HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE 2012
"Students at the International School of Myanmar will acquire the skills and attitudes necessary... to be caring, independent, productive and responsible citizens; ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world."
COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL: The International School of Myanmar (ISM) was founded in 1988 and is a privately owned, coeducational institution providing nationals and expatriates living in Yangon a quality college preparatory education. ISM serves students from Pre-K through to Grade 12.
ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).
ENROLLMENT: Secondary School enrollment stands at 299 students representing 12 nationalities with 84% Myanmar and 16% Korean, Malaysian, American, Indian, Taiwanese, Australian, Pakistan, Indonesian, German, Thai and Chinese.
ADMISSIONS: Admission to ISM is selective and based on a student's ability to perform well on college preparatory work. The International School of Myanmar does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin.
FACULTY: The high school employs 25 full time staff, 10 teaching assistants, a Director, a High School Principal, two Counselors, a Curriculum Coordinator, and an Athletic Director. Faculty members are recruited internationally. 92% of our teachers are recruited internationally and come from The United States, Canada, Great Britain, Wales, France, Pakistan, China, Philippines, Taiwan, and Zambia. More than 65% of our faculty holds advanced degrees. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 12 to 1.
SCHOOL CALENDAR: There are 180 school days divided into 2 semesters. The First Semester begins in the first week of August and ends in the third week of December. The Second Semester begins in the second week of January and ends in the last week of May.
CURRICULUM: The curriculum at ISM is Standards Based, College Preparatory and follows a North American Curriculum. AP Exams are offered in the most advanced courses. All courses are taught in English, foreign languages are the only exception. Each course at ISM is yearlong and a student earns two credits per year, one each semester.
SPECIAL CURRICULUM FEATURES: The high school runs on a block schedule. Many ISM students begin their high school math and foreign language sequences in Middle School; a ninth grade transcript that has Geometry and Mandarin 2 on it indicates the students have taken the prerequisite courses in grade eight. In addition, there is a "Week Without Walls" in February which encourages students to seek educational and community service opportunities outside school boundaries.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: The minimum credits to graduate are 24 credits. To be eligible for graduation, every student must have fulfilled the following requirements:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of History
- 3 years of Math
- 3 years of Lab Science
- 2 years of World Language
- 1 year of Fine Arts
- 1 year of Computer