The school year runs August to June at Hillside World Academy. Our calendar provides details on semester start dates and scheduled holidays for the respective school year. The printable calendar can be viewed here.
The school day runs from 8am to 3.15pm for all students from Nursery to Grade 12. Co-curricular activities begin from 3pm and end by 4:15pm.
Personal school tours are conducted daily (Monday to Friday) upon availability. To book a tour, simply fill in our online enquiry form, and our administrative staff will respond within 1 to 3 working days. You may also contact our Admissions Office via firstname.lastname@example.org or our contact number at +65 6254 0200.
Our curriculum programme will be based on the International Baccalaureate (IB). It is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and founded in 1968. The IB continuum of international education is for students aged from 3 to 19 years old.
Children in Pre-Nursery to kindergarten will be taught by the early years specialist who follows the PYP-Kindergarten programme.
Children in Grade 1 to Grade 6 will be undergoing Primary Years Programme (PYP) which focuses on the development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).
MYP emphasizes on intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connection between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepare students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
The uniqueness of HWA bilingual programme stems from an interweave of strong bilingualism and biculturalism practices within the IBO inquiry-based learning framework where language is not just a tool for communication, but also as a source for the exploration of different cultures and values. This enables students to acquire two or more languages in a multicultural context. HWA’s bilingual and bicultural model runs through all IB programmes offered by HWA to ensure consistency in language learning and deepening students’ understanding of different cultural backgrounds.
There is a broad range of co-curricular activities offered at HWA. These include competitive sports such as Netball, Badminton, etc. There are recreational CCAs such as Choir, Board Games Club and English Writing Club etc. CCA participation in HWA starts from Grade 1 to Grade 10. It is compulsory for HWA students to take on at least one CCA per semester.
HWA offers door-to-door school bus service island wide. Students may also choose to take the MRT (train), public buses or parents may drive and drop their children off at school. In addition to the school bus, HWA also provides free shuttle bus service pick up and drop off daily from and to Serangoon MRT at the designated spot during morning and after school.
We are a niche, community-based school. At the Nursery and Kindergarten levels, the teacher-to-student ratio is one to eight. At the Primary, Middle and High School levels, the maximum class size in 24. However, the total school capacity is approximately 250 students.
We have two language support programme; English Language Support Programme (ELS) and Chinese Language Programme (CLS). Our Language Support Programme is designed to help our students with little or no English or Chinese Language background to acquire the foundational English or Chinese Language skills needed for them to successfully integrate into their courses.
Yes, we provide a lockers for each student at every classroom.
HWA observes rolling admission because we understand that some relocation plans are unforeseen or last minute. If space allows and students meet all entry requirements, we are able to admit students to join the school throughout the year.