High School - German Curriculum

Our high school is for students aged 15 to 18, leading to the internationally recognised German International High School Certificate (Deutsches Internationales Abitur). GESS offers all German school qualifications including Hauptschule and Realschule.

Regional final examinations as well as curricula based on German states enable a seamless transition to schools in Germany or other German schools abroad.

Our students benefit from a wide range of courses in languages, arts, humanities, mathematics and sciences, taught by expert educators. Support programs, competitions and a broad range of after-school activities help prepare our students for further studies or vocational training.

University and Career Counselling

Our professional University and Careers Counselling team advises and supports students throughout high school as they prepare for higher education and subsequent career pathways (i.e. careers information exchanges, support and guidance for university applications and interview practice).

100% Pass Rate

We are very proud of our excellent academic results well above the German average. Our 2022 cohort in the Abitur programme achieved a 100% pass rate and a remarkable 2.0 average result.

BeyondClassrooms

The exclusive BeyondClassrooms programme gives our students additional tutoring and mentoring as well as real-world experiences and internships in business, sustainability, science, engineering and more.

Learn more about BeyondClassrooms

What our parents and students say about us

"The school and its community were such a huge part of my life and have truly shaped me into who I am today. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to study in German, knowing that my German language skills would have otherwise deteriorated as I speak English to my friends and almost everybody else here in Singapore. The experiences I have had and the things I have learned, from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12, will always remain a part of me. I am very grateful for the outstanding and dedicated teachers that have taught and shaped me."

Jonathan, Graduate 2018

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High School information
(German Curriculum)

Average class size

15-24 students per class

School Day

Full-day school programme from 7:50 - 14:55

*Some days until 16:35

Lunch

Freshly cooked food and snacks served in the canteen

Technology

Pen-enabled Laptop programme from Grade 6 onwards

University Guidance Counselling

Dedicated university and career guidance

Tutoring and Support

Support from qualified specialists

Academic approach and curriculum information
Language options
University acceptances and results
Co-curricular, sports and STEM programmes
Entry requirements

Academic approach and curriculum information

Lessons are based on the requirements that schools and students currently have to meet to learn successfully and live autonomously in the 21st Century.

School leaving qualifications:

  • Hauptschulabschluss
  • Realschulabschluss
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur, accepted by universities worldwide

Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP)

  • Three-year programme leading to the Deutschen Internationalen Abiturprüfung that is the equivalent of the Abitur in Germany.
  • Built upon the renowned Abitur's strengths with an additional offering of subjects that are taught in English or bilingually.
  • The curriculum follows the Thüringen and Baden-Württemberg curricula, respectively.
  • Offers students a very diverse education with eleven subject options.

DIAP Subjects

  • Visual Arts or Music
  • Religious or Ethical Studies
  • Economics or Geography
  • Foreign language 2 (French and Spanish)
  • Foreign language 3 (Spanish)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Language options

Foreign Language Lessons:

  • English (Foreign Language 1)
  • French: If continued from Middle School as a foreign language 2, it can be chosen as a written or oral examination subject in the Abiturprüfung.
  • Spanish: Can be taken from Grade 6 onwards as foreign language 2 or may be started as foreign language 3 in Grade 10
  • Latin: Can be started as a foreign language 2 from Grade 6.

Certified qualifications for modern foreign languages are awarded for English, French and Spanish together with the "Mittlerer Schulabschluss" and "Abiturzeugnis".

The Latinum (qualification in Latin) is awarded at the end of Grade 10 upon successful completion achieved with the "Abiturzeugnis".

University acceptances and results

University Destinations

Our Abitur graduates are accepted to universities around the world, including the Freie Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Technical University of Munich (TUM), LMU Munich, RWTH Aachen University, Heidelberg University, ETH Zurich, University of Amsterdam and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

Abitur results 2022

GESS is immensely proud of the continuously high performance of our Abitur graduates. As one of the top 5 German schools worldwide, our graduates consistently score above the German and global averages.

Co-curricular, sports and STEM programmes

Building a strong portfolio of extracurricular activities is key for university acceptances, along with excellent Abitur results. At GESS, we offer our students a full range of programmes with expert coaching and guidance.

  • Over 100 after-school activities
  • 40 sports programmes and competitive teams
  • Get a head start in a global world with our exclusive BeyondClassrooms programme
  • Build solutions to tomorrow's challenges in our STEM programme
  • Spark creativity through after-school arts and music programmes
  • School trips abroad

Entry requirements

GESS is a non-selective school and we welcome students with a diverse range of talents and abilities that meet our German proficiency requirements.

  • Students must start within the first two weeks of semester 1
  • German language skills must be at a near-native or native language level, as teaching is in German
  • For admission to Grade 11 to 12 approval from the Conference of Ministers of Education (Kultusministerkonferenz) is required
  • Reference letter from previous school
  • School reports
Academic approach and curriculum information
Language options
University acceptances and results
Co-curricular, sports and STEM programmes
Entry requirements

Academic approach and curriculum information

Lessons are based on the requirements that schools and students currently have to meet to learn successfully and live autonomously in the 21st Century.

School leaving qualifications:

  • Hauptschulabschluss
  • Realschulabschluss
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur, accepted by universities worldwide

Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP)

  • Three-year programme leading to the Deutschen Internationalen Abiturprüfung that is the equivalent of the Abitur in Germany.
  • Built upon the renowned Abitur's strengths with an additional offering of subjects that are taught in English or bilingually.
  • The curriculum follows the Thüringen and Baden-Württemberg curricula, respectively.
  • Offers students a very diverse education with eleven subject options.

DIAP Subjects

  • Visual Arts or Music
  • Religious or Ethical Studies
  • Economics or Geography
  • Foreign language 2 (French and Spanish)
  • Foreign language 3 (Spanish)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Language options

Foreign Language Lessons:

  • English (Foreign Language 1)
  • French: If continued from Middle School as a foreign language 2, it can be chosen as a written or oral examination subject in the Abiturprüfung.
  • Spanish: Can be taken from Grade 6 onwards as foreign language 2 or may be started as foreign language 3 in Grade 10
  • Latin: Can be started as a foreign language 2 from Grade 6.

Certified qualifications for modern foreign languages are awarded for English, French and Spanish together with the "Mittlerer Schulabschluss" and "Abiturzeugnis".

The Latinum (qualification in Latin) is awarded at the end of Grade 10 upon successful completion achieved with the "Abiturzeugnis".

University acceptances and results

University Destinations

Our Abitur graduates are accepted to universities around the world, including the Freie Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Technical University of Munich (TUM), LMU Munich, RWTH Aachen University, Heidelberg University, ETH Zurich, University of Amsterdam and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

Abitur results 2022

GESS is immensely proud of the continuously high performance of our Abitur graduates. As one of the top 5 German schools worldwide, our graduates consistently score above the German and global averages.

Co-curricular, sports and STEM programmes

Building a strong portfolio of extracurricular activities is key for university acceptances, along with excellent Abitur results. At GESS, we offer our students a full range of programmes with expert coaching and guidance.

  • Over 100 after-school activities
  • 40 sports programmes and competitive teams
  • Get a head start in a global world with our exclusive BeyondClassrooms programme
  • Build solutions to tomorrow's challenges in our STEM programme
  • Spark creativity through after-school arts and music programmes
  • School trips abroad

Entry requirements

GESS is a non-selective school and we welcome students with a diverse range of talents and abilities that meet our German proficiency requirements.

  • Students must start within the first two weeks of semester 1
  • German language skills must be at a near-native or native language level, as teaching is in German
  • For admission to Grade 11 to 12 approval from the Conference of Ministers of Education (Kultusministerkonferenz) is required
  • Reference letter from previous school
  • School reports

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