The Ultimate Guide to International Schools in Saigon
Saigon is home to many families who seek excellent international educational opportunities for their children but it can be difficult to navigate all of the pros and cons of the dozens of schools in the city.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the colourful websites and endless links leading to more and more information for hundreds of different international schools in Saigon. When you consider that many children as young as four years old will spend the majority of their week at school, it highlights the importance of finding a place that offers an environment that is safe, fun, effective and affordable for your budget.
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An All-In-One Guide to International Schools in Saigon
Lucky for you, we’ve done some of the work for you! The following is our guide to all of the major international schools in Saigon, complete with a quick look comparison spreadsheet attached. We’ve done our best to highlight the basic facts of each school to help you narrow down your search so you know that you are choosing the best possible option for your little learners.
Please note that prices are quoted in VND and represent the price of a one-time annual tuition payment. If you pay in several installments the prices can be up to 20 percent more. Fees for application, registration, uniforms, transportation, meal plans, books, activities, etc., have not been included. Please see the school’s website for more detailed info specific to your family’s needs.
INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SAIGON
Boules et Billes
Address: 38 street 10, Thao Dien ward, D2 and 183A Dien Bien Phu St., Binh Thanh D
Grade Levels: 6M to 11Y
Boules et Billes follows the French National curriculum. Teachers are graduates of the French National Education system and all locally hired assistants have a high-level of French and/or English. The school has two campuses. One in a lovely historic villa with a swimming pool in Thao Dien and the other conveniently located between District 1 and District 2 in Binh Thanh D.
There are strong extracurricular programs offered at both schools in the categories of art, sports, music and language studies. In addition, the school offers the luxury of a navette service. This means parents can skip the daily drop-off and pick-up procedure because a taxi with an assistant will arrive in front of their home twice a day to pick-up or drop-off the children. It should be noted that only the Binh Thanh location continues beyond pre-school and primary studies.
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Ecole Internationale Française Saint Ange
The Saint Ange School is the only French private school in Vietnam with the international school designation. All of the teachers are graduates of the French National Education and are committed to providing a quality French education with strict adherence to French National Education standards. The small school has beautifully appointed grounds, including a covered outdoor play area and swimming pool. One remarkable feature of the school is its commitment to technology. Students can experience robotics, 3D printing, and even hydrogen cars in the after school programs.
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FOSCO International School (F.I.S.)
FOSCO International School teaches the American Common Core curriculum with an emphasis on project based and inquiry based, student-centered learning. F.I.S. is unique in that it offers half-day programs for students from nursery to grade 5. The school also likes to extend learning outside of the classroom through extracurricular activities, summer camps, and travel abroad programs. Students can choose to study in Japan or California for 2 weeks during school holidays.
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International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP)
Located in Saigon Pearl Complex, the International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) focuses on an American-style curriculum that is based on teaching core values such as honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and wisdom. With students coming from over 26 countries, ISSP provides a truly international environment and strong community for all children.
The multicultural environment and English immersion curriculum will help students achieve academic excellence as well as the skills that are necessary to become socially responsible global citizens. ISSP is now the only international elementary and early years school in HCMC to have the prestigious accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
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La Petite Ecole
La Petite Ecole is part of the French group of bilingual schools in Asia and was fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education in Singapore, where it was established in 2012. All French curriculum classes are instructed by certified French native speakers. La Petite Ecole is the only primary school in HCMC to offer a truly bilingual experience, in which both language and culture are taught. Curiousity and independence are valued in the learning program at this family-oriented school in District 2.
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Montessori International School of Vietnam
Thao Dien Campus: 42/1 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien Distric 2, HCMC, Vietnam
An Phu Campus: Block B, An Khang/Intresco Building, Street 19, An Phu, District 2, HCMC, Vietnam
Grade Levels: 18M to 12Y
If you’re looking for an alternative educational environment than most other international schools, you may consider Montessori International School of Vietnam. Closely following the Montessori curriculum and philosophy, classes are structured around the needs of the individual child and a focus is on the student becoming self-reliant, independent, and self-motivated. Students are not admitted to the school by ability, but rather are allowed to progress at their own pace through exploration, collaboration with peers, and support of the teacher. Students are given many opportunities to interact across ages and grade levels, and are expected to act as role models to those around them. Additionally, the school has a major focus on community involvement, including service projects and charity work.
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Saigon Star International School
Address: Residential Area No. 5, Su Hy Nhan Street, Thanh My Loi Ward, D2
Grade Levels: 2Y to 12Y
Saigon Star International School is a small school with less than 150 students. This allows the school to offer small class sizes and a close knit community feel. The students enjoy a swimming pool and covered outdoor play areas where they have assemblies and play sports. The outdoor areas are often used for community program days as well when the school invites the wider community for special activities.
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN SAIGON: PRIMARY THROUGH SECONDARY
The ABC International School (ABCIS)
Address: #69, Street No. 3, Khu Dan Cu Trung Son, Binh Hung, Binh Chanh
Grade Levels: 2 years old - 18+
The ABC International School has two campuses in close proximity in the Binh Chanh district, easily accessible by Districts 1 and 7. Embracing the traditional family values that emanate from the family owners; ABCIS students are modest, highly motivated learners, engaged in a holistic UK curriculum model & complimentary ECA programme described by UK government inspectors as “Outstanding”. One key feature of the programs at ABCIS is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The program encourages students to strive for individual achievement, self-reliance, personal growth, and responsibility in four areas: service, adventure journey, skill and physical recreation. Maximising every individuals full potential, gifted teachers work with pupils in close partnerships to meet increasingly challenging curriculum needs. Immersed in the English language; supported by excellent resources across three campuses, exceptional examination results enable ABCIS graduates to enter the world’s most prestigious universities.
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American International School Vietnam (ΛIS)
The American International School Vietnam has a commitment to fostering well-rounded students who are positive and caring as well as academically adept. Their mission to support the whole child extends beyond academics into mandatory co-curricular activities that allow students to explore their passions and develop leadership and cooperative skills. For further development, AIS also hosts more than 40 after school activities, including STEM, martial arts, yoga and traditional dance. One notable program is their Encore Program. The standards-based courses offered encourages the middle and high school students to build relationships, grow interests in performing and visual arts, and exhibit those talents in front of an audience.
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The American School
The American School, located in Thao Dien ward of District 2, offers a rigorous, standards based curriculum for students from early childhood through high school. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning and development through project-based learning, critical thinking tasks, and engagement with the community around them. A source of pride at the school is the commitment to charity projects that benefit Vietnam. For example, last year, students and teachers volunteered in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam to build a home for a family in need. These type of initiatives show the school’s commitment to developing caring and compassionate active citizens.
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APU International School
Elementary School (K - 5): 501 Lac Long Quan street, Ward 5, District 11
Middle & High School (6 - 12): 286 Lanh Binh Thang street, Ward 11, District 11
Grade Levels: 4Y to 18Y+
APU International School is structured to offer a direct pathway to higher learning in the United States. Modeled after the most prestigious prep schools in the US, APU prepares encourages students to achieve their best and apply for scholarships to study at the United States’ top universities. Internships, Vietnamese cultural tours, and study exchanges at schools in the US offer students of APU a unique global experience. Through an exclusive partnership with University of Missouri-Kansas City, APU offers a dual enrollment program. Eligible juniors and seniors can earn college credit for general education classes while they earn their high school diploma.
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Australian International School Saigon (AIS)
Australian International School offers the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge curriculum with an emphasis on rigor, critical thinking, depth, and breadth of subjects, integrated seamlessly with technology, culture, and real world application. Spread over three campuses in District 2, students are given opportunities to engage with native English speaking teachers from various backgrounds and children from over 40 home countries in an inclusive and culturally sensitive environment. AIS has a wide ranging extra- curricular program in sports, music, community service and student leadership. The school also has focus on performing and visual arts across the school and children are given multiple opportunities to speak, dance or play an instrument on stage. This builds self-confidence and teamwork, thus preparing the students for university.
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British International School, Ho Chi Minh City (BIS)
Address: 246 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
Grade Levels: 2Y to 18Y+
The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, is an expansive school sprawling over three campuses in district 2. Students of BIS are offered the National Curriculum of England, taught by a dedicated group of international teachers. The school encourages students to become global citizens by providing many hands-on learning opportunities in various settings, placing an emphasis on excellence, and maintaining a state of the art campus. A unique feature of BIS is their partnerships with other educational organizations. As a part of the Nord Anglia Education network, students are given access to a worldwide network of educational opportunities. Additionally, the curriculum is greatly enhanced through collaboration with the Juilliard School of Music and MIT.
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British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City (BVIS)
Address: 44 - 46, No. 1 Street, Binh Hung, Binh Chanh D
Grade Levels: 2Y to 18Y+
The British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City, is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind fully licensed international curriculum in a fully bilingual environment. Students are taught all subjects in both languages, receiving gradually more English language instruction as they approach graduation. The school works hard to respect and preserve Vietnamese culture by celebrating holidays, hosting parent days, and working closely with Vietnamese staff, families and the community. Students who attend BVIS receive a challenging and meaningful education, receiving an internationally-recognized A levels certification upon graduation. With more than 100 after school club offerings and the global network of Nord Anglia Education, BVIS is dedicated to ensuring the students are well rounded and ready for the world.
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Canadian International School (CIS)
The Canadian International School is the first and only school in Vietnam to offer the general curriculum of Ontario. A unique offering is the option to receive an OSSD at CIS in Vietnam or a secondary school in Ontario. The school also offers a bilingual education program (BCIS) in Vietnamese and English at their sister campus, also located in district 7. No matter which program a student chooses, the school is committed to providing a course of study with high expectations of excellence, rigor of study, and well-balanced cultural, technological, and social education.
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Deutsche Schule - International German School, Ho Chi Minh City (IGS)
The International German School offers a curriculum provided by the Federal State of Thuringia for German and English speaking students, as well as MOET curriculum for Vietnamese students. They promote a holistic approach to learning to develop motor, cognitive, socioemotional, and linguistic skills. Through dynamic instruction, extracurricular activities and excursion within Vietnam, students received a well-rounded and globally responsive education.High school students then graduate with a mixed language IB diploma, which prepares them to study at German and international universities.
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European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS)
The European International School Ho Chi Minh City places an interesting emphasis on preserving and accepting the students’ home language and culture. They believe this emphasis on language unites the school and encourages a positive learning environment while supporting students in becoming global citizens. Teachers deliver dynamic, differentiated, project based lessons in small classes. Their practical approach to education extends to “Week Without Walls,” a unique program that takes children out of the classroom into the real world to practice their skills, give back to the community, and experience culture. Additionally, EIS offers more than 80 afterschool programs, including Model United Nations, Dutch and Russian mother language programs, sports, arts, and robotics.
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Horizon International Bilingual School (HIBS)
Horizon International Bilingual School offers a bilingual education programme at their HCMC campus in district 2. The program has a carefully planned approach at merging the Vietnamese National curriculum and the Cambridge IGCSE curriculums to create a comprehensive system that prepares students to thrive in worldwide universities. All subjects are taught in both Vietnamese and English from kindergarten through grade 12. Students also get to enjoy more than 15 different club activities in after school programs, which help develop cooperative skills and interests. The school has fully integrated technology, using Google for Education as a means of the administration and teachers to communicate with the students and families. For students who live far away from the school, the campus even has dormitories available that provide a safe and nurturing environment for students away from home.
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The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) consists of two fully-equipped campuses in Saigon's District 2. The school’s history spans 25 years of excellence in primary and secondary education; indeed, it was the first international school to be established in Ho Chi Minh City.
A fundamental feature of ISHCMC is its emphasis on multi-disciplinary learning centered around providing choice to all students. As an IB school, ISHCMC offers 3 world-class programmes: PYP (Primary Years Programme), MYP (Middle Years Programme), and DP (Diploma Programme).
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The Primary school at ISHCMC incorporates student-focused “units of inquiry” in which learners are encouraged to pursue studies according to their interests and passions. This allows the school to provide the best learning pathways for each individual. The Secondary school has an incredibly wide choice of subjects available for students, in as many as 30 diverse subjects areas.
They even offer support for students who wish to learn language and literature in their mother language, even if the language is not widely taught at the school. ISHCMC offers a huge range of extra-curricular activities, in areas from sports and technology to performing arts and sustainability.
Editor's Note: We would like to correct and apologize for our editing error on the spreadsheet that is attached to this article. In the Q1 #iAMHCMC gazette, printed in January 2019, it was noted that ISHCMC does not offer a diploma program when in fact they follow the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
International School of North America (SNA)
Address: Him Lam campus Street 20, Him Lam Quarter, South Saigon, Binh Chanh D
Grade Levels: 2Y to 18Y+
The International School of North America offers a unique dual curricular program, combining the California Common Core curriculum with the Vietnamese MOET curriculum. Upon graduation, students have the option of receiving both an American high school diploma and a MOET diploma. This gives them the option of attending university abroad or in Vietnam. The grounds are equipped with state of the art facilities, including indoor badminton court, pool, theatre, and several science and technology labs. By providing extra curricular and co-curricular activities at no additional cost, SNA is providing excellent educational opportunities to its students.
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Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras
The Marguerite Duras French International School is a French public school that was established by the French National Education Ministry. It is also part of the AEFE, which is an organisation that groups more than 470 schools outside of French territories in more than 130 countries. Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras is also the only school in HCMC where students can pass their Baccalauréat - the French National degree that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The school is located in D9, which may be far for many parents but the large campus and high education quality makes up for the distance.
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Renaissance International School Saigon
Renaissance International School Saigon shows a great commitment to educating students in and out of the classroom. Offering the UK National Curriculum and the IB programme, they hold students to a standard of academic excellence. They also provide many in-school opportunities to develop a sense of community, self-awareness, and cooperation through house groups and more than 120 after school clubs. However, they go a step further by requiring all secondary students to engage in service learning projects and residential visits in which students get to experience the world around them first hand and work on practical solutions for real world issues.
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Saigon South International School (SSIS)
Saigon South International School is one of the oldest international schools in HCMC and has been in operation for over 20 years. It is the first school in Vietnam to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and the only school in Vietnam in the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC). With over 1000 students representing more than 35 countries and 110 staff members representing 12 countries, the school is a haven for diversity and modern globalization. The American-style curriculum puts a focus on inquiry based learning that is student led. SSIS aims to support whole-child learning and so offers a wealth of extracurricular activities, community initiatives, and world wide collaborative efforts. One such program is the after school medical intern program in which students get to learn in a local clinic.
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Singapore International School (SIS @ Saigon South)
Singapore International School offers two pathways to study, including international and integrated programs. Students choose based on their needs and academic goals, but both programs culminate in an internationally recognized diploma. SIS offers five major international benchmark assessments, including A/AS, GAC, iPSLE, ACT, and IGCSE, ensuring that students are prepared for furthering their education anywhere in the world. A remarkable initiative that SIS offers is their Cross-Border Campus Programme in which students can study for a term at an affiliated school in Southeast Asia, Australia, or the United States.
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Vietnam Australia International School (VAS)
The Vietnam Australian International School is a collective of 9 campuses located across Ho Chi Minh City, making it easier for families to attend from anywhere in the city. Students are taught in English and Vietnamese, in accordance with the MOET and Cambridge curricula. In secondary and high school, students may choose two learning pathways, either MOET/Cambridge Academic Program or MOET/Cambridge English Program. In this way, students will receive either an A level diploma or MOET/FCE or CAE diploma, both internationally recognized for continuing education at university.
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Wellspring International Bilingual School (WSSG)
At Wellspring International Bilingual School, students follow the Vietnamese National curriculum, which is then integrated with the Massachusetts Department of Education Common Core State Standards. This allows secondary students to receive a MOET diploma as well as a US High School diploma with the option of Advanced Placement credits. The emphasis on a well-rounded education is evident throughout the students journey from kindergarten to grade 12 with the addition of extracurricular activities that are based on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory.
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