The International School, Manila (ISM), founded in 1920, is a private, nonsectarian, nonprofit day school for boys and girls from preschool through grade 12. The year 2010 marked ISM’s 90th year of service to the community.
Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees elected for 3-year terms by parents.
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 curriculum is under constant review to ensure that it reflects best practices from around the world. An ESL program is offered for students whose first language is other than English and whose English language competency falls below grade level. Learning support teachers throughout the School provide assistance and guidance to students in need. The foreign languages program includes Chinese, Filipino, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The majority of graduating students proceed to colleges and universities in the United States, and the testing program reflects this fact. The School is approved 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 2011-2012, approximately 93% of the 207 faculty are expatriates. In total, some 17 nationalities are represented among the faculty; with 12 teachers who are Filipino citizens.
Enrollment: As of October 2011, enrollment was 2,065.
Facilities: The School operates on a new 7-hectare campus in Fort Bonifacio in the municipality of Taguig and is enhanced every year. Facilities include 3 air-conditioned gymnasia, a covered multipurpose court, 3 swimming pools, 2 floodlit all-weather artificial playing fields and an oval track, 1 additional grass playing field, a canteen, a multilevel media center containing a total of 80,000 print and non-print resources, a 350-seat capacity Little Theater, and an 850-seat fully-equipped fine and performing arts theatre. All rooms, including the 200 classrooms, are air-conditioned.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 96% of the School's income derives from tuition and related fees. Annual tuition rates and related fees range from $7,687 to $21,069. A facilities upgrade deposit of $5,000 is levied on all new students entering Kindergarten and above. This sum is fully refundable. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)