Story of the Founder & the School history

Ms Thuy (middle) attended Speech Day 2019-2020
Ms Thuy (in the middle) attended Speech Day 2019-2020

The International School of Vietnam (ISV) began its educational journey with only a handful of students in the year 2013. During 8-years of development with various successful milestones, the school is led by Founder Mai Bich Thuy: a determined and visionary woman with the dream of building a top international school in Vietnam.

As an educator, over a decade ago, she had a heartfelt desire to build up an institution where an education ‘blended in all colours of human values’ could be developed. Being a mother of four children, she understood well how education could shape and develop a person's personality and future; and also how international qualifications could benefit youngsters to become global citizens.

In 2007, Ms Thuy and her team started the not-for-profit project of building The International School of Vietnam. After the proposal was approved by the city authorities in 2009, the team spent three years from 2010-2013 completing the construction of ISV, to open the first academic year in 2013-2014.

On 03 June 2014, ISV was authorised by Cambridge Assessment International Education CAIE (formerly known as Cambridge International Examinations CIE) to be a Cambridge school teaching Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge AS/A Level. 

It was always the Founder’s ambition for ISV to become an IB World School, as the IB programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

After completing the authorisation process, ISV officially became an IB school as authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) teaching Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2016 and Diploma Programme (DP) in 2018. Since 2020, ISV has been a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to become a full IB World school. 

This year, ISV celebrates its 8th year and we are proud of what we have achieved so far. The founder’s lofty dream of a quality institution is well and truly taking shape. With the untiring efforts of our staff, constant support of parents, and the passionate performance of our students, the small beginning continues to grow and has had the opportunity to touch the pinnacles of success. Today ISV is a noted academic powerhouse of our city, Hanoi, with over 400 students from 30 nationalities. Its high standards are providing our community with a solid education, as we continue to strive to be a quality IB World school, living up to our school motto "to NURTURE, to EMPOWER and to CONNECT".

2010
2010

The groundbreaking ceremony in 2010 began the construction of ISV on 20,000 square meters of land with a total size of 39,800 squameters.

2013
2013

ISV began its first academic year in 2013-2014, welcoming 65 students from PreK to Grade 5

2014
2014

ISV was authorised by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) to be a Cambridge school teaching Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge AS/A Level. From 2014-2015 academic year, ISV started to enroll secondary students.

2016
2016

ISV officially became an IB World School, being authorised to teach the IB PYP for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5.

 

 

2016
2016

ISV teachers and students presented the first whole school Musical - The Kapok Tree (2015-2016 school year)

2016
2016

Our students and teachers participated in the first overseas competition - Triathlon in Singapore 

2017
2017

ISV launched the Scholarship Programme, with the aim to recognise students' excellence in academic study, the arts or sports and support them financially to study at ISV.

2017
2017

ISV joined HAC - Hanoi Activities Conference to compete in several sport competitions with other international schools in Hanoi.

2018
2018

ISV was authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme for students of grades 11 & 12. The first IB DP cohort enrolled in 2018-2019 academic year.

2019
2019

In 2019, ISV’s first graduating class with 8 students got offers from 23 universities worldwide. Among 4 students who were offered scholarships, the highest amount of scholarship given to a student was $240,000 for 4 years.

2020
2020

ISV started coordinating in the project of a dual program Cambridge A-Level and Vietnam National High School Curriculum for Chu Van An High school students (Grade 10 – 12) called ISV/CVA-2016 since 2016. In 2020, 54 students of the first ISV/CVA 2016 dual program successfully graduated the Cambridge A-Level program with awarded Cambridge certificates.

2020
2020

The class of 2020 is our first class graduating with the IB Diploma. 13 of our students received scholarships from 37 universities all over the world with a remarkable amount of over $976,000.