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Entry Requirements

We operate a rolling admissions process and accept applications to Nursery through to Grade 8 all year round. Students may start school at any point in the academic year (subject to availability). 

Entry into Grades 9 to 11 is open until the first Monday after 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.

Our role is to help provide you with as much information as possible to enable you to make the best decision for you and your family. Much of our communication with you will take place by email or telephone, but nothing can replace a visit to GEMS World Academy (Singapore).

We actively encourage you to visit us, with your children to tour the facilities, meet the Education Leadership team, observe student engagement in the classrooms and get a feel for the welcoming school community.

 

Students joining GEMS World Academy (Singapore) must obtain one of the following passes/approvals prior to the first day of school:


Student Pass

A foreigner who wishes to study at GEMS (Singapore) requires a Student Pass unless he/she is holding a Dependent pass or Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) or Singapore Permanent Resident’s card.

GEMS (Singapore) will process a Student Pass registration only after receiving a formal enrolment confirmation from the Education Leadership team.


MOE Exemption

Singapore citizens aged 2 - 5 years old do not require an exemption from the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) to study GEMS World Academy (Singapore) and are welcome to submit their application for admissions to Nursey, Pre-K, KG1, KG2.

Singapore citizens aged 6 years old and above must obtain approval from the MOE to study at GEMS (Singapore).

With effect from 1 February 2019, it is mandatory that all foreign-born children aged 12 and below are required to submit documentary proof of vaccinations or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles for verification before they can start school. Please refer to the Singapore National Childhood Immunisation Schedule and list of Frequently Asked Questions outlined on the Health Promotion Board website.

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 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 Principal.

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. 

Grade Placement Guide
GEMS (Singapore) Age  Date of birth  Equivalent grade placement in national systems
North America England Australia/NZ South Africa
Nursery   2 2.9.2016 - 1.9.2017 - - -  
Pre-K  3 2.9.2015 - 1.9.2016 - FS 1 -  
KG1  4 2.9.2014 - 1.9.2015 PRE-K  FS 2 KG   
KG2  5 2.9.2013 - 1.9.2014 KG  Year 1 Prep Reception 
Grade 1  6 2.9.2012 - 1.9.2013 Grade 1 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1
Grade 2 2.9.2011 - 1.9.2012 Grade 2 Year 3 Year 2 Year 2
Grade 3 2.9.2010 - 1.9.2011 Grade 3 Year 4 Year 3 Year 3
Grade 4 2.9.2009 - 1.9.2010 Grade 4 Year 5 Year 4 Year 4
Grade 5  10  2.9.2008 - 1.9.2009 Grade 5 Year 6 Year 5 Year 5
Grade 6  11  2.9.2007 - 1.9.2008 Grade 6 Year 7 Year 6 Year 6
Grade 7  12  2.9.2006 - 1.9.2007 Grade 7 Year 8  Year 7 Year 7
Grade 8  13  2.9.2005 - 1.9.2006 Grade 8 Year 9  Year 8  Year 8
Grade 9  14  2.9.2004 - 1.9.2005 Grade 9 Year 10  Year 9  Year 9 
Grade 10 15  2.9.2003 - 1.9.2004 Grade 10 Year 11 Year 10 Year 10 
Grade 11 16  2.9.2002 - 1.9.2003 Grade 11 Year 12 Year 11 Year 11
Grade 12 17  2.9.2001 - 1.9.2002 Grade 12 Year 13 Year 12 Year 12

Students entering the Early Years Programme (Pre-K through to KG2) must be toilet-trained by the first day of school.

Students entering the Secondary Years Programme (Grade 6 and above) will be additionally assessed against their current educational stage and progress.

Nursery & Early Years

Students entering Nursery through to KG2 are not formally assessed prior to the enrolment. The 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, will be required to sit for an English proficiency assessment (WIDA) to determine whether the candidate can access the English-based curriculum and if additional support is required.

WIDA assessment is a large-scale English language proficiency assessment designed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium to assess students’ English proficiency in the following areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Students who require additional support to successfully access the curriculum will be placed in one of two levels of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support Programme based on WIDA assessment scores:


EAL Support WIDA Average Score

Level 1 (Intensive)

2.9 and below

Level 2 (Enhanced)

3.0 and above


Secondary Years

Students entering Grades 6 through to Grade 8 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 (Aptis) to determine whether the candidate can access the English-based curriculum and if additional support is required. 

Aptis is a general English language test designed by the British Council to assess students’ English proficiency in the following areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Students who require additional support to successfully access the curriculum will be placed in one of two levels of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Support Programme based on Aptis overall assessment score:


Grade Level Aptis Score (Overall)
Level 1 (Intensive) Level 2 (Enhanced)
6 B1 and below B2 and above
7 B1 and below B2 and above
8 not lower than B1 B2 and above

Students entering Grade 9 & 10 must have a minimum level of Aptis overall score equivalent to B2 in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).  Grade 9 & 10 students might be required to undertake after-school English lessons* to maintain or improve their level of English language proficiency. 

Students entering Grade 11 & 12 must have fluent English, both spoken and written.

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. Please contact our Admissions team if you need any assistance on this. 

* After-school English programme is not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately

GEMS (Singapore) provides limited learning support to students who are able to learn in a mainstream classroom environment.

Parents are encouraged to contact our Admissions team ahead of planned admission date and submit written reports pertaining to their child's educational need to determine if we are able to support your child. Each application from students with special needs is considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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