Finding the right school for your children is the number one issue for a family being posted overseas. You have to find one that offers the curriculum and facilities that fit your standards and budget. If the company pays, the tuition fee is not an issue. But some foreigners assigned here are not necessarily having an expat status so I have also listed some schools that have an international curriculum but offers a more budget-friendly tuition fees. Understandly, the facilities and number of classes are smaller compared to the big international schools and the faculty would be more localized.
Most of the international schools are now located in Fort Bonifacio, the newly developed business/commercial/residential are in Taguig City, an area adjacent to Makati City. If you are new in a foreign country, the tendency is to choose a school which is near your housing, your husband’s workplace and of course the one which is accessible to the hospital and the supermarket. Well, good news, Fort Bonifacio has all of the above in one place.
International School Manila
The International School Manila is based on the American structure. The student population has a good mixture of foreign nationalities from different countries. The faculty are mostly from the US or US trained. If you happen to live within the Fort Bonifacio area, then bringing the kids by car to school would not be a problem. This school employs one of the best securities in the area. It also has all the facilities that a big international school can offer.
University Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines
0063 2 840 8488
British International School
The British International School is based on the British education. The student population represent 39 nationalities while the teachers are UK or Commonwealth trained. This school is also within Fort Bonifacio and very accessible to the shopping and business districts of Makati City. It was founded in 1976 and has come a long way since then. It’s strength is its multi-cultural setting from both the faculty and the student body.
36th Street, University Park, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, 1634 Taguig City, Philippines
0063 2 860 4800
Brent International School Manila
The Brent International School is based on an international curriculum although it was originally founded for American families serving the military base 100 years ago. There is a good mixture of students and faculty from different countries but majority would be Filipinos. Children of some famous local sports and moviestar personalities come here. This school is located south of Manila (along the South Expressway to be exact) and within the Brentville subdivision. So if you happen to live within the village, it is only a walking distance away. Although some prefer to live in Ayala Alabang, a nearby subdivision, and the kids then take the bus to Brent.
Brentville Subdivision, Brgy. Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna 4024, Philippines
0063 49 511 4331
European International School
The European International School is actually two schools in one compound. One school is the German European School and the other one is the Ecole Francais de Manille. It is within the local middle-class subdivisions in Paranaque, a city south of Manila. This place is not a favorite housing area for foreigners so most of the students ride the bus to and from school. If the housing is within Makati City, the bus ride would be 1 hour or more depending on traffic which is oftentimes crazy during rush hours. If one lives in Ayala Alabang Village or the Alabang area, the travel time should be shorter. Well, what other choice do Germans and French families have? These are the only German and French speaking international schools in Manila.
75 Swaziland Street, Better Living Subdivision, 1711 Paranaque City, Philippines
0063 2 776 1000
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Manila Japanese School
Located within the Fort Bonifacia area, it is in a very accessible location that Japanese families would love. Of course, the curriculum is based on the Japanese education and taught in Japanese. Student population is composed of Japanese and mixed Filipino-Japanese nationalities.
University Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
0063 2 840 1424 t 27
Chinese International School Manila
The Chinese International School Manila is based on an international curriculum that integrates Western and Chinese cultures as well as the English and Mandarin languages. Although the main language of instruction is in English, all students are required to attend Mandarin language classes. This school offers quite a competitive tuition fee compared to big American and British international schools, although if you have reservations on integrating Chinese culture and tradition into the curriculum, it may not be for you. But if you want to be in step with the future and produce a Mandarin speaking child ready to do business with the Chinese, then you have come to the right place. The Chinese International School Manila is located in Mckinley Hill, a residential/commercial area within Fort Bonifacio.
Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, 16434 Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
0063 2 798 0011
Korean International School Philippines
Although it’s name suggests an international setting, don’t be mistaken that this school has an international curriculum. It is actually a Korean school operating in the Philippines based on Korean curriculum and language. So students and faculty staff are solely Koreans. It actually works well for Korean families who are working in the Philippines and would still prefer to maintain the Korean standards back home.
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Gloabal City, Philippines
Fountain International School
The Fountain International School has an international curriculum. Student population is comprised mainly of Filipino and Korean nationalities. It also offers competitive tuition fees that’s why a lot of Korean families who go to the Philippines to study bring their kids here. This school is also the favorite among returning Filipinos from overseas. The school is close to the Greenhills shopping center, one of the favorite shopping places of locals and foreigner’s alike for bargain hunting. The faculty staff are mostly Filipinos and the facilities offered are quite limited.
14 Annapolis St. North East Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
0063 2 724 2177
email: via the website
Mahatma Gandhi International School
This school was founded on June 2003 by the Mahatma Gandhi EducationFoundation. It is therefore no suprise that the school incorporates the principles and values of the great man, Mahatma Gandhi, who is well known for promoting peace and universal brotherhood around the world. The founding Headmaster of the school is the former Headmaster of British School Manila, the former name for the British International School Manila. Student populations is comprised of Filipinos, Koreans, Indians, other Asian nationalities and a few Westerners.
3270-A Armstrong Ave., Merville Access Rd., Pasay City 1300, Philippines
0063 2 776 1165 to 67
Reedley International School
This school mixes the Singaporean and American strengths in their teaching methodology. The student population is comprised mainly of Filipino and Korean nationalities. The Reedley International School is one of the alternative schools for foreigners that work for companies that don’t sponsor schooling for the kids.
JOSOL Building, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis, Quezon City, Philippines
0063 2 571 5291