Finance at SAS 806: Re-enrollment for 2019–20

Our annual re-enrollment exercise will start after the winter break, and we encourage all SAS families to be ready to complete the process at that time. To reserve your children's seats, you must complete the four-step re-enrollment process by March 1. For families new to SAS this year or anyone with questions about it, we take this opportunity to explain the reasons for our re-enrollment process and describe this year's procedures.


WHY RE-ENROLLMENT?

We know that SAS parents sometimes wonder why they must re-enroll their children each year. In fact, re-enrollment is vitally important in maintaining the school's operational efficiency and financial health. The SAS community benefits in many ways from a timely and efficient re-enrollment process:

  • Families can reaffirm their commitment to the school and know that their seats are guaranteed for the upcoming school year.
  • The admissions office can forecast returning-student numbers accurately and accept strong candidates (singly or as sibling groups) promptly.
  • Accepted applicants can commit to SAS rather than to a second-choice school that offers a place more quickly.
  • New families, including those moving from overseas, can complete their planning with less stress.
  • Administrators can plan staff assignments and recruit excellent new teachers.
  • The school can continue operating at full capacity, avoiding detrimental enrollment fluctuations and keeping tuition rate increases low.
  • Program needs, facilities schedules, and classroom materials can be predicted and addressed.


Parents sometimes ask why SAS charges a fee for re-enrollment. Quite simply, a monetary commitment yields a more accurate estimate of returning students, which is the goal of re-enrollment. A fee helps eliminate false re-enrollments and motivates families to finalize their plans. On the school's side, accepting a student's re-enrollment fee commits us to maintaining a spot for that child in August and providing the expected educational program.


Singapore does not allow tuition deposits, so international schools here either require tuition fees up to six months in advance or a re-enrollment fee. We feel that our system meets our objectives and is fair to current and future families. The fee is included in our average total cost of attendance, which we benchmark against other schools' averages to ensure that we remain competitive.


RE-ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

Our re-enrollment process is completed online through the Veracross platform, and parents who completed this last year will find it familiar. An email will be sent to you in mid-January directing you to the Veracross parent portal. Once you click on the "re-enrollment" button, you will see three options:


Option A: Re-enroll

Finalize the 2019–20 re-enrollment process by completing steps 1 through 4 on your personal re-enrollment page. If an employer is paying your re-enrollment fee, you may check whether payment has been received by returning to your personal re-enrollment page at any time. Until all four steps have been completed, your child's seat for 2019–20 is not reserved.


Option B: Inform us that you are undecided

If you are unsure of your plans for 2019–20, complete Option B to let us know your situation. This allows the school to understand individual families' circumstances during the busy re-enrollment period. Remember that this action does not hold a child's spot or postpone the deadline for a re-enrollment decision. See the table below to understand the process, fees, and terms of re-enrolling by March 1, March 14, or later.


Option C: Withdraw

If you know you will not be returning, withdraw your child through Option C. This allows the school to admit qualified applicants in a timely manner. If you already know that you will be leaving SAS, you may notify the school now using the Withdrawal Form on the parent portal.

Summary of re-enrollment dates, fees, and terms

Our re-enrollment process plays an important role in ensuring the school's financial stability and overall success. We hope you will take some time over the holidays to consider your plans for next year in preparation for your re-enrollment decision. Please send any re-enrollment questions to reenroll@sas.edu.sg. Comments, questions, and suggestions for future articles are always welcome at mrogers@sas.edu.sg. We look forward to hearing from you.