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International Schools in the Philippines

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International schools in the Philippines are getting bigger and bigger. It’s quite hard to choose which school is the best and suited for your child/children. There are a lot of factors to consider like the location and its ambiance; the security, the tuition fees; the curriculum/program they offer; the extra-curricular activities provided for the children; the school facilities such as the classrooms, IT laboratory and availability of personal computers, Science laboratory, sports facilities, libraries, clinics, theater and audio-visual rooms, auditoriums, playgrounds, comfort rooms, parking lots, and many others; and the standard of the school which comprises the quality of education and the character, ethics, morals and values of all the staff of the school starting from the lower management up to the top including the faculty members.

 

Here’s a list of some of the best international schools in Metro Manila:

First is the Australian International School (AIS).  Formerly Esteban School, this is considered to be the first and only international school in the Philippines that offers an Australian High School Diploma and at the same time, employs the Australian Curriculum while observing the Australian school year at the level of Senior Secondary.

The school is into high range of sports such as Soccer, Basketball and AFL (Aussie Rules Football) so, if your child is more of a sports-minded type, this school is the right choice.

It also provides Enrichment Programs for continued growth and development of the children like the Clubs, Athletics, Outreach Activities, Annual Musicale, Kumon Math, My Masterpiece Movement and Catechism.

  • Courses Offered: Preschool – Grade School – High School
  • School Address: 2332 Chino Roces Extension, Fort Bonifacio Taguig City, Metro Manila
  • Contact Number/s:  (+632) 844.9915 and 844.9913
  • Email: contact@estebanschool.org
  • Website: aismanila.org

Second is  Brent International School Manila.  A school that started out as a boarding school for the sons of American families based in the Philippines, it was then  developed into a normal day school while maintaining its co-educational boarding system and has now three operational campuses in Baguio, Subic and Laguna.  The school is open to all students regardless of nationalities, race, faiths and backgrounds as long as they can adapt to the Western-style quality education of the school.

  •  Courses Offered: Upper School, Middle School, Lower School / Early Learning Center
  • School Address:  Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna, 4024 Philippines
  • Contact Number/s:  +63 (2) 697-9043 local 521, +63 (49) 511-4330 to 33
  • Email:  registrar@brent.edu.ph
  • Website:  www.brent.edu.ph/

Third is Southville International School. An international school noted to have a complete array of educational programs starting from the Basic Education (preschool, lower school and upper school) up to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Degree program and college degree courses.

To date, it has now expanded into five campuses namely:  the Elizalde Campus for Nursery-Grade 2 and provide I.N.N.O.V.E. Education Solutions; the Munich Campus  for Nursery-Grade 5; the Luxembourg Campus for Grade 6-Grade 11;  the Luxembourg CAA Campus for the College students and the Tropical Campus for Grade 12 and IB, some college classes, Scholastic Reading Center, the Capital Market & Entrepreneurship Center, the Taylor Training Center, the I.N.N.O.V.E. classes and other function rooms.

Aside from the said curricula, various special academic achievement enhancement programs like English as Second Language (ESL), Tutorials, and the INNOVE (allows students to finish their curricular programs online or on mixed-mode media) are provided as supports for further development of students.

  • Courses Offered:  Basic Education / International Baccalaureate / College
    • Degree Courses:  AB Mass Communication; AB Media Arts; BS Accountancy; BS Business Administration (Major in Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management); BS Entrepreneurship; BS Information Technology;  BS Nursing; BS Psychology; BS Tourism and Bachelor of Elementary Education with specialization in Special Education (SpEd)
    • Double Degree Courses:  BSBA Marketing Management with BS Entrepreneurship and BSBA Human Resource Management with BS Psychology
  • Special Programs:  Microsoft IT Academy, Capital Market, Amadeus, Scholastic, Abacus, I.N.N.O.V.E., U.S. Work & Travel; and Outreach Program
  • School Address:  1281 Tropical Ave. Cor. Luxembourg St., BF Homes International, Las Pinas City
  • Contact Number/s:   (632) 825.6374 / (632) 825.2358 / (632) 820.8702-03
  • Website:  www.southville.edu.ph

Fourth is the King’s School.  A British school in Manila providing British education in an international setting but also observes the English National Curriculum; the standardised curriculum of over hundreds of British schools worldwide.

King’s School is a very academic school that requires an entrance exam for incoming students before being accepted. Originally from England, this posh, private school provides the utmost academic courses such as Basic and Advanced English, Poetry, Music, Sport, Drama, educational trips and other activities that form part of the curriculum.

When it comes to tuition and other fees, be ready for a bigger budget since their fees are quite higher in value as compared to other schools.

  • Courses Offered:  Early Years – Primary School
  • School Address:  Bradco Avenue, Aseana Business Park Paranaque City, Metro Manila Philippines 1700
  • Contact Number/s:  (+63 2) 519 5799
  • General Info Email:  info@kings.org.ph
  • Admissions Email:  admissions@kings.org.ph
  • Website:  www.kings.org.ph

 

 

Other international schools to be considered are:

International School Manila. Formerly an American school that was founded by a group of American and British parents living in Manila. Soon after, it was converted into an international school as they started to accept diverse and multicultural students for the levels of Elementary, Middle and High School.

As part of their progress and development, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and the Advanced Placement (AP) courses are introduced already to the High School curriculum.

To know more about this school, you can drop by at their address: University Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines or opt to contact them at Tel: (632) 840.8400, or you may visit their website.

Singapore School Manila. An international school that follows the Singaporean curriculum is and caters to the level of students starting from Preschool (Nursery to Kinder 2), Primary Level (grades 1 to 6), Lower Secondary Level (grades 7 to 8), University of Cambridge IGCSE (grades 9 to 10) and Cambridge International AS/A   Levels (grades 11 to 12).

When it comes to language, the school provides a trilingual type of education covering British English, Filipino and Mandarin. Aside from the above school curriculum, after school activities  are also offered such as music, taekwondo, football, performing arts, and many others.

For further inquiries, they can be visited at Lots 4 and 5, Block 5, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City, Philippines or call them at +632.851.0022 / 851.1221 and browse thru their website.

Reedley International School.  Another international school with a curriculum based on the McRel program from the USA while the Science and Math programs are derived from the Singaporean national curriculum.

The school accepts students for the following levels: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Lower School Grades 1 to 3, Middle School Grades 4 to 7 and Upper School I to IV belonging to over 19 nationalities with English as their medium of instruction.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the school located at JOSOL Building, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.  Libis, Quezon City  Metro Manila, Philippines with a telephone number  (+632) 571-5291 and a website.

The British School Manila.  A multicultural school that provides the highest quality British education based on the English National Curriculum starting from the level Nursery to Year 9.

National Curriculum Tests  are given to students at the ages 7 and 11, GCSE at the age of 16 and the International Baccalaureate at the age of 18. The school is open to students for the levels Primary: ages 3-5 (Nursery and Reception),  ages 5-7 (grades 1-2) and ages 7-11 (grades 3-6); and for the Secondary: ages 11-14 (grades 7-9), ages 14-16 (ages 10-11) and ages 16-18 (grades 12-13) and has the IB Diploma.

More information can be obtained at the school premises located at 36th Street University Park Bonifacio Global City Taguig Metro Manila Philippines with contact details:  telephone number (632) 860 48 00 and website.

Just a reminder:  If you are a newly-relocated expat, your child/children may have to repeat the year that they are currently in or both the years that they’re currently in including the previous year they already completed due to the different school curriculum, for example, an Australian student enrolled in a British school (The British and Australian have different curriculum).

 

 

 

 

 

Kindly contributed by Joan Mirrar of MultiRational Corporation

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  3. lenifer carlos says:

    Hi. In case anyone’s interested to experience Waldorf Education (a kind of education that will prepare your kids for life), we are located at Hacienda Sta. Elena, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. From Manila, take Sta. Rosa Exit, turn right straight ahead (following Tagaytay road), turn left Sta. Elena City/Georgia Club. Follow signage to Acacia Waldorf School (09175540435/admin@acaciawaldorfschool.com). Thank you.

  4. Can you explain how you categorized the international schools listed above into your 2 categories as “Here’s a list of some of the best international schools in Metro Manila:” and “Other international schools to be considered are:” I am just curious as all my research has lead me to believe that the International School Manila (been here over 90 years) and the British School Manila, (36 years in Manila) were the “top international schools in Manila. Where does the Japanese International School fall on your list as it is connected with the Japanese Embassy? So hard to sift through it all and know what is real and what is marketing – just want the best education and social development for my kids. Thanks

  5. Eisa Mohamed says:

    please help me find a cheap school for my kids, if any one has any idea about cheap schools in Philipine please notify me at eissagabbani@yahoo.com

    • Marcy Villegas says:

      Hi Eisa. Thank you for visiting Expatch. May I ask where are you located? Are you looking specifically for an international school? Thank you and have a good day.

      • hi!
        may i know which international school is good and with reasonable price surround novalichies quezon city?
        my kid will be 4 yo this coming september and he can only speaks english and bahasa indonesia. so we are trying to find a school with english as the major communication for his age until at least junior or high school.
        really appreciate if you can share me some list..
        thank you!

  6. Hi guys,i have a friend who is living in Dubai with her husband and they are worried about their children back in manila.Can anyone help me out in finding an good boarding school for their son aged 6years and daughter aged 5years.Also need to know what will be the cost for their annual fees too,i would really appreciate it if anyone could really help out with this.

  7. Kumar
    From my experience ages 5 & 6 is far too young for boarding school.

    • Marcy Villegas says:

      Thank you, Martin for your reply. Yes, you are correct. Ages 5 or 6 is too young for boarding school.

      Thank you, Kumar for your question.

  8. Joan

    Would be helpful if you can respond to Mike’s question of Jan 16

    • Marcy Villegas says:

      Hi Martin. Thank you for reading Expatch. Unfortunately, Joan is no longer connected with us and won’t be able to address the question. Her article was also published 2 years so the info is not that fresh. I will research on this topic and try to answer the concern of Mike. Thank you for calling our attention about that question.

      Have a good day!

  9. maricel guerra says:

    olma is the best!

  10. Marcy Villegas says:

    Hi to all. For those inquiring about a good international school in Manila, one option is Faith Academy, located at Penny Lane, Valley Gold, Cainta, Rizal. Their phone number is (632) 651-7100. For more information, please email Faith Academy at registrar@faith.edu.ph. Visit their website at http://www.faith.edu.ph. Thank you and I hope Faith Academy can help you with your search for the right school for your child.

  11. Regine San Jose says:

    is there any international school within tagaytay city that accepts foreigner kids?

    • Marcy Villegas says:

      Hello, Regine. Thank you for visitng Expatch. In Tagaytay, they have the ff.:

      1. Shim International School
      Phone: +63 46 483-2534
      Address: Dominican Road, Tolentino West, Lagusan Drive, Tagaytay

      2. Jesu-Mariae International School
      Phone: ?
      Address: Rocio, Patutong Malaki South, Tagaytay City

      For more information, search their FB their page and also on Google for more school options. Good luck! ㋡

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  13. Lilibeth Chandrasekar says:

    Hi.
    I’m looking for cheap school for kid..can u help me..

  14. Rica geoca says:

    Is there any international school near in laguna or in rizal that is not very expensive?

  15. Sharifah says:

    Hi, My daughter is 8 and we are coming to Manila soon. Due to budget restructuring, the company cant support for her to enrol into King’s School. Is there a good primary international school that is cheaper than King’s School and also near to Makati where we will be located?

    TQ.

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