We hate to say this. But schooling for foreigners is expensive in Singapore. The most affordable means is to enroll your students in a local school. However, typically only a third of foreigners are accepted into local schools. So most foreigners will send their child to international schools. For expatriates, it is prudent to request for child’s education to be included in the remuneration package as this is a significant expense for living in Singapore.
In a local primary school, ASEAN students have to pay $440 per month for school fees. Non-ASEAN international students have to pay $700 in monthly fees. Next year, these fees will increase by $25 and $50 respectively.
In a local secondary school, ASEAN students have to pay $720 per month for school fees. Non-ASEAN international students have to pay $1,250 in monthly fees. Next year, these fees will increase by $60 and $150 respectively.
In a local Junior College, ASEAN students have to pay $980 per month for school fees. Non-ASEAN international students have to pay $1,600 in monthly fees. Next year, these fees will increase by $60 and $150 respectively.
The school fees are significantly higher than those in local schools.
One of the most expensive school is The Winstedt School as they focus on small class size (maximum of 15 students per class). The bulk of the students come from the US, UK, and Australia. For Years 9 and 10, the school charges an annual fee of $54,891. The lowest annual fee is $51,655 and this applies to Years 1 and 2.
Popular schools such as Singapore American School, Canadian International School, and Australian International School commands annual tuition fees of around $39,000 to $44,000.
Among the international schools, One World International School (OWIS) is one of the most affordable. The annual school fees for kindergarten pupils start from $17,514, rising to $20,136 for secondary students. Established in 2008, it has a new campus located at Jurong West Street.
OWIS offers a high-quality education International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for early childhood through grade 5. This is followed by the Cambridge IGCSE Programme for grades 6 to 10. There is also a diverse group of international students with a 30% nationality cap for any one nationality.
Lastly, we have Privately-Funded Schools. Their fees are more affordable for foreigners looking for a school for their child. Their fees range around $24000 to $29,000. ACS International charges an annual fee of $28,800 for non-ASEAN international students at year 5 – 6 of the IBDP program. The lowest is $21,600 for non-ASEAN international students in year 1-4 of the IP program.
For Hwa Chong International School, annual tuition fees are $24,610 and $28,890 for Grades 5 to 8 and Grades 9 to 10 respectively. Another school, SJI International High School charges annual school fees around $28,250 to $32,986 for the IB Diploma course.