A defining characteristic of UWCSEA is the way we actively integrate our mission and values into every aspect of College programmes. While we combine challenging experiences with academic rigor and creative opportunities in the personal education of every student, underpinning this are the values of the College. At the core is our mission to educate individuals to take responsibility for shaping a better world.
The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop all their intelligences - analytical, practical, creative and emotional. These then strengthen each other, leading to well-balanced, perceptive individuals who have the confidence to take action to improve the lives of others.
Experiences in sports, on expeditions, using technology, through service to others, in the art studio, and in musical and dramatic performances, are integrated with classroom learning. The ability to communicate in more than one language is a key goal. A curriculum of this ambitious nature cannot be confined to the classroom, and we place equal importance on the worth of curricular and extra-curricular components.
Students come to UWCSEA from different educational and cultural backgrounds, with a range of levels of attainment and frequently as second language English speakers. We welcome the rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences of our students and facilitate sharing of different perspectives as one of our core values.
The challenging range of experiences on offer provides all students an opportunity to learn the lessons that will mean the most to them as individuals. Our best evidence for the success of this approach is the level of our student achievement, motivation, involvement, personal confidence, and genuine concern for others.
Students discover their ‘passion' at different times during their UWCSEA experience, but we sincerely believe a UWCSEA education is genuinely life-changing for the vast majority of our students and, in many cases, for their parents as well!
Education outside the classroom
Students develop character and learning through challenges, both within and outside the classroom. The College offers a wealth of outdoor educational experiences. We aim to enhance and enrich students' classroom experiences with cross curricular teaching and opportunities for learning outside of the classroom.
Our philosophy applies to expeditions, residential trips, community programmes and after school activities. All students, starting in Grade 3, participate in a class expedition outside of Singapore. From Taman Negara in Malaysia to sea kayaking in Tioman, students not only gain new skills but the trips provide the opportunity to bond with their classmates.