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International Schools

Postby mwreajm » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 3:25 am

We are in the negotiations of moving to Singapore with my husbands company coming from the US. I am looking at either the Singapore American School or the Stamford American School. I have 3 children coming with me gr 11, 7, and 5th. Does anyone have any opinions on why I would pick one school over the other when it comes to education. Is there a difference in the schools and where are they both located. I appreciate any help I can get.

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Postby mammaoverseas » Wed, 16 Jan 2013 3:14 pm

We looked at both - certainly Stamford American seems the more budget model, but both produce good results. A lot depends on where you want to live. As in all schools, the main challenge seems to be which teachers your children get as the standard varies. :)

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Postby mwreajm » Wed, 16 Jan 2013 8:16 pm

Thank you

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Postby scarbowl » Thu, 17 Jan 2013 4:28 pm

Suggest a thorough review of websites and a visit to each. On this site you won't find objective opinions as no one has one. Nothing like a visit and tour and the chance to ask questions about curriculum, extra-curricular activities, school hours, test scores, and the like.

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Postby floraybj » Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:39 am

When you visit Stamford, make sure you meet the Director and if possible the teacher. Big promise from ad or admission office and the nice campus will mis-lead you.

Find out what they believe and your expectation match.
Have a nice day.

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Postby PNGMK » Mon, 20 Jan 2014 7:15 pm

SAS is a not for profit school (originally established with help from the US State Dept) with a good reputation but long waiting lists and an out of the way location.

Stamford is a for profit school with (some) of the issues that involves but seems ok for some although I noticed people moving kids to SAS if they can get them in.

I'd add International Community School to your list - it's a not for profit school with a small feel and small waiting list.

There's a bunch of other for profit schools around as well as United World College which has a long waiting list but if supposedly not for profit.

Not for profit means the fees go to educating your kids.

For profit means the fees lines the pockets of the owners at your kids expense.

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Postby Hannieroo » Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:34 pm

There's a Canadian school too. Although I have no idea if the curriculum in the two countries are similar.


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