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Principals' Pen

A space to share convictions, reflections, and dreams on education at ICS.

Honoring the Honorable


There I sat, sitting in my friend's car listening to his daughter tell us the story of her graduating class. It wasn't what I expected. She attended a school much like ICS - small, Christian, and full of caring teachers and parents, so her experience during what should be a fond memory for many …

Posted by Kelley Ditzenberger in High School on Thursday February 4, 2016
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Contract or Covenant?



In Western culture, contracts are common. We sign, initial, check boxes, press “continue to agree” almost without much thought...OK, I admit, often with no thought whatsoever. They are ubiquitous, onerous, and when they are forty pages to an EULA, just a tad bit annoying. To some extent the basis …

Elementary Chapel & Bible Class


Two years ago during a curriculum review, we noticed that our chapels and Bible classes were not covering the same content. After much discussion and collaboration with our classroom teachers, we decided to create a cohesive Bible curriculum for both. We want chapel and Bible class to be a time that…

Posted by Erin Alary in Elementary School on Tuesday September 1, 2015 at 01:20PM
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An APt APproach to AP exams

Every May about a half of our high school students sit down for the culmination of a year’s worth of work. Oops, wrong school system. That’s not, actually, how we view AP exams at ICS, nor any exam. An exam is a tool to measure learning, but it is not the final arbiter of all things valuable. It is …

Posted by Kelley Ditzenberger in High School on Friday August 14, 2015
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HS Chapel

One year ago, after reading an article given to me by Katie den Hartog, our middle school principal, and then hearing from some of our student leaders, I was convinced that we needed to make some significant changes in the way we "do" chapel, now known as The Gathering. The conclusion was clear:

Posted by Kelley Ditzenberger in High School on Friday June 12, 2015
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Block Schedule for High School

When I came to ICS as a teacher in 2007, my most recent teaching assignment was in a high school in the U.S. that used the block schedule. As a teacher, I liked it. I had taught in the traditional, seven period system in a middle school before experiencing the block schedule, so I wasn't sure what I…

Posted by Kelley Ditzenberger in High School on Saturday February 28, 2015
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Why We Use MAP Testing


When I moved to Singapore ten and a half years ago, I felt as though the Island was immense. I was given a listing of all the busses and where they went, but mostly I just relied on friends to tell me what bus to take and where to get off (this was a world before smart phones). Since, by bus it took…

Posted by Katie den Hartog in Middle School, Elementary School on Tuesday February 3, 2015
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Making Healthy Transitions


As we move into this first month of the second semester, I have been thinking about transitions. We, as adults, make transitions all the time, and I think sometimes we forget how hard it can be for kids. After reflecting on my personal experience growing up overseas and reading up more on this …

Posted by Erin Alary in High School, Middle School, Elementary School on Thursday January 8, 2015
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Emphasizing the Spiritual at ICS

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At ICS our cores values help us to live out our mission, which is to educate minds and transform lives to impact the world for the glory of God. Maintaining a biblical worldview, developing an ever-more caring community, holistically nurturing and educating each student, and striving for personal …

Accelerated Reader



The Accelerated Reader (AR) reading incentive program is a cloud-based program used to encourage and excite students to read. It is not a program that replaces the school's reading program. Rather, it motivates students to read books that are within their reading range, test on the comprehension of …

Posted by Erin Alary in Elementary School on Monday November 3, 2014
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Our mission is to educate minds and transform lives to impact the world for the glory of God. Our teachers view each student as a unique individual created by God, thus take seriously their responsibility to teach, encourage, and guide them. With a low student-teacher ratio and students from over 26 nations, ICS is a fully accredited K-12 international school teaching an American curriculum with a Biblical worldview. Since our founding in 1993, we foster a caring community committed to provide each student with a quality, holistic education within and beyond the classroom. Alongside academics, we instill in each student a love and respect for all cultures, a zeal for lifelong learning, and a passion for personal excellence.

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International Community School (Singapore)
27A Jubilee Road, Singapore 128575
Tel: +65 6776 7435 Fax: +65 6776 7436 Email: info@ics.edu.sg

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Reg Period: 06/07/15 to 05/07/19


ICS is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS).

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