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  • Writer's pictureTosca Killoran

ISHCMC Academic Excellence: A Path to Holistic Learning


Embarking on the journey of choosing the right educational institution for your child is a significant decision that shapes their academic foundation and personal growth. In the bustling educational landscape of Ho Chi Minh City, the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) stands as a beacon of distinction. Our commitment? To provide a unique blend of academic rigor and holistic development, ensuring every student is well-equipped for success. Let's delve into the core of ISHCMC's educational framework, where excellence in education meets a nurturing environment.


The ISHCMC Curriculum: A Framework of Depth and Diversity

At the heart of ISHCMC's academic prowess lies a meticulously crafted curriculum designed to cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for learning. Central to our approach is the globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, spanning from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP). The IB continuum of international education for 3-19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. The IB curriculum serves as the cornerstone of education at ISHCMC, renowned for its emphasis on a well-rounded education. Students are encouraged to explore, question, and connect concepts through a balance of academic disciplines, fostering a deep understanding of the world around them.




Diverse Learning Opportunities:

Beyond the IB framework, ISHCMC offers a diverse array of specialized subjects catering to our students' varied interests and passions. From mathematics to the arts, science to humanities, students can delve into subjects that ignite their curiosity and shape their intellectual pursuits.


ISHCMC is a truly international school with values of global mindedness. This ethos is evident by the fact that our students chose to continue their higher education across 15 different countries last year. Our university and careers counseling program focuses on Best-Fit for each student’s personal goals for their future. 



Practical Application of Knowledge:

Learning at ISHCMC extends beyond the confines of the classroom, focusing on real-world applications. Students gain practical skills and a sense of social responsibility through project-based learning initiatives, the Duke of Edinburgh, and community service projects, preparing them for success in a rapidly evolving world.



The Pillars of ISHCMC's Teaching Excellence

One of the common concerns among parents is the quality of educators shaping their child's educational journey. At ISHCMC, we take immense pride in our faculty, who are experienced and deeply committed to student success.


Experienced and Dedicated Faculty:

Our faculty members are more than just teachers; they are mentors, guides, and champions of learning. With a diverse blend of international perspectives and local insights, they bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, creating an enriching learning environment. It is usual for teachers in International Education to relocate and seek opportunities in different locations. A priority for ISHCMC is to ensure that we are able to retain our team as this supports our ongoing growth. The global average for annual retention of teachers in international schools is 75%, with ISHCMC reaching well beyond that percentage.



Commitment to Professional Development:

Continuous learning is a core value at ISHCMC, reflected in our commitment to ongoing professional development for our faculty. Through workshops, training programs, and collaboration with educational experts, our teachers stay abreast of the latest pedagogical practices, ensuring an enriching learning experience for students. Each member of our faculty is selected for their experience, talents and skills as educators. We intentionally recruit teachers who have experience in their home country national systems as well as experienced international educators.




Student-Centric Approach:

Above all, ISHCMC places the wellbeing and growth of students at the forefront of everything we do. With personalized attention, our teachers nurture the individual strengths and talents of each student, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment.


Empowering Leaders of Tomorrow: The ISHCMC Advantage

Beyond academic excellence, ISHCMC is dedicated to nurturing well-rounded individuals who are poised to make a positive impact on the world.


1. Holistic Development:

Our approach to education extends beyond academics to encompass holistic development. Through diverse co-curricular activities, students explore their passions, develop leadership skills, and cultivate a sense of responsibility to the community.



2. Global Citizenship:

ISHCMC is an active mix of many languages and cultures, providing students with a rich tapestry of experiences. Students develop a deep understanding of global issues and a respect for diversity through multicultural exchanges, international collaborations, and global awareness programs.



3. Student Happiness and Success:

At ISHCMC, the happiness and thriving nature of our students are tangible. Surveys such as the CIS (Council of International Schools) and VOE (Voice of the Employee) consistently reflect the positive experiences of our students, highlighting their engagement, satisfaction, and growth.



At ISHCMC, your child will discover a place where academic rigor meets nurturing support, where learning is a journey of discovery, and success is a shared endeavor. We are committed to unlocking the potential of every student and guiding them toward a future filled with possibilities. Join us in creating a vibrant community where education transcends boundaries and celebrates every child's journey.


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