Admissions Eligibility

To meet the age requirements of the GEMS (Singapore) admissions policy, a student has to meet the following requirements:

  • Students applying for admissions at GEMS (Singapore) must be of an appropriate grade age by September 1st for admission consideration. Students applying for admissions to Grade 6 and above will be additionally assessed against their current educational stage and progress
  • Students entering Early Years Programme (Pre-K through to KG2) must be toilet-trained by the first day of school
  • Students entering Grades 1 through Grade 12 whose first language is not English, or who are coming from a school where the language of instruction is not English, will be required to sit for an English proficiency assessment to determine whether the candidate can access the English-based curriculum and if additional support is required
  • Students entering Grade 6 and above will be additionally assessed against their current educational progress
  • Students entering Grade 11 & 12 must have fluent English, both spoken and written

Grade Placement 

As an International School in Singapore, GEMS World Academy (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.

Students will be placed in the appropriate age group taking account of their age on the 1st of September.

Families are encouraged to use an international comparison chart below 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:

Age as of 1st September  GEMS (Singapore) North America England Australia/NZ South Africa
Grade  Grade  Year  Year  Year 
2 Nursery  - - -  
3 PRE-K - FS 1 -  
4 KG 1 PRE-K  FS 2 KG   
5 KG 2 KG  Year 1 Prep Reception 
6 Grade 1 Grade 1 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1
7 Grade 2 Grade 2 Year 3 Year 2 Year 2
8 Grade 3 Grade 3 Year 4 Year 3 Year 3
9 Grade 4 Grade 4 Year 5 Year 4 Year 4
10 Grade 5 Grade 5 Year 6 Year 5 Year 5
11 Grade 6 Grade 6 Year 7 Year 6 Year 6
12 Grade 7 Grade 7 Year 8  Year 7 Year 7
13 Grade 8 Grade 8 Year 9  Year 8  Year 8
14 Grade 9 Grade 9 Year 10  Year 9  Year 9 
15 Grade 10 Grade 10 Year 11 Year 10 Year 10 
16 Grade 11 Grade 11 Year 12 Year 11 Year 11
17 Grade 12 Grade 12 Year 13 Year 12 Year 12

Previous Schooling

All new students from Grade 1 onwards must provide official documentation of previous school experience, including transcripts and report cards. All documents provided must be in English.

To meet GEMS World Academy (Singapore) admission requirements, we may ask for translated documents to be certified by the appropriate consular authority of the country in which the student last attended school.

Student Visas

As an International School in Singapore with four years EduTrust accreditation, GEMS (Singapore) is happy to accommodate Singapore permanent residents and dependent pass holders.

Family seeking student visa for Singapore are encouraged to contact the admissions team direct for guidance and support.

For students in grades Nursery, Pre-K, K1, and K2, we are excited to accept applications from Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents, and dependent pass holders.

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