According to ISC Research, there are 119 international schools and preschools in Vietnam. International education in Vietnam has become more popular due to the introduction of Decree 86 by the Vietnamese government in 2018. In this decree, the quota of the enrolment of local children in international schools was revised to 50%. This quota revision has increased the demand for international education in Vietnam and has transformed the country into a market for opening new international schools.
A popular curriculum offered by many international schools in Vietnam is the American Curriculum. There are also schools that offer the British Curriculum, Cambridge International Curriculum and International Bacclaureate Curriculum. Most of the international schools in Vietnam are concentrated in expat-friendly cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hoi An and Da Nang.
Here are some international schools that are located in Da Nang and Hoi An:
In 2015, APU - American International School was established in Da Nang, bringing the APU brand of education to central Vietnam. APU’s original branches are located in Ho Chi Minh City which opened in 2004, namely the Elementary Campus and Middle & High School Campus. The schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang are owned by the APU Educational Development Group and are authorised to offer a variety of programmes to prepare students for college such as the SAT, Advanced Placement, PSAT and the ACT exams.
St. Nicholas International School is an accredited partner school of Texas Tech University in the United States. It is an elite private K-12 institution offering the American Curriculum in Elementary School, Middle School and High School levels. The Reggio Emilia approach is adopted at Kindergarten level. St. Nicholas International School places great emphasis on performing arts and public speaking. Students are encouraged to take part in activities such as debating and storytelling. STEM and coding subjects are also integrated into the curriculum. A number of enrichment programmes are offered at the school such as Model United Nations, simulated lawsuits, film making, creative writing and journalism, among others. In addition, the school offers scholarships to Vietnamese students.
The school provides a well-rounded education to both Vietnamese and international students from Pre-Nursery to Year 12. Singapore International School prepares students to sit for the Singaporean International Primary School Examination (iPSLE) at primary school level and the IGCSE examinations at secondary school level. There are a few pre-university offerings at the school such as the A Levels, American College Test (ACT) and Global Assessment Certificate (GAC). In addition to English, students are taught Mandarin and Vietnamese. Singapore International School also has a branch in Ho Chi Minh City.
Green Shoots International School offers a British based curriculum to students in early years, primary and secondary school levels. The school also provides bilingual play group sessions to toddlers where they will be exposed to both English and Vietnamese. The British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is adopted at preschool level. At primary school, students are taught the British Curriculum combined with lessons in Vietnamese culture and language through games, activities and songs. Students in secondary school undergo preparation to sit for the IGCSE examinations. In terms of language support, Green Shoots International School offers French to primary school students and additional English language classes. Furthermore, there are provisions for children with special educational needs (SEN) through teaching assistants and SEN specialists. The school also prioritises sustainability, environmental consciousness and giving back to the community.
Hoi An International School is one of the first purpose-built campuses to open in Hoi An. The school is designed to be functional, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Students from over 20 nationalities are enrolled at the school which represents diversity and celebrates Vietnamese culture. Hoi An International School offers a bilingual curriculum consisting of the Cambridge International Curriculum and the Vietnamese National Curriculum to students aged two to 16 years old. Lessons are conducted in both English and Vietnamese. French and Mandarin are also offered as additional languages. Students in play group, early years and primary levels can choose to enrol in the international or bilingual programme. At secondary school level, the Cambridge Curriculum is offered leading up to the IGCSE examinations. Hoi An International School also offers a comprehensive arts programme and environmental studies.
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