A snapshot: schools in Hanoi considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
(pending) means that the school is on our list to review.
By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.
British International School (BIS Hanoi) (pending)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IPC/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students
Operating as the British International School since 2014 and located on a modern campus in the Long Bien district of Hanoi, the school is now part of the global Nord Anglia Education group. Roughly divided 50/50 between local and international students. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
UNIS Hanoi (pending)
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 students
Founded in 1988 and located north of the Ho Tay lake, this is one of only two global, international schools owned by the United Nations. No one nationality can exceed 20 per cent of the intake. In the middle of a five year renovation programme and accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
Adapted American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 students
Built in 2011 as a pre-school up to grade 7, it has expanded upwards with the first high school students graduating in 2017. Part of the group including the Concordia International School in Shanghai and the Hong Kong International School. Mainly American, Korean and Vietnamese passport holders, with a rule that no single nationality can ever exceed one third of the total number of students.
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 290 students
An all-through International Baccalaureate school, established in 1996, close to the Embassy of Japan, in the LIeu Giai district of Hanoi. The student body has a majority of Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean nationals. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and also a founder member of MRISA, a local group of six schools who organise sporting, art and STEAM competitions as well as exhibitions for their members.
PYP/ Cambridge 2/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Opened in 2013 in Hanoi's Hoang Mai district, on a brand-new, well-equipped and attractive (if relatively small) campus, split between elementary and middle/high school. Students have the option of choosing between the recently authorised (2018) International Baccalaureate Diploma and A Levels (first cohort started 2017).
French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 students
Directly managed by the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) and one of nearly 500 global schools under this banner. One of the longest-established international schools in Hanoi (founded in 1982) and now housed on a large, new, purpose-built campus (close to Long Bien Bridge) completed in 2018.
American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 530 students
Established in 2011 in the upmarket suburb of the Splendora housing community, with branding that emphasises the American connection. Coming from over 20 countries, roughly one third of the students are Vietnamese and there is a large cohort of Koreans. Accredited by Cognia (previously the American accreditation agency AdvancED).
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.