Entry Requirements

At GESS, we do not academically select students for admission into our school. As a community school, we admit students where we can support their needs and help the student achieve their goals.

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.

Age requirements
Language requirements
Children with learning difficulties
Entry tests

Age requirements

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 Secondary (Grades 6 - 8) B1 Intermediate level of English
IB Secondary (Grades 9 - 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 6 to 12 of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, will take an 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 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.