International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Admission Process

STEP 1 - APPLICATION FILE

IS Manila requires the submission of a complete Application File in order to be considered for Admission. Our academic calendar typically runs from early August to early June. IS Manila follows an Admissions Priority Policy as our primary mission is to educate expatriate students who are temporarily residing in the Philippines with their parents who have legal residence in Manila. Our Rolling Admissions Policy allows us to accept students throughout the academic calendar. Applications are accepted maximum nine months in advance of the school year for which a student is expected to start.

Application Checklist

If you are not able to submit everything personally, the information may be sent via courier or scanned and emailed. Please attach 4-6 PDF files scanned in greyscale at 300 dpi resolution to each email as we have a 4 MB mail box limitation. Regular mail is NOT recommended because it may take weeks for something to reach us, if at all. Do not send the medical form as that must be personally submitted to the Health Clinic after acceptance. Please note that an email inquiry does not reserve a space.

Elementary School

Click here to view our Elementary School Age Placement Policy.
Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: One to two years, including any partial year records. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated. If your child has not attended school please indicate that information on the Application Form. If your child has been attending school we will need a Progress Report and a Teacher Recommendation Form.
  • Parent Questionnaire – Please complete the Parent Questionnaire for students entering Preschool and/or Kindergarten.
  • We will need ONE Teacher Recommendation Form. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent or current teacher(s).  This document should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted. Please note that students must have a valid temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if your child’s tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.
Grade 1 and Grade 2
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If entering Grade 12, we require records for the three previous years. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated.
  • Parent Questionnaire – Please complete the Parent Questionnaire for students entering Grades 1 to 4.
  • We will need ONE Teacher Recommendation Form. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). This document should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted.  Please note that students must have a valid temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if your child’s tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.
Grade 3 and Grade 4
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated.
  • Parent Questionnaire – Please complete the Parent Questionnaire for students entering Grades 1 to 4.
  • We will need ONE Teacher Recommendation Form. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). This document should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted. Please note that students must have a valid temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if your child’s tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form is available on the web site and requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.

Middle School

Grade 5 and Grade 6
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated.
  • Student Questionnaire – Please have your child complete the on-line Middle School Student Questionnaire. This should be hand written.
  • We will need ONE Teacher Recommendation Form. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). This document should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. Please note that students must have a valid A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if the tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.
Grade 7 and Grade 8
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated.
  • Student Questionnaire – Please have your child complete the on-line Middle School Student Questionnaire. This should be hand written.
  • We will need TWO Teacher Recommendation Forms per student. One recommendation form should be from a MATH teacher and one from an ENGLISH Teacher. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). These documents should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted. Please note that students must have a valid temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if your child’s tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.

High School

Grade 9 to Grade 12
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Application Fee USD $450/child - Payment will be required after we receive your child's Application Form. We will provide a reference number for payment.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If entering Grade 12, we require records for the three previous years. If necessary, school records must be translated into English and then authenticated.
  • Student Questionnaire – Please have your child complete the on-line High School Student Questionnaire.
  • We will need TWO Teacher Recommendation Forms per student. One recommendation form should be from a MATH teacher and one from an ENGLISH Teacher. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). These documents should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • If applicable, the Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. This recommendation is only for applicants who might require Learning Support services.  Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
  • A copy of the father’s/mother’s passport(s)
  • A copy of your child’s passport and/or birth certificate
  • Please submit the Certificate of Undertaking if you do not have your valid Philippine Visa at the time of application. A copy of the primary parent visa and the candidate(s) visa must be submitted. Please note that students must have a valid temporary/permanent resident visa to study in the Philippines. Tourist visas are NOT acceptable for continued study at ISM.
  • Certificate of Employment or
  • Letter of Guarantee (LoG) if your child’s tuition and fees will be sponsored by an organization. The form requires two signatures and the percentage of sponsorship to be indicated.

Learning Support

For candidate’s that are eligible for our Learning Support Services we require parent(s) to send us information prior to submitting a formal application. Our Admissions Team and Learning Support Resource Team will provide feedback once we have reviewed the required documentation. Without such information the School cannot make the right educational choices for your child or provide the kind of environment in which your child will flourish. ISM's goal is to provide a program that is an optimal match between your child's individual educational needs and the support services available at the school and within the wider community.

Learning Support
  • Application Form – one per child, signed and completed.
  • Report Cards/Grade Reports/Transcripts: two to three years, including any partial year records. If entering Grade 12, we require records for the three previous years.
  • We will need ONE Teacher Recommendation Form for students in Preschool to Grade 5. Students in Grade 6-12 will need to submit Two Teacher Recommendation Forms. One recommendation form should be from a MATH teacher and one from an ENGLISH Teacher. The teacher recommendation should be completed by their most recent teacher(s). These documents should be dated no more than six months prior to the child’s expected start date.
  • Learning Support Recommendation Form from the Resource/Special Education Teacher. Please note that not all parts of this recommendation form may apply to your child but as much information as possible is needed for an admission consideration. This includes any diagnostic reports, Psychological Education Evaluation(s), Behavioral Plans, IEP or any medical history that the School should be aware of.
Additional Documents (if applicable):

Resource/Special Education Teacher Recommendation Form and any special learning/educational support evaluations or assessments, including but not limited to: 

  • Copies of all diagnostic test reports and results such as an IEP or a learning support profile
  • Medical information related to your child's learning
  • Notes on speech therapy and other therapeutic support
  • Recommendations from specialists for future support

*Please click here to download all the necessary Admission forms.

 

STEP 2 - TESTING

All candidates seeking entry into Grade 1 and above may be tested, unless they have a recent standardized test recognized by ISM (e.g., ITBS, CAT, Stanford 9 or 10, ISA, ERB).  Entrance/placement tests are scheduled after a review of the Application File by the Admissions Office and/or the school’s Guidance Counselor. 

The tests are usually scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. in the Admissions Office. The testing has several components including English language skills and Mathematics. For older candidates, if they have studied a foreign or modern language, they may also be tested for French, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin.

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Learning Support (LS) Students

The School believes that, in order to consolidate the strength and rigor of the mainstream educational program, there must be an appropriate balance in enrollment between regular admissions and those students who are actively receiving support in English-as-a-Second- Language (ESL) or from Learning Support (LS).  In Elementary School, the combined number of children per grade receiving active support from ESL and LS should not exceed 25%; in Middle and High Schools, that figure is 20%.

Once a place is offered, English-as-a-Second-Language, applicants and parents will interview with the ESL Program Leader to determine the level of language support required to ensure the student is successful in the mainstream classroom. There is no ESL program in Grades 11 and 12.

 

STEP 3 - GUIDANCE COUNSELOR INTERVIEW

All candidates and their parents are required to meet with a school Guidance Counselor. At this time parents may ask more detailed questions about the programs and curriculum. The Elementary School Counselor will make a decision about teacher placement and the Middle and High School Counselors will work out a class schedule. High School students and parents may also want to discuss the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with the IB Coordinator.

  • New students entering Grades 7-12, must read and sign the ISM Drug Policy Agreement Form.
  • At the High School level, new students must read and sign the ISM Honor Code Form for High School students.

STEP 4 - ADMISSION DECISION AND THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS

Please note that it is general practice that admission decisions are made after the applicant has taken the appropriate entrance test(s) on site and has interviewed personally with the relevant school Guidance Counselor. However, the School has the prerogative to make early decisions about admission. The final admission decision will be conveyed to the parents by the Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Parents should enroll their children immediately upon acceptance in order to secure their places. Once a place is offered, the student must be enrolled at that time and the tuition paid in order to hold the place for immediate or later entry.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS

Once a candidate has completed Steps 1-4 and is formally accepted, the student must complete the Enrollment Process. Enrollment requires clearance signatures on the Enrollment Clearance Form from the Admissions Office, the Cashier’s Office and the Health Clinic.

The following steps are part of the Enrollment Process:

  1. Submission of the Student Health Card and Physical Examination Record directly to the School Health Clinic to obtain a clearance signature on the Enrollment Clearance Form. It is recommended that every family read the Health Clinic Clearance Procedure and obtain all of the necessary forms applicable to the child.
  2. Payment of Tuition and all other school-related fees. Payments are made directly to the Cashier’s Office. A clearance signature on the Enrollment Clearance Form is required.
  3. Submission of the signed Parent and School Shared Agreement form to the Admissions Office. A signature on your Enrollment Clearance Form is also required from the Admissions Office.
  4. Purchase school uniforms at the Uniform Shop.
  5. School photo IDs may be obtained at the Security Office. Applications for car sticker(s) are also available at the Security Office.
  6. Sign up for the bus service at the Transportation Office (optional).
  7. Sign up for the snack and/or lunch option at the Elementary School Canteen for Kindergarten - Grade 4 students (optional).
  8. Submission of a signed General Proxy for the Board of Trustees Form to the Admissions Office (optional).

Other Documentation Needed:

  • All students entering Grades 7-12 are required to sign the ISM Drug Policy Form.
  • All High School students (Grades 9-12) are required to sign the Honor Code.

Once the Enrollment Clearance Form is completed, a copy should be given to your child’s Guidance Counselor on the first day he/she attends school. For a child going to Preschool, the Enrollment Clearance Form may be given to the Preschool teacher.