The American Curriculum is divided into three stages: Elementary School, Middle School and High School. In Elementary School, students aged 4 to 11 enter Kindergarten to Grade 5. Students aged 11 to 14 progress to Middle School which covers Grade 6 to Grade 8. They then move on to High School until the age of 18 to complete Grade 9 to Grade 12.
The American Curriculum is a standards-based curriculum that is governed by six accreditation authorities including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All subject content must abide by the Common Core State Standards or the AERO Common Core Plus Standards. American international schools have the flexibility to design their curriculum based on standards that are relevant to their host country.
Students need to complete a certain number of credits from Grade 9 to Grade 12 to be granted the American High School Diploma. In addition, students have the opportunity to sit for standardised tests such as the SAT, PSAT and ACT to measure their knowledge in certain subject areas.
Here are the schools in Vietnam that offer the American Curriculum:
1. American International School Vietnam
The school was established in 2016 and offers pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 education. The majority of the school's student population consists of Vietnamese students. American International School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum infused with Vietnamese family values. Students have the opportunity to learn the IB PYP and MYP during their primary and secondary school years. At the pre-university level, they have the option to sit for the IBDP or American High School Diploma. The school also offers English as an Additional Language Programme. The performing arts are prioritised at the school as students are encouraged to participate in choral, instrumental and drama programmes. In addition, American International School has a counselling department that provides classroom sessions, small group meetings, one-on-one sessions and career/college guidance.
2. APU – American International School
The school opened its doors in 2004 and is owned by the APU Educational Development Group. APU has two campuses in Ho Chi Minh City: The Elementary and Middle & High School. The school is authorised to offer various programmes to prepare students for college such as the SAT, Advanced Placement, PSAT and the ACT exams. Another branch of the school is located in Da Nang City.
Asian International School's international curriculum is based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core State Standards for K–12 education. The Academic Council compiles and reviews the school's syllabi. Since 2021-2022, high school students can choose the College Board's AP curriculum. Every year students of The Group of Asian International Education have the opportunity to join summer study abroad programmes in June and collaborate with prestigious international educational organisations.
Fosco International School was established in 1997 and its curriculum is based on the AERO Common Core Plus Standards and makes use of imported textbooks and online resources from the United States. The school offers preschool and primary school levels of education to children aged 18 months to 11 years Children of all nationalities are welcome to enter nursery to Grade 5 levels. Fosco International School also provides an English support programme to help non-native English speakers adapt to a classroom where English is used as the medium of instruction. In addition, students can participate in a two-week overseas summer camp in the United States or the United Kingdom.
5. Saigon South International School (SSIS)
At SSIS, teaching and learning are conducted according to an American-style curriculum that is infused with a spirit of inquiry, student engagement, and participation. Students from elementary to high school levels will get to experience American school life. The AP course and IBDP are offered to high school students, making it possible for students to go from here to anywhere. they choose.
6. International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP)
The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a purpose-built early years and elementary international school for children between the age of 18 months and 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. They use teaching approaches that adhere to American standards and the IB framework. In addition, the school offers a balanced education, which promotes the development of the whole child. Additionally, the school provides an array of after-school activities, school visits and trips for their students to ensure they have a balanced education.
7. Pennsylvania American International School (PAIS)
PAIS offers the American International Program and Vietnamese American Bilingual Program from Grades Preschool to 12 and is accredited by the Greenville Area School District and the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. Students in the Bilingual program participate in English competency tests and will receive the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) Diploma. The students can then be transferred to the American Diploma Pathway. On the other hand, students in the International Program will receive the American Diploma, a degree from Greenville High School.
8. Wellspring Saigon International Bilingual School (WSIBS)
WSIBS offers their elementary to high school students two programs – the Vietnam Program and the International Program. The Vietnam Program is built from the National Education Program and is regulated by the MoET. Conversely, the International Program inherits the knowledge and skill standards of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Framework, including Common Core and NGSS standards. Students in high school can enrol in AP classes to indulge their curiosity about the subject and maximise their academic ability.
9. International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) – American Academy
ISHCMC – American Academy offers Middle and High School programs that allow students to learn academic language skills and take a variety of college-level courses before they graduate from high school. The school offers its high school students an opportunity to earn early university Credits through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA). Additionally, these credits will be combined with the AP course credits, which help the student complete a part of their university education before graduating high school.