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The History of ISHCMC

At International school Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) we are extremely proud to have been the first international school in HCMC, with a long history of graduating students to high profile universities around the world.

Here is a brief overview of our achievements and expansions since 1993.

Photo of students running toward the ISHCMC Primary Campus


  ISHCMC, then known as International Grammar School, opens in District 3.


  International Grammar School's second campus opens in District 3.


  International Grammar School is renamed "International School Ho Chi Minh City" and moves to its current location in District 2.


  ISHCMC is granted approval to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Program.


  ISHCMC receives accreditation from the ECIS, now known as the Council of International School (CIS).


  ISHCMC graduates its first class of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) students.


  ISHCMC's District 3 campus expands to include Early Explorers and Kindergarten students.


  Junior School students move to the An Phu campus. New school building and library is built.


  ISHCMC receives accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), securing recognition from two of the most
renowned international accreditation organizations worldwide


  A new administration building and a multi-purpose room/gymnasium are completed.


  ISHCMC joins the Cognita Schools Group, a family of over 60 schools worldwide.


  New facilities are added that include: science laboratories, music rooms, a gymnasium, a 25-meter swimming pool and new play areas


  ISHCMC celebrates its 20th anniversary and its status as the first international school in Vietnam.


  The Early Explorer and Kindergarten areas are expanded and refurbished.


  New facilities such as a Mac lab and makerspace are added to the campus.


  Grade 4 & 5 classrooms are refurbished.


  ISHCMC officially inaugurates its new secondary campus in a groundbreaking ceremony. The new campus, less than a ten minute’s drive away from the current D2 campus, is set to launch in the 2017/18 academic year, and will boast a 350-seat professional sized theatre, NBA-sized basketball arena and Interactive Innovation Center.


  Celebrating 25 Years of Learning as Ho Chi Minh City’s first international school, continuing to serve over 50 nationalities.


  Grade 2, 3 and World Languages learning environments renovated and new soccer field laid.