Our boarding program is open to all SAIS Secondary Students from Grades 6 to 12. Boarding is mandatory for all SAIS students in our PCS program whose parents are not residing in Singapore. For SAIS students in the mainstream whose parents are not residing in Singapore, it is strongly recommended.
2. Why does my child need to move into the boarding house?
Stamford Boarding Program is run by SAIS staff and under the school’s direct supervision. We believe that your child will experience a more enriched academic life being part of our boarding program. Being in a boarding house will allow your child to develop resilience and independent living skills that are essential as they prepare for higher education. Being part of our boarding program also gives them access to a robust social and emotional support system provided by the school community.
3. What makes your boarding program different from other boarding facilities available? Who will take care of my children at the boarding house?
Residential and boarding staff are members of our SAIS school community. They are specially appointed to work closely with school faculty and counselling staff to provide your child with a high level of care.
4. What are the fees?
S$200 one time non-refundable application fee, S$500 yearly non-refundable registration fee and $3000 refundable deposit
SGD$27,485 per annum
Fees are paid per semester, together with school fees.
Refundable Deposit is payable to ACS Oldham Hall upon successful enrollment. A separate invoice from Oldham Hall will be sent to the Parent.
Deposit is refundable by ACS Oldham Hall when the Student leaves “The Boarding House'' on full compliance of the terms and conditions stipulated on the Boarding Contract.
There will be no price differentiation for 4-, 3- and 2-bedders. Priority will be given to Grades 11 and 12 for 2-bedders.
5. What do the fees include?
Boarding fees include breakfast and dinner on school days, and all 3 main meals during the weekends and Singapore public holidays. Fees also include guardianship of SAIS-appointed staff, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, laundry service and medical insurance.
6. Who will be guardian to my child?
SAIS’s staff will act as guardian to your child. They will attend parent-teacher conferences and see to your child’s needs on your behalf. Our boarding staff will work closely with academic faculty to ensure timely interventions on your child’s progress at school.
7. Where is your boarding facility?
We have chosen ACS Oldham Hall Premier Boarding as our boarding partner. They are centrally located in the Bukit Timah residential district at 80 Barker Road, with easy access to convenience stores, clinics, supermarkets and eateries nearby. With walking distance to buses stops and MRT stations including the North-South line, Downtown and circle lines.
8. How far is it to the school?
Stamford Boarding House is only 15 minutes away from our Woodleigh campus by car and is easily accessible by public bus and MRT on the Downtown Line.
We provide shuttle bus services for our students. There will be fees applicable.
9. What facilities are there at the boarding house?
Study rooms, common rooms, pantries, dining hall, table-tennis tables and music practice rooms. Access to Sports hall, basketball court, tennis court, futsal court and swimming pool over the weekends. Due to COVID-19 protocols, there may be some restrictions.
10. Can I visit my child at the boarding house? Who can visit the boarding house?
Immediate family members can visit the boarding house before curfew hours. Any visitors to the boarding house will have to register at the front office. You will need to be accompanied by either a staff or your child while you are at the boarding house. * Due to COVID-19 protocols, parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the premises.
11. Can my child stay at boarding over the term breaks?
Yes. We understand that you could be traveling for work during your child’s term breaks and require them to stay on at the boarding house then. If you need such an arrangement to be made, please inform boarding staff at least 2 weeks in advance.
*Semester breaks: Do note that SAIS boarding staff will also be on their breaks if you extend your child’s stay during SAIS common holiday periods in July/August and December/January. During these periods, boarders who stay on at the boarding house will come under the direct care of ACS Oldham Hall staff. Payment is direct to Oldham Hall, subject to approval and availability of rooms.
12. What happens if my child is unwell in the middle of the night?
Residential staff are on-site to respond to any emergencies after lights out. If necessary, they will take your child to the nearest hospital with paediatric services where medical professionals to attend to him/her. The nearest hospitals are KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and National University Hospital (NUH).
13. Is your boarding house co-ed?
14. Who will my child share room with? If I have more than one child at your boarding house, can my children room together?
Boarders will be roomed together with fellow SAIS students. If you have children of the same gender staying at boarding, you can request that they stay the same room together.
15. Do the boys and girls room in the same block?
Boys and girls are housed by floors and their biometrics only allow them access to their designated floor and room.
16. Is your boarding facility wheelchair accessible?
While certain parts of the boarding house are accessible by ramp, the rooms are not wheelchair accessible.
17. What happens at boarding when my child returns from school?
Boarders are expected to return from school daily between 4pm to 5pm. The time they have before dinner can be used for unwinding after school and cleaning up. Boarding schedule will be available upon request. To inquire, please fill in the form here.
18. What are curfew hours like at the boarding house?
Mondays - Thursdays
Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays
Public Holiday and the next day is a school day
9.30pm (Roll Call)
9.30pm (Roll Call)
19. What happens at boarding during the weekend?
Monthly outings and bonding activities will be organised for boarders. These are not compulsory although boarders are encouraged to participate as often as they can.
20. Is there internet access at the boarding house?
21. Do my children have to check-in their devices at night? Do you have a device/screentime curfew?
Yes. There is a screentime curfew for all internet-enabled devices (mobile phones, tablets, laptops). A good night’s rest is important for an effective and engaged day at school.
During study time (7.30pm to 9.30pm), boarders are not to use their handphone or laptop unless for study purposes. After lights out, no handphones or lap tops are to be used.
22. What time do the students wake up each morning?
Students are expected to be up by 6:00am and have breakfast by 7:00am on school days.
23. When do they retire to bed?
Light is out at 11pm daily. For PCS and MS students, lights out is at 10pm.
Students who wish to continue studying after these hours may seek for permission to do so.
24. Will there be someone who supervise their studies at the boarding house?
Yes. Students who require supervision for the completion of their daily assigned work will report to the study hall for evening prep sessions. A residential staff will be present to ensure that they complete their work in a timely fashion for submission the next day.
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 & 10
Grades 11 & 12
25. What if my child needs help with school work while at boarding?
If your child has work that he/she needs help with, arrangements will be made with his/her subject tutor at school for extra help during school hours.
26. Can I engage a private tutor for my child at boarding?
27. Are there facilities for music learning and practice at the boarding house?
Music rooms are available for private practice sessions. Rooms can be booked ahead of time for a 60-minute session each time.
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