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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.


Singapore as a Nation State: Past, Present and Future.

By Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Discover the fascinating evolution of 'Singapore as a Nation State, Past Present and Future' with Mr. Janadas Devan and our panel of UWCSEA students, connecting Singapore's historical roots and its present circumstances. View here


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A welcome from our Director of Admissions and introduction to our process. Learn more.

UWCSEA runs an annual application cycle

Applications for 2024/2025

Applications for the 2024/2025 school year will open on 1 September 2023 Learn more.



If you are as inspired by our mission to make education a force to unite people...Learn more.

Working at UWCSEA

We welcome applications from prospective colleagues who will contribute to our diverse community…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.

K–12 curriculum

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K–12 curriculum

At UWCSEA, our concept-based curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understandings that will challenge our students to take responsibility for shaping a better world. This is achieved through a unique education, encompassing all five elements of our holistic learning programme—academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education and service.

Our holistic programme provides age-appropriate challenges which encourage our students to:

  • learn to think independently, laterally and critically about the world
  • form an understanding of sustainable development
  • develop cultural awareness
  • recognise complexity and the interconnectedness of many global issues
  • lead and act with integrity in a globalised, rapidly changing world

Learning is organised around the development of transferable ideas (concepts), which may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. Knowledge and skill acquisition is vital, but not the end goal in a concept-based learning environment. Instead, by 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. 

This curriculum is shared across our campuses, and our professional development programme ensures teachers are supported in developing their classroom practice in concept based teaching.

Concept-based curriculum explained

Curriculum structure

We have a written curriculum in four of the five elements of our learning programme: Academics, Outdoor Education, Personal and Social Education, and Service.

Our model of curriculum development reflects a three-stage design process called ‘backward design.’ At UWCSEA it means that we started with what we understood students should know at the end of their schooling, and worked back from there. For each of the elements, and each of the disciplines within that element, our senior educators worked from the desired attainment at the end of Grade 12 backwards to kindergarten.

This involved identifying key concepts (our Standards), which were sometimes broken into Strands and sub-strands so as to better manage the learning pathways through complex disciplines. Each Standard then has age-appropriate Conceptual Understandings which are used by teachers to develop units of learning. By connecting each lesson to a larger understanding of a key concept within a discipline, our teachers create opportunities for students to demonstrate evidence of understanding (Benchmarks) in an age-appropriate way. 

In the High School, the Standards, Conceptual Understandings and Benchmarks specifically take into account the requirements of the external examining bodies that set the (I)GCSE and IBDP examinations.

More information about how we structure our K–12 curriculum to ensure our education is rigorous, future-focused and relevant to our student community is below:

What this looks like in practice

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Academics example:

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Outdoor Education example: Expedition skills

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PSE example:
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