Stamford Preparatory Course for Secondary School

Providing English language learners access to an international education in Singapore

Stamford Preparatory Course for Secondary School (PCS) is a unique program designed to methodically introduce Stamford student life and curriculum to highly motivated English language learners, with a dual mission of academic language development and well-being, in order to create their unique future. It equips students with English language proficiency needed to be successful and thrive in the rigorous academic environment of Stamford American.

PCS is not just an academic program. Through its 3 pillars – Language and Academic Development, Well-being and International Mindedness, the program is suited for students who are academically inquisitive, have a talent for learning languages, and are excited about studying in a multicultural international school. At Stamford American, we believe all children should be given the opportunity to learn and thrive.

Our PCS program is offered in two learning types – both online and in person, in order to support the learning requirement of our students and families. For details of our PCS e-Learning, click here.

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For further information, please contact us by filling up the below form, sending an email to or by calling +65 6653 2949.

Stamford Preparatory Course for Secondary School

Stamford Preparatory Course for Secondary School is a cutting edge academic English program that prepares students for the rigors of scholastic life at Stamford American International School and beyond. It is designed for students from Grade 6 to 10. Through an intensive 20-week program, students will learn how to fully engage with an IB-style curriculum in Math, Science, Literature, and Humanities, while improving their fundamental English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our highly skilled faculty are at the forefront of English language acquisition pedagogy and classroom technique. No other program in Singapore offers the range of content rich courses that meet the scholarly and linguistic needs of students eager to thrive at the next level.

The first semester consists of 20 consecutive weeks, starting from July, with breaks for SAIS school holidays, national holidays and Thanksgiving. Students who do not fulfil the course graduation requirements within their first semester will be permitted to study in the program for one more semester, for a maximum of two semesters.

English Ability Assessment

This course uses the SLATE English proficiency assessment to place students in one of two English levels, Foundation or Intermediate. The SLATE is then administered two more times during the semester, once in October/March and again in December/May. The end of semester SLATE assessment is a major factor in determining if the student has met the standard of the course for graduation. Throughout the 20-week program, students receive daily individualized feedback in the form of classroom projects, homework, quizzes, and tests in order to accurately monitor the progress of our students. The course also utilizes a variety of online tools designed to effectively track improvements in key skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Unique Features

  • Highly skilled and experienced instructors
  • Cutting edge language acquisition teaching methods
  • Collaboration with UCL Institute of Education
  • Stamford American aligned subject area curricula in Math, Science, Literature and Humanities
  • Full use of Stamford American facilities and resources
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • IB-style education model
  • 7 hours of instruction per day, 5 days a week
  • Personalized education plans
  • Curriculum is taught at two levels of English ability: Foundational and Intermediate
  • An array of online English language acquisition resources

The entry criteria* are as follows:

  • 1. Students are required to achieve the following SLATE scores:
    • 6th Graders must score between 1.5 to 2.9 on the SLATE English proficiency test.
    • 7th Graders must score between 1.5 to 2.9 on the SLATE English proficiency test.
    • 8th Graders must score between 1.5 to 3.4 on the SLATE English proficiency test.
    • 9th Graders must score between 2.5 to 3.9 on the SLATE English proficiency test.
    • 10th Graders must score between 3.5 to 4.4 on the SLATE English proficiency test.

    2. Interview by the school office is required for PCS applications and is the determining factor for accepting students into PCS.

The exit criteria for successfully completing the course are as follows:

  • 6th grade students must attain a 3 on the SLATE
  • 7th grade students must attain a 3 on the SLATE
  • 8th grade students must attain a 3.5 on the SLATE
  • 9th grade students must attain a 4 on the SLATE
  • 10th grade students must attain a 4.5 on the SLATE

2022/23 Fees (inclusive of GST)

Application Fee: S$800* per enrolment (one-time, non-refundable)
Enrolment Fee: S$3,461 (one-time, non-refundable)
Facility Fee: S$6,942 (one-time, non-refundable)
Technology Fee: S$1,070 per annum
Tuition Fee: S$28,795 per semester.

All charges are expressed in Singapore Dollars (SGD) including GST of 7%. GST is subject to change following the announcement from Singapore Government that GST is increasing to 8% effective from 1 January 2023. For payments received/ invoices issued after 1 January 2023, the price is subject to 8% GST.

*Credit card fees may apply


In alignment with the Private Education Act 2009, a Committee for Private Education (CPE) has been established in Singapore to regulate the private education sector. All Private Education Institutes (PEIs) are required to comply with the regulations under the new Act in order to operate.

A certificate upon completion of the Preparatory Course for Secondary School is awarded by Stamford American International School Pte Ltd (a CPE approved private education institution). The CPE details are as below.
CPE Registration number: 200823594D
Period of Registration: August 9, 2022 to August 8, 2026

Hear what our PCS students have to say

“I cherish studying in the PCS. During class time, I am able to have communication, interaction and cooperation with my classmates and teachers frequently, it assists me to enrich my overall knowledge and make my way of thinking to be more logical, accurate and creative. In addition, after 7 weeks learning in PCS, I discover surprisingly that I am truly developing both oral and written English.”

Cheng Pan from China

“What I like from the PCS is that I have met new people from other places like China, Korea, Italy and Denmark. I also like making new friends, learn more English skills like vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking and writing. I think that the teachers are very nice, because they can help you with the problems that you have in school, family and other things. PCS is a good program to help me to improve my English level and to get to the Mainstream.”

Nicole from Spain

“I came from Korea, and I was not used to using English but it changed when I came here. In a lot of  countries in Asia many schools does not have group work. The first time when I had to work in a group in PCS it was kind of weird. But as the days went by, my sociality and speaking skills in English improved so much. I was able to speak with teachers in English! The main strength of this program is group work. Group work has made me speak more in class instead of the teacher explaining everything we do in class. For example, in Science and Math class I developed my math and science skills while developing my English speaking skills.”

Sean from South Korea

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After completing the course and successfully meeting the exit criteria, these students will be welcome to join Stamford American mainstream courses. Stamford American is the only school in Singapore offering the dual International Baccalaureate and American curriculum. Stamford American is a fully accredited IB World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP) programs, while incorporating the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards.

Located at our Stamford American campus at Woodleigh Lane, this program has been specifically developed to strengthen applications to international schools and is aligned closely with the Stamford American philosophy, to equip students to create their own unique future.

Safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of students is a priority to Stamford American and the Cognita family of schools. Stamford American is committed to this critical duty care and therefore have boarding options available to students.

Grade 6 Sample Contract (SLATE)

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Grade 10 Sample Contract (SLATE)

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Stamford Preparatory Course for Secondary School

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