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About Us

UWCSEA is a united, welcoming community, spread across two campuses that embrace students and their families.
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Guiding Statements

Our Guiding Statements help to ensure that our students are equipped to enact the mission throughout their lives. 
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A UWCSEA education is values-based and holistic, developing young people who will build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Learn more.

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K–12 Concept-Based Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and understanding through five elements of our learning programme. Learn more.


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The passion and energy of our diverse community of students is what makes our campuses come to life. Learn more.

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Our scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique perspectives and experience to our community. Learn more.

Our Big Ideas

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Our Big Ideas

As a learning community, we engage with the world of ideas to connect concepts and put ideas into action. Learn more.

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Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series: Reimagining Learning

Join us as we engage pioneers and thinkers in education in the lead up to our 50th anniversary year. 
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A welcome from our Director of Admissions and introduction to our process. Learn more.

UWCSEA runs an annual application cycle

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Find our more about our annual admissions cycle and join our Admissions updates email list. Learn more.

Support Us

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Support us

The UWCSEA culture of giving and service is central to our identity as a mission-aligned community. Learn more.

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Impact of Giving

The generosity of our community has had a significant impact on individuals and groups in Singapore, the region and globally. Learn more.

About our curriculum

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In 2011, UWCSEA embarked on a significant curriculum development project to ensure all students from K1–G12 are provided with equal access to learning goals that are:

    •    Conceptually rigorous
    •    Logically sequenced
    •    Developmentally appropriate

This project, which took place from 2011 to 2017, led to the development of a set of guiding statements, including the UWCSEA learning programme, the UWCSEA learning principles and the skills and qualities of the UWCSEA learner profile. Although the initial  curriculum articulation project has been completed, the College continues to develop and refine its curriculum over time through a review process.

Building the UWCSEA learning programme

Our curriculum is part of our Learning Programme. It explicitly articulates concept-based learning goals for our students. Being concept-based, our curriculum organises learning around the development of transferable ideas, which may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. Knowledge and skill acquisition is vital, but not the end goal in a concept-based curriculum. Using their knowledge and skill learning, students construct and express conceptual understandings, which transfer to new contexts. This allows our students to apply critical thought in any situation, now or in the future. It is particularly relevant for students in an international school environment, where much of the student population is mobile and may move during their school years, meaning they need to be able to transfer 

Advantages of a concept-based approach

Curricula structured around knowledge and skill learning lack the intellectual rigour and depth required to shape critical thinkers. With technological advances automating many jobs now and in the future, a curriculum focused solely on knowledge and skill learning does not adequately prepare students. Because our curriculum is organised around conceptual understandings, it supports both the application and transfer of learning to near and far contexts. This means that students are supported to think laterally, creatively and in interdisciplinary ways. By making connection-building a core element of our curriculum design, students learn how to construct and justify their own ideas and opinions.