Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, NEXUS International School (Singapore) relocated from its old site in Ulu Pandan to a new purpose-built campus located in Aljunied in January 2020.
Its new location offers state-of-the-art facilities such as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two sports halls and specialist music and art studios.
NEXUS takes in children from their early years to pre-university level. As such, it offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for children in Nursery to Year 6; the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme* (IB MYP) or English National Curriculum for learners in Year 7 to 9; IGCSE for those in Years 10 and 11; and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Year 12 and 13 learners.
*NEXUS International School (Singapore) is a candidate school to offer the IB MYP Curriculum. IB MYP has been introduced for Year 7 in Academic Year 2021-22 and will be offered for Years 8 and 9 in subsequent years (Year 8 in Academic Year 2022-23 and Year 9 in Academic Year 2023-24). Until the transition, learners will continue to follow the English National Curriculum.
3 Fast Facts:
1. Pushing boundaries
At NEXUS, the campus has been designed around flexible learning spaces. Teaching is facilitated through open-concept environments, which support collaboration and foster critical thinking skills and learning agility.
School facilities such as the treehouse for Nursery to Year 2 learners are constructed around this innovative approach, and allow learners to step out of classrooms to explore concepts they have learnt. This seamless flow between indoor and outdoor learning stimulates children to have a creative mindset for better critical thinking skills.
Children even get to arrange their own learning space! For example, as part of a UOI (unit of inquiry) lesson, Kindergarten learners attempted to make their classroom resemble a fully functioning airport, complete with check-in baggage counters, security desks and passport control.
2. Learning outside the classroom
Outside of class, learners are encouraged to take on leadership roles in school initiatives such as Primary Action Groups, Secondary School Council and Eco-Committees. On top of that, NEXUS offers more than 90 co-curricular activities so learners can engage in a wide variety of interests – from sports and robotics to art and theatre.
3. Play and learn
As a school that understands a child’s early years are the optimum time to build a solid educational foundation, NEXUS follows the IB PYP play-based and inquiry curriculum for young learners in Nursery to Year 6.
This learning method, delivered through a mixture of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, educates young learners to read and write – building the foundations of numerical and scientific understandings through play. Young learners are exposed to a range of specialist lessons, too. Music, art, swimming and foreign languages are part of their multifaceted learning journey.
With a team of highly experienced teachers – 43 percent of the faculty hold a Master’s degree or more – the school’s high adult-to-learner ratio for early years (1 to 6) ensures every child receives all the guidance and encouragement they need in their learning.
“Our four children are incredibly happy at NEXUS and settled in very quickly when we joined last September. Despite arriving two weeks after term started and in the middle of the pandemic, they felt welcomed and accepted, and quickly adapted to the NEXUS style of learning. Jesse enjoys having open classrooms and being able to choose where to sit to complete his work. He also enjoyed his end-of-year project, coding a game, which mentally stretched him and grew his confidence in what he can achieve with persistence. Georgia loves to write, and enjoys Language Arts and storytelling. Quinn and Maddie love the friendly teachers and making friends – they specially enjoyed the opening event of the treehouse! NEXUS has a great vibe and works very well for our family.” – Roberta Jonsson, parent of Jesse (Year 7), Georgia (Year 5), Quinn (Year 2) and Maddie (Kindergarten)
NEXUS International School (Singapore)
Address: 1 Aljunied Walk, 387293
Tel: 6536 6566
Opening hour: 8:20 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)
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