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CurriculumsIB, British, and German
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 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
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Php287,813
to: Php786,234
Address: 75 Swaziland Street, Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque, 1711 Metro Manila, Philippines

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

380 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We have about 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

Average number of students per class

On average, there are 15 students, but numbers vary between the departments and classes. 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 Individual Needs, and with group sizes over 9 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). There is also a high-intensity immersion programme for students entering without previous knowledge of German.

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 follows a carefully designed digitalization programme for optimal, not maximal use.

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. Rules are applied with flexibility and pedagogical sense of proportion.

Approximate hours of homework given

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

Uniform required

There is no uniform in the stricter sense of the word as in the Brish School of Manila. 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. They are encouraged to wear those shorts, positive behaviour is reinforced positively.

Waiting list

For some classes, there are waiting lists.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, entry exams are common and necessary in order to have a smooth transition or receive additional support, especially in languages and Mathematics..

Brief description of entry evaluation required

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

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 ex-pat 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%, the others receive support for vocational training in Germany (Dual Vocational System, combining school with an apprenticeship) or other alternatives to higher education.

External examinations or assessments available

In the International Section, students 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 rates have been very high for years.

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. Religion will be offered as a subject if parents ask for it.

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 the traditions of different religions, like the Islamic headscarf.

School bus service available

There is a bus service that covers a radius of up to about 15 kilometres around the school. Especially to and from BGC the journey has been considerably shortened.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

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

Learning support offered

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

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 classroom.

Student access to education psychologist

GESM has contact with 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 one 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, basketball, swimming

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

A liberal, co-educational and secular school for children of every background, European, German, and International.
Focus on students' abilities and needs (heterogeneity, .
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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