Choosing the Right School

At International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) we appreciate the challenges and questions that people face when choosing the right school for your family.

What is important to you when choosing a school for your children?

Is it a challenging and globally recognized curriculum that builds a culture of achievement? The opportunity to be curious through sports, creative arts and service? Supported learning in an environment that builds resilience and focuses on wellbeing? Or perhaps it is something else that’s unique to your particular situation.

At ISHCMC we provide learning opportunities for our students and their families to ensure that every child, everyday is energised, engaged and empowered – anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

It’s such a positive experience to see our community come together. A moment that makes me most proud every year is seeing our grade 12’s graduate and go onto further education.

School Nurse

We moved here from Dubai and we saw a real change in our oldest child who went almost overnight from a shy person to a very confident girl. We often joke that if we could, we would start again in primary if we could go to ISHCMC.


Values Matter

We inspire wellbeing and learning so that our diverse, internationally-minded community flourish as energized, engaged and empowered learners.

ISHCMC aims to be widely recognized as a school that nurtures a creative and collaborative learning environment; one in which students and teachers seek to achieve beyond their goals, flourish as individuals, display compassion, embrace challenges, take principled action on local and global issues and enjoy being part of their community.

A Culture of Achievement

ISHCMC is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and offers three IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP). ISHCMC was the first international school in HCMC and compared to all international schools in Ho Chi Minh City, we are proud to have the longest history of graduating IB Diploma students.

Our teachers are well qualified, experienced, care about their students and build positive relationships to ensure students become lifelong learners who are equipped for life in a 21st century world.

The International Baccalaureate DP
The International Baccalaureate MYP
The International Baccalaureate PYP

Innovative Learning in a World Class Environment

Our campuses at ISHCMC are engaging and dynamic environments designed to enhance the overall learning experience. With world class facilities and a state-of-the-art air-filtration system we are committed to creating a colourful and healthy life at ISHCMC.

ISHCMC Principles of Wellbeing

Wellbeing is the foundation of a Cognita Education and it is integral to our overall purpose of ‘Providing an inspiring world of education: building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed’.

Positive emotions are one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.

Positive Emotions

The right balance of acceptance and happiness to boost our resilience.

Meaning is one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.


A sense of connection to something greater than ourselves through respects and valued relationships that allow for equity.

Engagement is one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.


Regular development of our strengths and mindful practice – those things we are encouraged to do and recognised for doing.

Accomplishment is one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.


The belief and the confidence to do the things that give us purpose and promote resilience.

Relationships are one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.


The creation of safe and authentic, energized connections through clear communication and a caring environment.

Health is one of the factors in the PERMAH framework.


Eat well. Move well. Sleep well.