Saigon South International School

Saigon South International School, shortened as SSIS, is an international school in Ho Chi Minh City offering an American standards based curriculum for grades EC-12. They offer both the IB diploma program and AP coursework, and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is also member of East Asia Council of Overseas Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, the Southeast Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC), and Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA). SSIS was recently designated an Apple Distinguished School.

Saigon South International School
Address
Tân Phong


Coordinates10.7238°N 106.7090°E / 10.7238; 106.7090
Information
TypePrivate non-profit international school
MottoConnecting Learning to Life
Established1997
Faculty113
GradesK–12
GenderMixed-Gender
Enrollment1000
HousesHydra, Wyvern, Shenlong, and Naga
Colour(s)Blue and White
AthleticsSSIS Dragons
Websitewww.ssis.edu.vn

From its foundation in 1997, SSIS is known as one of the most prestigious international schools both in Ho Chi Minh City and nationwide.

It is located in District 7,[1] Ho Chi Minh City.

Profile

Saigon South International School (SSIS) was founded in 1997 by the Phu My Hung Corporation to accommodate an increasing need for American education for both local residents and expatriate families. Located in the Phu My Hung Urban Area, SSIS is two and a half miles south of the current city center - District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. SSIS is owned by the Phu My Hung Corporation but operates as a non-profit entity within the company. A three-member School Board governs the school in consultation with the Phu My Hung Corporation.

SSIS enrolls over 1000 students from over thirty-nine countries. The professionally certified and experienced teachers are career educators. Most come from North America, Australia and the United Kingdom and as specialists in their subject area, over 80% hold advanced educational degrees. More than 65% have more than 12 years teaching experience. SSIS offers an American standards-based curriculum, augmented by the rigorous Advanced Placement Program (AP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), in the high school.[2] SSIS students also have one of the highest average IBDP points in Ho Chi Minh City, and average roughly 5 points higher than the worldwide average[3].

In recent years students graduating from SSIS have continued their university education in leading schools in the United States such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, and the University of California at Berkeley.[4]

The students who continued their education outside of the United States studied in prestigious schools such as the University of Hong Kong, King's College London, University of Edinburgh, and Seoul National University.

Mission statement

SSIS is a college preparatory school committed to the intellectual and personal development of each student in preparation for a purposeful life as a global citizen.[5]

Facilities

Saigon South International School was awarded best facilities by MOET.

Saigon South International School has a large, 6-hectare campus with three main buildings that will contains around over 1,000 students in Early Childhood 3 (EC3) – Grade 12. The newer purpose-built high school building was completed in January 2011 and includes general classrooms, purpose built science labs, a library, a gymnasium, changing/locker rooms, and a kiosk .

The other two school buildings contain two libraries for elementary and middle, an auditorium, a double-sized gymnasium for 2 basketball courts, a swimming pool and a shared cafeteria. The outside playing fields have 3 football (soccer) fields, and separate play areas for the early childhood program and elementary students.[6]

A "Bring Your Own Macbook" program in grades 4-12, Makerspace and computer science, programming and robotics classes ensure that SSIS students obtain 21st century skills.

Extra curricular activities

SSIS offers a range of programs and activities beyond the classroom.[7] The major clubs and activities are:

  • Student Council
  • Service Council
  • National Honor Society
  • Athletics: basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, tennis, and swimming, where the students compete against other schools in the Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA Sports Exchange) [8] and Saigon International Schools Athletics Competition (SISAC)
  • Visual Arts, with projects for fundraising events, and an exhibition at the end of the school year, and taking part in the MRISA Arts Exchange for Middle and High School students [9]
  • Music, with two performances per school year for Elementary, and taking part in the MRISA Arts Exchange for Middle School and High School students[10]
  • Dance with two dance teams two dance teams two dance teams, and regular performances throughout the school year, also taking parts in MRISA Arts Exchange [11]
  • Model United Nations
  • Dragon Tales
  • ISSC ( International School Science Competition)
  • Mr.William's Chemistry Horror
  • Sung Kyu's AP Economics
  • VEX Robotics
  • Girls Who Code
  • Bliss4Youth
  • Grass Roots

*Dragon Broadcast Club

  • Fundraising initiatives [12]
  • Operation Smile Club [13]
  • HeartSaysFreeMove Club[14]
  • Global Issues Group [15]
  • Minecraft [16]
  • Many other such as ballet, badminton, soccer, basketball, art club, swim club, computer club, cooking, crafts, math games, board games, digital animation, newspaper, origami, sewing, chess, piano, martial arts and writing, offered by the staff and community members.[17]

References

  1. "Contact Us Archived 2015-07-28 at the Wayback Machine." Saigon South International School. Retrieved on August 17, 2015. "78 Nguyen Duc Canh Tan Phong Ward, District 7 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam"
  2. http://www.ssis.edu.vn/learning/high-school/
  3. https://www.ibo.org/news/news-list/ib-students-around-the-world-celebrate-their-results-during-the-ibs-50th-anniversary/
  4. http://www.ssis.edu.vn/learning/high-school/acceptances/
  5. "SSIS Mission Statement". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  6. "SSIS Campus". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  7. "SSIS Student Life". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  8. "SSIS Athletics". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  9. "SSIS Visual and Performing Arts". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  10. "SSIS Visual and Performing Arts". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
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  12. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  13. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  14. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  15. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  16. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  17. "SSIS Clubs and Activities". Saigon South International School - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
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