Known for being one of the most prestigious international schools in the Philippines, Brent International School Manila is a coeducational day school providing a Western-style curriculum. While it only admits students until the secondary level of education, it is known for offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), an internationally recognized preparatory curriculum designed for the last two years in high school. Think of it as their Senior High School program, but you can choose which subjects to take instead of following a specific curriculum!
Before you decide to apply to Brent, here are some things you should know about the school:
History of Brent International School
Brent International School was founded in Baguio in 1909 by Charles Henry Brent, the Missionary Bishop to the Philippines for the Protestant Episcopal Church of United States. In 1986, Brent received its IBDP authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and has since then produced graduates who were offered admission to renowned universities both locally and abroad.
To this day, Brent Baguio serves as the only Brent campus that has boarding facilities. The other two campuses are day schools only, namely Brent Subic and the current main campus, Brent International School Manila, located in Biñan, Laguna.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
The IBDP is designed to cater to students aged 16 to 19 as a preparatory program for university and life beyond. Generally, the program requires students to study six subjects and a program core throughout those two years. One subject will be chosen from each of the 5 IB subject groupings: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, and Mathematics. The sixth subject, The Arts, is geared towards engaging its students with the arts. You may opt out of this sixth subject but you will be required to take up additional or Higher Level courses from the first five IB subject groupings.
Obtaining a full IB Diploma will require you to take three to four of those subjects at Higher Level (240 hours over the two years), while the remaining subjects can be taken in the Standard Level (150 Hours over the two years). Additionally, you will be required to submit an in-depth research paper and render participation hours in its CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) program.
While this seems like a lot to take in, it’s good to know that the IB Diploma Program is proven to give you the skills to attend the world’s leading universities, namely Harvard, Yale, Cambridge. Princeton, and Oxford.
How to Apply to Brent International School
Ready to attend Brent? Here are the steps to apply:
Step One: Complete the online application process and upload all necessary documents. It is highly advised to use Google Chrome for this step.
Requirements are as follows:
- High School Transcripts from Grades 9 to 10 or most recent Academic Records
- Confidential Evaluation Forms - Brent forms accomplished by any Math, English, or Social Studies Teacher, and the Principal or Guidance Counselor
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Records - no particular immunizations are required
- Four recent passport photographs
- For local applicants, both parents should submit a photocopy of any valid government issued photo ID
- For foreign applicants, a photocopy of passport pages of both the applicant and the parents are required:
- Bio page
- Visa showing length of stay in the Philippines
Step 2: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org once the first step is complete and all documents have been uploaded or sent to Brent’s Admission Offices. Identify yourself as ready to proceed with the next steps of the application process.
Step 3: Admissions staff will acknowledge receipt of your email and application. You will be invited to pay a non-refundable Application Fee of $200 and to schedule an appointment for taking the Entrance Exam. The official decision from Brent’s Admissions Committee will be shared after the appointments.
Step Four: If Brent offers you admission, you will be required to confirm intent to enroll and pay the required fees within three business days. These fees include reservation fees, waiting pool fees, or tuition fees, depending on slot availability and timing.
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Tuition and Other Fees at Brent International School
As of writing, the tuition fees at Brent start at $9,304.00 per year—or around P520,186.00—plus other additional fees, such as English as Second Language fees, IB fees, Capital Development Fee, and more.
Brent also offers scholarships through the National Honor Society, one of the oldest and largest recognition programs for high school students in the US. It recognizes Brent students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, service, and character. A detailed application process for the scholarship is released and updated every academic year. Instructions for the NHS Scholarship may be found here.
Notable Alumni at Brent International School
One of Brent’s notable alumni is Donny Pangilinan, who graduated high school from Brent in 2016 and played for their basketball team during his Upper School years. Andres Muhlach also completed his secondary education at Brent. Former MTV Asia VJ Donita Rose also attended high school at Brent after moving back to the Philippines from the US.