Singapore Resort Homestay

Homestay could be the most rewarding experience in an international students’ life.

It is an excellent way to make friends, learn about Singapore's multi racial culture and at the same time practice your English and Mandarin while living in a safe and comfortable environment.

We will provide meals and do the laundry for them. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for, and on the weekends, students will join and be a part of the homestay family. Students are encouraged to help the family with everyday tasks and participate in the family's lifestyle.

Homestay allows students and visitors to live in a local home as a member of the family. Students living in a homestay environment will find their English language improve dramatically through daily conversation and interactions with family members.

Why Singapore?

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth and eighth grade students around the world. TIMSS was developed to allow participating nations to compare students' educational achievement across borders. It was first administered in 1995 and every 4 years thereafter. In 1995, 41 nations participated in the study; in 2007, 48 countries participated.

Singapore ranked first in math and science (Wikipedia)

Bilingualism is a requirement of the Singapore education system. While English is the main language and the medium of instruction in schools, students are required to take a Mother Tongue subject, which could be one of the three official languages: Chinese, Malay or Tamil. A non-Tamil Indian may choose to offer Tamil or a non-official language such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu. Mother Tongue is a compulsory examinable subject at the PSLE and the GCE 'N', 'O' and 'A' level examinations.

Education in Singapore

Primary School Education

Primary education, normally starting at age 7, is a four-year foundation stage (Primary 1 to 4) and a two-year orientation stage (Primary 5 to 6). There is a fee of up to S$13 monthly per student to help cover miscellaneous costs.

The foundation stage is the first stage of formal schooling. The four years, from primary 1 to 4, provide a foundation in English, mother tongue (which includes Chinese, Malay, Tamil or a Non-Tamil Indian Language (NTIL)) and Mathematics. Other subjects include Civics and Moral Education, Arts and Crafts, Music, Health Education, Social Studies, and Physical Education, which are taught throughout Primary 1 to 6. Science is taught from Primary 3 onwards.

All pupils advance to the orientation stage after Primary 4, where English Language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics are taught at the appropriate level according to the pupil's ability. Schools are given the flexibility to develop their own examinations to match pupils with the levels that suit them.

At the end of Primary 6, the island-wide Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is held. The examination determines whether the student is ready to leave primary school and enter secondary school by passing it.

Secondary School Education

Secondary education normally starting at age 13, based on the PSLE results, students are placed in different secondary education streams: Special, Express, Normal (Academic), or Normal (Technical).

Special and Express are 4 year courses leading up to a Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level (O-level) examination. The difference between these two courses is that in the Special stream, students take 'Higher Mother Tongue' (available for Chinese, Malay and Tamil only) instead of 'Mother Tongue'. A foreign language, either French, German, or Japanese can be taken in addition to the mother tongue or can replace it. Non-Chinese students may also study Chinese and non-Malay students Malay as a third language.

Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) are 4 year courses leading up to a GCE Normal-level (N-level) exam, with the possibility of a fifth year followed by an O-level. Students in Normal (Academic) are prepared to take the O-level exam during their fifth year.

With the exception of schools offering the Integrated Programme, which leads to either an International Baccalaureate Diploma or to an GCE A-level exam, most students are streamed into a wide range of course combinations at the end of their second year, bringing the total number of subjects they have to sit at O-level to between 6 to 10, with English, Mother Tongue or Higher Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, one Science and one Humanities Elective being compulsory.