When you pay school fees at GESS, what are you really getting? Read on as we give you all the deets on this value-for-money school and its curriculum
If you’re not yet familiar with GESS, here’s the lowdown: this Singapore international school caters to students aged 2 to 18 years old at a stunning state-of-the-art campus, and offers a choice between the English IB Curriculum and the German Curriculum to students from over 67 nationalities. Something else you should know is that GESS is a not-for-profit international school, meaning any surplus funds are re-invested back into the school to ensure its lasting benefits and legacy for further generations of students. To this end, GESS is supported by a Board of Governors comprised of parents whose kids attend GESS – so naturally, they have the students’ best interests at heart!
You’ll be happy to know that GESS looks to hire only the best, most qualified teachers. More than 60% of school fees revenues are dedicated to scouting and hiring professional teachers from around the world who are able to cater to the needs of third culture kids. Fun fact: 5% of GESS teachers have doctorates and more than a third of them have Masters degrees!
Did we mention the purpose-built campus is teeming with amazing facilities? Designed in consultation with educators, GESS was created for 21st century students’ specific needs and talents. Their facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 400-seat auditorium, music rooms, art ateliers, age-specific libraries, one of the most state-of-the-art design and technology lab for students, laboratories and more, allowing students to spend their developmental years in an environment that will afford them one of the finest education experiences.
Partnerships to Benefit Students
A truly unique value proposition GESS offers are its many partnerships with universities, embassies and industry leaders. The school is the only organisation outside of Europe to offer the Junior Engineering Academy, a collaboration with universities and engineering companies that exposes students to engineering problems and viable solutions. So far, the Junior Engineer Academy programme has allowed students gifted in the engineering fields to explore their interests in collaboration with partners like Technical University of Munich (Asia), BOSCH, Pepperl+Fuchs and XentiQ (all industry giants!).
A Chance to Excel Academically
Their newly established GESS Excellence Programme also promises to create more opportunities for high-potential students. GESS teachers and Heads of Department proactively identify students in their areas of talent spanning across sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, arts, sports, music and more! This way, students will be able to achieve a strong standing and the competitive edge they need to be able to pursue their aspirations beyond their school years. This also allows the school to continue to grow while providing more value to its families for the mid-tier school fees they pay.
Sports and Other Co-Curricular Programmes at No Additional Cost
GESS also offers unique programmes for students through the years that are all included in the school fees: Primary school students have a swimming programme within curriculum time that’s taught by certified swimming instructors with grading; Grade 3 students partake in the Instruments with Class programme to learn a string instrument over 8 weeks; and there’s plenty of career and university guidance in class for high-school students by dedicated and qualified career counsellors, ensuring each student discovers the right tertiary path for them and beyond.
How does that sound, mama? GESS offers a truly value-for-money education, so you can rest assured knowing that school fees go directly into the continual development of the school – for the betterment of each and every student!