HoneyKids had a chat with the Jain family to find out why they're such big fans of ICS
Looking for a new school for your child can be tough, especially in Singapore where you’ve got lots of choices when it comes to international schools. Which is why it’s always great to get real opinions from the people who know the schools best — the parents of students — to help us make that all important final decision. We spoke to Amit and Nidhi Jain, parents of sixth-grader Aanya, to find out why their family’s so happy about being at International Community School (Singapore). For them, ICS has brought out the best in their disciplined and meticulous daughter through its nurturing community and balanced curriculum. Here’s what else we found out…
Hi Amit and Nidhi! What were your biggest considerations when it came to picking a school for Aanya?
We were looking for a school that maintains a good balance between academics and co-curricular activities to ensure overall development. We thought that the academic curriculum should be challenging and collaborative, and that a child should feel safe and is able to express herself freely in all situations.
Did you find all of that at ICS?
Yes! The close-knit community spirit of ICS really stood out amongst all of our school interactions. We spoke to different teachers during our campus visit and observed them during their lessons. We really loved their pedagogy: it was imaginative, inquiring and systematic.
The children received complete attention, and everyone looked comfortable, immersed, and encouraged to “learn”. We were also very pleased with the admissions team. They recognised our anxiety as this was the first school shift for Aanya. They were kind, patient and provided us with all the information we requested.
We loved that we immediately felt welcome. The school even sent us a welcome letter and a handwritten card. The teachers also made an extra effort to make Aanya feel at home.
Has the school lived up to your expectations?
ICS has truly exceeded our expectations. There’s a visible change in Aanya’s learning approach and problem-solving skills. We are delighted to see her individual assessments from all the teachers on both her academic outcomes and behavioural patterns.
At ICS, the attention given to each child ensures that he/she feels that his/her efforts are recognised. This is possible due to the smaller class sizes and the very close-knit communication between teachers, parents and children. We really value this community spirit which is rare at many schools.
What does Aanya love most about the school?
Aanya enjoys the collaborative approach of the teachers which makes her feel comfortable. She used to be afraid of maths, but over the last three months, her mindset has completely changed. She has started loving the subject, which is amazing. She also loves the Design Technology class which we believe is really helping in her overall development.
Thank you, Amit and Nidhi!
This post is in partnership with ICS