Overseas Family School (OFS), in its 25th year as a Singapore Foreign System School.
Partners for a brighter future
As well as providing an all-round education for each of its students, OFS greatly values its long lasting bonds with students and their parents.
As the school Chairman regularly explains to meetings of new parents in the school hall:
Our school is a service provider for overseas families living in Singapore, in a professional partnership with parents. Parents are the senior partners in the relationship, on all matters affecting their child. The school provides professional advice and parents make final decisions.
OFS has an “open entry policy”, under which it enrolls students without pre-entry tests or reference to previous school reports. This policy supports the school belief that with proper motivation, and freedom from excess criticism and discipline, all students have potential to exceed previous academic performances. Happy students perform much better than strongly disciplined students.
OFS also has an “open examination policy” under which all students are encouraged and assisted to prepare for and sit internal and international examinations.
Having completed 25 years as an international school serving the overseas community in Singapore, the role of the school goes beyond educational needs. Overseas families quickly feel at home here, with international connections in the OFS multi-national community.
OFS Kindergarten and Elementary School academic programmes are based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), with significant Intellectual Development from Mother Tongue languages (MT), advanced Chess coaching and computerized Math Coding.
OFS Middle School teaches the first three years of two five-year programmes. International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
OFS Junior High School’s academic program is the final two years of the ‘International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP), and at the end of year ten, sit the British examination ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’ (IGCSE).
OFS Graduation Diploma, is granted to Grade 12 students at a school graduation ceremony in the school hall, in academic gowns and caps. This is an opportunity for parents and grandparents to celebrate the achievement. The OFS Diploma is based on internal OFS examinations, on satisfactory completion of four years High School, under US accreditation granted to OFS in 1992 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) based in California.
OFS Senior High School’s academic program also includes the externally examined ‘International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, providing entry to prestigious English speaking universities throughout the world.
OFS policies are derived from positive belief in young peoples’ potential to far exceed expectations of traditional approaches based on discipline and performance based streaming.
New campus is bigger and better
OFS first started in September 1991 at the former Singapore Teacher Training College TTC in centrally located Paterson Road, a temporary site until 2015, when government needed the site for train-track development.
OFS moved into its newly built campus at 81 Pasir Ris Heights in June 2015, with classes commencing there in August 2015. The new school development has been called the school design of the future, with unique features designed to support advanced student learning.
OFS’ new campus was designed for maximum safety and security for students, staff, parents and visitors. Government approved capacity of the new campus is 4,800 students, and currently about 3,000 students attend OFS. Space is available.
OFS’ security systems commenced in August 2001, when entry to the school property was controlled by OFS issued photo ID badges for senior high students, parents, teachers and staff. Regulation school uniforms provide entry for younger students. Visitors present their photo ID at the front gate, or justify entry to senior security officers, trained to be polite but firm in their responsibility for school security.