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Admissions Process

Entrance tests and interviews take place on Brent’s campus, and are necessary to make grade placement and acceptance decisions. Every applicant is interviewed, and tests are given to students in Kindergarten and above.

Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten

Formal tests are not given to children applying to Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten.

The Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal each meet with the child separately, and like to see that s/he:
• separates from parent for the interview,
• focuses on the toys, conversation, or activity,
• follows basic directions.

General behavior and developmental readiness are most important at these young ages. There are no required academic skills to enter Nursery or Pre-Kindergarten, but during the interviews it is noted if the child has been exposed to colors, shapes, numbers 1-5, the ABC song, etc.

Children might be in diapers at the time of the interview, but it is expected that diapers will no longer be needed by the time of enrollment (during the school day, 8am to 11:20am).

Kindergarten
A short pattern and sequencing assessment is given to Kindergarten applicants, which gives the Admissions Committee an idea of the child’s critical thinking and reasoning skills.

When meeting separately with the Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal, children are asked to do activities such as:
• identify colors, shapes, numbers 0-10,
• identify capital and lower case letters / read sight words,
• explain what is happening in a picture,
• write their name,
• draw a picture,
• share about their school, friends, and hobbies.

ESL
Specific tests for students not yet proficient in English are given to students in Grades 1-5.

Grades 1 and 2
A short pattern and sequencing assessment is given to Grade 1 and 2 applicants, which gives the Admissions Committee an idea of the child’s critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Tests in math, spelling, and reading are given, as well as a writing prompt so that the Admissions Committee can review a short writing sample.

These tests are completed with paper and pencil, and the Admissions Office assists children with the directions.

Grades 3-11
Tests in three areas are given:
• MAP® (Reading Comprehension, Language Usage, and Math)
• Writing sample (1 paragraph for Grades 3-5, a few paragraphs for Grades 6-8, an essay for Grades 9-12)
• Pattern and sequencing assessment
• Grades 9-12 also take an algebra test

MAP® (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are given using the computers in the Admissions testing room. Applicants answer 20 multiple choice questions in each area of Reading Comprehension, Language Usage, and Math. Each test generally takes less than 30 minutes, and there is no time limit.

MAP® is an assessment created by NWEA —Northwest Evaluation Association—a global not-for-profit educational services organization based in Oregon, USA. If the applicant’s current school administers MAP® tests, the family is welcome to submit the most recent scores so that Admissions can determine if MAP® can be waived in the test and interview process at Brent.

Brent School gives longer MAP® tests at the beginning and end of the school year to enrolled students in grades 3-12. For more information about MAP® and how Brent School uses the results, please visit the Academics section for Curriculum at http://brent.edu.ph/maptesting/

Brent’s philosophy is that students are practicing and studying simply by being enrolled in school. As a result, study materials are not provided for our entrance tests.

After testing, the student interviews with the Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, and Principal. At least one parent must accompany the student.

Grade 12
It is very rare for Brent to accept a new student to Grade 12. It is ideal if students attend Brent for both grades 11 and 12 for consistency in our International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Applicants to Grade 12 would follow the entrance test and interview process for Grades 3-11 explained above.

Brent takes into consideration the birth date of the student and the grade level most recently completed. For the younger students, developmental readiness is also evaluated. Our goal is to place students with age-appropriate peers in the next logical step of their curricular path in order to predict a high level of academic and social success.

Brent uses December 31 as a cut off date for grade placement. Nursery students should turn three years old by December 31 of the year they are enrolled (and be potty-trained). Pre-Kindergarten students should turn four years old by December 31. Kindergarten students should turn five years old, first grade students should turn six, etc…

Due to having a cut-off date later than most schools, the Admissions Committee is often conservative with Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten applicants having October, November, and December birthdays. Even if an applicant’s birthday is before Brent’s cut-off date, the grade level below might be recommended for the sake of developmental readiness. Acceptance decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind both the skills of the applicant and the students already enrolled in Brent.

If an applicant seeks enrollment at Brent significantly after the start of our school year without having started the grade level applying for, a placement at Brent in the same grade level completed at their previous school can be expected. This situation occurs mostly with applicants from Australia due to our academic calendars being off by half of a year. Even if a high school student is quite capable academically, not being able to meet graduation requirements due to missing course credits prevents Brent from promoting a student to the next grade level. This will lengthen a student’s time in a particular grade level by a few weeks or months, and this extension often serves to aid in the student’s transition by allowing them needed time to adjust to the teachers, curriculum and new friends at Brent.

The short answer is yes, but keep a few things in mind.

It is beneficial to complete the entire admissions process as soon as possible to take advantage of any available slots. Document submission is just the first step.

One of the many things the Admissions office is proud of is our ability to complete tests and interviews in one day, and most often share the acceptance decision with the family before they leave campus. Very few international schools in South-East Asia can say they do the same. In order to achieve this, and be efficient with everyone’s time, all of the application documents need to be submitted to set appointments.

Document submission does not reserve a slot, it simply allows the family to work with the Admissions Secretary to set the test and interview appointments. The full Admissions Committee (Director for Admissions, Guidance Counselor, Principal) reviews the documents when interviewing the applicant, in conjunction with the entrance test results. The acceptance decision is made on the day of appointments since that is when the Admissions Committee dedicates specific time to the applicant.

If a company will be billed for tuition payment, then a slot is reserved once the Admissions Secretary has received both a Guarantee Payment Letter from the company and the needed documents from the family. A reserved slot does not assure acceptance.

While we are thorough with our document collection, what we collect is in line with the majority of international schools our same size in South-East Asia. The documents collected allow Brent to make informed acceptance decisions and best support students once enrolled.

A family moving from the UK emailed Admissions with the following:
How will this work as the family will be relocating to Manila on December 28th and naturally Brent will be closed throughout the Christmas/New Year period? We surely don’t wish to be in a situation not knowing that the children will be formally accepted a few days before the new term begins. This would be very worrying and stressful, as you will appreciate.

Since entrance tests and interviews are done in person on Brent’s campus, and are necessary to make grade placement and acceptance decisions, families will sometimes make a special trip to Manila well before the expected enrollment date in order to receive the final decision. If the decision is positive and space is available, the family has peace of mind knowing that all is well. If the decision is not positive, it gives the family time to problem solve and look for an alternate school.

If a special trip to Manila is not possible, families move when it makes sense for their situation and children can take some time to transition while waiting for the test and interview process. This can mean missing the first few days of classes, which is not unusual. (The test and interview process generally takes one day, and one additional day is needed between that process and enrollment to prepare for the student’s arrival into the classrooms.)

Families are welcome to email or call the Admissions Office to talk through their situation so that we can advise on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if Brent has available space, and applicants have very positive report cards and discipline histories, a positive acceptance decision is predicted.

Please visit the Enrollment Process section for complete information.

http://brent.edu.ph/admissions/enrollment-process

A Slot can be reserved if Brent’s Accounting Office will bill a company directly for tuition payments.

Three initial documents are needed to reserve a slot:
1. Guarantee Payment Letter from the company
2. Application completed by the family
3. Health Form completed by the family

All other application documents listed on the Application Checklist can be submitted at a later date.

A reserved slot does not assure acceptance. The reserved slot gives the family peace of mind knowing that if the child is accepted a slot is indeed available.

For families not able to reserve a slot, it is recommended to ask the Admissions Office about slot availability. Keep in mind that slot availability can change from week to week and month to month, so inquire about slots as often as needed.

Student Life

Brent’s school year generally begins early August, and finishes the end of May. The school has a vacation for Christmas and Easter, and observes Philippine holidays.

School Calendar SY 2017-2018

Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten students attend Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 11:20am.

Kindergarten through Grade 12 students attend Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 2:35pm.

There are two exceptions to the above information. 1) For all students, Thursdays are a “late start” day, with classes beginning at 8:40am so that teachers can attend curriculum meetings. The school day ends at the regular time on Thursdays. 2) On Friday, classes end at 2:00pm instead of 2:35pm.

Offices are closed on the weekends.

Brent students have two uniforms. One is for regular academic classes and one is for Physical Education (PE) classes. The uniforms are the same for Nursery through grade 12 and are available to purchase at Brent.

Girls wear a plaid skirt and a white shirt with Brent’s logo on the pocket for regular classes while boys wear khaki pants and a maroon polo shirt with Brent’s logo on the pocket.

PE uniforms for girls and boys consist of maroon shorts and a white T-shirt with the Brent logo. “House shirts” (emerald, gold, azure) are also required for school-wide House activities.

School supplies and textbooks are covered in the cost of tuition and are generally given on the first day of school. Students may use their own backpacks or bags.
Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten students bring a snack from home; students in these grade levels will be home for lunch. Students in Kindergarten through 5 should bring a snack, but they can buy lunch at school in addition to bringing lunch from home. A hot lunch menu is available for Kindergarten through grade 2 students and it is posted on our Website. Grades 3 through 12 also have a hot lunch menu, but also have choices in the main cafeteria such as rice with meat toppings, a salad bar, sandwiches, soup, pizza, pasta, chicken, and more. Students can bring lunch from home, if they prefer, and reheat their food in our microwaves. Students purchase food using their pre-loaded ID cards. A minimum of 500 pesos is required to load the card. A receipt is always offered with purchases. Please talk with your children about appropriate food choices. A vegetarian substitution is available for the main meat entree.
Students joining on the first day of the new school year are welcomed by their school level office (secretary, guidance), teachers, and students. It is ideal if new students first attend Open House, which is generally held a few days before the new school year starts. Open House gives new students the opportunity to tour the classes, meet teachers, students, and their guidance counselor and principal.

For students joining the school year late, Brent’s ROARS Welcome Team gets involved. ROARS stands for Reaching Out to All Recent Students. The program is is slightly different from one school level to the next, but in general homeroom teachers and guidance counselors work with members of Student Council to select “buddies” for the new students. Recognizing that joining any school after the year has started can be a cause of nerves for new students, Brent works at pairing up new students with a student who is an active member of Brent’s community. Having a student to eat lunch with, and ask questions of–knowing the student volunteered to do exactly that–helps our new members feel welcome and connected.

Guidance Counselors and Principals in Middle and Upper School host an annual New Student Lunch first semester. New students enjoy food and drinks provided by the school, and through fun activities are encouraged to provide feedback on how their start to Brent was. This feedback (some serious, some lighthearted) is used to improve our process of welcoming new students in future years. Some actual responses from new students are:

What do you like most about Brent?
Way of teaching
I have made many friends from different countries
Everyone is nice
Lots of activities to do
The facilities
Everything
There are so many people here to help you
FOOD 🙂

What changes would make Brent even better?
Late start everyday–not just Thursday
The locker lock was hard to learn to open
No uniform 🙂
I’m satisfied right now 🙂
More foreign language options
Longer lunch time
Back rests on the lunch tables
No homework

After-school activities are an important part of the Brent experience. Students are encouraged to join a club or sport to further their development as a well-rounded individual, as well as make friends outside of class.

You are encouraged to visit the Activities section of the website for more information. The current “Sports, Activities, Recreation and Clubs” pamphlet posted there will show you the opportunities for your child’s grade level. (A small sample of examples includes Lego Club, Dance, Orchestra, Computer Club, Chess, Robotics Club, Academic Bowl, National Honor Society, Golf, Taekwondo, Cross Country, Swim Club, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer.)

Brent supports students in mind, body and spirit. In addition to the rapport between faculty and students, this support is scheduled weekly through the set academic curriculum, physical education classes, and occasional religious activities. All students are required to go through Brent’s established curriculum.

Brent’s religion curriculum is non-evangelistic. Students practicing Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and other religions participate in our Christian-based curriculum without experiencing discrimination.

Lower School religion courses meet once a week and are gospel based. Weekly chapels are lively and are structured around themes such as responsibility, friendship, and honesty—values that the general population agree on as important, regardless of religious orientation.

Middle School religion courses study the main religions of the world, with the understanding that well-educated people should have this knowledge, in addition to Christianity. Weekly chapels are also lively and theme based.

Upper School students attend religion classes for a semester of grades 9, 10 and 11. Courses focus on the influence of the Old Testament in the foundational ideas of Western Civilization (grade 9), exploring the life and teachings of Jesus and the spread of Christianity (grade 10), and encouraging students to think critically and cogently about current moral and ethical issues, considering various religious and secular approaches (grade 11). Upper School students also attend a weekly chapel.

English Support (ESL) and Foreign Language

Please visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) section under Academics for complete information –
http://brent.edu.ph/academics/esl/
Our foreign language program begins in grade 6. Students in Middle and Upper School have a choice between French, Spanish, Mandarin and Tagalog. Many families wanting their elementary-aged children to receive foreign language instruction have been successful in finding private tutors to come to their homes.

High School and Beyond

“The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” (Mission Statement of the IBO)

The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized two-year program (grades 11 and 12) of studies with syllabi and external examinations developed by the IBO in Geneva, Switzerland. Seniors who score high on IB exams not only fulfill Brent’s graduation requirements, but may also receive college credit in universities in America, Canada, University of the Philippines and Enderun Colleges based in Manila.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate tab for more information –
http://brent.edu.ph/academics/international-baccalaureate/

The majority of Brent’s students enroll in universities and colleges in North America. Students receive support in the university application and selection process from our Upper School Guidance Counselors. For details about the specific schools where recent graduates have been accepted and matriculated to, please see our Upper School Profile.

Transportation

We have a fleet of Brent owned and operated buses with routes providing service to communities north of Brent. In addition to a driver, a bus attendant is assigned in order to provide supervision and assistance to students. A security guard is also present on our longest routes.

Other Information for Parents

Absolutely! Brent has a very active PTA (Parent Teacher Association) that is involved at all grade levels. The primary purposes of the PTA are to promote an atmosphere of goodwill and cooperation, and to promote a continuous channel of communication between the many groups of the Brent community.

Studies have shown that students perform better when parents take an active role in the school, and we enjoy the involvement and help of those parents who have time to volunteer. Parents can attend meetings where current issues are discussed and future events are planned, sign up for any of our existing committees and projects, be a Homeroom Parent or Grade Level Representative, chaperone field trips, and more.

The Alabang communities have a high population of Brent students due to the close proximity. Students do, however, live in Makati, Pasig, Tagaytay, Los Banos, and other areas.
It is the responsibility of families to ensure that students are covered with current and comprehensive health insurance while enrolled at Brent. Should an accident occur on school property, or during a school-related event, the school’s liability will not exceed PHP 50,000.00.
Brent is an ideal choice for families looking for a school to support students in mind, body and spirit. The whole child is important to us. This is evident in the Brent curriculum and in our teaching professionals who differentiate curriculum where appropriate to account for the various ways students best learn and the differing prior knowledge each student brings with them.

Brent provides a supportive and friendly environment for the whole family. This is especially important to those families in transition who are new to the Philippines. New families frequently report finding a “home away from home” after joining the Brent Family. Our active PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is an important part of our school, and there are many ways to be involved.

A small but important factor that should not be overlooked is that our location south of Manila has the benefit of cleaner air, which is becoming increasingly more important.

The best way to decide if Brent is your best choice is to make an appointment with the Admissions Office for a tour. While touring our facilities and experiencing the friendly atmosphere on campus, it is not uncommon for a parent to say, “I wish I could go to school here!” Please visit, and see for yourself what makes Brent a unique environment in the Philippines.