Integrating Eastern
and Western Values

We are HWA.

International Schools in Singapore

HWA is an international school dedicated to develop principled global citizens with intercultural perspectives and a passion for lifelong learning.
A International Schools in Singapore - HWA International School was established in 2006 as the Chinese culture school in Singapore, formerly known as Chinese International School, continues to uphold the global vision that integrates Eastern and Western values, through the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy.

Welcome to HWA

International Schools in Singapore

HWA International School are one of the few IB World Schools offering the IB Continuum of international education from 3-19 years old, through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Our belief is that quality education can be achieved when you integrate pedagogical values of the East and West, through the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.


Why Choose HWA?

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We are a very niche, community-based academy. Our modest student body and class sizes allow us to focus not only on everyday operations, but also on each and every student.
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HWA Learning Environment

The Curriculum

There are more than 70,000 educators work for IB schools worldwide, and more than 5,000 schools have chosen IB programmes because of its rigorous content and emphasis on student development.


The unique bilingual and bicultural model designed by HWA International School.


HWA International School has always put the focus on the physical and mental well-being of each student.


The HWA International School Parent Support Group (PSG) was established in 2011.


On campus, all classrooms are equipped with IT infrastructure that helps teachers enhance the learning experience.

School News & Events

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This week marked the exciting start of HWA’s summer school program, welcoming students from various countries around the globe. Our summer school program will continue for two months, and we are still accepting new enrolments. Don’t miss the opportunity to join us and be part of this enriching experience. Sign up today for our holiday program in Singapore, perfect for students seeking a shor...
8 July 2024
On a Thursday morning, the HWA One-north campus buzzed with anticipation as parents, students, and teachers gathered early for the 2023-24 graduation ceremony. The event began with an official announcement by two student emcees, marking the start of the celebration. The principal and vice principal each delivered insightful speeches, reflecting on the remarkable achievements of the students ove...
18 June 2024
HWA International School is proud to announce the outstanding achievements of our students in the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) this year. Demonstrating remarkable skill and dedication, four of our talented students have secured prestigious awards, while several others received participation accolades, underscoring our commitment to academic excellence. The SASMO is one ...
4 June 2024
On the 24th of May, the halls of HWA International School pulsed with excitement as the HHCKLA Buddhist Wong Cho Sum School from Hong Kong made a spirited visit. With radiant smiles and boundless energy, the visiting students arrived early, eager to partake in a day of cultural exchange and discovery.The morning commenced with a comprehensive tour of the school, allowing our guests to familiarize ...
29 May 2024
The Grade 11 students of HWA International School recently had the unique opportunity to visit The LASALLE Show, a vibrant showcase of contemporary arts, design, and performance held annually at LASALLE College of the Arts. This immersive experience allowed our students to witness firsthand the creativity and innovation of the graduating class’s finest works.The LASALLE Show featured an impressive...
28 May 2024
HWA International School recently hosted the annual Exhibition Day, where students from across various grades demonstrated their knowledge, creativity, and passion through an array of exhibits and presentations. This event highlighted the exceptional work and diverse interests of the students, leaving the audience inspired and impressed. Grade 3 and 4 students embarked on a journey through ...
6 May 2024

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While implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum system and teaching environment, HWA International School emphasizes the importance of Chinese language and culture. We are proud of the heritage of Chinese cultural traditions and history, but at the same time, we maintain an inclusive attitude towards multiculturalism. In our school, students and teachers from various cultural backgrounds, from East Asia to Central Asia, from Europe to the Americas, are equally recognized.

HWA International School is a forward-looking, modern international school. The school makes full use of the educational resources provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization’s international background and Singapore’s local educational resources. It adopts an inquiry-based learning method to organize teaching and strives to create opportunities for students to actively participate in meeting challenges. We aim to cultivate students’ comprehensive quality and core abilities, help them establish the habit of independent learning and awareness of teamwork, and help them establish a conceptual understanding of knowledge and master the connections between disciplines and application of knowledge. The school is committed to developing lifelong learners and strives to help all individuals succeed.

At HWA International School, every student will receive an education that values the dual use of Mandarin and English while also supporting and respecting their native language. Through their proficiency in both Chinese and English, students will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of Eastern and Western cultures. Moreover, our International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) consistently ranks above the global average, and in recent years, our pre-university results have consistently demonstrated a high level of academic achievement in Singapore.

With an increasing number of students from China, Europe, America, and Australia, and frequent exchanges, our campus showcases rich and colorful cultural characteristics from various countries. In our HWA International School family, everyone finds their sense of belonging and purpose while hearing familiar bilingual dialogues in English and Chinese.

We believe that creating an environment where the whole person is developed through HWA International School’s innovative Chinese-English immersion bilingual program will empower students to embody our school’s mission with confidence, become caring, thoughtful, and capable students, and prepare them to be engaged and responsible global citizens in the 21st century in terms of their emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being.

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As an international school with a complete IB International Baccalaureate teaching system, HWA established a school philosophy of tolerance and understanding towards cultural differences from all over the world since its inception. Our faculty members come from over 15 countries/regions and possess degrees and teaching experience from leading global institutions. Here, we provide them with opportunities to showcase their valuable teaching experience and interact with students on a teaching platform to share their practices.

HWA is committed to providing personalized educational experiences for full-time students by maintaining small class sizes. Our aim is to achieve a student-to-teacher ratio of no more than 1:24, currently operating at a ratio lower than 1:15. This commitment ensures that our teachers can closely interact with each full-time student, understanding their academic progress, emotional states, and social interactions. Such an environment guarantees personalized attention and support from teachers in both academic and extracurricular activities. At HWA, small class sizes mean full-time students receive customized guidance in all areas, including sports and extracurricular programs, facilitating holistic development tailored to each student’s needs.

The IB curriculum is one of the most established educational programs globally, standardized and managed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. All IB courses are tailored according to the IB learner profile, representing the ten attributes valued by IB World Schools.

The IB curriculum is divided into four programs:

Primary Years Program (PYP): Designed specifically for students aged 3-12 years, based on six interdisciplinary themes like ‘Who We Are’, ‘How the World Works’, and ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’. PYP is highly adaptable to local contexts and encourages inquiry-based learning within individual subject areas.

Middle Years Program (MYP): Offered to students aged 11-16, featuring eight subject groups, each with a minimum of 50 hours. The focus of MYP is to encourage students to learn through practical experiences and connect their learning to the real world.

Diploma Program (DP): Suitable for students aged 16-19, DP consists of six subject groups and five core elements: Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service, and the Extended Essay. The program also includes an independent research project and a community service project. DP results are used for university admissions.

In addition to these core curriculums, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities (CCAs), including sports, music, arts, and various interest clubs. Notably, we provide a series of activities related to Chinese culture, such as Guzheng, Tea Ceremony, and Calligraphy, aimed at deepening students’ understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. These activities not only enrich the students’ learning experience but also facilitate their holistic personal development beyond academic achievements.

We are a forward-looking modern institution that advocates holistic teaching methods and lifelong learning. In the classroom, our teachers not only guide the curriculum, but also actively encourage students to participate, cooperate, challenge what they have learned from textbooks, and apply it flexibly to real life situations.

HWA International School’s unique bilingual and bicultural model supports the development of bilingual and cross-cultural skills. This includes arranging short trips for students to different parts of China every year, aimed at developing students’ cultural and historical appreciation as well as a comprehensive understanding of the host country. During kindergarten, primary and secondary school, Chinese language courses follow the national curriculum of China and include bilingual courses in Chinese and English.

HWA has two language course support classes, English Language Support (ELS) and Chinese Language Support (CLS), aimed at helping students who have little or no background in English/Chinese or weak English/Chinese language skills to acquire the foundational language skills needed to successfully integrate into the curriculum. The teachers of our language support classes work closely with HWA’s English/Chinese classroom teachers to better assist students at every stage.

HWA always puts the focus on the physical and mental health and overall development of every student. Throughout the academic year, our school nurse is on campus from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. HWA’s school nurse is certified and trained in basic life support, first aid, CPR, and AED and works closely with local doctors to provide students with round-the-clock health protection and medical assistance.

In addition to our school nurse, many other staff members at HWA are qualified in first aid, lifesaving, and CPR to ensure the safety and health of every student, even after school hours. According to the Singapore government’s healthcare scheme, all international students at HWA International School must purchase medical insurance throughout their entire learning journey.

Medical conditions are not the only healthcare concern that HWA focuses on. As an international school, we deeply understand the difficulties that students may encounter when away from their home country. To help them better adapt to learning and living in Singapore, HWA provides students with supplementary psychological and academic counseling services at all times. The counseling office is located next to the nurse’s office in the secondary school block.

The Parent Support Group (PSG) of HWA International School was established in 2011 and is more than just a regular parent association. As children attend HWA, it is important for the school to establish close relationships with parents through the PSG and to build a communication bridge for other static communications and contacts.

HWA International School believes in open communication with all parents, and the PSG facilitates regular meetings and activities specifically for parents, guardians, and staff to come together and discuss students’ performance in areas of concern, whether it may be in academics, extracurricular activities, or personal well-being. This avenue of constructive feedback from parents has led HWA to implement new or improved plans, such as the reading program for Kindergarten 2 and Primary 1 classes.

Throughout the academic year, the PSG also arranges a series of beneficial special events and plans for the wider community. These family-oriented activities often see parents and their children spending meaningful time together during events such as International Day, Halloween, Kindergarten Book Week, Sports Day, and more.

For parents of children attending HWA, the PSG encourages and welcomes your increased involvement in your child’s school life and to continue supporting and building the HWA community in more than one way.

he campus is equipped with IT infrastructure that helps teachers and enhances the learning experience for students in all classrooms. Students can engage in diverse activities in our sports facilities, such as basketball, volleyball, unobstructed basketball, bouldering, and five-a-side football and cross-country races. They also have opportunities to participate in enriching outdoor activities. In the leafy campus environment, they can also experience the natural ecosystem in facilities such as the Bio Pond. In addition to on-campus facilities, the well-equipped Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is only a 10-minute walk from our school on Shanhupo Road. The facility boasts an international-standard football field, a 50-meter swimming pool, badminton courts, and an Olympic-sized track and field, among other related facilities, for HWA to hold sports and other large-scale learning events.