Learning

High School - German Curriculum

Quick Facts

Excellent Abitur results that are well above the German average.

GESS students take the German International High School Certificate (Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung).

Our graduates are accepted to universities all around the world.

University and Career Counselling Programme (i.e. careers information exchanges, support and guidance for university applications and interview practice) is offered to all graduating students.

Languages
Curriculum
Class structure/ sample timetable
Pedagogical Concepts
Learning and Language Support
Technology
Additional Programmes
Buddy System
Enrichment Activities
Transitions
Abitur Results

Languages

The high school education in the German curriculum stream prepares students for and concludes with the "Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung". Therefore, most classes are conducted in German, while Physics and Arts classes are conducted in English and History classes are conducted bilingually in both German and English.

Acquisition Level Options:

  • English (Foreign Language 1)
  • French: If continued from Middle School as foreign language 2, it can be chosen as a written or oral examination subject in the Abiturprüfung.
  • Spanish: Can be taken from Grade 10 onwards. For students who transfer to GESS with Spanish as foreign language 2, we make individual arrangements for them to complete foreign language 2 by the end of Grade 10.
  • Latinum (qualification in Latin) is awarded at the end of Grade 10, if Latin has been chosen as foreign language 2.

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

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Curriculum

Deutsche internationale Abiturprüfung, DIAP

  • Three-year-programme leading to the Deutschen Internationalen Abiturprüfung that is recognised worldwide
  • Great quality is ensured by means of the centralised Abiturprüfung of German schools abroad in Asia
  • Equivalent of the Abitur in Germany
  • Built upon the renowned German Abitur's strengths with an additional offering of subjects that are either taught in English or bilingually
  • Offers students a very diverse education comprising a broad selection of disciplines and eleven subject options. German, Mathematics, French and English are taught at higher level.
  • There are written Abitur examinations in three subjects, one presentation and an oral exam.
  • The curriculum follows the Thüringen and Baden-Württemberg curricula, respectively.
  • Differentiated, skills-based curriculum available for students on the 'Realschul' track.

DIAP subjects

Our curriculum, consisting of 11 subject choices from disciplines such as languages, humanities and sciences, not only ensures that our students receive a broad education, but that they are also able to build up individual specialisations in their areas of interest.

These choices include high school classes as well as Abitur examination subjects that can be chosen individually. Our students are advised to avoid very targeted specialisations at an early point, so that they can keep their options open and be able to successfully study any subject at universities worldwide.

Options

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

Class structure/ sample timetable

Our high school comprises of grades 11 and 12 and students are usually between 16 and 18 years old. Up until the Abitur (Grade 12) lessons mostly take place as a homeroom. Our class sizes in high school vary between 15 and 24 students and thus allow for individual support. Electives are taught in courses as opposed to homerooms. Classes typically run from 8 am to 4.30 pm and are taught in blocks of 10 x 45 minutes.

Pedagogical Concepts

Lessons are based on the requirements that schools and students currently have to meet to learn successfully and live autonomously in the 21st Century. A diverse range of skills and general knowledge as well methodical, media and social skills matter in this context.

Main Emphasis of the Pedagogical Concept:

  • Skills orientation including subject, methodical and media skills.
  • This skills orientation follows the Middle School's curricula seamlessly and facilitates the students' smooth transition into High School.
  • Development of problem-solving abilities
  • Development of cooperation skills and ability to work in a team
  • Development of critical thinking
  • Development of social skills in a multicultural environment

Learning and Language Support

Our Support and Guidance Centre (FBZ -Unser Förder- und Beratungszentrum) organises several chargeable support measures conducted by experienced Learning Support teachers – for example for students diagnosed with dyslexia/dyscalculia, language support for students who grow up bilingual or multilingual. When necessary, assistant teachers (teacher trainees from Germany) support students supervised by our experienced teachers during lessons as well as in the afternoon in our "Study workshop" (Lernwerkstatt). The FBZ works together closely with our school counsellors and nurses.

Technology

From Grade 6 onwards, every student uses their own laptop (the school provides recommended specifications). Laptop and mobile phone are used as tools during class to support learning in a digitalised world. The aim is to work collaboratively and cooperatively in networks and to facilitate a mature and responsible interaction with digital media in a world that is increasingly influenced by technology.

In High School, this includes, for example, the use of ebooks, shared working platforms such as OneNote, suitable Office 365 apps or programmes. Our experienced EdTech-Coaches support teachers in their effort to use modern technology regularly to supplement the lesosns.

Additional Programmes


  • Career week for career guidance
  • Taster lectures in Grade 11 for career guidance
  • Youth debate ("Jugend debattiert")
  • Diverse, cross-sectional CCA programmes in sports and the arts
  • Participation in the South East Asia Games and the Culture Festival, respectively, and opportunities to meet with other German Schools in South East Asia
  • Orchestra visit to partner schools in South East Asia
  • Immersion opportunities for gifted and interested students (Maths camp for High School), competitions (e.g. "Känguru" and "Pangea" competition) in many subjects
  • Cooperation with other international schools (e.g. Lycee francais) through exchange programmes
  • Participation in Model United Nations (MUN) as part of one of the CCAs
  • Workshops with popular artists, e.g. music project with songwriter Cris Cosmo
  • Author's readings
  • Student counsellor programme, regarding for e.g. drug prevention, anti-bullying, healthy lifestyle, stress prevention and so on

Buddy System

Even before their first day at GESS, students are assigned a buddy. This buddy introduces GESS to them, accompanies and supports them during the first few weeks, in particular, and thereby, helps them make a smooth transition to GESS from their previous school in Germany or elsewhere.

Enrichment Activities

  • Grade 10 - Social project to India and Cambodia
  • Grade 12 - Graduation trip

Transitions

School-leaving qualifications:

  • Middle School Qualification ("Mittlerer Bildungsabschluss" - MSA) after Grade 10 in the higher level section (gymnasialer Zweig)
  • Secondary School Certificate ("Realschulabschluss") after Grade 10 in the standard level section (Realschulzweig)
  • German International School-Leaving Examination ("Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung") after Grade 12, making it possible for students to apply to universities worldwide

Transitions:

At the start of every academic year, there is an information session for parents and students of Grade 10, 11 and 12. Moreover, there is an information session in the second semester for parents of Grade 9 students whose children will enter high school after Grade 9.

Abitur Results

Abitur Results


Previous Years

Year 2018 2017 2016 2015
Highest Result 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.3
Average Result 2.13 2.07 2.18 2.0
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%

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Entry Requirenments

For admission to Grade 9 to 12 approval from the Conference of Ministers of Education (Kultusministerkonferenz) is required. Near-native or native command of German language is also a requirement.

Further Information

School Fees

School Fees

School Fees

Fee element Fee (SGD)
Entrance fee* 2,945.00
Tuition per year 23,870.00
Development levy² 4,890.00

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* Entrance fees consist of an enrolment fee of S$2,000.00 and a 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 Activities Fee per Semester per course 260.00

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* Fees are approximate, based on 2017/2018 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.