There are many different schooling choices available in Singapore and Singapore offers many high quality international Schools.
All Singaporean State Schools (including kindergartens) follow the same school year which starts on 2 January and consists of four 10-week terms. There is a one-week holiday after the first and third terms, a four-week holiday after the second term, and a six-week break at the end of the year. Foreign International schools operate to different timetables and should be consulted directly for their term dates.
Even though children are not required to start school before the age of six in Signapore, there are many pre-school centres for children from six months old. Between the ages of three and six years old children will often be enrolled in a kindergarten. There is a varied choice of these in different areas of the island, including foreign/international kindergartens for expat children.
In Singapore children start primary education from the age of six. Singaporean shools only take children from a certain catchment area, which is determined by a set radius around the school campus. Some schools are more popular (mainly due to their exam results) and it is not uncommon for parents to buy or rent a home within that school’s catchment area to secure a place for their children.
Secondary schools in Singapore are government funded, government aided or independent. Students attend four or five years of secondary education.
Special Needs Education
Special Education encompasses a range of specialized teaching programmes in special education (SPED) schools which cater for children with autism, or intellectual, sensory, physical or multiple disabilities. For more information please visit the National Council of Social Service website or the Ministry of Education website.
There is a choice of international schools in Singapore and most expatriates’ children will attend one of these. Many start at kindergarten age and will go through primary to secondary school. Most of Singapore’s international schools follow the schedule of the “home country” school.
Singapore has it’s own Australian International School.
Avondale Grammar School follows the NSW Curriculum. Avondale's holidays and calendar year follow a similiar pattern to Australian Schools.