International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Social Studies

The Middle School Social Studies program integrates studies in the social sciences - history, cultural studies, geography, current events, sociology and anthropology. The course is based on the intended learnings of ISM that include subject-specific Standards and Indicators and Transdisciplinary Skills. In Social Studies classes, students are encouraged to go beyond the surface of problems, to ask questions, to reflect, to make connections, to develop and test theories, to experiment with new ideas, to analyze problems, to debate hot topics, and to create meaningful and useful products. Social Studies students are given opportunities to become engaged in their own education, to take responsibility for learning, and to develop concerns that transfer beyond the confines of the classroom.

Be the Change

Be The Change is a semester-long elective course for students in Grades 7 and 8. The goal of the Be The Change course is to cultivate a sense of empathy and compassion in students for all members of the local and global community and the planet we share. Students develop self-awareness through an opportunity to discover, discuss and reflect on a variety of problems. Students examine their actions and responses to uncover their passions and find ways to affect change through active global citizenship.

When educating the minds of youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.


-Tenzin Gyatso