Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong students may be the cream of the crop for local students in Singapore, but you will be surprised that they are ranked among the lowest when it comes to education for foreign students in Singapore. According to an article written by a Beijing-based PRC academic on popular PRC forum xin jia po yan, there are namely 4 class rankings in terms of their prestige, financials and quality for Singapore’s international schools. The following article is a direct translation from the weixin article.
The Singapore Permanent Resident wrote in Chinese and categorised them into 4 classes. Class A international schools named are Singapore American School (SAS), Canadian International School (CIS), United World College of East Asia Singapore (UWCSE). They have the strongest finances, a rich school history, better school teachers, better school management and, naturally, are among the most expensive private schools in Singapore. American students have priorities entering these US-syllabus schools which are instilled American values and there are always a long waiting list of applicants both local and foreign each year. Most of their graduates enter elite colleges in United States.
Class B international schools named are Australian International School of Singapore (AISS), German European School Singapore (GESS) and Overseas Family School (OFS). The student population of AISS and GESS is at least 3,500 each, while OFS have about 1,500. The smaller scale Class B international schools are International School of Singapore (ISS), Chatsworth International School and Tanglin Trust School with about 800 students each. Their entry requirements are much lower than Class A international schools and standards are also lower. In terms of English proficiency, these Class B schools have lower standards because the majority of the students are PRC Chinese, Koreans and Germans.
Class C international schools named are Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) International, Hwa Chong International School and St Joseph’s Institution International. These schools adopt Singapore’s education system, and there are a lot of Singapore students despite taking the same International Baccalaureate (IB) exams like other international schools. The two schools usually have graduates with near-perfect scores, despite having lesser resources than Class A and B international schools.
Class D international schools named are Hillside World Academy (HWA), Stamford American International School (SAIS) and Nexus International School Singapore. These schools are recently established and are no more than 10 year old. However, they have a higher teacher-to-students ratio and have attained IB schools standards.
There area also other international schools not categorised in Class A, B, C and D like Swiss School in Singapore (SSiS) and Global International School Singapore (GISS). However, they are fully qualified IB schools. For GISS, the majority of the students are surprisingly Koreans.
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