Expats Guide: International Schools – Are They Worth It and what is the Cost?

International Schools in Manila

If there is one thing that stresses expats with families, it’s probably where to enroll their children for the incoming semester. Traveling is especially taxing for children who have no option but to move from one school to another every year (or worse, every quarter).

When left with no other choice, expats usually go for entering their kids to international schools. There are bother benefits and disadvantages to entering your child to one of these schools. A known drawback is that a year in an international school can set you back pretty hard financially. There’s also very minimal exposure to the local culture and language of your current residency. But if chances are you foresee traveling and relocating in a few months’ or years’ time, then international schools are your best bet for a quality education.


Listed in this article are three top international schools in Manila. Check out their locations, tuition fees and why you should consider them the school of your choice.


International School Manila

Website: http://www.ismanila.org/

Address: International School Manila, University Parkway, Fort Bonifacio Global, Taguig City


Educational Level

Basic Fees per Semester

(Covers two quarters)

Basic Fees per Year


(Covers Preschool 3 to Preschool 4)


$7,600 + Php 244,000


$3,800 + Php 122,000

Elementary School

(Covers Kindergarten to 4th Grade)


$12,000 + Php 383,000


$6,000 + Php 191,500

Middle School

(Covers 5th Grade to 8th Grade)


$13,100 + Php 420,000


$6,550 + Php 210,000

High School

(Covers 9th Grade to 10th Grade)


$13,920 + Php 470,000


$6,960 + Php 223,500

High School

(Covers 11th Grade to 12th Grade)


$15,500 + Php 500,000


$7,775 + Php 250,000


Considered to be one of the most prestigious international schools in the country, International School Manila (ISM) is an amazing educational playground to enroll your child in. It offers a very holistic educational program with an academic curriculum that allows every student to earn not just an ISM diploma but an International Baccalaureate diploma as well. Simply put, graduates of ISM are eligible to study in renowned universities around the Globe. Actually, a lot of this school’s graduates go off to pursue their college degrees in colleges and universities in North America and Europe. The school also promotes a healthy well being by having activities that support this. From inter-batch sports competitions to fine arts and performance, your child will definitely have fun donning the Bearcat spirit.


Brent International School Manila

Website: http://brent.edu.ph/

Address: Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna


Educational LevelBasic Fees per QuarterBasic Fees per SemesterBasic Fees per Year



$3,376 +

Php 154,664

$1,688 +

Php 77,332

$844 +

Php 38,666


$4.336 +

Php 198,900

$2,168 +

Php 99,450

$1,084 +

Php 49,725

Lower School

(Covers Kindergarten to 5th Grade)

$8,204 +

Php 376,812

$4,102 +

Php 188,406

$2,051 +

Php 94,203

Middle School

(Covers 6th Grade to 8th Grade)

$8,784 +

Php 403,512

$4,392 +

Php 201,756

$2,196 +

Php 100,878

Upper School

(Covers 9th Grade to 12th Grade)

$9,120 +

Php 418,900

$4,560 +

Php 209,450

$2,280 +

Php 104,725


If you are looking for an international school that focuses not just on educational excellence but spiritual enhancement as well, Brent International is the place to enroll your child in. Affiliated with the Central Diocese of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines and founded by Bishop Charles Henry Brent in 1909 in Baguio City, the institution promotes holistic development of each student. Their academic curriculum is globally competitive and similar to that of ISM, Brent students have the option to graduate with an IB diploma.


Since Brent has been around longer than most international schools in the country, it has been able to establish 3 branches in different locations – one in Binan, Laguna, another in Baguio and the third one in Subic, Zambales.


British School Manila

Website: https://www.britishschoolmanila.org/

Address: 36th Street, University Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


Educational LevelBasic Fees per TermBasic Fees per Year
NurseryGBP 800 + Php 76,200GBP 2,400 + Php 228,600
Reception to Year 6GBP 1,605 + Php 151,580GBP 4,815 + Php 454,740
Year 7 to 9GBP 1,790 + Php 171,520GBP 5,370 + Php 514,560
Year 10 to 11GBP 1,890 + Php 179,930GBP 5,670 + Php 539,90
Year 12 to 13GBP 2,090 + Php 198,155GBP 6,270 + Php 594,465


The British School Manila boasts of its personalized teaching, having smaller classrooms for a more personal teaching approach. The school offers the highest quality of British education following an adapted English National Curriculum done from Nursery through out the 9th grade. Similar to ISM and Brent, British School Manila graduates are also eligible to get an International Baccalaureate diploma, which will allow them to study in prestigious universities all over the globe. The school is also in its 6th year of accreditation by the Council of International Schools, one of the world’s best accreditation bodies available to international educational institutions. More than the academic curriculum, BSM also promotes a holistic and progressive learning experience by exposing students to real life world problems that will shape the way they approach issues and dilemmas in their adult lives.

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