German European School Manila

The German European School Manila is an international, multi-lingual, co-educational school in Manila. GESM is a non-profit school providing education to over 360 students from more than 40 nationalities. The GESM motto of “Learning together for our future” and its vision of "empowering global citizens as lifelong learners committed to a sustainable future" expresses engagement with an education that helps student develop into world citizens, living the values of a UNESCO school: integrity, respect, compassion, responsibility, and independence. As part of the European International School on the first Eurocampus worldwide, GESM is a German and at the same time an international school that has twice been awarded the "Seal of Excellence" by the President of the German Federal Republic for meeting the quality standards set by the German government.

Deutsche Europäische Schule Manila
German European School Manila Paaralang Europeo Alemana Maynila
Entrance of German and French School in Manila (European International School)
Deutsche Europäische Schule Manila
Deutsche Europäische Schule Manila
75 Swaziland St., Better Living Subd., Parañaque City, Philippines

Coordinates14.486595°N 121.014588°E / 14.486595; 121.014588
Other namesEurocampus Manila, European International School
Former namesJosé Rizal School (1980-1994)
TypeRecognized German, Cambridge and IB school, UNESCO affiliated, accredited by the Philippines
MottoLearning together for our future.
HeadmasterChristoph-Boris Frank
Colour(s)blue and yellow

In addition to that, GESM offers a Cambridge Curriculum and IGCSE, and it is an IB World School with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the Primary Years Programme.

As an independent private school on the Eurocampus in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, GESM provides education in German and English for children from kindergarten up to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

In 2017 it has been recognized as a UNESCO school.


It was founded as "Jose-Rizal Schule" in honor of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in 1980. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, now the Department of Education.

In 1992, the former Jose-Rizal Schule and the École Française de Manille united to form the Eurocampus Manila, the first of its kind worldwide. In 2003 EIS started the IBDP programme. In 2004, following the example of the GESS in Singapore, a "Eurosection" was established, later renamed "International Section".


The German European School Manila has two sections: the German Section, leading to official German exams after the 9th and 10th grades, and an International Section, formerly called Eurosection, starting with the PYP in Primary and going on with the Cambridge and IGCSE-programmes in Secondary.

Both sections lead to the IB Diploma Programme in classes 11 and 12. Students are offered the option to foster their German language skills in special courses or in one ore more subjects like Biology, History, Mathematics and Chemistry where tuition is offered in German.

GESM provides not only a highly international environment but offers transition to any German and international school and university.

With its multicultural character in an environment of more than three languages taught at mother tongue level, the school describes itself as offering a unique opportunity to prepare students to be qualified and responsible members in a global community.

The school is recognized and supported financially and in personnel by the German government and follows the German G8-curriculum, the Cambridge IGCSE programme and the IB programme.

Non-German speakers are prepared for the DSD I and DSD II exams, German native speakers for the Cambridge Language exams up to the Certificate of Proficiency.

The headmaster is installed by the Board of the school and the German Central Agency for Foreign Schools Abroad (ZfA), which is part of the Federal Foreign Office led by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.


It is located at the European International School on Eurocampus in 75 Swaziland St., Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

French School Manila

GESM closely cooperates with the French School of Manila (French: Lycée Français de Manille). Together they form the European International School on the Eurocampus.


GESM is officially recognized by the Philippine state,[1] and by the German government.

The school is an accredited IB school, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[2] It has also got Cambridge accreditation.

Former students

  • Verena Wriedt (born 9. Januar 1975 in Wiesbaden), a German journalist and TV host.[3]
  • Solenn Heusaff (born 20. Juli 1985 in Makati), a French-Philippine actress and singer.
  • Sandra Ines Seifert (born 1. Februar 1984 in Manila), a German-Philippine model, Miss Earth 2009.


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