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GESS - International School Singapore
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2.3 from 15 reviews
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About GESS - International School Singapore


GESS Singapore is an international not-for-profit school that believes in developing confident, forward-looking students by celebrating our values respect, openness and diversity. GESS offers two main curricula: the English-speaking International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and the German Curriculum. The school caters to students of all ages, starting at 2 years all the way to graduation at 18 years.

In August 2018 GESS has moved to a new purpose-built campus with brand new facilities at Dairy Farm Lane. In 2021 GESS is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Ethos Statement


Freedom to Grow.

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Curriculum

German, English, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Max Class Size

24

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15 Reviews of GESS - International School Singapore

Average Ratings

Overall 2.30
Facilities 2.00
Academics 2.20
Teachers 2.00
Sports 1.90
Music & Arts 2.00
Science & Tech 2.30

Reviewer Nationalities

Singaporean (1) German (2) Malaysian (1) British (1) American (1) Indian (1) Swiss (1) Polish (1)

How would you rate GESS - International School Singapore?

Family in Singapore, 31/03/2021 @ 11:24:46
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This school was my children's haopy home for many years but now I have take out my family because the school has become very commercial. The new general manager had made many new rules that difficult for families. The advance school fee payment is the worst in Singapore and I am very sad I have to take out my children because of this. Not recommended especially in these difficult times for families with covid. This GM no care for family's situation

Lilli, 25/03/2021 @ 01:55:18
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The school is very overrated. The teachers especially in the German section are very rude to students and if you want to go to Realschule in the German section the school doesn´t . As a student the food is very overrated and the price you pay monthly is just too much for the service you get. The whole system is totally chaotic. They cover up things that happen for example that a student got beaten up and the school didn´t even mention it. The school gets involved in your privat life and the teachers pretend tocare about you. The school handles every student thats out of line with the title ADHD and they have no expierience in working with kids. Which is bad because they are a school.

Ella Keppler, 25/03/2021 @ 01:41:49
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Very poor service and teachers don't show respect towards students. Many problems are hidden to make the school seem perfect and flawless. Privacy is often invaded by teachers or other parents which shouldn't be the case. Very judgy teachers and will show no patience or understanding. My son is very dissapointed and is very unhappy in this surrounding.

Shree, 20/10/2020 @ 08:21:07
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GESS - International School has a very positive and vibrant culture where students from so many different nationalities are welcome and I really appreciate it. The teachers are always trying to know the kids personally and have their heart in the work they do. I am more used to a culture where only academics are the focus but at GESS, the school really cares about a wholesome development where academics, character, and other individual talents are all supported. Nice school overall.

Jackson, 11/09/2020 @ 05:39:01
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Their Swimming pool/facility are top notch But the school have a toxic culture where ,German Sector and European sector don’t interact. The German teacher/staff are rude and unqualified to coach Swimming. For their Swimming CCA they have to pay extra for their kids to participate and their equipment are shared. if you’re looking for a school to send your kids for Swimming you’re better off with uwsc/nexus/SAIS where their coaches are more qualified to coach competitive Swimming.

Paul Lau, 23/07/2020 @ 15:09:35
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I cannot imagine the head teacher who is very rough and uncivil.

Dissapointment, 22/06/2020 @ 02:34:20
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You can't silence the students of your OWN school. As mentioned in my previous rating, you can't deal with the issues this school faces and would rather sweep them under the carpet. Problems are present, deal with them or they will grow. A disgusting attempt at being a "respectable" school,

Change, 19/06/2020 @ 00:38:09
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The German School is most likely the worst international school in Singapore. Careless teachers and minimal respect towards students. One of if not the lowest passing rate from the IB. Inability to hire teachers with a proper background in education leads to pointless classes. The heads of the school are unable to accept change, whether it be from students, parents or even children. Careless towards the environment with the purchase of paper and single-use plastics, even disregarding the attempts from children to influence change. IB teachers themselves are uneducated and/or careless towards the futures of their students, apart from a handful of teachers that put actual care into their lessons and students. GESS seems to be the dump yard for students suspended from other international schools or ones that can't cut the requirements for better alternatives in Singapore. Students, Parents and teachers all know what's wrong with this school, but the chance of change is nonexistent.

Loredana, 18/03/2020 @ 13:18:28
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My girls are happy, they love the different nationalities. Following the IB program.

Lau chi man, 16/03/2020 @ 07:03:42
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The teacher is an uncivil manner person, her comment to my family is totally unacceptable, no patient, no understanding, only have an irresponsible judgment.

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Valeria Fragozo Quiroz, a week ago


The school is really cool and the people are really nice there are really cool places to go when you need to be calm

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Oguma Aoi Maria Gracia, 3 months ago


The school is a very big and nice school, the teachers are trained well. My family is smart, because we all went to the same school GESS!!

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Family Singapore, in the last week


This was a lovely home for my three children until the school became very commercial / business after got new General Manager. I very sad that due to my family job situation not clear, this General Manager ask me to pay for next semester but no want help my family because maybe my husband lose job. We pay 45000 SGD but no know if can study next semester and school no want help. I very hope new principal can make school better because now no good.

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PC10, a month ago


the food is equivalent to airline food and cost too much, the library is to small and is often full, some teachers don't know whats happening

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Siva Gopal Thaiyalan, 7 months ago


My feedback is specific to the Pre-School section and I would not recommend sending any children here. Our child has been attending the pre-school here since Mar 2019. The major concern has to do with the lack of integrity. Our child came home with rashes on her forearms since returning to school after the circuit-breaker. We checked with GP and identified that it could be the sand from the sandpit in the school that might be causing the eczema to act up. But on one of the days one of our child's classmates had thrown sand at her face and body which caused a major eczema flare up. I received a call from the first-aider informing us that our child was experiencing an allergic reaction and that they were applying ice and antihistamine cream on her. But we were not told that this was a result of sand being thrown at our child. During pick-up after school, I deliberately made sure that I was one of the last parents so that I'd have some time to chat with the teacher about the eczema. We had enough time to chat and at no point during this conversation did the teacher mention that another child had thrown sand at our child, and that was the trigger for the eczema flaring up. Shockingly, it was my child who told me this while driving back. My wife called the teacher after school to ask if what our child was saying was true and it was only then that it was made known to us about this incident which was the cause the allergic reaction. According to the teacher she was aware of this incident, and another teacher had attended to our child, changed her clothes and brought her to the first-aiders. Surely, the adults in the room would have known this incident and surely one of them could have informed us sooner. We can't help but wonder why this crucial piece of information was withheld from us? This is important so that we can respond appropriately and give an accurate narration of the events to the doctor. When we asked the teacher, she said she had intended to tell us about this incident later in the day and the focus of the conversation during pick-up was simply on what the school had done to treat the problem. Does not make sense and utter lie! The teacher did not tell me anything about the treatment; it was the first-aider who had given me a comprehensive run-down on the phone. The teacher went on to say via WhatsApp message: "to be honest.. I'm not quite sure the throwing of the sand would have caused the reaction all over her body.. other kids have been playing in that sand for the past 2 weeks now and no one else has had any reaction.." Really? So much empathy and care. Hypocritical also because this teacher herself told me that she thought that the sandpit was not cleaned since Circuit-Breaker and that she's informed the School Management to clean or change the sand in the pit. Another parent also told me that her child has been having eczema reaction since returning to school after circuit-breaker. We had highlighted this to the teacher who brushed this off lightly. This is not the first time this teacher has not told us about injuries that had happened in class and we had to find out ourselves once and from another parent whose child had bitten our child on another occasion. Coincidence? We also inquired what the school had done with regards to the boy throwing sand at our child, particularly since the teacher told us that particular child has been a "handful" in class. The Asst Head of Pre-School replied with a sweeping statement that the school "always respond to incidences small or large in age appropriate ways, as we see Preschool as the place where children learn about socialising with others, how to behave and treat others within a learning community". Really? Is that what you say to the parents of a child who was bullied in school? In consultation with our doctor who specialises in paediatric allergy and immunology, we decided that we should withdraw our child for one semester at least and allow her to heal. But the school will not refund the fees for the semester, even with doctor's memo. So much for compassion.

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