Get a head start in language acquisition in Secondary School

Language acquisition kick starts and grants access to a premium international education and we believe all children should be given the opportunity to learn and thrive. Stamford American International School (SAIS) is proud to embrace diversity with a focus on language acquisition for our students aged 2 months to 18 years old. The new Preparatory Course for Secondary School is a unique program that equips students with English language proficiency needed to be successful and thrive in the rigorous academic environment of Stamford American.

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 8 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 29 July 2019 and will last till December 2019, 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 WIDA English proficiency assessment to place students in one of two English levels, Foundation or Intermediate. The WIDA is then administered two more times during the semester, once in October/March and again in December/May. The end of semester WIDA 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:

  • 8th Graders must score between 1.5 to 2.4 on the WIDA English proficiency test.
  • 9th Graders must score between 2.5 to 3.9 on the WIDA English proficiency test.
  • 10th Graders must score between 3.5 to 4.4 on the WIDA English proficiency test.

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

  • 8th grade students must attain a 3.5 on the WIDA
  • 9th grade students must attain a 4 on the WIDA
  • 10th grade students must attain a 4.5 on the WIDA

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

Fees (inclusive of GST)

Application Fee: S$800 per enrolment (one-time, non-refundable)
Enrolment Fee: S$3,360 (one-time, non-refundable)
Facility Fee: S$6,490 (one-time, non-refundable)
Technology Fee: S$1,070 per annum
Tuition Fee: S$26,420 per semester


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 10, 2018 to August 9, 2022

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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. Please note, these boarding options will be mandatory from January 2020 for students not staying with a parent.

Limited spaces are available for the first intake in July for Semester 1, 2019/20 Academic Year.

For further information, please contact us by filling up below form, sending an email to or by calling +65 6602 7247.