Singapore American School was established in 1956 to provide an educational option for Singapore’s American community and for other families wanting an American-style education for their children.
Student Numbers and Nationalities
In its first year, the school’s 98 students included 57 American children and 41 children from other nations. Since then the school has grown to over 4,000 students, and the proportion of American students has fluctuated between 50% and 75%. This year, our student body is 54% American and 46% from other nations.
- United States of America
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong SAR
- New Zealand
Most SAS students are living in Singapore because of a parent’s job, with the most common employment sectors reported by parents this year being finance; manufacturing; and information, communication, and technology. Other sectors employing significant numbers of SAS parents include professional services; government (including the US embassy and navy); oil, gas, and energy; and consumer goods. The average tenure of all currently enrolled students stands at 4.4 years, the longest in recent history. The average tenure of students who left SAS in June 2020 was 4.8 years; this average included our Class of 2020 graduating seniors.
Children who enter SAS in the younger grades will see many friends move away over the years, but some will remain right through to graduation day. This year, out of our senior class of 271 students, 40% joined SAS in the early learning center or in elementary school! Of course, the later a student enters SAS, the more classmates he or she will have who have been here the same amount of time or longer. And there is a positive aspect to our student body’s fluidity: many SAS students find that they become skilled at making new friends and more open, flexible and resilient as they go through life.
The largest concentration of SAS families is found in the area bounded by three major highways—the PIE, CTE, and AYE—and Clementi Road. This part of the island includes neighborhoods near roads such as Bukit Timah, Dunearn, Newton, Stevens, Orchard, Tanglin, Grange, Holland, and River Valley, as well as near the American Club. The Woodlands neighborhood is also popular with SAS families, accounting for around 590 students, or 15% of enrollment. Other areas with notable concentrations of SAS families include Sembawang, Upper Bukit Timah, Yio Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, the East Coast Parkway and West Coast Highway areas, and Sentosa.
Each blue dot indicates a house, condo, or apartment building housing at least one SAS student. The red dot indicates Singapore American School.