A snapshot: schools in Ho Chi Minh City 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.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 800 students
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.
PYP/ Candidate MYP/ IB Diploma/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 students
Founded in 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City as a Vietnamese version of an American college preparatory school, catering for mainly local students. Recognised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate PYP and IBDP programmes and a candidate for the IBMYP. 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).
PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 1-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,300 students
Opened in 2006 and merged in 2013 with ACG Vietnam to become one school. The latter 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.
International Primary Curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 2,000 students
Founded in 1997 and bought by Nord Anglia Education, the rapidly expanding educational organisation (now with over 65 schools in nearly 30 countries). The largest international school in Vietnam based on three purpose-built campuses. Last published results show an average of nearly 36 points scored for the IB Diploma, substantially above the global average..
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 570 students
Established in 2009 and teaching the International Baccalaureate Programme throughout. Sited on 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).
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,300 students
The first International Baccalaureate World School and claiming to be the oldest international school in Ho Chi Minh City. One of three Cognita (70 global members) 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 Diploma score recently has been in the mid-thirties and the perfect score of 45 has been achieved by individual students. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Adapted curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ SUPA; ages 11-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 students
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, on a scheme 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).
Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 540 students
Opened in August 2007 in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City and a member of the Round Square network 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 International Baccalaureate Diploma score in the mid-thirties well above the global figure of 30.
Adapted American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 students
Founded in 1997 by the Phu My Yong corporation to supply the increasing demand for an American education in Vietnam. International Baccalaureate Diploma results (around 35 points) tend to be significantly higher than the world average and graduates (mainly American, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese) continue on to well-known global universities. An Apple Distinguished school and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Adapted American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 575 students
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).
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.