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July 28, 2023

ISSP is now an Authorized IB PYP School

ISSP is now an Authorized PYP School by the IBO. We have an interview with Mr Stephens, Head of School at ISSP. 

Hello Mr Stephens, good to see you again! Congratulations ISSP has been officially authorized as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Could you please share with us how this shapes the future of ISSP as a leading international school in HCMC? 

The alignment of IB PYP with ISSP’s educational philosophy and goals enhances our school’s role as a leading international school in HCMC by fostering international-mindedness and nurturing global citizens.  

Through skilful teaching, the IB PYP framework at ISSP builds and facilitates skill development, academic excellence, cultural understanding, respect, and empathy, preparing students to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. 

This learning is facilitated through our powerful Units of Inquiry:  

  • Who We Are 
  • How The World Works 
  • How We Express Ourselves 
  • Sharing The Planet 
  • How we Organize ourselves 
  • Where We Are In Place And Time 

These units are dynamically designed to address academic learning in authentic contexts. The globally significant IB Learner Profile attributes are embedded into each unit to support students learning and character development with an overall focus on fostering International Mindedness which is considered by many to be most vital in preparing young children for the future. 

How does IB PYP align with ISSP’s educational philosophy and goals?

By embracing IB PYP, ISSP cultivates a diverse and inclusive learning environment that empowers students to appreciate different perspectives and engage in meaningful learning. 

Our serious commitment to international mindedness distinguishes ISSP as a school dedicated to shaping students into responsible and compassionate global citizens. We do this by supporting children to undertake learning that includes: 

  • Social Justice – which means taking action for positive change relating to human rights, equality, and equity. Being concerned with the advantages and disadvantages within society and with social well-being and justice for all. 
  • Social Entrepreneurship – which means supporting positive social change through responding to the needs of local, national, and global communities; applying prior knowledge and skills to identify and address challenges and opportunities in innovative, resourceful, and sustainable ways. 
  • Advocacy – which means taking action individually or collectively to publicly support positive social, environmental, or political change. 
  • Participation – which means being actively involved in the learning community and showing commitment to contributing as individuals and as members of a group. 
  • Lifestyle Choices – which means taking positive lifestyle changes in response to learning. 

What makes an ISSP education different from other PYP schools in Ho Chi Minh City, and how will my child benefit? 

ISSP sets itself apart from other PYP schools in HCMC by emphasizing powerful learning, skill development, and taking action. Through personalized education, small class sizes, and a focus on character development, your child will benefit from an education that empowers them to become proactive global citizens. 

ISSP’s commitment to holistic development, creative and critical thinking, and hands-on learning equips students with the skills and mindset needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

Can you please share more information about the journey your school went through to achieve this milestone? 

In April 2021, ISSP was granted IB Candidate status. Over the past two years, we have diligently implemented and embedded the IB Primary Years Programme into our school, encompassing both curriculum and our ways of working.  

Our highly skilled teachers are all professionally trained as IB PYP educators which is enhanced by their ongoing commitment to weekly coaching, planning and reflection meetings to provide the best possible learning experiences for the children. Our commitment to best practice includes teachers and leaders participating in formal IB PYP Networks here in Saigon, across Vietnam and with IB colleagues in the massive South East Asia Network of International PYP schools.

We are thrilled to announce that ISSP has now achieved official authorization as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)! 

How can I learn more about ISSP and submit an application to your school?    

The earlier children immerse themselves in a powerful learning environment, the stronger their foundations become to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. As ISSP embarks on this exciting new chapter, we eagerly anticipate welcoming and partnering with new ISSP families to foster a culture of excellence and cultivate a love for learning in every student.  

 Joining International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) and the IB PYP program for your child’s early years and elementary education is an investment that establishes a strong foundation for skills required to succeed in Secondary School and beyond. 

Please contact our Admissions team at +84 (028) 2222 7788 or We are excited about the limitless possibilities that lie ahead! 

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