Who are we?

The European School Munich (ESM) is one of 13 schools in the system of the European Schools, which are legally recognised as official educational establishments and jointly supervised by the EU governments. Its mission is to provide multilingual and multicultural education for nursery, primary and secondary level pupils.

An open, positive, respectful and tolerant school ethos and climate is the school's first priority and as such a conditio sine qua non for a teaching and learning environment, which allows students and teaching as well as non-teaching staff to be as they are, whilst stimulating and facilitating an attitude of permanent education in the most challenging and effective way.

Another condition and a reality in the school is a cyclic structure of quality assurance, based on self-evaluation at regular intervals with participation of all members of the school community. In addition, there are concrete short and longer term planning documents, which define a clear vision for the future, state decisive and precise steps to maintain the school's strengths and introduce further developments and their evaluation.

The continuous personal and professional commitment of all school community members as well as the excellent cooperation between all stakeholders, in particular the European Patent Office, is the foundation for a positive and stable development of the ESM and its European dimension.

Life at the European School Munich is colourful, challenging and rewarding from many points of view. Day by day, this is an enrichment on a personal and a professional level for all members of the school community. Whilst celebrating our differences, we feel united more and more.

Pedagogical Aims

The European School Munich aims to provide a high quality European Education to its pupils in an environment in which the welfare of all members of the school community is recognised and developed.

The aims are to foster, develop, convey and provide: 

  • Confidence in own cultural identity, and heritage, as the foundation for the development as European citizens and fostering intercultural co-operation
  • Broad education, based on a wide choice of subjects
  • Excellent command of mother tongue and foreign languages
  • Mathematical and scientific skills throughout the whole period of schooling
  • European and global perspectives overall, and particularly, in the study of human science
  • Creativity in music and in visual arts
  • Appreciation of the great cultural heritage of European civilisation
  • Physical skills through participation in sporting and recreational activities, and to promote the adoption of a healthy lifestyle
  • Media skills and content-related and technical skills in information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Professional guidance on career/university choices in the Secondary School and Counselling
  • A positive atmosphere and maintain an environment which encourages and enables each member of the school community to participate fully in the life of the school and to benefit from the experience
  • Tolerance, co-operation, communication and concern for others throughout the school community system and beyond
  • Personal development both social and academic, and to establish moral rationality as an integral part of the educational process
  • Cultivation of pupil's development in terms of personality, social capabilities and knowledge and skills, including critical thinking, thus creating conditions for well-being and lifelong learning