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Accreditation & Affiliations

Delivering the highest standard of education is at the center of International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) philosophy. To achieve this, ISSP has affiliations will several internationally recognized agencies.

ISSP uses its affiliations with international organizations to ensure a rich multicultural and diverse education is provided for every child.

ISSP is the first international school for Early Years and Elementary in Ho Chi Minh City 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. ISSP is also an officially authorized IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) school from 2023.

Council of International Schools

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a membership community committed to high quality international education. CIS is a global non-profit membership organization and its community includes 711 schools and 512 colleges and universities representing 112 countries. Member share the following ideas; a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and a commitment to high quality international education.

To achieve this goal, ISSP has infused our programs and offerings with international and intercultural perspective so our students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them. ISSP commits to undertaking an ongoing external quality assurance process to enhance student learning.

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New England Association of Schools and Colleges

NEASC is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical/career institutions, colleges and universities in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. NEASC is comprised of four commissions which decide matters of accreditation in the context of research-driven standards reviewed by their membership.

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ISSP is a member of Cognita, a worldwide group of +100 schools in Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia. We employ over 10,000 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 60,000 pupils.

In Vietnam, our secondary schools are International School Ho Chi Minh City and International School Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy.

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Northwest Evaluation Association

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. schools, districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation.

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IB Framework

The IB PYP framework includes three pillars: The learner, learning and teaching and the learning community. This framework shapes the school curriculum and guides the school to achieve authentic conceptual inquiry-based learning that is engaging and challenging for elementary students. Through the units of inquiry, elementary students are able to build the attributes of the IB Learner profile.

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Common Core

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards developed by America in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core. At ISSP, we have developed an international school curriculum that meets these standards.

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Next Generation Science State Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are based on the “Framework K–12 Science Education” that was created by the National Research Council in America. They have three dimensions that are integrated in instruction at all levels. The first is core ideas, which consists of specific content and subject areas. The second is science and engineering practices. Students are expected not just to learn content but to understand the methods of scientists and engineers. The third is cross-cutting concepts: key underlying ideas that are common to a number of topics. The NGSS give equal emphasis to engineering design and to scientific inquiry. In addition, they are aligned with the Common Core State Standards by grade and level of ability.

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