It is no surprise anymore to meet a kababayan when one travels abroad, be it in the vibrant city of New York, in the cobbled alleys of Florence, or in the thick jungles of Kota Kinabalu. In fact, a lot of Filipino communities are already thriving in many parts of the world, and some of them are big enough to establish Filipino-centered schools where parents send their children to invoke in them a strong sense of community that is truly Pinoy.
Here are some Filipino schools that are flourishing in different parts of the world.
Name of the School: Philippine Language School of Victoria
Address: 42 Eleanor St., Footscray, VIC Australia 3011
Telephone: (03) 9317 9156
Mobile: (0413) 623 991
The Philippine Language School of Victoria was established and founded in 1993 to enable the Filipino children learn and understand the language and culture. The school is designed for non-speakers of Filipino language, or persons of Filipino parents who are Filipino-Australian born and who do not speak the language, children of mixed marriages, scholars, diplomats, business people and individuals who are interested to learn the language for better understanding of the Filipino cultural heritage, identity and tradition. The school uses the guidelines in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) provided by VCAA to attain specific objective.
Name of the School: Philippine School Bahrain
Address: Bldg. 989 Road 3222, Blk. 732, A’Ali, Manama, Bahrain
Number of Students: 896 Students
The Philippine School Bahrain (PSB) was established in 1994 through the initiative and cooperative efforts of 27 Filipinos who became its founders. The school provides pre-elementary, elementary and secondary education to Filipino children in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It uses the Philippine curriculum to facilitate the smooth integration of home-bound children in the mainstream of Philippine education system. The PSB has become an institution that promotes not only academic excellence but also Filipino values and cultural heritage among Filipino children in Bahrain.
Name of the School: International Philippine School of Shanghai
Address: 699 Hu Qing Ping Gong Lu, Zhai Dong Ju Wei Hui, Quingpu District, Shanghai, PRC
Telephone: (86-21) 59765857
Fax: (86) 187 21283104
Number of Students: 30 students
The International Philippine School of Shanghai (IPSS) is the first Philippine school in Shanghai. It is a Philippine-European privately-owned institution intended for the Filipino community living in Shanghai. The school provides secure quality education for all students with affordable fees.
It offers a curriculum that is Philippine-based, but with the integration of international standards and approaches in teaching that would make every child academically inclined and globally competitive, thus able to respond actively and positively to the growing changes of the future.
Name of the School: Maharlika International School
Address: Fatuhada, Comoro, Dili, Timor-Leste
Telephone: (670) 730 2300 / (670) 331 3053
The school was established on February 16, 2008 through the dedication and commitment of the Managing Director of Haksolok Consultancy & General Services Lda. to focus mainly on its education services being offered to the public. He wished to provide affordable, enriched and stable learning environment primarily to dependents of overseas Filipinos in East Timor where at the same time his children can study. With MIS-DEDC, foreign nationals can also bring their kids in East Timor to study while they are working.
Name of the School: Philippine School in Greece
Address: 15 Thimaton Polemou, Kareas Vyronas, Athens, Greece
Telephone: (211) 0149970
Mobile: (30) 693 9329060
Number of Students: 185 students
The Katipunan Philippines Cultural Academy (KAPHILCA) was inspired by the idea that young Filipinos overseas must never become alienated from their native land; they must know about their Filipino identity and culture, and must be given the best opportunity to learn about the Philippines and its people.
It was accredited by the Department of Education of the Philippines in October 1999. Since the school follows the curriculum prescribed by the DepEd, it enables students to be readily integrated into the Philippine school system on their return to the country, and to cultivate in them their Filipino identity and character.
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Name of the School: Al Taj International School
Address (): P.O. Box 85130, Riyadh 1169, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 4788237/ 2920450
Fax: (966-11) 4788237
Mobile: (96650) 8210584 / (96654) 0246355
Number of Students: 1,140 students
The Al Taj International School envisions a school that shall be the center for language teaching utilizing the English language as the primary medium of instruction. It shall make available a conducive atmosphere for the development of the three domains of learning namely: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.
Having the English language as the primary medium of instruction, the Al Taj International School, moreover intends to provide its pupils and students the advantage of being at the edge in utilizing the language in all forms of communication.
Name of the School: Philippine International School in Assir
Address: Khamis Mushayt, Abha, KSA
Telephone: (966-17) 2377674
Mobile: (96653) 3082055
Number of Students: 85 students
It envisions providing quality education to Filipino children abroad, teaching them to learn and cultivate the Philippines’ cultural and historical background while upholding excellence.
Name of the School: Al Shorouq International School
Address: #9 and 11 Maashi St., Maashi District, Taif, KSA
Telephone: (96612) 732 9494 loc 209
Fax: (96612) 731 9191
Mobile: (96650) 892 6427
Number of Students: 254 students
As a Philippine curriculum-based school, the ASIS aims to provide, in a legal and stable environment, the educational needs of around 300 Filipino students. Through the unceasing prayers and help of friends, the legalization of this school was realized. The school is now flourishing, with two (2) huge buildings for the boys section and for the girls section, licensed and competent teachers and staff, and a Parent Teacher’s Association all dedicated to the formation of positive human values and attainment of academic excellence among the children of Taif.
Name of the School: International Philippine School in Al-Khobar
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/belovedIPSA
Address: P.O. Box 4839, Al-Khobar 31952, KSA
Telephone: (966-13) 889 1487; 899 3849
Fax: (966-13) 899 3698
Mobile: (966-53) 630 4350
Number of Students: 922 students
The International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (IPSA) was organized in September 1988 by a group of Filipino expatriates on family status and living in the vicinity of Al Khobar. It started its academic operation in June 1989.
It is dedicated to providing affordable and quality education with exceptional value-focused formation to Filipino children by employing a dedicated, professional and competent faculty and staff and through the establishment of standard school facilities and an environment conducive for both learning and teaching. Moreover, it conscientiously tries to attain the objectives set by the Philippine Department of Education.
Name of the School: Al – Andalus International School
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AAISKSA
Address: P.O. Box 79307, Al Shobar North, KSA
Telephone: (966-13) 857 0097
Fax: (966-13) 857 0075
Mobile: (96650) 680 2972
Number of Students: 291 students
The Al-Andalus International School Al-Khobar (AAIS) was organized in April 1995, and has gone a long way from its humble beginnings. It now prides itself as a school where children learn in a fun, loving, family environment; where each child is seen as a special gift from the Almighty and therefore treated with love and respect; where parents are considered as partners with the school in their children’s education; where teachers are selflessly dedicated in their noble task of shaping young minds; and where the school stands as an avenue where children can express themselves as individuals and, in the process, grow up to be contributing members of society.
Name of the School: Philippine Sunrise International School
Address: P.O. Box 56634, Jeddah 21452, KSA
Telephone: (9662) 664 6369
Fax: (9662) 663 5718
Number of Students: 239 students
The Philippine Sunrise International School (PSIS) is an educational institution catering to the needs of young Filipinos in the Western part of Saudi Arabia. The PSIS is the fastest growing Philippine school abroad under the management of the Overseas Family Cooperative (OFC). It is the first Philippine school in Saudi Arabia to adopt the E-Learning System (ICT) and is proud to offer advanced educational facilities in the field of sciences, mathematics, English (both language and literature) and computer technology.
Name of the School: Durat Al Sharq (Pearl of the Orient) International School
Address: P.O. Box 34550 Jeddah 21478, KSA
Telephone: (9662) 6673244
Fax: (9662) 664 5126
Number of Students: 392 students
The school offers a Philippine-based curriculum with english as medium of instruction. Arabic and Islam subjects are also offered in all levels. Full facilities are provided for all grade levels from pre-school through secondary. The POIS, aims to meet a child’s specific needs and learning capabilities incorporating principles of wisdom and character-building.
Name of the School: International Philippine School in Jeddah
Address: P.O. Box 112696, Jeddah, KSA
Telephone: (966-12) 671 6582
Fax: (966-12) 671-6582
Number of Students: 508 students
The PPSA was considered as one of the Embassy’s education and cultural activities, and as such was under the Embassy’s supervision through the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.
To date, the IPSJ has produced graduates who now hold prominent positions such as diplomats, lawyers, engineers, doctors, teachers, etc. around the globe, and who render actual services in their respective fields. They are the living witnesses of the school’s commitment to provide world class and quality education to Filipinos and non-Filipino children in Jeddah.
Name of the School: Al Dura (GEMS) International School
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ADGemsInternationalSchool
Address: P.O. Box 51477, Jeddah, KSA
Telephone: (9662) 674 8483
Fax: (9662) 674 8381
Number of Students: 1,761 students
The Gems International School (GIS) was established and founded in May 2005. The school aims to provide an affordable world-class quality education to the children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) based in Jeddah. The GIS offers preschool, elementary and secondary education and it follows the Philippine curriculum. The school includes Arabic Language, Saudi History, Geography and Culture as additional subjects to be taught.
Name of the School: Second Philippine International School
Address: P.O. Box 729 Riyadh 11372, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 217 1905 ext 104
Fax: (966-11) 465 4257
Mobile: (96650) 024 4803; (95559) 855 3600
Number of Students: 641 students
SPIS as an institution of learning provides better quality education for the dependents of all expatriates in Riyadh giving more priority to Filipino children. It envisions to make every learner a disciplined, God-loving, nationalistic, enlightened, self-reliant, and productive citizen that can be of value in the global community and to the society where he belongs when he goes back home to the Philippines. Thus, the SPIS’ thrust is “Quality education for a world-class generation.”
Name of the School: Riyadh International School
Address: P.O. Box 27586, Riyadh 11427, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 293 6019; 293 5926
Fax: (966-11) 293 5895
Mobile: (96650) 204 7984; (966-54) 026 8542
Number of Students: 635 students
The Riyadh International School (RIS) is a value-oriented school that aims to provide quality education with values formation. Established by private individuals in April 1998 as a stock corporation, the school falls under the Category 4 of educational institutions.
The RIS endeavors to direct students towards a commendable conduct of behavior in consonance with the objectives for which the institution firmly stands for the development of a total person. It is committed to provide the students a well-rounded education that maximizes their potentials, and to help establish a solid foundation for their total personality development.
Name of the School: Palm Crest International School
Address: 48 Al Amariyah St., Sulaymaniah District, Riyadh, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 464 2474
Fax: (966-11) 464 6608
Mobile: (96650) 946 1802
Number of Students: 612 students
The PCIS formally opened its door to expatriates’ children, on 3 April 2004 by virtue of a Saudi Ministry of Education License and Ministry of Commerce and Industry Certificate of Registration. After acquiring permits from the host country, the PCIS was given a provisional permit by the Philippine Department of Education in 2005.
The PCIS also envisions, as part of its five-year development program, the opening of a tertiary program with initial courses in BS Computer Science, BS Computer Engineering and Graduate School programs in collaboration with accredited universities in the Philippines to cater to the professional needs of teachers in Saudi Arabia.
Name of the School: Millennium International School
Website: www.pcis-r.com /
Address: P.O. Box 54746, Riyadh, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 478 9313 / 478 9720
Fax: (966-11) 478 9470 / 291 8952
Number of Students: 328 students
The Millennium International School (MIS) was founded in 2001 and is one of the educational institutions offering basic education to children of overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). It was founded by Mr. Marwan Kwaider, who had the noble mission of providing quality education for the Filipino children in the KSA.
Today, the MIS has established linkages and tie-ups with other well-known schools in the Philippines to serve its students better.
Name of the School: Future Generation Philippine International School
Address: Al-Baljourashi St. Suleimaniah District, Riyadh, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 465 6298
Fax: (966-11) 465 4539
Mobile: (96650) 097 5829
Number of Students: 1,128 students
The school was established in April 2006 and adopts the Enriched Basic Education Curriculum program of the Philippine Department of Education with additional courses in Mathematics, Science, and English. It has opened the opportunity for learners to undergo a basic education of international standards where everyone experiences a close-knit academic community, where pupils/students, faculty members, parents and administrators are like friends, yet where respect, responsibility and other values remain intact.
Name of the School: Fawaq International School
Address: No. 23 Prince Turki Bin Abdul Aziz, Maather District, Riyadh, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 212 0833; 483 1828
Fax: (966-11) 441 2220; 217 6124
Number of Students: 283 students
The Fawaq International School (FIS) was established in April 2006. It envisions every learner to be functionally educated, equipped with intellectual, social, moral, physical, and practical life skills to achieve one’s goals in life and become responsive and productive citizens in a challenging world.
Name of the School: Elite International School
Address: Olaya District, P.O. Box 60949 Riyadh 11555, KSA
Telephone: (966-11) 462 7224
Fax: (966-11) 462 4655
Mobile: (96656) 460 2997
Number of Students: 578 students
The Elite International School (EIS) was founded in February 1999 and has a curriculum that is self-renewing and responsive to the needs and opportunities of all types of learners in rapidly changing and technologically-oriented global community. It is raising tomorrow’s leaders through quality education. It takes into consideration the individual differences and preferences of the children. It uses sensory-based activities that are interrelated to harness the multiple intelligence of the learner. It also generates environmental awareness and finally, the curriculum stresses functional learning.
Name of the School: Al Jazeera International School Dammam
Facebook Page: www.ajisd.weebly.com/index.html
Address: P.O. Box 76240, Rakah, Al-Khobar 31952, KSA
Telephone: (9663) 858 0383 ext 12; 859 0677; 858 0380
Fax: (9663) 859 0677; 858 0383 ext 19
Number of Students: 509 students
The Al Jazeera International School Dammam was established in 1995 to cater to the educational needs of the children of Filipino expatriates in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It offers complete Philippine educational curriculum from nursery to high school.
Name of the School: Al Danah International School
Address: P.O. Box 58409 Riyadh 11594, KSA
Telephone: (9661) 473 9030
Fax: (9661) 476 3718
Mobile: (96650) 476 3718; (96611) 473 9030
Number of Students: 543 students
The Al Danah International School (ADIS) started in 1995 as a nursery school. The increasing demand of parents for the education of their children led to the establishment of the kindergarten, preparatory, elementary and high school levels.
Name of the School: The New Kuwait Philippine International School
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NKPIS
Address: Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, State of Kuwait
Telephone: (965) 22277254
Fax: (965) 24315647
Mobile: (9656) 6348225
Number of Students: 517 Students
The New Kuwait Philippine International School (NKPIS), a private school owned by the Om Al-Qura Education Est., was established as a commitment to provide affordable and quality education that is basically Filipino in its content and that responds to the desire to develop Filipino children and youth into a wholly integrated person.
Name of the School: Philippine International English School
Address: Seaside Road, Fahaheel, Kuwait
Telephone: (9652) 3922713
Fax: (9652) 3915253
Mobile: (9656) 6605813
Number of Students: 903 students
The Philippine International English School (PIES) in Fahaheel, Kuwait was an offshoot of the state visit of President Fidel V. Ramos to Kuwait in September 1997. It envisions intellectually equipped, morally upright, physically fit, disciplined, technologically competent, and service-oriented individuals living in a competitive local and global environment.
Name of the School: Philippine School
Address: P.O. Box 563, P.C. 133 Al Khuwair, Sultanate of Oman
Telephone: (968) 24697636
Fax: (968) 24698656
Mobile: (968) 99430837
Number of Students: 443 Students
The Philippine School was conceived in 1989 by Filipino overseas contract workers under the auspices and support of His Excellency Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali, the Philippine Honorary Consul General, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Its general goal is to develop learners by providing them basic competencies in literacy and numeracy, critical thinking and learning skills, and desirable values to become caring, self-reliant, productive, socially-aware, patriotic, and responsive citizens.
Name of the School: Philippine Community School in Tripoli
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PCSbenghazi?fref=ts
Address: Siyahiya, Ghot Alsha’al, P.O. Box 245, Tripoli, Libya
Telephone: (218-21) 7249939
Mobile: (218-21) 925006056
Number of Students: 366 students
The PCS was opened in April 1991. It envisions becoming a premier Philippine educational institution in Libya. It provides a venue for the pursuit of excellence in academics, arts, sciences, and technology, through community partnership.
Name of the School: Philippine Community School (Benghazi)
Website – Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PCSbenghazi/info?tab=page_info
Address: PCS Compound, Hawari Village, Bengazi, Libya
Telephone: (218-91) 3578522
Mobile: (218-91) 3578522
Number of Students: 54 students
The Philippine Community School (PCS) in Benghazi, Libya was established in 1997. The school was the result of the combined efforts and determination of the Philippine Embassy and a handful of pioneering members of the Filipino community.
Name of the School: Philippine Centennial Academy International
Address: New Shebna, Benghazi, Libya
Telephone: (218-92) 3019660
Fax: (219-92) 5494991
Number of Students: 81 students
The Philippine Centennial Academy, International (PCAI) was founded in 1998 to provide a healthy and sound school environment that can assure the highest standards of education for the children of Filipinos in the City of Benghazi.
Name of the School: Philippine International School in Qatar
Address: Ain Khalid, P.O. Box 9875, Doha, Qatar
Mobile: (974) 66025251
Number of Students: 1,567 students
The Philippine International School in Qatar (PISQ) was founded in March 2000. It adopts the Montessori curriculum for preschool, and the Philippine curriculum for elementary and secondary education for children of Filipino expatriates. The school’s ultimate goal is to promote the total development of the individual student so that he/she may become a useful and responsible citizen of the society.
Name of the School: Philippine School Doha
Address: No. 52, Saad Bin Surara Old Murror, Al Messilah Area, State Of Qatar
Telephone: (974) 418 1587/ 4418 1596
Fax: (974) 421 7718
Mobile: (974) 5581 9367 / 5526 8976
Number of Students: 2,035 students
Philippine School Doha (PSD) was established in October 1992 to serve the educational needs of the children of the Filipino community in the State of Qatar. Its birth was the result of the determination of pioneering members of the Filipino community in Doha under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy.
Guided by the dictum “knowledge begets wisdom,” the PSD envisions itself to be the center of academic excellence as the first Philippine Science High School in the Middle East abreast with the dynamics and development of society, culture, science and technology, and the arts. It also aspires to produce competent graduates with inherent values of honesty and propriety tempered with prudence and divine wisdom.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Name of the School: The Philippine School
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tpsdubai?fref=ts
Address: P.O. Box 126621, Al Twar 3, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: (971) 284 4465 loc 202/208
Fax: (971) 284 4460
Mobile: (97156) 6097730/ 6872128
Number of Students: 816 students
The school, aptly named The Philippine School, intends to fill the needs of the local market. The school aims to prepare its students to excel as young leaders of tomorrow (global leaders being trained and brought up abroad) offering advanced technology programs, values-based education, parent-friendly policy and activities such as arts and crafts, music, dance and sports.
Name of the School: United International Private School
Address: P.O. Box 60817, Al Qusais, Muhaisna 4, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: (9714) 254 3888
Fax: (9714) 254 3889 / 264 6850
Number of Students: 1,348 students
The United International Private School (UIPS) is a pioneer Philippine School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was founded in September 1992 with a vision of providing quality education for the burgeoning Filipino community in Dubai, and the neighboring emirate, Sharjah.
The school’s best features are its socio-cultural activities, spacious classrooms, wide playground, sports area, school canteen, audio-visual room, library, computer laboratory, and air-conditioned buses. The UIPS uses computers and an updated Filipino curriculum that is compatible with the American system of education.
Name of the School: Far Eastern Private School
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FEPSUAE?fref=ts
Address: P.O. Box 29047, Solaiman R/A Al Shahba Area, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: (9716) 538 9556
Fax: (9716) 538 9556/57
Mobile: (97150) 978 5392
Number of Students: 1,060 students
The Far Eastern Private School (FEPS) initially began its operations in August 2000 as “Love and Care” with a total strength of 170 students from kindergarten to high school.
The FEPS has through the years proven its meaningful existence as a haven of academic excellence as indicated by a steady growth of the school population every year. The management and administration continues to address the needs of times, thus, with the commendable growth of Filipino students, the school was granted the use of Filipino curriculum. True to its vision-mission, the FEPS continues to uphold its name in the UAE.
Name of the School: The New Filipino Private School
Address: P.O. Box 6234, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: (9716) 5661331
Fax: (9716) 5660570
Mobile: (97150) 5490757
Number of Students: 890 students
The New Filipino Private School (NFPS) is the very first Filipino school in the United Arab Emirates to be given license to operate using the Filipino curriculum by the Philippine Department of Education and the UAE Ministry of Education.
With the effective implementation of the Philippine curriculum, emphasizing on major subjects including mathematics, science, English, Filipino and MAKABAYAN, the NFPS has produced students who fared well in qualifying examinations in the different universities in the Philippines.
Name of the School: PISCO Private School
Address: P.O. Box 29317, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: (9712) 6415761 / 6419611
Fax: (9712) 6415761
Mobile: (97150) 4178105
Number of Students: 781 students
The PISCO Private School (PPS) is a Filipino-owned private school, dedicated to the realization of an effective delivery of service to the Filipino community.
By authority of the Department of Education, all pupils/ students of PPS were no longer required to take the validation exams when transferring to other schools. Graduating pupils/ students were administered with the National Elementary Achievement Test and the National Secondary Achievement Test. The PPS students had been excelling in the said tests ever since these were initially administered.
Name of the School: Philippine National School
Address: P.O. Box 31874, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: (9712) 6419291 / 6418747
Fax: (9712) 6424852
Mobile: (97150) 6134465
Number of Students: 1,200
The Philippine National School (PNS) was formerly an Indian School. In August 1998, the founders of the school decided to shift to a Filipino curriculum. The PNS formally started its operation in September 1998 with 103 students. Shortly after, some investors withdrew their support from the school but were replaced by new ones. Meanwhile, the school enrollment increased to 212. In consideration of feedbacks from parents that the school is far from the city of Abu Dhabi, the PNS eventually transferred to the Passport Road.
The school has since produced top-notch achievers, winning inter-school and national contests, and successfully passing the entrance examinations of MAPUA, UP, College of St. Benilde, UST and St. Jude. Presently, the school boasts of its 1,200 – strong enrollment, a clear proof of the school’s prestige.
Name of the School: 21st Century Private Academy
Address: Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: (9712) 4413077
Fax: (9712) 4413078
Number of Students: 1000 students
The 21st Century Private Academy will guide learners to become confident and inspired individuals in a Philippine Curriculum that reaches across the disciplines, cultures and age levels developing the whole person.
United States of America
Name of the School: The Filipino School
Address: 9845 Erma Road Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92131
Telephone: (888) 691 0799 ext 1
The Filipino School examines the beauty of the interwoven relationship of Filipino history, culture and language, and takes students on a journey that starts with their current level of knowledge, and building upon that base level of understanding and self-awareness of being a Filipino. Students will discover where they are rooted through a series of guided interactive conversations, and will have a better understanding of where they are going.
It offers an entry-level course for all ages, the Filipino 101, whose goal is to bridge generational and cultural gaps, allowing graduates to have workability for future needs of local community and country.
Name of the School: Eskwela Natin: Our Filipino School
Address: 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, California, USA
Eskwela Natin introduces and shares the Filipino traditions, language, arts, cuisine, history and geography to students through a fun, safe and interactive group and classroom-learning environment. Relying on the volunteer efforts of first generation Filipino-Americans—parents, grandparents and other members of local Filipino organizations—to pass on their first-hand knowledge to students who will leave each class with ways to easily adapt etiquette, language and general information about the Filipino heritage into their everyday living. Eskwela Natin helps preserve the Filipino culture to Filipino-Americans for generations to come.