International Secondary School Vietnam

International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, Secondary School is for children ages 11 to 17 years of age and we are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) international curriculum. 

The Secondary School period is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn, how to evaluate information critically, how to develop effective solutions, and how to take responsible action are the central goals of education in these Secondary School years. 

  

The IB Middle Years Programme at ISHCMC Vietnam

The programme provides a thorough study of various academic disciplines while accentuating their interrelatedness, which teaches students to build connections, transfer knowledge, and develop abstract thought. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum is developed through five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, health and social education, environments, and human ingenuity (homo faber). These areas help students and teachers make connections between disciplines, and apply learning to their global experiences.

The Conceptual Framework of the IBMYP

Holistic Education: The IBMYP is based around traditional school subjects, but rejects the fragmentation that results when people assume that subjects have no relation to each other. Students are encouraged to look at learning in an interdisciplinary way; approaching issues and solving problems with skills, knowledge, and understandings obtained from a variety of subjects and experiences.

Intercultural Awareness: The aim is to show respect for cultural differences while promoting what are seen to be universal human values, thus fostering understanding among young people, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today. Part of the IBO mission is to help students “understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” This understanding can help students find solutions to that address the issues that result from the inherent differences in our globalized world.

Communication: The IBMYP stresses the importance of clarity of expression, of listening to others, and of appreciating different cultures and ways of thinking. Students are required to learn a second language, and in cases where students are attending school in a language other than their mother tongue, the development of the mother tongue is encouraged and supported in school. Communication between students is encouraged and developed, so that students, rather than the teacher, are the centre of the classroom. The enhanced ability to communicate with their peers on academic matters increases student success by bringing students’ social awareness into their learning, and bringing learning into students’ social lives.

IBMYP Certificate and Record of Achievement:

All students participating in Grade 10 at ISHCMC receive an IBMYP Record of Achievement. This is an official record, issued by the IBO and recognized around the world, of subjects taken and the student’s level of achievement in each subject. 

Grades 9 and 10

The IB Middle Years Programme at ISHCMC Vietnam

 

The IB Middle Years Programme at ISHCMC (IBMYP) provides a thorough study of various academic disciplines while accentuating their interrelatedness, which teaches students to build connections, transfer knowledge, and develop abstract thought. The interdisciplinary nature of the High School curriculum is developed through five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, health and social education, environments, and human ingenuity (homo faber). These areas help students and teachers make connections between disciplines, and apply learning to their global experiences.

The Conceptual Framework of the IBMYP

Holistic Education:The IBMYP is based around traditional school subjects, but rejects the fragmentation that results when people assume that subjects have no relation to each other. Students are encouraged to look at learning in an interdisciplinary way; approaching issues and solving problems with skills, knowledge, and understandings obtained from a variety of subjects and experiences.

Intercultural Awareness: The aim is to show respect for cultural differences while promoting what are seen to be universal human values, thus fostering understanding among young people, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today. Part of the IBO mission is to help students “understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” This understanding can help students find solutions to that address the issues that result from the inherent differences in our globalized world.

Communication: The IBMYP stresses the importance of clarity of expression, of listening to others, and of appreciating different cultures and ways of thinking. Students are required to learn a second language, and in cases where students are attending school in a language other than their mother tongue, the development of the mother tongue is encouraged and supported in school. Communication between students is encouraged and developed, so that students, rather than the teacher, are the centre of the classroom. The enhanced ability to communicate with their peers on academic matters increases student success by bringing students’ social awareness into their learning, and bringing learning into students’ social lives.

IBMYP Certificate and Record of Achievement:
All students participating in Grade 10 at ISHCMC receive an IBMYP Record of Achievement. This is an official record, issued by the IBO and recognised around the world, of subjects taken and the student’s level of achievement in each subject.

Grades 11 and 12

The demanding pre-university International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two year course offered to highly motivated students in Grades 11 and 12. Internationally recognised external examinations are taken at the completion of Grade 12, providing students with qualifications that fulfil the requirements of most national or state education systems. The IB Diploma Programme incorporates the best  elements of national systems without being based on any one.

Students study six courses. These include two languages (groups 1 and 2), one course from individuals and societies (group 3), one experimental science (group 4), one mathematics course (group 5), and one course chosen from the arts (group 6) or another subject from groups 1 to 5.

The IB Diploma Programme at ISHCMC (adapted from ‘IB Basis for Practice’)

The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging, broad and balanced two -year programme of international education for students aged 16 to 19. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession, as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. The driving force behind the Diploma Programme is a philosophy about the nature of education that is expressed in the IB's mission statement and in the IB learner profile.

The Diploma Programme Curriculum

A distinguishing characteristic of the Diploma Programme is a concern with the whole educational experience of each student. The curriculum framework (see figure 1) and its supporting structures and principles are designed to ensure that each student is exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum.

 

 

University recognition

The Diploma Programme has become a leading, internationally recognised pre-university qualification. A student who satisfies the requirements for the diploma has demonstrated independent study skills, developed a broad range of academic skills, studied at least three disciplines in depth, engaged with interdisciplinary ideas, reflected on the nature of human knowledge in an international context and taken part in social, physical and creative pursuits beyond the classroom. The concept of educating the whole person distinguishes the Diploma Programme from many other upper secondary programmes and provides an excellent preparation for university study.