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HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE 2013-2014 HEADMASTER Mr. Simon Leslie SECONDARY PRINCIPAL Mr. Michael Roberts COUNSELLOR Ms. Casey Nolen Jackson CEEB Code: 698010 IB Code: 1047 UCAS Code: 48823 The School Founded in 1993, the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is the oldest and most established international school in Ho Chi Minh City. ISHCMC is a nondenominational, co-educational and multi-cultural international school with over 47 nationalities represented. Teaching in the English medium, ISHCMC is the only school in Ho Chi Minh City that is certified to provide all three International Baccalaureate Programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma) for all of our students ages 2 to18 years. The school provides a safe, caring environment and a challenging curriculum driven by our mission of “Fostering Individual Ability.� Accreditation Council of International Schools (CIS) New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC) Memberships International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) European Council of International Schools (ECIS) East Asian Regional Council of Overseas School (EARCOS) Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Association for the Advancements of International Education (AAIE) Graduation Requirements Course




Course P.E./Electives/Other

Credits 7





Social Sciences








Second Language


Total required 25

Curriculum The high school curriculum (Grades 9 to 12) is guided by the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. All students in Grades 11 and 12 take IB courses. In addition to their six DP courses, students must complete Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) commitments in Grades 11 and 12, coursework in Theory of Knowledge, and an Extended Essay (for IB Diploma candidates). ISHCMC students primarily attend universities in North America, The United Kingdom, Asia and Australia; courses are college-preparatory in nature. Grading ISHCMC grades on the IB 1-7 scale and does not calculate GPAs for our students. In cases of transfer students, prior courses at other schools are considered in determining passing credits towards graduation only. ISHCMC will attach official records from prior schools but does not take responsibility for verifying their accuracy. Class Rank: ISHCMC does not rank its students. 1/4

SCHOOL-WIDE STATISTICS FOR 2013-2014 980 students, 50 nationalities 102 faculty, 12 nationalities Maximum class size: 22 Average years of faculty experience: 12 STATISTICS FOR THE CLASS OF 2014 Total year group size: 56 IB Diploma candidates: 52 IB Bilingual Diploma candidates: 33 IB Certificate candidates: 4 Countries represented: Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Belgium, United States, Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, India, Hongkong, Thailand, France



SAT Critical Reading


SAT Mathematics


SAT Writing:


SAT out of 2400

Students Tested 35


IB DIPLOMA RESULTS FOR MAY 2013 EXAMINATIONS Percentage of successful Diploma candidates 93.75% Percentage of Diplomas with bilingual designation 71%

SAT Subject Tests


Students Tested

Biology – Ecology



Biology – Molecular






English Literature






Math Level II



Mean total point score for all candidates Highest Diploma points awarded to a candidate 2013 worldwide average

32.3 43 29.8

IB DIPLOMA Students who pursue the IB Diploma along with an ISHCMC Diploma, must fulfill the following requirements: • Successful completion of TOK (Theory of Knowledge), a 4000-word Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service). • Completion of 3 Higher Level (HL) courses and 3 Standard Level (SL) courses and the achievement of a score of at least 24 points overall. Each course is worth a possible 7 points; points are accumulated based on internal assessments completed throughout the two years of study, as well as final IB examinations. IB DP THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE Theory of Knowledge is an epistemological course that trains students to question the knowledge they acquire in all of their IB subjects. Requirements: • The application of these skills to real-life situations in a comprehensive presentation (all ISHCMC students). • A written demonstration of their understanding of the nature of knowledge and knowledge issues in a 1200-1600 word externally assessed essay in response to an IBO prompt. (IB Diploma candidates only). Theory of Knowledge teaches students to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of knowing, to be critical and questioning and to support arguments with carefully considered evidence from their own experiences. HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS 2013 Humanities

World Languages

IB MYP History 9 & 10 IB MYP Geography 9 & 10 IB DP History HL & SL IB DP Geography HL & SL IB DP Economics HL & SL IB DP Business & Management HL & SL IB DP ITGS (Information Technology in a Global Society) HL & SL

IB MYP Language A 9 & 10: Korean, Vietnamese IB MYP 9 & 10 Self-Taught Language A IB MYP 9 &10 Language B: Mandarin, Spanish & French IB DP Literature A HL & SL: Korean, Vietnamese IB DP Language and Literature A HL & SL: Mandarin IB DP Self-Taught Language A (SL only) IB DP Language B HL & SL: French IB DP ab initio: Spanish (SL only)



IB MYP English 9 & 10 IB DP English Literature A HL & SL IB DP English Language and Literature A HL & SL IB DP English Language B HL & SL English as an Additional Language (EAL)

IB MYP Mathematics Standard IB MYP Mathematics Advanced IB DP Math Studies (SL only) IB DP Mathematics SL IB DP Mathematics HL Syracuse University Project Advance: Calculus


Fine Arts

IB MYP Biology 9 & 10 IB MYP Chemistry 9 & 10 IB MYP Physics 9 & 10 IB DP Biology HL & SL IB DP Chemistry SL & HL IB DP Physics SL & HL IB DP ESS (Environmental Systems and Societies) SL only

IB MYP Drama 9 & 10 IB MYP Visual Art 9 & 10 IB MYP Music 9 & 10 IB DP Theatre HL & SL IB DP Visual Arts HL & SL IB DP Music HL & SL

Other IB DP TOK (Theory of Knowledge) IB DP CAS (Community, Action and Service)

IB MYP Physical Education 9 & 10 IB MYP HSE (Health and Social Education) 9 & 10



The high school has a rich and varied extracurricular programme. High school students are also given the opportunity to represent the school in various athletic and academic events organized by the Mekong River International School Association (MRISA). These events provide opportunities to travel to other countries to engage in the activities of their choice. Above all, the after-school activities programme seeks to positively unite students, coaches and teachers from a variety of international backgrounds through shared experiences.

In 2012, ISHCMC started an alliance with Project Advance at Syracuse University. An ISHCMC staff member, trained at Syracuse and given the status of a Syracuse Adjunct Instructor, teaches advanced mathematics courses to students who have already completed our IB Higher Level Mathematics curriculum. Successful students will earn up to 8 university credits in advanced calculus.



Sports Leadership Volleyball (Boys and Girls) Model United Nations Soccer (Boys and Girls) Cultural Exchange Basketball (Boys and Girls) Leadership Summit




Basketball (Boys and Girls) Golf (Boys and Girls)

Swimming (Boys and Girls) Soccer (Boys and Girls)

Cognita Sports competitions are held between 8 Cognita schools in Saigon, Singapore and Thailand Stingrays Swim Team* High School Herald (newspaper) Chess Club Badminton* Broadcasting Club Orchestra Track & Field* French Debate Club Choir Touch Rugby Drama and Musical Productions Soul Band Student Representative Council Math Team* Concert Band Annual Dance Competition Intramural competitions Battle of the Bands Student Ambassadors Students Teaching Teachers ISMUN/THIMUN Robotics Club Table Tennis *These activities include invitational competitions (both national and international) Operation Smile Habitat for Humanity Feed the Hunger Wildlife at Risk Green School The Literacy Group Thien Binh Orphanage Group Students Teaching Students Loreto Support Group Phu My Orphanage Group Operation Healthy Heart Peace in Progress Thien Phuoc Orphanage Group iHelptheWorld Let’s Play Football BluePrintz GIN Executive Committee SOAP’D



Community service is fundamental to ISHCMC’s ethos and an integral part of the curriculum in all three sections of the school.

The MYP is the ISHCMC curriculum in Grades 6-10. Students are expected to follow courses in eight subject areas.

• 20+ school-wide service projects are brought together under the umbrella of GIN (Global Issues Network)

• ISHCMC opts to have its MYP grades externally moderated to ensure international standardisation, and consistently scores above the world average.

• All are student initiated and student led; each subcommittee of Education, Environment, Empowerment and Health has a student committee leader.

• Students in Grades 9 and 10 are required to be actively involved in Community and Service and work with local NGOs, charities and orphanages.

• Middle and high school students are required to demonstrate a long-term commitment to at least one project per year, continually reflect upon their personal development and provide evidence of having produced the prescribed outcomes. Students are encouraged to become caring and compassionate global citizens through participation, and are also challenged to stand for these coveted leadership positions. 3/4

• The Personal Project, the culmination of the MYP studies, is wholly student-led, completed on a topic of student interest and developed over the course of six months. The student’s personal project journal, the final product and a reflective essay are assessed and externally moderated.

Colleges and Universities Accepting ISHCMC Graduates 2009-2013 UNITED STATES Academy of Art University Alfred University Amherst College Art Center College of Design Austin Community College Bentley University *Binghamton University Boston College *Boston University Bradley University Brandeis University Brown University *Buffalo State College of SUNY *California State University, Fullerton California State University, Long Beach Clarkson University Clemson University Columbia College *Columbia University *Cornell University Colgate University Dartmouth College DePaul University Drexel University *Duke University Elizabethtown College *Emerson College Emory University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL Fairleigh Dickinson University Fashion Institute of Technology Fordham University Fort Lewis College Fullerton College *Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Harvard University Hofstra University Hawaii Pacific University Illinois State University *Illinois Wesleyan University *Indiana University at Bloomington Iowa State University Kenyon College *James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Johnson & Wales University Lewis & Clark College *Linfield College Long Island University Loyola Marymount University *Manhattanville College Marquette University Marist College Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts College of Art and Design *Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences *Massachusetts Institute of Technology Michigan State University *New York Film Academy *New York Institute of Technology New York University *Northeastern University Northwestern University The Ohio State University *Ohio Wesleyan University Oregon State University Otis College of Art and Design Pace University, New York City *Parsons, New School for Design *Pasadena City College

*Pennsylvania State University *Pima Community College *Pratt Institute Purchase College Purdue University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design *Rochester Institute of Technology Rutgers Sarah Lawrence College *San Francisco State University *San Jose State University *Savannah College of Art and Design *School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of Visual Arts *Seattle University Seton Hall University Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College Southern Methodist University *Stanford University Suffolk University SUNY Albany SUNY Buffalo Stony Brook University Suffolk University *Texas A&M University *Texas Christian University Texas Tech University Tufts University University of Alabama UC Davis UC Irvine *UC Los Angeles UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz University of Cincinnati *University of Connecticut University of Georgia University of Houston *University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign *The University of Iowa University of Kentucky *University of La Verne University of Massachusetts University of Miami *University of Michigan, Ann Arbor University of Michigan, Flint University of Minnesota University of Missouri *University of Nevada UNC Chapel Hill University of North Texas University of Oregon *University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Portland University of Rhode Island University of San Francisco *University of Southern California University of California at Riverside University of Toledo University of Virginia *University of Washington *University of Wisconsin Utica College Virginia Polytechnic Institute *Western State Colorado University Wesleyan University Williams College Wittenberg University Yale University



Cardiff University Coventry University Durham University Falmouth University Hult International Business School King’s College London London College of Fashion London School of Economics Loughborough University Oxford Brookes University Newcastle University Nottingham Trent University Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London The Glasgow School of Art *University College London *University of Aberdeen University of Bath University of Birmingham University of Bristol *University of Canterbury *University for the Creative Arts at Rochester University College London *University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow *University of Kent *University of London University of Manchester University of Nottingham University of Plymouth University of St. Andrews University of Strathclyde University of Warwick University of West England, Bristol University of Westminster University of York

Doshisha University Keio University *Sophia University Temple University

CANADA Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology Brock University Carleton University Concordia University - Montreal Dalhousie University HEC Montreal *McGill University McMaster University Memorial University of Newfoundland Queen’s University Simon Fraser University St. John’s University - Queens Campus Thompson Rivers University Trent University University of Alberta *University of British Columbia *University of Calgary University of Ottawa *University of Toronto University of Victoria *University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario *York University KOREA Korea University *KAIST *Seoul National University *Yonsei University Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

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HONG KONG *The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology University of Hong Kong SINGAPORE *LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts Yale-NUS College TAIWAN National Cheng Kung University National Taiwan University *National Tsing Hua University *Tamkang University THAILAND Chulalongkorn University VIETNAM *Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam *Vietnam National University *Ho Chi Minh City International University AUSTRALIA Australian National University Curtin University of Technology Monash University Murdoch University *Raffles Design Institute Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology *University of Adelaide *University of Melbourne *University of New South Wales The University of Queensland University of Western Australia EUROPEAN (NON-UK) *Delft University of Technology Glion Hotel School *LES ROCHES, School of Hotel Management Schiller International University Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University The American University of Paris Paris College of Art Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Bold indicates multiple student acceptances to multiple faculties (*) indicates matriculation

ISHCMC High School Profile 2013-2014  
ISHCMC High School Profile 2013-2014