Expat parents looking for the best international school for their child will find that there are loads of excellent options in Singapore. There is a wide choice of international curriculums on offer, including British, American, French, Swiss, Indian and the International Baccalaureate, making for an easy transition to and from other schools worldwide. Many international schools in Singapore offer bilingual instruction.

A large portion of the student body at international schools tends to be the same nationality as the school's country of origin. The rest of the school's population is typically made up of dozens of nationalities, so expat children can experience a mix of familiar surroundings and exposure to other cultures.

Spaces at the best schools are limited, and it's well worth applying early to secure a place. As well as offering a first-rate education, the best international schools will also offer a wide range of facilities and extra-curricular activities, bus services and healthy lunches.

Below is a list of recommended international schools in Singapore.

International schools in Singapore


Canadian International School

Canadian International School (CIS) opened its doors in 1990 and has since grown to be a respected, state-of-the-art Canadian-curriculum school for 3,000 pupils, spread over two campuses. While the primary language of instruction is English, Canadian International School also has Chinese/English and French/English bilingual programmes available.

The Lakeside Campus is from Pre-K to Grade 12, while Tanjong Katong is from Early Years to Grade 6. The Lakeside Campus combines state-of-the-art classrooms with high-quality music and science labs, a 500-seat theatre and numerous outdoor spaces, including an Olympic-length swimming pool, and sports fields. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Canadian
Ages: 2 to 18

Chatsworth International School

Chatsworth International School is a diverse and internationally minded school that caters to students from Kindergarten through Year 13 (Grade 12). Established in 1995, the Chatsworth mission to inspire, educate and enlighten forms the core pillars and education philosophy. From academics to arts to sports to service learning, the school offers a truly international education across all the three IB programmes.

Sitting atop Singapore’s only tropical rainforest at Bukit Timah, the campus offers a serene yet vibrant environment with inspiring views. The campus is equipped with wide-ranging facilities that meet all students’ learning needs and interests is just a 10-minute drive from the heart of the city. Read more

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore) aims to cater for all dimensions of your child’s intellectual, social and physical well-being while also fostering their individual talents. The school provides children with not only the academic foundations they need, but also the skill sets required to be effective and adaptable in their future life.

The world-class facilities this international school provide a rich environment for stimulating young minds. Approaches to teaching and learning are enhanced by the exceptional sports, arts and technology resources. The school is part of GEMS Education, an international company with schools and education services in 14 countries. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE
Age: 2 to 18

German European School Singapore

Founded in 1971, German European School Singapore has grown from being a modest German school to an international school serving students of over 65 nationalities. The school offers two curricula, the German Abitur or the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

A new purpose-built campus houses the Pre-School, Primary School and Secondary School. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is virtually on the school's doorstep, offering students ample opportunities to learn outdoors and see lessons come alive in the natural environment. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and German
Ages: 2 to 18

Global Indian International School

Global Indian International School (GIIS) is a complete international school that offers the choice of various international curricula from Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

GIIS aims to shape students into well-developed global citizens. It offers a well-designed educational framework and state-of-the-art facilities to hone the skills of the students beyond academics and give them an extra edge as they grow up to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Lower Secondary and IGCSE, and CBSE
Ages: 2.5 to 18

Integrated International School

Nestled in the west of Singapore, Integrated International School (IIS) provides its students the personalised attention and support they need while challenging them academically with an Australian-based curriculum. The school offers both a Mainstream and Support approach in an inclusive setting.

IIS has very small class sizes (around 10 students per class) and an enviable teacher to student ratio. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box, believe in themselves, take risks and enjoy themselves. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Australian
Ages: 1.5 to 18

ISS International School

This dedicated IB World School in central Singapore has over 50 nationalities represented in its student body of 600 pupils and is spread across two campuses. ISS is the only school in Singapore to completely specialise in and follow the entire International Baccalaureate curriculum from the Early Years to Grade 12. 

The extra-curricular programme at ISS includes a strong community service component and a wide range of activities from archery to martial arts. The school aims to nurture children to accept and thrive in a highly diverse environment, mirroring what they will expect as they progress on their journey from school, to university to the workforce. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18

Lycée Français de Singapour

This popular school was established in 1967. The Lycée Français de Singapour (French School of Singapore) follows two streams – French with English as a second language, and a French and English bilingual programme – and is supervised by the French Foreign Ministry. Sports

facilities are good and there is a range of extra-curricular sports and cultural activities on offer. A number of donations from French companies enabled the school to move to a large, modern campus in Ang Mo Kio in the 1990s, and the school more recently opened a second campus in Serangoon for Kindergarten and Primary school. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 2 to 18

Nexus International School Singapore

Nexus International School Singapore opened its doors in 2007 and now has a capacity for 1,200 students. The excellent co-curricular programmes and field trips throughout the year, as well as the school's international student exchange programme, enhance the atmosphere of mutual cultural respect.

Students in Grade 9 and 10 follow the University of Cambridge curriculum leading to the Cambridge IGCSE examinations. In Year 12 and 13, they prepare for the IB Diploma examinations. The school is in central Singapore, easily accessible from most areas. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE
Ages: 3 to 18

One World International School

One World International School offers high-quality international education in a nurturing multi-cultural environment at a moderate fee point. There is a diverse range of nationalities represented in the school, which aims to promote an understanding of different perspectives, cultures and global awareness.

One World International School's brand new campus in Nanyang is well equipped with excellent facilities. The East Coast campus is for children from three to six years of age. The school is one of the fastest-growing international schools in Singapore; it now has more than 1,300 students enabling it to offer a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular opportunities. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE
Ages: 3 to 18

Singapore American School

The Singapore American School was established by expat parents in 1956 to meet the needs of the growing expat community. Today the school is an excellent non-profit American-curriculum school from pre-Kindergarten up to Grade 12.

The school's 36-acre campus makes it one of the largest single-campus international schools in the world, with almost 4,000 students from 50 countries, although the majority are American. It is renowned for its excellent academic, sporting and cultural achievements, and students consistently outperform their peers in the US education system. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3 to 18

St Joseph's Institution International

A diverse school with 1,800 students of 40 different nationalities, St Joseph's Institution International has a strong Lasallian Catholic background. The school welcomes children from Christian families as well as those of other faiths. Thanks to its excellent academic programme and high-quality pastoral care, St Joseph's is held in high regard across Singapore. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18

Stamford American International School

A multi-cultural school in Upper Serangoon Road, this school has 2,500 pupils. Around half are from North America, and the remainder is made up of 40 other nationalities. The Stamford American International School is set on a brand new, custom-built campus with excellent facilities. Stamford employs a holistic approach to educating children through a combination of American and international curricula. The campus is in central Singapore, only a 10- to 15-minute drive from the suburbs most popular with expat families. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 18 months to 18 years

Swiss School in Singapore

This small, family-oriented school teaches in both German and English. With creativity, innovation and highly qualified teachers, Swiss School in Singapore not only supports and challenges students’ cognitive skills but also their independence, self-confidence and self-responsibility. 

The schools is situated on the top of the Bukit Tinggi hill, surrounded by Singapore’s rainforest flora and fauna. It offers ample space for playing and sports while preparing children for life with a holistic, primary education foundation. The school's Secondary I level programme is affiliated with United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), where students can obtain the IB Diploma. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Swiss
Ages: 2 to 12

Tanglin Trust School

Considered one of the best international schools in the world, Tanglin opened in 1925 and has a student body of over 2,700. Assessed by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, all three schools (Infant, Junior and Senior) have been awarded ‘outstanding’, the highest grade possible. 

As the only school in Singapore to offer both A-Levels and IB in Sixth Form, all the school's Sixth Formers study a programme that is tailored both to the subjects they are passionate about and to the style of learning that most suits them, ensuring they thrive and flourish. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, National Curriculum for England, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

UWCSEA is a favourite with expat parents for its stellar reputation, high academic, sporting and community involvement standards and excellent facilities. Students study the IGCSE syllabus in Grades 9 and 10 and the IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. The school has two campuses, with around 3,000 students at the Dover Campus and 2,500 at the East Campus. There are more than 300 boarders. The school is represented by over 200 sporting teams and has an extensive extra-curricular programme including a variety of sports, arts and cultural activities. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE
Ages: 4 to 18

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