International School Ho Chi Minh City

Address: Primary Campus: 28 Vo Truong Toan Street,  An Phu Ward, District 2
Secondary Campus: 1 Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Website: www.ishcmc.com
Email: info@ishcmc.edu.vn
Telephone: +84 28 3898 9100
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
CurriculumInternational Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18


Background

ISHCMC represents the most established and culturally diverse community from more than 50 countries. The community is united to build a culture of achievement that is energised, engaged and empowered. ISHCMC is proud to deliver three International Baccalaureate Programmes in its own unique manner. Students construct an understanding and knowledge of their world through carefully developed learning experiences and inquiries that develop a deep understanding of important concepts in global contexts.

ISHCMC is progressive and prepares students for their futures. Its educational approach is set within modern learning environments designed to develop both learning and social skills that have been identified as being important for the future.

The experienced, qualified, caring teachers have made ISHCMC renowned for its approach to the social and emotional wellbeing of its students. Its welcoming and supportive community has developed and embedded a deep-rooted culture of care. 

Students develop a love of learning that prepares them for the complex and unpredictable world beyond school. 


Curriculum

ISHCMC is the first fully accredited IB World School in Ho Chi Minh City with over 25 years experience, offering three International Baccalaureate programmes in an inclusive learning environment where all students study the IB programmes: Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma.

ISHCMC’s approach is unique where learning is seen as an active, constructive process arising from observation and scientific study about how people learn best. The learner is encouraged to be an information constructor, actively creating their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. This means there is a shift in the focus of teaching from knowledge as a product to knowing as a process.

Teachers are trained to recognise the importance of prior knowledge in children's learning, understanding that they are not blank slates or empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge. Instead, each child brings with them a rich array of prior experiences, knowledge and beliefs that they use in constructing new understandings. This approach engages and empowers the learner by valuing the part they play in creating meaning and participating actively in their learning rather than being a passive recipient of information.


Facilities

The primary campus has undergone a purposeful redevelopment plan, so facilities provide learning environments specifically for children two to 11 years old. Boasting an indoor playroom, a soccer pitch and multi-purpose basketball courts. New facilities include Early Explorer and Kindergarten learning areas, renovated Grade 2, 3, 4 and 5 collaborative learning areas, a makerspace, green screen, Fab Lab learning suites for innovation and construction, swimming pool and an award-winning information and media centre. Plus, all primary campus learning areas are equipped with air filtration machines to regulate air quality inside the campus.

The new state-of-the-art secondary campus for students 11 to 18 years old features Vietnam’s first Innovation Centre for collaborative learning between students and the corporate sector, a 350-seat professional theatre, black box drama studio, music suites and a recording studio, multi-purpose courts, a rooftop sport field, 25m eight-lane competitive swimming pool, wellness centre and a community garden. To ensure a safe and nurturing environment, this new campus is also equipped with air filtration machines to regulate the air quality inside the campus.


Location

The An Phu area in District 2, where the two ISHCMC campuses are located, is HCMC’s most popular area for expat families to live. It is a peaceful, warm and family-friendly area that is just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

The tree-lined streets of Thao Dien offer a variety of boutique stores and spas, gourmet grocery shops, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers as well as wonderful restaurants and cafés. Each day, residents can be seen walking and cycling the streets and enjoying the village environment and strong community spirit of the An Phu neighbourhood.


Fees

Fees for the 2022/2023 year range from VND 240.9 million for the half-day pre-nursery programme (Early Explorers) up to VND 871.3 million for Grade 12. There is also a one-off application fee of VND 25 million for Nursery to Kindergarten applicants and VND 50 million for Grade 1 to Grade 12 applicants.

Fees are payable before the start of the school year, with options to pay before the start of each of the two semesters or the four terms. 


From the head of school

“Preparing students for the uncertainties of our future world is an unpredictable challenge that schools have not faced before, but one that ISHCMC embraces as it encourages the growth and development of the skills that will allow children to achieve their goals and have a long and happy life.”

– Adrian Watts, Head of School


Further reading

►For more schools, see International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

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