FAQ’s

What is the Singapore math method?

The Singapore Math method is a highly effective teaching approach originally developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education for Singapore public schools in the 1980s. The method has been widely adopted in various forms over the past twenty years following the introduction of the curriculum to the U.S. in 1998.

Please read more about the essential Singapore math techniques and its proven results here.

How can I test my student to know how to place them in the right grade?

Your first step is to have your child take a placement test. Click here to view the placement tests. Often the results of the testing places lower than their grade level. There’s no reason to be concerned about that! A student who normally completes Grade 6 with us will be going directly in to Algebra I. Students usually take Algebra I in the 8th or 9th grade, so finishing Mathematics 6 in the 7th or 8th grade means you’re child is right on schedule. Remember that building a solid mathematical foundation for your child is much more important than finishing the levels quickly. Use all of the books, spend time every day working on math, encourage your child to do an excellent job, They will be well prepared for high school level coursework.

What is covered as part of the curriculum and material?

We would provide Mathematics Textbooks, Workbooks, Intensive Practice and the Challenging Word Problems book for each school year per grade.

​Although having your student finish each of these books requires time and diligence, we believe that it is time well spent. Admittedly, there were seasons in our expereince when we didn’t quite finish every page, but it was our goal to finish this set of books for each level. And the result has been that each of our students, although different in so many ways, all score in the upper 90th percentiles on standardized math tests.

We believe our curriculum provides a very solid math education for students. It is a rigorous workload, but with the support we offer, it is attainable! Here are the reasons that we strongly believe in our curriculum:

1. Textbooks are necessary! Before any exercise is done in the workbooks, student should looks at the textbook and see how the concepts are introduced. This ensures that the child is not just getting an answer but they are really comprehending the concepts.

2. Workbooks give the introductory level of practice after the concept has been introduced via the Textbook.

3. Intensive Practice is necessary – the Workbook problems are great introductory level problems. But in order to really master the concepts, students need to experience the harder problems found in these books. Through this practice students develop the strategies and think deeper about the concepts. During the class time we would give extra help for these problems which would help your child be successful on these more difficult concepts.

4. Challenging Word Problems – the BEST part about our Singapore Math curriculum. Critical thinking skills galore! Absolutely a must-do book!!

What if my child is behind in math?

Our curriculum is full of excellent material. When a student who has completed Mathematics 6 grade, is ready for Algebra I coursework. If your student needs to begin at a lower level than their actual grade level, that will not be a problem for their future. Click here to find the placement tests which can be used to determine which level your child should begin working on.

How much will it cost to use your Live support?

There is no cost to use our Live support. Our goal is to have each child excel and have fun with Math.

I have heard that the Singapore Math® curriculum is difficult – will I be able to teach my child?

The curriculum is certainly challenging, but during our sessions we would do excellent introduction to each topic and have them understand each concept. Finally, our Live Support will enable your student to reach out whenever they have any difficulty. Student will have all the support they need to be successful!

How much time is required by the student each week?

In order for a student to have an excellent math education, it will require consistent time and effort. Each student differs in the amount of time they require to complete their math assignments. There is also a vast difference between Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 6. However, we would say that the time requirement is between 20 minutes and 45 minutes each day, 5 days per week.

How long are your classes? Can an elementary school child sit that long?

Our class times vary depending upon grade. Our class duration is anywhere from 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs depending upon grade. We work with manipulatives to keep every child engaged.

What is the tuition and refund policy?

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What is the teacher to student ratio?

Our teacher to student ratio for kindergartners is 1:4 and for 1st graders to 8th graders is 1:8.

How to get a make-up class?

Students are responsible to attend their scheduled class.  We do not guarantee any make-up class availability. If a student cannot attend the original scheduled class, the student can attend another session in the same week as make-up class ONLY IF there is space available in the other session. Please email us at admin@singaporemathschool.com to request for make-up class (Email us at least ONE week before your planned missing class if possible).  We will reply by email with available make-up class schedules on the Saturday before the student’s planned missing class in the following week.

Can I enroll in the middle of the school year?

Yes, the tuition will be prorated according to the number of sessions remained if a student enrolls after the course started.

Please email us at admin@singaporemathschool.com

Student finishes Singapore Math Grade 5, then what is next?

A student who completes Math 5 has seen all of the necessary skills to prepare them for Pre-Algebra.

​A note about sequencing:
If a student takes Pre-Algebra in the 8th grade, they will be “on-level” for taking Algebra I in the 9th grade.
If a student takes Pre-Algebra in the 7th grade, they will be able to take Calculus I during their high school years.
If a student takes Pre-Algebra in the 6th grade, they will have time to complete Calculus II during high school.

Student finishes Singapore Math Grade 6, then what is next?

If a student has completed Singapore Math Grade 6, and is going into 6th – 9th grade, they are well prepared for Algebra I. Our grade 6 material does not include a study of exponent rules or integers, so either adding a unit for those concepts or just being aware that when those concepts are presented in Algebra I the student will need to devote a little extra time to learning those concepts will be sufficient. A student who has learned to think mathematically will not have difficulty catching on to the rules that these concepts build on.

If the student is about to start 10th grade or above, it is important that they take Algebra I as their next course so that their transcript will demonstrate enough high school level math courses. This may require extra time and effort, but having excellent instruction and feedback will give the student every opportunity to succeed.

Student finishes Singapore Math Grade 7, then what is next?

If the student completed Singapore Math Grade 7 with a high level of accuracy and strong comprehension of the units, especially if they also complete most of the Workbook “Further Practice”, “Challenging Practice” and “Enrichment” problems, the next course will still be Algebra I, but consider an honors-level course. The student will know many concepts that will be presented in Algebra I, but there are key concepts that they have not seen that would prevent them from skipping past Algebra I.

​Student finishes Singapore Math Grade 7 & 8, then what is next?

Option A: If the student is solid in their comprehension, but the textbook assignments felt difficult; if the student did not have a high amount of accuracy (80 or above) on the homework and tests; or if the student completed the Textbook but either none or very little of the Workbook, the student will be a good fit for Geometry as their next class. The algebraic concepts that they were exposed to in Math 7 and 8 will be reinforced in the early part of Algebra II, and the Geometry concepts will be reintroduced entirely. Consider Honors level for both courses since much of the material will be familiar already.

​Option B: If the student completes Math 7 and 8 with a high amount of accuracy and also completes much of the Workbook, the student will be a good fit for Honors Geometry content and Honors Algebra II content.

Parent would like to piece together an Algebra I curriculum from Math 7 and 8 without including the Geometry portions?

If the student completes selected portions of Math 7 and 8, they can look into earning an Honors Algebra I credit. By omitting selected portions, they will not be exposed to concepts that are included in Math 7 and 8 but are also taught as part of a traditional Geometry class. After completing these chapters, the student will be prepared to take Geometry.
7A: Complete Chapters 1-7; Omit Chapter 8
7B: Complete Chapter 8-11, 14-17; Omit Chapters 12-13
8A: Complete Chapters 1-4,
8B: Omit