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best schools in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

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

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ABC International School (formerly the ABC English School)

National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/A-Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 800 pupils

Established in 1995 and now on three campuses in Ho Chi Minh City, with the secondary school on a brand-new campus. Expanded to offer the A-Level syllabus and  the only school in Vietnam given permission to host admission tests for Oxbridge. Offers the international version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

American International School Vietnam (AIS)

School adapted curriculum based on IB PYP and MYP/IB Diploma/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 pupils

Founded in 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City is basically an American college preparatory school, catering for mainly Vietnamese students. Recognised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and a candidate school for the Primary and Middle Years IB programmes.. Sends graduates to a huge range of American universities, although not many to Ivies. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC).

Australian International School Saigon

PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,300 pupils

Opened in 2006 and merged in 2013 to become one school with ACG Vietnam, which was started by a privately owned education company from New Zealand on a brand-new campus at Thu Thiem. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and sends graduates to leading global universities.

The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

School adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,400 pupils

Founded in 1997 and subsequently bought by Nord Anglia Education, the rapidly expanding educational enterprise (now with 66 schools in 29 countries). The largest international school in Vietnam based on three seperate campuses. Last published results show an average 32 points scored for the IB Diploma  with one student scoring 44.

The European International School, Ho Chi Minh City

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 570 pupils

An official IB World School established in 2013. Sited in a garden campus in Thao Dien, District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City. Owned by Star Education which runs schools across the Far East. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

International School, Ho Chi Minh City

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,300 pupils

The first IB World School and claiming to be the oldest international school in Ho Chi Minh City. One of three Cognita (70 global) schools in Vietnam. A brand new secondary campus, including a 350 seat theatre and sports facilities opened in 2018, 5 kms from the original school. The average IB score in 2018 was 33.5 points and one student achieved the perfect score of 45. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

International School, Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy

School adapted curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/SUPA; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 pupils

Part of the Cognita group of schools in Vietnam and offering an American middle and high school education. University preparation courses through Advanced Placement and university-level courses offered through partnership with Syracuse University which allows students to earn early university credit. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Renaissance International School Saigon

Adapted school curriculum/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 540 pupils 

Opened in August 2007 in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City and a member of the Round Square school since 2011. All classes delivered in English with a focus on the creative and performing arts. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Average IB Diploma score in 2019 was 33, three points above the global figure.

Saigon South International School (SSIS)

School adapted American based curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 pupils

Founded in 1997 by the Phu My Yong corporation to fulfill the need for an American education in Vietnam.  IB Diploma results tend to be significantly higher (35 points) than the world average and graduates (mainly American, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese) continue on to well-known global uiniversities. An Apple distinguished school and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The American School (TAS)

School adapted curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 575 pupils

Opened in 2010 and grown significantly over the decade. Offering an American education, taught entirely in English with the option of completing sufficient AP courses to obtain the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID). Accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC).

 

 

 

 

 

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