Aguinaldo International School Manila was first established in June 1999 as Emilio Aguinaldo College Science High School (EAC-SHS); a school for gifted students. The school started with just 11 enrollees and has grown steadily to its current population of about 400 students. Dr. Mercedes T. Hernandez acted as the first principal of the high school followed by Mrs. Hilaria G. Sus in the second year and Ms. Lilian G. Alfonso in the third year. EAC-SHS was granted official recognition by the Department of Education on September 20, 2004. From November 2004 to June 2008 Principal Eloisa E Olivera led the school. Ms Lileth L. Cuaresma took over as the head teacher in June 2008 and joined with a newly appointed superintendent from New Zealand, Mr. Keith Jones who subsequently renamed the school Aguinaldo International School and began a process of modernizing the facilities and internationalizing the curriculum and teaching. As a result, the school has added some 10 nationalities over the past three years. In July 2011, Mr. Timothy Boulton was appointed as the school’s superintendent, and turned-over the over-all leadership to Ms. Lileth Cuaresma in July 2017. It was July 2015 when AIS officially opened the SpEd program which caters students with special needs. In 2016, AIS opened its Senior High School program which offers General Academic Strand under the Academic Track of the Philippine Department of Education. Currently, AIS is being headed by Ms. Julie B. Pel-o as the principal who assumed her office last March 2020.
All rooms, including the classrooms, are air-conditioned. Our current facilities include: two gymnasia, a ‘Junior Olympic Size’ swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness training room, an indoor soccer court, two canteens, a music room, computer labs, an art room, three science laboratories, a playground, a library containing a total of 44,500 books, a 300-seat capacity auditorium, and a 500-seat Fine Arts Theatre.
The Internet is an integral part of an AIS education. We are now 100% wireless with fast Internet speed. Students are encouraged to carry laptops and stay online wherever they go, and ‘smart boards’ are used to generate excitement and enhance learning.
AIS has wonderful students! They are overwhelmingly polite, respectful and positive contributors. On occasion a child might break a rule, and at such times we will treat him/her with respect and we will use the opportunity to develop his/her character. Additionally, we run weekly sessions to help students develop skills in leadership, character and conflict resolution. The school also maintains a clearly written discipline code to ensure that school is safe, respectful and orderly.
AIS is well on its way to becoming a fully-fledged international school. It has a Canadian superintendent, top-notch facilities, small class sizes, a curriculum aligned with international standards, a growing number of expat students, several specialty subjects including ‘International Studies’, ‘Modern Languages’, ‘Health Science’, ‘Environmental Science’, ‘Film Studies’, ‘English Grammar’ and more. Most importantly, AIS hires excellent teachers with solid English, international experience and the ability to deliver dynamic student-centered lessons focused on the attainment of deep understandings and the application of relevant 21st century skills (as opposed to rigid traditional instruction based on rote memorization). The next step for AIS is to add the PYP/IB programs and attain international accreditation.