Creating the Future of Learning: Singapore American School

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Authored by Getting Smart Staff

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A great school takes a “culture of excellence, possibility and extraordinary care,” said Dr. Chip Kimball, at Singapore American School (SAS). “As we traveled the world visiting over 100 schools in seven countries we found many schools that had one of these cultures in place, and some schools that had two of these cultures in place, but very few schools exhibited excellence, possibility and extraordinary care,” said Kimball. “This is how SAS wants to distinguish itself. What makes us unique.”

Founded 60 years ago, the nonprofit independent day school is located about 30 minutes north of the bustling central business district. The school serves nearly 4,000 students on a 36 acre campus. It’s the largest American school outside the U.S. and the largest single campus international school in the world.

Students at SAS hold passports from around fifty countries, but two-thirds of them are U.S. citizens (government regulations prevent SAS from serving locals). While admissions are open, the school has a history of producing top performing graduates that attend the world’s best universities—nearly all graduates attend four year universities, about 80% in the U.S.

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