ISHCMC Celebrates 25 Years of Educational Excellence

Education - Saigon/HCMC: Oct. 23, 2018

ISHCMC was the first international school established in Saigon and the first accredited International Baccalaureate® World (IB World) school in Ho Chi Minh City to offer all three IB programs for primary years, middle years and diploma students.

This year, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is proud to celebrate another first—the 25th anniversary of achieving excellence in education.

This has been made possible through the support, trust and inspiration of all those who have passed through the halls of ISHCMC to become inquiring and knowledgeable young adults.


Another recent milestone at ISHCMC is the completion of a brand new state-of-the-art secondary campus that boasts numerous enhanced facilities including an innovation centre, collaboration centre, design and technology suites and a recording studio. In the 2018-19 academic year, ISHCMC expanded its line of subject options for secondary students by introducing film, design and media programmes that fully utilise the new facilities at the brand new campus.

ISHCMC provides a holistic approach and that the importance placed on student wellbeing is crucial for a rewarding learning journey. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness reduces stress and combats depression and anxiety. Likewise, positive mental health in all students is a priority within the ISHCMC community.


The pre-existing primary-level campus has also received an intensive makeover to further cater to the needs of ISHCMC’s youngest learners ranging from two to 11 years old. Some notable additions to the facilities include a suite of learning spaces and an indoor early years playroom.

To provide a physically conducive learning environment for ISHCMC students, air purification systems are available in all classrooms of the early years programme from

Early Explorer (two to four years old) to Primary grade level areas. The Secondary Campus provides a built-in air purification system throughout the school. The importance of clean air for growing lungs can not be overstated. ISHCMC is the only international school in HCMC to provide this type of top-quality air purification system throughout both campuses.

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Diversity and Achievements

ISHCMC is a truly international school with more than fifty different nationalities currently represented by the student body. As such, students at ISHCMC are no strangers to globalisation and foreign ethnicities. ISHCMC’s rich history is strengthened by a continuing urge to innovate and challenge pedagogical norms and has become renowned for progressive thinking in the realm of educational diversity. As an experienced IB School, ISHCMC strives to equip students with knowledge, skills and the ability to live and work as global citizens.

In terms of academic achievement, senior students at ISHCMC have a long history of achieving an International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (IBDP) score well beyond the international average. ISHCMC is inclusive and all students in Grade 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study the IB Diploma, ISHCMC students achieved an average IBDP score of 33.5 points compared to the global average of 29.78. For the second consecutive year, the highest score attained by an ISHCMC senior student was the maximum score of 45. More than 23 percent of students achieving a score of 39 or more, placing them at the top 5 percent of all examinees all over the world. 67 percent of graduating students were also awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate® Bilingual Diploma, an admirable statistic which is triple that of the international average.


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