The Matsuoka family is proof that Singapore American School is one of the happiest places on the Little Red Dot...
When the Matsuokas moved to Singapore at the end of 2019, finding the right school for their son, Kou, was at the top of their to-do list. After visiting the Singapore American School’s expansive Woodlands campus, it was the smile on Kou’s face that sealed the deal. To further express his excitement, he ran a full 400 meters down the school’s track, an amazing feat for a two and a half year-old. It was a happy day for all – and that was just the beginning!
The deciding factors
“Feeling and fit” for Kou were the deciding factors for the Matsuokas. While touring the campus, it was apparent the school would provide him the right balance of freedom by providing him an environment that inspires and motivates. The dedication and professionalism of the teachers impressed the Matsuokas as well.
“The teachers really observe and listen to the children,” share the Matsuokas. “They make the children happy. Our son has loved going to school from day one.”
A happy learning journey made possible
The ambiance of SAS’s early learning center felt right to the family. The ground floor location with its outdoor play space is light filled, and in place of typical classrooms are dedicated, flexible open spaces and play areas for the children to explore and learn in. “We love that the staff at the early learning center are professional, experienced and welcoming,” say the Matsuokas. And Kou is in favour. According to his parents, he can’t wait to go back to school everyday — a comforting feeling for any mum or dad!
Pivoting in the new normal
Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, the Matsuoka family feels that their first year at SAS has been extraordinarily positive. “We feel that the school has provided a safe and nurturing environment, with teachers continuing to focus on a student-driven curriculum,” they intimate. Even under these extraordinary circumstances, the school has sought to improve in all aspects. From child safeguarding to investing in the growth and development of its educators, as well as a campus upgrade, the school has gone above and beyond to make it all work.
“We joined SAS right in the middle of the pandemic, where in-person meetings were generally not possible in Singapore. Most of the communication was done online or via Zoom. The school has a robust communication platform that keeps the community well informed, including grade-specific chat groups, and a weekly newsletter update that is very well organised,” they share.
Advice from the Matsuokas
Looking for a school for your tot? The family recommends that every parent should analyse a school’s culture and values to see if they align with their own. They also suggest finding a school that suits your child’s personality. “After all, they’re the ones who’ll be attending the school,” the parents say.
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This post is in partnership with Singapore American School