With students often numbering in the thousands, most Singapore schools are educational behemoths. With a capacity of just a few hundred, this soon-to-open boutique international school in the heart of Orchard is quite the opposite.
Having just celebrated its 20-year anniversary, EtonHouse is a familiar name on the preschool, primary and secondary education scene here. This latest boutique international school offering (due to open in March 2018) will be the first time it ventures into senior education in Singapore. If you’re looking into schooling options for your kids, here are five reasons to book a spot for one of the Open House days on 2 and 3 February.
The school is located in the Tanglin/Orchard area, opposite the St. Regis Hotel. This downtown address and its modern facilities will appeal to both resident and non-resident students, with boarding also being considered as an option for international students.
Total capacity is projected to be 300. For a school offering primary through senior education, that’s about as boutique as it gets. With such a small intake for each year level, application processes will need to be selective. Those students lucky enough to snag a spot can expect a high level of individual attention and pastoral care.
You can’t have a cutting-edge school without a cutting edge curriculum. EtonHouse’s 21st-century SMART programme focuses on science, maths, art, research and technology, with entrepreneurship, design thinking, sports science and action adventure programmes all planned out. Plus there’s a robust music, drama and visual arts programme. Primary Years students will follow the IB PYP framework and Senior Years the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). The Middle Years’ will follow an IB approach that leads to the IGCSEs in Y11.
Although this will be the first EtonHouse high school campus in Singapore, it’s not a global first: the EtonHouse International School in Suzhou, China is a high school also offering the IB Diploma programme. When it comes to early, primary and middle years, the EtonHouse team have some of the oldest and most reliable hands in the educational arena. There’s the EtonHouse campus on Broadrick Road (one of the oldest IB schools in Singapore, also offering the IGCSE programme in the secondary years), two EtonHouse primary schools in Thomson and Sentosa, Middleton International School, plus a host of early years schools – and that’s just in Singapore.
There’s much to be said for consistency in education. By catering to kids from six to 18 years old, EtonHouse is creating a “through-train” system. Not only is there continuity in the school’s educational philosophy and curriculum, but also in its understanding of and support for its students. According to Executive Director Mr Ng Yi Xian, there has been growing demand amongst existing pre-school parents to provide a through-train pathway for their children. “We also know that our parents value the level of pastoral care and attention to detail that their children receive in our schools. As such, we feel we offer something really unique – a high-quality internationally recognised programme in a boutique small school environment.”
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