Operations at SAS: Re-enrollment for 2021–22
Our annual re-enrollment exercise will start after winter break, and we encourage all SAS families to be ready! To reserve your children's seats for next year, you must complete the entire four-step re-enrollment process by March 1. For families new to SAS this year or anyone with questions, we take this opportunity to explain the reasons for our re-enrollment process and describe this year's procedures.
Please note that starting in January 2021, school fees payment options will be limited to electronic and online methods; cash and check payments will no longer be accepted. Please start planning now to pay all school fees (including re-enrollment fees) by credit card, bank transfer, or PayNow only. We also suggest that you check your transaction limits to ensure that you will be able to transfer the correct amounts.
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 reserved for the upcoming school year.
- The school can continue operating at full capacity, avoiding detrimental enrollment fluctuations and keeping tuition rate increases low.
- 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.
- 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 reserving a seat for that child in August and providing the expected educational program. It is important to note that a re-enrolled student's seat is only guaranteed for the coming academic year once the school tuition and fees are paid by the deadline of June 1, 2021.
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.
SAS re-enrollment is completed online through the Veracross platform, and parents who completed the process last year will find it familiar. An email will be sent to you in mid-January directing you to the Veracross parent portal. Please note that you will not be able to start the re-enrollment process if there is an outstanding balance on your account.
Once you click on the "re-enrollment" button, you will see two options:
Option A: Re-enroll
Finalize the 2021–22 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 2021–22 is not reserved.
Option B: Withdraw
If you know you will not be returning, please withdraw your child through Option B. If you already know that you will be leaving SAS, you may notify the school now using the Withdrawal Form on the parent portal. We appreciate your early attention in this case, which helps us better predict our re-enrollment numbers, admit applicants as soon as possible, and avoid sending you unnecessary reminders.
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 questions about the re-enrollment process to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments, questions, and suggestions for future articles are always welcome at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you