“The International Community School is a unique experience because it is so focused on community – it is our ‘middle name’, so to speak!” – Ms. Becca Lafferty, ICS Singapore faculty
Guiding students from 26 different countries, the International Community School (Singapore) (ICS Singapore) is major player on the K12 education stage. The school has earned itself an outstanding reputation, hosting a culturally-rich population of more than 450+ students from around the globe. Employing an inherently American curriculum, 86 percent of graduates from ICS Singapore go on to attend prestigious US universities, forging successful futures that extend to every industry and enrich all walks of life.
“We learned of ICS through our employer’s school liaison officer, who provided us a list of schools in Singapore,” say Jeremy and Kimiko Crestetto, parents of students at ICS Singapore. “We decided to enrol our children based on the Christian worldview espoused by the school and its positive reputation,” the parents add.
“ICS provides a safe environment for students to learn and try new things… teachers and coaches focus on character development of the children as well as their academic and spiritual growth.”
Here are 4 reasons to choose ICS Singapore…
It’s a school with a warm, community feel at every learning level
The global ethos fostered at the school means students of all cultures, backgrounds and nationalities are welcome at ICS Singapore. On top of providing a challenging and dynamic education, strong bonds are formed between students and faculty, reaching far beyond the classroom walls and into every aspect of the ICS student experience. This approach urges children to interact across varying age, cultural and ethnic boundaries, instilling a highly-desirable global outlook that warrants lifelong social, educational, and employment benefits.
“Our academic program compels students to synthesize and apply information in meaningful ways, not just regurgitate it,” says Dean Weiss, high school principal. “We guide them to think critically about the world around them – questioning and digging so they have a deep and personal understanding of the truth. In order to do this effectively, we keep class sizes small, about 15 students for every teacher, with AP class sizes typically smaller than regular classes.”
ICS Singapore is proud of its outstanding academics, characterized by a current, dynamic and challenging curriculum. The school takes a holistic stance towards education, giving students the chance to apply their knowledge in real-world situations, all while maintaining an international focus within core subject matters. As such, students at ICS Singapore are urged to grow a love for learning that lasts their whole life long.
An education that is both world-class and affordable
ICS Singapore is known to provide an education which is high-quality, but doesn’t break the bank. All students who are not native English speakers are required to submit a S$200 language assessment fee as part of their application, ensuring their skills are up to par in the global lingua franca. Apart from that, the annual costs of tuition for ICS Singapore 2017-2018 are as follows:
Elementary Kindergarten (K4): S$20,200
Elementary Kindergarten (K5) and Elementary School: S$23,045
Middle School (Grade 6 – Grade 8): S$26,460
High School (Grade 9 – Grade 12): S$29,660
Special Services (ESL Instruction and Special Resources): S$2,220
When compared with the cost of K12 international education across Asia and the world, ICS Singapore offers an unrivalled return on investment and unparalleled value for money. And as a global educator intent on making education relevant and accessible, the school provides financial assistance to families most in need.
It offers a distinctly Christian education
ICS is Singapore’s only internationally-facing Christian school. Propelled by its globally-recognized American curriculum, the school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI), the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), and is also an affiliate member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS), highlighting its prominence as an elite faith-based school.
“The fact that ICS is a Christian school positively affects every area of your child’s education,” the faculty explains. “Our teachers view each child as a unique individual created by God, and thus, seek to understand and love each one.”
A 25-year history underpins excellence at ICS Singapore
Singapore has only existed as an independent republic since 1965, making the school’s 25-year tradition of excellence a notable feat. It is a school whose personal mission is to make the seemingly impossible utterly achievable, allowing students to excel intellectually, personally and professionally. By being encouraged to work alongside like-minded peers – to live, learn and grow among children whose views may differ significantly from their own – students support and enhance the thriving ICS community, using their knowledge, skills and experience to enlighten the world.
“We endeavour every day to produce students who are equipped to succeed academically, socially and emotionally, physically and spiritually,” Principal Weiss explains. “Our graduates attend not only some of the best universities in the world, they have learned to thrive in every aspect of life. We are so proud of our graduates that we keep in touch with many of them for years to come and they often tell stories of how ICS has impacted them for years after their graduation.”