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Address: Primary Campus: 28 Vo Truong Toan St., An Phu, Thu Duc City, HCMC
Secondary Campus: 1 Xuan Thuy St., Thao Dien, Thu Duc City, HCMC
Telephone: +84 28 3898 9100
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18
Established in 1993, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is the first IB World School in Vietnam. ISHCMC provides the International Baccalaureate with a culturally diverse perspective to students aged two to 18 years.
ISHCMC is a vibrant co-educational school of more than 1,400 students representing over 60 nationalities and providing a unique learning experience from Early Years through to Grade 12.
“As one of the few IB Continuum schools in Vietnam, ISHCMC offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Through the IB curriculum, students gain knowledge and construct an understanding of their world through personalised learning experiences and inquiries that develop a deep understanding of important concepts in global contexts.
“ISHCMC has a rich history of academic success, with students’ examination results consistently surpassing the global average. A 100-percent pass rate in the IB Diploma Programme sees students typically receiving acceptance in their first or second-choice universities, which are often among the best institutions of higher education in the world.
“At ISHCMC, teaching and learning are guided by our Principles of Learning. They inform planning and, at the very best teaching, which ‘interleave’ together to give the impression of classroom learning which is smooth, consistent, immersive and sustained. Our teachers are well qualified and experienced, care about their students and build positive relationships to ensure learners reach their full potential. Many of our educators have advanced degrees, and all of our educators are committed to ongoing professional growth and development.”
“Both our campuses offer a great opportunity for student learning through technologically advanced classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and student study areas. Unique facilities help to prepare our students for the realities of the 21st-century commercial world. These include an Information & Media Center, a professional theatre, recording studios, design suites, music practice rooms, an NBA-sized basketball court, a rooftop sports field, a 25-metre eight-lane pool, food tech and science labs.”
“Both our Primary and Secondary campuses are conveniently located in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most charming neighbourhoods, Thao Dien. With both of our campuses only a short drive away, our location means that families with children in different age groups don’t need to worry about long commutes.
“Thao Dien is a ward in District 2 situated only 15 minutes from the historic Saigon city centre. While close to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the neighbourhood does not exhibit the hustle and bustle of other districts. With a host of cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, boutique shops, gyms and more, it is one of the most settled areas for expat families and locals alike.”
For the 2023/2024 school year, annual fees range from VND 255,400,000 for Early Explorers and up to VND 923,600,000 for Grade 12. There is also an admissions fee of VND 25,000,000 for Early Explorer to Kindergarten and VND 50,000,000 for Grades 1 to 12.
This fee covers the costs of administrative procedures necessary for processing student applications, including student interviews, English language testing (if required), reviewing academic history, placement in grades and classes and allocation of subjects and timetabling.
From the head of school
“Students are encouraged to learn the skills and attitudes necessary to have ownership and take responsibility for their learning and their lives. Through learning in a collaborative, constructive environment, our students deepen their understanding and create new perspectives that prepare them for life beyond ISHCMC.”
– Kim Green, Head of School
From the parents
“As parents, we feel that the standard of teaching and the way of learning sets ISHCMC apart; the IB at ISHCMC is a fascinating way of learning.”
– Brigitte, parent
“ISHCMC is a brilliant learning environment because it teaches the children how to be independent and how to think outside the box.”
– Elisangela, parent
“ISHCMC’s co-curricular programme is very broad and exciting for our children. They can choose from a wide range of activities. As parents, we don’t commit to anything longer than one term, allowing us to be flexible and try different things until we find what our kids like!”
– Amy, parent
►For more schools, see International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City
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