Learning at ISHCMC

ISHCMC is the first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Vietnam and offers three IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP). The IS HCMC approach engages and empowers the learner by valuing the part they play in creating meaning and participating actively in their learning rather than being a passive recipient of information.

An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic standards and its holistic approach to education. IB programmes challenge students to excel not only in their learning but also in their personal growth. The IB and ISHCMC believe that together we can help to prepare students for living in a complex, highly interconnected world.

Inquiry is central to all teaching and learning in the IB. The inquiry model builds on student’s prior knowledge and enables students to think critically, raise their own questions and develop their research skills. As an IB learner, students are also encouraged to apply what they have learned to take meaningful action in their local communities.

Principles of Learning

At ISHCMC, teaching and learning is guided by our Principles of Learning. They inform planning and, in the very best teaching, ‘interleave’ together to give the impression of classroom learning which is smooth, consistent, immersive, and sustained.

  1. All learners are capable of achieving their goals in a guided environment where there is an appropriate balance of standards, challenge and support
  2. Learning builds on prior knowledge and experiences and is contextual, meaningful and valuable
  3. Learning is an active process that takes time and is strengthened through opportunities for error, practice, reflection, and further revision of ideas
  4. Motivation is a key factor in learning
  5. Learning is effective when personalized
  6. Learning takes place in a safe, engaging environment
  7. Learning encompases the personal, local, and global–aiming to make for a better world


The safety and wellbeing of our community is at the core of all our decisions and these decisions are guided by the principles outlined in our Blueprint for Learning.

Explore Learning at ISHCMC

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

ISHCMC is Ho Chi Minh City’s first fully authorized IB World School. Discover how ISHCMC’s IB curriculum helps our students learn valuable skills and attitudes, develop independence and take action to make a difference.

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

Our Teachers




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We recruit educators who have proven track records at their previous schools and know how to energize, engage and empower students in their classroom. Our teachers are well qualified, experienced, care about their students and build positive relationships to ensure students reach their full potential. Many of our educators have advanced degrees and all of our educators are committed to ongoing professional growth and development.

All ISHCMC teachers are certified for teaching the International Baccalaureate PYP/MYP/DP curriculums, and many continue to develop their IB knowledge to better serve as trainers for others.