British Vietnamese International School

British Vietnamese International School in Ho Chi Minh City, commonly referred to as BVIS HCMC, is a bilingual international school in Vietnam, and the only bilingual school in Vietnam that is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).[1] The school is also a member of the FOBISIA group of schools, and is part of the Nord Anglia Education Group.[2]

British Vietnamese International School
BVIS Ho Chi Minh campus, seen from the soccer field
Location

Coordinates10.7210°N 106.6846°E / 10.7210; 106.6846
Information
TypePrivate dual-language international school
EstablishedAugust 2011 (Ho Chi Minh City) and August 2012 (Hanoi)
PrincipalSimon Higham
GradesF1 - Y13
Websitebvisvietnam.com

BVIS educates children at preschool, primary and secondary level. The school uses the English National Curriculum with modules from the Vietnamese curriculum that are believed to be particularly strong: Vietnamese Literature, History and Geography.[3]

History

BVIS was officially established in August 2011 after the success of its sister school the British International School which was established in 1997.[4]

Curriculum

In addition to primary and secondary schools, BVIS enrols students from the age of 2 – 5 as part of its Early Years Foundation Stage, where emphasis is placed on emotional development, aiming to develop students' independence and problem-solving skills, doing so both in Vietnamese and English.[5]

Primary

Students from approximately ages 5 – 11 are in years 1 – 6 of BVIS's primary school, which is the equivalent of the Vietnamese national system's "Leaf" year and grades 1 – 5. Students in these year groups are taught a modified version of the English National Curriculum, altered to be more suitable to learning in Vietnam and learning in a dual-language situation.[6]

Literacy, Maths, and Science are treated as the core subjects, and as such are given the largest class time, with a variety of subjects taught in either Vietnamese or English.

Secondary

Students aged 11 – 18 are part of BVIS's secondary school. The secondary school teaches most subjects in English, but Vietnamese literacy is also given a high priority.

Years 7 – 9 are again taught a modified version of the English National Curriculum, with the aim to prepare students for the later years where they are taught the Cambridge IGCSEs and the A-levels.[7]

Qualifications

  • International A Levels
  • International AS Levels
  • International GCSEs

Student Academic Achievement

The percentage of students achieving A*–C grades, including English and Math at IGCSE is 87% in 2015.[8]

School Facilities

BVIS HCMC is a purpose-built school. It has an "early years" soft play area, a swimming pool, a library with 56,400 books, a modern lecture theatre, a number of dance, music and drama studios, an auditorium, a sports hall and a grass playing field, amongst other facilities. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and data projectors.[9]

See also

References

  1. "Cô giáo Việt thám hiểm Nam Cực" [Vietnamese teacher Antarctic expedition] (in Vietnamese). VN Express. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. "The British International Schools Group, Vietnam To Join Nord Anglia Education". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. "Chương trình giảng dạy độc đáo tại trường BVIS" [Unique curriculum in schools BVIS] (in Vietnamese). VN Express. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. "Trường quốc tế Anh Việt BVIS - Nam Sài Gòn" [BVIS British International School Vietnam - Saigon South] (in Vietnamese). Kênh Sinh Viên. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. "Early Years (2-4)". Nord Anglia Education. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  6. "BVIS Ho Chi Minh Primary". British Vietnamese International School. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  7. "BVIS Ho Chi Minh Secondary". British Vietnamese International School. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  8. "BVIS Prospectus" (PDF). Nord Anglia Education. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. "Ngày hội Thông tin Trường Quốc tế BVIS" [Information Day International School BVIS] (in Vietnamese). Dân Trí. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
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