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Manila Logo Dr. Donald Bergman, Superintendent
International School, Manila
P.O. Box 1526, MCPO, 1255 Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: 63-2-896-9801/10
Fax: 63-2-899-3964
E-mail: isminfo@ismanila.com


The International School, Manila, founded in 1920, is a private, coeducational program for kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises of 2 semesters for grades 6-12 from mid-August to a week before Christmas in December from early January to early June. Kindergarten-grade 5 is on a trimester schedule from mid-August to mid-October, late-October to late-February and early-May to early-June. The School has a kindergarten-grade 5 multi-age setting for students located at the International Rice Research Institute at Los Banos Laguna.

Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees elected for a 3-year terms by International School Inc., the sponsoring association. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on parents or legal guardians of students. The School is nonprofit, nonsectarian, and is approved by the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports of the Republic of the Philippines.

Curriculum: The curriculum is American based and courses are primary college-preparatory. However, the curriculum is continually being broadened to include current best practices from around the world. Instruction is in English. Foreign languages include Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino. The School delivers both the International Baccalaureate diploma and Advanced Placement courses. The middle school program augments the linkage between the elementary and high schools to ensure curriculum continuity. The testing program includes the SAT and Achievement Tests of the College Board, the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the American College Test, the Secondary Schools Admission Test, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The School's Optimal Learning Center (OLC) provides an integrated model of support services for students with special learning needs, including support and academic talent. The School also provides an extensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for those whose first language is other than English

Faculty: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, there were 157 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members, including 40 U.S. citizens, 75 host-country nationals, and 53 third-country nationals..

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year, enrollment was 1,868 (Kdg.-grade 5: 709; grades 6-8: 482; and grades 9-12: 677). Of the total, 452 were U.S. citizens, 332 were host-country nationals, and 1,084 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The School operates on a 50,000 square meter campus in Bel Air Village, Makati City. In addition to classrooms, laboratories, teachers' rooms, and administrative offices, there are 3 cafeterias, 3 gymnasiums, 2 swimming pools, a sports field, and a fine arts center which houses a completely-equipped 421-seat theater, rehearsal rooms, and teaching stations for music and art. Two media centers have a combined total of more than 60,000 print holdings and more than 17,500 non-print holdings. The collections are accessible through an on-line catalog using Winnebago Spectrum library software. Also, the media centers offer networked and stand-alone CD-ROM research stations. In addition, each facility is connected to the Internet through a dedicated line. There are 800 computers for the Kdg.-grade 12 computer literacy program. All indoor facilities are air-conditioned except the gymnasiums. The School plans to move to a new facility on 67,000 square meters areas of land in Fort Bonifacio.

Finances: In the 2000-2201 school year, about 89 percent of the School's income derives from tuition and related fees. All charges must be paid in a combination of U.S. dollars and the local currency. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg.: $2,800 plus 160.000 Pesos; grades 1-5: $3,250 plus 170,000 Pesos; grades 6-8: $3,600 plus 200,000 Pesos; and grades 9-12: $4,000 plus 212,500 Pesos. The annual capital projects fee of U.S. $750 and the once-only matriculation fee of U.S. $2,500 are for capital expenditures. There is also an annual registration fee of $50. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.