Students at ISHCMC American Academy in Ho Chi Minh City

Physical address: 16 Vo Truong Toan Street, An Phu Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City



Telephone: +84 8 3898 9098

Gender: Co-educational

Teaching language: English

Age: 11 to 18

Curriculum: American


ISHCMC American Academy is part of the Cognita education group along with International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) and the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC). Students from ISSP go on to middle school at ISHCMC American Academy. The school is in a purpose-built, five-story campus with a covered sports area; state-of-the-art, air-conditioned classrooms with interactive whiteboards; specialised room for art, music, science and ITC; an interactive media centre and sports facilities. Senior students also have their own student lounge with study and social areas.

What the school says

“The International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy offers a comprehensive and robust academic programme built upon the principles and standards of the American education system. Our rigorous American curriculum including Advanced Placement (AP) is designed to inspire our students to become successful lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. With this comprehensive academic programme we offer our students the opportunity to achieve future success in American colleges and also universities around the world.”


ISHCMC follows an American curriculum. Students graduate with an ISHCMC - American Academy High School Diploma and/or an Advanced Placement International Diploma. At middle school level high ability students are identified for a gifted programme in affiliation with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Students studying towards the AP International Diploma can also take Syracuse University courses for college credit.


The school is in District 2, about 10km from the city centre, and within walking distance of the apartment complexes in An Phu.

From the headteacher

“As a member of the Cognita global network of schools, the ISHCMC-American Academy places great value upon creating a broad and deep talent pool among our faculty, attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers. Being part of Cognita’s network, we have the unique ability in education to attract and promote educators both internally and across the Group. We continue to attract and retain the finest certified teaching staff from around the world. Multiculturalism as a core value is the essence of who we are and what makes ISHCMC-American Academy a very special school for our students and families. The ISHCMC-American Academy is an English medium school, and our staff is committed to ensuring that all students practice and use their English inside and outside of the classroom.”

– Jeff Wornstaff, Superintendent