Students at International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) in Ho Chi Minh City

Physical address: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh St, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District
Telephone: +84 28 2222 7788/99
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: American
Ages: 1.5 to 11


The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a purpose-built elementary school affiliated with ISHCMC American Academy high school. The two schools are part of the Cognita education group, along with the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC). 

The ISSP campus includes a well-resourced library and media centre, specialist rooms for art, music, dance and golf, age-appropriate play areas, a gym and a swimming pool. The IT facilities and integrated technology programme includes iPads, ICT labs and interactive whiteboards. ISSP’s after-school activity programme includes a good range of clubs and sports such as taekwondo, cooking, table tennis, ballet or badminton, among others.

What the school says

“ISSP is a world-class elementary school for children 2 to 11 years of age, with our students continuing their high school education at ISHCMC American Academy. Our school is centred on the ethos of building caring relationships with each child and family. In our nurturing school environment, we offer an academically rigorous American curriculum which develops students as adaptive, thoughtful and active global citizens. ISSP is a candidate school for accreditation by the largest American accreditation agency in Asia, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).”


ISSP offers a rigorous American curriculum based on AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards. AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council (OSAC) to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curriculums. Students are tested twice a year using the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) standardised testing.


The school is in Binh Thanh District, between District 3 and District 2, a short drive from the city centre.


For the 2022/2023 school year, fees range from VND 224.9 million for Early Years 1 and 2 (half days) to VND 505.6 million for Grade 3 to 5. Fees can be paid in a two-payment, per semester option or a four-payment, per term option. There is an admissions fee of 25 million VND.

From the principal

“As the new campus principal, I would like to welcome you to the International School Saigon Pearl. We are an enthusiastic and dedicated group of professionals who are focused on establishing an enriching, positive and engaging learning environment for the students of ISSP. We are a professional learning community committed to a continual review of our programme and teaching practice to provide the best learning environment for our students. ISSP students take ownership of their learning and teachers focus on differentiating for individual needs. 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!”

– Lois Maré, Principal / CEO

Further reading

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