Singapore American School is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school offering an exemplary American education with an international perspective for students from preschool to grade 12. SAS students learn to think critically and develop the skills necessary to succeed throughout their lives. The school year comprises two semesters extending from August 8 to December 16 and from January 9 to June 2. The school has 418 full-time faculty, 81 percent of whom have earned master’s degrees or PhDs. The school invests heavily in professional development, including a unique doctoral program with the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Instruction is in English, with a Chinese immersion program or daily language classes in Chinese or Spanish for elementary students and classes in Chinese, French, and Spanish for middle school and high school students. Its extensive Advanced Studies program, inclusive of Advanced Placement and Advanced Topics courses, provides challenging and unique learning opportunities for high school students. SAS students consistently rank higher on academic achievement tests than their peers in U.S. school systems. SAS encourages students to find joy in the pursuit of excellence as they discover their interests and passions. Students enjoy varied curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities, including inquiry-based courses, competitive athletics, fine arts classes, performing arts opportunities, and after-school clubs and service organizations. The green and spacious campus includes state-of-the-art facilities for lab work, music recording, video and photography production, robotics, fine and performing arts, and applied technology. Open, tropical walkways and a natural rainforest allow students to connect with nature while developing lifelong learning skills, all in a tight-knit and supportive community.
Organization: The school is governed by a 12-member board elected for three-year terms by the parents of students enrolled at the school.
Curriculum: SAS is driven by its mission to cultivate exceptional thinkers prepared for the future. To accomplish this, the school focuses on helping students develop seven learning aspirations: content knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, cultural competence, character, collaboration, and communication. All staff members are committed to fostering a culture of excellence, possibilities, and extraordinary care. SAS has the largest Advanced Studies program, inclusive of Advanced Placement and Advanced Topics courses, outside of the United States. The school’s testing program includes the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and College Board exams. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the U.S., and over 80 percent of graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, SAS has 747 total staff including 427 teachers, 245 of whom are U.S. citizens, 19 host-country nationals, and 163 third-country nationals. Faculty and staff at SAS represent around 30 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Spain. The large majority of SAS teachers have academic qualifications beyond a bachelor’s degree, with 81% holding at least one master’s degree, including 17 with doctorates. All teaching faculty hold a teaching credential, such as state certification or a master’s degree in education.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 4,084 (PS-12). Of the total, 2,216 were U.S. citizens, 215 were host-country nationals, and 1,653 were third-country nationals. Enrollment by grades as of August 15, 2022 was preschool to pre-kindergarten: 192; kindergarten to grade 2: 794; grade 3 to grade 5: 901; grade 6 to grade 8: 970; grade 9 to 12: 1,227.
Facilities: SAS is located on a 36-acre campus approximately a 25-minute drive from downtown Singapore and is adjacent to a neighborhood of varied housing options that hosts many expatriates. School facilities include three separate divisions for the elementary, middle, and high schools. Each division has its own classrooms, library, support facilities, offices, and outdoor spaces. Campus facilities include six air-conditioned gymnasiums; ten outdoor play areas; three swimming pools; three cafeterias; ten tennis courts; a track and field with covered stadium seating; baseball, softball, soccer, and rugby fields; two climbing walls; a high ropes course; an eco-garden; and a natural rainforest. Middle and high school facilities include scientific laboratories; technology help centers; fitness/aerobic and weight training rooms; and classrooms for robotics, innovation, business/entrepreneurship, engineering science, and applied technology (3D graphics and animation, AP Computer Science, etc.). The campus also includes a variety of performing arts facilities, including an 850-seat auditorium; a 350-seat drama theater; a 750-seat elementary school theater; and designated classroom spaces for music, art, and drama. Though the campus is large, the divisions are organized in a manner offering a “small-school experience” to younger children. In May 2021, SAS began “SAS Reimagined,” a phased renovation and reconstruction of the current Woodlands campus. The project is scheduled to be completed over five to six years and will significantly increase learning spaces, play spaces, dining spaces, and more.
Finances: In the 2022–23 school year, around 94 percent of the school’s income derives from enrollment-related charges including application, tuition, and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are generally as follows: Early Learning Center $23,918; Elementary School $30,035; Middle School $32,405; High School $33,755.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs Singapore) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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