Students are enrolled at TLS Academy on a full-time basis for each academic year. Each academic year consists of four (4) terms of ten (10) weeks each. It begins from the start of a calendar year to the end of the same calendar year. We generally follow the Singapore public school terms and holidays.
As the primary curriculum is in individualised self-study format, students may enrol at any time throughout the academic year.
Details of the holidays for the current school year are outlined in the Calendar (Schedule F). A new calendar will be issued at the beginning of each new academic year.
Students are assigned to a learning centre irrespective of their age or curriculum level. The Learning Centre is headed by one Supervisor (equivalent of a teacher) assisted by one or more Monitors (equivalent of teaching assistants).
The ACE® guideline allows one Supervisor and one Monitor to manage up to thirty students. TLS Academy’s current staff to student ratio is much higher than the allowable guideline.
Students are taught to self-study in the Learning Centre, with the Supervisor inspiring achievement and providing academic guidance while the Monitor looks after non-academic requests and administrative support.
In essence, the curriculum PACEs are the teachers, and the students are trained to be active learners. There is minimal group teaching (apart from supplementary curriculum), allowing maximum one-on- one support (on a time-shared basis) as and when required by individual students.
Students are also expected to do PACE work at home if they have not completed their daily set goals.
NOTE: Under the Compulsory Education Act, we are unable to accept local students until they have completed their PSLE, or, unless they have obtained exemption from public schooling and approval to be enrolled in TLS Academy from the Ministry of Education.
We request for one month’s written notice prior to the withdrawal of a student. Any debit must be paid in full before the student’s transcript, certificate, testimonial or letter of attendance etc. be released by TLS Academy.
For classification purposes, our programme may be divided into “Courses” according to grade levels. However, due to the individualised nature of our curriculum, unlike conventional education systems, a student may be at different levels in different subjects, and may progressively change levels on a continuum throughout the school year. Thus these “Courses” (curriculum levels) and their subsidiary “Modules” (subjects) are not conducted separately but in unison.