ISS In­ter­na­tional School

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Schools Mini Guide 2018 -

Our daugh­ter Sa­sithon (Sasi) is cur­rently in 7th grade at ISS. The school stood out among the oth­ers we looked into; some of the words used to de­scribe it were “mul­ti­cul­tural” and “nur­tur­ing”. When Ta and I met the school ad­min­is­tra­tion, we men­tioned Sasi’s lack of English and were as­sured that ISS was well pre­pared for stu­dents who have English as their sec­ond lan­guage. By the end of K2, her first year at ISS, she was al­ready us­ing English as her pri­mary lan­guage!

At ISS, class sizes are small. By mid­dle school, the cur­ricu­lum is pro­ject- ori­ented, of­ten cross­ing dis­ci­plines. For in­stance, de­sign and math­e­mat­ics learn­ing might jointly see them work­ing on build­ing a model of a shop­house, while for hu­man­i­ties and lan­guage arts, they’ll look at Greek his­tory and mythol­ogy. For maths, they had to de­sign their own yards, in­clud­ing gar­dens, paths and pools with decks, gaze­bos and fences. The school also starts the kids on overnight trips from sec­ond grade. That year, Sasi’s class spent the night in the aquar­ium with fish swim­ming above them; the fol­low­ing year, it was two nights at the zoo! This past autumn, the 7th and 8th graders had the choice of day trips to places of in­ter­est in Sin­ga­pore, a camp in In­done­sia or a ser­vice trip to Cam­bo­dia. I’m proud that Sasi chose the trip to Cam­bo­dia to work with chil­dren in a shel­ter. They also had the chance to visit some places of in­ter­est in Phnom Penh.

At ISS, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism is promised from the be­gin­ning. Most years, the small stu­dent body com­prises 45 or 50 na­tion­al­i­ties, and the school cel­e­brates In­ter­na­tional Day each year.

• 25 Pater­son Road (Ele­men­tary & Mid­dle School) • 21 Pre­ston Road (High School) iss.edu.sg

Wil­liam Rus­sell Ja­cobs III (Jake) and Kham­pha Duaisan (Ta), Amer­i­can and Thai; Sa­sithon (14)

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