Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Whether you are considering ISS International School as a potential school for your child(ren) or settling in as a new parent, you may have several questions about ISS and how we do things. Here are a few quick answers to common questions we encounter from time to time.

School Year

  • Semester 1 – August to December
  • Semester 2 – January to June

School Hours

  • 8am to 3pm

Grade Level Categorisation

Primary School

IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)
Kindergarten & Grades 1-5 (PYP K-5): 4 to 11 years old

High School
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)
Grades 6-10 (MYP 1-5): 11 to 16 years old

IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) or High School Diploma (HSD)
Grades 11-12 (IB DP/HSD 1-2): 16 to 18 years old

Student Population

Above 300 students from more than 30 countries with no dominant nationality group

Average Class Size

18 – 20 students

Staff-Student Ratio


School Curriculum

ISS International School is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering 3 programmes:

Are interviews for prospective students required?

As and when necessary.

Does the school accept Student’s Pass (STP) holders?

Yes, as an Edu-Trust certified school, ISS allows for Student’s Pass (STP) holders to embark on their studies at ISS; however, approval is at the discretion of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore and only granted following a successful application with ICA.

Following a successful application to the school and confirmation of any offer extended by ISS, the school will initiate the registration process with ICA. A Registration Acknowledgement Letter (with specific application instructions) will then be provided to the family and/or applicant to proceed with the formal online application with ICA directly.

Guardianship Programme

The Guardianship Programme is only applicable for students whose parents are not residing in Singapore. More information can be found at:

ESL Support

ESL (English as a Second Language) support is provided across Primary School and High School. More information can be found at:

Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs)


Students can purchase their lunch from the school canteen. There is a choice of an Asian, Western or sandwich set daily. Alternatively, students can bring their own packed lunch. There is a fridge in every classroom and students are welcome to use the fridge for food that requires refrigeration.

School Bus

Two-way transport is available. More information can be found at:

School Uniform

The School Uniform may be purchased directly from Bibi & Baba Pte Ltd. More information can be found here.

Rolling Enrolment

We accept applications throughout the year and practise rolling enrolment to accommodate expatriate families who may be relocating to Singapore at various times throughout the calendar year. Places are subject to availability and all entrance and/or application requirements.

Mother Tongue Programme

More information can be found at:

Is there a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

Yes. More information can be found at:

Technology Requirement

Students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 are required to have their own MacBook. Software installation will be done at school. More information can be found at:

Does ISS appoint student recruitment agents?

ISS appoints student recruitment agents to assist parents with their children’s applications to ISS. A list of ISS’ appointed agents can be found here.