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Please find below answers to some of the questions we get asked frequently. Our website should already provide answers to many of your questions and information that you might be interested in. Please have a look at the FAQs and use the search facility for any keyword search on the website. Also, do not hesitate to get in touch with us in case you want to know more about a specific topic.

Is GESS the right school for my child?

We provide our students with an international training that will help them become active agents, committed to the growth and development of the multicultural societies they belong to; as well as being responsible, critical thinking and cosmopolitan.

We have 1,500 students of more than 50 nationalities from Pre-School to Grade 12. From a young age, students are exposed to multiple languages, are engaged in solidarity campaigns through C.A.R.E@GESS initiatives, they are inspired to explore music and the arts and participate in our Vocal and Instrumental Programme (VIP), and are motivated to stay active with our sports and CCA programmes.

The emphasis at GESS is preparation for university and for life. Students and families are guided in their selection of courses, activities, sports, and community service so as to establish a full, rigorous program that will make them competitive when seeking university admission.

Is GESS only for German students?

No. As an international school we offer a German and a European Section and both are open to all nationalities. Currently students from more than 50 different nationalities study at our school, and we encourage and embrace this cultural diversity everyday. Important for joining a specific school section is your child's fluency in the language of instruction. You can find out more here.

When can my child join?

The academinc year starts in August, which would be the ideal time to join. However, if circumstances forbid this, your child can start at GESS also during the school year. More details can be found in the admissions section of this website.

How large are the classes?

• Average class size for German section and European Section: 24 students
• Pre-school: 18
• Parent-child and toddler group: 12

What prospects for the future does GESS offer my child?

As an "Excellent German School Abroad" and an "IB World School", GESS prepares your child for a promising future in a global environment. Our graduates achieve regularly above average results in both the German Abitur as well as the IB Diploma, and our accredited school leaving certificates enable our students to get admitted to the best universities, not only in Germany and the US, but worldwide. Find out more about our school leaving certificates and accreditations here.

What languages can my child learn?

Classes are taught in German in the German Section and in English in the European Section, whereby classes in the respective other language are a mandatory aspect of both sections. Additional language classes in French, Spanish, Latin and Mandarin are taught as well. Furthermore, we offer a Dutch and Danish mother tongue programme and support various further mother tongue programmes. You can find out more details about the languages taught at GESS here.

What extra curricular activities are offered?

GESS offers a multitude of co-curricular activities, short CCAs, ranging  from music and arts to science and sports. Here you can find out more about our CCAs.

How does my child get to school everyday?

Depending on your needs, a schoolbus can pick up your child in the morning and drop him or her off in the afternoon right at your doorstep. For more information about the schoolbus, have a look here.

Whom shall I contact to find out more about GESS?

Our admissions team will be happy to assist you with any queries you might have regarding applications, academics, joining GESS and everyday school life. For general enquiries and administration queries please contact our front desk.

Does GESS help families to settle in Singapore?

Our Buddies Team from the Parents' Committee will be pleased to assist you in settling in Singapore and getting to know our GESS community. Furthermore, you can find our information handbook here. It provides tips and useful information from existing parents for new parents.

Do students wear school uniforms?

Yes, all our students wear school uniforms. They are a symbol of our community and school spirit. The uniforms can be purchased at the Main Campus school shop.

When will be the school holidays?

Information about the school holidays in the next years can be found here.

Why do we have to pay school fees?

According to Singaporean law, GESS is is a private institution, not a public school. It finances itself to 90% through school fees . The Federal Republic of Germany supports the German Section with personnel and funding, which allows us to offer school fees below the market price in this section.

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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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