Singapore is a massively popular expat destination – particularly with families, partly due to the excellent international schools that are available. Waiting lists can be long, especially at the most reputable international schools, so apply as early as possible.
Parents can apply for one of Singapore's many public schools, although expats should note that citizens and permanent residents of Singapore take precedence over new arrivals to the country. Most expats send their children to one of the many exceptional international schools in Singapore.
There are dozens to choose from, and while most parents do their own research, some opt to take the advice of a professional education consultant with expert knowledge of the international schools that may be suitable for each child.
The best education consultants in Singapore will often have built strong relationships with the headteachers and admissions teams at the top schools. They can help children get to the front of waiting lists and can advise on exam preparation and school interviews.
For more info on the services offered, see our page on What do Education Consultants do?
To get a detailed overview of the education system in Singapore and read independent reviews on the best international schools, download our free Singapore Schools Guide.
Local education consultants in Singapore
ED-SG – Singapore School Consultants
The ED-SG team is made up of expats, teachers and consultants who have visited many of the international schools in Singapore and understand the struggles and challenges your family may face when moving to Singapore. There are hundreds of schools in Singapore for families to choose from, and their consultants can give you the insights and advice needed to understand their wide range of programmes, activities, and admissions procedures.
International education consultants
The following international companies also offer advice to parents moving to Singapore with children. Most will have local education consultants based in Singapore. These organisations typically work with a network of local school consultants who specialise in different areas.
Bennett International Education Consultancy
Established in 1991, Bennett International Education Consultancy is one of the top education consultants offering both corporate and individual family services. With more than 70 multilingual consultants worldwide, Bennett International connects its clients with professional and highly qualified school consultants and specialists.
►For more on the education system, see Education and Schools in Singapore
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