Integrity - Service - Merit
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.
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.
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.
Resource/Special Education Teacher Recommendation Form and any special learning/educational support evaluations or assessments, including but not limited to:
*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.
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.
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.
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:
Other Documentation Needed:
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.
Please note: Our policy is to communicate directly with parents in regard to the confidential information of minors. Parents must submit an Authorization Letter if they choose to nominate an authorized representative. This representative must only be one individual who is based locally in the Philippines.