The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world class Elementary School for children aged 18 months to 11 years old offering a full American curriculum. Our ethos is centered on building caring relationships with each child and family. Our approach enables us to understand the abilities of each child and recognize their parent’s ambitions. Our academically rigorous American curriculum is seamlessly continued to High School education at ISHCMC – American Academy where they continue to become adaptive, thoughtful and active global citizens.
I am honored to be named as principal of International School Saigon Pearl. I am passionate about establishing and fostering a learning environment that is student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and will prepare all learners to attain academic and personal excellence.
Our fundamental purpose at the International School Saigon Pearl is to develop academic success in each of our students and embedded in the mission are our Expected School-wide Learning Results of developing critical thinkers and problem solvers, life-long reflective learners, socially responsible global citizens and effective communicators. With more than 26 nationalities represented on campus, each of us has an exceptional opportunity to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the philosophies of people from many different cultures.
Multiple assessments are used throughout the year to measure student progress and to adapt teaching methods to enhance learning. On-going observations, running records, the IPT test for English language proficiency and Measure of Academic Progress test (Grades 3-5) are the main assessment tools. Writing prompts are given twice a year to measure students’ growth as writers over the year. We use all of this data to reflect upon student learning.
Technology is also integrated into all aspects of the school day. The school has several Smartboards, projectors and an independent IT suite that allows students the opportunity to interact with technology to enhance learning. 21st Century skills are promoted throughout the school with the help of an IT specialist who works with staff and students. We are very excited to announce that we are piloting an iPad program this year that will further enhance and individualize learning.
The foreign language program at ISSP provides instruction in Mandarin from Early Explorers to Grade 5. We believe that to truly grasp a language it is important to have regular reinforcement.
Websites are useful but are rarely able to capture the true magic of a vibrant school. I hope that you will take the opportunity to contact us to gain a deeper understanding of our program. And, of course, we hope that you can visit us to learn first-hand what sets us apart in the world of international education. We look forward to a wonderful year full of learning and fun for your child at ISSP where a love of learning and caring grows!