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What is the phone number and mailing address of the school?

The school trunk line is +632 798 0011 and the cell phone number is +63 917 798 0011.  The school mailing address is: Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, 1634 Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Alternatively, general inquiries may be addressed to: info@cismanila.org.

How do I arrange a campus tour?

Visitors are welcome to take a campus tour of CISM.  Please email admissions@cismanila.org or call Ms. Kitin Conchu of Admissions at +632 798 0011 to arrange a mutually suitable time.  As we would like to accommodate all visitors' requests, we highly discourage an unannounced drop-in as previously allocated schedules will be prioritized.  Tours last approximately thirty (30) minutes.

Parents of prospective students interested in applying for the following school year are encouraged to visit CISM's campus from October 1 onwards.  During this visit, parents will be furnished with an Admissions and Information Packet.

When can I start applying?

CISM is on a rolling admissions basis.  As some classes may be near capacity, students who are applying for the following school year are encouraged to commence the admissions process as soon as possible and lodge their Application Form, Medical Form and other required documentation with the Admissions Office.  Parents will be advised if there is a wait list for that particular grade level.  Currently, CISM has allocated a maximum of two sections per grade level.  A maximum of twenty (20) students per section will be accepted.

Kindly note that to establish a prospective student's academic readiness for CISM's curriculum, an admissions test will be administered.  The admissions test is not a test of mastery of specific subjects but rather an assessment of aptitude that focuses on measuring verbal, language and mathematical abilities.  Applicants do not have to "study" for the test.  The results of the admissions test and subsequent sit-in will determine the final grade level placement for the student applicant.

Why is CISM an "international" school?

CISM is duly recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School (www.ibo.org).  We are one (1) of only ten (10) international schools in the Philippines that is authorized to deliver the rigorous and challenging IB Diploma Programme. 

The International Baccalaureate offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools.  The IB works with 3,475 schools  in 144 countries to offer the various IB programmes to approximately 1,058,000 students. Over 1,800 colleges and universities worldwide recognize the IB Diploma Programme.  To search for universities that recognize the IB, please go to: http://www.ibo.org/recognition/university.

The CISM curriculum is aligned with the US Common Core State Standards.  Twice a year, CISM students from Grades 3 - 10 take online Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA, www.nwea.org) - Measures of Academic Progress assessments in mathematics, language usage, and reading.  MAP tests are adaptive and engaging assessments that adjust up and down in difficulty, depending on how a student responds to a question.  The real-time results, posted in each student's individual PowerSchool account, provide valuable, actionable data and rich insight into student learning and implications for informed instruction.  Scores produced by MAP allow CISM to evaluate each student's level of understanding around specific concepts and to track a student's progress from year to year.  CISM educators use the data for differentiating instruction and curriculum improvement while identifying learning readiness and opportunities for growth.

Is Chinese the primary medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction at CISM is English.  Mandarin classes, however, are taught daily, classified as a core subject (together with Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) and are mandatory for all students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 10.

Chinese heritage and culture are interspersed within the lessons.  To enhance competency in the language, students Grades 6 and up have the opportunity to participate in CISM's Chinese language and culture summer immersion program. For summer 2013, CISM has organized a Beijing Summer Camp at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.  For additional details, kindly refer to the Summer Program page.

Can my child cope at CISM if she/he doesn't speak any Chinese?

Mandarin classes are taught by specialist teachers in the framework of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL).  There are at least two levels of Mandarin classes per grade level to accommodate the differences in language competency.  CISM is equipped to accept students at any grade level with zero knowledge of Mandarin.

What level of Chinese can I expect my child to attain when she/he graduates from CISM?

The Chinese language program at CISM prepares students to qualify for acceptance into the IBDP Mandarin B course SL or HL in Grade 11.  Students who have little or no experience in Mandarin may be considered for the IBDP Mandarin Ab Initio course.  The CISM Chinese curriculum follows blended standards of the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban, english.hanban.org) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, www.actfl.org).  Grade level benchmarks support the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework. 

CISM has forged a tie up with the Hanban Confucius Institute to administer Chinese proficiency tests to its students. Grade 3 - 5 students and above are required to take the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) while those from Grade 6-12 take the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, www.hsk.org.cn),  international standardized exams to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers.  An official YCT or HSK Certificate is mailed to each student.

What percent of the faculty is composed of foreign nationals?

CISM is proud that its faculty is composed of mostly Filipino licensed teachers of the highest caliber, many of whom have returned from overseas teaching postings and hold Master degrees in their subject area of specialization.  Collectively, the CISM faculty have an average international school teaching experience of fifteen (15) years.  Twelve percent (12%) of the faculty are comprised of expatriates who add diversity to the enthusiastic, global-minded and caring group of CISM professionals.   CISM's top four (4) school heads have a combined average of fifteen (15) years international school teaching experience.

What kind of professional development do CISM teachers undertake?

CISM commits to developing leaders and nurturing life-long learners amongst its employees.  A significant portion of the school budget is set aside for professional learning for faculty and staff.  Enhancement of work competence is done through in-service training, study privileges, sponsorship of recognized experts to moderate on-campus/off-campus seminars, and participation in local or overseas workshops.  

What percent of the student population is composed of foreign nationals?

Forty six percent (46%) of the CISM student population are foreign nationals / dual citizens spanning representation from twenty eight (28) countries.  Filipino nationals comprise the balance of fifty four percent (54%).  The top 5 foreign nationalities represented are: American, Korean, Australian, French, and Taiwanese.

How big and what are the physical provisions in the classrooms at CISM?

Each air-conditioned classroom at CISM is a spacious sixty five (65) square meters.  There is an abundance of natural light coming from four large picture windows with outdoor views.  Glass panels facing the interior school corridor further maximize the lighting and create a sense of space and openness.  Kindergarten and Elementary School classrooms are all equipped with individual sinks.  There is a minimum provision in each classroom of a Lenovo All-In-One ThinkCentre desktop with internet connection, a printer, and a projector.  CISM currently subscribes to twenty five (25) Mbps of dedicated fiber optic bandwidth allocated to its students, faculty and staff, allowing for high-speed internet connection.  The entire CISM building is fully Wi-Fi capable.

What is the student:teacher ratio?

The current student:teacher ratio is 6:1.  In Kindergarten and Elementary School, Homeroom teachers handle the four core subjects: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Specialized faculty members teach Chinese and other subjects such as Art, Music, Physical Education, and Digital Literacy.  In Middle and High School,  teachers handle classes according to subject expertise.