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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a newly enrolled parent at GEMS World Academy Singapore or have been with us for some time, it is always helpful to touch on some reminders and provide our community with guidance to some frequently asked questions.   

Our Academic year runs from August to June. Click here to check our 2020-2021 academic calendar and school holidays. 

Morning Staff Supervision    8:10 - 8:45 am (in designated areas) 
Hallways/classrooms open    8:45 am 
Nursery (Half-day, Full-day)   8:30 am to 12:30 pm / 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Pre-K and KG1 (Half-day)    8:45 am - 1:30 pm
KG 1 (Full-day) - Grade 12   8:45 am - 3:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

The regular school week is Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend special events.

No students are allowed on campus before 8.10 am and after 5.00 pm unless in an activity supervised by GEMS (Singapore) staff member.

A typical day at GEMS (Singapore) is filled with engaging, hands-on, experiential learning, developing students’ academic outcomes, nurturing core human values, and building real-life skills.

Click here to find out more and view our sample timetables.


Small class sizes and an inspiring and highly qualified teaching faculty ensure that students get the absolute most out of their learning experience. 

All classes from Nursery through to Grade 5 are facilitated by the full-time teacher and a fully qualified teaching partner in order to get to know every child, tailor activities to their individual needs, bring out the best in them, and encourage greater participation in class. Click here to find out more.

Nursery: 1:7 (14 children per class) 
Pre-K-KG2: 1:8 (16 children per class)
Grade 1-5: 1:12 (24 children per class) 
Grade 6-12: 1:24 (24 children per class) 

Our student population comprises more than 60 nationalities with no one dominant culture or background. Click here to find out more.

 

Representing over 20 different nationalities, our teachers bring the best teaching experience and expertise from around the world, naturally enriching your child’s everyday exposure to different cultures. 

Click here to find out more.

We have a limited number of spaces for new students. We are currently accepting applications for Semester 2 (January – June) until 23rd November 2020. 

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Yes, you can submit an application for the upcoming academic year now.  

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  1. Complete the online application. Use this checklist to ensure that you have included all necessary documentation to support your application. 
  2. Pay the registration fee
  3. The school will arrange an English language proficiency assessment or a family meeting (if applicable).
  4. Pay the admission fee
  5. Submit the final documentation (Student Contract)

Click here to read the detailed process on our website.

All supporting documents must be in English. If any supporting document is not written in English, a certified English translation is required.

Use this checklist to ensure that you have included all necessary documentation to support your application. 

Our admissions is based on age, review of information given on the application form, current and previous year school reports, English language proficiency level, references from the current school (if applicable), and family meetings (if applicable).

Click here to find out more about our grade placement, English language proficiency references, immunisations, learning support, student pass, guardianship, and MOE requirements.

The Registration Fee is SGD$800 (non-refundable) and is payable in full upon submission of your application, in order for it to be processed.

The Admission Fee will become due upon completion of the application process. This is a one-time, non-refundable and non-transferable fee of SGD 5,200 and must be paid on or before the due date for the payment as stipulated on the invoice.

We want all parents to feel informed about school fees and be able to plan their school year. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our team for more information. We are always happy to help at any stage. Click here to review the tuition fees on our website. 

With students joining the school from all over the world, our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme provides outstanding language teaching and learning opportunities, to ensure that all our students are equipped with the necessary language tools to enable them to make the most of their time here at GEMS (Singapore).

Click here to find out more about the levels of support

The cost of the Enhanced EAL Program for students from Grade 1 through to Grade 8 is not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately per semester. The school will send a separate invoice for the EAL fees.

The cost of the Standard EAL Program for students from Grade 9 & 10 is included in the tuition fees.

As an international school in Singapore, we offer attractive sibling discounts to families with multiple children. Each child registering at GEMS (Singapore) who is a sibling (brother or sister by birth or adoption) of another child ("Previous Sibling") who is enrolled at GEMS (Singapore) will enjoy the following benefits:

  • the 1st sibling (second child in the family) will receive a 10% concession off their annual tuition fee
  • the 2nd sibling (third child in the family) will also receive a 10% concession off their annual tuition fees
  • the 3rd and any additional siblings (fourth child and subsequent children in the family) will receive a 25% concession off their annual tuition fee
  • in addition, any newly enrolled siblings (brother or sister by birth or adoption) of any child already enrolled at GEMS (Singapore) will receive a Registration Fee Credit (SGD $800), and Admission Fee Waiver (SGD $5,200).
  • The above fees are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax of seven percent (7%).

When a family registers siblings at the same time, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc siblings will be determined by descending age order at the time of registration at GEMS (Singapore).

When a family registers siblings at different times through an academic year or in consecutive academic years, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc siblings will be determined by the date of each sibling’s registration at GEMS (Singapore).

Important note: Should your child be awarded a scholarship or any other concession on fees, sibling discounts will no longer apply.

Yes, we do! Each child registering at GEMS (Singapore) who is or was previously enrolled at any GEMS-owned school or GEMS-owned kindergarten worldwide will enjoy the following:

  • a Registration Fee Credit (SGD $800)
  • an Admission Fee Waiver (SGD $5,200)
  • subsequent children of the same family are entitled to the Sibling Discount/Waiver herein

The parent(s) will be required to submit proof of current/prior enrollment at any GEMS-owned school or GEMS-owned kindergarten to the Admissions Team upon submission of an online application for admission to GEMS (Singapore).

To avail this discount, the applicant must have been enrolled at any GEMS-owned school or GEMS-owned kindergarten during (no earlier than) the Academic Year (full or part of) prior to the date of registration at GEMS (Singapore).

Important note: The discount is not applicable for applicants transferring to GEMS World Academy (Singapore) from GEMS-managed and GEMS-affiliated schools/kindergartens not owned by GEMS.

GEMS (Singapore) is committed to recognising and supporting student excellence. We offer full and partial tuition scholarships (reviewed annually), for students who display outstanding ability and attitude across a range of disciplines. 

Students not currently enrolled at GEMS (Singapore) can apply for a scholarship at any time. Click here to find out more. 

Learning modern languages is a core component of being an international student.

In the Early Years, your child will be introduced to Chinese characters, basic strokes, and conversational Mandarin, delivered by a specialist Mandarin teacher in dedicated class time.

From Grade 1 onwards, they have the option of continuing Mandarin or opting for Spanish or French classes. In Grade 11 we are also offering Japanese Language and Literature class. 

Click here to find out more.

GEMS (Singapore) provides diverse extra-curricular activities (ECA) in academics, sports, and the arts throughout the year for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our goal is to have a balanced ECA program that allows your child to develop their character, acquire new skills, and discover new passions. These ECAs are run by our own excellent faculty members and provided free of charge.

In addition, we offer various activities as part of our Enrichment Programme at an additional charge. These activities are led by professional instructors from external providers that work under the GEMS regulations and standards.

Most of our unpaid ECAs take place from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Click here to find out more. 

Our campus is located in a nice residential neighborhood, surrounded by lush greenery and nature.

GEMS (Singapore) contracts an external bus service to transport students to and from school daily. Click here to find out more about our transportation services. 

Healthy and balanced nutrition plays a significant role in a student's ability to achieve in school. Therefore, we educate and encourage our students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.

Our lunch menu, provided by Victus Group, is designed by the expert team of chefs, who have decades of combined experience in nutrition and serving up dishes that kids simply love. 

Click here to view the menus and find out more about the meal ordering process.

All students are expected to wear a school uniform. It is available for online purchase with the choice of collecting your order from our campus or having it delivered to your doorstep. 

Black school shoes are mandatory for all students. These can be leather or sports shoes as long as they are predominantly black and logos should not be prominent. 

Click here to find out more information about the uniform. 

 

If you have already spoken to our Admissions Team, have visited the school, and ready to apply, please click this link to start your application.

Feel free to reach out to our admissions team, should you have any questions about our school or would like to book a visit. 

(65) 6808 7300 | admissions@gwa.edu.sg | www.gwa.edu.sg 

 

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