A diverse community, a focus on character-building and an engaged faculty are some of the reasons why the Oravecs love SAS. We chat with Mum and Dad to find out more.
A strong curriculum, frequent parent communication, comprehensive facilities… there are so many factors to consider when choosing an international school for the little ones. American citizens Aisha and Brian Oravec moved to Singapore with their three kids after 10 years in India, and began looking for the perfect school to enrol them in. They finally decided to go with SAS and we’re here to find out why.
Hi guys! What do your kids like most about attending the school?
Our children love their teachers and school friends. They really enjoy the after-school activities, too! Our elementary school daughter loves the Eagles swimming program and our littlest has enjoyed karate. Our middle schooler has found many new passions, including dance, theatre and technology, plus takes advantage of after-school programs like yearbook club and the amazing middle school maker space.
And what are your thoughts about the school?
SAS does a wonderful job of ensuring new kids feel welcome and integrate quickly, prioritising social, emotional and character development alongside academics. Our family was welcomed into the community and the school has become a central part of our Singapore experience. And as expected, we have had wonderful, experienced and happy teachers for our children at every level.
How did the school make your children feel welcome?
Our eldest daughter started in fourth grade and was assigned a buddy in her class to show her around. The counsellors made sure she found a group of friends and helped her negotiate conflicts during the settling in period. Our younger children started in the early learning center and were welcomed to class by a group playdate organised by the class parents. We were also assigned a buddy family who were invaluable in helping us navigate the school as parents. On top of that, we attended several welcome events, where we made friends with other newbies.
What does the school do in terms of building a community for parents?
There are welcome gatherings, an annual all-school BBQ and International Fair, and smaller events like parent book clubs with the counsellors, division coffees with administrators, service clubs, and class parties or spirit events. There’s also a parent cafe at the PTA store for parents who are waiting on campus.
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
Talk to other parents with kids in different schools to get a sense of the school community. Look at the school’s values and make sure they align with what your family is looking for. And research on the teacher retention and satisfaction data — the teachers really make the school.
Thank you, Aisha and Brian!
This post is in partnership with SAS.