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The international school in Ho Chi Minh City with a school fee “pay an arm and a leg for” but the curriculum “you get what you pay for”

For many years, ISSP, the high-quality and prestigious international school in Ho Chi Minh City, has always been highly appreciated by parents because of its extremely modern and advanced facilities, serving well for both teaching and learning purposes.

The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) has a rather expensive tuition fee. According to the school’s official website, the tuition fee ranges from 212 million VND to 477 million VND/year depending on the level of study and the form of payment 1 time, 2 times or 4 times.

School fee at International School Saigon Pearl 2021 - 2022
School fee at International School Saigon Pearl 2021 – 2022 (Source: issp.edu.vn)

It is known that parents also have to pay a registration fee for new students of 25 million VND. For parents with normal backgrounds, the tuition fees at ISSP are really too expensive and make them “sweat”. However, looking at the facilities and the teaching program of this school, we can see what it is like to be “pay an arm and a leg for” but “you get what you pay for”!

The campus is spacious and Students are taught with the technology

Located at 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, In Ho Chi Minh City, ISSP is currently teaching all levels from kindergarten to primary school. Specifically, children between the ages of 18 months and 11 years old. It is known that ISSP belongs to the international school system of Cognita Group (in the UK) with students from 26 countries.

ISSP outside facilities
ISSP outside facilities (Source: Internet)

For many years, ISSP has always been highly appreciated by parents because of its extremely modern and advanced facilities, serving well for both teaching and learning purposes. Each classroom is fully equipped with iPads and interactive whiteboards. In addition, there are information technology specialists, an ICT lab to provide and support learning, a 360-degree integrated technology curriculum that enhances and personalizes all students.

ISSP library
ISSP library (Source: Internet)

ISSP’s library currently has 16,000 English books and digital materials. Besides, the school also has rooms for art subjects such as music, dance, etc. The sports rooms include age-appropriate play area, gymnasium, sports field , swimming pool, multi-function room, etc.

ISSP play area
ISSP play area (Source: Internet)

International curriculum, entirely in English

ISSP teaches entirely in English according to the framework of an integrated international education program built on the IB PYP curriculum framework, American standards and Vietnamese standards. Over 85% of children studying at ISSP achieve higher scores in language and math development than the world average (according to results from the MAP – Measure of Academic Progress assessment system).

ISSP is one of the international organizations in Vietnam that is simultaneously certified by two prestigious educational quality inspection organizations, the CIS (Council of International School) and the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).

At the preschool level, ISSP’s educational program is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Children develop motor skills, experience creativity, and enjoy specialized music and visual arts classes. The school’s Physical Education program will help reinforce the development of students’ gross motor skills.

In addition, the children also have more than 66 extended activities after school to discover their talents, improve their cultural, creative and sporting capacities. Through activities such as swimming, cooking, karate, choir, etc., children easily find friends with similar interests.

ISSP after school activities
ISSP after school activities (Source: Internet)

For primary school students, the curriculum is designed to allow students to have a seamless transition into high school at ISHCMC schools (International School Ho Chi Minh City, a school in the group’s international school system, Cognita Group) or ISHCMC – American Academy. These are all schools with 100% acceptance rates for students applying to universities abroad.

ISSP elementary school students currently learn English through an extensive supplemental language program. This program is designed to meet the learning needs of students at different levels. After a period of time, the program will help students improve 4 important skills including listening – speaking – reading – writing. In addition to English, students also learn Mandarin and Vietnamese.

ISSP primary class room
ISSP primary class room (Source: Internet)

After school, the children will be able to participate in regular sports and physical activities. Elementary students at ISSP will participate in an extensive swimming program and learn essential skills. From Grade 3, athletic students can compete on swimming, soccer and basketball teams. They also competed against teams from other international schools across the city. In addition, ISSP also has many other interesting sports and club activities such as choir, dance, leadership skills, etc.

Source: https://www.issp.edu.vn/international-schools-ho-chi-minh-city

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