The first Islander was published in 1958. It was a 76-page completely black-and white-softbound book. Editor Louise Feng was the only senior and the first graduate of SAS. Since then, the Islander has grown to 475+ pages and has been printed in full-color since 2003. The circulation of the book has grown steadily over the years and in 2013, more than 1500 copies were distributed.
    The purpose of the Islander is to serve as the published record of the academic school year for the Singapore American High School. It documents all relevant events pertaining to the school community and serves as a historical record of academics, sports, clubs, fine arts, interim semester trips and other activities completed each year. Additionally, Islander is a vehicle for teaching student journalism. The final printed book is the culmination of a year-long journalism course covering writing, photography, layout design, content and tech skills as well as the business behind bringing a publication to print. Through hands-on educational training, this course teaches students how to meet deadlines, collaborate in groups and employ fair journalism practices
    The Islander has experienced great success over the years from national scholastic organizations. Each year, Islander is submitted to both the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for evaluation. As of 2014, Islander has received 6 Gold, 5 Silver, and 2 Bronze awards and 1 Silver Crown. In 2000, 2003, and 2014 it was awarded the highest distinction - an All American rating from NSPA (in addition to Gold Crown from CSPA.) 
    Funding for the yearbook is provided in part via school fees, so each year student and faculty member receives a free copy. Advertising revenue (Corporate and Grad Ads) subsidizes equipment purchase/repair, software purchase/upgrades and staff training necessary for such a highly technical course. The yearbook is currently produced on Apple iMac computers using Adobe Creative Suite 6 and most photos are taken with Nikon digital cameras, all of which are funded through advertisements.