Do not be deceived by the advice from expats who scoff when you comment on how confusing the entire schooling system is in Singapore, then in response to your solicited advice, they retort with comments like: “Don’t get so fraught by the school, your child is only 5 years old!” or “Just stick to the same curriculum that your child is already studying, you can’t go wrong.” or even worse… “Just go for the ones with the biggest wait list, they’re the best.”
These comments are usually fortified with the fact that they have been living in Singapore for at least 10 years and, 10 years ago, there were not even half of the International school choices there are now! There are over 30 International Primary/Secondary Schools in Singapore, not to mention the 500 preschools.
In all honesty… yes it is relatively simple to narrow it all down to 5-6 preschools and 5-6 primary/secondary. But on what basis, how do you draw up the short list , what priorities come first?
- How long will you live in Singapore
- How old is your child (ren)
- What type of personality is your child (ren)
- Is school paid for by a company or is it a personal expense
All of these factors, plus 10 or more others, are all important considerations and every family situation and profile will have very different priorities.
Whilst listening to your new best friend, “random expat forums”, and trying to digest subjective comments from a well meaning (but a stranger to you and your family) expat parent, always remember this… YOUR child is unique and only YOU know what environment and curriculum could, should or might best suit them.
Butterfly provides objective, impartial advice on schooling based on family’s individual profiles and needs. We assist with advice on curricula, special needs, individual tuition – Butterfly is here to help you and your child(ren) to land gently.
By Sarah Bowler