Learning

High School - IB Programme

Quick Facts

Student to teacher ratio in our High School is approximately 18:1.

French and Spanish are available as third language options.

German Language Diploma 2 Programme that allows international students to study at any German university without having to pass a language test.

Graduates usually attend universities in USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.

University and Career Counselling Programme (i.e. careers information exchanges, support and guidance for university applications and interview practice).

The GESS IB Diploma Programme builds a solid knowledge base for tertiary education in students between the ages of 16 to 19 years. It develops in-depth academic knowledge and skills, and leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities.

Languages
Curriculum
Class Structure / Sample Timetable
Pedagogical Concepts
Learning and Language Support
Technology
Participation and Service
Buddy System
Transitions
IB Diploma Results

Languages

The language of instruction in the IB Curriculum is English.

In the Diploma Program, students are required to study a minimum of two languages: (1) One language in which they have native level proficiency and this must be studied at a literature level. Available options include English, German, Dutch and Danish. Where a native language is not offered a school-supported self-taught option is available - students work individually with tutors and other support staff to work through self-selected literature.

(2) A language at acquisition level - meaning the student is still learning the language. Available options include German, French and Spanish.

Curriculum

Grades 11 and 12 typically follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP). Students study a balance of six subjects from a broad range of disciplines:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences.
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Subjects can be taken at either higher or standard level to allow for specialism in preparation for college and university.

Additionally, there are a number of mandatory core elements including (1) extra-curricular activities, (2) an independent research paper and (3) theory of knowledge.

All subjects are assessed on a 1-7 grade scale and students are awarded additional points for the successful competition of the core elements of the curriculum. Eventually, a total point score out of 45 is externally awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Class Structure / Sample Timetable

Our High School DP curriculum is designed for 16-18 year old students and is an examination-based, pre-college program. Class sizes vary but are capped at a typical maximum of 18 students. The school day comprises 10 x 45 minute blocks from 8 am until 4.30 pm. This includes lesson time, support sessions, study time, extra-curricular opportunities and lunch.

Pedagogical Concepts

The Diploma Program is a student-centred curriculum based upon the following six principles of teaching and learning: inquiry, concept-based, global contexts, collaboration, differentiation and assessment. Throughout the programme, there is emphasis on the development of skills and this essentially influences approaches that allow students to access all areas of the curriculum. Examination skills form an important aspect of the program as nearly all subjects have a significant exam component at the end of the course.

Learning and Language Support

Support structures are available within the school to remove barriers to learning. School counsellors support students' social-emotional needs and work closely with the homeroom teachers.

Our learning support team is available to help those with diagnosed learning needs, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and attention disorders. Students will have dedicated learning support lessons in lieu of a third language and further personalised support as needed.

In addition, our learning support and English department work with all teachers to ensure that students with limited English language skills are supported within their mainstream classes.

Technology

The school has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and in the High School this device is a laptop (according to school recommended specifications). All students are issued an Office 365 email account as well as access to the Microsoft suite of collaborative applications including OneNote. Each subject area will use appropriate blended learning comprising of both e-resources and offline materials.

Participation and Service

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a required core component of the Diploma Program. Each student is required to select activities, such as sports, arts or academic enrichment clubs, that demonstrate personal growth and experiential learning. Participation and reflection are equally important and students are expected to evidence their participation and achievements. Students must plan their own program which is a balance of creativity, activity and service which meets a number of defined learning outcomes.

Buddy System

All new students are assigned a buddy from the same homeroom with as close a match as possible in terms of personal and academic background. The buddy will ensure that the new student finds their way around school and is familiar with the various systems in place. As the buddy is in the same homeroom they will be classmates beyond the initial first days and weeks.

Transitions

The diploma program has two important transition points for students entering from the Middle Years Program (MYP) and exiting into college and university. Students from Grade 10 participate in a number of transition events, including information sessions and one-to-one interviews, to ensure that they are fully prepared for the changes that take place particularly relating to course selection. DP students work with our College Counsellors throughout their two years to work on selection and application to Tertiary Education.

IB Diploma Results

Year 2018



Previous years

Year 2018 2017 2016 2015
Highest Points 44 points 39 points 43 points 44 points
Average Points 34 points 31 points 33 points 35 points
Pass rate 91 % 89 % 100 % 100 %

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Entry Requirements

For entry into grades 11 to 12, students must possess C1 (advanced level) knowledge of English.

Further Information

School Fees

School Fees

School Fees

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Entrance fee* 2,945.00
Tuition per year 33,510.00
For online subjects (Pamoja) per year 35,310.00
Development levy² 4,890.00

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* Entrance fees consist of an enrolment fee of S$2,000.00 and non-refundable registration fee of S$945.00
² First year only, from second year onwards and for the third child onwards, it’s reduced to S$2,445.00


Miscellaneous Charges (if applicable)*

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Excursion Grade 11 750.00
Excursion Grade 12 900.00
Learning Support (per Semester) 1,390.00
Co-Curricula Activity fee per semester per course 260.00
Examination Fees IB Diploma Grade 12 (estimated) 1,500.00

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* Fees are approximate, based on 201/72018 academic year costs

Holiday Calendar & Academic Year
Bus information
School Uniform

Holiday Calendar & Academic Year

The academic year (approximately 180 school days) comprises of two semesters. The first semester begins in August and ends in January. The second semester begins in February and ends in June. All Singaporean public holidays are observed.

Bus information

GESS has a local school transport provider, who provides coverage of the main island of Singapore. All seats in every bus are fully equipped with safety belts and there are bus attendants on board. The children will be picked up at your home and brought back safely to your doorstep every day or to the nearest possible pick up point around your house. In addition, the school bus service also offers home drop-off after the Co-Curricular Activities (CCA). Registration for bus service can be done directly upon school registration, but is possible at any other time as well.

School Uniform

Like all schools in Singapore, GESS has a dress code. Students are to remain in school uniform for the entire school day, when on campus after school, as well as, during school trips, unless taking part in a CCA that requires a specific alternative attire.

All items of the GESS uniform are embroidered with the GESS logo. The full uniform is available at the GESS school shop.