Renaissance International School Saigon: All Round Excellence

By: Sivaraj Pragasm

The role of a school is not just to educate, but also to instil lifelong values that extend beyond the classroom, such as personal development and social responsibility. Renaissance International School Saigon is part of Round Square, an educational ideology and international school network, where students are encouraged to participate in creative and community service activities to provide them with useful, real world skills.

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What is Round Square?

Round Square is an international organisation of schools that follow the teaching methods of renowned German educator Kurt Hahn and related IDEALS - Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The concept was first conceived in 1966 and there are now around 180 member schools.

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Established in 2007, Renaissance International School Saigon, located in Saigon’s District 7, caters to students from ages 2 to 18 years old. The only Round Square school in Vietnam, Renaissance is also a member of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) and is fully CIS (Council of International Schools) accredited.

Renaissance International School Saigon provides a dynamic international and British-based curriculum with an additional focus on language learning with students exposed to a second language - Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or French - from Year 2.

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As one of the top medium sized international schools in the country, Renaissance focuses on a family-friendly and welcoming environment with a strong focus on developing a close-knit and supportive community as well as academic excellence.

Saigon’s Educational Renaissance

With about 60 classrooms, relatively small class sizes of 18 to 25 students and a low teacher-to-student ratio of 1:9, students have the opportunity to learn productively and effectively, with more than adequate levels of attention provided by the teachers.

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Staffed by highly-qualified teachers recruited mainly from the United Kingdom, the school has consistently achieved exceptional results in IB Exams, with an IBDP average of 35 points in 2018.

Beyond the classroom, students have a variety of after school clubs to choose from and, keeping in line with its social responsibility vision, the school raised over USD12,600 for charity in 2018.

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The school’s mission is to inspire excellence through international education, so that students achieve lifelong success, happiness and respect for all.

Students from ages two to four will be involved in the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, where the focus will be on foundation studies to prepare them for the key stages that follow.

From ages five to thirteen, students will undergo nine years under the National Curriculum of England, before transiting into the IGCSE curriculum when they are 14 and 15.

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Subsequently, their final two years in the school will see the students tackle the highly regarded IB Diploma Programme, which puts them on the path towards top quality colleges and universities around the world.

The school is currently accepting applications for its Summer School 2019 as well as enrolment for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information, visit the school’s website or feel free to contact the friendly Admissions staff for details about early bird offers and scholarships available.

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