Re: Local school or international school in Singapore
Was tooling around on the Malaysia forum but ended up in Singapore! My daughter is in Primary 2 at a neighbourhood local school in the Tanglin/Alexandra Road area. She has been there since P1 and loves going to school. She has made friends, both Singaporean and international. There are kids from India, Ireland, Japan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, UK, and US at her school. I must admit that Maths and Chinese are a challenge for her, but she takes it all in stride, we help her out as best we can, she's not too stressed about it, and neither are we... Her form teacher and the principal at her school are easily accessible via email and mobile. A neighbourhood school tends to be more open-minded than any of the top ten local primary schools in Singapore (which is another story!). I agree with Bocat, for younger kids, it's a good system- a little discipline and rigidity never hurt anyone! And for the price we pay, which is definitely a drop in the bucket compared to international schools, we save a substantial amount (our plan is to enrol her in an IS for Secondary school). Another thing is, if your 9-year old joins in mid-stream i.e., P3 or P4, she can be exempted from having to learn Mother Tongue---Mandarin, Bahasa, or Tamil---as mandated of all children entering primary school. That would surely be one less stress off her. I'm sorry I haven't heard anything about expat teenagers in secondary schools though. In the end, however, whatever school your choose, you'd like to send both of them to the same one as planning the summer holidays will be a pain if one does local and the other international! Good luck!