yu Adventist School do not)
- Find out which schools will refund a portion of the application fees if your child does not get a spot, and under what circumstances/timeframe this refund occurs (e.g. St. Joseph's Institution
International will refund $535 of the $1,605 registration fee if your child is not offered a place in the school after completing the admissions testing and interview, or if a place is offered but not taken up)
- Contact individual schools to ask whether they have wait-lists for specific year groups. While you might hear anecdotally that a particular school always has wait-lists, there may be specific year groups for which spots are available, so it's worth going directly to the schools to find out about this
I hope this is helpful!