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ACS International Singapore

Last Updated on 15 December 2022

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ACS International Singapore is a distinctive international secondary school open to all nationalities (including Singaporeans). We offer an all-round English-based education for students aged 12-18 years, leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP).

  • Strong academic and outstanding “value-added” examination results
  • 50:50 mix of local and international teachers to uphold the Methodist ethos and to maintain staff stability as well as high-quality teaching
  • Strong pastoral care by all teachers, specialist counsellors and a team of full-time Christian Ministry staff
  • Total holistic education with a wide range of co-curricular activities
  • An internationally-focused school programme which also includes 20+ overseas trips per year
  • Small class sizes with overall student:teacher ratio of 8.7:1
  • Extensive higher education pathways including top universities worldwide
  • Over 200 formal student leadership opportunities
  • Two full and two half scholarships to IB students

Programmes Offered

We offer an International academic programme including International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Students follow a general programme in Years 1 and 2 in preparation for entry onto the IGCSE course in Years 3 and 4 followed by the IB in Years 5 and 6. This curriculum equips our students to meet the challenges of tertiary education. Second languages are also offered as an integral part of the curriculum. Students wishing to apply to American universities have the additional option to prepare the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

IGCSE is a balanced international curriculum which is designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. The curriculum consists of a course of study leading to an examination typically taken at the age of 16. Successful students receive an internationally recognised qualification, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, which is equivalent in standard to the international GCE Ordinary level and British GCSE examination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The IBDP is a challenging two-year curriculum, covering years 5 and 6 at ACS (International). It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world's leading universities. The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.


“We love the smaller class sizes, the wide array of CCAs and the many approachable, friendly, passionate and dedicated teachers in the school which makes the whole experience a great one for our boys.”
~ Cecilia Chau

“What I find makes this school different from others are the many great teachers who engage with students and make learning fun and effective. ACS (International) is a school beyond compare and I'm proud to be a part of it.”
~ Benjamin Wong Liang Min – Head Boy

Admission Criteria

The admission criteria for Secondary 1 entry point for the IGCSE are as follows:

  • Singapore Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) with aggregate of 200 or more and are eligible for the Express Stream.
  • Overseas equivalent education level

The admission criteria for other levels are:

  • Achievement of sound grades from preceding level.
  • Must not be from Normal Stream GCE ‘N' Levels.
  • Overseas equivalent education level

The admission criteria for first year IBDP are as follows:

  • Singapore GCE ‘O' Levels examination with aggregate of 20 or less or IGCSE passing grade with a minimum of 3As and 3Bs grades.
  • Overseas equivalent education level

English and Mathematics Requirements

Applications with documents other than PSLE and GCE ‘O' Levels are subjected to passing the Placement Test in English and Mathematics scheduled every Monday morning from 9:30 am. Admission Test for that week will be postponed to the next working day should the Monday be a gazetted public holiday.

Age Requirements

Admission is accordance with the stipulated age limit of the Ministry of Education. For each level, the age limit of up to two years over the normal age will be adhered to.

Admission Procedures

Submission of a completed application with the following items attached:

  • Certified Academic History for the last two years
  • For Singaporean and Permanent Residence, Certified Birth Certificate
  • For overseas students, original, translated and certified copies of the Birth Certificate, Parents Marriage Certificate and Travel Documents
  • Passport-size photo
  • Registration Fee

Placement Test

Entrance tests are scheduled every Monday morning from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. The test involves a paper in English and a paper in Mathematics. The duration of each paper is about 2 hours and will cover content directly relating to the preceding level of study to admission level. Each applicant will also be interviewed following completion of the written papers.


Successful applicants will be issued an acceptance letter for signature and fee payment. The first installment of fee payment should cover:

  • First Semester (non-refundable)
  • Deposit
  • Miscellaneous Fee

Overseas applicants should now proceed to Singapore to apply for student pass on visitor visa. On arrival, the applicant will:

  • Launch the Student Pass Application
  • Purchase Uniform and Textbooks
  • Arrange for Accommodation/Boarding

61 Jalan Hitam Manis
Singapore 278475
Tel: (65) 6472-1477
Fax: (65) 6472-0477
E-mail: [email protected]

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