Frequently Asked Questions
At One World International School, our parents and students come first. We understand that making the right decision about your child’s education is not something to be taken lightly. Allow us to assist by answering any questions you may have. We’ve compiled a list of queries that we hope you will find helpful as you consider what to look for in an international school. This page contains additional information about our admissions process, curriculum and co-curricular activities.
You will find answers to common queries on international school education in Singapore.
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From the next academic term, SilverOak will be rechristened as ‘One World International School’ (OWIS), a reputed international school which is part of the Global Schools Foundation family.
All the high academic standards, pedagogical practices, faculty and unique selling points of SilverOaks will stay.
Yes, School will retain all three IB programmes at the Sarjapur campus. The Whitefield campus will continue with IB PYP, add IB MYP and look to include IB DP in future.
In a positive way. The campus will have more appropriate technology for a better teaching-learning process. Students will be encouraged to become self-regulated, lifelong learners.
It’s of value to the school to retain teachers that have great teaching capabilities. The investment in technology, training and processes is to help retain valuable talent. We look to remain well within the industry standards.
The fee structure will be in conjunction with the cost of delivery, keeping in mind the value for our parents and our commitment.
MYP will continue to grow from strength to strength – no change in nomenclature until IB decides to. Students appearing for the examinations in May 2023, will continue to write the exams under the Silver Oaks school name.
We will always support our students and will provide letters of recommendation. However, the name change will take effect from the new academic year.
Currently, we are offering IB DP for Grades 11 and 12. The request for CBSE will be taken up at the appropriate forum of the management, whose decision will be final.
The new partnership is eager to bring new-age facilities, a digital environment and learning conducive to 21st-century aspirations.
Yes. All best practices at Silver Oaks will continue unabated. Innovative and creative teaching practices will be introduced to provide an enriched learning experience.
Currently, we have college counselling from Grade 9 onwards and will continue to do the same with much more refinement.
OWIS uniforms will be introduced in the new academic year.
You can join our webinars, which will be held thrice this week, to know more. Links to the webinar have been attached in the parent communication email.
We will consider a full refund if desired.
The brand change is part of the strategic partnership with the Global Schools Foundation, which will enhance the growth of our school in future.
No. There will be no change to the faculty.
Yes. The wide network of GSF schools makes it easier for students to seamlessly transfer from one campus to another, provided the school has a campus in the new domicile and the same pedagogy is available in the chosen school.
While we answered some general questions about OWIS during the virtual school tour, you may have some important questions on your mind specific to your child.
This one-on-one consultation is the perfect opportunity to get some concrete answers from our Admissions Team and to chat with us about any concerns you may have, however big or small.
Our goal is to help you make a confident decision about your child’s schooling. Because we firmly believe that nothing is more important than knowing your child is in capable and caring hands.
The one-on-one consultation takes place on campus. During the meeting, you will be in a safe place to express any concerns you may have and to ask us any questions about your child.
This can be anything from seat availability and learning outcomes in a particular grade, all the way to your child’s particular interests, strengths or their transition from primary to secondary school.
We’ll also show you around campus and you’ll be able to explore our school facilities. Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to go inside any of the classrooms or speak to the teachers.
Usually, the consultation takes between 30-40 minutes. But depending on what matters you may want to discuss with us, it can take a little longer.
The school started on 23rd August 2021. You are welcome to register your interest immediately as admissions are open now and places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis due to limited seats.
School bus services are provided only during school days and are not provided during school holidays or non-school days.
In case of national or any other emergency declared by the Singapore Government (For example, the Circuit Breaker due to Covid19), bus services will be suspended according to the duration and terms of the emergency period. The school management has the right to extend the suspension of bus services if required.
Of course! When you refer a parent to us and they enrol, we will award you with S$1,000. At the same time, the referred family will also get S$500 off their registration fee.
Please keep in mind that to be eligible for the referral award, the family you refer should not have been previously engaged with the OWIS admissions team/should not have been engaged with the OWIS admissions team over the past 5 (?) years. For more information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the referral programme’s terms and conditions below.
To ensure our school community is truly diverse and international in every possible way, we have a nationality cap policy in place.
Every nationality is capped at 30% during admissions, which means that our student body is balanced and harmonious, with all 70+ nationalities being equally represented at all times.
That way, there is no single dominating nationality and your child can fully benefit from everything our multicultural environment has to offer.
Unfortunately, we are unable to make any exceptions once a nationality cap has been reached. So we encourage you to get on the waiting list as soon as possible if OWIS is your top choice.
Yes, all scholarships listed are available in all OWIS campuses in Singapore.
Our academic year starts in August and concludes at the end of June. We divide the academic year in to 4 terms of approximately 10 weeks.
Yes, there is a deed to be signed for one scholarship: OWIS Community Scholarship for Financial Assistance.
We accept students throughout the academic year as long as there are places available in their respective grades and they meet the admissions criteria.
The scholarship only applies to fees that have been paid. For example, if you have paid the first instalment, you will only receive a scholarship refund for the first instalment. Furthermore, we do not prorate the scholarship amount.
If your child transfers to another OWIS campus, please re-apply for the scholarship with the campus you are transferring to. Feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.
You may refer to our scholarship webpage for more details. The webpage address is: https://www.owis.org/admission/scholarship
IB PYP has a reputation for being an internationally-recognised transdisciplinary programme that allows students to make connections across different subject areas. The IB programmes encourage international-mindedness and citizenship skills in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. IB encourages a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, critically reflect, develop research skills, learn how to learn and participate in community service.
Upon completion of the term by the student, the scholarship sum for the period will be refunded at the beginning of the subsequent term.
The process will take a minimum of 4 weeks from your submission, subject to completion of documents and other requirements.
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You may refer to our scholarship page for more details.
During the admission process, we check for the age appropriateness of a student for their grade, based on their date of birth. We also review a minimum of two years’ previous reports (not applicable for Grade 1 students and below) to assess the student’s academic ability and behaviour. An assessment or interview may be required should the reports not provide a clear understanding. There may also be an assessment for students who speak English as an additional language.
Yes, you can. The scholarship will be given to your child after he/she joins the school with approved immigration passes.
Once you complete the form and have referred a parent to us, you will get an email confirmation that we have received your referral.
Our admissions team will reach out to each referred parent. Whether the parent decides to enrol with us or they are deemed ineligible as per our terms, we will notify you via email.
While the bus operator offers a point-to-point pick-up & drop-off service, there are pre-designated points chosen for students to board and alight the bus, which are safe and convenient. This is usually the main gate of the condominium/residence. However, the bus company reserves the right to designate the final pick-up point in compliance with traffic and safety rules, size of the bus and road conditions.
The Suntec campus is registered for children aged from 3 to 13 years old. We have a 30% nationality cap for students from any one nationality based on the total number of students enrolled in the campus.
Children who are Singapore citizens will need to secure approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to enrol for education at OWIS (excluding Early Childhood). Singapore citizens who are enrolled in Early Childhood are not guaranteed continued admission from Grade 1 at OWIS.
Yes, absolutely. We have found that chatting with parents in advance about their particular circumstances is often a lot more beneficial and helpful.
Choosing the right school is not an easy decision and this consultation can help you get a better sense of what your next steps are.
The waiting list works on a first-first come, first-served basis and is valid for one year from your signup date. This means that the earlier you apply, the higher your chances of getting a place as soon as we have an opening.
To get on the waiting list, you need to complete the admissions form and pay the application fee.
Once an available spot opens, we will notify you via email. After you’ve accepted your offer of a place, your child’s seat will be confirmed and your contract will be issued and ready to sign.
The application has to be submitted online. We will contact you if we need to have an interview with your child.
All children of one family are eligible for scholarships.
Yes, the application form should be submitted online via the scholarship category page.
The application period for our scholarships is from 26th September 2022 to 31st October 2022.
Yes, you can make an appeal. You may submit additional documents to support your appeal.
We will email the outcome to your registered email address.
Yes, it is a fixed amount which would be stated in the outcome notification.
In theory, yes. However, during the review process, your child will be considered only for one scholarship. This is to ensure that each scholarship is awarded to the most deserving and qualified students.
Scholarships do not automatically renew, so we encourage you to re-apply for any scholarship your child may be eligible for, regardless of whether they had previously been deemed ineligible.
Great question! Make a shortlist of your most important questions specific to your child and note down any other concerns that have been on your mind.
This can help us make sure we address everything on your list without forgetting any question that matters deeply to you.
Our waiting list comes with a Zero-Risk Guarantee. This means that if we are unable to offer your child a place within this one-year period, we will fully refund your application fee.
Please note that if you are offered a place and you refuse to accept it, you will forfeit your application fee and the Zero-Risk Guarantee no longer applies.
Punctuality must be observed at all times and students must be at the designated pick-up point 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. The bus driver is authorized to proceed without notice to the next pick-up point if the student is not present upto 2 minutes after the scheduled pick-up time. If the student misses the bus because of this reason, there will be no reimbursement for their own transport arrangement.
You’re requested to register your interest immediately so that we can schedule your visit to the campus. Currently, due to COVID safe management measures, access to the campus and its facilities is restricted to a limited number of visitors per day.
No, this programme is open to all OWIS parents throughout the academic year.
In the event of rain, students will be picked-up and dropped-off at the nearest sheltered area that is safe for boarding and alighting. When in doubt, parents may check with the Bus Operator Office for wet weather arrangements.
Unfortunately, this is not something we offer at the moment. Your referral award is a cash reward that will be deposited into your bank account.
If you decide you are no longer interested in joining our school and withdraw your application, you can inform the Admissions Team. Please note the application fee is non-refundable.
The Suntec campus is very close to the Central Business District. Families who need school transportation for their children will be able to leverage our safe and seamless door-to-door bus service. The campus is also very conveniently connected to the rest of the city-state through the extensive public transportation network. Parents can also choose to drop off children at the Suntec Convention Centre Drop-off Point.
Usually, new places open up during April and August. So getting a seat offer may take anywhere from a few months to more than a year in some cases.
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Yes, pick-up and drop-off times are subject to change with prior notice to parents. Students may be reassigned to a different bus route due to the changes in student enrolment throughout the year. However, such changes will be kept to a minimum.
The OWIS Suntec campus is part of the OWIS family in Singapore and thus benefits from collaboration between students and teachers across the campuses, thereby providing an added benefit for families who want to transfer between campuses.
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Students are not allowed to alight at non-designated points, other than their homes or school, or travel on any other buses.
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The campus is located within a dedicated space at the Suntec convention centre and benefits from all the extensive safety and security features you would expect from such a world-class facility. This is supplemented by OWIS security staff.
The Suntec campus was intentionally chosen to ensure that our world-class OWIS education is easily accessible to families with young children living in the east of Singapore. This facility has previously been used as the campus for another international school.