Admissions

Terms and conditions

Private Education Act
Admissions policy
Payment terms and conditions
Private Education Regulations - Advisory note for students
Student contract

Private Education Act

Established under the Private Education Act (PEA), the Council for Private Education (CPE) is a statutory board sanctioned with the legislative power to regulate the private education sector. Every private educational institution in Singapore has to be registered with CPE.

Since June 2011, GESS has been registered with the Council of Private Education under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF), as set out under the Private Education Act and the Private Education Regulations, and is permitted to accept students on Student Passes.

The EduTrust Certification Scheme is voluntarily and, by special grant of Singapore government, GESS is exempt from the legislation that only EduTrust certified schools are allowed to accept students on student passes.

More information about the Council of Private Education can be found here.

GESS registration details

CPE registration number: S72SS0010G

Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

Admissions policy

Finding a school, as well as moving country, is a stressful time for families. The GESS Admissions Department’s mission is to make enrolment into our school as efficient, clear and consistent as possible, prioritising the new family’s needs whilst maintaining an academic balance.

GESS strongly recommends parents or guardians to read through the Admissions Policy before submitting an application. The Admissions Policy sets out your responsibilities, requirements and regulations of the admissions process as well as the school's commitment to the admissions process.

If you have any questions regarding the Admissions Policy or Procedures, please contact the GESS Admissions Department.

Payment terms and conditions

Tuition fees

  1. Tuition fees, Development Levy and material and excursion fees will be invoiced twice yearly. Any other charges (special support program, examinations fees, etc.) will be invoiced as and when they occur.
  2. Invoices are due for payment within 30 days from the invoice date. School fees are required to be paid on, or before, the due date. Payment methods include: bank transfer, credit card, cheque or GIRO monthly payments. For further information, please view the payment methods page.
  3. GIRO monthly payment option is available over five monthly deductions per semester. Click here for further information.

Entrance fee

An entrance fee payment is required upon submission of an application form. The entrance fee consists of an enrolment fee of S$2,000.00 and non-refundable administrative fee of S$945.00 (incl. prevailing GST). An invoice for the entrance fee will not be issued in advance, however, a receipt can be provided upon request.

The enrolment fee will only be refunded in the following circumstances:

  1. Student is not accepted due to the results of the student evaluation
  2. Application is withdrawn by written notice because a student is still waitlisted on the intended enrolment date
  3. Application is withdrawn by written notice before a place has been offered

The enrolment fee will be forfeited where a place is offered to the applicant but not accepted or if the application is withdrawn by written notice after a place has been offered.

Development Levy

The Development Levy is payable in respect of every student other than those attending the Parent-Child Groups and the Toddler Group. The Development Levy is an annual payment of S$4,890.00 (incl. prevailing GST) payable in two equal instalments and invoiced together with tuition fees. For the third child onwards and from the second year onwards, the Development Levy will be charged at S$2,445.00.

Enrolment during a school year

If and when a student enrols during the school year, a proportional tuition fee shall be payable, calculated as per the table below:

Share of annual tuition fee payable:
August / September 100%
October 85%
November / December 75%
January 60%

February / March 50%
April 35%
May / June 25%

Short-term enrolment

Any student, who is enrolled in the School for not more than six months, shall pay tuition fees according to the short term fee structures (GESS School fee structure).

Enroled on

1st to 20th day of the month: 1 month fee

21st to the end of the month: 1/2 month fee

Payment and delay thereof

  1. Tuition fees are payable for a whole semester in advance. Fees are not refundable in whole or in part.
  2. Payment of invoices for tuition fees and ‘extras’ (such as learning resources, school excursions/class trips) shall be due within 30 days from the date of invoice.
  3. The Principal reserves the right to refuse access to school facilities and lessons to students whose invoices have not been fully settled. GESS further reserves the right to withhold any school reports or related documents in such cases.
  4. Failure to pay the invoices on the due date may result in termination of the student contract.
  5. GESS reserves the right to impose compound interest charge on overdue invoices at the rate of 8% per annum.
  6. GIRO payments are deducted by the 15th of each month. If a GIRO payment cannot be processed or is rejected due to insufficient funds, a $50 admin surcharge will be charged. The failed installment will need to be paid via cash or cheque within seven days from notice. Failure to settle the amount within seven days may be treated as non-payment of fees and the student contract will be terminated.
  7. Responsibility for payment of invoices: settlement of fees is the joint and several responsibilities of each signatory of the application form.
  8. An agreement with a third party to pay the fees or any other sum due to the school does not release parents from any liability under these terms and conditions.
  9. Any costs/expenses/charges incurred with the enforcement of this bye-law, including legal costs, shall be borne by the parents on a full indemnity basis.
  10. Written notice of withdrawal from GESS must be submitted to the Admissions Department, not later than 31st October for Semester 1 and 30th April for Semester 2. Failure to give adequate notice may result in the fees for the following semester failing due.
  11. Additional rules and regulations regarding terms and conditions are available in the School Bye-Law and School Fee Bye-Law documents from GESS Administration.

Refund Policy

  1. Termination according to Section 4.2 of the School Bye-Law, shall take effect at the end of the school semester (January, July). All tuition and other fees shall be payable in full until the end of the school semester; there shall not be any proportionate refund.
  2. For termination during the cooling off period as per No. 2.3 of the student contract, all fees paid in advance will be refunded in full, excluding the non-refundable registration fees as per the school’s Terms and Conditions.

The full text of the payment terms and conditions and school fees can be downloaded here.

Private Education Regulations - Advisory note for students

The Council for Private Education, a statutory board that regulates the private education sector in Singapore, requires that we collect a completed and signed Advisory Note for every student enrolling at German European School Singapore.

FORM 12 PRIVATE EDUCATION ACT

(No. 21 of 2009)

This note is for a prospective student

You are strongly encouraged to thoroughly research on the private education institution (PEI) conducting the course before signing up for any course. You should consider, for example, the reputation of the PEI, the teacher-student ratio of its classes, the qualifications of the teaching staff, and the course materials provided by the PEI. By signing and returning the Student Contract (the “Contract”), you agree to the terms and conditions which will bind you and the PEI, if you accept the PEI’s offer of a place in a course of study offered or provided by the PEI. You should ask the PEI to allow you to read a copy of the Contract (with all blanks filled in and options selected) in both English and the official language of the PEI’s policies, and check carefully that you agree to all the terms of the Contract, including the details relating to each of the following sections, before signing the Contract:


a. The duration of the course, including holidays and examination schedules, and contact hours by day and week;
b. The total fees payable, including course fees and other related costs;
c. Dates when respective payments are due;
d. The refund policy in the event of voluntary withdrawal (by you) or enforced dismissal from the course of programme (by PEI);
e. The Fee Protection Scheme you are subscribed to and its coverage;
f. The dispute resolution methods available;
g. Information about the PEI’s policies on academic and disciplinary matters;
h. The degree or diploma or qualification which will be awarded to you upon successful completion of the course.

If you have any doubt about the contents of the Contract, or if the terms are different from what the agent or PEI has informed you previously, or advertised, you should always seek advice and/or clarifications before signing the Contract.

Student contract

All parents must sign a student contract before their child can start school. The contract is renewed annually and must be signed each year. A copy of the current student contract can be viewed here.