OFS offers a "worldwide family" approach at school that helps students to overcome any biased attitudes towards other cultures.
The academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester starts in early-August and ends in December, with a one week break in October. The second semester starts in January and ends in June, with other holidays of about one week, usually centered around Chinese New Year and Easter. There are holidays for Vesak Day, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.
Our faculty is a professional team of highly qualified and experienced international teachers. There is strong emphasis on academic excellence.
Assessment is seen as a tool to support and promote student learning and to accurately report student achievement. Students and parents are entitled to consistent, valid and reliable assessment information across all grades, subjects and classses. All parents can access their child's assessment information via their own confidential portal on the OFS website.
Happy students learn best. We therefore view imposed discipline as a failure of self-discipline. The focus of discipline at OFS is to teach students to take full responsibility for their own actions and self-discipline is a key part of this. We focus on strong peer-support, with student buddies for new students, and zero tolerance policy for violence. There is strong parent support for this approach.
OFS Curriculum is the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) Pre-K1 (2 years old) to K2 (5 years old), the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Grades 1 to 5 and International Baccalaureate (IB) Grades 6 to 12.
We take student intellectual development seriously and have a team continuously researching ways to enhance the intellectual development of all students, commencing in Kindergarten.
Strategic thinking games promote intense intellectual focus. Research clearly supports the playing of games like Chess as boost to academic performance in all areas. All K2 to Grade 5 students have an hour per week of intense intellectual activity learning strategic games.
Computer Coding for Students
Coding develops mental discipline, promoting both sequential and structured thinking. There are numerous coding environments created specifically for young people and they provide a tremendous problem-solving environment for students. We teach coding for all students, from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
OFS students may choose to receive Mother Tongue support for four hours per week within the school timetable.
OFS offers mother tongue instruction in 14 different languages, at no extra fee.
Proficiency in the English Language is not required. We have a world-leading English language acquisition program, which aims to maintain students at the academic level appropriate for their age.
Besides sports and ECA, OFS offers a separate Enrichment Program with a greater focus on individual teaching and coaching. Classes include a wide range or skills from mother tongue to sports to music.