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Tanglin Trust School Review – WhichSchoolAdvisor

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Annual fee average

SGD 38,500

Annual fees

SGD 27,714 – 45,837


Craig Considine

Main teacher nationality

United Kingdom

Main student nationality

United Kingdom

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Founded in 1925 Tanglin has over 90 years of experience delivering British-based education to Singapore’s international community. At least for the international community, it is part of the fabric of the city.

Founded in 1925, Tanglin has over 90 years of experience delivering a British-based education to Singapore’s international community. If you’re after a school with a bit of history, the school should be, if not top, then close to top of your shortlist. In the city, only The Japanese School is older.

Located in the Queenstown area, Tanglin is a not-for-profit, all-through school that enrols more than 2,800 students from nursery through to sixth form. This school is probably the most British of the top schools in Singapore, at least in terms of student numbers; its student body represents over 50 different nationalities, and 47% of these students are UK passport holders.

The curriculum

Tanglin follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and National Curriculum for England throughout its infant, junior, and senior schools; students study for their IGCSEs in Years 10 – 11 and have the choice of more than 10 different courses.

The school delivers a well-rounded education in all year groups, with specialist subjects including art and design, music, drama, PE, and Chinese. Key features of the curriculum include Latin in Years 7 – 9, life skills in Years 10 – 11, and a choice of Chinese, French, and Spanish in Years 7 – 8 (one of which students must continue with through to IGCSE level).

Tanglin is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IBDP and A Levels at sixth form level (Years 12 – 13). This is not a story of UK vs International, but considerably more about offering a choice of curricula that plays to the strengths of a child.

The IBDP continues a broad and balanced learning approach to subjects; students need to successfully complete six subjects (three at higher level and three at standard level) which must include a language and a science. A Levels are more specialised, and focus on three or four subject areas that normally reflect the direction students are likely to take at university level; A Levels allow students to focus on their strengths and, perhaps more importantly, opt out of those subjects that would bring their grades down.
Both qualifications are widely accepted for entry into universities worldwide.

Schools in general do not offer both the IBDP and A Levels for two reasons. Firstly, you need a large student body, and secondly, it is expensive to deliver. While most schools fall short on one or the other, Tanglin is a school with a student body almost 2,800 strong and with fees at the higher end of the scale in Singapore. As a parent, this means you join an all-through school knowing that the school should be able to cater to the learning needs of your child, whatever they may prove ultimately to be.

As recognised by BSO inspectors, teaching at Tanglin is “well adapted to challenge the most able students to achieve outstandingly well. The curriculum is equally well adapted to support disabled students and those who have special educational needs.” 

Read about our tour of the campus here.

Technology features strongly across the curriculum, and there’s a 1:1 iPad programme in Years 5 and 6 and a 1:1 laptop programme from Year 7.  Each year group area has access to a range of technology, including interactive whiteboards, shared pods of desktop computers, cameras, 3D printers, and Lego robotics. Are you a parent, teacher or student at Tanglin Trust School?

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The school offers film studies at IGCSE, A Level, and IB, and it is well-equipped to do this. A new facility has Mac computers loaded with packages including Final Cut Pro X for video editing, Cinema 4D for 3D animation, Adobe After Effects for compositing and motion graphics, a Foley pit for sound editing, a screening room, and a film studio with green screen.

There’s a passion for film at this school, which recently hosted the Across Asia Youth Film Festival. During his visit to Tanglin, British film director Dan Sully said:

“The facilities are better than some universities I’ve seen. They give students the opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and make films together. I wouldn’t leave the suites if I was here!” 

Academic results

The results speak for themselves. The IB Class of 2019 celebrated a high average score of 38.1, the same as last year’s average and considerably higher than the global average of 29.62.

• Average score: 38.1
• Pass rate: 100%
• Highest score: 45

• No. students scored 35 points and above: More than 60%
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: Seven  

There were two top-scoring students with 45, and nine students who scored 42 points or more. More than 60% of the cohort scored 38 points or more, while a high 96% of students scored 32 points or more.

Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School said: “These provisional results reflect the considerable hard work, commitment and effort of our students who over the past two years have undertaken a 4,000-word self-researched essay on a topic of their choice and an independently managed project as part of the school’s Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, in addition to studying six specific subjects.

Read our roundup of Singapore’s 2019 IB results here.

The A Level cohort in 2018 enjoyed a 100% pass rate. 45% of grades were at A* or A, 93% were in the range A* to C and 13 students achieved A/A*s in all their subjects. 32% of students taking the EPQ achieved an A*, with almost two thirds of the A level cohort achieving an A or A*.

In the 2019 IGCSE results, students at Tanglin Trust School performed well above the England average again, with 74% of all grades achieved at either A, A*, or equivalent, higher than the 21.9% in England but slightly lower than the school’s 2018 figure of 77%.

In addition, 98% of all grades achieved were A* to C or equivalent, the same as last year; this figure was 69.9% in England. 48% of grades were A*.

Other results reported by the school include: 36% achieved A*, A, or equivalent grades in all their GCSE subjects, and seven students achieved A* or equivalent in all their GCSEs. 100% of students achieved an A* – C grade in both English Language and English Literature, and 99% of students achieved an A* – C grade in mathematics.

The strong results in external examinations are to be applauded, especially as Tanglin is a non-selective school with “a mixed ability cohort”. That said, students wishing to enrol in the school must “display the intellectual capacity to fully participate in and benefit from the school’s curriculum”.

School governance

There’s change at the top of Tanglin this year. Craig Considine took over from Peter John Derby-Crook as CEO from August 2018. Australian-born Considine was formerly the head teacher at Millfield School in the UK, and has experience in a number of Australian independent schools.

Considine says:

“My predecessor has handed over the school in excellent heart. The reputation of Tanglin is stronger and more acknowledged than ever, and we are delighted to be welcoming strong student numbers again in August 2018.

At the heart of the school is the TTS Foundation, which enhances the curriculum by funding inspirational visitors and developing the sports and arts programmes. The TTS Foundation organises visits from musicians, storytellers, authors, and theatrical groups, including Robert Swan (polar explorer), Dominic Peckham (choral conductor), Google, and Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury). It has also funded initiatives such as an edible garden and the Year 2 Pedal Power programme, which teaches children how to cycle.

The school says:

“We’re lucky with our foundation as it’s very active and its mission is to enable extraordinary opportunities – and I think they really do. It’s so inspirational for the students.”

Inspection reports

The infant, junior, and senior/sixth form are inspected every three years by British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspectors – and all three have been judged Outstanding in their most recent reports dating from 2016 – 2018.

In the 2018 infant school report, inspectors praised the “very strong leadership” in the early years, “outstanding progress in all areas”, and how “a focus on using natural and real objects developed children’s sense of curiosity”.

In the 2017 senior school report, inspectors noted the “outstanding” quality of teaching and learning, and how the “teachers’ enthusiasm for learning is infectious”. All students, including the most able and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make rapid progress throughout the school.”

In the 2016 junior school report, inspectors commented on the “lively atmosphere in all lessons”, “highly stimulating learning environment”, and an “extensive number of cross-curricular topics” such as An Island Paradise project that links geography, science, history, and English. The report says: “As well as achieving exceptionally well in reading, writing, maths and science, the standards reached by pupils in other subjects across the curriculum are also exceptionally high.

School life

Tanglin has a ‘schools within a school’ model, and each of the infant, junior, and senior/sixth form schools have their own head of school, uniform, house system, timetable etc.

It is more than evident that this is an extremely well-run school, with young, passionate students that want to succeed. That kind of environment, in general, brings out the best in all students. This is in part due to very healthy teacher to student ratios, which allow a focus on the child:


3 – 4 years: 1:6
4 – 5 years: 1:8
5 – 7 years: 1:12
8 – 13 years: 1:24
14 – 16 years: 1:20
16 – 18 years: 1:15

We find it interesting, and see the wisdom, in teacher:student ratios tightening and improving in pre-examination years.

Beyond the classroom, Tanglin has an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, competes in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive sporting events, organises overseas trips for senior students, and hosts a variety of student music and drama performances and art exhibitions.

There’s an active parent community within the school, and a ParentWise programme that includes a series of events and workshops covering issues as varied as bullying, mindfulness, physical development in the early years, reading, and digital citizenship. Parents are also welcome to use the new cafe-style canteen in the Nixon Building, and the PTA has its own office on-campus.

PHSE/Soft skills

Tanglin offers a strong pastoral programme, which includes a house system, Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) classes, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspectors described the pastoral care as “outstanding” and “a never before seen model.”

In Years 10 – 13, the school runs a mandatory life skills programme where students learn everything from home cooking and sewing on a button to changing a tyre and how to open a bank account.

In terms of leadership, students can stand for student council, library monitors, house and sports captains, nursery helpers, global guardians, playtime pals, and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to play an active role within the school, which has set up a variety of age-appropriate positions. For example, while not every child may fit the role of a house captain, they may enjoy being a school photographer or sun hat monitor.

Extra-curricular activities

There is a broad programme of after-school activities. These include a new Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) programme for Year 5 and Year 6, which is a precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh Award; learning to cook in a Masterchef-style kitchen; and scouting and guiding.

The school says:

“The after-school activity list is massive and includes music, art, drama, sport, competitive sport, academic competitions. About 80% are CCAs, which are mostly put on by Tanglin teachers and there’s no charge.”

Health & safety

Each school within the campus has a dedicated health centre with full-time nurse, and there are security barriers at every entrance to the school.

Contributions to the community

Every year group has its own philanthropic cause, and the school has developed some strong relationships with local Singaporean charities over several decades.

The school says:

“We have a big focus on giving back, and each year group has a charity that they support and raise money for. We also have an enterprise programme in the junior school where students come up with a product, sell it and then lend the money raised through Lendwithcare – like a micro loan – and then it gets paid back.”

The campus

The school occupies a generous plot in Singapore’s Central region. Facilities at Tanglin are as you would expect given the fees – first class. The school offers air-conditioned classrooms, 25m swimming pool, sports field, gymnasium, climbing wall, play areas/playground, sports courts, theatre facilities, soundproof music rooms, recording studio, art studio, media suite, design and technology suite, science lab, libraries, cafeteria, ICT suites, drama studios, dance studios, exams hall, health centres, professional development centre, and a fitness suite.

There are separate buildings for the infant, junior, and senior/sixth form schools, and it expanded in 2017 with the Nixon Building, which is home to an impressive film and media department.

Admission and fees

Tanglin Trust’s annual tuition fees range from $26,946 in Nursery to $44,571 in Year 13. Due to the school’s popularity and strong academic record, Tanglin has waitlists “for most year groups”. The school offers siblings priority places and also operates a “priority placement” scheme, whereby a child can be given a place in return for charges of S$85,000 – S$165,000 (£42,243 – £82,002). These bills are usually paid by companies wanting to secure places for children of their employees.

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Dulwich College (Singapore) opened its state-of-the-art campus in August 2014 and has since established a strong reputation. The College is an international school with a British independent school ethos which draws upon 400 years of excellence, innovation, tradition and values and is proud to welcome over 50 nationalities. It is a co-educational day school, catering for students aged 2 to 18 in classes from Toddler to Year 13.

The College is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted for the needs of our international student body. Students follow the IGSCE curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11 and the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13. Continuing the tradition of excellence started by the founding school, Dulwich College in London, Dulwich College International graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.

The College’s holistic education is complemented by rewarding co-curricular programmes. Students at Dulwich College (Singapore) are encouraged to participate in sporting competition and every child from the age of seven is taught a musical instrument. Drama and opportunities for public speaking feature heavily from an early age with students using the 700-seat Alleyn Theatre daily for assemblies, performances and more.

The College offers a dual language programme in English and Mandarin for students in Toddler to Year 2 (aged two to seven) and daily Mandarin classes, streamed according to ability from the age of four. Additional modern foreign languages are offered in the Senior School. The close collaboration among the network of Colleges gives our students unique opportunities to participate in events and benefit from the group’s relationships with leading educational and artistic organisations. The network enjoys an ongoing and strong partnership with Dulwich College in London.

Facilities include three libraries, a Performing Arts Centre with three theatres, three swimming pools, sports fields, roof-top gardens, gymnasiums, three dining rooms and two coffee shops. Every classroom at the College is spacious, bright, ventilated and well furnished. The Performing Arts Centre features science and IT laboratories, suites of music and art rooms and four design and technology workshops. The gymnasium includes a fitness, weights and conditioning room. The campus is designed to be green, natural, spacious and airy to enhance the learning experience.

Our Heritage
Dulwich College London was founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn, an actor and leading light of the theatre and contemporary of William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan/Jacobean era. He formed the school with the purpose of educating children from disadvantaged backgrounds starting with just 12 poor scholars. From these modest beginnings, the College grew to be one of the UK’s leading independent schools with its 70-acre campus, famous for its iconic clocktower and beautiful green open spaces, located in ‘SE21’ in South London. Alumnus P G Wodehouse spoke fondly of his schooldays there and referred to the College as ‘Valley Fields’ in his books. Also located close by are sister schools, James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) and Alleyns (co-educational).

Campus Environment
Our purpose-built state-of-the art campus designed with a ‘student-first’ approach offers outstanding facilities and first opened its doors in 2014. The design of our campus revolves around three main focal points to support our holistic learning philosophy – a green, sustainable urban environment, an open and conducive learning community and a reflection of shared values of community and culture.

The educational environment is designed to nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of our students. The world-class facilities include a Performing Arts Centre, playing fields and gymnasiums, swimming pool, science and IT laboratories, suites of music and art rooms, design and technology workshops, roof-top green spaces including a herb and fruit garden, dining rooms and coffee shops. Every classroom at our school is spacious, bright, well-furnished and conducive to collaboration and creative interaction.

Students, staff and all visitors to campus are encouraged to rethink, re-use, reduce and recycle. Measures to aid this include an onsite food waste composter and energy efficient building management systems with information made available to students.

Academic Rigour
Academic rigour is not just about grades, entrance tests, exams or university placements – although these are the welcome result of academic rigour. Academic rigour is a process and is about culture, the environment and the conditions that provide opportunities for all students to be engaged, challenged and supported. Dulwich College (Singapore) is an academically-selective school with an emphasis on a rich, well-rounded education including sport, music, the performing arts and a wide range of other co-curricular activities. We believe education has to be as flexible, creative and adaptive as our increasingly complex, ever-changing world. This is why we equip our students with the character to stand up and stand out, now and in the future.

Learning is effective when it is personalised, relational, has a clear purpose and when it is adapted and applied. Following an enhanced English National Curriculum with an international perspective, the approach is to bring out the best in every student from DUCKS (early years Toddler – Year 2; age 2-7), to Junior School (Years 3 – 6; age 7- 11) to Senior School (Years 7 – 13; age 11-18). The curriculum is designed to equip students to meet and exceed the end of year expectations of equivalent year groups in the UK.

In DUCKS, the focus is on educating the whole child and progresses from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in Toddler, Nursery and Reception to an enriched version of the English National Curriculum (ENC) in Years 1 and 2. The aim is to strike a balance between student self-guided exploration and explicit teaching of core competencies, particularly in reading, writing, phonics, maths and Mandarin, ensuring that children are able to meet developmental milestones and achieve their academic potential. Above all, the focus is on developing confident and happy children with a zest for life and a love of learning.

Junior School

As children move through the Junior School the structure of the timetable changes in line with their developmental age. All children receive banded learning for mathematics and Mandarin, but remain with their class teacher for most lessons up to Year 5. In Year 6, in preparation for the transition to Senior School, children are taught by different subject teachers for each area of the curriculum. The College also prepares students returning to school in the UK or elsewhere for success in 7+, 11+ and common entrance examinations.

The emphasis in Junior School is not only on deeper learning and the mastery of academic content, but also on developing critical thinking skills and an academic character that inspires self-motivated learners and long-term success. The goal is to foster the long-term retention of valuable knowledge, concepts and skills and the ability to transfer what has been retained into different contexts and situations.

Senior School
The approach in Senior School is to not only develop subject proficiency and skills, but also lifelong, transferable skills such as research, communication, thinking, social and self-management skills. This ensures students can take ownership of learning in school and life beyond, as well as developing a lifelong love of learning. In Years 7 and 8 the curriculum has been designed to develop individual subject-based skills and build knowledge and understanding to provide a strong foundation for the IGCSE, IB programmes and beyond. Dulwich College is the only school in Singapore to offer a 3-year IGCSE (International General Certificate of Education) programme which commences in Year 9, with a number of core and optional IGCSEs to choose from. Students then move onto the IB (International Baccalaureate) in the last two years before university.

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Tanglin Trust School (Fees & Reviews) Singapore, Singapore City, 95 Portsdown Road

Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School is the oldest British international school in South East Asia. Tanglin provides the English National Curriculum with an international perspective to children from 3 to 18 years in Singapore.

Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational school of 2,800 students representing over 50 nationalities and provides a unique learning environment for children from Nursery right through to Sixth Form. As a not-for-profit school, tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.

As the only school in Singapore to offer A Levels or the IB Diploma in Sixth Form, all of Tanglin’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.

Tanglin has an excellent academic reputation. Students’ examination results consistently surpass Singapore and global averages, with around 95% of graduates typically receiving their first or second choice university, which are among the best in the world.

Tanglin is inspected every year within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, recognised by Ofsted. All three schools have been awarded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible grade in their latest inspections (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Drawing on professional and dynamic staff, Tanglin aims to nurture students to achieve their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social and physical goals. We strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged, and integrity is prized. Working together in a safe, caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.

Tanglin encourages both broad participation and the achievement of excellence in the arts, sport, outdoor education and co-curricular activities.

Over 140 teams compete in 17 different sports each year, both in Singapore and the wider region. Exceptional sporting facilities enable students to participate in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive events.

Tanglin has a thriving and energetic Arts programme which plays an important part in school life. Students develop their skills in art, design, drama, music, and film-making, facilitating creative, social and intellectual development. Nearly 25% of students participate in a Music co-curricular activity. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for students to participate in high-quality ensembles, recitals, performances and exhibitions.

Tanglin students are also encouraged to contribute actively to the local community, support service projects and participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular pursuits that stimulate and broaden student experience. These include 80 outdoor education trips, the International Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award, and the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.

“I am beyond thankful that Tanglin has encouraged me to develop as a person, gain a wealth of knowledge both inside and outside the classroom, nurtured me every step of the way and given me unforgettable memories I will treasure forever.” Meghan, Former Head Girl 2018/19

What the inspectors say:
“Tanglin pupils talk with passion about their school because it is special. They say it makes them feel happy and valued, not just for what they can do, but for who they are.” Junior School Inspection 2019

“A rich and diverse curriculum provides outstanding learning across the school. Leaders are relentless in their ambition to offer pupils not only breadth but also depth in their learning. As a result, stimulating opportunities are built into everyday lessons for all pupils.” Infant School Inspection 2018 

“The teachers’ enthusiasm for learning is often infectious, leading to students seeing learning as a highly worthwhile and enjoyable process; students are highly motivated to succeed.” Senior School Inspection 2017

Located on Portsdown Road, Tanglin Trust School is approximately 15-minute drive from the city centre. The School is positioned within Singapore’s ‘one-north’ high technology cluster of biomedical sciences, ICT and media industries and amongst the heritage and nature areas of Rochester Park and the Wessex Estate.

We are looking forward to the planned opening of our new state-of-the-art building, providing a 50m swimming pool, physio and fitness centre, gymnastics hall, a music school, training kitchen, CPD centre and more.

Ultimate Guide to International Schools in Singapore 2021

Thinking of enrolling your child in school? Check out our comprehensive guide to international schools in Singapore!

Singapore’s international school landscape is vast, and there are plenty of great options to choose from. Although many families will be drawn to a school that offers the same language and/or curriculum as schools in their home country, Singapore’s multicultural, multi-national atmosphere means many international schools here offer programmes with a more global context that’s not restricted to a single nationality. Read on to find out what makes each one special – we focus on curriculum, nationality breakdown, and even which international schools have the most affordable school fees! And if you want to get even more in-depth international school info, be sure to check out our comprehensive Sassy Mama Schools Tool, which allows you to search by location, compare up to three international schools in Singapore, and get detailed information on nationality demographics, school fees, and more!

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With a beautiful new campus in Pasir Ris, OFS has students from more than 70 different countries spanning from the early years (age 2) through high school. OFS has thoughtfully designed best-in-industry programs within a rigorous-yet-supportive learning environment that truly focus on the individual needs of every student. For instance, in the renowned Study Preparation Program, a dedicated team of specialist educators helps students gain English fluency in as quickly as six months. The 14-language Mother Tongue Program – the most extensive offered by any international school in Singapore – helps students gain native-level language proficiency for seamless re-integration in their home country if their families should move. And both programs come at no additional cost!

From grades 6 to 12, the OFS curriculum follows the IB MYP – allowing students to take the Cambridge IGCSE exams – and students can also pursue the IB Diploma to prepare for universities around the world. In the past three years, this international school in Singapore has produced seven students scoring a perfect 45 on their IB Diploma exams! In 2019, OFS produced not one but two Cambridge IGCSE “Top in the World” awardees, who were recognized for gaining the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
Overseas Family School, 81 Pasir Ris Heights Singapore 519292, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6738 0211, www.ofs.edu.sg

The Winstedt School is the only mainstream international school in Singapore – and indeed the region – that was founded and purpose-built for students who think and learn differently. This small and diverse (28 countries represented!) international school catering to students aged 4 to 16 offers integrated learning support through an innovative trans-disciplinary educational model that incorporates integrated therapy, multi-sensory lessons, and personalised instruction from a community of specialised and dedicated teachers, therapists and counsellors. Every classroom has two teachers and a maximum of 15 students; core beliefs include no two brains are alike and there are many paths to successful learning. 
The Winstedt School, 1208 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 387312, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6715 5373, www.winstedt.edu.sg

Opening to much anticipation in August 2020, Brighton College (Singapore) offers a British Prep School approach that is totally unique among Singapore international schools. Based on the outstanding success of its founding school in the UK (rated England’s Top Independent School in 2019/2020),  Brighton has built a programme that draws on the very same values and ambitious approach to learning. Another unique aspect is the international school’s pure focus on primary education (it only goes up to age 12), with an eye toward providing unrivalled preparation for senior school.

Brighton College (Singapore), 1 Chuan Lane, Singapore 554299, email [email protected]  or Tel: (+65) 6505 9790, www.brightoncollege.edu.sg

Founded in 1990, Canadian International School (CIS) is one of Singapore’s leading international schools, with over 3,000 students from more than 70 countries who are enrolled across two campuses. In the East there’s the cozy Tanjong Katong campus for students aged 3 to 12, while the state-of-the-art Lakeside Campus in Jurong caters to students aged 3 to 18. Parents rave about CIS’s inquiry-based approach that ensures students don’t just achieve academic success, but also develop important leadership, community service, artistic and sporting skills to prepare them for life after school. CIS offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes – the PYP, the MYP for Grades 7-10, and the IBDP for students in Grades 11 and 12 – and benchmarks its curriculum against national curricula worldwide. Over the past five years CIS graduates have been offered places at more than 200 of the world’s leading universities. CIS aims to provide a warm, collaborative environment for all its students that emphasises problem-solving and taking responsibility, and celebrates core values like diversity and generosity. The school offers many distinct academic programmes, such as the popular Chinese-English and French-English bilingual streams, STEAM and Open Minds.
CIS Lakeside: 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
CIS Tanjong Katong: 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128
Click here to arrange a call with the admissions team, email [email protected] or call (+65) 6734 8088

An IB World School catering to students aged 3 to 18, Chatsworth prides itself on providing a holistic environment and quality education at exceptional value. From academics to athletics to service learning, students get ample opportunities to discover and hone their talents to become the best version of themselves. In 2019-2020 Chatsworth students have achieved a 100% pass rate and placed well above world average scores on the IB Diploma exam with an average 36 points in both 2019 and 2020. In addition, with the merger of their Orchard and Bukit Timah campuses in 2020, this Singapore international school has developed a new Early Childhood centre with fantastic facilities catering to early years learners at its beautiful new location next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Chatsworth International School, 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760, email [email protected] or Tel: +65 6463 3201, www.chatsworth.com.sg

Established in 1972, DCIS is an inclusive international school with a British background that caters to approximately 1,750 students aged 3 to 18. DCIS is an IB World School that teaches the English National Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, IB, ASDAN and BTEC. DCIS accepts children of all abilities, offering a unique programme that meets the needs of all learners. DCIS teachers are experienced, passionate and dedicated, with a drive to challenge and support all learners to achieve their best. DCIS is part of Nord Anglia Education, drawing on a global campus of 66 schools, and has collaborations with Unicef, MIT and Julliard.
Dover Court International School, 301 Dover Road, Singapore, 139644, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6775 7664, www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore

Dulwich College (Singapore) is a leading international school with a British independent school ethos, drawing upon the 400-year heritage of excellence, innovation and values of its founding school in London. The state-of-the-art, green Singapore campus opened in 2014; innovation and a global outlook are at the heart of the school’s approach, with a rich curriculum of academics, sports, performing arts and music that’s designed to help each individual student reach their potential and make a positive difference in the world. Dulwich is an IB-authorised school that offers the 3-year IGCSE Programme to students in Years 9 through 11 along with a Sixth Form and the full IB Diploma. The “Dulwich Difference” also includes a focus on personalised pathways to bring out the best in every student.
Dulwich College (Singapore), 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 658966, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6890 1003, www.singapore.dulwich.org 

Offering both a traditional, accredited German school curriculum and a European IB curriculum, GESS is an international school in Singapore with students of over 65 nationalities across its Preschool, Primary, Middle Years and High School (ages 2 to 18). Housed in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus that opened in 2018, GESS offers the full IB programme (PYP, MYP and IBDP), with an outstanding track record for exam results. There’s also the newly-launched GESS Centre for Excellence to create opportunities for talented and high-potential students across the sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, arts, sports, music and more, and the school also has the first ever Junior Engineer Academy outside Europe. This innovative program for students in Grades 8 and 9 is an amazing opportunity for those hoping to explore a future career in engineering, and is delivered in partnership with leading scientific and industrial partners. GESS also has an extremely strong Mother Tongue language programme offering German, Dutch and Danish; GESS students are well prepared when they leave school, no matter where in the world they end up!
GESS – International School, 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621, Tel: (+65) 6461 0881, www.gess.sg/en

With an 18-year presence in Singapore, GIIS offers a premium international education to more than 3000 students in K-12 across its two campuses (SMART Campus and East Coast Campus). A particularly attractive feature of GIIS is its choice of multiple curricula, including the IB PYP/MYP and Cambridge IGCSE, and the IB Diploma Programme for Classes 11 and 12, along with the CBSE (Indian National Curriculum). GIIS also recently introduced a Chinese-English Bilingual Programme for students in grades 1 to 5. Another reason parents love this Indian international school in Singapore: its moderate school fees, which are 40% lower than other international schools in Singapore, despite the fact that it has a state-of-the-art campus featuring 92 Digital Classrooms, over 40 skill-based studios, and Nextgen technology. GIIS students consistently perform above the world average on the IBDP exams, with 14 World Toppers and 24 Near Perfect Toppers in the last decade, along with placement at top universities around the world.
GIIS SMART Campus (K-12), 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649
GIIS East Coast Campus (K-8), 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
Tel: (+65) 6914 7100 or WhatsApp (+65) 9631 6000
[email protected]

With experienced faculty drawn from leading international schools around the region, this international school in Singapore offers primary education for students aged 5 to 12 years. The Grange is the first school in Singapore to offer both the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These are implemented in harmony with its own “Cre8tors in Action” educational philosophy, which equips students with eight core competencies – Construction & Design, Respecting the Environment, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Active Citizenship, Teamwork & Partnerships, Original Ideas, Recognising Ideas, and Service Leadership. By providing a dynamic and creative environment that inspires excellence, the Grange aims to develop respectful, responsible, and innovative members of society.

The first 20 applicants to sign up for the new school year can enjoy a waiver of the $500 application fee and 50% off the enrolment fee, coming out to less than $20,000 in school fees!

The Grange Institution, 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946, Tel: (+65) 6817 3630, [email protected], www.thegrange.edu.sg

First opening at Dempsey in 2017, Invictus International School has been a hit with families island-wide thanks to its high-quality education and affordable school fees (under $20,000!). In addition to the original Dempsey Campus (Grades 1 to 6), there’s also a Sentosa Campus just for kids in Grades 1-2 (ages 6 to 8). Invictus Dempsey recently received a favourable result in the International School Assessment (ISA) in Singapore, receiving a higher-than-average score across every subject in comparison with other schools that participated. Primary students can also now enrol in Invictus’s brand new English-Chinese bilingual programme (employing the renowned IPC curriculum) at its Invictus Centrium Campus, with a special introductory price of just $15,000 per year. Invictus Centrium also offers Secondary School education based on the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE and A Levels curricula.
Invictus International School
Dempsey Campus: 73 Loewen Road, #01-21, Singapore 248843, Tel: (+65) 6259 3877 [email protected]
Sentosa Campus: 31 Ocean Way #01-15, Singapore 098375, Tel: (+65) 6694 5088 [email protected]
Centrium Campus: 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218108, Tel: (+65) 9664 3651 [email protected]

Priding itself on innovative teaching and learning environments (it’s got a new, state-of-the-art campus that only opened in January 2020), Nexus International School believes in personalised education that respects each student’s individuality. In the new campus, there are no walled classrooms, only open spaces that give children the flexibility to learn in the ways that best suit them, from quiet zones to collaborative spaces, with everything from bean bags to high stools. With this nurturing environment, children are encouraged to make mistakes, reflect and try again, refining and learning from their discoveries as they go. Running from Nursery through Years 12/13 (ages 3 to 18), the Nexus curriculum comprises the PYP, IGCSE and IB Diploma. Students are split over a wide range of nationalities, and language instruction is available in both Mandarin and French alongside English.
Nexus International School (Singapore), 1 Aljunied Walk, Singapore 387293, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6536 6566, www.nexus.edu.sg

This close-knit, non-denominational international school in Singapore welcomes students of all cultures, ethnicities and religions, with over 70 nationalities represented on campus. Catering to students aged 3 to 18, OWIS offers the IB Primary Years Programme followed by the Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme in a nurturing environment with equitable school fees. OWIS also has well-designed sports, music, and performing arts programmes created in coordination with the academic curriculum to support all aspects of child development. OWIS is a kindness-driven place of learning, where students learn to be compassionate, empathetic, and tolerant.

The school has two campuses in Singapore (Nanyang and East Coast), with an emphasis on values, collaboration, creativity and service to others. The OWIS ethos is to deliver a highly personalised education for all students, with an emphasis on fostering creativity and a desire for meaningful connection. At the same time, community is at the heart of the OWIS experience, from cultural festivities and celebrations, to its House system and engaging classrooms.
One World International School
Email: [email protected]
Nanyang Campus: 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075, Tel: (+65) 6914 6700
East Coast Campus:
Block G, 231 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 397999, Tel: (+65) 6914 7350

Drawing on more than 400 years of tradition, values, and educational excellence from its sister school in Cambridge, UK, The Perse School Singapore opened in January 2020 and encourages a culture of international-mindedness while also promoting respect and encouraging empathy and thoughtfulness. The school works hard to ensure that every child is valued as an individual and goes on to develop a lifelong love of learning. Perse teachers draw on their knowledge and experience to provide quality education by challenging pupils on a personal, individualised basis. The aim is to create teachable moments throughout the school day to build pupils’ character and empower them with lifelong independent learning skills.
The Perse School Singapore, 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588180, email admissions manager Arabelle Lambe at [email protected] or call (+65) 6971 8210, www.perse.edu.sg

Razum International School in Singapore (RISS) was created by two parents as an alternative schooling option that offers maximum flexibility for students and families, with a focused four-hour school day and affordable school fees of $14,900 per year. The core curriculum runs from 8:45am to 1pm, at which time students can sign up for additional ECAs including sports, arts and languages. Aimed at students ages 5 to 12, RISS teaches the globally renowned Singapore English and Maths along with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Classes are limited to 18 students, allowing for plenty of personal attention from experienced international teachers. RISS is also conveniently located nearby to Tanglin and Alexandra.
*Note that RISS’s registration as a Private Educational Institution in Singapore is pending.
Razum International School in Singapore (RISS), 1 Kay Siang Road, #05-01/02, Singapore 248922, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6974 5700, www.riss.school

With over 1,800 students ages 4 to 18 comprising 40 nationalities, this international school in Singapore is a Lasallian Catholic school with a strong emphasis on values, community and relationships. The inclusive community welcomes families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds, with a mission of enabling students to learn how to learn and learn how to live so they will become people of integrity, and people for others. The world-class curriculum incorporates the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Singapore Maths, IGCSE, and the IB Diploma Programme, but what truly sets SJI International apart is its famous Virtues Project, a global grassroots initiative to inspire kindness, justice and integrity. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of co-curricular, outdoor, and service learning opportunities.
NB: Unlike most other international schools in Singapore, SJI International’s academic calendar runs from January through December, which has major appeal for both local and Southern Hemisphere families!
St. Joseph’s Institution International, 490 Thomson Road, Singapore 298191, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6353 9383, www.sji-international.com.sg

A non-profit international school in Singapore with a strong history spanning over 60 years, SAS is considered one of the world’s leading American international schools, offering top-notch, quality education to students from preschool through 12th grade. SAS is a big school but from the start it’s very much about personalized learning: the faculty and curriculum are dedicated to encouraging inquiring minds to think critically, collaborate, experiment, reflect and engage in the pursuit of individual passions and interests. Students do this through inquiry-based courses, competitive athletics, fine arts classes, and after-school clubs. The beautiful 36-acre campus in Woodlands includes state-of-the-art facilities like music recording, video production, robotics and art studios, along with tropical walkways, extensive athletic fields, and a natural learning rainforest. SAS students consistently rank higher on academic achievement tests than peers in US school systems.
Singapore American School, 41 Woodlands Street 41 Singapore 738547, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6363 3403, www.sas.edu.sg

This cozy, family-oriented international school in Singapore caters to children aged 2 to 12, and is located in a lush campus in Bukit Timah. The Swiss School offers two language streams – German and English, or French and English – from age 4 onwards, and provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for children of any nationality, ethnic background or denomination. The Swiss School provides ample space for playing and sports while preparing students for life with a holistic primary education approach that supports and challenges students to encourage independence, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility. In a unique arrangement, secondary students can attend UWCSEA, where a Swiss teacher instructs students in German, French and Swiss Civics according to the Curriculum of the Canton of Zug. Students can follow UWCSEA’s German language programme – allowing them to re-enter a Swiss or German school system anytime in their schooling – while also following the renowned IB curriculum.
Swiss School in Singapore, 38 Swiss Club Road, Singapore 288140, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6468 2117, www.swiss-school.edu.sg/en

Tanglin Trust is the oldest British international school in Southeast Asia, with an illustrious history stretching back 95 years! The school’s academic approach is grounded in an “enhanced and rigorous” English National Curriculum, though over 40% of the population is non-British. In fact, with a student population of 2,800 students across the Infant, Junior and Senior Schools (spanning ages 3-18), Tanglin students are drawn from 51 different nationalities. Tanglin is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IB Diploma and A Level exams at the Sixth Form Level, and has a sterling academic reputation and consistent record of outstanding results (including an average IB score of 38 over the past six years). Tanglin students regularly attend leading universities around the world; indeed 95% of graduates typically receive admission to their first or second choice university. Through an innovative approach to learning and dynamic teaching staff, Tanglin creates an environment which nurtures and inspires every individual to be the best they can be. One final highlight: as a not-for-profit school, Tanglin’s tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.
Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Rd, Singapore 139299, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6778 0771, www.tts.edu.sg

UWCSEA is a non-profit international school in Singapore with a very multicultural population (students from nearly 100 countries!) and nearly 50 years of holistic, inquiry-based international education. Across two campuses, all students (ages 4 to 18) participate in all five elements of holistic K-12 curriculum, which offers age-appropriate learning in academics as well as activities, outdoor education, personal and social education, and service opportunities.

UWCSEA’s K-12 concept-based curriculum leads to the IB Diploma
UWCSEA’s intentional diversity in student admissions and staff recruitment adds much to its learning environment and outcomes for it students, as by increasing the richness of ideas explored in their classrooms, students build a deeper understanding of and respect for others. UWCSEA’s goal is to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world, by using what they have learned in their time at UWCSEA to contribute to creating peace and a sustainable future, every day.
UWCSEA Dover: 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654, Tel: (+65) 6775 5344
UWCSEA East: 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704, Tel: (+65) 6305 5344
Email [email protected], www.uwcsea.edu.sg

XCL World Academy (formerly GEMS World Academy Singapore) is a family-oriented international school in Singapore for students ages 2 to 18. GEMS (Singapore) is the first and only international school in Singapore authorised to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (the PYP, MYP, DP and CP). XCL World Academy students – who come from a cohort representing over 60 different nationalities – all receive a personalised, well-rounded education that stretches beyond traditional academic subjects to embrace the arts, music, drama, design, innovative technologies, and sport. In addition to academic rigour, the curriculum also emphasises career readiness and extensive extracurricular enrichment for even the most highly motivated students, with a wealth top-notch facilities like a state-of-the-art auditorium, art and music studios, a contemporary design centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an all-weather sports field and two libraries with over 27,000 books.

Another major plus of XCL World Academy is its low student-teacher ratio; all classes in Nursery through Grade 5 are facilitated by both a full-time teacher and a fully qualified teaching partner to ensure every student receives plenty of personal attention so as to bring out their best and encourage greater participation in class. Ultimately the goal is that XCL World Academy students embrace flexibility, creativity and adaptability to change in preparation for both university and life ahead.
XCL World Academy, 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6808 7300, www.xwa.edu.sg

Other International Schools in Singapore to Consider

Beginning with infant care at the tender age of 2 months, AIS offers a world-class, purpose-built Early Learning Village alongside its elementary and secondary programmes that go up through age 18. AIS is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IGCSE/IBDP and the HSC (New South Wales Higher School Certificate) curricula. The school also offers extensive extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.

Following the inquiry-based pedagogy of their popular preschools and drawing on the trans-disciplinary IB PYP Programme in Primary Schools, EtonHouse has gradually introduced four primary school programmes (at Sentosa, Broadrick, Thomson and Orchard) around the island along with one secondary programme (at Orchard) that offers the IGCSE for Years 10 and 11 and the IBDP up to age 18. EtonHouse also has a strong focus on bilingual learning.

Formerly known as the Chinese International School, HWA is a bilingual, bi-cultural school that combines the discipline and rigour of Eastern pedagogy with the inquiring, creative and collaborative values of Western pedagogy, as delivered through the IB framework from Kindergarten through 12th grade. If you’re keen on bilingualism, students at this international school in Singapore develop strong Mandarin skills, as all subjects up through Grade 6 are taught in both English and Chinese (English is the primary mode of instruction from Middle School onwards).

Offering an American curriculum, credentials and diploma, this international school in Singapore is a Christian school open to all nationalities and faiths that’s beloved for its tight-knit community of 400+ students spanning Pre-K through 12th grade. The school offers a solid range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, too.

For over three decades ISS has offered all three IB Programmes(Primary Years, Middle Years, and the IB Diploma). Students come from a diverse population of over 50 nationalities, and go on to attend top universities around the world. This international school in Singapore is located conveniently close to the CBD at Preston Road within Telok Blangah Hill Park.

If you’re keen for your little one to learn French (regardless of your nationality), this international French school combines French teaching methods with a multi-national worldview and focus on Asian culture. The International Section offers a bilingual, bicultural approach to the French curriculum that also incorporates British national standards and culminates with the Cambridge IGCSE.

One of three esteemed British schools opening up a Singapore campus in 2020, NLCS is an academically ambitious school with a rigorous curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum. North London Collegiate School (Singapore) comprises a Junior School (Pre-K to Grade 5) and a Senior School (Grades 6 to 12). The new, modern campus at Depot Road will offer state-of-the-art facilities, and school fees from $30,925.

This international school in Singapore begins with a beautiful, Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Learning Village for ages two months to six years that includes facilities like a learning pool and indoor tumbling room. At the Elementary, Middle and High School levels, SAIS employs the popular IB framework, and also offers US-centric Advanced Placement (AP) credits. In fact, students can choose from three different graduation pathways: the full IB Diploma, an American High School Diploma with AP credits, or a blended programme.

The Waldorf Steiner School Singapore was started by parents and is now a thriving international school in the East catering to children ages 6 to 12. Imagination and creativity are the name of the game — teachers integrate storytelling to bring each subject to life, and children spend lots of time with hands-on activities like cooking and knitting. Waldorf students also get lots of time outdoors, whether farming or learning about biology through natural observations. The Waldorf curriculum focuses on developing a balanced, healthy person who is curious, compassionate and self-reliant. The approach is deliberately low-tech, instead using art, movement, and nature to stimulate the learning process. Another big selling point: Waldorf Steiner School Singapore has extremely reasonable school fees at $1,400 per month (with sibling discounts available, too!).

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Prize-winning Scholars at Yale’s Tournament of Champions | Tanglin News

This year, 27 Tanglin students from Year 9-11 competed at the World Scholar’s Cup hosted by Yale University. We had 21 students, across eight teams in the Junior division (Year 9-10), and six students, across four teams in the Senior division (older Year 10s and Year 11).

300 teams (around 900 students in each division) qualified across six global rounds to participate this year.

We are thrilled to announce the following headlines:

Junior division:

  • 3rd team overall ranking, as well as 3rd in Challenge round (Elaine, Sophia, Youran, Year 10)
  • Individual overall rankings:
    • 7th Sophia, Year 10
    • 25th Youran, Year 10

Senior division:

  • 13th team overall, as well as 1st place in Bowl round (Suzy, Year 10 with two students from another school
  • Individual overall rankings:
  • All students (Hernan, Year 11; Abdullah, Year 11; Rahul, Year 11; Oli, Year 11; Suzy, Year 10; Akash, Year 11) medalled in Bowl (team) and Challenge (individual).

Co-captain, Hernan, Year 11 said: “The trip was great. We were well prepared for the competition and left feeling more knowledgeable and motivated. The additional visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University gave an insight into the life at these top institutions, and the Scholar’s Ball was a great opportunity to relax and meet other scholars from around the world.”

World Scholar’s Cup:

The World Scholar’s Cup is an academic competition. To qualify for the Tournament of Champions (TOC), hosted by Yale University, students must earn their place through the Regional and Global rounds. TOC has competitors from 62 countries.

The material and prompts are released to students before the competition. Tanglin students work to research them during the student led co-curricular activity (CCA). The material is examined via the:

  • Challenge
  • Bowl
  • Debate
  • Collaborative writing.

The best international schools around the world | Private schools

When looking for schools abroad that offer a British curriculum (international GSCEs and A levels), parents are spoilt for choice. There are also thousands of schools accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) across the world that offer the well-established and reputable IB diploma in English.

Some schools focus on a bicultural and bilingual education while others create a miniature version of Britain inside the school gates, emphasising British culture and language. A bilingual curriculum is a challenging and stimulating environment for children who speak English as a first language, especially as students are required to write essays in both their native and host language. Check carefully to see what immersion language classes are available and what support is offered for students who initially only speak English. Few would deny that a bilingual curriculum is both beneficial and enriching for students and encourages them to become global citizens.

In South America, most schools offer the IB programme in Spanish, English or both. In such bilingual schools, around half of the classes are taught in Spanish and the remaining half in English, often taught by imported native-English speaking teachers who make up at least 25% of the teaching staff.

School fees increase incremently according to age group and are often paid in the local currency. There are extra costs to consider, such as application and enrolment fees, school development fund fees, lunch and transport costs, student accident insurance, uniforms and exam entry fees. Full IB diploma examination fees cost around £340. Some schools offer discounts on tuition fees when two, three or more children from the same family are enrolled.

Neither the IBO or the Council of International Schools (CIS), which accredits schools, publish league tables. The following list of the top international and IB schools across the world are based on a combination of factors, such as exam results, school facilities and extra-curricular activities offered, but it’s also based on word of mouth and those schools recommended by expatriate teachers and parents.


India, Japan (and its islands) China, and in particular Hong Kong, have the best and widest range of international schools in the region catering for a large expatriate population. When choosing a school in Bangkok, it’s advisable to consider the distance from home to school because of the heavy traffic.

Tanglin Trust school, Singapore
Students must be fluent in English to be accepted in the school and the vast majority of teachers are British, giving Tanglin school a predominantly British feel. It has an excellent academic reputation and a strong emphasis on the performing arts, with well-established choirs, orchestras and concerts. Many students go on to study at leading UK universities.
Campus: Modern teaching blocks with a separate sixth form centre overlooking tropical forest. Swimming pool and spacious outdoor playing fields.
Student intake: Of the 2,000 students, about 70% are British citizens.
Curriculum: British curriculum taught in English.
Fees: Termly tuition fee from S$4275 (£1,440) to S$7775 (£2,620).
Examination results: In 2006, 95% of students gained GSCE A*-C grades and 82% A-C grades at A-level.

Dulwich College international school, China (Shanghai and Beijing)
A partner of Dulwich College in London with a traditional public school atmosphere. The vast majority of its staff are native English-speakers.
Campus: Excellent sport and music facilities.
Student intake: Over 900 students (ages 2-16) at the Shanghai school.
Curriculum: British curriculum taught in English with IB offered from September 2007. In Beijing, a Montessori curriculum is offered at pre-school. Spanish and Chinese as a second language classes are available.
Fees: Annual tuition fees from RMB135,100 (£9,000) to RMB186,500 (£12,500).

The Garden international school, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
The largest international school in Malaysia. It has an academic and friendly atmosphere with an excellent range of extracurricular actitvities on offer, from modern dance to judo and Mandarin classes.
Campus: Modern and well-resourced teaching blocks with excellent sport facilities.
Student intake: Students from over 58 different countries.
Curriculum: British.
Fees: Tuition fees per term (three terms in total) from RM6,590 (£950) to RM12,010 (£1,740).
Examination results: In 2006, the percentage of students with A and B passes at A level was over 80%, with almost 60% obtaining grade A.


International School of Geneva, Switzerland
This hi-tech flagship IB school with its bilingual international environment, academic excellence and strong emphasis on global issues, feels a bit like the UN headquarters.
Campus: Three separate leafy campuses, including a chateau in the countryside with a lake and mountain views.
Student intake: Over 3,750 students, representing 120 nationalities, including 84 languages Curriculum: IGSCE, IB and French bac. At secondary school, students can choose to study in French, English or both. SAT (standard assessment tests) can be taken at the school. Palm-held computers are used in some classes.
Fees: Annual tuition fees from CHF19,760 (£8,400) to CHF25,075 (£10,600).

Latin America

St Paul’s school, Sao Paulo, Brazil
This Anglo-Brazilian bilingual school is regarded as one of the leading British schools in Latin America. It boasts an excellent academic reputation and is a demanding and challenging environment for students. Many of them go on to study at the top UK and US universities.
Campus: A large, bright and well kept campus set in the leafy suburb of a wealthy residential area.
Student intake: Brazilian elite and students from over 30 other countries.
Curriculum: IB and school curriculum is a mixture of Brazilian and British national curriculums. IB diploma in theatre and visual arts offered.
Fees: Annual tuition fees from £7,600.
Examination results: The IGSCE A*-C pass rate was 94.3% (2006). On average 34.5 points were awarded per IB candidate (maximum IB points are 45).

Newton College, Lima, Peru
One of the leading British-style, bilingual, international schools in Peru.
Campus: A special feature is its field-study centre in the Amazon jungle used for student research projects.
Student intake: About 85% of its 1,300 students are Peruvian, with a growing international student community.
Curriculum: IB and IGSCE taught in English and Spanish. 80% of classes in kindergarten are taught in English.
Fees: Annual tuition fees from US$3,070 (£1.600) to US$6,280 (£3,300).

Grange school, Santiago, Chile
A well-established and renowned bilingual school with a traditional feel.
Campus: Boasts plush, landscaped grounds complete with a swimming pool and snow-capped mountain views. 1:1 computer-student ratio.
Student intake: Over 1,700 students, with waiting lists for first school year (pre-kinder).
Curriculum: Integrated British and Chilean national curricula. IGSCE and AS/A2 exams are in English.
Fees: Tuition fees from £150 a month (11 monthly payments).

Middle East

St Christopher’s, Bahrain
A welcoming and friendly school with a predominantly British feel.
Campus: Modern teaching blocks, swimming pool and a good sixth-form centre.
Student intake: 2,000 students from around 50 countries.
Curriculum: GSCEs and a broad choice of A-level options offered, including media and business studies, PE and psychology. The music department enjoys a good reputation.
Fees: Termly tuition fees (three terms) from BD751 (£1,050) to BD1,630 (£2,300).
Examination results: Last year, 42% of students obtained A grades at A-level and 92% obtained A*-C passes at GSCE.

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

8% Singaporean

Max. number of students per class

Nursery – 20
Reception to Year 9 – 24
Year 10 & 11 – 24 in core subjects; 20 in option subjects
Year 12 & 13 – 15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers

Yes. Teachers are British or Commonwealth trained and experienced.

Language support for students not fluent in English

No, Tanglin does not provide any special programmes to teach students for whom English is an additional language and who are at an early stage of acquiring English. Students wishing to enrol in the school must have an age appropriate fluency in English, and one parent is required to be fluent in English to ensure effective communication between school and home.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Our aim is to develop languages through carefully planned programmes for all students from Nursery to Year 11, with options to continue through to Year 13.
Chinese (Mandarin) is the core MFL studied in the Infant and Junior Schools. Chinese, French and Spanish are offered in the Senior School, with the vast majority of students studying two of these languages in Year 7 and 8, before specialising in one MFL to study for GCSE. Many of our students live in bilingual (or multilingual) households and we encourage those students to continue to develop their mother tongue languages alongside English; support for a number of languages is available through after school activities and private tuition on site.

Use of technology in the classroom

Tanglin Trust School uses a range of technology to provide a variety of experiences and skills. We recognise the enormous potential of modern technology to enhance and enrich learning and are committed to our students being successful in a society permeated with technology.
The use of technology is embedded across all curriculum areas from Nursery to Sixth Form. When students leave Tanglin, they are confident users of current technology in a range of contexts.
Technological facilities and resources include interactive screens and projectors, one-to-one and shared devices – iPads, Macbooks, cameras, sound recorders, desktop computers, pen-enabled devices to name a few.
Technology is used to deliver content, collaborate, and support a greater depth of learning across the curriculum. It also supports students’ intuitive interaction with digital material.

Uniform required


Waiting list


Entry evaluation for students


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

89% in 2019. Remaining 11% – 7 % National Service; 4% Gap Year

95% of students received their first or second choice university in 2019

External examinations or assessments available

A Levels
IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

36% achieved A*, A or equivalent in all their subjects
48% of all grades achieved were A* or equivalent
74% of all grades achieved were A*, A or equivalent
98% of all grades achieved were A* to C or equivalent

A Levels:
47% if grades were A* or A
63% of students taking the EPQ achieved A* or A
91% of grades were in the range of A* to C
100% pass rate of A Level students

IB Diploma:
100% pass rate
63% of our students achieved 38 points or more
20% of students scored 42 points or more
8 students achieved the prestigious bilingual diploma
2 students achieved the maximum 45 points
Tanglin average 38.2

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

At Tanglin, we are an inclusive learning environment and believe that each child is entitled to a curriculum that facilitates their individual development and support which allows them to achieve their full academic potential. Most of the time, the learning needs of our students can be met by class teachers. However, at certain stages along their learning journey some students may need curriculum modification or specific intervention.

Learning support offered

Tanglin has only limited resources to cater for students whose learning needs can only be met with significant support. Currently out Learning Support department offers both ‘in class’ and withdrawn’ additional support to meet the needs of our students. Assessment tools are used to track progress, determine the correct level of support and create a personalised learning journey. Where necessary, Individual Education Plans are created, which provide achievable and measurable targets that are regularly reviewed. Our Learning Support team play a strong role in providing a positive and supportive setting to inspire and enable confident, open minded, independent thinkers, who are given the opportunity to achieve success in their learning.

Student access to education psychologist


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School is the oldest British international school in South East Asia. Tanglin provides the English National Curriculum with an international perspective to children from 3 to 18 years in Singapore. As a not-for-profit, tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.
Drawing on professional and dynamic staff, Tanglin aims to nurture students to achieve their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social and physical goals. We strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged, and integrity is prized.
As the only school in Singapore to offer A Levels or the IB Diploma in Sixth Form, all of Tanglin’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.
Tanglin is inspected every year within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, recognised by Ofsted. All three schools have been awarded Outstanding, the highest possible grade in their latest inspections (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Teaching approach of the school

Working together in a safe, caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.

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90,000 England Private Boarding Schools Ranking 2021

The British secondary education system is divided into three main levels of education. English children study in preparatory schools, pass the general exam and move to the GCSE level, which lasts 2 academic years. The ranking presents the results of English boarding schools on GCSE exams as a percentage.

The GCSE ranking of schools shows the number of A * and A grades obtained on GCSE exams as a percentage of the total number of grades received by students who passed the GCSE.

In the results of the ratings of English schools in 2019-2020, scores are taken into account on points 9, 8, 7.

The final and most important step in British education is the A-Level exam. The rating of schools shows the number of A *, A and B grades received as a percentage of the total number of grades that students received at the A-level. 2021 results are based on the 2020 summer exams.

2019 2020
Schools in England / ranking GCSE A-Level GCSE
A-Level GCSE A-Level

Abbey College Manchester 33.8% 59.6% 28% 46% 35% 78%
Abingdon school 83.9% 87% 86% 89%
ASC Cobham

Ampleforth College 55.2% 74.1% 59.2% 64.5%
66% 70%
Ardingly College 75.7% 87% 65% 86.8% 80% 94%
Ashbourne Independent Sixth-form College

76% fifty% 79%
Ashford school 41.7% 68.5% 30.8% 64.3% 53% 72%
Ashville College 41.7% 60.9% 52.7% 50.5% 63% 77%
Badminton school 87.3% 72.9% 78.4% 85% 85% 90%
Battle abbey school 39.6% 77.6% 44% 65% 64% 76%
Bedales School 61.7% 68% 60.4% 61.3% 60% 61%
Bede’s School 37.7% 69.8% 66.8% 38.6% 43% 82%
Bedford school 69.2% 75% 66% 72% 71% 88%
Beechwood Sacred Heart School 45.2% 48% 64%
Bellerbys College Brighton 33.8% 56.6% 47.7% 68.5% 80%
Bellerbys College Cambridge 37.8% 72.9% 61.5% 69% 91%
Bellerbys College London 34.3% 68.8% 61% 69% 85%
Berkhamsted School 69% 78% 79% 72% 84%
Bradfield College 61% 77.2% 60% 70% 60% 67%
Brentwood School 60% 78.1% 62.4% 70.2% 69% 66%
Bryanston school 49% 71.2% 80% 94.3% 53% 68%
Bishop’s Stortford College 64.9% 82.8% 73% 79% 62% (A * -A)
Box hill school 27% 40% twenty% 44% thirty% 59%
Bournemouth Collegiate School 21% 51% 33.3% 46.9% 38% 69%
Brighton College 90.4% 95.4% 94.5% 97.2%
97% 99%
Bromsgrove School 62.8% 77% 64% 77% 66% 88%
Canford school 69.9% 78.2% 69.6% 76.4% 70% 78%
Caterham school 80.4% 85.8% 78.3% 86% 86% 91%
Cardiff Sixth Form College 96% 83.9% 99.2% 93% 99%
CATS College Cambridge

45% 99%
CATS College Canterbury

45% 99%
CATS College London 17.8% 45.7% 45% 99%
Charterhouse School 86% fifty% 71.1% 81.7% 79%
Cheltenham College 69.3% 77% 65% 65% 65% 83%
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, the 92.5% 93% 90.3% 91.2% 97% 96%
Chigwell school 73.4% 79.7% 79.3% 73.7% 83% 86%
City of London Freemen’s School 83.1% 87.6% 62% 86% 91% 94%
Clifton College 59.2% 75.7% 71% 90% 70% 80%
Cobham Hall School

29% 58%
Concord College 87.4% 94.9% 86.4% 97.3% 88%
Culford school 47.5% 46.9 53% 44% 55% 66%
DLD College 30.3% 55.4% 28.5% 55% 45% 76%
Dean close school 52% 80% 59% 70% 59% 77%
d’Overbroeck’s College 59.4% 78.2% 62% 81.7% 68% 90%
Downe house school 84.5% 88.5% 84.8% 84.6% 90% 83%
Dulwich College 84.4% 88.4% 84% 86.4% 97% 86%
Epsom College 87.1% 77.1% 74.6% 90% 75% 91%
Eton College 95.8% 94.1% 92.6%
93.6% 96%
Farringtons School 38% 51.5% 34% 43.1% 34% 63%
Felsted School 46.2% 72.7% 44.5% 61.1% 55% 76%
Frensham heights school thirty% 64.9% 31% 44% 43% 72%
Fulneck School 41.8% 52% 49.8% 52% 60%
Godolphin School, the 64.7% 85.7% 50.6% 63.3% fifty% 57%
Haileybury School 68.8% 73% 65.6% 79.8% 79% 78%
Harrow school 64.5% 99.4% 64.5% 83% 87%
Headington school 83.8% 81.9% 77.2% 82.1% 85% 87%
Heathfield school 49.1% 86.1% 45% 65.6% 63%
Hurstpierpoint College 45.3% 83.7% 83.5% 84.7% 90% 91%
Hurtwood House school 41.6% 70% 48.4% 85.9% 88%
Kensington Park School 43.3% 83.5% 65%
Kent College Pembury 57% 64% 58% 64% 64% 80%
King’s School Canterbury 37.2% 65% 69.4%
77.5% 77% 87%
King’s school ely 42.4% 74.8% 55.7% 58.2% 60% 65%
Kingswood school 68% 76% 62% 88% 69% 81%
Lancing College 53% 78% 42% 82%
Leighton Park School 50.8% 63.4% 56% 59.1%
Leys school 67.8% 73.7% 65.9% 79.8%
Malvern College 57% 54% 57% 58%
Marlborough College 72.6% 82.98% 67.6% 79.3%
Millfield School 47.6% 56.6% 46.4% 60.1%
Mill Hill School 56.5% 72.4% 57% 66%
Mount kelly 42.7% 60.5% 41.1% 56.1%
Mount school 55% 83.5% 41.2% 58.8%
MPW Sixth Form College, Birmingham 54% 64% 23% 63%
MPW Sixth Form College, Cambridge 33% 62% 34% 71%
MPW Sixth Form College, London 56% 63.8% 46.3% 65.5%
New hall school 53.6% 71.6% fifty% 83.5%
Oakham school 61.9% 69.8% 51.9% 73.3%
Old Palace of John Whitgift School 76% 83%
Oundle School 82.2% 85.1% 40% 79%
Pangbourne College 41% 54%
Portland place school 26% 27% fifty%
Prior’s Field School 64% 59%
Purcell school 55.9% 71.3% 52% 63%
Queen ethelburga’s collegiate 71.3% 96.2% 80.5% 92.5%
Queenswood school 61.3% 59.9% 45.7% 54,%
Radley College 77.7% 88.9% 83.3% 86.1%
Reddam House School 53.7% 55.1% 54% 71.3%
Reeds school 71% 78% 73% 77%
Repton School 66.1% 81.3% 67.4% 61.9%
Rossall School 47% 43% 47% 41%
Roedean School 69.7% 78.1% 66.7% 79.3%
Royal Ballet School 52% 54% fifty% 60%
Royal Russel School 50.9% 65.7% 53.6% 70.5%
Royal School 38% 72.6% 24% 74%
Rugby School 85.7% 81.8% 77.1% 85.6%
Stowe school 41.2% 64% 46.7% 68.5%
Sevenoaks School 92.7% 95.8% 91.2% 93.8%
Sherborne School for Boys 56.2% 75.1% 52.3% 78.3%
Sherborne School for Girls 64.3% 73% 59.7% 74.9%
Sidcot School 21.3% 54% 39.1% 62.1%
St Edmund’s College 45.9% 70.9% 38.1% 69.3%
St george’s school 61% 59.2% 53.9% 60.8%
St John’s College 31.7% 47.7%
St Lawrence School 65% 94% 32% 83%
St Mary’s School Calne 80% 84% 82% 86%
St Mary’s School Cambridge 63.7% 67.9% 61.2% 72.5%
St.Edward’s school 57.1% 80.6% 52.9% 83.8%
Stonar school 49.9% 50.9% 52.6% 53.1%
Stowe school 46.1% 68.5%
Talbot Heath School 59.3% 78.3% 52.3% 75.6%
Taunton School International Study Center 43.1% 63.6% 48% 61.2%
Tring Park School for the performing arts 56.8% 34.7% 34.2% 58.3%
Warminster school 32% 42.8% 28.6% 35.7%
Wellington college fifty% 70.4% 83% 85%
Westminster School 97.3% 98.7% 98.8% 90.7%
Westonbirt School 46% 57% 84.7% 94.2%
Whitgift College 74.9% 85% 37% 61%
Winchester College 91.1% 93.3% 87.1% 92.7%
Woldingham school 67.1% 87.4% 64.2% 72.8%
Wycliffe College 59.2% 63.5% 60% 67%

The Sunday Times English boarding school rankings show how UK students perform in their summer final exams.

Why is it worth paying attention to exam results? Firstly, it is an indicator of student progress, evidence of the high level of teachers and strict discipline. Secondly, it practically guarantees your child further studies at universities in the UK, where you can get only with high scores. And thirdly, this method of assessing the activities of an institution is the most objective, and you will know exactly what you are paying for.

Contact us – and we will tell you which college your child has the highest chances of successfully passing the GCSE and A-Level, which educational institution will give him decent preparation for entering a foreign university.Our experts will analyze not only the rating of English schools, but also:

  • will conduct initial testing, determine the truly effective learning environment;
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Date Created: 21.08.2019 15:04:31
90,000 how Singapore became an ideal country for IT professionals :: Opinion :: RBC

Everything for work

For expatriate professionals in priority areas such as IT, obtaining a Singapore Employment Pass (EP) does not take long.The wives of the holders of work visas receive a document with which they can stay in the country, if they wish to find a job and also receive an Employment Pass. After two years of residence in Singapore, work visa holders are eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit and / or Singapore citizenship. The Singapore passport is recognized as the strongest passport in the world – the strength is calculated by the number of countries to which the passport holder can get either without a visa, or with a visa at the airport of arrival (159 in the case of Singapore).And the two years of residency required to apply for citizenship is one of the lowest naturalization times in the world.

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5.6 million people live in Singapore – 3.9 million residents and 1.7 million foreigners, 1.4 million of whom work. That is, more than a third of the labor force in the country is foreigners. In Singapore, it is easier for foreign specialists than in any other country to adapt to work and life. The city-country is constantly leading in terms of the indicator of the quality of life, assessed by the social, transport, information, technological, energy, cultural and entertainment components.Singapore is well organized, and this is the strongest argument – the rational use of top talent is directly related to their efficiency.

A good passionate pro works about 60 hours a week: 11 every weekday and five more on weekends. If he saves about an hour a day, that’s 10% more time used rationally. Imagine how significant a 10% win in some dynamic sport like Formula 1 is – the tech business is just as competitive.Any situations in which time is wasted on delays associated with poor organization of city services, services, affect the business – they provoke late meetings, postponement of important events, the creation of personal and collective ineffective situations. All services in Singapore are well synchronized – there are no lengthy bureaucratic procedures, the system of public and personal transport works well, parking is available, the flows of arrivals and departures and baggage claim at the airport are organized correctly, passport control is automated.All this saves time compared to other cities and countries, and this efficiency activates itself, increasing the productivity of a valuable and highly paid specialist.

Singapore has good business conditions and a very efficient taxation system: large taxes are paid on large expenses, and taxes on wages are relatively low. For people of the new generation, it has become the norm to live in small, comfortable apartments, get by with convenient and compact transport and feel comfortable.Therefore, if, while earning a lot, a person decides not to spend a lot, it is possible very effectively not to pay high taxes and make savings. Singapore also has one of the most efficient pension insurance systems in the world.

High-quality specialists have rather high requirements for the standard of living – they need good medicine, a high level of safety, good restaurants and interesting cultural events, the best kindergartens and schools for children. Singapore has it all – the country is in the top 5 of the best countries in the world in terms of the level of medical services provided, in the top 10 in the world safety rating.Singapore’s eateries and sidewalk cafes offer a wide selection of inexpensive and high-quality local dishes – two street stalls have already been awarded Michelin stars, 38 restaurants have been awarded one or more stars. The government is spending a lot of money on public schools and increasing the number of places in international ones. Several leading international schools are open in Singapore – Tanglin Trust School, Singapore American School and UWCSEA College, recognized as one of the best private schools in the world. Local schools here are of no less high level: Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Girls’ High School.

Applying knowledge

Singapore becomes one of the world’s scientific and educational centers. Systemic investments of the government in science have made it possible to create powerful universities, which are included in the world rankings in terms of a set of indicators. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ranked 11th in the QS World Top Universities Ranking, National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 15th, Singapore Management University may enter this ranking in the near future.Branches of many well-known rating foreign universities have opened in the country. By locating their campuses in Singapore, they have provided themselves with a huge number of students from all over Asia and attracted thousands of world-class scientists.

For graduates of these universities, the choice of work can be reduced to two options: a technology company or a bank. Talented, highly educated people rarely want to work from 9:00 to 18:00 and receive an annual ritual promotion – they want to do interesting things and participate in breakthrough, extraordinary projects, often even at the expense of high salaries, of course, in exchange for the opportunity to participate in profits companies through option programs.An IT professional at Citibank usually earns more than a developer at a technology company, but graduates are more likely to go to work at technology companies. And rightly so – in the tech industry, people are motivated by independence and professionalism, they strive to develop the skills they need tomorrow to stay relevant.

Competition between teams of technology companies is intensifying more and more, and it is around the quality and efficiency of top specialists.Development centers of some technology companies are already successfully operating in Singapore: Google, Amazon, Acronis. They are not enough yet to create very high competition for high-quality and efficient engineers – and this is another advantage for those who want to develop in the industry. However, there are more and more such development centers, and in the future it will work very effectively: in the field of innovation development, Singapore can be compared with Israel, and in terms of ease of doing business – with Switzerland.

Most technology companies are forced to do business all over the world. They need some kind of neutrality, because by definition they have to be global – part of what they do is mission critical (parts of technology that are related to security, privacy and authenticity). Singapore in this sense is a stable and neutral platform, so most of the technology should be in this country. Singapore – Asia for Beginners. Many other Asian countries have some priority in relation to expats: for example, Hong Kong is more comfortable for Chinese to work, and it is much less favorable to Indians, Malays and Filipinos.Singapore is for everyone: it is comfortable, safe, stable and wealthy. It is surrounded by not very wealthy countries, but the economies of these countries are developing rapidly and Singapore will benefit from this development. In the context of globalization, being in such a place is also good from the point of view of relations with the outside world – there is no aggressive foreign policy in the country. And no matter how the political situation develops in other countries, geographically Singapore will remain in the center of a politically calm region, it is neutral and provides an opportunity to do business with all countries of the world.

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90,000 The best private boarding schools abroad, schools and colleges for foreigners abroad and in Europe

The best private boarding schools abroad, schools and colleges for foreigners abroad and in Europe are becoming the first step towards an elite education at prestigious universities in the world.The choice of a private educational institution for Russian, foreign children determines the quality of academic preparation, the type of diploma received upon completion of training, what foreign languages ​​the child will master during school. Top 5 countries offering the most elite schooling in the world – USA, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Austria.

Studying at a prestigious private school will allow you to prepare in the best way for entering a university, further life and work abroad. Knowledge of English and other foreign languages, the ability to communicate with representatives of different cultures, the skills of adapting to the academic requirements and traditions of another country – all these abilities acquired while studying at a foreign private boarding school or college will allow your child to become successful in today’s rapidly changing world. to be a universal specialist in the international labor market.

Our foreign education consultants will help you choose the best independent educational institution abroad, advise the optimal training program, and tell you about the advantages of a particular place. Our site contains a list of schools and programs, tuition prices, ratings, reviews. The catalog is easy to search, there is the possibility of self-booking, and if necessary, our specialists will answer your questions via an online chat or by phone. The consultations are free.

The best private boarding schools abroad: the advantages of schools, colleges for foreigners abroad and in Europe

The best private boarding schools abroad for foreign students have a number of advantages that allow graduates to enter, study at leading universities in the world, develop a number of skills necessary for successful employment, life in any country in the world.

  • The best private schools, keeping true to traditions, introduce modern programs, innovative teaching technologies, technical achievements into the educational process, and use online resources. Advanced programs and leading teachers allow you to achieve excellent training results, a high average score, and successfully pass final exams.
  • A certificate of a prestigious private school gives several additional points to its graduates: admissions committees pay attention to the famous name of the educational institution, since it is most often a guarantee of a high level of teaching academic disciplines, attentive attitude to the psychological readiness of each student for further education – the formation of independent learning skills , responsibility, ability to work individually / in a team.
  • A distinctive feature of private institutions is a small filling of classes, an optimal ratio of students and teachers, the ability to use an individual approach, conduct personal consultations and classes. An important part of the educational process of a private school is the identification of the educational, creative, sports potential of the child, attention to his educational needs and characteristics.
  • Private colleges and boarding schools pay much attention to the assimilation of ready-made knowledge and the formation of a heuristic personality with mental activity, the skills to search for independent and non-obvious solutions, the ability to analyze, synthesize, and form independent judgments.
  • Studying in a private boarding school abroad teaches the child to everyday independence, the organization of educational, free time. Life in a closed private school involves adherence to strict rules of conduct, dress code, daily routine: all students are under the constant supervision of experienced teachers, receive help, support in difficult situations, but must strictly observe the conditions of stay prescribed by the charter of the educational institution. As a rule, these are prohibitions on the use of violence against other students, the use of drugs, smoking, the use of foul language, inappropriate behavior.
  • Prestigious private boarding schools attract students from all over the world, which allows students to grow in an intercultural environment, learn to respect each other’s cultural differences. Such experience will be useful in the future, when training and employment in international companies, moving to another country.
  • Living and studying abroad contributes to the rapid development of foreign languages, allows you to improve English, if taught in it, or the language of the country where the institution is located.Constant communication with representatives of different nationalities helps in the development of other foreign languages. The curriculum includes a second and sometimes a third language.
  • Advanced institutions with a high price tag are usually famous for their excellent equipment: sports grounds, swimming pools, creative centers, multimedia equipment of the highest quality, student recreation areas, their own cafes and rooms equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable life.

The best private boarding schools abroad, schools and colleges for foreigners: regional features

The best private boarding schools abroad traditionally include educational institutions in the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland, but in recent decades, boarding schools in Canada, Germany, Asia have gained popularity.Most popular independent day care and boarding institutions. located in the following countries:

  • UK
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • USA
  • Canada
  • France
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • UAE.

If you are looking for a private school in Asia, India, Japan (and its islands), China, including Hong Kong have the best and widest selection of international schools in the region, serving a large number of foreigners.

In South America, most private institutions offer an IB program in Spanish, English, or both. Bilingual schools teach about half of all academic disciplines in Spanish, the rest in English. About 25% of the teaching staff are native English speakers who came from abroad.

The best private boarding schools abroad: the cost of education in schools, colleges for foreigners abroad and in Europe

The best private boarding schools abroad offer quality education, but prices are much higher than in public ones.The cost of studying abroad depends on the rating of the educational institution and increases gradually depending on the age group. Training may require additional costs:

  • Registration fee
  • Enrollment Fee
  • Contribution to the School Development Fund
  • Expenses for food, transport, if not included
  • Student accident insurance
  • Cost of uniform
  • Exam fee.

Some institutions offer discounts on tuition fees if 2-3 children from the same family study here.

Elite private boarding schools, colleges in the USA, Great Britain, Europe and other countries of the world charge tuition fees. Average cost including room and board:

  • UK – 25,000-40,000 £
  • USA – 30,000-60,000 $
  • Switzerland – 40000-


  • Austria – 30,000 – 67,000 €
  • Canada – 20,000-60000 $ CAD
  • Germany – 24000-50000 €
  • France – 24000-45000 €
  • Ireland – 25000-45000 €
  • Italy – 25000-45000 €
  • Spain – 25,000-40,000 €
  • Australia – 25000-45000 $ AUD
  • Malta – 20,000 – 35,000 €
  • China – $ 5000-20000.

Top private boarding schools abroad, schools and colleges for foreigners abroad and in Europe: types of educational institutions

The best private boarding schools abroad are divided into two types:

  • Daytime educational institutions offer training according to the traditional system – daily attendance at an educational institution during classes, living at home with a host family. The advantage of independent schools is a wide range of additional classes, clubs, extracurricular activities, the opportunity to stay after lessons under the supervision of experienced teachers.Lessons are held in the mornings and afternoons – all of which make day school attendance convenient for families with two working parents.
  • Bording schools offer the possibility of living for children during the school week, trimester or the whole year. Students live in full board, constantly under the supervision of experienced mentors. In addition to daily morning and evening classes, additional, extra-curricular activities, prestigious guesthouses offer leisure activities on campus, trips, excursions on weekends and vacations, trips abroad.

The best private boarding schools abroad for Russian schoolchildren: admission, list of documents for admission

The best private boarding schools abroad for Russian schoolchildren have a number of requirements for applicants:

Foreign students apply in advance, 8-12 months before the start of the academic year. The most famous private schools put candidates on a waiting list, and it can be quite large.

After receiving a preliminary answer, students send a list of documents by e-mail:

  • Estimates for the last two years, extracts from transcripts
  • Copy of student’s passport
  • Recommendations from the head of the educational institution, teachers of mathematics, English (or other foreign) language
  • Resume, motivation letter
  • Certificate of language proficiency.

Most foreign educational institutions require officially translated, certified documents.

Some private schools conduct internal entrance exams, British prestigious institutions of secondary education conduct a single test Ukiset. The final stage of admission will be a personal or online interview.

The best private boarding schools abroad: the top 10 best schools and colleges in the world

  • Charterhouse, UK

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse moved to its current 250-acre park campus in Godalming, Surrey in 1872.Along with good academic achievements, it is known for a thriving theater, presenting 7-8 full-scale theatrical performances annually. Charterhouse offers 80 extracurricular clubs and societies, from exploring alternative music and world cinema to wine tasting.

  • Tonbridge School, UK

Tonbridge School for Boys has gone 400 years from a small school to a large, well-known educational institution. It has an excellent academic reputation: 24 departments have their own study and reading rooms, libraries, laboratories, all modern conveniences.Tonbridge pays great attention to drama, sports, and boasts quality playgrounds that served as a venue for Olympic training.

  • Brillantmont, Switzerland

Brillantmont is located in the center of Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, and has been a family business for 130 years. Eight buildings of the school are located around the central sports tennis court. The school has five boarding houses for 100 people.From January to April, the students go in for skiing.

  • Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Switzerland

Institut auf dem Rosenberg was founded in 1889. Since the 1950s, the school has been preparing students for final exams in German, English, American, Italian and Swiss. One of the highlights of the school year is the Rosenberg Ball, for which students prepare for 2 months. In winter, students go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, in summer – water skiing.

Trinity School is a selective, independent, coeducational day school in New York City. Founded in 1709 at the old Trinity Church on Broadway, Wall Street, it is the fifth oldest in the United States, New York’s oldest permanent educational institution. It offers the highest quality academic services, a prestigious diploma, and a large university enrollment rate among graduates.

  • Horace Mann School, USA

Independent Preparatory School of New York, founded in 1887.This is one of the most prestigious and expensive private educational institutions in the United States, included in the list of the best according to Forbes magazine.

  • Appleby College, Canada

Appleby College is located in Oakville and is recognized worldwide as one of Canada’s leading independent educational institutions. The breadth of the program, innovative equipment, and caring for the students are the hallmarks of Appleby.

Elmwood is a premier girls’ school located in Ottawa offering programs from JK to Grade 12.High academic standards, small classrooms and a safe, supportive environment ensure that every student can reach their potential by successfully completing the IB program.

  • Tanglin Trust, Singapore

The institution has an excellent academic reputation, pays great attention to the creative development of students – choral singing, playing musical instruments, performing at concerts with an orchestra. Many graduates become students at leading UK universities.The educational institution offers modern buildings with a separate Sixth form center, a swimming pool, spacious outdoor playgrounds. Teaching is conducted in English, graduates receive a GCSE diploma.

  • St. Paul’s School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Anglo-Brazilian bilingual St. Paul School is considered one of the leading British schools in Latin America. It has an excellent academic reputation for offering an optimal environment for students. Many of them go to the best universities in the UK and USA.Graduates study under the IB and GCSE programs.

  • Sent Christopher, Bahrain

A welcoming and friendly English-taught school offering modern academic buildings, a swimming pool, a Sixth Form center. 2000 students from 50 countries study here. Training program – GCSE and A-Level, including areas of media, business research, physical education, psychology.


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