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German European School Manila

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CurriculumsIB, British, and German
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: from: Php289,069
to: Php789,574
Address: 75 Swaziland Street, Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque, 1711 Metro Manila, Philippines

Important notes about this school

GESM consists of two branches: a German-speaking German branch and an English-speaking international branch.
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Number of students

372 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We have at least 40 nationalities.

Most common nationality

Nationalities are various, in the German Section Germans are about 50%.

Ratio of local students to international students

1:2 is the ratio of German to International students.

Max. number of students per class

20 (exception 22)

Average number of students per class

On the average there are 15 students, but numbers vary between the departments. In general, groups are rather small, with larger groups there are assistant teachers in the classroom.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

We employ teaching assistants especially in Primary, for Englisch and/or Special Needs, and with group sizes over 10 in Early Years.

Native English and German speaking teachers

They are mostly native or near-native speakers (C 2), which means German native speakers in the German Section, and English native speakers in the International Section.

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

We have support classes for German (DAF/DAZ) and English (EAL).

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Filipino, Spanish, Latin, Italian

Use of technology in the classroom

Every room has a smartboard or Promethean board, and one or more computer stations. Students in IB DP use laptops in class. GESM develops along a digitalization programme.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

There is a homework policy. Homework is a regular part of education, but on some days, especially before exams, homework will be reduced in order to give students time to prepare the exams.

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on the department and the age of the student, it normally does not exceed one hour a day.

Uniform required

There is no uniform in the stricter sense of the word. There are school shirts with the school's logo and name. Students wear them to show they identify with our school's values: respect, independence, compassion, integrity, responsibility.

Waiting list

For some classes there are waiting lists.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, entry exams are common.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We assess the learning contents and learning methods, especially in subjects like Maths, Natural Sciences, and English.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline. As the school year starts mid of August, registration by the end of July will be appreciated. Students can enter school at any time during the school year, which frequently happens with expat children.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, and the students will be supported to catch up with their class according to the curriculum.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

About 90%

External examinations or assessments available

In the International Section they complete the IGCSE exams, in the IB DP department the IB DP exams. In the German Section they complete the Secondary Examinations, supervised by German authorities.

Results in these examinations

In general they are comparable to those at other international schools, or better. The success rate is very high.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

GESM is a secular school, open and tolerant towards religions. We have Ethics as a regular subject. We offer courses for the Holy Communion to our Catholic students.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Students learn how to live and work together with other cultures and religions. We respect traditions of different religions, like the Islamic headscarf.

School bus service available

There is a bus service that covers a radius of 5 to 10 kilometers around school.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a SN department with three full-time SN teachers, apart from that assistants.

Learning support offered

Support for integration, support in subjects, diagnostics and support planning, support inside and outside the class room.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

There is an enrichment programme as a part of the afternoon activities, and additional tasks in the class room.

Student access to education psychologist

GESM has contact to educational psychologists. The partner school, LFM, has an educational psychologist at school. Our guidance counsellor is the contact point between school and psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists.

School start time

Lessons start at 07:35.

School finish time

It depends on the department, it is 13:30 for Primary, 15.20 for Secondary and Senior High School.

Supervised care before/after school

There is a programme for surveillance and day-care.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer sports, musical instruments, choir, orchestra, theatre, arts, chess, dancing, languages, cooking/baking.

School provided lunches

There is a school canteen which offers breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

There is a vegetarian meal every day.

Sports activities included

Swimming, track and field sports, athletics, gymnastics, ball games, martial arts and combative sports (e.g. Tae Kwon Do)

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium and sports grounds, football/soccer field, basketball field, track and field area, running tracks, basketball hall, climbing wall

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

School teams for soccer, basket ball, swimming

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

A school for children of every background, European, German, and International.
A multicultural approach to education.
The only International School in Manila fostering European languages, cultures and traditions.
A member of the UNESCO school network, committed to the UN 2030 agenda, especially to sustainability and global citizenship.
A green campus, in part ecologically maintained already.
One of 6 EUROCAMPUS schools world-wide, living the partnership with the Lycée Francais de Manille.
Equipped with modern infrastructure and state of the art science rooms.
Academic curriculum according to PYP, Cambridge and IB DP, taught in English
Optional teaching according to German Curriculum, taught in German
Qualified and experienced teachers, identifying with the corporate spirit.
A non-selective secular* school with individual support for every child.
Mother tongue and foreign language programmes from Pre-School onwards.
A nurturing school community with an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence. We know your children personally.
Social projects to build responsibility in line with the UNESCO school programme.
An ECA programme to inspire and develop students' interests and talents.
A music programme, offering also private tuition in our internal Music School.

Teaching approach of the school

In a nutshell: Employability is important, but "personality" comes first.
At GESM, education is generally more concerned with the "natural development" of human beings according to their “inner principles of growth”, and promotes a "holistic" approach to learning. Personality growth is seen as the core of education, rather than the mere acquisition of specific knowledge and skills. The individual student is in the focus, this is one of the reasons why school uniforms are not required, but school clothes chosen by students to show identification with the school's values.
​Education in a German school enables students to a high extent to become autonomous individuals and world citizens by developing their own reasoning powers in an environment of academic freedom. "Bildung", the German term for education in a broader sense than usual, it aims not merely at providing professional skills through schooling along a fixed path but rather allows students to build their individual character by choosing their own way.
In accordance with this principle of freedom, GESM is a secular school, it is not affiliated to a religious denomination, but open to dialogue with all religions.

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