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12 Best Private Schools in Singapore [2024]

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Choosing a school for your child is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent.

It affects every aspect of their life, from academics to socialization and future career opportunities. Singapore has numerous private education providers with excellent reputations that offer outstanding education and top-notch facilities but finding the right one can be tough.

Singapore has been ranked as one of the best countries to live in, and its education system reflects this ranking. In order to find the perfect private school for your child, it’s important to take many factors into consideration from academic requirements to extracurricular activities offered by each.

Fortunately, we’ve compiled this list of the 12 Best Private Schools in Singapore that are best for you and your kids!

1. XCL World Academy

XCL World Academy - Private School Singapore (Credit: XCL World Academy)
XCL World Academy – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: XCL World Academy)
Key ServicesBilingual Programme
University & Career Guidance
Extra-Curricular Activities
English as an Additional Language Program
Address2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039
Phone+65 6871 8809
+65 6808 7321
Operating HoursMonday – Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The first in our list is formerly known as GEMS World Academy, and one of the few private schools in Singapore to provide the full four years of International Baccalaureate programs, such as the Career-Related program, with many private school offers only three.

There’s even more to it! They also have extensive arts, sports, and language programs in place so that their students may get a comprehensive education, all-rounded life, and holistic socialization.

XCL World Academy attracts international students, ensuring a diverse mix of customs that exposes youngsters to a wider range of cultural practices and beliefs, all around the world.

Key Differentiators

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum programmes
  • The teaching approach is based on fostering inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people
  • Promotes multilingualism

Client’s Testimony

I work here at XCL World Academy and I love it! This is the first and only IB continuum school that offers 4 IB programmes for our students here in Singapore, and by offering an international education definitely helps to prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges of college and career. With its emphasis on an academic rigour and personal development, the IB programme is the best choice to help equip our students on the journey of life-long learning with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to excel both academically and personally. I also love our tight-knitted and happy community that represents so many different cultures and nationalities. 🙂

Shawna Yong

2. German European School Singapore (GESS) International School

GESS International School - Private School Singapore (Credit: GESS International School)
GESS International School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: GESS International School)
Key ServicesPreschool
Primary School
Middle School
High School
Languages in IB
Languages in German Curriculum
GESS Centre for Excellence
Learning Support
Learning Resources
Address2 Dairy Farm Lane,
Singapore 677621
Phone+65 6461 0881
+65 6461 0801
Operating HoursMonday – Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

If language is your child’s strong suit, consider sending them to GESS International School!

This is one of the few private international schools in Singapore that teaches both the German curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) in English. This institution prepares kids with a wide range of language abilities while they are under one roof, alongside other mother tongues taught here.

It is located within a stone’s throw of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, allowing students to get up close and personal with nature. Enrolling your kid here opens up a world of learning opportunities for them outside of the classroom.

Key Differentiators

  • European foundations
  • Offers the German Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in English
  • Commissioned by the German Foreign Office

Client’s Testimony

I really liked this school. It was the best I’ve ever been to. The people are so friendly and nice. The teachers really know what they’re doing and I’m glad I already had the opportunity to learn English at the age of 6.


3. Overseas Family School

Overseas Family School - Private School Singapore (Credit: Overseas Family School)
Overseas Family School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Overseas Family School)
Key ServicesIntellectual Development Program
Model United Nations
Mother Tongue Program
Study Preparation Program
Sports Program
Enrichment Program
Camp Quest
Address81 Pasir Ris Heights, Singapore 519292
Phone+65 6738 0211
Operating HoursMonday to Friday: 9 AM to 3:30 PM

As the name implies, this exclusive institution is ideal for foreign families more than local families who live in Singapore. This institution, which enrolls pupils from more than 70 countries and cultures, is without a doubt a colorful mix of nationalities and races.

There are four levels of education in the school system: kindergarten (K1-K2), primary (Grades 1-5), middle (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12) levels.

Students here may improve their English, which is not limited to language skills. International students who do not speak English as a first language will be provided with a Study Preparation Program (SPP) to help them prepare for future academic endeavors.

The school’s many facilities, such as basketball courts, swimming pools, multipurpose gymnasiums, and football pitches, will undoubtedly appeal to budding young athletes and sports enthusiasts.

Key Differentiators

  • Provides a modern education in the English language for Overseas Families
  • Team of highly qualified and experienced teachers from about 40 countries
  • Offers English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish

Client’s Testimony

I love this school. To begin with, most of the teachers are extremely knowledgable and well trained in the high school especially in the STEM departments. The students here are also very nice and academically challenges you which is encouraging. Yes, the facilities are limited compared to other schools however, academically I could argue this is one of the best schools in the world!

Navya Pujari

4. Dover Court International School

Dover Court International School - Private School Singapore (Credit: Dover Court International School)
Dover Court International School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Dover Court International School)
Key ServicesSupportive Education
Physical Education at DCISVirtual School Experience
Global Campus
The Performing Arts with Juilliard
Our Approach to STEAM
Academic Results and University Destinations
AddressDover Court International School
301 Dover Road
Phone+65 6775 7664
Operating HoursSchool Hours: 8.30am – 3.00pm
Office Hours: 7.45am – 5.00pm

The Dover Court International School is a private education provider affiliated with Nord Anglia Education, an international education company that runs numerous boarding schools across the world.

Aside from the primary and secondary education of instruction, Dover Court Sixth Form also offers a program for Year 12 pupils. They may select between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IDBP) or the International BTEC Diploma (in Business Level 2 or 3).

The campus comprises a beautiful 12-acre campus with enough amenities, whether it’s for fun or learning. Parents may feel confident that their children will receive a high-quality, well-furnished, and vibrant educational environment!

Key Differentiators

  • Established in 1972
  • Offers English National curriculum and IPC
  • Excellent learning environment, promising extra-curricular activities, state-of-the-art facilities, and a talented team of teachers

Client’s Testimony

My son has enjoyed DCIS for the past two years – he has made some great friends and is enjoying his studies. The school is a great size and offers a very supportive learning environment. My daughter starts in January and is very excited. We have been working with Sara in Admissions, who has been a fantastic help, especially navigating the enrolment process during covid.

Lucy James

5. One World International School

 One World International School - Private School Singapore (Credit: One World International School)
One World International School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: One World International School)
Key ServicesIB PYP
Cambridge IGCSE
IB Diploma
EAL Programmes
Address21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075
Phone+65 6914 6700
Operating Hours9 am to 4.30 pm | Monday to Friday
9 am to 1 pm | Saturday

The One World International School offers a holistic education program for kids aged six to sixteen.

The school’s approved International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Cambridge IGCSE and Diploma Programmes provide an internationally recognised curriculum that includes the internationally renowned IB Primary Years and Middle Years curricula.

They started out as a small-scale private school and have since grown to their new Nanyang site, where they are educating more kids under their care.

Plus, they have maintained their university tuition fee costs low for parents while investing in campus infrastructure.

Key Differentiators

  • Strike a balance between personalising the educational experience
  • Customised curriculum
  • Non-denominational, multi-cultural environment

Client’s Testimony

A principled school and follows discipline and kindness throughout. I’ve found all my interactions with their staff very pleasant and the entire admissions process was done very transparently and efficiently. My son loves his teacher Ms Saiya and his whole perception of what a school is, has so positively changed. As parents, this is what we want to see and has comforted us, especially during the pandemic what’s needed is kindness and empathy. This school has it all!

Sankrith R.

6. SDH Institute

SDH Institute - Private School Singapore (Credit: SDH Institute)
SDH Institute – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: SDH Institute)
Key ServicesMBA
Bachelor’s Degree
Advanced Diploma
Address51 Anson Rd, #13-51 Anson Centre, Singapore 079904
Phone+65 6506 1288
Operating Hours8:00am-6:30pm Mon-Fri

The SDH Institute, one of private schools in Singapore that specializes in hospitality and tourism education, is a great option for students interested in working in the industry.

The SDH Institute is a renowned training facility in the business, having been granted accreditation from notable hospitality organizations such as the United Kingdoms’ Institute of Hospitality and Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

They offer a variety of degree programs, from Certificate to MBA in addition to Diploma and Advanced Diploma degrees.

Key Differentiators

  • Dedicated to providing hospitality education and training
  • Inspire students in both service excellence and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Modern learning facilities ensure a conducive learning environment

Client’s Testimony

i attended Cafe Style Cakes full day course recently. Angie the instructor was candid and passionate in teaching us and knowledgeable in answering questions brought up in class. thoroughly enjoyed the lively class. Kai, the admin staff, was very friendly and patient in helping me with some administrative work with regards to using skills future credits and queries. Kudos to them both and i will like to recommend SDH classes. BEST ever.

Pansy Lee Koh

7. Nurture Pods

 Nurture Pods - Private School Singapore (Credit: Nurture Pods)
Nurture Pods – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Nurture Pods)
Key ServicesAutism Therapy
Centre for Child Development and Early Intervention
Home Base Intervention
School Shadow Support
Social Skills Class
Address314 Thomson Rd, Eng Aun Mansion, Singapore 307659
Phone+65 6352 5938
Operating HoursMonday to Saturday: 8:30 AM–5:30 PM

Nurture Pods is a private school that provides excellent care for children with special needs. They also offer home-based services in addition to their school programs.

They want to assist your children in maximizing their potential. They make certain that each program they develop is both effective and holistic, as well as comprehensive.

They’ve obtained professional credentials in both School Shadow Support and Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention. You may rest confident that your kid is in competent hands with Nurture Pods.

Key Differentiators

  • Works with children with special needs from the age of 3 to 12 years
  • Provides individualized intervention programs
  • Certified Early Intervention Centre
  • Accepts Child Development Account payments

Client’s Testimony

Our son had ABA therapy and attended social skills classes for more than 3 years. The care, attention and detail amongst the teachers was exceptional and we would recommend Nurture Pods every day of the week! Run by Alex who’s energy, friendliness, enthusiasm and dedication to get it right for your child filters through to all the staff! Thank you again Nurture Pods for all you have done!

Edward Barry

8. Insworld Institute

Insworld Institute - Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Insworld Institute)
Insworld Institute – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Insworld Institute)
Key ServicesIAL / A-Level PROGRAMMES
Address420 North Bridge Road, #05-11/12 North Bridge Centre, Singapore 188727
Phone+65 6732 1728
Operating HoursMonday to Friday: 9 AM–6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM

Insworld is a private school in Singapore that specializes in a British curriculum. It has been trying to provide the greatest levels of education and individual care since September 2000.

Insworld provides a variety of academic programs in preparation for Pearson Edexcel-administered examinations, which are nationally recognized and approved. It has GCE Advanced Level, IGCSE, Edexcel International Tuition Programmes, an International Lower Secondary Programme, and English for Academic Study.

Insworld encourages students to be engaged participants in their classes while maintaining solid attention on academic success. The institution promotes the school’s fundamental ideals of Integrity, Diversity, Social Responsibility and Leadership, which will assist the pupils to become rounded and resourceful young people who can make a meaningful contribution to society.

Key Differentiators

  • Progress to studying medicine
  • Personalised learning in small class sizes
  • Flexible programmes, exam, and enrolment dates
  • Multi-cultural community

Client’s Testimony

One of the things I really like about Insworld Institute are the small class sizes. It allows the teacher to personally address the concerns and questions of each individual student during classes rather than having to gloss over them. It allows for a closer and more effective student-teacher relationship, which really helps us students in studying for our exams.

Segna Kussujanarko

9. Kindle Kids International School

 Kindle Kids International School - Private School Singapore (Credit: Kindle Kids International School)
Kindle Kids International School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Kindle Kids International School)
AddressSLF Building, 510 Thomson Road,
B1-01, #B2-00, #B1-02 and #14-01
Singapore 298135
Phone+65 6568 3980
Operating HoursMonday to Friday: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

Kindle Kids International School is a completely new institution dedicated to developing children holistically. They think that each kid has the ability to succeed, and they’re committed to helping them reach their full potential.

To reach that goal, they’ve developed a learning and development-friendly culture in which kids can grow and learn at their own pace. They aren’t limited to academics; rather, they nurture a kid’s life including their leadership and social skills.

With their excellent, all-encompassing approach, Kindle Kids will bring out the best in every child. You can rely on them to help in properly developing the potential and skills of your son or daughter.

Key Differentiators

  • Focuses on imparting academic knowledge and the acquisition of life and leadership skills
  • P – Passion & Perseverance
  • O – Optimism & Open Mindedness
  • W – Willingness to change
  • E – Ethical & Empathetic
  • R – Resilience & Reliability

Client’s Testimony

One of the best schools in Singapore, very affordable and less stressful for kids.. Highly recommended.

Anil Kumar Nandibhatla

10. Swiss School in Singapore

 Swiss School in Singapore - Private School Singapore (Credit: Swiss School in Singapore)
Swiss School in Singapore – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Swiss School in Singapore)
Key ServicesGerman & French Curriculum Programs
Address38 Swiss Club Rd., Singapore 288140
Phone+65 6468 2117
Operating HoursMonday-Friday: 8am until 5pm

Swiss School in Singapore is a German, English, and French-language institution. They provide a learning environment that is not only suitable for learning but also encourages recreational and fun activities such as sports.

In addition, their teachers are creative, inventive, and passionate about educating, teaching, and guiding your children. You may rest confident that each student will receive an individualized education approach in their personalized small groups.

Key Differentiators

  • High level of pedagogical quality
  • Highly-qualified teachers
  • Sufficient space for playing and sports

Client’s Testimony

At this school I have seen my children enjoying learning every day. It is an International School that truly promotes cultural diversity. The attention each child receives from the teachers and staff is totally personalized with unsurpassed warmth and warmth. I love the Swiss School

Norma Curiel

11. The Windstedt School

 The Windstedt School - Private School Singapore (Credit: The Windstedt School)
The Windstedt School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: The Windstedt School)
Key ServicesGlobally-recognized British mainstream curriculum
Small classes and tailored core subject groupings
Do not allow the use of shadow teachers
Address1208 Upper Boon Keng Rd, Singapore 387312
Phone+65 6715 5373
Operating HoursMonday to Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Winstedt School will assist your child to shine in their own special way without getting lost in the background. Their experienced team of psychologists and educators develops unique strategies and topics to help your kid break out of their shell.

You may trust that their programs are among the best because they are internationally recognised curriculum and focus on preparing your child for possibilities that may arise.

They specialize in smaller classes, allowing them to focus on each student individually. They have a ratio of 2 instructors to 15 pupils that create an atmosphere that makes each kid feel like they belong thanks to their enthusiastic staff.

Key Differentiators

  • Integrated Therapy
  • Psychologists and counsellors in child development
  • Inclusive community

Client’s Testimony

So blessed to have been introduced to the school. Our son has turned from being a anxiety filled child to a happy confident teen, with very healthy self esteem. He’s so happy to be a part of this school and enjoys attending it. Thank you Sharon and your team for the extra care made in selecting teachers who relate well to the students and are able to teach children from all backgrounds with different learning styles.

Lim Swee Lin

12. Singapore American School

Singapore American School - Private School Singapore (Credit: Singapore American School)
Singapore American School – Private Schools Singapore (Credit: Singapore American School)
Key ServicesAcademics
Holistic Student Life
International Community
Outstanding Student Results
Top University Admission
Address40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547
Phone+65 6360 6360
Operating HoursMonday to Friday: 8 AM – 3 PM

If you want your kid to get a similar education as Americans, Singapore American School is the place to go. It’s recognized for producing well-rounded individuals by providing excellent teaching and training.

Singapore American School also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, from athletics to art classes, and culture classes, to professional development, that help students develop intellectually and socially.

Beyond their work in the classroom, they provide more than just classes for its students for they employ the best and most inspiring teachers in their field.

The Singapore American School is one of the best private schools in Singapore because it will increase the chances of your child getting into top universities on the island.

Key Differentiators

  • Western curriculum
  • Experienced teachers
  • Welcoming and Diverse Community
  • Inspiring Teachers

Client’s Testimony

SAS has the best teachers in the world!! The school culture is full of people who care about all students!!

Mary Wenstrom

Private Schools Singapore

There you have it! We hope this article helped you narrow down the search process so you can choose the best private schools for your children’s needs.

If all of this sounds too intimidating or if want help choosing which private education is right for you and your kids, let us know by leaving a comment down below or feel free to contact the administrators of each academic institution to discuss their programs and curriculum further.

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Singapore. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Singapore. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Singapore has to offer.