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.
INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL TRIAL CLASS: LITTLE CREATORS
A completely FREE event for your child to become a great scientist with safe experiments for kids:
- Dive into the Playdough & Loose Parts extravaganza
- Build wonders with Lego and Building Blocks
- Discover the magic of sound with rice and beans
- Embark on a watercolor painting escapade
- Explore with magnets and torches
Date: Thursday, 7th March
Venue: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Register now, limited slots available!
Our Vision & Guiding Statements
International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is an IB school for preschoolers (18 months – 4 years old) and elementary students (5 – 11 years old) in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Our teaching and learning approaches follow the IB framework and align with the American standards. This supports the development of the whole child and provides a balanced education.
Our students have opportunities to transfer to prestigious secondary schools such as International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) or ISHCMC American Academy (Cognita school groups) or any other secondary school in the world.
ISSP is a caring IB World School where young children gain foundational knowledge and skills; building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed.
ISSP achieves its Vision through personalized, authentic learning opportunities that cultivate a lifelong love for learning.
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
|Native English teachers
|Extra languages (other than English)
|17 students / class
|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 and Vietnamese
|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
80%+ of students achieve above grade level 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
|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
International Baccalaureate (IB)
A look into the school's facilities
International Preschool at ISSP
Your child’s first experiences of school are the key to laying the foundation for a successful learning journey. It is therefore crucial that these early experiences are positive and developmentally appropriate.
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.
Kindergarten and Elementary School
At ISSP, our international curriculum (that follows IB PYP) for children 6 to 11 years old is designed to provide students with a seamless transition into our secondary schools, ISHCMC or ISHCMC – American Academy, which has a 100% acceptance rate for students who apply to overseas universities.
Our education program is aligned with American Standards and 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 is benchmarked against American Standards.
Authorized IB PYP School
From 2023, International School Saigon Pearl has become International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) School. We are applying the IB framework to 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 can 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.