Entry Requirements

GESS is a non-selective international school and we welcome students with a diverse range of talents and abilities that meet our entry requirements and where we can fully support the child.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year and students may start school on any Monday during school time except, for Grades 11 and 12. Applications may be submitted for the current and next school year only.

Age Requirement
Language Requirements
Children with learning difficulties
Entry Tests

Age Requirement

Grade level Age as of 31 July
Pre-Kindergarten
2
Kindergarten 1
3
Kindergarten 2
4
Pre-Primary
5
Grade 1
6
Grade 2
7
Grade 3
8
Grade 4
9
Grade 5
10
Grade 6
11
Grade 7
12
Grade 8
13
Grade 9
14
Grade 10
15
Grade 11
16
Grade 12
17
All grade placements are subject to academic approval

Language Requirements

Curriculum Requirement
Preschool
No minimum language requirements
IB Primary
No minimum English requirement*
IB Middle (Grades 6 - 7)
B1 Intermediate level of English
IB Middle (Grade 8)
B2 Upper-Intermediate level of English
IB High (Grades 9-10)
B2 Upper-Intermediate level of English
IB Diploma (Grades 11 - 12)
C1 Advanced level of English
IB Primary and Secondary
No previous German language studies required
German curriculum
Native or near native level of German
*Language or learning support in Primary and Secondary will incur an additional semester fee

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.

Every effort will be made to support students, however, for students requiring learning support beyond what the school can provide and where it is not in the best interests of the student, GESS reserves right to decline admittance.

Learning support is provided for an additional semester fee charge and where outside help is required, such as shadow teachers, costs will be payable by parents.

Entry Tests

Students applying for entry into Grades 3 to 12 of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, will take an online English and Maths test.

Students applying for entry into our German Curriculum stream 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.

Age Requirement
Language Requirements
Children with learning difficulties
Entry Tests

Age Requirement

Grade level Age as of 31 July
Pre-Kindergarten
2
Kindergarten 1
3
Kindergarten 2
4
Pre-Primary
5
Grade 1
6
Grade 2
7
Grade 3
8
Grade 4
9
Grade 5
10
Grade 6
11
Grade 7
12
Grade 8
13
Grade 9
14
Grade 10
15
Grade 11
16
Grade 12
17
All grade placements are subject to academic approval

Language Requirements

Curriculum Requirement
Preschool
No minimum language requirements
IB Primary
No minimum English requirement*
IB Middle (Grades 6 - 7)
B1 Intermediate level of English
IB Middle (Grade 8)
B2 Upper-Intermediate level of English
IB High (Grades 9-10)
B2 Upper-Intermediate level of English
IB Diploma (Grades 11 - 12)
C1 Advanced level of English
IB Primary and Secondary
No previous German language studies required
German curriculum
Native or near native level of German
*Language or learning support in Primary and Secondary will incur an additional semester fee

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.

Every effort will be made to support students, however, for students requiring learning support beyond what the school can provide and where it is not in the best interests of the student, GESS reserves right to decline admittance.

Learning support is provided for an additional semester fee charge and where outside help is required, such as shadow teachers, costs will be payable by parents.

Entry Tests

Students applying for entry into Grades 3 to 12 of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, will take an online English and Maths test.

Students applying for entry into our German Curriculum stream 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.