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Admissions Requirements


Enrolment requirements at our international School

Unlike other international schools in Singapore applications for admissions to GESS can be submitted at any time during the academic year and acceptance is subject to availability. GESS reserves the right to decline student applications which do not meet the academic, language or personal expectations of the school.

Final acceptance and enrolment are subject to the school’s principal decision and the school receiving all required information. Only children enrolled before 30th April in the Kindergarten / Pre-Primary classes of the current school year will get automatic placement in the next school year for our Foundation or Grade 1 classes, subject to our usual terms / conditions and educational decision-making.

Age Requirements


The minimum age for admission to the Parent-Child-Groups is 18 months, for Toddler Groups 2 years and for Kindergarten 3 years. Children who have reached the age of 5 years by 31 July will be admitted into Pre-Primary.

Primary School – Grade 1

Children who have reached the age of 6 years by 31 July will be admitted to Grade 1.

Primary and Secondary School

Acceptance to Primary and Secondary School is dependent on reports and grades obtained in previous schools.


Language Requirements

As an international school the GESS accepts students of all nationalities. English is the language of instruction in our European Section. In the German Section most classes are taught in German, however, we offer a differentiated English programme in this school section as well. Furthermore, some courses are taught in English in the German Section's High School classes.


Pre-Enrolment Testing

Students applying for entry into Grade 6 to 11 of our European Section have to take the IB specific English test online, either in or out of Singapore. In some cases, additional tests in maths and science might be required.

Students applying for entry into our German Section will be evaluated based on their past report card and grades. In exceptional cases, placement tests might be necessary for the student's benefit. Admission into Grade 11 and 12 of the German Section might require the approval of the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in particular cases.


Children with Learning Difficulties

At GESS, we care about enabling all students to reach their full potential. If your child requires special support, please contact our admissions team directly. We offer a variety of learning support options, especially in Primary School, and would be pleased to assist you in matching a programme to your child's needs.


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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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