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Stamford Preparatory Course
for Secondary School (PCS)

Providing English Language Learners Access to An International Education in Singapore

Stamford American’s Preparatory Course for Secondary School (PCS) is a unique program designed to methodically introduce Stamford American’s student life and curriculum to highly motivated English language learners.

With the dual mission of academic language development and well-being, the program equips students with a level of English proficiency necessary to not only succeed but thrive in Stamford American’s rigorous academic environment.

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 same range of content-rich courses that meet the scholarly and linguistic needs of students eager to thrive at the next level.

More than just an academic program, through its 3 pillars of Language and Academic Development, Well-being and International Mindedness, the PCS program benefits students who are academically inquisitive, have a talent for learning languages, and are excited about studying in a multicultural international school.

Unique features of PCS

  • Highly skilled and experienced instructors
  • Cutting edge language acquisition teaching methods
  • 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
  • An array of online English language acquisition resources

English Ability Assessment

This course uses the SLATE Plus English proficiency test to track each student’s language acquisition improvement along their journey in PCS. SLATE Plus is administered three times during the semester. The end-of-semester SLATE Plus 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 their progress. The course also utilizes a variety of online tools designed to effectively track improvements in key skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar.

Entry Criteria

The PCS 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.

Exit Criteria

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

All students must demonstrate strong classroom performance on graded material, and receive teacher recommendations.

2022/23 Fees for PCS (On Campus)

Application Fee S$807 per enrolment (one-time, non-refundable)
Enrolment Fee S$3,493 (one-time)
Facility Fee S$7,007 (one-time)
Technology Fee S$1,080 per annum
Semester 1 Tuition Installment S$28,795
Semester 2 Tuition Installment S$29,064
Annual Fee S$58,939

All charges are expressed in Singapore Dollars (SGD), including GST of 8%.

PCS Grade 6 Sample Contract

PCS Grade 7 Sample Contract

PCS Grade 8 Sample Contract

PCS Grade 9 Sample Contract

PCS Grade 10 Sample Contract


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).

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