International School Saigon Pearl, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world-class Elementary School for children aged 18 months to 11 years, offering a full American school curriculum in Vietnam.

Our ethos is centred on building caring relationships with each child and family. Our approach enables us to understand the abilities of each child and recognise the ambitions their parents have for them. Our academically rigorous American curriculum continues seamlessly to High School education at ISHCMC-American Academy, where students progress in their development as adaptive, thoughtful and active global citizens.

“The interaction between the teacher and child at ISSP is very close so the teacher gets to know the child personally. I am very pleased with our decision to send him to ISSP, he has done amazingly well.”

Nam Nguyen, Parent

Students in 2013 achieved average growth of over two grade levels.


Lester Stephens
With over 24 years’ experience in education and leadership in a wide range of educational contexts, Lester has experienced the many changes in education both at a national level in New Zealand and in the international educational environment.

Lester is passionate about education and encouraging children to reach their full potential. He believes that it is important to educate the whole child and encourage children to explore their learning through artistic, cultural and sporting areas as well as through the academic curriculum.

Lester continues his Cognita journey at International School Saigon Pearl, having previously been part of the Senior Leadership Team at the Australian International School in Singapore.

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
1-11 yrs
American Curriculum
Type of School
Day School, International School
Main Language

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