Tanglin, GEMS Academy or ISS school in Singapore?

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By tompitman - Posted on
20 September 2016
We'd like some advice on schools in Sinagapore for expats, for children ranging from 7 to 13. We've been suggested to look at Tanglin, GEMS Academy and ISS school. But I gather these all have waiting lists, and we want to enrol for January. Can you recommend these schools, or offer other suggestions? How hard are the entrance exams, the children have been in London schools until now, and we would ideally like to continue with a British curriculum. 
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Hi there,

Unfortunately long waiting lists tend to be a common problem when it comes to international schools, so I would recommend getting in touch directly with any schools you're interested in as soon as possible.

We have a comprehensive page of international schools in Singapore which lists each school's website and curriculum. You can also have a look at our write-ups on GEMS, Tanglin and ISS.

You may also find our page on Education and Schools in Singapore useful as a general overview.

Best of luck.

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Alot of the schools in SIngapore do not have waitlists such as AIS, Canadian International School ( offers the IB programme not Canadian) and SAIS. You can contact these schools directly through their websites. Most schools offer school tours or host open days so you can visit the school before you apply.

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My child goes to GEMS and they don't have a waitlist. You should try calling them.

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Waitlists in most schools are not nearly as bad as they were as there is much more choice these days. As stated by others, it's best to contact each school directly as it can vary enormously by year group.

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