As a result of its extensive and varied expatriate community, Singapore has a large number of international schools, most catering to a specific curriculum or nationality. The largest of all, Singapore American School -- with an enrollment topping 3,800 -- has a diversified student body with representatives from more than 50 countries. As with most international schools however, the Singapore government bars Singaporeans from attending international and private schools with two notable exceptions: Anglo-Chinese International and Hwa Chong International.
Singapore American School
The local education system, once criticized for being too rigid and specialized, and depending too much on rote learning, has made great strides in recent years to take on a more holistic approach to education. A greater focus on creative and critical thinking and life-long learning has been introduced by the Ministry of Education to address these concerns and to ensure that Singaporean students can compete and thrive on a global level.
Taking into account the excellence of the local education system, the long waitlists at many international schools and the ever-shrinking "expat package," more and more expatriates are considering Singaporean local schools a viable option for their children.
As a result of its extensive and varied expatriate community, Singapore has a large number of international schools, most catering to a specific curriculum or nationality. The largest of all, Singapore