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Admissions Criteria

Brent International School Manila is a college‑preparatory institution. Applicants interested in Brent should have passing grades and good behavior.

Students with special needs are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Admissions Committee makes decisions in the best interest of the applicant, as well as in the interest of the specific grade level and school.

Applicants are accepted and retained on the basis of their ability to meet the academic, moral, and behavioral standards of Brent School.

The Admissions Committee evaluates the following when considering an applicant for admission:

  • Entrance test results.
  • Academic records from the current / recent school.
  • Confidential Evaluations from the current / recent school.
  • English language proficiency. ESL (English as a Second Language) support is available in grades 1‑8. Applicants requiring ESL support in grades 9‑12 are not accepted.
  • Presence of any special needs, learning differences, or giftedness.
  • Interviews with the applicant. At least one parent is required to accompany the applicant.

Entrance Tests

The Admissions Secretary schedules the entrance test and interview appointments, after the application documents have been received and reviewed. The entrance tests are generally scheduled in the mornings, Monday through Friday. Interviews take place on the same day with the Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal. The Principal shares the final acceptance decision, usually on the same day of the appointments.

Entrance tests and interviews must be completed at Brent. All applicants in Kindergarten and above are tested and interviewed, including former Brent students returning after one or more years of absence from Brent. Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten applicants are interviewed, not tested.

For more information about our entrance tests, please see the first question on the Admissions FAQ page titled, “Do you give entrance tests?”

Admission Decision Possibilities

An applicant is approved for admission and the family pays the U.S. $600 non‑refundable Slot Reservation Deposit and signs the Admission Agreement form within three working days from the family’s receipt of the written notice of acceptance.
Wait pool
An applicant meets all admissions requirements and is accepted for admission, but space is not available in the grade for enrollment. The family may choose to pay a refundable U.S. $500 to be placed on our Wait Pool. The Admissions Office will notify the family if space becomes available. There is no guarantee that a space will open since it depends entirely upon if a currently enrolled student withdraws. Names remain on our Wait Pool (only for the academic year accepted for) until a space opens, or the family withdraws the application. It is advised to also seek enrollment at another school to ensure that the student has a school to attend.
Space availability can fluctuate on a weekly basis. A family might inquire and be given a positive response, but by the time documents are submitted be informed that spaces are no longer available. Since the Admissions Office has no control over the number of students applying or withdrawing, we appreciate your understanding if space availability changes. We realize that waiting for a space can be unsettling, and encourage families to share their questions and concerns.
An applicant is not approved for admission. The Admissions Committee is not able to predict success for the applicant at Brent International School Manila, either academically or behaviorally. A mandatory six‑month waiting period is required before a second application. The Admissions Office will keep the original application materials, and there is no need to pay the application fee if admission is sought within one year of the initial application. New academic records, confidential evaluation forms, and entrance tests are usually required for the second application.

Grade 11 and 12 Applicants (IB)

IB is an internationally recognized and externally examined diploma program. It consists of two‑year courses spread over grades 11 and 12. As a result, it is rare to accept a new student into grade 12. If a course schedule can be made guaranteeing the student will meet graduation requirements, then an acceptance can be offered.

No Guardians, No Dormitory on Campus

Students are required to live with at least one parent while enrolled at Brent. This policy is enforced beginning on the date an applicant is scheduled for entrance tests and interviews.