HomeschoolSingapore.sg is a platform for Singapore’s homeschooling communities to connect, converse and contribute. We hope to nurture a sense of community through shared memories, mutual assistance, exchange of ideas and common aspirations to spur collective learning and growth. We build connections to homeschool communities, businesses and organisations for opportunities to partner together.
While we aim to be an authoritative point of reference on homeschooling in Singapore, the website is not just for those who want to homeschool. It is for everyone passionate about education – from those aspiring to be thought leaders in education to those who want a broader definition of what education is.
Get in touch with our Editor, Kalsum Harun, at firstname.lastname@example.org to build this space!
What is homeschooling?
Homeschooling means that parents are the primary educators of their children. It is not an after-school or enrichment programme. Homeschooling parents take ownership of their children’s education within the framework of holistic development of mind, body, and soul.
Homeschooling in Singapore is unique. The community is a melting pot of expatriates and locals. Some families school and homeschool different children. Sometimes, we think it is the most diverse, inclusive, international school in Singapore that is free.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) makes education compulsory for Singaporeans from the year they turn seven years of age until they turn 15 or complete the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Enrolment in national schools is also compulsory across all learning spectrums, including children with special education needs from 2019. Parents of Singaporean children who wish to homeschool need to apply to MOE to seek exemption from compulsory education. This requirement does not apply to expatriates.
Homeschooling in Singapore is an attractive option for:
- Singaporean parents who look to a customised learning environment for their children;
- Expatriates in Singapore who desire affordable, flexible and quality education for their children; and
- Expatriates who have been homeschooling and wish to continue doing so here.
Homeschooling has gained traction in Singapore over the years. It has been featured favourably in the local media as younger parents seek alternative learning pathways to suit their family’s vision or needs.