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Payment terms and conditions

Tuition fees

  1. Tuition fees, Development Levy and material and excursion fees will be invoiced twice yearly. Any other charges (special support program, examinations fees, etc.) will be invoiced as and when they occur.
  2. Invoices are due for payment within 30 days from the invoice date. School fees are required to be paid on, or before, the due date or through Singapore Interbank GIRO. Payment details and GIRO forms are available from the school's Finance Department and on GESS’ website.
  3. GIRO payment option is available over five monthly deductions per semester.

Entrance fee

An entrance fee payment is required upon submission of an application form. The entrance fee consists of an enrolment fee of S$2,000.00 and non-refundable administrative fee of S$945.00 (incl. prevailing GST). An invoice for the entrance fee will not be issued in advance however, a receipt can be provided upon request.

The enrolment fee will only be refunded in the following circumstances

  1. Student is not accepted due to the results of the student evaluation
  2. Application is withdrawn by written notice because a student is still waitlisted on the intended enrolment date
  3. Application is withdrawn by written notice before a place has been offered

The enrolment fee will be forfeited where a place is offered to the applicant but not accepted or if the application is withdrawn by written notice after a place has been offered. 

Development Levy

The Development Levy is payable in respect of every student other than those attending the Parent-Child Groups and the Toddler Group. The Development Levy is an annual payment of S$4,890.00 (incl. prevailing GST) payable in two equal installments and invoiced together with tuition fees. For the third child onwards and from the second year onwards, the Development Levy will be charged at S$2,445.00.

Enrolment during a school year

If and when a student enrolls during the school year, a proportional tuition fee shall be payable, calculated as per the table below:

Enrolment in:Share of annual tuition fee payable:

Short-term enrolment

Any student, who is enrolled in the School for not more than six months, shall pay tuition fees according to the short term fee structures (GESS School fee structure).

Tuition fees will be charged as follows for short term enrolments:
Enrolled in:Tuition fees chargeable:
1st to 20th day of the month1 month fee
21st to end of the month½ month fee
Terminating in:Tuition fees chargeable
1st to 10th day of the month½ month fee
11th to end of the month1 month fee

Payment and delay thereof

  1. Tuition fees are payable for a whole semester in advance. Fees are not refundable in whole or in part.
  2. Payment of invoices for tuition fees and ‘extras’ (such as learning resources, school excursions/class trips) shall be due within 30 days from the date of invoice. 
  3. The Principal reserves the right to refuse access to school facilities and lessons to students, whose invoices have not been fully settled. GESS further reserves the right to withhold any school reports or related documents in such cases. 
  4. Failure to pay the invoices on the due date may result in termination of the student contract. 
  5. GESS reserves the right to impose compound interest charge on overdue invoices at the rate of 8% per annum. 
  6. GIRO payments are deducted by the 15th of each month. If a GIRO payment cannot be processed or is rejected due to insufficient funds, a $50 admin surcharge will be charged. The failed installment will need to be paid via cash or cheque within seven days from notice. Failure to settle the amount within seven days may be treated as non-payment of fees and the student contract will be terminated. 
  7. Responsibility for payment of invoices: settlement of fees is the joint and several responsibilities of each signatory of the application form. 
  8. An agreement with a third party to pay the fees or any other sum due to the school does not release parents from any liability under these terms and conditions.
  9. Any costs/expenses/charges incurred with the enforcement of this bye-law, including legal costs, shall be borne by the parents on a full indemnity basis. 
  10. Written notice of withdrawal from GESS must be submitted to the Admissions Department, not later than 31st October for Semester 1 and 30th April for Semester 2. Failure to give adequate notice may result in the fees for the following semester failing due.
  11. Additional rules and regulations regarding terms and conditions are available in the School Bye-Law and School Fee Bye-Law documents from GESS Administration. 

Refund Policy

  1. Termination according to Section 4.2 of the School Bye-Law, shall take effect at the end of the school semester (January, July). All tuition and other fees shall be payable in full until the end of the school semester; there shall not be any proportionate refund.
  2. For termination during the cooling off period as per No. 2.3 of the student contract, all fees paid in advance will be refunded in full, excluding the non-refundable registration fees as per the school’s Terms and Conditions.

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CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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