An applicant’s entrance test experience is based on his/her age, academic history, level of English, and recent report cards.
Students applying to Kindergarten and above might do some math, writing, and/or reading.
Formal tests are not given to children applying to Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten. The Admissions Committee likes to see that these youngest applicants can focus for a few minutes on the conversation or activity, and follow some simple 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, and numbers 1-5. 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).
Brent takes several factors into consideration when deciding grade level placement.
Grade level most recently completed or currently enrolled in
Birth date of the applicant
Entrance test scores
Fluency in English
The students already enrolled at Brent
Brent’s goal is to place students with age-appropriate peers, without missing part of an academic school year. A high level of academic and social success can then be predicted.
If an applicant seeks enrollment at Brent significantly after the start of our school year without having started the grade level applying to, a placement at Brent in the same grade level already completed at their previous school can be expected. For example, this situation commonly occurs with applicants from Korea and Australia due to different academic calendars. This lengthens a student’s time in a particular grade level, and this extension often serves to aid in the student’s transition to Brent by allowing them needed time to adjust to a new curriculum, new friends–and sometimes a new language and country.
Brent uses December as a cut off date for grade placement. Nursery students should turn three by December of the year they are enrolled (and be potty-trained). Pre-Kindergarten students should turn four by December. Kindergarten students should turn five years old, first grade students should turn six, etc. Due to having a very late cut-off date, the Admissions Committee is conservative with young applicants. Even if an applicant’s birthday is before December, the grade level below might be recommended for the sake of developmental readiness. Acceptance decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
A seat is reserved if a company will be billed for the tuition payments. Admissions will acknowledge receipt of the Guarantee Payment Letter from the company, and review the online application and uploaded documents. A reserved seat does not, however, assure acceptance. Company Dependents still need to qualify for acceptance.
For families being billed for the tuition payments, a seat is reserved when the Slot Reservation Fee has been paid–after the Principal has offered an acceptance. If not paid within a few business days, the seat can be given to another accepted student. Keep in mind a few things:
Applying online, uploading documents, and scheduling test and interview appointments does not change the status of the applicant. A seat in a grade level is not reserved in these early steps of the admissions process.
A family might inquire about seat availability of the grade level applying to and be informed by Admissions that seats are available, but by the time the Principal offers an acceptance the grade level has been filled. Seat availability can change within months, weeks, and even days.
Families are encouraged to schedule the test and interview appointments for the soonest available day on their schedule, and check with Admissions as often as needed regarding seat availability. This includes families new to Brent as well as families who already have other children enrolled at Brent. Admissions cannot get back to each applying family and inform them when it has shifted to being accepted to the Wait Pool.
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.
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.
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
There are so many people here to help you
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.