Message from the Head of School

The German European School Manila is an officially recognized German school abroad with both a German and an International branch. The school offers a K-12 programme which includes a German and International section for the following: Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, Primary School, (grades 1-5), Secondary school (grades 6- 10) and a two-year international High School program (IB Diploma Programme).

Andreas Thiergen, Head of TheGerman European School Manila

Andreas Thiergen, Head of TheGerman European School Manila

The German European School Manila offers the following certifications in the German section of the school:

  • Hauptschulabschluss at the end of grade 9
  • Realschulabschluss at the end of grade 10
  • Permission for access to the Gymnasiale Oberstufe at the end of grade 10

The German European School Manila offers the following certifications in the International Section of the school:

  • IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) at the end of grade 10
  • DSD 1 (German Language Certificate, Level 1) at the end of grade 10

In High School:

  • GIB (International Baccalaureate with main focus on German language)
  • IB DP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme)

The German qualifications are recognized by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), i.e. all certificates and qualifications are equivalent to those of German public schools. The German branch of the school is financially and personally supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

The German European School Manila is a school in the network of 140 German schools abroad. All over the world, the ZfA (Central Agency for Schools Abroad) systematically supports the German schools in the implementation of their educational quality management. In the spring 2011, the GESM received the quality seal “Excellent German School abroad" after the successful inspection of ZfA and KMK.

The International Section is an accredited IB World school licensed to teach the Primary Years Program PYP and the High school the IB Diploma Program DP. For the middle years GESM is accredited as an International GCSE examinations center.

Andreas Thiergen
Head of School
German European School Manila

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