Choosing the right international school for your child can be a daunting task. Especially in Singapore where there are a number of great schools to choose from. Read on and find out why this family chose GEMS World Academy (Singapore) for their children.
We’ve lived in Singapore twice, for ten years in total, and also in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. We are a third-culture family, with mum from Barcelona and dad from Zaragoza. Both of our kids have been at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) since 2017.
There are many things we like about the school, but some that we particularly appreciate are the diversity of the community, the range of competitive sports and the afterschool activities. The level of flexibility and open-mindedness is a highlight: a year ago, we suggested adding taekwondo (the school already offered karate and judo as martial arts at the time); six months later, taekwondo became one of the activities!
In Tokyo, our kids attended a pure Montessori school, designed around the principles of collaboration, so we wanted to find a 21st-century skills school in Singapore. Five minutes into our first conversation with the Head of the Primary School, we knew that GEMS (Singapore) was the perfect environment for our family. We felt that the school offered the closest experience to what we loved about Montessori, with an IB curriculum. It’s also not a big school and has a very international community (no single nationality represents more than 15 percent of the total). The open-door policy of the Principal and the faculty to connect with parents and incorporate their suggestions, together with facilities like the STEM labs, design centre, VR and robotics labs, convinced us that the school was a great choice.
We highly recommend the school to any family looking for a multicultural, highly academic and, at the same time, stress-free environment. It has an open philosophy on how to educate great little people, offering spectacular facilities, a rich multicultural community and a strong IB focus.
Meri Rosich & Sergio Salvadore Article written by Expat Living