Singapore prides itself on offering a diverse, comprehensive and competitive educational system for children of expat families living in the country. There are a variety of options for parents to consider and choose from, yet all schools align on the importance of allowing students to develop into the best version of themselves — academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

With this in mind, we have published an e-book that provides you with an in-depth look at the current educational system in Singapore. Our book, K-12 Education in Singapore, 2018, serves as a valuable resource for both parents and educators in the region.

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Singapore: A Melting Pot

Singapore has long attracted people from other countries who want to live and work in a country that is thriving. As parents start to consider the best school for their child in Singapore, it's important to note these facts and figures which highlight the country’s multicultural identity:


of international residents are from Eastern Asia.


of international residents are from Europe


of international residents come from South American and Central American countries.


of international residents are from North America.


of international residents are from Oceania

With these statistics in mind, it should be noted that there are many benefits to sending a child to an international school.



quote-dividerI have to mention here that the sheer educational potential that Singapore offers to expat parents and their children can be quite overwhelming. As someone who has not just enjoyed the honour and the wonderful opportunity to study across Japan, United States of America and the United Kingdom at coveted institutions of learning but has now settled into a teaching role here in Singapore, I can confidently confirm my affinity and admiration toward the many systems and frameworks that have been put in place by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Government of Singapore to support a thriving ecosystem in delivering a truly comprehensive learning experience from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The likes of which rival some of the best school systems in the world today.quote-divider2


Mr. Kotaro Tamura
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Former Senator, Govt of Japan

The Government's Role in Education in Singapore

The government in Singapore is dedicated to providing its youngest residents with a stable and secure start in life. It oversees both public and private schools in the country, ensuring that students have access to the information and technology that they will need to support them in their academic futures.

The framework for schools in Singapore is as follows:


Secondary School
for students aged 13-18.


for students aged 4-6.


Primary School
for students aged 6-12.

Parents who are relocating to Singapore, either on a permanent or temporary basis, may want to consider a school with an international curriculum. This not only allows for an easy transition into a new school within Singapore, but also to a school in their home country, should they consider going back at some point.


Educational Trends to Note

Both national and international trends influence the educational priorities of administrators in Singapore. Preparing students to become future leaders and forward-thinkers is a high priority in this country, so the trends below are crucial in influencing the educational system in Singapore.


Emphasis on programming and internet usage


Prioritising noncognitive skills, such as cooperation and perseverance


Providing cross-cultural interactions that encourage global mindedness


Offering a holistic educational experience that includes co-curricular activities, like arts, music, sports and more

These trends are strictly followed by teachers so that they can prepare students for an active and engaging life beyond the classroom.



Challenges Being Faced in Singapore Today

While there are a lot of positive aspects of education in Singapore, there are still challenges being faced by leaders, administrators, educators and parents. These include:


Inconsistent curricula - many schools do not align themselves with an international curriculum, which can be challenging for expatriate families.


Relocation concerns - as the population in Singapore is ever-changing, teachers and students face concerns about switching school systems multiple times throughout their education.

With this in mind, choosing the most befitting school is of crucial importance for expat parents in allowing them to offer their children the best possible education.


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For an in-depth look into the demographics, trends and challenges around education in Singapore, download the K-12 Education in Singapore, 2018 e-book today.


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