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Veritas et Democratia Philippines 1920 International School of Manila

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 also offers some AP classes. The curriculum is under constant review to ensure that it reflects best practices from around the world. An EAL 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. 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 at 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.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, ISM has 477 total staff including 239 teachers, 96 of whom are U.S. citizens, 18 host-country nationals, and 125 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: As of September 2023, enrollment was 2,350 including 485 U.S. citizens, 427 host-country nationals, and 1,438 third-country nationals.

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, design technology, and food technology; a 350-seat capacity Little Theater; and a 950-seat, fully-equipped fine and performing arts theater.

Finances: In the 2023-2024 school year, the majority of the school’s income derives from tuition and related fees. Annual tuition fees can be found here: https://www.ismanila.org/admissions/school-fees

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general 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. Information and statistics are current as of September 2023 and are provided by the school.

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