Our boarding program is open to all SAIS Secondary Students from Grades 6 to 12. Boarding is highly encouraged starting from August 2020 for all SAIS students whose parents are not residing in Singapore.
2. Why does my child/ward 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?
SGD$100 one time non-refundable registration fee
SGD$27,486 per annum
Fees are paid per semester, together with school fees.
There will be no price differentiation for 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. (NYGBS does not provide guardianship and medical insurance)
6. Who will be guardian to my child?
SAIS’s boarding 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 Nanyang Girls Boarding School (NYGBS) as our boarding partner. They are centrally located in the Bukit Timah residential district at 21 Linden Drive, an upscale residential area that is surrounded by lush greenery and schools, with walking distance to buses and MRT station.
8. How far is it to the school?
NYGBS is only 15 minutes away from our school campus by car and is easily accessible by public bus and MRT on the Downtown Line. (Approx. 40 mins by public transport.)
We provide shuttle bus services for our students and the fees are below:
Stamford Boarding to SAIS - 10km
1-way @ S$497.55 (termly)
2-way @ S$663.13 (termly)
9. What facilities are there at the boarding house?
Study halls, recreation room, table-tennis tables, basketball court, small grass oval, running track, music practice rooms, common lounges within the residential blocks.
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. Out of consideration to your child’s roommate, visits to your child’s room should last no more than 15 minutes and be accompanied by a boarding staff.
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 NYGBS staff. Payment is direct to NYGBS, 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 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 room together.
All parents are required to fill up a questionnaire on your child’s living habits and current bedtime routines before arrival. This will allow us to best place your child with a roommate that has most similar habits to aid in their transition into boarding life.
15. Do the boys and girls room in the same block?
No. Boys and girls are housed in different blocks.
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?
Grades 6-8: 7pm
Grades 9-10: 8pm
Grades 11-12: 9:30pm
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?
Yes. However, wifi is disabled nightly from 12am to 5am.
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). Screentime rights for all devices, including personal equipment (i.e. not school issued) must be given to boarding masters/mistresses to ensure that boarders are not kept awake by them. A good night’s rest is important for an effective and engaged day at school.
Screentime curfews begin an hour before according to the following schedule:
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 & 10
Grades 11 & 12
Screentime curfews are lifted at 6am in the morning.
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?
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 & 10
Grades 11 & 12
Nightly lights out
Students who wish to continue studying after these hours may do so using their desk lights, or move to common study areas within their blocks.
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.
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 45-minute session each time.
28. Are there any organized activities over the weekend?
Yes. Our partner Camp Asia runs sports, creative and enrichment programs on weekdays and weekends throughout the year at the SAIS campus. Find out more about Camp Asia here.
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