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Best schools in Hanoi, Vietnam

A snapshot overview of schools in Hanoi that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

British International School (BIS Hanoi)  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IPC/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 pupils

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 local and international students. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Lycée Francais Alexandre Yersin  (pending)

French curriculum/French Bac/French Brevet; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 pupils

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.

UNIS Hanoi  (pending)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma/SATs; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,100 pupils

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.

Concordia International School Hanoi

Adapted American curriculum/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 400 pupils

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.

Hanoi International School

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 290 pupils

An all-through IB 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 and exhibitions for their members.

International School of Vietnam

PYP/Cambridge/IGCSEs/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) IB Diploma and A-Levels (first cohort started 2017).

St Paul American School

American curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 530 pupils

Established in 2011 in the upmarket suburb of the Splendora housing community. Roughly one third of the students are Vietnamese and there is a large cohort of Koreans. Accredited by the US agency AdvancED.






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