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A full IB diploma candidate must complete three subjects at higher level and three subjects at standard level. For each subject, up to seven points are available. This is, therefore, a total of 42 points. Three further points are available for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, making a maximum of 45 points. The CAS programme must also be completed. In general, a total of 24 points is required for the IB Diploma to be awarded.

All subjects include an element of coursework or Internal Assessments (IAs), which contribute to the final grade. Usually, these IAs represent about 20-25% of the final grade, though in some languages and arts subjects this tends to be higher.

Students are examined through external examinations at the end of the two years in May. Students are able to resit exams up to a maximum of three times over two years if required.

Internally, the school requires students to sit internal examinations at the end of each semester as well as mock exams a few months before the final assessments. In this way, students are very well prepared for their IB exams.

Throughout the two years, students receive regular reports. At each mid-semester point, students receive detailed written reports that include grades as well as comments on strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to improve. These reports are followed by parent interviews where the reports can be discussed. At the end of each semester, students receive a grade sheet that includes their semester grade and exam grade. In this way, parents and students are kept well informed about progress and achievements.

David Morgan

Head of Secondary School
European Section

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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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