International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Information for College Representatives

Visiting ISM

About our School and Students:

International School Manila is operated and maintained as an independent school mainly for expatriate students residing with their families in the Philippines. The school provides a North American accredited curriculum which is broadened to include curricula from other systems throughout the world, including the IB Diploma Program. The school programs and courses are primarily for college preparation.

Additional courses, as applicable and feasible, are offered to broaden and enrich the school program. The language of instruction is English.

The mission of the school is embodied in its paramount aims which are to establish for its students the highest possible standard of education and to prepare its students for entrance into colleges and universities abroad.

For more details about our student body, please download our High School Profile here.

Traveling and Recruiting in the Philippines

Planning a visit to International School Manila? Below you will find some logistical and helpful information to help you plan your visit.

ISM typically hosts up to 100 US colleges and universities all year along with occasional visits from post-secondary institutions in Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Switzerland. As you begin making your travel arrangements, you should start by looking at the ISM Online Calendar. You can also check our College Visitor Calendar to see when other college representatives are scheduled to be on campus. Once you have narrowed down a date and time, please use Repvisits 

College and university representatives normally visit our school and meet with our students during lunch time, which is from 11:25AM - 12:05PM. Many university representatives also choose to visit Brent International School, located about an hour’s drive from ISM, and the British School Manila just across the street from ISM. There are university representatives who also visit local private schools such as Ateneo and Xavier and sometimes arrange public fairs at one of the hotels.

Nuts and Bolts:

Time needed: A college representative can visit two to three schools per day. Typically, representatives visit Brent early in the morning and come to ISM for the lunch period. There is generally time to visit the British School Manila following the visit to ISM.

How to get around in Manila: Metro Manila is made up of thirteen cities. ISM is located in Bonifacio Global City and borders the main central business district of Makati, the most modern city in the metro area.

Taxis are easy to find and are relatively inexpensive. Taxis off the street will cost approximately $2-3 to get from a hotel to ISM, however travelling to Brent may cost up to $10 and above depending on traffic. Hotel taxis offer very reliable and great service although cost a little more. You can also arrange to hire a hotel taxi for the entire day at affordable rates ($20-30).

Visitor Protocol:

All visitors must enter through Gate 3. If you are riding or driving a private vehicle please email the vehicle type, color and plate number to hsguidance@ismanila.org so we can provide this information to the Security Office in advance, facilitating an easier entry to campus. School security personnel will assist you in finding a parking space and direct you to the Vicky SyCip Herrera High School Counseling Center.

Advice for travelers:

Hotels: Shangri-La Fort, Seda Hotel and F1 Hotel offer very close accomodations to the ISM campus in Fort Bonifacio Global City. Shangri-La Makati, The Peninsula Manila and Discovery Primea in Makati offer five-star accomodation that are 10-15 minute drive to the school. Those wishing to stay nearer to the airport may elect to stay in the Marriott, which also provides an easy commute to both Brent and ISM.

Dining: There are a wide range of dining choices in and around each hotel. Manila is a foodie heaven. Food is safe. Bottled water is available in all establishments, but the water is generally safe.

Weather: Weather is generally hot and humid all year. Temperature ranges from 25-40 C: t-shirt and shorts weather all the time! The rainy season is from June through November, the “cool” season is from December through February and the hot season is from March through May.

We would be happy to answer any other logistical questions you may have prior to your arrival. Please contact hsguidance@ismanila.org if you have any other inquiries.

Mabuhay! And we look forward to seeing you on our beautiful campus.