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Service to locate and evaluate schooling options

Postby jk21 » Tue, 04 Jun 2013 8:43 am

Have you used a local (SG) service to assist in locating and evaluating schooling options for elementary-age schools?
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Re: Service to locate and evaluate schooling options

Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:29 am

jk21 wrote:Need anyone used a local (SG) service to assist in locating and evaluating schooling options for elementary-age schools?


Catered to expats? I was provided this service by my company when I moved here:
http://www.orientations.com/school_search.html

They're OK to give you the rundown on your options. No idea what they cost since my company paid. I don't think I'd pay my own money for it though. I'd do my own research instead on the school forum at this site, and here:
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/
and here:
http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissi ... -students/

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Postby jk21 » Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:47 am

Thank you. Having just learned that we may be relocating in time for a new school year is a bit overwhelming, taking into account the magnitude of our decisions during a short time span. Appreciate having additional sources to review.

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Postby movingtospore » Sun, 09 Jun 2013 8:10 pm

Schooling is a big issue, a big expense, and a big hassle - I wouldn't leave it to a relo company. They don't care...

Where are you moving from? That's the first step. Singapore is full of mediocre International Schools that charge an arm and a leg and don't do much. It's also full of for-profit International Schools with dubious governance.

My advice: look for a school that maps to your home system if you plan on moving back (australian, british, american, etc etc.). Then look for a non-profit school that has a board of trustees elected by the school community. There are a few in town. Then check out waiting lists.

Good luck.

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Postby Two Ton Tony » Mon, 17 Jun 2013 2:29 am

movingtospore wrote:Schooling is a big issue, a big expense, and a big hassle - I wouldn't leave it to a relo company. They don't care...

Where are you moving from? That's the first step. Singapore is full of mediocre International Schools that charge an arm and a leg and don't do much. It's also full of for-profit International Schools with dubious governance.

My advice: look for a school that maps to your home system if you plan on moving back (australian, british, american, etc etc.). Then look for a non-profit school that has a board of trustees elected by the school community. There are a few in town. Then check out waiting lists.

Good luck.


Movingtosingapore has it correct.

Choose your school system / preferred language / period you wish to stay / age of kids / budget and then you can go from there.

In fact post the amswers and we'll try to give you some pointers.

LASTLY, do not choose where you wish to live until you've chosen the school first. IT DOES NOT WORK THE OTHERWAY AROUND.


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