European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)
Introduction & History
European International School (EIS) is an innovative, cutting edge, and wholly unique educational institution in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the heart of Thao Dien ward, District 2, EIS offers an open learning environment, a broad diversity of staff and students, and unparalleled dedication to the growth and development of its students beyond just the time they spend in school.
EIS is one of only 2 schools in Ho Chi Minh City that are International Baccalaureate accredited and authorised to teach all 3 programmes (PYP, MYP, and DP). They have also received the Council for International Schools accreditation, a highly-coveted qualification from an international network of educational institutions, given only to schools thoroughly committed to cross-cultural education development, who inspire their students to become responsible local and global citizens.
Campus Overview and Facilities
Few have ever set foot in a campus like EIS, not only in Saigon, but anywhere else in the world. This “boutique tropical educational village” is a lush compound full of diplomatic villas that have been purposely remodelled into outstanding, modern school facilities. This gorgeous low-rise green landscape cleverly promotes learning both inside and outdoors, cultivating educational programs that promote peaceful learning environments, worlds apart from the hectic streets characteristic of Ho Chi Minh City.
EIS is exceptional in their diversity of students and staff, with over 45 nationalities represented on campus—making it unrivalled among cross-cultural educational institutions in Saigon—with a broad range of learner levels aged 2-18. An incredible 1:9 student-to-teacher ratio ensures that each student is uniquely and individually cared for. A rich extra-curricular program with after school activities (including archery, hip hop and jazz dance, a model UN, numerous language clubs, art, and robotics) promote growth and development even after classes have finished for the day.
It’s not only EIS students, but parents too, who are encouraged to participate in their child’s education through numerous family events offered throughout the school year, like Family Fun Day, International Language Day, and even Movie Nights! A schoolwide “open door” policy, from classrooms to the offices of upper management, further sets EIS apart with a transparent learning environment that fosters collaboration and a community educational experience.
Early Years and Primary School Programme
EIS offers an early years programme for students from pre-kindergarten all the way through primary school up to 5th grade. Their programme follows the IB curriculum with English used in every classroom, though primary students may also study German or French. Assessment and reporting at EIS are based on targets set for each individual learner, ensuring that the education of each child is specialised to their needs.
Middle School Programme
EIS offers the IB Middle Years Programme, which encourages its students to connect school subjects to real world problems through a curriculum that encourages collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This is accomplished in part through the use of project-based learning, providing real-world and local community connections with subjects taught in school.
EIS celebrates multilingualism, and while students primarily study in English, they can choose from a broad range of language courses including French, German, and Korean. After school activities provide further opportunities for students to pursue their interests and connect with their peers in a relaxed and fun environment.
High School Programme
High school students at EIS continue in the spirit of multicultural and multilingual learning, collaboration, and community involvement. As students approach the difficult prospect of making decisions related to their tertiary education, the university guidance programme provides parents and students with resources and information to make informed decisions, and consider the impacts of choosing higher education institutions on an international scale.
In addition to local support, international university representatives regularly visit the EIS campus to present students with a broad array of options and possibilities to consider after their high school education. The IB programme at EIS ensures students graduate with the highest qualifications that enable them to pursue their academic interests at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.
Students receive additional intervention on a case-by-case basis as the emphasis at EIS is to ensure each student receives the individual level of support they need. This all takes place in a “village community” learning environment that lends itself to supporting the development of the whole student.
International schools in Saigon must rapidly adapt to the ever-changing demands of the academic and professional world both within and outside of Vietnam. Students at EIS receive an exceptional education through a completely unique campus setting, individualised learning adapted to each student’s abilities and needs, and top international qualifications and accreditations, ensuring the successful growth and development of students both in and out of school. The communal village campus and open-door policy makes EIS the most collaborative, transparent, and student-centered learning environment in Ho Chi Minh City.
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