International School Manila, founded in 1920, is a private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit day school for boys and girls from preschool through grade 12.
Organization: ISM is governed by a 10-member board of trustees. Five trustees are elected by parents, and five are representatives of the school’s sustaining members. The U.S. Embassy is one of these sustaining members and has a permanent seat on the board.
Curriculum: The curriculum in Elementary School is inquiry-based and challenges the students to be creative, independent thinkers. In the middle and high schools, the program is subject-based and culminates in courses leading to the IB Diploma. The school offers AP courses to select students in grades 9 & 10. The curriculum is under constant review to ensure it reflects best practices from around the world. An ESL program is offered for students whose first language is not English and whose English language competency falls below grade level. Learning support teachers throughout the school provide assistance and guidance to students in need. There is a specialized learning support program for children with exceptional needs. The foreign languages program includes Chinese, Filipino, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Approximately 60% of graduating students proceed to undergraduate courses in the United States with the remainder matriculating in high-ranking colleges and universities around the world. ISM seniors have shown themselves to be academically able, ambitious, hard-working, and committed to a range of extracurricular activities; the school’s excellent college acceptance record reflects these characteristics. The school is recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in the Philippines and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In school year 2020-2021, 221 of the 232 faculty are expatriates, mainly from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In total, some 20 nationalities are represented among the faculty.
Enrollment: As of September 2020, enrollment was 2,028.
Facilities: The school operates on a 7-hectare campus in Fort Bonifacio Global City and is enhanced every year. Facilities include: three air-conditioned gymnasia; a fitness gym; eight covered tennis courts; a covered multi-purpose court; three swimming pools; two floodlit, all-weather; artificial playing fields; an oval track; an additional grass playing field; a canteen; three libraries containing a total of 80,000 print and non-print resources; specialist rooms for robotics and design technology; recently refurbished science laboratories; a 350-seat capacity Little Theater; and a 950-seat, fully-equipped fine and performing arts theater. All rooms, including the 200 classrooms, are air-conditioned.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 95% of the school’s income derives from tuition and related fees. Annual tuition fees range from $13,100 (Preschool) to $26,750 (Grade 12). There is a matriculation fee of $3,500. A facilities enhancement fee of $3,500 is levied on all new students entering kindergarten and above.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.