International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP)

The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) provides an American curriculum for children aged 18 months to­ 11 years old with a focus on creating a safe, welcoming, and multicultural environment for their students to learn and thrive. Through English immersion, students are nurtured to achieve measurable academic excellence and become confident learners equipped with the life skills necessary to become model global citizens. 

Values at ISSP include honesty, care, respect, responsibility, and wisdom. These values are instilled within students to help develop your children into critical thinkers and problem solvers, effective communicators, lifelong learners, and socially responsible global citizens.

Dynamic and unique teaching approach at ISSP

ISSP takes a unique approach to ensure its students are stimulated and actively taking part in their learning process. They use the American Common Core Standards as well as an inquiry-based approach to Science and Social Studies. ISSP also builds their core values: honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and wisdom into their curriculum. In their Early Years program ISSP uses a play-based approach inspired by Reggio-Emilia, which is a personalized learning program that makes children the key leaders of their own learning.

ISSP has a school counsellor and special education needs department specializing in catering to the educational experience to suit each student’s unique needs. These services ensure healthy social and emotional development in students, and promote a positive environment and outlook. Beyond that, emotional development is built into the curriculum and structure of every classroom, and every teacher at ISSP works closely with students and parents to create an environment that enriches and prioritises each student’s unique needs and emotional well-being.

Quality teachers at ISSP

ISSP are committed to recruiting, developing and providing strong support to their teaching staff, so that students can receive a quality education and achieve excellent results. Teachers at ISSP are highly experienced and qualified, over 40% have a Master’s Degree in their specialist subjects, and their expertise is used to help students form connections across subjects and emphasize active, collaborative learning. The international faculty, of which over 45% are American, are enthusiastic and dedicated to continually inspiring the young students of ISSP to achieve more.

Like they instill within their students, ISSP prioritizes continuous professional development and encourages their staff to remain open-minded and curious, and to never stop learning.

World-class facilities at ISSP

Conveniently located five minutes from the city centre, the ISSP campus is the envy of schools across Asia. The ISSP campus is purpose-built to deliver the highest quality Early Years and Elementary education to students. The safe learning environment is complemented by the very best in facilities. The latest in classroom technology and IT infrastructure includes iPads, interactive whiteboards, a dedicated IT specialist and ICT lab, helping to deliver a 360° integrated technology program allowing enhanced and individualized learning for all students.

A Library Media Center holds over 15,000 English books, digital learning resources and a full-time librarian. The Arts are also amply catered for, with specialist rooms for Visual Art, Music and Dance. For the best in physical education and motor skill development, the campus is complemented by the latest athletic and recreational facilities including age appropriate play areas, a soft play gymnasium, sports field and swimming pool.

International standards at ISSP

Delivering the highest standard of education is at the center of ISSP’s philosophy. To achieve this, the school has affiliations will several internationally recognized agencies. ISSP uses its affiliations with international organizations to ensure that a rich multicultural and diverse education is provided for every child.

ISSP is the only international school for Early Years and Elementary education in Vietnam that is fully accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC), two of the most prestigious international accreditation organizations.

Here is a list of ISSP’s current affiliations:

Council of International Schools (CIS)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges(NEASC)


Convenient school services at ISSP

To support families in helping their child succeed in school, ISSP provides a selection of School Services to be utilized at their convenience. Below is further information on the additional services offered…

Transportation: ISSP offers an optional bus service for children 4 years and above. All transportation staff receive Safeguarding and Child Protection training to meet the school’s strict policies and procedures. There are clear expectations of behaviour and safety from all children that use the bus service. All buses are equipped with seat belts and there is adult supervision on all journeys. 

Canteen: The school offers an optional canteen service for lunch and snack, which is provided by Global Café. In accordance with the school’s approach to promoting a healthy lifestyle, the menus are nutritious and balanced. There is a wide selection of choices available with daily menus that include Western, Asian and Vegetarian options. If your child has specific dietary needs or intolerances, the canteen can accommodate these. Our canteen and school strives to be a Nut Free environment with a comprehensive Nut Minimization policy.


International School Saigon Pearl is a world-class, Early Years and Elementary international school, for children 18 months to 11 years old in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The curriculum approach consists of the ISSP 4 Dimensions of: Conceptual Learning, Inquiry Based, Skills Focused and Student Empowerment. These Dimensions support the development of the whole-child and provide a balanced education.

ISSP offers outstanding opportunities to their students, with subject specialist classes such as: Art, Music, World Languages, Physical Education, and an Innovation Hub incorporating STEAM, green screen studio, maker space, and robotics.

ISSP’s international curriculum and dynamic approach to teaching and learning following American standards, compliments their bright students and their transition onto ISSP’s secondary schools: International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) or ISHCMC American Academy.