Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam
Saigon South International School

Choosing an international school is a major decision, so we thank you for your interest in Saigon South International School. We are educating the global leaders of tomorrow. We are a school where every student thrives both intellectually and personally; we prepare our students to positively impact their future world.


Saigon South International School is a not-for-profit school offering an American standards based curriculum for grades EC-12. We offer the IB diploma programme and AP coursework. SSIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • Day school tuition $16283 - $29430 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Scholarships Available Yes
  • Number of Students 1220
  • Year founded 1997
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula Advanced Placement, IB Diploma, US National
  • Type Co-ed


SSIS offers one student per year a 3-year renewable scholarship in our co-founder Lawrence Ting’s name. Students entering into Grade 10, and who have only attended local Vietnamese schools, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Admissions Information

Entry Requirements

Each application is reviewed by the appropriate divisional admissions committee. All decisions are based on a careful review of the applicant's school records, screen scores, English language proficiency and the school's ability to meet the students' needs within the existing programs.

Applicant Evaluations

All applicants must participate in the interview and screening process.

A. Early Childhood (EC3-K)

Applicants for early childhood must attend a developmental screening and observation.

B. Grade 1

Applicants to Grade 1 must complete a basic screening of their written language and mathematical proficiency levels. If necessary, applicants may be asked to sit for a second round of testing to determine their EAL (English Additional Language) level.

C. Grades 2-12

Applicants in grades 2-12 must complete an academic screening of their English, both written and comprehension, and mathematical proficiency. If necessary, applicants may be asked to sit for a second round of testing to determine their EAL level.

  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List Yes
  • Application fee (domestic) $435 USD

Waiting List

Qualified applicants are placed in the waitpool if there is no space available in the selected grade level.


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Teacher/Student ratio 10
  • Gifted and talented student support Yes
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught Mandarin, English, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Number of teaching staff 112
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP, International Baccalaureate Diploma - IB Dip, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test - PSAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test - SAT

Teacher Qualifications

SSIS normally hires teachers with a Master's Degree and at least two years of successful teaching experience. Teachers must also be certified or licensed to teach by their home countries.


For Elementary school, 20-30 minutes, and for Middle and High school, 45 minutes or more a night.

Gifted and talented student support

We have accelerated programs in math.

Use of technology in the classroom

We have a 1:1 iPad program for grades 2-3 and 1:1 laptop programs for grades 4-12. There are iPad carts for EC-grade 1.

Learning Support

We have learning support departments in all divisions offering short and long-term interventions.

Languages Taught

Vietnamese class is taught in the Elementary School. Mandarin & Spanish are offered in Middle School and High School.

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care No
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • School start time 8 a.m.
  • School end time 3 p.m.
  • Max class size 20
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes
  • Access to an educational psychologist Yes
  • Student nationalities 47
  • Average class size 20

Schools Facilities

Located outside of the city center, our school has some of the cleanest air in HCMC. This means more opportunities for students to take advantage of our three full soccer fields, two playgrounds, and gardens.

Whether it’s conducting field studies or playing soccer during recess, SSIS students spend time outdoors every day.

And indoors, two air-conditioned gyms, a six-lane pool, three libraries, three STEM labs, an auditorium, and black box theatre, offer limitless inspiration for students to explore, engage, and excel.

Bus Service

SSIS does provide busing for a fee to most districts within HCMC.

School Lunch

Morning snacks and lunches are available to all students within a spacious and well-equipped cafeteria. Meals are prepared onsite daily in a modern and fully equipped catering kitchen by a professional catering company. Set lunches are available for all grade levels with prices ranging from 46,500VND for EC students to 73,000VND for MS & HS students. A la carte items are available from 10,000VND.

Careful attention is paid to providing balanced meals and a daily variety of both Western and Asian options. Food storage, presentation and disposal are closely monitored according to international hygiene and food safety standards. A fresh morning snack is delivered daily to all early childhood classrooms.


English Additional Language (EAL) classes are offered in Kindergarten through grade 10.

Supervised Care

We have a myriad of after-school activities for students to choose from. Offerings change on a regular basis to reflect the desires of the students and the talents in the community. In the past, activities have included but were not limited to, dance, cooking classes, Vietnamese folktales, board games, martial arts, robotics, design technology, debate, model UN, jewelry making, and more.

Sports Teams

Throughout the year our students compete against other international schools in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding countries in basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, swimming, cross country, and track & field. SSIS athletes compete in the SISAC, SEASAC, and MRISA athletic leagues.

Access to an educational psychologist

We have counselors in every division in addition to a school pyschologist.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 100

University Destinations

Academy of Art University
American University
Barnard College
Bay State Collge
Baylor University
Brandeis University
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, San Marcos
Chapman University
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia College (Illinois)
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
DeAnza University
Drexel University
Emory University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fordham University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Indiana University Bloomington
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Lesley University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Marist College
Menlo College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame University
Occidental College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pace University
Pacific University
Parsons: The New School for Design
Princeton University
Quinnipiac University
Rutgers University
Salve Regina University
San Diego Mesa College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Seattle University
Skidmore College
St. John's University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas Tech University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
The Ohio State University
The University of Iowa
Tufts University
University of British Columbia

Falmouth College of the Arts
Royal Holloway, University of London
King's College
Queen Mary, University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
University College London
University of East Anglia
Unversity of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Nottingham
University of Reading
University of Southampton
University of Sussex
University of Warwick
University of Westminster

Amsterdam University College
Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne
Florence Design Academy
International Fachhochschule Bonn
Jacobs University
John Cabot University
Leiden University College

Paris College of Art
University College Utrecht
University College Roosevelt
University of Debrecen Medical & Health Science Center

Brock University
Humber College
Simon Fraser University
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
McGill University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

Australia/New Zealand
Monash University
University of Otago

Ateneo de Manila
City University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Enderun Colleges
The Hong Kong University of Sicence & Technology
International Christian University
Korea University
LASALLE College of Art
Mahildol University
National University of Ho Chi Minh City
National Chang Hua University of Education
National Taiwan Normal University
National University of Singapore
Postech, Korea
RMIT, Vietnam
Seoul National University
Singapore Management University
Sogang University
Sophia University
Sungkyunkwan University
Thammasat University
University of Hong Kong
Universitas Indonesia
University of the Philippines
Waseda University Japan
Yonsei University

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Houston
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Missouri, St. Louis
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rhode Island
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Williams College


University Counseling

SSIS has a two full-time University Guidance Counselors and two full-time High School Counselors that support students in the academic, social-emotional growth and university planning. They offer support services for students and families as they manage issues of studying and living in an international environment. The goal is to promote personal well-being, healthy relationships and the successful balance of academic, extracurricular and community involvement for SSIS students.