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Candian International School v Australian Intl School?

Post by LCS » Tue, 06 Mar 2012 9:15 pm

We are moving to Singapore in April and I am looking for a school (with an IB program) for my soon-to-be 4 year old son. Has anyone had first hand experience with either the Canadian International School or the Australian International School. I have heard these are 2 of the less popular International Schools and am not sure why....?

Any help would be much appreciated!


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Post by elspike » Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:16 am


TLDR; We chose Australian International School after looking at 4 very different schools. Our boys are 6 and 3 years old.

My experience has been limited so far. We are moving to SG in 4 days time. We are Australian and coming up to SG on a not-quite-expat package. Locally paid, Local terms, but increased salary to compensate for increased schooling and accommodation costs.

We visited SG about 5 weeks ago for a pre-trip where we looked at 4 very different schools.

Avondale Grammar School
Overseas Family School
One World International
Australian International School

We settled on AIS due to a number of factors:
It has a purpose built Primary School. The rooms are set up really well. Great resourcing, and the teachers seem to be of good quality. Staff retention rates are excellent. It is a very large school (10 year one classes I think) but a lot of thought has been given to scheduling to make it feel a lot more intimate. My wife and I felt very comfortable there.

That said, we really liked One World International out on the East Coast as well. It had great facilities and a lot of play space. The kids looked really happy there. The only negative was its location. We just weren't sure we wanted the commute (I work in Ang Mo Kio) as we are trying to go without a car and use public transport. I would highly recommend you take a look at them as well.

I have tried to write this as non-advertisingy as possible. Just our opinions based on research and school visits.

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Post by BigSis » Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:30 pm

I don't think they're less popular because of anything bad - I think it's just that the more well known schools like UWC and OFS get more attention. It may also be in the name. People may assume that it's mostly Australian and Canadian children who go to those schools and I know that there's a pretty wide mix of nationalities at CIS - not sure about AIS though.

I've got a few friends with children at CIS who are not Canadian and they seem very happy with it.

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