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Best International Schools and Bilingual Schools in Makati City

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving to Makati City with kids, choosing a school if often your first decisions and impacts where you'll live. Here are some popular bilingual and international schools in Makati City

Schools in Makati City - Best International Schools and Bilingual Schools in Makati City

Makati City, located in the heart of Metro Manila, Philippines, is a bustling urban hub known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and vibrant expat community. As a result, the city and its surrounding areas offer a variety of international and bilingual schools to cater to the diverse population. Among the most popular ones are the International School Manila and the British School Manila, both known for their high-quality education and comprehensive curriculums. Expats and digital nomads moving to Makati City with children will find a selection of schools that provide an international standard of education within a 40-minute drive from the city center.

International School Manila (ISM)

Grades: Pre-K to Grade 12
Location(s): Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Website: www.ismanila.org

International School Manila is one of the oldest and most prestigious international schools in the Philippines. It offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program from elementary to high school. The school boasts state-of-the-art facilities, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body representing over 60 nationalities.

British School Manila (BSM)

Grades: Nursery to Year 13
Location(s): Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Website: www.britishschoolmanila.org

British School Manila provides a British-style education and follows the English National Curriculum, with students taking the IGCSEs and A-Levels. The school is known for its excellent academic track record, a wide array of sports and arts programs, and a commitment to community service.

The Beacon School

Grades: Pre-K to Grade 8
Location(s): Taguig City
Website: www.beaconschool.ph

The Beacon School offers an international curriculum with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. It is known for its nurturing environment, strong English language support, and a focus on developing well-rounded individuals.

Chinese International School Manila (CISM)

Grades: Nursery to Grade 12
Location(s): Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Website: www.cismanila.org

Chinese International School Manila provides a rigorous Chinese-English bilingual education. The school follows the IB program and is committed to fostering global citizenship and bilingual proficiency.

Manila Japanese School (MJS)

Grades: Pre-school to High School
Location(s): Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Website: www.mjspc.org

Manila Japanese School caters primarily to Japanese nationals but also welcomes students of other nationalities. It follows the Japanese curriculum and is an excellent option for those seeking a Japanese education abroad.

Eton International School

Grades: Pre-K to Grade 12
Location(s): Malate, Manila
Website: www.eton.edu.ph

Eton International School offers a global curriculum that includes the Cambridge International Examinations and the IB program. The school is known for its multicultural environment and innovative teaching methods.

Southville International School and Colleges (SISC)

Grades: Preschool to College
Location(s): Las Piñas City
Website: www.southville.edu.ph

Southville International School and Colleges is a recognized institution offering the IB program and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). It prides itself on its strong academic program and its focus on character building.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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