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Becoming part of GEMS (Singapore)

GEMS (Singapore) enrols students regardless of gender, nationality, religion, or race, who demonstrate the ability and willingness to successfully participate in the defined parameters and expectations of an enriched IB curriculum. 

We welcome applications from Nursery through to Grade 8 throughout the academic year. Your child may start school at any point in the academic year. However, we encourage you to apply as early as possible due to the limited availability of places. Entry to Grade 9 through to Grade 11 is open until the first Monday after the October school holiday each school year. All applications submitted after the cut-off date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Secondary Years Principal. 

Each application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee, comprising of the Head of School, Divisional Principals, Head of Admissions and Learning Support Coordinator (if applicable). Admissions is based on age, review of information given on the application form, current and previous year school reports, English language proficiency level, appropriate grade level assessments, references from the current school (if applicable) and family meetings (if applicable). Our Admissions Team will be in touch to confirm or clarify details and may request further information. Once an application has been reviewed, parents are advised of their child's eligibility to join the school.

Students applying for admissions at GEMS (Singapore) must be of an appropriate grade age by 1st September for admission consideration. Any application for an exemption from the minimum entry age requirements will be addressed by the Admissions Committee.

Families are encouraged to use a grade placement guide to ensure that they are applying to the correct grade level, taking into account the differences that exist in the naming of 'grades' around the world.

As an international school in Singapore, GEMS (Singapore) seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age, as well as academic, social and emotional development within policy guidelines. For this reason, new students may be required to complete an appropriate level screener to determine placement and fit.

GEMS (Singapore) Age Date of birth Equivalent grade placement in national systems
North America England Australia/NZ South Africa
Nursery 2 2.9.2017 - 1.9.2018 - - -  
Pre-K 3 2.9.2016 - 1.9.2017 - FS 1 -  
KG1 4 2.9.2015 - 1.9.2016 PRE-K FS 2 KG  
KG2 5 2.9.2014 - 1.9.2015 KG Year 1 Prep Reception
Grade 1 6 2.9.2013 - 1.9.2014 Grade 1 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1
Grade 2 7 2.9.2012 - 1.9.2013 Grade 2 Year 3 Year 2 Year 2
Grade 3 8 2.9.2011 - 1.9.2012 Grade 3 Year 4 Year 3 Year 3
Grade 4 9 2.9.2010 - 1.9.2011 Grade 4 Year 5 Year 4 Year 4
Grade 5 10 2.9.2009 - 1.9.2010 Grade 5 Year 6 Year 5 Year 5
Grade 6 11 2.9.2008 - 1.9.2009 Grade 6 Year 7 Year 6 Year 6
Grade 7 12 2.9.2007 - 1.9.2008 Grade 7 Year 8 Year 7 Year 7
Grade 8 13 2.9.2006 - 1.9.2007 Grade 8 Year 9 Year 8 Year 8
Grade 9 14 2.9.2005 - 1.9.2006 Grade 9 Year 10 Year 9 Year 9
Grade 10 15 2.9.2004 - 1.9.2005 Grade 10 Year 11 Year 10 Year 10
Grade 11 16 2.9.2003 - 1.9.2004 Grade 11 Year 12 Year 11 Year 11
Grade 12 17 2.9.2002 - 1.9.2003 Grade 12 Year 13 Year 12 Year 12

Nursery & Early Years

Children entering Nursery through to KG2 are not formally assessed prior to the enrolment. Students will join the English-speaking environment and will have language opportunities integrated into all classroom activities.

Primary Years

Students entering Grades 1 through to Grade 5 whose first language is not English, or who are coming from a school where the language of instruction is not English, may be required to sit for an English proficiency assessment (WIDA) to determine whether the candidate can access the English-based curriculum and if additional language support is required.

WIDA assessment is a large-scale English language proficiency assessment designed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium to assess students’ English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and oral language (listening 50%, speaking 50%).

Students who require additional English language support to successfully access the curriculum will be placed in one of two levels of the Enhanced EAL Programme1. Participation in the EAL programme is mandatory.

The level of placement will be determined by their WIDA assessment scores as follows:

EAL Support WIDA Average Score
Level 1 (Foundation) 2.9 and below
Level 2 (Intermediate) 3.0 and above

Secondary Years

Students entering Grades 6 through to Grade 10 whose first language is not English, or who are coming from a school where the language of instruction is not English, may be required to sit for an English proficiency assessment (Aptis) to determine their ability to cope with an English-based curriculum and to assess whether they need additional English language support is required. Aptis is a general English language test designed by the British Council to assess Students’ English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If your child requires additional English language support, they will be placed in the Enhanced2 or Standard3 EAL Programme. Participation in the EAL programme is mandatory. The type of the EAL programme and the level of placement will be determined by the student’s grade level, their overall Aptis assessment score, as referenced in the tables below, as well as an assessment of their performance at interview and references obtained from their previous school (if applicable).

Enhanced EAL Programme
Grade Level Aptis Score (Overall)
Level 1 (Foundation) Level 2 (Intermediate/Advanced)
6 B1 and below B2 and above
7 B1 and below B2 and above
8 B1 and above B2 and above
Standard EAL Programme
Grade Level Aptis Score (Overall)
Level 1 (Foundation) Level 2 (Intermediate/Advanced)
9 - B1 and above (for students starting school during Sem 1)
- B2 and above (for students starting school during Sem 2)
B2 and above
10 EAL Support is not provided B2 and above

While Standard EAL lessons3 are available and included in the tuition fees, Grade 9 and 10 students might also be required to undertake after-school academic English lessons4 to maintain or improve their level of English language proficiency. Participation in the after-school academic English lessons is mandatory if the school deems the student requires it.

Students entering Grades 11 - 12 whose first language is not English, or who are coming from a school where the language of instruction is not English, may be required to sit for an English proficiency assessment to determine their ability to cope with an English-based curriculum. Students must demonstrate fluent English (both spoken and written) by achieving the minimum Aptis score of B2 or above.

As the Registration fee is non-refundable, we encourage you to submit the application only if you are sure that your child meets the English entry requirement level.

1Enhanced EAL programme for students in Grades 1 - 5 is not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately.
2Enhanced EAL programme for students in Grades 6-8 is not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately.
3Standard EAL programme for students in Grades 9 -10 is included in the tuition fees.
4 After School academic English programme is not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately. 

On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be required to submit a confidential recommendation form filled out by a student's current Teacher, Counsellor, or Principal. Parents will be required to provide referrer’s details via the online application form. The recommendation form will be emailed to the referrer electronically, where he or she will fill it out and submit it back to the Admissions Department electronically.

 

Immunisations are one of the prerequisites for application and subsequent enrolment at GEMS (Singapore). All applicants are required to submit a copy of vaccination records via an online application form as part of the admissions process.

Foreign-born Children Aged 12 and Below

All foreign-born children aged 12 and below, are also required to provide documentary proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for verification before they can proceed with their applications to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for their long-term stay in Singapore. This requirement is applicable only to first-time applicants.

Please note, that immunisation against both measles and diphtheria is mandatory in Singapore under the Fourth Schedule of the Infectious Diseases Act (Cap 137). For more information please refer to the HPB website.

Parents are required to fully disclose the nationality/citizenship status of all applicants – including dual nationality. Specifically, any applicant who holds Singapore citizenship, either by birth or registration, must declare this information at the time of the application, as approval from the Ministry of Education is required prior to the course commencement.

Enrolled families must immediately notify the Registrar Department of any change in the nationality and residency status.

Students enrolled at GEMS (Singapore) must be able to function independently or with minimal support due to our limited learning support services.

If your child requires any form of support, we encourage you to contact our Admissions Team ahead of the admission date and we will guide you through the application process. You will be asked to submit your child’s records and reports so that we can determine if we are able to provide the support that your child needs. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Should it become evident before or after admission that pertinent information or records were withheld or altered, immediate withdrawal of admission will occur. As a private school enterprise, the division level Principal and the Head of School are final authorities regarding acceptance or denial of any student/applicant at any time.

Students entering the Early Years Programme (Pre-K through to KG2) must be toilet-trained prior to the course commencement date.

Nursery to KG2

Singapore citizens 2–5 years of age do not require an exemption from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to attend GEMS (Singapore). You are welcome to submit an application for admission to Nursery, Pre-K, KG1 and KG2.

Grade 1 to Grade 12

Singapore citizens aged six years old and above must obtain approval from the MOE to study at GEMS (Singapore).

Application for an Exemption from the MOE

GEMS (Singapore) will liaise directly with MOE on the progress of the application and update the family accordingly once an outcome has been reached. The MOE will take approximately two to four weeks to review the application and inform GEMS (Singapore) thereafter. A completed application together with the full set of required documents will be passed to the Admissions Committee for review. Once an application has been reviewed, parents will be advised of their child's eligibility to be considered for admissions. Successful applicants will be contacted by the School Registrar and receive a formal offer letter and instructions on how to complete the enrolment process.

If your child requires an exemption from the MOE, please contact our Admissions Team ahead of the admission date and we will guide you through the application process.

No Student Pass Required: Students holding a Dependant’s Pass, Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) or Singapore Permanent Residency.

All other foreign students must apply for a Student Pass. GEMS (Singapore) will process a Student Pass registration only after receiving formal enrolment confirmation from the Admissions Committee.

Student Pass Application Process

  1. The parent will be contacted by the School Registrar and receive instructions on the Student Pass Application procedure. Submission of Student Pass application is via the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA) online submission portal (SOLAR+).
  2. A place will be reserved for the student until the Student Pass has been issued by the ICA.
  3. The student will be eligible to start school only when the Student Pass has been approved and a copy of the card displaying the front and the back has to be submitted to the School Registrar prior to the course commencement date.

Attendance Requirements

All Student Pass holders must meet the minimum 90% monthly attendance requirements as stipulated by the ICA.

If your child requires a Student Pass, please contact our Admissions Team ahead of the admission date and we will guide you through the application process.

GEMS (Singapore) requires students to reside with at least one parent whilst attending the school in Singapore. Exceptions to this requirement will be reviewed on a case by case basis, for Secondary Years students only, and must be approved by the Education Leadership Team BEFORE admission to GEMS (Singapore).

A guardian may be appointed through a professional guardianship agency, or she/he may be a family member, relative or a family friend. The guardian is to act on behalf of the student’s parent(s) and to assist with all aspects of a student’s welfare.

Guardianship Requirements

Nominated guardians and/or agents are expected to have a formal written agreement with the parent(s) that states that the parent(s) have agreed to:

  • grant guardianship of their child to the guardian concerned for a commonly agreed period of time
  • abide by all aspects of the GEMS (Singapore) Guardianship Policy

Guardianship Agreement must be signed by the parent, guardian and/or agent, in the presence of a member of the school, and be provided to the Registrar Department prior to the course commencement date.

If your child will be residing with a guardian, please carefully read the conditions of guardianship recommended by GEMS (Singapore) and contact our Admissions Team ahead of the admission date and we will guide you through the application process.

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