Admissions Criteria

Brent International School Manila is a college preparatory institution. Applicants interested in enrolling should apply with passing grades and a history of good behavior at 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 makes decisions in the best interest of the applicant, as well as in the best interest of the grade level and school.

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

  • Entrance test results.
  • Report cards 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.
  • Availability of learning support, if needed.
  • Interviews with the applicant. At least one parent is required to accompany the applicant.

The Admissions Committee has the right not to accept an applicant on the day of tests and interviews. Efforts are made to inform a family in advance if acceptance is not predicted, but sometimes it is the day of the scheduled appointments that makes it clear that acceptance is not possible.

The Admissions Committee has the right to determine the grade level and subjects deemed most appropriate for the student’s success.

English Support (ESL/ELL)

Beginners in English are accepted only into grades 5 and below.
For grades 6 and 7, at least intermediate English skills are required for acceptance.
By grade 8, students should have advanced English skills for acceptance.
Applicants must be fluent in English to be accepted to Grade 9 and above, which means excellent reading and writing skills.

Brent’s entrance tests will help determine the level of fluency of the applicant.
Students receive ESL/ELL instruction when their mainstreamed classmates meet for English class. ESL/ELL students are usually part of the mainstream class for all other subjects. Exceptions are made for beginners who might need to meet more often.
In Grades 6, 7, and 8 ESL/ELL students do not take a foreign language class, but instead take a second English class.

No Dormitory on Campus. Guardianships Need Approved.

Students are expected to live with at least one parent full-time while enrolled at Brent. Please inform Admissions when submitting documents if your family has a special circumstance that needs discussed and approved.

Student Services / Special Needs Program

The Student Services Program at Brent International School Manila is designed for students with mild needs. Students in our program should function in and benefit from the regular curriculum with minimal extra support aimed at bridging any gaps between a student’s abilities and the classroom expectations.

Applicants in need of support are considered on a case-by-case basis. The decision to accept and retain a student needing support is based on space availability in our program and our ability to meet the needs of the student–while ensuring the regular classroom environment is maintained.

Please submit documents relevant to your situation, in addition to the standard online application process:

  • Brent’s Resource Teacher Form should be completed by the current / recent school and emailed to the Admissions Office.
  • Documentation that provided the diagnoses.
  • Official evaluations and assessment reports (Speech, OT, Psych Ed reports, etc.)
  • Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
  • Learning Plan (LP)
  • Relevant medical reports

Decision Possibilities

Qualified applicants are considered for the same slots regardless of their nationality. Sometimes slots are not available for a qualified applicant and a Wait Pool is utilized. Sometimes an applicant is Not Accepted. Read more about decision possibilities below.


A qualified applicant is approved for admission, with a slot to enroll. The family (or company) pays the Slot Reservation Fee within three business days of receiving the acceptance letter.


A qualified applicant is approved for admission, but space is not available to enroll. The family (or company) pays the refundable Wait Pool Fee to be considered if a slot opens.

There is no guarantee that a space will open. Names remain on the Wait Pool (only for the academic year accepted for) until either a space opens or the family withdraws the application. Admissions will notify the family if a space opens.

Space availability can fluctuate even within a short time. A family might inquire and be told space is available, but by the time documents are submitted or on the day of the admissions appointments, learn that it is full. Since Admissions does not control how many apply or withdraw, or the number of sections offered, we appreciate your patience with our office. Oh, how we wish we had a crystal ball! Waiting for a space can be unsettling, and we encourage families to share their questions and concerns so that we can inform the Principal and Headmaster’s Office about a specific family when needed.


An applicant is not approved for admission. The Admissions Committee does not predict success for the applicant academically and / or socially.