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Learning @ GESS


The only European School in Singapore

GESS is one of the top international Schools in Singapore with a destinct European flavor and over 40 year's of experience. We are having a strong focus on fostering European languages, cultures and traditions. GESS's mother tongue programmes are included into the curriculum and taugth by native speakers.

In our Pre-School Department the Toddler, Kindergarten or Pre-Primary groups, are taught by English and German native speakers. The youngest members of our school community learn and develop together through activities stimulating social, intellectual and motor skills. From Grade 1 onwards, our top Primary School offers our students two different educational programmes under one roof.

Established in 1971, our German Section offers all German school leaving certificates, following an accredited German school curriculum. As one of the first “Excellent German Schools Abroad”, we are proud that our students sitting the year 10 exams (Mittlere Reife) and the grade 12 exam (Abitur) regularly achieve above average results and are able to reintegrate into the German system smoothly and successfully upon their return.

In our European Section students are educated in English following the three International Baccalaureate Programmes (PYP, MYP, DP). Graduates from our IB diploma programme constantly score above average and are being considered by the best universities around the world for their tertiary education. Recently, GESS’ European Section has become an accredited member of the prestigious Council of International Schools (CIS).


What makes GESS special?

We place great emphasis on individualised support, small classes and differentiation in lessons. This allows all our students from more than 50 nations to fulfill their personal potential, supported by dedicated and highly qualified teachers as well as an inclusive school community. To promote the school’s cohesion, German and English lessons at different skill levels are part of the curriculum in both sections. Apart from academic excellence, numerous and varied opportunities to engage in creative or sporting activities as well as taking on social responsibility in community projects play an important part in the development of our students here at GESS. The European Section has a strong focus on supporting Mother Tongue Languages like German, Dutch, Danish and Italian. 

Christoph Zänglein


"Thank you for the fantastic education experience our daughter has had at GESS. She truly gained roots & wings, and enjoyed her time at GESS thoroughly!"

Jochen, father

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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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