Frequently Asked Questions

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Does “German” School mean this school is for Germans only or mainly for Germans?

What kind of school is GESM, in three sentences?


The German European School Manila offers a complete school education from Preschool to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. 

Coeducational and secular, GESM provides students with comprehensive learning programmes according to German, European and International standards in the multicultural environment of Eurocampus Manila. 

It is also part of the worldwide network of UNESCO schools which are committed to Human Rights, Democracy, Sustainability, and Global Citizenship.

For more information please refer to our Vision and Mission, and our Pedagogical Concept.

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More and more students have proved this prejudice wrong. Every student can enter the International Section, the German Section, or the IB Department of our school. "German School” means that our school is officially recognised, supervised and subsidised by German authorities

Only one-third of our students are German passport holders, and the largest part even of them are "third culture kids" from mostly bi-cultural families. 

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What does GESM offer to international students?

Which section should I choose for my child - the German or the International Section?

Is it possible to change between both sections of School?


It offers unique opportunities in the area of education, academic learning, languages, and personality formation.
International students can enter the International Section and the IB department, of course, but also the German Section. So, different from what one might expect, this German school is a school for everybody interested in our educational programme which is unique in Manila.

In the International Section (Early Years, Primary and Middle School, which comprises two-thirds of all GESM students, there are students from different nationalities, united by their 

​In the IB Diploma Programme, students can enter from other schools even without having learned German before.


The German Section is also open to all. As a matter of course, entering this section from kindergarten is the easiest way, but even immersion into the first grade of German Primary or entering at a later stage with German intensive courses as support is always possible.

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If you are looking for an international profile comparable to other international schools in Manila, with German as a plus, and strong German-European concepts in education as a unique feature in the Philippines, then our International Section will suit you best. 


However, if you are aware of the particular value of education fully in line with internationally recognised German curricula, then the German Section will be the best choice.

Among the benefits are 

  • The unique opportunities of studying, living and working in a German-speaking country or a German-speaking environment within the growing German-Philippine business relations. 

  • There are also rewarding opportunities for dual studies and vocational training. (Dual studies means students learn at a university and work at a company, getting a salary, and combining theory, science, and practice.)

  • Vocational training means the unique opportunity offered by Germany to get solid professional training after class 9, 10 or 12 , with "dual schooling" (on the job training and high school) with regular payment of up to a 1000 Euros a month, depending on the profession and the stage of training (first, second or third year). 

  • After the "apprenticeship" students can gain a professional degree or even study at university. Germany is known all over the world for the quality of its vocational training courses.


Identified as one of the Next-11 countries, the Philippines is considered as one of the upcoming, largest and fastest-growing economies, and German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) are among the Philippines' top trading partners in Europe.

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Yes, it is. If you want to change sections, there are possibilities in grade 1, grade 6, and grade 8. In other grades, the difference in curricula would make it more difficult. 

In the IB department, all students are together, anyway.

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Is there any advantage of the German International Baccalaureate Diploma at GESM over the diplomas of other international schools in Manila?


Other international schools have their special profiles or might offer a still wider range of extra-curricular activities. 


But if you are looking for a school 

  • with a strong language profile,

  • with an immersive language and culture method

  • with a focus on music and arts,

  • with an appealing afternoon programme

  • that offers support and guidance to every student, 

  • for modern education according to German and European standards, and 

  • for the opportunity to study in Germany or a German speaking country, 

  • or use the opportunities and advantages of a paid dual study or vocational training in Germany


then GESM will be the best choice for you. Please have a look at our "Why GESM ?" -page.

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What are the characteristics of “German education”?

Will my child be obliged or limited to study in Germany after finishing school?


In a nutshell: Employability is important, but "personality" comes first.

German 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.

Education in a German school enables students to a high extent to become autonomous individuals and world citizens by developing their 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 character by choosing their way.

Under 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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As an "Excellent German School Abroad" and an "IB World School", GESM prepares your child for a promising future in a global environment. Our graduates regularly achieve above average results in the IB Diploma and our accredited school leaving certificates to enable our students to get admitted to the best universities, not only in Germany and the US but worldwide.

But after experiencing the particular character of German and European Education, your child will very likely consider the unique opportunities offered by Germany and German-speaking countries: state-funded universities without fees, high-quality studies, internationally recognised, research-orientation.

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What about languages in general at GESM? Has it got a language profile?


Classes are taught in German in the German Section and in English in the International Section. The English Section offers German as the first foreign language (1-10); the German Section English (2-10). The Sections are arranged symmetrically, mirroring the structures of the other. Additional language classes are offered as well. 

German is mandatory for almost everybody with the exception of students entering very late, or at the IB level. Moreover, French is taught as a recommended second language. Teaching two languages to almost all students shows that our has a strong language profile. 

In addition to that, GESM offers high-quality facilities and teaching in natural sciences, but we are not centred on natural sciences, even though our students attain results above average also in this academic field.


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Are there any benefits of bilingual education?


Some people think concentrating on one language, English, is enough, and will strengthen this particular language. Research and experience have proven them wrong. The skill of speaking an additional language enhances everything from problem-solving skills to collaboration and creativity, and it helps in analysing and consciously unfolding the potential of your native language too.

Various studies have shown an improvement of the brain’s “executive system” in bilinguals as they are more able to “block out irrelevant information and concentrate on the task at hand.” They are also better at “switching between different tasks without being confused.”(de Lange, Catherine “My two minds.” New Scientist. 5 May 2012)

Experts say that bilingualism should start as early as possible. One approach is through immersion schooling, where subjects such as maths are taught in the additional language or children receive equal instruction in two languages. Bilingual immersion schooling is particularly successful because children are learning from their peers, which is both intensive and motivating. 

Learning a foreign language also opens up the door to the culture embedded within this language - and helps you transcend the limits of your own.

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What Extra-Curricular Activities are offered by GESM?

How can my child get to school?

Whom should I address with questions concerning admission?


GESM offers a multitude of extra-curricular activities (ECAs) ranging from music and arts to science and sports. You find ECAs here.

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Our school is a full-service school: Depending on your needs, a school bus can pick up your child in the morning and drop him or her off in the afternoon right at your doorstep. For more information about our school bus service, have a look here.

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Our admissions team will be happy to assist you with any queries you might have regarding applications, academics, joining GESM, and everyday school life. For general inquiries and administration queries please contact our Secretariat.

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Are there school uniforms at GESM and is there a dress code?

What about safety and security?


No, they do not have to wear school uniforms in the strict sense of the word. There are sweaters and shirts they could buy, and these should be worn on field trips, etc. They are a symbol of our community and school spirit, but they are not mandatory for everyday wear at school. This is also part of our German tradition because in Germany school uniforms are not common.

Every German school has got a dress code, as in many other private schools the expected standard is "smart casual". More information you will find in the rules on behaviour in the Parents' Handbook.

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Students are supervised according to the Philippine laws and DepEd orders. We follow a zero-tolerance policy for any act of abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, bullying, and other forms of abuse. In case of complaints, please address directly the headmaster of GESM who will take the adequate measures indicated by the school's regulations.

School premises are monitored 24 hours on 7 days a week by professional security staff.

GESM has a School Clinic with professional nurses.

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What is the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA)?

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen, ZfA) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports over 1,200 schools world­wide, in­clud­ing 140 Ger­man schools abroad – main­ly in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship – and ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1,100 schools in the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem in which the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) can be ac­quired. On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice and in close co­op­er­a­tion with the fed­er­al states, the ZfA pro­vides them with per­son­nel, fi­nan­cial, and ped­a­gog­i­cal as­sis­tance. The ZfA, which was es­tab­lished at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1968, re­ports to the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice.

The ZfA is re­spon­si­ble for the place­ment, fi­nan­cial sup­port, prepa­ra­tion, and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion of teach­ers. About 2,000 teach­ers placed by the ZfA are em­ployed at Ger­man schools all over the world.

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Martin Gabel 28.01.2019


German European School Manila

75 Swaziland Street

Better Living Subdivision

1711 Parañaque City, Philippines