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Singapore American School

40 Woodlands Street 41

Singapore

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    Entrance to school.

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    Studio classroom.

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    Swimming pool.

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    Flexible classroom.

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    Another view of the outdoor field and track.

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    Outdoor field and track.

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    Outdoor playground.

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    Theatre class.

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Total Students 3945
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Year Founded 1956
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Phone No. (+65) 63633403
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Overview

Singapore American School (SAS) is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school located in the Woodlands area of Singapore. It offers an American-based curriculum for students in preschool through high school. One of Singapore's first international schools, SAS was founded in 1956, and started with a hundred students in a colonial house. It has since developed into a school of nearly 4,000 students on a 36-acre campus. SAS is accredited by the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The SAS student body is made up of over 60 nationalities, with over half of the students being United States citizens. Few Singaporean students attend the school as Singapore government regulations prevent most local students from attending international schools within the country.

The majority of the teachers come from the US, and staff members from around twenty other countries also work at SAS. Most are hired overseas, and three-quarters hold master's degrees. The maximum number of students per class in preschool and pre-kindergarten is 16, while for kindergarten through grade 12 it is 22. SAS offers classes in the standard academic subjects as well as foreign languages, music, art, physical education, dance, sports, and technology. The high school offers over 20 AP courses, including the AP Capstone program. The campus has both air-conditioned and open-air spaces, along with a solar panel array. Facilities include gyms, cafeterias, libraries and theatres, as well as courtyards, playgrounds, playing fields, a rainforest, and an eco-garden.

Governance

SAS is a non-profit, member-based independent school. It is incorporated in the Republic of Singapore and recognised under the Singapore Charities Act. Parents, guardians, teachers and administrators are members of the school unless they opt out; currently there are over 4,900 members. All members are invited to the annual general meeting (AGM) in October, at which the superintendent reviews the school's progress and finances, and to a budget meeting in January to review and discuss financing and priorities for the upcoming school year. Members participate in school governance by electing the board of governors. These twelve parents of enrolled students serve in a volunteer capacity for terms of three years. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent and providing strategic oversight for the school, while the superintendent and administrative team are responsible for the school's day-to-day operations.

The school's finances are managed by the chief operating officer under the guidance of the superintendent and board. An independent financial audit is conducted annually and presented at the AGM. The school maintains financial reserves and an endowment to ensure long-term financial stability. An investment advisory committee supports the board in managing these funds. Two philanthropic organisations support educational programs, operations, and capital initiatives at SAS. These are the SAS Foundation Limited (Singapore), and the Singapore American School Foundation (United States). The SAS Annual Fund solicits donations to these foundations from current and former parents and employees, as well as from SAS alumni and friends of the school. Foundations funds make possible special opportunities for students, as well as providing for the long-term financial health of the school.

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