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    Upon entering ninth grade a student's formal college-preparatory course workbegins. Grades earned during the final four years at BRENT IBS compose the transcriptthat is sent to colleges.

As students mature, they are given increasing control over their free time.They learn the rewards of using their free periods wisely to study, conductresearch and seek help as needed.

   The Upper School is distinct from the Lower School in both geographyand organization. Students entering the seventh grade make a transition todepartmentalized instruction and assume a more significant role in fulfillingtheir academic responsibilities. Many extracurricular and athletic opportunities areavailable.

   As students mature, they are given increasing control over their free time.They learn the rewards of using their free periods wisely to study, conductresearch and seek help as needed.


Course of Study

   The curriculum of BRENT IBS is designed to meet the entrance requirements ofleading colleges. At the same time, it is sufficiently flexible and broad ofscope to meet individual needs.

   Minimal requirements for a diploma (see below) are supplemented by electiveswhich depend on the aptitudes and interests of each student. Each student makesup a course of study annually in consultation with parents, counselors, theDean of Faculty, and the appropriate department head.


Diploma Requirements

   Students take a minimum of four courses each semester, not including art,music, and physical education. Five courses are encouraged, and no student willbe allowed to take more than six courses.

Sixteen units are required for a diploma. They must include the following:

1. Four years of English.

2. Four  years of the same foreignlanguage.*

3. Four years of math through Algebra II and math through the junior year.*

4. Four years of history including Europe and the Modern World in Grade 9and Economics in Grade 11.

5. Four  years of science, one ofwhich must be biology and the other a choice of chemistry, chem com, physics,or conceptual physics.

6. Required courses in art, music, religion, guidance, and physicaleducation.

* A grade of C- or higher is required for placement in the next sequentiallevel.

The rest of a student’s courses may be selected from a wide range ofelectives to bring the total to sixteen.


Provision for Gifted and Accelerated Students

  BRENT IBS  accommodates students ofall ability levels. Just as extra help from teachers and peer tutors assiststhose having trouble with a subject, a variety of provisions is also availablefor gifted and accelerated students.

  Advanced Placement courses are offered in 15 different subject areas, fromEnglish and history to calculus and all three major sciences. Languages,computer and art also offer advanced placement courses culminating in AP examswhich may earn a student college credit while still in high school. Studentsmay also accelerate in math, computer and languages commensurate with theirtalent and background.


Examinations and Reports

   Final examinations are held at the end of each semester and test the work ofterminating courses.

   Reports are sent to the parents of all students at the end of each quarter(see School Calendar). In addition, mid-quarter reports are mailed to parentsif a student is having academic difficulty.


A Typical Six-Year Program

The following six-year program will serve as a general guide for enteringstudents:

7th Grade:

8th Grade:





Philippine History & Geography 7

History & Geography 8



General Science


Foreign Language

Foreign Language

The Arts


Guidance/Physical Education*

Physical Education


9th Grade:

10th Grade:









Foreign Language

Foreign Language

World History

Physical Education

Art/Physical Education/Computer*




Failed Courses

   Grades 7 and 8: A student must repeat a failed course in order to continueat BRENT IBS. If repeating is not in the student’s best interest, an alternateprovision will be made, or withdrawal from BRENT IBS  will be advised.

   Grades 9-10: Failed courses receive no credit, and the failure counts in thecomputation of the GPA. A student may (and in some cases, must) repeat a failedcourse. Only the grade earned in repeating the course counts in the GPA, andthe student receives credit for the course. The failing grade remains on thepermanent record card and transcript.

   Seniors: A senior who fails a 1st semester course must repeat it in the 2ndsemester if it is offered. If it is not offered, a comparable course in thesame department will be selected with the approval of the College Counselor andDean of Upper School. A senior who fails a required year or second semestercourse must repeat it (or a comparable one approved by the Dean) satisfactorilybefore receiving a diploma and may not participate in the graduation ceremony.




Honors and Advanced Placement Expectations

  Students are expected to maintain an average of 90 or better in honors andadvanced placement courses. Students enrolled in AP courses must take the APexamination. Failure to do so without prior administrative approval will resultin a failure for the course.


Independent Study Program

  Seniors and second semester juniors are eligible to present a proposal forindependent study in a subject not offered as a regular course at BRENT IBS. Astudent may request honors or regular weighting or a pass-fail grade. Theproposal must be approved by the Dean of Upper School; interested studentsshould see him for information.


Academic Probation

   A student is placed on academic probation when, in the judgment of theteachers, counselors, and deans, he or she is not realizing sufficient academicsuccess to warrant continued matriculation. In such cases a period of time isset within which the student must demonstrate significant improvement or facedismissal.

   A student on either academic or disciplinary probation may not hold electiveoffice nor receive school awards at Honors Day assemblies or graduationceremonies.



   A student who fails any course, or any quarter of any course, is excludedfrom school-sponsored extra-curricular activities for at least the first fourweeks (until the mid-quarter evaluation) of the following quarter.

   Eligibility is determined on a quarterly basis. A student failing any courseor any quarter of any course is ineligible for the first half of theimmediately subsequent quarter.

   Fourth quarter failures carry over to the first quarter of the followingyear unless the failed course is passed in summer school, or unless the teacherof the failed course presents mitigating circumstances at the year-end gradelevel meeting in .March

   Extra-curricular activities from which a failing student shall be excludedinclude but are not necessarily limited to: Drama, Cheerleading, Politics,Speech and Debate, Athletics.

  A student who is declared ineligible may not practice, rehearse or participatein any way in any extra-curricular activity for the entire term of theineligibility. The only exception to this is that a student may attend tryoutsfor a team. If successful in making the team, the student may not participatein subsequent practices or workouts until after regaining eligibility.

  At the mid-quarter evaluation period, an ineligible student must be earningpassing grades in all courses in order to regain eligibility for the remainderof the quarter.

  Courses failed in the fourth quarter may be made up in summer school. Thestudent usually must retake the failed course at BRENT IBS  if the BRENT IBS Summer School offers it.       Courses taken at other schools must have advance approval from the Dean ofUpper School before grade or credit will be granted by BRENT IBS. Englishcourses can not be repeated for credit in the summer.


Academic Dismissal

   The Headmaster, acting upon the recommendation of the teachers, counselors,and deans, may drop a student from BRENT IBSS for academic reasons at any timewhen in the opinion of the teachers, counselors and administrators continued studyat BRENT IBS  is not in the student’sbest interest.


Course Withdrawls

   Courses may be dropped or changed only until the first mid-quarterevaluation for that course. For second semester courses, that would be thethird mid-quarter. Drops or changes after the first mid-quarter require theapproval of the Dean of Upper School. Courses dropped without such approval arerecorded as failures.

   Semester courses dropped with administrative approval between the firstmid-quarter and the first quarter grading period of a course are recorded as W(withdrawn).

Semester courses dropped with administrative approval after the firstquarter (or third quarter for second semester electives) are recorded as WP(withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing).

   Year courses dropped with administrative approval after the firstmid-quarter but before the first quarter are recorded W (withdrawn). Yearcourses dropped during the second quarter with administrative approval arerecorded WP or WF. Year courses dropped after the first semester are recordedas failures.

   Any course dropped without the approval of the instructor and the Dean ofUpper School is recorded as a failure and will be so calculated in the GPA.