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Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to assisting you and your family in your transition to International School Manila. Below you will find important information regarding the School Year 2023-24. All families will have the opportunity to join the Orientation Day on August 3, 2023.


New Parent and New Student Orientation
Date: August 3rd, Thursday
Time: 9:00 AM*
Venue: Fine Arts Theatre (FAT) 
 

All new Preschool to Grade 12 parents are welcome to attend the Orientation Day on August 3. 

Likewise, all new students entering Grades 2-12, are also invited to attend the Orientation (please see further information under Divisional Information below). 

*You are welcome to arrive from 7:30 AM on the day. Coffee and refreshments will be available in the FAT lobby area including QR Codes, providing further information about the school. You will then be prompted to move inside the Fine Arts Theatre at 8.45 AM. The Orientation Program will start at 9:00 AM sharp. All guests are requested to enter the school at Gate 3. Please ensure that you bring some form of ID with you on the day.

Please note: students in Preschool to Grade 1 will receive individual orientation letters, detailing your orientation program - including their separate orientation appointment on the first day of school (August 7th, Monday). 

An email from the Elementary School will be sent to families with the individual session information by early August. 
 

TECHNOLOGY at ISM Parent and Student Orientations

Elementary School: August 22nd, Tuesday, ES Technology Overview - The Elementary School will be emailing families their invitations. Venue – Little Theatre.

Middle School and High School: August 3rd, Thursday, Middle School and High School Students will be assisted with their IT setup during orientation day.

Students unable to attend the August 03 Orientation may visit the Middle School and High School Offices during the first week of school where they will be assisted for their IT set up needs.
 

NEW Students who have completed their interviews:
  1. Please ensure you have submitted your Enrollment Clearance Documentation to admissions@ismanila.org (Parent Shared Agreement, ISM Proxy Form, Drug Policy Form, Honor Code, etc). The documentation was sent to you along with your child’s Acceptance letter.
  2. Your child’s Section Card and or Class Schedule will be issued once our Treasury Office has confirmed all tuition and related fees have been settled. Please find the following schedules below:
  • Elementary School Section Cards August 3rd.
  • Middle School Class Schedule - beginning August 4th.
  • High School Class Schedule - online distribution on August 4th.
     
NEW Students who have yet to be interviewed:
  1. Please email the Admissions Office if you have yet to secure an interview schedule. Please ensure you have your confirmed arrival date first to hand.
  2. Once your interview is complete you will receive your child’s Acceptance letter, and Enrollment Clearance Form.
  3. In order for your child/ren to attend classes, please ensure that the Enrollment Clearance Forms have all been signed (1 – Admissions; 2- Clinic; 3 – Cashier) and submitted, where appropriate, as referenced in the earlier confirmation of seat emails.
  4. Your child’s Section Card and or Class Schedule will be issued by the respective divisional Counseling Office once our Treasury Office has confirmed all tuition and related fees have been settled. 
     

Divisional Information

Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Athletics & Activities
Uniform Shop
School Bus Office
Health Clinic
BEARCard

Elementary School

All new families are invited to join the ES Principals on August 3rd, Thursday at 10:00 AM, after the initial New Student Orientation welcome session in the Fine Arts Theater. The purpose of this session is to learn more about the Elementary School and our community, including:

  • Meet key people in the school
  • Understand our guiding beliefs
  • Be provided with key logistical information
  • Meet other new parents

Students in Grades 2, 3 and 4 are invited onto campus at the same time, where they will have a tour of the school, meet other new students in their grade level, and have some fun. They will join you initially at the welcome session at 9 am, prior to leaving for their tour. You will then collect them at 11 am following our Elementary presentation.


Please note: students in Preschool to Grade 1 will receive individual orientation letters, detailing your orientation program - including their separate orientation appointment on the first day of school (August 7th, Monday). 

An email from the Elementary School will be sent to families with the individual session information by early August. 


Elementary School Office Contact

Phone number: 8840.8450
Email address: es@ismanila.org

Middle School

All new parents and students will have an orientation on August 3rd beginning at 9:00 AM. There will be a technology session on August 3rd to help students set up their computers, in preparation for the start of classes.


Please be informed that Middle School Students in Grades 7 and 8 are required to bring their own laptops to school each day as per the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. For more information about the BYOD program, click HERE.


MIDDLE SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER 

For students who have completed their interviews and enrollment clearance:

August 4, 2023: Class Schedules will be issued by the MS Office.

August 7, 2023: Start of Classes

 
SUPPLY LISTS FOR MS STUDENTS

Please click HERE to view the supply lists for SY 2023-2024.


BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE @ ISM FOR GRADES 7-12

International School Manila is committed to delivering the highest quality education in line with current best practices in the integration of technology.  We believe that students thrive in an environment in which education with technology is a seamless part of their lives. The BYOD program enables students to take ownership and responsibility for their learning both in and outside of the classroom as well as helps ease their transition into high school. For the school year 2023-2024, Middle School Students in Grades 7 and 8 and High School students in Grade 9-12 will continue to bring their own laptops to school each day. 

In short, any student at ISM in Grades 7-12 is required to bring their own laptop to school to use as a learning tool in the classroom. For information, expectations for responsible use, requirements and frequently asked questions for our Grades 7-12 BYOD program, click HERE.


SUMMER READS

 

 

Middle School Office Contact

Phone number: 8840.8555  
Email address: ms@ismanila.org

High School

All new parents and students entering Grades 9-12 will have an orientation on August 3, 2023.

 
HIGH SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER 
 
For students who have completed their interviews

August 4, 2023 Class Schedule Distribution Online for Grades 9-12 
August 7, 2023: Start of Classes


SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR HS STUDENTS

Summer reading is a requirement for all incoming High School Students, thus students should have read the material and completed any accompanying work before the first day of school. This reading will be explored in class the first days or possibly the first few weeks.

Please click HERE to view the summer reading lists for each incoming grade level.


USEFUL LINKS FOR HS STUDENTS
BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE @ ISM FOR GRADES 7-12

International School Manila is committed to delivering the highest quality education in line with current best practices in the integration of technology. We believe that students thrive in an environment in which education with technology is a seamless part of their lives. The BYOD program enables students to take ownership and responsibility for their learning both in and outside of the classroom as well as helps ease their transition into high school. For the school year 2023-2024, Middle School Students in Grades 7 and 8 and High School students in Grades 9-12 will continue to bring their own laptops to school each day. 

In short, any student at ISM in Grades 7-12 is required to bring their own laptop to school to use as a learning tool in the classroom. For information, expectations for responsible use, requirements and frequently asked questions for our Grades 7-12 BYOD program, click HERE.


High School Office Contact

Phone number: 8840.8653   
Email address: hs@ismanila.org

Athletics & Activities

In August, Middle and High School students have the chance to try out for Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country for Season One (S1) at the start of the school year. 


Elementary students in Grades 1-4 will be able to register for 'Saturday Soccer' as a part of the Block 1 Activities sign-up process. This will be held on designated Saturday mornings during Block 1 of Activities from (late-August to mid-October). This will be a non-competitive environment with an emphasis on developing a love of the game of soccer and involves parent volunteer coaches in running teams. 


Overview of the key dates for August 2023

 

Season 1 Competitive Team Tryouts:

  • High School - August 7-10 (Volleyball/Cross Country/Soccer)
  • Middle School - August 9-11 (Volleyball/Cross Country/Soccer)

*S1 ES Saturday Soccer schedule is coordinated via the Activities Office.

Season one (S1) team training for MS/HS Volleyball/Cross Country/Soccer teams will begin immediately after tryouts week, from August 14th. Athletics S1 tryout and practice schedules will be published in Friday parent bulletins, posted on school notice boards, and included on TV screens around campus.


AYR (All Year Round team) Tryouts:

  • AYR's (All Year Round Teams) Tryouts will start from August 14th for: Gymnastics, Aikido, Chess, Wall Climbing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, and Sailfish Swimming programs.
  • AYR team's training schedule will be published in early August and will be published in Friday parent bulletins, posted on school notice boards, and included on TV screens around campus. Students that make our AYR teams will train throughout the year and compete in local Manila-based events/competitions.

ES/MS/HS Activities: Please check the website for general information and to see an overview of the Activities program.

  • Block 1 Sign-up opens on August 18th, Friday at Midday/Noon
  • Block 1 Sign-up closes August 22nd, Tuesday at 7:00 AM
  • Block 1 Activities confirmation is sent via email on or before August 25th, Friday
  • Block 1 Activities program begins on August 22nd, Tuesday

Sailfish Grade 1-12 Requirements

  • Please visit the Sailfish website and view the registration form for the tryout assessment required skills.
  • Sailfish tryouts will begin the week of August 14th for new swimmers. See the Sailfish site for more details.

Gymnastics Entry-Level Requirements

  • Tryouts for our Gymnastics team are limited to 36 places and tryouts will begin the week of August 14th.

Registration Form Sign-Up
In order to assist students with the organization of the Athletics program tryout sessions, an MS Google registration form will be sent to all MS families in early August. *A separate Activities Registration Form will be sent for all Activities program offerings. 


High School Athletics/Fine Arts Registration 
HS students need to sign-up via an Athletics Registration Form which will be shared via an email and will be sent directly to all HS students August 1st when the tryouts registration period opens. Follow-up emails will be sent to remind HS students to register before sports tryouts begin. HS students must register in order to be eligible to try out for HS seasonal teams.


For further information please see the links below:

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop reopens on weekdays beginning July 24th, Monday until September 1st, Friday. Store hours are from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Starting the week of September 4th, store hours will revert to the regular schedule every Tuesday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Please click here to view the options and price list for uniforms.

School Bus Office

The School Bus Office opens on July 24th, Monday to accept registrations for the bus service.

Operating hours are Weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Please click here to learn more about the School Bus service.

Health Clinic

Please click here to learn more about the Health Clinic on campus.

BEARCard

ISM uses a full debit system in the Bearcat Kantina, Cafe and the ES, MS, HS Libraries. This debit system provides customers with a cashless payment system once the customer’s school ID has been loaded with funds. Adding funds can be done online via the Parent Portal > BEARCard System, through the Cashier, TouchPay machines or either of the two Kiosks located on campus. To learn more, click here.

 

We hope you are enjoying your summer and we are looking forward to having you as part of the International School Manila community!