Becoming an IB school is one of important factors to prove the international teaching and learning quality of international schools. Therefore, many parents tend to choose international schools as a member of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) or also known as IB world schools (IBWS) for their children to study. So what is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program? Which IB schools in Vietnam are appropriate for students? For more information related to IB schools, parents please read the below article from International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP)..
What are IBO and IB programs?
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organization is a global leading organization in international education for students from 3 to 19 years old across the globe. It focuses on developing knowledge and essential skills for school-aged students and empowering them to take ownership of their learning to be ready for the future in this rapidly changing world.
In pursuit of this mission, the IBO provides four pre-university education programs also known as the IB continuum of programmes. They are Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), and Career-related Programme (CP).
|Programme||Age range||Education level|
|Primary Years Programme (PYP)||3 – 12||Primary school|
|Middle Years Programme (MYP)||11 – 16||Secondary school|
|Diploma Programme (DP)||16 – 19||High school|
|Career-related Programme (CP)||16 – 19||Final school years|
These programs are designed to help students develop attributes of the IB learner profile to be well-rounded as global citizens. Significantly, each programme provides a detailed curriculum framework that is not only balanced and appropriate to different students but also flexible to the vision, mission and curriculum of different international schools.
TOP 5 prestigious and high-quality IB schools in Vietnam
International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is one of best IB schools belonging to Cognita in Vietnam for children 2 to 18 years old. It is fully accredited not only by the CIS (Council of International School) for high-quality international education but also by the IBO as the first international school in Ho Chi Minh City to provide three International Baccalaureate programmes including PYP, MYP and DP.
ISHCMC aims to create an international creative and collaborative learning environment where students are energized, engaged and empowered to become active participants in their life-long learning. Therefore, students can successfully achieve their goals, flourish as individuals, take moral responsibility and principled actions on local issues in their communities particularly and global issues generally.
Contact information of International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC):
- Primary Campus: 28 Vo Truong Toan Street, An Phu Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Secondary Campus: 1 Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 (28) 3898 9100
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: ishcmc.com
International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP)
International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a high quality international school for students from 18 months to 11 years old, located in Binh Thanh District. Belonging to the Cognita with more than 85 member schools worldwide, ISSP is the first international preschool and primary school in Ho Chi Minh City that is fully accredited by both prestigious international education institutions, CIS (Council of International School) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). ISSP has become an IB candidate school to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) since 2021.
At ISSP, all teachers are qualified to teach the IB PYP program with the “Making The IB PYP Happens” certificate. The teachers are passionate and well-trained with safeguarding and child protection procedures. They are the trusted companions as well as inspiration for children in their study journey at ISSP.
The five core values of ISSP (Caring, Responsibility, Wisdom, Respect and Honest) are well aligned with the 10 attributes of IB learner profile. These values develop children’s character as well as necessary qualities to flourish and thrive in their future.
ISSP has high-end facilities, including iPads, ICT lab, Innovation hub, Art room, Music room, Garden, Sport room, and Soccer field, etc., which support the school’s personalized and authentic learning approaches to develop the whole child.
Studying at ISSP, students will have a seamless transition to high school at International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), International School Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy (ISHCMC-AA) or any other high schools in the world.
Contact information of International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP):
- Address: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 (028) 2222 7788
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: issp.edu.vn
Saigon South International School (SSIS)
Founded in 1997, Saigon South International School (SSIS) is an IB school in Vietnam and one of non-profit schools owned by the Phu My Hung Corporation. SSIS is also one of the international schools in Ho Chi Minh City that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
It offers an American curriculum with the Advanced Placement Programme (AP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for students from kindergarten and preschool to high school.
Saigon South International School (SSIS) also has modern facilities to support student’s physical needs and academic learning. It uses Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in math, reading, and science and SATs exams for student assessment. This is an academic preparation for students to enter colleges and universities in the US after graduation.
Contact information of Saigon South International School (SSIS):
- Address: 78 Nguyen Duc Canh Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: (84-28) 5413-0901
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: ssis.edu.vn
British International School Ho Chi Minh City (BIS HCMC)
If parents are looking for an international school with British curriculum and global opportunities, British International School Ho Chi Minh City (BIS HCMC) would be an appropriate choice.
BIS HCMC is an IB school in Vietnam belonging to the Nord Anglia Education organization. It offers the National Curriculum for England for students in Grade 7 to 10, IGCSEs for students in Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for students in Grade 12.
The BIS HCMC’s educational goal is to create a creative and active learning environment for students to help them achieve academic excellence and become changemakers who are globally minded to make the world better.
Contact information of British International School Ho Chi Minh City (BIS HCMC):
- Early Years and Infant Campus: 101 Thao Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 (0) 28 3636 0055
- Junior Campus: 225 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 (0) 28 3744 4551
- Secondary Campus: 246 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 (0) 28 3744 2335
- Website: nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/bis
United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi)
United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) is one of the first international schools in Vietnam founded by the United Nations and Vietnam Government in 1988.
UNIS Hanoi is authorized by the Ministry of Education in Vietnam and accredited by the CIS and the WASC for international education. Moreover, as an IB world school, it is fully accredited by the IBO to offer PYP, MYP and DP.
With an international and challenging curriculum, United Nations International School Hanoi offers a coeducation that follows the ideals and principles of the United Nations for students from 3 year olds to Grade 12. Its educational goal is to help students be able to apply what they have learned into practice to be a part of the solution for local and global issues.
Contact information of United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi):
- Address: G9 Ciputra, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Telephone: (84 24) 7300 4500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: unishanoi.org
Australian International School (AIS)
Australian International School (AIS) was founded by the Academic Colleges Group (ACG) in 2006 with a secondary campus in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City.
Similar to International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), it is also accredited by the IBO to provide three International Baccalaureate programmes including PYP, MYP and DP.
Besides, AIS is accredited by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to offer the University of Cambridge Secondary Programme with the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).
Contact information of Australian International School (AIS):
- AIS Thu Thiem Campus: 264 Mai Chi Tho Street (East-West Highway), An Phu Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- AIS Thao Dien Campus: APSC Compound, 36 Thao Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- AIS XI Campus: 190 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc District, HCMC, Vietnam
- Telephone: +84 28 3519 2727
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: aisvietnam.com
The above article provides parents information related to the IBO, IB program and TOP 5 best IB schools in Vietnam. Hopefully, it is helpful for parents to choose an appropriate IB school in Vietnam for their children to help them develop comprehensively to become elite global citizens.
For more information about ISSP’s international curriculum designed based on IB PYP framework as an IB candidate school, parents can book a school tour to visit ISSP or contact the ISSP Admissions Office via:
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