In a culture of excellence, extraordinary care, and possibilities, Singapore American School students learn to think critically and develop the skills necessary to succeed throughout their lives. The school year comprises two semesters extending from August 4 to December 11 and from January 11 to June 4. The school has 375 full-time faculty, 82 percent of whom have earned master’s degrees or PhDs. The school invests heavily in professional development and continually sends teachers across the globe to discover innovative ideas and best practices from influential educational institutions. SAS has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs outside the United States and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the U.S. SAS students consistently rank higher on academic achievement tests than 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 a variety of possibilities to explore including inquiry-based courses, competitive athletics, fine arts classes, and after-school clubs. State-of-the-art facilities on a beautiful 36-acre campus include advanced music recording, video production, robotics, art studios, and photography technology to assist students in their pursuit of passion. Open tropical walkways and a natural rainforest offer students the place and space to explore areas of interest and develop life-long learning skills, all while being nurtured in a tight-knit 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 including, content knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, cultural competence, character, collaboration, and communication. SAS is committed to 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 most graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, SAS has 724 total staff including 411 teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 4,006 (PS-12).
Facilities: In May 2021, SAS began the first phase of construction on its new reimagined campus located on the same 36-acres it currently resides on in Woodlands. The project will be completed over five years and will significantly increase learning spaces, play spaces, dining spaces, and more. Currently, the school is located on a 36-acre campus approximately a 25-minute drive from downtown Singapore and adjacent to a housing development attracting expatriates. School facilities include three separate divisions for the elementary, middle, and high schools. Each division has its own classrooms, library, offices, and support facilities. Support facilities include eight air-conditioned gymnasiums; three outdoor covered play areas; three swimming pools; three cafeterias; five tennis courts; a 1,000-seat stadium; track and field, baseball, softball, soccer, and rugby fields; and a natural rainforest. Middle and high school facilities include scientific laboratories; a technology help center; fitness/aerobic and weight training rooms; and classrooms for robotics, innovation, business/entrepreneurship, engineering science, and applied technology (3-D 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 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.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, about 94 percent of the school’s income derives from enrollment-related charges including application, tuition, and registration fees. Tuition rates are generally as follows: Early Learning Center $22,681 Elementary School $31,027 Middle School $34,262 High School $36,104
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Singapore, Singapore) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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