International School Manila

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Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between high schools and colleges. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided High School students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. In many cases, students who participate in the Program earn college credit. The Advanced Placement Program is very well established in the US and widely accepted by US colleges and universities.

ISM students have taken the examinations listed below in recent years.

Academic Area AP Examination Offered

Academic Area AP Examination Offered

English Literature and Composition*+

Spanish Language

Chinese Language and Culture


Biology +

Chemistry +

Physics B+

Physics C


Calculus AB +

Calculus BC +


History & Social Sciences

US History*

Human Geography*

European History

Macroeconomics +

Microeconomics +


General Computer Science A

* Subjects marked with an asterisk are taught classes.

+ If a student takes the appropriate IB class, a significant amount of the AP course is covered; with some additional preparation the student may be ready to take the examination.


The External Examination Requirement for IB and AP Courses

In order to validate and bring closure to an academic experience of this level, all students enrolled in an IB or AP course are required to take the external exams.

Note: There are fees associated with registering for IB and AP courses. Families will be invoiced separately for these expenses.