The new Nanyang campus of One World International School (OWIS) opens in Singapore’s west in January. Here’s a roundup of answers to a bunch of commonly asked questions about Singapore’s new international school, so you can make an informed decision for your child’s education.
Where is it?
21 Jurong West Street 81. This area, in Singapore’s west, is known as Pioneer.
When does the school open its doors?
Classes commence on 8 January 2018.
How many places?
School enrolment is capped at 1,200 students.
From January, OWIS will offer places from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) to Grade 8. Grades 9 to 10 will open in August 2018, and each year new additional grades will be added.
Why is it opening?
Nanyang is OWIS’s second campus. In July, the school won a public tender, from 11 bidders, to occupy the site of a former secondary school. Since then, OWIS has invested $10 million in a comprehensive renovation.
What’s the curriculum?
OWIS has designed an inquiry-based academic programme based on the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate and Cambridge’s IGCSE programme. Apple iPads are available for on-campus use and all classrooms are equipped with 65-inch interactive LED touch screens.
How much are the school fees?
Kindergarten and primary school is $17,000 per child, while high school fees are $20,000 per child. Two uniform sets are included. Fee increases, if any, are capped at inflation (released annually by the government) plus one percent.
Does it follow a northern or southern hemisphere academic calendar?
The school year runs from August to July.
How about outdoor space?
The new campus is 3.2 hectares, so there’s plenty of space for the gardens, which are purposefully designed as dedicated learning spaces, and generous sports facilities. There are two full-size basketball courts and another half-size one, plus a full-size grass sports field for rugby or soccer, encircled by a four-person running track.
Fees are lower than at other international schools; does that mean I’m missing out on anything?
Everything from 8.30am to 3pm is included in the fees, except lunch. After-school activities such as CCAs are at an additional cost.
Where are the teachers from?
All teachers are recruited and ready to go from the first day of school in 2018. The international blend of teachers have diverse educational experience and are led by Principal, Gregor Polson and Vice-Principal, Michelle Dickinson.
How will my child get to school?
If parent drop-off is not possible, then children can travel to and from school on school buses.
What about cultural diversity of the student population?
One nationality cannot exceed 30 percent of total student enrolment. To date, 38 nationalities have signed up to OWIS, which means it’s a diverse, multicultural community.
What’s happening to the OWIS campus at Changi?
The Changi campus closes at the end of the academic year in June 2018.
How do I arrange a tour?
Visit owis.events/hangouts to arrange a tour and check out Singapore’s new international school for yourself.
Enrolment is open now at owis.org
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