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CurriculumsIB and British
Leaving qualifications
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: SGD $36,078
to: SGD $46,824
Address: 1207 Dover Road Singapore 139654
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

India 13.7%
United Kingdom 13.0%
United States 8.9%
Australia 8.1%
Singapore 7.8%
Japan 6.3%
China 5.6%
Korea, Republic Of 4.1%
France 3.0%
Netherlands 2.9%
74 other nationalities 26.7%

Ratio of local students to international students

7.8% of the student population in Singaporean.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, from kindergarten but students must have some level of English (which is assessed).

Additional language classes offered by the school

In the academic curriculum:
Mandarin (from K1)
Spanish (from Grade 1)
French (from Grade 2)
German (from Grade 7)
Dutch (from Grade 7)
Japanese (from Grade 9)
Korean (from Grade 9)
Indonesian (from Grade 11)
Hindi (from Grade 11)
UWCSEA also offers School-supported Self-taught language courses for students in Grades 9 and 10 to support students wishing to take this option for the mother tongue in the IB Diploma.
Home language (lunchtime or after school)
These are small group classes for mother tongue speakers in order to support students whose first language is not offered as part of the academic programme. There were 13–16 languages available, taught by qualified language teachers.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class

22 in the Primary and Middle School (ages 4-16)
12-18 in the High School depending on the subject. Tutor/Mentor groups are 20-22 students.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is integrated into classroom practice. The school has a 1:1 ratio of devices, which are gradually introduced in the classroom to support student learning. Students in Grades 4 and 5 use a school-supplied laptop for exclusive use in class for the whole year; students in Grade 6 and above provide a personal laptop which they use at school and at home.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

UWCSEA does not have a religious affiliation, but welcome students from all faiths. UWCSEA's mission is to promote peace and a sustainable future, which means promoting acceptance and understanding of people of different cultures and faiths.

External examinations or assessments available

(I)GCSE (Grade 10)
IB Diploma (Grade 12)
ISA testing (Grades 3-10)
ACT and SAT as required for US-bound students
IELTS and TEOFL - for students whose native language is not English who require it for university entry
UK-based tests as necessary
Other tests as required - these are generally not managed by UWCSEA, but students enter these tests as a requirement for the course they wish to study i.e. medicine in Australia.

Results in these examinations

The results can be seen in the University Admissions Profiles on the UWCSEA website – these change year to year.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of homework depends entirely on the age and grade of the students.
Increasingly, Middle and High School use UWCSEA's Online Learning Platform to provide homework and to manage the provision of homework across a students individual timetable.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

Learning support staff cover students from K1 to Grade 12, however there is limited ability to support students with highly specialised needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

UWCSEA offers differentiation in the classroom and staff have undertaken training in this area, but the College does not have a specific 'gifted and talented' programme.

Student access to education psychologist

The College has qualified counsellors on staff who can support students and their families as necessary. They can also offer advise on external support if needed.

Entry evaluation for students

Any test results are used as a guide for subject selection: they do not play a role in the process of allocating places to eligible candidates. It depends on the available reports and in High School, the subjects students would like to take.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

In K1-8, if existing reports are insufficient or not translated students may need to sit an assessment. Some kindergarten applicants are asked to attend a readiness observation. In school In High School (Grades 9, 10 and 11 entry) students sit maths, English, general aptitude (DAT's), and, if applicable, their mother tongue ('Language A' or 'Language B' in the IB Diploma). All eligible Grade 8-11 applicants are asked to attend an 'immersion' day on campus as part of the application process.

Waiting list

We run an annual application cycle, commencing in September of the year prior to the start of the school year. It is similar to a university application cycle, with three rounds of offers - November, February and April, with any leavers further places filled if they become available.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Applications open one year ahead of the academic year commencement i.e. applications for August 2021 will open in September 2020

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, students aged 4-14 (K1 - Grade 8) can join up to and including the start of Term 2 (January).

School start time


School finish time

2pm (ages 4-6, K1-Grade 1)
3pm (ages 7-18, Grades 2-12)
Activities run 3-4.15pm (ages 7-18, Grades 2-12), with some sports teams for older students running before school or later afternoon training in order to access facilities.

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

Yes, contracted to a private operator.

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

We have numerous options every day, including vegetarian. Hot meals: western, Indian, pan-Asian, Western and Asian vegetarian. Cold options: salad bar, pizza and sandwich counter, sushi. East Campus canteen is Halal certified; Dover Campus does not serve pork products but is not Halal certified.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Around 1,200 different activities are offered each year in 4 seasons. The broad categories are: Leadership, the Arts (music, visual and performing arts), enrichment, academic extension, sports and fitness, representative sports teams and special interest clubs.

Sports activities included

All students K1 - Grade 11 participate in regular physical education (PE) lessons led by experienced teacher as part of the curriculum. K1 undertakes a year-long Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) in addition to PE. Each grade level also has several 'days of sport', including aquatics, track and field and games.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, inter-school in Singapore (ages 8-18) and inter-regional competitions in Asian eg. (Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Brunei, Australia) for senior teams (ages 14-18).

Sports facilities at the school

Full size astroturf football pitch, tennis courts (with netball courts marked), gymnasium, fitness centre, dance studio, Olympic size pool with diving pit, learn to swim pool, multi-use indoor sports halls (basketball, badminton etc), cricket nets, indoor climbing wall, high ropes course, general use astroturf pitch for hockey and other sports.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

UWCSEA is a mission-driven organisation with a strong commitment to the educational principles of Kurt Hahn, the founder of the UWC movement, and a passionate belief in the importance of education as a force for good in the world. The mission of the UWC movement is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWCSEA's educational goal is to educate individuals to embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world.

Teaching approach of the school

The UWCSEA learning programme is made up of five elements: academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education and service. The elements combine to provide our students with a holistic, values-based education that develops them as individuals and as members of a global society.

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