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Q+A: International Community School (ICS), Singapore

Q+A: International Community School (ICS), Singapore

International Community School (ICS) is a Christian school in Singapore, following the American curriculum. Here the school answers our questions and takes us on a guided tour...

What happens when parents visit the school?

We welcome families to come and see what ICS is all about. Just contact us to schedule an appointment for a personal tour and discussion about how our warm, nurturing environment can benefit your child.

What assessments are required to enroll?

Non-native English speakers must take an English-language proficiency assessment for entry into grades 1 through 12. There is a S$200 fee for this assessment. Contact the admissions office for an appointment. All students applying for grades 1 through 12 will need an appointment for the academic assessment, which covers math and reading. This appointment can be scheduled after submission of the online application and payment of the application fee (S$2,000).

What accreditations do you have?

ICS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We are part of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS).

How old is the school?

ICS (Singapore) was founded in 1993. 

How many students do you have?

We have 460 students from more than 20 nations in K4 through grade 12.

What curriculum do you follow?

We follow an American-style curriculum and school calendar with a multicultural approach. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the high school.

How large are the classes in your school?

ICS has an 8:1 student/teacher ratio. Therefore, small class sizes are the norm, and provide for personal connections and individual attention from the teachers. Average class sizes range between eight and eighteen.

What languages do you offer?

As an American-curriculum school, all instruction is in English. Kindergarten through grade 5 students have Mandarin instruction every other day. These classes are levelled by ability. Middle-school students (grades 6 through 8) can take Mandarin as an elective. In the high school (grades 9 through 12), students may choose between Mandarin and Spanish.

How do you support pupils who are struggling and challenge those who are more advanced?

ICS has a learning-support program for students with diagnosed learning needs. The program is served by qualified teachers who meet with students for one period every other day for customized learning support.

Classroom differentiation provides for additional challenges for more advanced students. The elementary level utilizes the Accelerated Reader program as a means of challenging students to improve their reading skills. Advanced Placement courses are offered in the high school.

How do you support English language learners?

ICS has a program of English-language support for students who are at the intermediate level of proficiency. Non-native English speakers are assessed as part of the application process. Those who need support are enrolled in the ESL program. It is a pull-out support program where students typically meet with the instructor every other day for one period. There is an additional charge for this service. There is no ESL support for students in grades 9 through 12.

How can parents get involved?

Parents are encouraged to participate in our Parent—Teacher Fellowship. This group provides avenues for our parents to be involved in the life of the school through Bible study groups, prayer groups, Zumba and volunteer service. 

Do you have a cafeteria?

ICS has a cafeteria or canteen that is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm each day. It serves hot lunches with both Western and Asian choices, as well as snacks and drinks.

Are there opportunities for students to participate in music at the school?

Students can participate in music at all levels. Elementary classes have music every third day. Middle and high school students can take music as an elective. Various after-school musical extra-curricular activity options are also available. Classes include guitar, cello, percussion and choir.

What extra-curricular activities does the school provide for its students? 

We take a holistic approach to education, and encourage students at all levels to participate in a variety of activities. These include sports, music, art and special interests such as Model United Nations, choir, drama, taekwondo, soccer, basketball, volleyball and cross-country.

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