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Application Process

Stamford American International School accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, subject to availability. We aim to make the application process a pleasant, straightforward experience. The application form and supporting documents can be submitted through our online application system and by following the steps below. Please note, we do not reserve spaces, nor is placement confirmed until you receive an official letter from our enrollments team.

To inquire about availability or to visit our campuses, please contact the Admissions Department at +65 6653 2949 or fill out our inquiry form.

Admissions Handbook 2022-2023

To apply, please follow these steps:

Step 1

Complete and submit the online application form and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Current and previous year school reports (must be officially translated into English)
  • Academic reports for the most recent 2 consecutive years
  • For High School: Transcripts for Grade 9 to Grade 11
  • For Grade 9 Applicants: Grade 8 reports for Semester 1 and 2
  • English and Math teacher emails plus consent of parents for on-island transfers (applicable for Middle School and High School)
  • Reason for on-island transfer (applicable for Middle School and High School)
  • Reason for requesting to repeat a grade (for High School, if applicable)
  • Letter of Enrolment (sample template is available here) with current academic courses (applicable for High School if a transcript including the current year cannot yet be provided).
  • Expression of interest (applicable for High School for the courses the student would wish to take based on the school published course list)
  • Diploma Program Application for incoming Grade 11 (applicable for High School)
  • Diploma Program Transfer Form (applicable for High School for transferring DP G1152 or G12 students)
  • Middle Years Program Transfer Form (applicable for High School for transferring MYP G10Q2+ students)

Step 2

Complete payment of Application fee ($800 SGD per applicant). Please note this is non-refundable under any circumstances.

We offer several convenient payment options as detailed here. Should your company be assisting with payment of the fees, please have a company representative complete this form and return to us with the application.

After the application is submitted a member of our admissions team will be in touch and may request additional documents where applicable. These might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Standardized achievement test scores
  • Educational assessment or specialist reports
  • Guardianship Forms: Please note, only students applying for Grade 6 and above are eligible to reside with a Guardian* and must meet the exemption criteria. The form is as below:

*Guardian is someone who is not a parent of the student and has been approved by the parents to have the duty of care of the child. This includes other family members, family friends, and other persons.

After acceptance into Stamford, and before starting school you will need to provide the following:

1. Signed Student Contract**

Once an offer is made, a link will be emailed to sign the student contract which secures the students space. This must be completed within seven (7) days of receipt of the email or priority will be given to other applicants and the space may be forfeited.

Below are copies of the contracts for reference only. No hard copy contracts need to be submitted.

Infant Care Contract

Pre-Nursery - Nursery Student Contract

Pre K - KG 2 Student Contract

Grade 1 - 5 Student Contract

Grade 6 - 10 Student Contract

Grade 11 - 12 Student Contract

Student Boarding Contract

2. Settlement of remaining Enrollment, Facility and Tuition fees

Fees must be paid within seven calendar (7) days of receipt of the invoice or as per fee schedule.

3. Photocopy of Valid Visa

Students must be in possession of a valid visa before starting school:

  • Dependents Pass (DP): If one parent is an eligible Employment Pass or S Pass holder, they can bring certain family members to Singapore on a Dependant’s Pass.
  • Student Pass (SP): If the above is not applicable. Stamford will register a child requiring a Student Pass with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) after acceptance and parents will process the application from there. Student Pass holders can commence classes after the student ID has been issued. Student Pass holders must meet the minimum 90% monthly attendance requirements stipulated by the ICA.
  • Long term Vistor’s Pass (LTVP): Should the student already have an approved LTVP issued from the ICA, the school will follow the same process as above for the student’s SP and the ICA will either issue a Letter of Consent (LOC) or a Student Pass on a case by case basis in order to stay and study in Singapore.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The applicant will be asked to take an English Language assessment after the application is completed in full if English is not their native language, or if they are coming from a school where English is not the language of instruction, or if they were receiving EAL (English as Second Language) support from their previous school. In Grades KG2 – GS, our school offers two paths of English language support:

  • EAL Level A: For students entering, emerging, and developing English skills (low-mid level current knowledge)
  • EAL Level B: For students developing, expanding, and bridging English skills (mid-high level current knowledge)

In Grades 6 – 10 , the following support is available: 

In Grades 11 – 12, students are required to have a near native level of English speaking, writing, and comprehension.

The level of support required for KG2 – GS is determined by the WIDA English proficiency assessment conducted by a member of our enrollment team and is required before admittance.

The level of support required for G6 – G10 (as well as Grade 5 students starting in semester 2), including the PCS program, is determined by the SLATE Plus test. For students who are unfamiliar with the SLATE Plus, iTEP provides the following test prep materials:

The level of support required is determined by the WIDA English proficiency assessment conducted by a member of our enrolments team (ideally in person at the Admissions office) and is required before admittance.

For students who are unfamiliar with the SLATE Plus, iTEP provides the following test prep materials:

  • Preparation guide
  • Practice guide
  • Preview Test-Free
  • Subject practice tests

Documents can be found on our website:

  1. iTEP Exam Rules and Requirements (English)
  2. iTEP Exam Rules and Requirements (Mandarin)
  3. iTEP Exam Rules and Requirements (Japanese)
  4. iTEP Exam Rules and Requirements (Korean)
  5. iTEP International Global Quick Setup Guide (English)
  6. iTEP International Global Quick Setup Guide (Mandarin)
  7. iTEP International Global Quick Setup Guide (Japanese)
  8. iTEP International Global Quick Setup Guide (Korean)

 

Students with valid Slate Plus results issued by iTEP in the last six(6) months can provide the test report during application submission. The first SLATE Plus test cost is borne by SAIS, subsequent tests required due to incomplete tests or deferment, students will need to purchase SLATE Plus test from iTEP directly.

WAITLIST

We are currently at capacity in some grade levels. If a place is not available at the time you wish to join, you will be invited to join our waitlist. Payment of the $3,360 enrolment fee will secure your space on the list. Please note that this fee is fully refundable if at any time you wish to be removed from the list. If you are offered a space and decide not to accept, the fee is non-refundable.

SIBLING PRIORITY

Stamford American aims to welcome all family members into our community. As such, admissions priority is given to families with siblings already offered or enrolled at Stamford. Siblings will also be given priority should there be a waitlist in their grade level.

SINGAPORE NATIONALITY/SINGAPORE PASSPORT HOLDERS

Approval is required from the Ministry of Education (MOE) before a Singaporean student (6 years old and above) is allowed to attend classes at Stamford. The application for approval from the MOE will be sent as soon as a student is accepted. Please note that Singaporean applicants who are 6 years old and above will be accepted onto our waitlist and no place will be reserved for the student until formal approval has been granted by the MOE.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

The National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) comprises childhood vaccinations recommended as the standard of care for protection against vaccine preventable diseases that are of significant healthcare burden to Singapore or would be so without these vaccinations. 

The NCIS covers vaccinations against 12 diseases – tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliovirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, measles, mumps, rubella, pneumococcal disease and human papillomavirus. From 1 November 2020, the NCIS will also cover vaccinations against two more diseases, i.e. varicella (chickenpox) and influenza.

Of these, vaccinations against measles and diphtheria are compulsory for children under the Infectious Diseases Act.

An original copy of your child’s immunization record must be submitted to Stamford American International School (SAIS) once he/she has been issued with the Letter of Offer for admission. All submitted records, if they are in foreign languages, must be translated into English.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Student’s Pass (STP) holders and Dependent Pass (DP) holders who enter Singapore from 1 November 2021 via the Student’s Pass Holder Lane (STPHL) and Work Pass Holder General Lane (WPHL) must meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for entry. This includes post-entry requirements for pass holders who are aged 12 and above at the point of arrival:

Those who entered Singapore before they were fully vaccinated*^ must complete the full vaccination regimen within two months after they arrive in Singapore. Please visit https://www.vaccine.gov.sg for information on getting vaccinated in Singapore.

Those who were fully vaccinated overseas^ must update their vaccination records in the National Immunisation Registry (NIR) within 14 days of completing their self-isolation or Stay-Home Notice in Singapore. To do so, they will need to show documentary proof of their overseas vaccination, and a positive serology test result taken at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic (https://www.phpc.gov.sg) at their own expense. If the serology test result is negative, they must complete the full vaccination regimen within two months of the negative test result.

Those who are medically ineligible for vaccination must, at their own expense, seek medical consultation in Singapore and be certified to be medically ineligible for all COVID-19 vaccines under Singapore’s National Vaccination Programme, within 14 days of completing their self-isolation or Stay-Home Notice in Singapore. Otherwise, they must complete the full vaccination regimen within two months of their arrival. 

*Those aged below 18 may enter without proof of vaccination. Nonetheless, all travellers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated prior to entering Singapore, where possible. 

^An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after he/she has received the full regimen of World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines.

Students aged 12 and above who have entered Singapore are reminded to complete the above requirements as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. This will help to keep you and those around you safe. Please note that enforcement actions, including revocation of passes, may be taken for non-compliance or false declarations. No further action is required for those who have already completed their vaccination in Singapore before travelling overseas, or those below the age of 12.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS (FOR AGE 12 YEARS AND BELOW)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore has introduced diphtheria and measles vaccination requirements as a prerequisite for foreign-born children applying for long-term immigration passes to Singapore, with effect 1 February 2019.

Foreign-born children aged 12 years old and below, who are first-time applicants for Dependent’s Pass (DP), Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), and Student Pass (STP) are required to submit documentary proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for before they can proceed with their visa or pass application. Further details and the application form can be found on the HPB website.

SPECIALIZED SUPPORT PROGRAM

Stamford offers a Specialized Support Program for students who require support for learning differences. The needs of eligible students will be assessed on an individual basis and parents should discuss their situation with the Admissions Office prior to making an application.

PRE-COURSE COUNSELLING

Pre-course counselling is an essential step for admissions to Stamford American. The Pre-Course Counselling Information Pack covers the following information to help you make informed decisions:

  • School and Course Information
  • Fee Payable and Payment Method
  • Fee Protection Schemes (FPS) & Student Contract
  • Refund/Transfer and Withdrawer Policy and Procedure
  • Singapore Regulations for International Students
  • Student Support Services
  • Committee for Private Education

 

Please read them carefully before applying and speak to your admissions managers if you have any questions.

Rolling Enrollment

Stamford American International School is accepting rolling enrollment throughout the year. Call our admissions office at +65 6653 2949 or email us at admissions@sais.edu.sg to learn more about the application process.