At OFS, even K-12 students learn to be responsible global citizens.
Children of expatriates often travel from one country to another with their parents before settling down as adults in their country of choice. Transferring schools is as much a part of their lives as learning a different language with every move.
In Singapore, Overseas Family School (OFS) eases the transition for children aged two to 18 years old through an open entry policy that allows admission at any K-12 level without pre-entry tests. Students are encouraged to flourish at their own pace in an environment that fosters growth through self-discipline and self-respect. A “worldwide family approach” permeates the school system, promoting diversity, critical thinking and lifelong learning so that students can function well in a globalised economy and a culturally diverse society. OFS prides itself as a family-oriented school that greatly values its bonds with parents and students. This vibrant school provides a well-rounded education to students of expatriate families from more than 60 countries, supported by staff members from some 30 countries.
A leading foreign system school in Singapore, OFS maintains cultural diversity in its very own campus and strives to raise responsible world citizens. Its Model United Nations program develops students’ skills in communication, research, collaboration, negotiation and presentation, promoting international mindedness and global citizenship from as young as 10 years old. This program has even attracted the attention of the Department of Public Information – Outreach Division of the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Intellectual development in such a multicultural environment harnesses the natural curiosity of children during the kindergarten years, their sense of self and community from ages six to 10, and internationally transferable competencies during middle and high school. OFS offers fully integrated curricula throughout its early years (IEYC), primary (IPC), middle years (IB MYP), IGCSE (Cambridge International) and senior years (IB Diploma International Baccalaureate). OFS is also accredited by California-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), allowing students to graduate with A High School Diploma. Upon graduation, students are admitted to top universities worldwide, especially in North America and the United Kingdom.
Aiming to preserve the joy of learning while preparing students for an eventual return to their respective national education systems or for entry into universities worldwide, OFS also offers classes in 14 mother tongue languages so that students can retain the ability to communicate in their own language. The Mother Tongue Program is conducted by native speakers of the mother tongue and regular classes are run in the Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages. Complementing this is the Foreign Language Program and also the OFS Study Preparation Program, an intensive, highly successful and widely acclaimed program designed for students without English communication skills to learn academic English at a faster pace.
OFS gives parents ample opportunities to participate in their children’s academic life. A school-wide online assessment system allows regular monitoring of student achievements, providing views of school activities down to daily classes. The school’s extensive information technology resources and infrastructure make the online assessment system readily available to parents, teachers and the students themselves.
Up to 5,000 students can be accommodated at OFS’ extensive campus in Pasir Ris, located in the east of Singapore. The five-hectare campus with state-of-the-art facilities has been described as the school design of the future. OFS’ campus boasts two 11-storey academic blocks, 241 airconditioned and carpeted classrooms, 49 learning labs and four modern libraries. Its sports complex has five shaded basketball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a full-sized football field. The school also has dedicated facilities for big events – including an auditorium and four large multipurpose studios.