With fewer expatriates on expat packages in Singapore and many now having to pay for international school fees themselves, price point is ever more important. Invictus International School has established itself as an attractive alternative in Singapore, offering a robust core education with a lot lower school fees than other international schools here.
The school has previously only been for the primary school years. But now it’s expanding – in more ways than one.
For starters, Invictus is now offering middle school classes for Grades 7 and 8 at its Dempsey campus, following the International Middle Years Curriculum. Come August 2020, a high school will join the middle school, with both moving to a brand new campus at Centrium Square Mall, near Farrer Park MRT. The high school will offer the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge International A levels curriculum, subject to CPE approval.
These developments come on the back of a new addition last year, when the school opened another campus for Grades 1 and 2 on Sentosa.
Though Invictus is expanding, the team is keen to stick to the successful formula that it says its current families have grown to love. So, the maximum classroom ratio will still be 25 students to one teacher, with school fees offered at a very competitive price. For families who’d like to sign a child up now, fees for the primary school and middle school would be pro-rated for the remainder of the school year at $8.5k (plus GST). And for high school next year? $18.8k (plus GST). That’s about half of what some of the other schools here charge.
One way Invictus keeps fees down is by not spending on expensive frills and costly sports complexes. Yet, through partnerships with existing facilities and providers, children can still experience a holistic education without the extra costs. There are plenty of extracurricular activities available too, so nothing gets missed out.
A lightbulb moment
Where did this idea of a different approach to fees come from? When South African expat John Fearon discovered how much he was going to have to pay for an international education for his three children in Singapore, he knew he had to do something. He discussed the matter with his business partner, and together they created the model for an international school offering a premium education at an affordable fee.
Next, they put together a team of experienced educators and built the CPE registered school, with the pioneer Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes launching in 2016. They also created a curriculum of their own design using the International Primary Curriculum, Singapore Mathematics, as well as English and Mandarin.
The rest, as they say, is history! The school says it has made a point of expanding carefully, making sure to stick to its core mission of providing accessible, quality education.
Interested? Then register for an upcoming open house and check out Invictus for yourself.