Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

EtonHouse Orchard follows the international school calendar, and the academic school year runs from August to June, consisting of 4 terms:

• Term 1 – August to October

• Term 2 – October to December

• Term 3 – January to March

• Term 4 – April to June

School opens from Monday – Friday. The school hours are 8.30am - 3.30pm for Primary, and 8.30am – 3.45pm for Secondary.

After school activities are held on Mondays and Tuesday from 3.45pm to 4.30pm, with the exception of Secondary Football, which ends at 5pm on Tuesday, and Contemporary Ensemble which happens on Thursday. Click here to view the list of ECAs offered.

The purpose of after school activities is to complement, support and enhance the main curriculum delivered during the day. The ECAs aim to develop the students’ interests and overall growth.

EtonHouse Orchard is K12 school. It is currently offering programmes from Year 1 to Year 11 and will be adding Year 12 and 13 in August 2020 and 2021 respectively.  The age cut off and year level categorisation as follows: Primary School
Year Level EntryAge Group
Year 15 – 6 years
Year 26 – 7 years
Year 37 – 8 years
Year 48 – 9 years
Year 59 – 10 years
Year 610 – 11 years
Secondary School
Year Level EntryAge Group
Year 711 – 12 years
Year 812 – 13 years
Year 913 – 14 years
Year 1014 – 15 years
Year 1115 – 16 years

EtonHouse Orchard is a boutique school, located in the heart of town. The maximum capacity for the school is 300. However, there are currently over 90 students from more than 25 countries with no dominant nationality.

The student is at the heart of what we do, and in order to give personalised attention and care to each child, the class sizes are kept small. There is a maximum of 20 students for Year 1, 24 students for Year 2 to 6, and 25 students for Year 7 and up.

The student-teacher ratio is currently 1:7.

EtonHouse Orchard offers the following curriculum:

Primary school: IB Primary Years Programme

The primary programme is an integrated, transdisciplinary curriculum which focuses on the development of the whole child – it encompasses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

Through the programme, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We believe our programme encourages students across the world to be active and compassionate lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences can also be right.

The curriculum is organised around transdisciplinary units of inquiry integrating the learning areas of:

  • Language (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Arts (Visual and Creative)
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Additional Languages

Secondary school: Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The secondary programme is a middle year curriculum that fuses a proactive use of information technology and inquiry-based learning with the development of the essential skills required to successfully complete the robust Cambridge approved International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme undertaken in Years 9, 10 and 11.

As the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16-years-olds, the IGCSE’s lead to externally set, marked and certified examinations from the University of Cambridge.

Students from non-native English speaking countries are required to take an English admission test, which consists of reading, writing and a short interview from Y7 onwards.

Yes. Pertaining to Student Pass applications, the school will initiate the process with the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore. A Registration Acknowledgement Letter (with specific instructions) will be emailed to the applicant thereafter for online application.

EAL (English as an Additional Language) is provided for students as an additional language choice from Year 1 to Year 10, and it is conducted 3 times a week. Intensive EAL is provided for students with a weak English foundation, and it is conducted 5 times a week.

Students can purchase their meal from the school, for the academic year. The food is delivered from our central kitchen, in Thomson. Alternatively, students can bring their own packed lunch. There is a fridge in the canteen and students are welcome to use the fridge for food that requires refrigeration. Secondary school students have the option of eating out, at designated spots assigned by the teacher.

Two-way transport is available. The school bus managed by a third party company. Parents may email [email protected] for more information.

School Uniform may be purchased directly from the school campus.

Our school practises rolling enrolment because we understand that some relocation plans are unforeseen or last minute. As long as there are places available and that students meet all entrance requirements, we are able to admit students throughout the year.

Chinese and Spanish is offered as an additional language. For students who are weaker in English, EAL is offered in place of the additional language offering.

Students from Year 5 onwards, are required to have their own laptop to facilitate learning through technology. Requirements: Laptop or hybrid with a Quad Core Processor of i5 or above and a minimum of 4GB of RAM.

This page was last edited on January 2, 2019