International Primary School Vietnam

International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, Primary School is for students from 2 to 10 years of age. We are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) international curriculum. 


The IB PYP programme focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. The IB PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging primary school educational programme. 

The Early Education Program at ISHCMC Vietnam

The focus of ISHCMC's Early Education Program is to introduce the children to inquiry-based learning and to instil a love of learning that will serve them throughout their lifetime.   We work to develop language, social and motor skills and encourage our youngest students to try new things and explore their world with the guidance of our teachers.  ISHCMC EE2/3 and EE4 students are actively engaged in learning through play, songs and storytelling.  They acquire important social skills with group activities and collaborative play and there are opportunities throughout the year to build their confidence and self-esteem with class performances.


Play is more than recreation; it is a child’s ‘work’ and the play-based experiences designed by our teachers, allow students to extend their existing ideas and to develop new ways of understanding how the world works. For young children, wondering, exploring and investigating, making connections and trying out their theories and ideas through play all demonstrate the skills and habits of inquiry.

An inquiry-based learning environment helps students to learn by connecting to what they already know. Teachers provide new experiences, including the time and opportunity for students to reflect and think about their actions to develop thinking. This is achieved through play-based experiences.

Young children and their teachers explore, question, and discover in a stimulating environment. Children express interests and ideas, research for further information, reflect on experiences and form conclusions. Through this process, children develop confidence and independence with encouragement from parents, teachers and community members.

The IB Primary Years Program at ISHCMC Vietnam
It offers a comprehensive, inquiry – based approach to teaching and learning and provides an internationally designed model for concurrency in learning for transient students. It incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies. The curriculum framework is an expression and extension of three inter-related questions: What do we want to learn? How best will we learn? How will we know what we have learned?

The Essential Elements of the PYP:  Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, Concepts and Action.

Here at ISHCMC we:
Encourage students to become more knowledgeable about the world. Our curriculum is in line with international expectations and catered to meet individual needs.

Focus upon conceptual understanding through inquiry in our challenging, relevant and engaging units.

Teach the skills to be lifelong learners in all subject areas. Students will develop communication, research, thinking, social and self-management skills.

Develop positive attitudes to learning. We encourage students to show the following attitudes: appreciation, commitment, curiosity, confidence, cooperation, creativity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

Expect students to take positive action to make a positive impact. We expect students to take positive action in their daily lives and we provide opportunities for students to take action to impact the wider community.

IB Learner Profile
Through the process of inquiry based learning and the application of the transdisciplinary skills and attitudes students will become:

  • Inquirers
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Risk-takers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Open-minded
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The Conceptual Framework of the IBPYP
In the PYP we believe that learning takes place best when it is connected to the world around the student and that the search for meaning and understanding is best done in the context of relevant content. We provide students with learning experiences that are engaging, relevant, challenging and significant.