ISSP: Progressive Education set at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City

By: Mervin Lee

Progressive Early years and Elementary Education in a Global Environment

At International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP), a culturally diverse environment coupled with English immersion and personalized learning nurtures children aged 18 months to 11 years old to become compelling communicators, enduring learners and responsible global citizens. ISSP is also the only international school for early years and elementary education in Vietnam that has been accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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One of the main focuses at ISSP is creating strong foundations for English language proficiency through a wide range of pedagogical strategies and facilities. ISSP has recently expanded it’s elementary library and conservatory, expanding on it’s pre-existing collection of 14,200 English books.

Children are able to immerse themselves in an abode of learning that combines classroom, nature and technology. For instance, a tree was preserved during the construction of the building and has now become an integral feature of the library’s IT space.

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International School Saigon Pearl’s extensive Summer Reading Program and timetabled reading sessions provide round-the-clock opportunities for language immersion. For non-native speakers, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is designed to assist students of all levels to achieve fluency through practical learning activities that stimulate auditory and visual learning. This allows them to integrate effectively and excel in the mainstream programme. As a result, almost 70 percent of students at ISSP, including non-native speakers, achieve a worldwide grade level standard in the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Similarly, over 75 percent of students at ISSP achieve a MAP test score for mathematics that exceeds global standards.

A key principle at ISSP is it’s focus on natural materials and classroom environments that are non-imposing. ISSP strives to promote interaction with the natural world.

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The 80 - 20 model developed at ISSP combines both standard straight educational architecture with a 20 percent inclusion of natural curves derived from natural materials such as wood, leaves and clay.

ISSP understands the importance of recognising the “hundred’s of languages of communication” utilised by children, which may not be understood by adults. It is important to identify the infinite ways that children express, explore and connect, often through thoughts, feelings and imagination. Educators at ISSP take advantage of student’s strengths through a series of visual cues analysis. The goal is to empower them by using these strengths to complement weaker components, which are identified by student’s themselves through inquiry based learning.

Beyond the Classroom at ISSP

At ISSP, an all-rounded curriculum that goes beyond syllabus and classrooms is considered vital. An extensive swimming programme with professional coaches helps students build core stamina and fitness, while promoting regular physical activity. Beyond the third grade, students who are passionate in competitive sports may choose to further their athletic skills by participating in a wide range of competitive sports activities at ISSP including soccer and basketball.

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ISSP’s focus on technology is also critical. A green screen media production room assisted by a full-time digital technology specialist provides children an opportunity to enhance their presentation and language skills while seamlessly acquiring Information & Communications Technology (ICT) skills relevant to the our times; social emotional learning intertwined with dynamic motor skills.

Video source: International School Saigon Pearl

To learn more about admission to ISSP’s student-centred and value-added programmes, visit www.issp.edu.vn today.

Image source: International School Saigon Pearl

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