Best International Schools in Saigon

By: City Pass Guide

Find the ideal international school for your child in Ho Chi Minh City with our guide to the city's top ten. We detail admission fees, curriculum, notable features and other useful details to make the process easier...

Many people move to Vietnam without a set idea of where they will settle, where they will educate their children and how they will live. Immigration is always confusing! But in Ho Chi Minh City, where wrong is often right and up can be down, tapping into the local system can seem impossible.

As a group of experienced expats, many of us with families here we’ve been through this whole process. We’ve made our blunders already, we’ve copped the scams, we’ve asked the questions, and accordingly we’ve come up with a series of resources in hopes of making your own assimilation smoother and more pleasant!

If it is schools you are after and an education you want, look no further than our list below. These schools are in no particular order but, being professional and friendly with a range of facilities and opportunities, are all excellent options for your child’s education.


International School Saigon Pearl: Elementary & Early Years School (ISSP)

Website: https://www.issp.edu.vn/

Budget: Application fee of VND 25,000,000 VND and an annual fee of up to around VND 440,000,000. For more information please see this fee sheet.

Languages: English instruction.

Curriculum: This school is a part of Cognita Schools Group, which focuses on an American-style curriculum (American Common Core – New York State) that is based on teaching core values such as honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and wisdom.

Uniform: The school’s uniform is a red short-sleeved polo emblazoned with the school’s logo at the front. Depending on the student, the shirt is complemented with either blue shorts or a blue skirt.

Unique feature: 50% off application fee may apply in certain times of the year.

ISSP is now the only international elementary and early years school (18 months – 10 years of age) in HCMC to have the prestigious accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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European International School Vietnam

Website: http://www.eishcmc.com/

Budget: Administration fee of VND 4,200,000 per student, registration fee of around VND 16,000,000 - 32,000,000 depending on the age of your child, and an annual fee of up to around VND 490,000,000. For more information please see this fee sheet.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: IB World School. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: EIS has a strong focus on individual development, taking care to appreciate each child as an individual with unique learning needs and potential. They offer a wide range of interesting after school activities, from the typical sports and arts to community service at the Special Needs School in Thao Dien, to a ‘Pod Club’ where students learn how to edit and create with audio and visual media for publishing on their own internal websites.

eishcmc


Australian International School Vietnam

Website: www.aisvietnam.com

Budget: Application Fee of $141 US per student, an acceptance fee from $1,410 US to $2,821, and then an annual fee starting at $14,703 US (can be paid in installments). See this fee sheet for more information.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: IB, IGCSE and IB Diploma Program. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: Mostly Australian teachers work at this school. Students are a mix of over 35 different nationalities, and the school has a definite focus on preparing its students for university. Recruitment agents from some of the globe’s top universities, such as Stanford University and the University of Melbourne, visit the school regularly, and the school organises excursions to these and other universities during their student's holidays.

Australian International School Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City


British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

Website: www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/bis

Budget: Application Fee of $149 US, then a Registration fee of $3,000 US per child for Primary and Secondary school children (this is a one-off fee paid on entry), followed by a security deposit of $1,000 US for Primary and Secondary children. Annual fees start at $19,155 US (can be paid in instalments) from Year 1 (Primary). See this Fee Sheet  for more information.

Languages: English instruction, Vietnamese as an extracurricular club

Curriculum: IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme), International Primary Curriculum. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: Firmly established as the international school of choice in Ho Chi Minh City, the British International School is a selective, independent and co-educational day school that provides a diverse international education measured by British standards. Their academic programmes, exceptional teaching staff, and personalised approach to learning has fostered a strong reputation for delivering world class results. Additionally, through their connection to the NAE family of schools, students of BIS HCMC are able to access unique, life changing opportunities with world leading institutions such as Juilliard, MIT, and UNICEF. The school has excellent specialist facilities including gymnasiums, music suites, theatre and auditoriums and other specific spaces for art, dance and design.

BIS


The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)

Website: www.ishcmc.com

Budget: an admission fee of $1,109 US with an additional annual development fee. Annual school fees start at $17,806 US (can be paid in installments). Please see this fee sheet for more information.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: IB curriculum. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: ISHCMC is the first and most established school in the city. They consistently achieve high IB results that score well above the IB World Average. Unique features include purified air systems for Early Explorers to Grade 2 to combat high pollution levels. The school has committed to providing these to all Grade levels. Students are able to innovate and create in a Makerspace, Mac Lab, Film studios, Black Box Studios and DT Suites. A new state of the art Secondary Campus will also be opening in the 2017/18 academic year.

The International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) Vietnam


Saigon South International School

Website: www.ssis.edu.vn

Budget: An application fee of $450 US per student, with a following enrollment fee of $2,000 US. Annual fees start at $14,908 US (can be paid in installments), and a variety of other small fees also apply. Note that this school is a non-profit international school and all fees are re-invested in the school. In spite of this, it is one of the best international schools in Saigon. Please see this fact sheet for more information.

Languages: English

Curriculum: Advanced Placement (AP), American High School Diploma (College Preparatory),

SSIS follows a tailored curriculum based on the North American education system. Students can also study the IB Diploma Program at this school. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: As mentioned above, this is the only non-profit international school in Vietnam and the school’s revenues are reinvested in the school. Over 850 students from over 30 different countries attend this school, and the student to teacher ratio is 10 to 1.

Saigon South International School, teacher and students, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


American International School Vietnam (AIS)

Website: www.ais.edu.vn

Budget: Application fee of $142 US and a registration fee of $1,755 US. Annual fees start at $11,693 US (can be paid in installments). For more, please read this fee sheet.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), American High School Diploma (College Preparatory). Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: Their High school is accredited by WASC, CIS and IB. The school has new campus in Nha Be providing well equipped facilities to support for visual and performing arts as well as variety of sport programs and co-curricular activities. The school prepares its students for success at colleges and universities appropriate to their needs and aspirations in the US and around the world.

top 10 international school in HCMC


ABC International School

Website: www.theabcis.com

Budget: A refundable deposit of $976 US per child, plus a registration fee upwards of $976 US and a tuition fee starting at $11,977 annually for a grade 1 child (can be paid in installments). Please see the fee sheet here.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: English National Curriculum.Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: This school has 37 different nationalities, and is focused on cultivating globally minded students who succeed not only in their own sphere but on a worldwide level. ABC believes in a holistic education both inside and outside the classroom for it’s students, and from year 4 upwards students are taken on regular excursions and field trips both within Vietnam and overseas.

ABC International School, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City


The American School

Website: www.tas.edu.vn

Budget: A number of lunch and bus fees apply, as does a registration fee and annual tuition fees. For a child in elementary school the registration fee is VND 30,000,000 and tuition is upwards of VND 176,000,000 annually. See this fee sheet for more information.

Languages: English instruction

Curriculum: Advanced Placement (AP), American High School Diploma (College Prepatory), WASC-accredited school. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: After-school clubs include swimming, theatre, dance and others, and both campuses have Wi-Fi. Students represent over 25 different nationalities. The school focuses on teaching vital academic skills such as communication, critical thinking, research, creativity and independent learning. It is a WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited School.


Canadian International School (CIS)

Website: www.cis.edu.vn

Budget: A very complex range of fees! You can expect an assessment fee of $97 US, an admission fee of $976 US and an annual tuition fee starting at $13,396, plus a number of additional costs. Please read this fee sheet for more information.

Languages: English

Curriculum: The school uses the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Ontario as their school board, and students graduate high school with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: CIS uses a Character Education in Action program to train its students in a variety of valuable ethics, from respect to responsibility. Their focus is on preparing their students for further study, and academic excellence is their key goal. They take care to provide a culturally sensitive curriculum, and though they instruct in English they also have French and Vietnamese language courses.

Campus of Canadian International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Renaissance International School Saigon

Website: www.renaissance.edu.vn

Budget: An application fee of $177 US applies. For a primary school aged child expect an admission fee of $1,464 US and a final annual tuition fee starting at $14,639 US. For more information please see this fee sheet.

Languages: English Instruction

Curriculum: English National Curriculum (see website for specifics). Co-education.

Uniforms: Yes

Unique feature: This school is a Round Square school. This association combines 50+ schools on five continents, which share six key ideals of learning: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students at Renaissance represent over 23 different nationalities, and the school prides itself on sending its graduates to the top universities and colleges from all round the globe.


Saigon Star International School

Website: www.saigonstarschool.edu.vn

Budget: For your primary aged child you are looking at a fee starting at $10,287 US annually. Please see this fee sheet for more information.

Languages: English Instruction

Curriculum: English National Curriculum. Co-education.

Uniform: Yes

Unique feature: With a strong focus on sports, this school has a swimming pool (with lessons available for all students), an outdoor sports facility, and offers a variety of sports to keep your children fit and healthy.


So there you have it! A list of Saigon’s best international schools. When choosing a school in any city it is important to consider your own child and where they will learn best. Different children are suited to different learning environments, and luckily Ho Chi Minh City has something for everyone.

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