OPERATIONS AT SAS

Now in its eleventh year, Operations at SAS is intended to promote understanding and support of school policies within our large, diverse parent community.

Published every few weeks in eNews, these articles address a range of topics related to finance and operations at SAS, such as the school’s annual budget, financial reserves, and student demographics. “Big picture” topics are also considered, such as developments in Singapore’s international school market and differences between nonprofit and for-profit schools. All Operations at SAS articles and Finance at SAS articles (as the series was originally called) are archived here for the convenience of the SAS community. 

This article series was started in 2011 when William Scarborough, chief financial officer from 2008 to 2017, saw a need for better communication about these matters within the SAS community. Each year’s articles are numbered sequentially, from the 100 series in 2011–12 up to the 1100 series in 2021–22. As of June 2021, this archive includes over 140 separate articles. Chief Operating Officer Matthew Rogers continues Operations at SAS in 2021–22 and welcomes comments, questions, and suggestions for future articles. Please contact him at mrogers@sas.edu.sg.

Parent surveys consistently show that the diversity of the school's student body is one of the most valued aspects of an SAS education. This year, our school community includes students holding 65 different passports, all learning with and from each other.

With the 2021–22 budget adopted by the school board on Monday, this week we explain our priorities in managing the funds entrusted to us by our students' families.

We hope you enjoyed reading about where SAS students come from in Part 1 of our annual Student Demographics article. This week we further explore our community's characteristics by looking at what brings SAS families to Singapore, who pays the bills, how long students stay, and where families live.

June 8 will mean the end of schoolwork for our students but the start of our facilities team's busiest time of the year. During the 54 work days (including Sundays) of the 2018 summer vacation, around 100 different projects will be tackled, involving an average of 60 contractors and at least ten construction vehicles daily.

Thanks to occupancy sensors installed during the student life center's construction last summer, saving energy in unused spaces no longer depends on someone remembering to press a switch.


At SAS we strive to maintain a friendly, welcoming atmosphere by keeping our security measures as discreet as possible. However, as a visible symbol of the United States and of Singapore's international community, we must err on the side of caution in today's uncertain world.

Our annual re-enrollment exercise is underway, and we invite all SAS families to complete the re-enrollment or withdrawal process by March 1, 2018. If you have already done so, we thank you.

With the 2018–19 budget adopted following Monday's community budget presentation, this week we paint the broader budget picture by explaining our priorities in managing the funds entrusted to us by our students' families.

Singapore American School has a spacious green campus, top-notch facilities, and excellent educational resources. But our greatest asset has always been our teachers. This week, we explore the demographics of these professionals, who focus their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise on educating your children.

We hope you enjoyed reading about where SAS students come from in Finance 703 last week. We now continue this discussion by exploring why SAS families are in Singapore, who pays the bills, how long students stay at SAS, and where our families live.

SAS parents are often amazed at the diversity of their children's classmates. This year, our community includes students from over 60 different nations. In part one of our annual student demographics article, we explore the 2017–18 particulars of our always-evolving SAS community.

As we finish our fifth week of the 2017–18 school year, we are pleased to present an update about enrollment numbers, new staff, and summer facilities projects.