International School Saigon Pearl, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Telephone: +84 (0) 28 2222 7788

92 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City

ABOUT International School Saigon Pearl, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world-class, purpose-built Early Years and Elementary International School for children 18 months to 11 years old in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Our teaching and learning approaches follow the IB framework and align with the American and MoET standards. This supports the development of the whole child and provides a balanced education.

We are proud to offer outstanding opportunities to our students, which include subject specialist classes; Art, Music, World Languages, Physical Education and an Innovation Hub incorporating STEAM, a Green Screen studio, Maker Space and Robotics.

It is our firm belief that to deliver personalised learning through a comprehensive academic program, we must continue to provide learning environments that stimulate and engage young learners. ISSP has committed to an ambitious facility development plan that includes: an updated multi-purpose room, a redesigned Early Years 1 and 2 learning space, renovated elementary library, additions such as our EY library, a conservatory space, an inclosed canteen, and so much more to come.

Our international curriculum and dynamic approaches to teaching and learning with American and MoET standards within the IB Framework compliment our students transitioning to our secondary schools, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) or ISHCMC American Academy.

“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
Head of School

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
IB framework and align with the American and MoET standards
Type of School
Day School, International School
Main Language
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