It is our aim to make the application process as seamless as possible and a positive experience to families wishing to join the ISSP community. We accept applications from children of all nationalities throughout the year to join our international environment and who would benefit from our educational program. It is strongly encouraged that applications are submitted as early as possible to avoid being placed on a waitlist.
Experience Model Class: Balanced Babies
Preschool Model Class: BALANCED BABIES (Free of charge)
Best for children aged 18 months to 4 years old
What will children learn through this class?
1. Increased muscle strength
2. Improved balance and coordination
3. Develop problem-solving skills
4. Promote increased attention and concentration
5. Develop confidence
In addition, children and parents also experience educational approach from the Reggio-Emilia philosophy at ISSP.
Parents can observe or be a part of the class.
Time: 8:50 - 10:45 AM, Thursday, Dec 8, 2022
Venue: ISSP, 92 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Binh Thanh District, HCMC
Our Vision & Guiding Statements
The International School Saigon Pearl provides a international integrated program for children aged 18 months to 11 years old. Our community is founded on values that create a welcoming multicultural environment. Through English immersion, our students are nurtured to achieve measurable academic excellence and become confident learners equipped with the life skills necessary to become model global citizens.
We will consciously develop the breadth of learning opportunities for every child through impactful approaches to learning, to strengthen academic excellence set in a safe and welcoming environment.
Our Values which are Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Wisdom are aligned with the IB Learner Profile with an overriding imperative to develop well rounded humans who have the skills and attributes to contribute to society and thrive in their future.
Our IB Learner Profile
Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||17 students / class|
|Maximum||22 students / class|
The school's life in pictures
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
Vietnamese; American; Australian, Canadian, Korean & Chinese
|Ratio of local students to international students||
25% is international students, 52% hold dual passport.
|Native English speaking teachers||
Yes. All homeroom teachers are also required to have pedagogical qualifications.
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Mandarin, Vietnamese and Japanese in the next School year
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Yes. We have a wide range of digital equipment
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)||
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
|External examinations or assessments available||
MAP Test (Measurement of Academic Progress) - NWEA
|Results in these examinations||
90%+ of students achieve above grade level English & Mathematics, compared to worldwide results in MAP® testing
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Approximate hours of homework given||
20-30 mins depends on grade level
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
|Learning support offered||
Special Education Needs, Language Support, Designated Safeguarding Supervisor, School Counselor, ...
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Personalize learning. Talented students will be considered and evaluated in case by case basis.
|Student access to education psychologist||
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Language test, SENs test (Special Education Needs), Medical Check-up, Immunization records...
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
Accepting new families all year round
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|School start time||
|School finish time||
|Supervised care before/after school||
Yes. From 7.30AM and until 5.00PM
|School bus service available||
|School provided lunches||
Yes & snacks
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
|Sports activities included||
Swimming, basketball, ballet, football.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Sports facilities at the school||
Multi purpose room, football field, swimming pool, playground, ...
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Respect - Wisdom - Caring - Honesty - Responsibility
|Teaching approach of the school||
Reggio-Emilia & American Common Core
A look into the school's facilities
Early Years Education
Run by our highly specialized teachers, the Early Years program in ISSP delivers a balanced curriculum that focuses on the development of both the interpersonal and academic skills of the child. It is well-aligned with our dominant pedagogy which is the IB PYP Framework, the Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching and learning approach bespoke to our school.
Our international curriculum (that follows IB PYP framework) for children 6 to 11 years old provides students with a seamless transition into our secondary schools, ISHCMC or ISHCMC – American Academy or any other schools in the world.
Our education program is designed to strike an effective balance between academic excellence and guiding students in their creative, physical, emotional, and social goals. This curriculum ensures our elementary students’ transdisciplinary learning across mathematics, science, music, language, arts, and social studies.
IB PYP Candidate School
From 2021, International School Saigon Pearl has become International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) Candidate School. We are applying the IB framework into the curriculum of early years and elementary students. The IB framework includes three pillars: The learner, learning and teaching and the learning community. This framework shapes the school curriculum and guides the school to achieve authentic conceptual inquiry-based learning that is engaging and challenging for students. Through the units of inquiry, students are able to build the typical attributes of the IB Learner.
A Reggio inspired classroom is a nontraditional learning environment where there are no assigned seats. Children have easy access to supplies and learning material, and are consistently inspired and encouraged to direct their own learning. Because students learn directly from their learning environment, a Reggio inspired classroom is set up in a way that is meant to be a reflection of the culture that the child lives in.