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Strongest Language Programme among international schools in Singapore

One of the unique features of GESS as an MYP school is the curriculum provision for students to take a third language lesson within their academic programme. This feature of the Middle School at GESS is in accordance with the middle schooling language requirements of many tertiary education providers in continental Europe. GESS has the strongest Language Programme within the MYP among the international schools in Singapore as teaching languages occupies 40% of the teaching time.

Mother Tongue Programme

At GESS we understand the need to encourage and develop our Middle School students in their mother tongue. Indeed we incorporate within this the need for students to understand their mother culture and culture. This is exemplified in our Dutch Mother Tongue Programme and Danish Mother Tongue Programme. Both language programmes are integrated into the curriculum during regular school hours. Needless to say, GESS offers an excellent German Mother Tongue Programme

At GESS, we support a wide range of mother tongue languages through our established ‘Mother Tongue Support Programme’. This programme was developed and is monitored by our experienced Language Coordinators who have an established relationship with a team of mother tongue language tutors.

Please follow the links for a more detailed information on the languages taught in the academic year 2016/17 or 2017/18.


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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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