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                                                                        Version: Pilot 8 Ed 16 Feb 2010

                      COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS)
                  REQUEST FOR PRIOR INFORMATION AND REFLECTIONS
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       Compatible with the Guide to School Improvement and Accreditation, 8 Edition
                       “Journey to Excellence in International Education”



I. COMPONENT ONE
       A. School Name:                          AMERICAN INTERATIONAL SCHOOL

       B. School Foundation Date:               The founding of the school begun in 2006.

       C. Initial School Opening:               January 29, 2007

       D. School’s Official Status:

          The American International School (AIS) is licensed by the Ministry of Education of Viet
          Nam to deliver an American standards-based curriculum to Vietnamese nationals and other
          expatriate students in an international school setting. The school provides a high quality
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          international education for students from Kindergarten to 12 grade.
          As such, the school is considered the only approved pilot program of its kind, offering a
          unique opportunity for a new generation of youth to experience an international and
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          American education (K-12 Grade) for the first time. In addition, AIS is the only school in
          Vietnam to offer the IBDP to Vietnamese nationals. AIS continues to be in good standing,
          enjoying the full cooperation and support by the Vietnamese government. The school is
          proprietary and holds ‘for profit’ status.

       E. Facts on School Governance and Management:
          AIS is owned and operated by Intellectual Resources Management, with 100% Vietnamese
          ownership. The Board of Directors consists of four Vietnamese nationals, including the two
          owners, the Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of AIS. The Board directs the
          school in its strategic, educational and administrative goals, and controls the overall
          operations through academic and human resource allocations.

       F. Student demographics and statistics
          AIS is a pilot project for the Vietnamese government, and the only authorized school in
          Vietnam to provide access to international education to Vietnamese citizens. As a result,
          over 70% of students at AIS are Vietnamese nationals, ranging from Kindergarten to the
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          IBDP in the 12 grade. The total student population ranging from ages 4 to 18+ is currently
          at 849 students.

          The distribution of students among the three campuses is as follows:

             Elementary School:         347 students
             Middle School:             216 students
             High School:               286 students
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             Total enrollment           849 students



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       G. AIS Students by nationalities

                                 AIS Students by Nationality
                                         Number of
                Nationality              Students                    Percentage of Students Body
                American                         37                             4.36%
                Australian                        7                             0.82%
                Canadian                          2                             0.24%
                German                            2                             0.24%
                Korean                           14                             1.65%
                Swiss                             2                             0.24%
                Chinese                           1                             0.12%
                Dutch                             1                             0.12%
                Philippines                       2                             0.24%
                Indian                            2                             0.24%
                Japanese                          1                             0.12%
                Norwegian                         3                             0.35%
                Malaysian                         2                             0.24%
                Taiwanese                         2                             0.24%
                American Vietnamese               1                             0.12%
                Vietnamese                      770                            90.69%
                Total                           849                            100.00%

                                                                           American
                                      AIS Students by Nationality
                                                                           Australian
                                                                           Canadian
                                                                           German
                                                                           Korean
                                                                           Swiss
                                                                           Chinese
                                                                           Dutch
                                                                           Philippines
                                                                           Indian
                                                                           Japanese
                                                                           Norwegian
                                                                           Malaysian
                                                                           Taiwanese
                                                                           American Vietnamese
                                                                           Vietnamese



       H. Elementary School students by age groups – NVC


               Age      4 →10   3 to 4    4 to 5            5 to 6    6 to 7   7 to 8    8 to 9   9 to 10
               Range    years   years     years             years     years    years     years    years
               Grade    K→5     N/A       Kindergarten       1        2        3         4        5
               Male     187               14                26        38       44        33       32
               Female   160               9                 22        28       30        34       37
               Total    347               23                48        66       74        67       69




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       I. Elementary School students by nationality



                           Nationality                    Percentage of Student
                                                                  Body
               American (21/347)                         6.0%
               Australian (2/347)                        0.6%
               Indian (1/347)                            0.3%
               Korean (5/347)                            1.4%
               Malaysian (2/347)                         0.6%
               Norwegian (2/347)                         0.6%
               Taiwanese (2/347)                         0.6%
               Vietnamese (312/347)                     89.9%



       J. Middle School students by age group – NHC campus


               Age Range    10  13      10 to 11   11 to 12   12 to 13
                             years        years      years      years
               Grade         68             6          7          8
               Male           120           32         40         48
               Female          96           31         25         40
               Total          216           63         65         88




       K. Middle School students by nationality


                          Nationality                 Percentage of Student Body
               American (12/216)                                 5.6%
               American, Vietnamese (1/216)                      0.5%
               Australian (3/216)                               1.4 %
               Chinese (Hong Kong) (1/216)                       0.5%
               Dutch (1/216)                                     0.5%
               Philippines (2/216)                               0.9%
               German (1/216)                                    0.4%
               Indian (1/216)                                    0.4%
               Japanese (1/216)                                  0.4%
               Korean (5/216)                                    2.3%
               Norwegian (1/216)                                 0.4%
               Vietnamese (187/216)                             86.7%




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       L. High School students by age groups – LHP campus


                Age          13          13 to   14 to     15 to     16 to    17 to    18+
                Range         18+          14      15        16        17       18     years
                            years         years   years     years     years    years
                Grade       9 12           9      10        11        12       12     11 (IB)
                Male          134          31      29        42        22       10       0
                Female        152          37      49        40        18        6       2
                Total         286          68      78        82        40       16       2




       M. High School Students by nationality


                            Nationality                   Percentage of Student Body
               American (4/286)                                      1.4%
               Australian (2/286)                                    0.7%
               Canadian (2/286)                                      0.7%
               German (1/286)                                        0.4%
               Korean (4/286)                                        1.4%
               Swiss (2/286)                                         0.7%
               Vietnamese (271/286)                                 94.7%




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       N. AIS - All faculty by nationality




                                   AIS Teachers by Nationality
               Nationality   Number of Teachers            Percentage of Teachers Body
               American               48                                50.53%
               Australian              4                                 4.21%
               Austrian                2                                 2.11%
               British                 8                                 8.42%
               British                 1                                 1.05%
               Canada                  2                                 2.11%
               Canadian               13                                13.68%
               Chinese                 3                                 3.16%
               Irish                   1                                 1.05%
               New Zealand             2                                 2.11%
               Spanish                 1                                 1.05%
               Vietnamese             10                                10.53%
               Total                  95                               100.00%




                                           AIS Teachers by Nationality


                                   1%
                                          11%                                     American
                                   2%
                                                                                  Australian
                                1%
                                                                                  Austrian
                              3%                                                  British
                                                                                  British
                                                                                  Canada
                             14%                               51%
                                                                                  Canadian
                                                                                  Chinese
                              2%                                                  Irish
                              1%                                                  New Zealand
                                     8%                                           Spanish
                                          2% 4%                                   Vietnamese




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                 O. AIS ACADEMIC STAFF BY CAMPUS – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

                         1   Adam Lawrence Chapa          American     Music
                         2   Alexandra Christine Nakos    American     Grade 1
                         3   Alison Kathleen Rasmussen    Canadian     Grade 3
                         4   Amy Joyce Simpson            American     PE
                         5   Ann Marie Moore              American     Grade 4
                         6   Ashley Katheen Parks         American     Grade 3
                         7   Brian John Kasper            American     ICT
                         8   Christine Clare Walters      Canadian     Kindergarten
                         9   Debra Jean Hernanz           American     Grade 3
                        10   Dustin Charles Rawson        American     Grade 4
                        11   Eamonn O'Callaghan             Irish      Art
                        12   Juergen Gunther Niklas       American     Grade 1
    ELEMENTARY SCHOOL




                        13   Lajuanta Dawn Little         American     ESL
                        14   Jason Christopher Boyer      American     ESL
                        15   Jennifer Rawson              Canadian     Grade 2
                        16   Jessica Manni                Canadian     Grade 2
                        17   Jon Michael Barry           New Zealand   Grade 3
                        18   Joshua William Faris Pike    Canadian     Grade 4
                        19   Joshua Owen Smiles           American     Grade 5
                        20   Kimberly Beth Weiner         American     Literacy
                        21   Leeann Margaret Morrow       Canadian     Grade 5
                        22   Lori Hardin Wall             American     Grade 2
                        23   Louise Catherine Piggott     Australian   Library
                        24   Margaret Mary Fezekas        American     Grade 5
                        25   Neika Nowamooz               American     Grade 5
                                                                       ESL /
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                             Raedel Hazel Bagley          American     Curriculum
                        27   Rebecca Anne Woodhouse        British     PE
                        28   Simon Lewis Robson          New Zealand   Grade 1
                        29   Timothy Scott Thompson       American     Grade 2
                        30   Vickie Diane Dowd            Canadian     Grade 4
                        31   Noel David Hurley            Australian   Principal
                                                                       Vice
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                             James P Rumely               American     Principal
                        33   Le Thi Kim Tuyet            Vietnamese    Vietnamese
                        34   Nguyen Thi Thu Tuyet        Vietnamese    Vietnamese
                        35   Nguyen Thi Van Anh          Vietnamese    Vietnamese
                        36   Vo Thi Hong Lam             Vietnamese    Vietnamese
                        37   Nguyen Thi My Linh          Vietnamese    Vietnamese




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       P. AIS ACADEMIC STAFF BY CAMPUS – MIDDLE SCHOOL


                         1   Blake Stok                  American     Social 8
                         2   Elliott Cannell               British    Science 8
                         3   Gregory J. Ponczek          American     Science 6
                         4   Jeffrey David Ravine        American     Social 7/ICT 7
                         5   John Arunski                American     ESL 7&8/ Social 7
                         6   John Golden                 American     ESL 6/8
                         7   Kevin James Tyner           Canadian     Social 6/ PE health 6
        MIDDLE SCHOOL




                         8   Lee Charles Halpert         Canadian     Math 6
                         9   Ly Kim Van                 Vietnamese    Mandarin 6&7
                        10   Marc Roberts                Canadian     Science 7
                             Martha Michielsen           Canadian     Language Arts 6/
                        11                                            Drama 6
                        12   Michael Waldron               British    ICT 7 & 8
                             Nguyen Tran Thien Phuong   Vietnamese    Mandarin 8
                        13   (part time)
                             Patrice Anne Murphy         Canadian     Language Arts 7/ Social
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                        15   Patrick Timothy Sullivan    American     Language Arts 8
                        16   Samuel Robinson Rhodes      American     Math 7
                        17   Sarah Emily Guymer          Australian   Art 7 & 8
                        18   Sarah Parker                  British    ESL6 / Language Arts 6
                        19   Tamra Brennan                 British    Math 8
                        20   Timothy Connell             Australian   PE 7&8
                        21   Wu Zeng                      Chinese     Mandarin 7&8




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       Q. AIS ACADEMIC STAFF BY CAMPUS – HIGH SCHOOL

                    No.        Full Name          Nationality       Subject(s) of teaching
                     1    Alice Kaufman            American     Health 9, Physics
                     2    Alison Lockwood          American     IB English A 1, English III
                     3    Andrew Flockhart         American     Geometry, IB Math HL
                                                  American &
                     4    Beate Winkler Nguyen     German       Principal
                                                                IB Chemistry, AP Chemistry,
                     5    Brendt Bly               American     Chemistry
                                                                Chorus, Performing Arts,
                     6    Bruce Taylor              Canada      Production, Guitar I
                     7    Bùi Thị Hồng Phương     Vietnamese    VN Geography
                                                                Modern World History, IB History
                     8    Chris Hammock            American     SL
                     9    Dan Li                   Chinese      Mandarin
                    10    Darrell Sharp            American     IB Biology SL, Biology
                    11    David Uerkvitz           American     PE, Martial Arts
                                                                Sociology, Modern World History,
                    12    Derick Taylor            American     CAS
                    13    Gary Kenniston           American     Environmental Science, Biology
                    14    Greg Dawson              American     English IV, AP English Language
      HIGH SCHOOL




                    15    Harvey Johnston          American     PE
                    16    Hoài Thị Hoàng Thu      Vietnamese    IB Vietnamese, VN Literature
                                                                Pre-Calculus, Algebra II Honor,
                    17    Jack Hickey              American     Algebra II
                    18    Jaye Shaer               American     Library
                    19    Jon Marshall             American     Psychology, IB Psychology, TOK
                    20    Josh Weiner              American     Counselor
                          Juan Pablo Vergara                    IB French, IB Math Studies,
                    21    Lara                      Spanish     Spanish
                                                                English II, English II Honor, AP
                    22    Kevin Mulqueen            British     English A2 SL
                    23    Laura Labine             Canadian     Algebra II, AP Statistics
                                                                AP US History, Study Skills/Current
                    24    Linda Honigford          American     Events, US History
                    25    Lindsay Erdman            Canada      Graphic Design, Art II
                    26    Mark Henderson             British    IB Physics SL, ICT
                    27    Nguyễn Thị Thiên Minh   Vietnamese    VN History
                                                                English I Support, French I, English
                    28    Nina Honner              Austrian     I, IB English B SL
                    29    Oliver Jauk              Austrian     AP Calculus, IB Math SL, Calculus
                    30    Sarah Borgerding         American     Counselor
                                                                Economics, Study Skills/Current
                    31    Scott Garbus             American     Events
                    32    Simon Scott               British     Multimedia, IB Geography SL
                    33    Steven Todd Wall         American     Art I, IB Visual Art SL
                    34    Susan Henderson           British     Chemistry, IB Chemistry SL
                    35    Theodore Borgerding      American     English I&II
                    36    Tim Wagner               American     English III, English II Support
                    37    Zeng Feng Mei            Chinese      Mandarin I, IB Mandarin AB



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       R. AIS SUPPORT STAFF – ALL CAMPUSES

         AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

                                    SUPPORT STAFF INFORMATION
                                            Number of Staff
                                                Members
         No                Role                                         Nationality
                                             Full-    Part-
                                            Time      Time
               Elementary: 102C Nguyen Van Cu Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1
          1   Library/Media.                   3             2 Vietnamese, 01 Australian
          2   ICT Technical Staff              4        1    4 Vietnamese, 01 Hong Kong
          3   Health Services                  2             Vietnamese
          4   General Office Staff            15             Vietnamese
          5   Maintenance Personnel            2             Vietnamese
          6   Food Service Staff              15             Vietnamese
          7   Security Staff                  11             Vietnamese
          8   Transportation Staff             3             Vietnamese
          9   Others: Vietnamese Teacher       4             Vietnamese
         10           Teaching Assistant       9             Vietnamese
         11            Nanny                   7             Vietnamese
         12            Janitor                14             Vietnamese
                                                             87 Vietnamese, 01 Australian, 01
              TOTAL Elementary School              89
                                                             Hong Kong
                   Middle School: 35 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District
          1   Library/Media.                   2             01 Vietnamese, 01 Australian
          2   ICT Technical Staff              3             Vietnamese
          3   Health Services                  1             Vietnamese
          4   General Office Staff             9             Vietnamese
          5   Maintenance Personnel            2             Vietnamese
          6   Food Service Staff              10             Vietnamese
          7   Security Staff                  12             Vietnamese
          8   Transportation Staff             2             Vietnamese
          9   Others: Janitor                  5             Vietnamese
                                                             45 Vietnamese, 01 American
              TOTAL Middle School                  46
                      High School: 781/C1-C2 Le Hong Phong Street, Ward 10, District 10
          1   Library/Media.                   2            01 Vietnamese, 01 American
          2   ICT Technical Staff              3            Vietnamese
          3   Health Services                  1            Vietnamese
          4   General Office Staff            12            Vietnamese
          5   Maintenance Personnel            3            Vietnamese
          6   Food Service Staff              10            Vietnamese
          7   Security Staff                  17            Vietnamese
          8   Transportation Staff             7       3    Vietnamese
          9   Others: Janitor                  8            Vietnamese
                                                            65 Vietnamese, 01 American
              TOTAL High School                   66


              Grand Total - all campuses          201


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       S. Academic Programs
          American International School is an international school for Grades K-12 offering
          Vietnamese nationals and expatriate students an American standards-based education in
          the English language. The school is a co-educational, college preparatory institution.

          As such, AIS strives to produce students with a global perspective, a questioning mind, and
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          a love for learning. AIS fosters an interest in technology, the sciences, 21 century literacy,
          as well as the fine arts and athletics. Applicants are admitted on the basis of their ability to
          meet the challenging academic, moral, and behavioral standards of the school. The school
          year has 180 school days.
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          Students in the Elementary School (K-5 ), Middle School (6-8 ) and High School (9-12 )
          are all instructed in the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies,
          physical education, and fine arts. In addition, all students are also instructed in Vietnamese
          language and/or Vietnamese Studies as a subject. The curriculum, based on California
          standards, is adjusted to the students’ cultural heritage, age-appropriate skills and
          relevancy. AIS offers classes ranging from ESL support to AP and Honors classes.

          Since June of 2010, AIS is recognized as an IB world school by the International
          Baccalaureate Organization, offering the IBDP at the High School level. The first cohort of
          IB students began their studies in August of 2010.

       T. 2010 -2011 Elementary School clubs

                      1. Arts/Crafts Club
                      2. Reading Friends Club
                      3. Vietnamese Club
                      4. Variety Club.
                      5. Computer Club
                      6. Soccer Club
                      7. Homework Club
                      8. Girl Scouts
                      9. Critical Thinking Skills/Math based
                      10. K-Kids Club
                      11. Spanish Language and Culture
                      12. Chess Club
                      13. Keyboard Skills/Music History
                      14. English Skill Building Games
                      15. Word Wizards: Vocabulary Building
                      16. Dominos Club
                      17. Athletics Club
                      18. Challenge Games Club
                      19. Yearbook


       U. 2010-2011 Middle School clubs
                       1.   Photography
                       2.   Glee
                       3.   Table tennis
                       4.   Student council
                       5.   Running
                       6.   Chess
                       7.   Chinese Media




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       V. 2010-2011 High School organizations and clubs

                     Organizations
                     1. Student Council AISSC
                     2. AIS Ambassadors (Service Organization)

                     Clubs
                     3. Action Adventure Game Club
                     4. Arts & Crafts Club
                     5. Board Game Club
                     6. Boy's Soccer Club
                     7. Chess Club
                     8. Cheer & Dance Squad
                     9. Chinese Culture Club
                     10. Photography Club
                     11. Public Speaking/Debate/MUN
                     12. Sepak Takraw or Gao Mai (foot juggling)
                     13. String Orchestra/Music Club
                     14. Reading Friends (Student mentors for K-5th @ES)

                     Competitive Teams
                     15. Girl's Basketball Team
                     16. Boys Basketball Team
                     17. Girl's Soccer Team
                     18. Boys Soccer Team

       W. Description of Facilities

          Since opening its doors in January 2007, AIS has added a new facility each year, in order to
          accommodate the growing demand for enrolment. The current Elementary School building
          was the original location during the first school year. For the school year 2008-2009 a
          second building was added to accommodate the Secondary School, which currently houses
          only the High School. During 2009-2010 the Middle School was separated out of this
          building and moved to the third campus. All three campuses are located in the urban centre
          of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as follows:

             1. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS
                102C Nguyen Van Cu Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1

             2. MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS
                35 Nguyen Huu Canh Street ,Ward 22, Binh Thanh District

             3. HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS
                781/C1-C2 Le Hong Phong (Extended) Street, Ward 12, District 10

          For the past two years, AIS is constructing a state-of-the-art school campus in Nha Be
          located on 60 hectares of land. The new campus will serve the rapidly growing communities
          surrounding it, as well as the current growing student population. The opening of Nha Be
          campus is projected for August 2011 and will be able to accommodate a student population
          of 3,000.

             4. NHA BE CAMPUS
                   Project under construction
                   Campus K-12 opens August 2011



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       X. Accreditation history of the school:
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                    On June 8 of 2010, AIS was authorized by the International Baccalaureate
                     Organization to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
                    Currently, AIS is seeking the joint CIS/WASC accreditation by 2012, using the
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                     8 Edition for Grades K-12 .
                    AIS is a member of the Council for International Schools




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II. COMPONENT TWO
   1) Director’s Statement

                                    The Director’s Statement
                                         By Ms. Thuy Ha Phan

The history of the American International School is very unique and its current status as an IB world
school can only be truly appreciated through a historical lens.

The first school year 2007-2008, started out with only 35 students from Grades 6-9. Most of the
students’ English proficiency was below the required levels and students focused on two ESL classes a
day. For learning resources, the textbooks were mostly ESL appropriate materials, and a library was
just being created. Fifty percent of the 1o member faculty was non-certified. For teachers a typical
contract lasted ten month and included a housing subsidy of US$ 300. The curriculum, adopted with
California standards, reflected no adjustment and cultural adaptations for Vietnamese students.

During the school year 2008-2009, AIS opened up for Grades K-11 with 300 students and 32 teachers.
The Elementary and Secondary schools were split up mid-school year into two campuses. The
admission procedures and requirements were set and standardized and textbooks were mainstreamed.
Students were placed into ESL support classes and immersion classes according to their needs and
proficiency. The ESL program was set up and operated as the strongest part of the school. The
California curriculum was reviewed and adjusted to make it more relevant. The faculty was now 70%
certified and received 12 months contracts. AIS set up the School Information System (SIS) to support
learning access for student and to improve the communication between the school and parents. Both,
the IBDP authorization process and the preliminary WASC/CIS visits were begun at the High School.
The school invested $100,000 into library resources and a School Counsellor was brought in to support
student learning. The school’s first extra-curricular program was begun with clubs being initiated. AIS
closed the school year with a proud first graduation classes of 15 students.

The following school year, 2009-2010, AIS had acquired three campuses, with the Elementary School,
Middle School and High School each having their own facility. The student population increased to 820
students. AIS employed now 80 teachers, of which 87% were certified. The High School implanted the
credit system for grades 9-12 and AP classes were opened with 70 students enrolled. The school
invested US$500,000 in the Rediker software schoolwide, with the aim to improve student learning
through advanced administrative operations, record keeping and parent communication. The school
achieved IB DP Authorization on June 8th, 2010. The proud, second graduation class of 33 students
celebrated this momentous achievement with the rest of the entire school community.

During the current school year 2010-2011 the school has maxed out its current capacity of 900
students. The first AIS IB cohort consists of 25 students. At the High School level students’ course
choices have doubled and 65 different levels and sections are being offered, ranging from AP to Honors
classes, support classes to IB courses. Throughout the Elementary School and Middle School
academic improvements have been accomplished. At this point, 100% of the faculty have bachelor
degrees and 60% hold Master and PhD degrees. 95% of the faculty are certified. The other 5% are in
the final progress of completing their teaching licenses. The school augmented its resources by
US$250,000 and spent US$ 175,000 for sciences and subject supplies. During this school year, AIS is
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embarking on the WASC/CIS Accreditation for grades K-12 with the 8 Edition being used schoolwide.
The school is completing constructing of a state-of the-art campus with an investment totalling US$ 90
million. The new campus will be completed by August 2011.

AIS was founded as an international school for Vietnamese students in 2007. The school was the first
school in Vietnam to acquire the license to deliver an American curriculum to Vietnamese students. AIS
is considered by the Ministry of Education as a pilot project for international education for Vietnamese



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students. Therefore, the school is committed to global quality with an ambition to establish the best
school in Vietnam, serving as a show case for the Vietnamese government.
AIS is the international school with most rapid development. A lot has been done to bring the school to
international standards. However, there are still many areas of growth and this is an on-going process
of self improvement:

Strength:
           Students: hardworking, respectful, few discipline issue
           Parents: cooperative, supportive
           Teachers: well-qualified, dedicated
           Owners: supportive, clear vision, commitment for quality and development.
           The school is developing in the right direction

Weakness:
       90% of the student body are second language speakers of English and the ESL program is
          not strong enough to meet the needs of the entire student body. We need to look into
          building a stronger ESL program at AIS.
       Schoolwide standardized assessment tool not yet selected/available
       Current facilities maxed out
       Organisational procedures and administration personnel

   2) Owner’s Statement

                                    The Owner’s Statement
 The owner’s acknowledge that AIS is unique in its position, character and accomplishments so far.
 With this accomplishment comes a paramount responsibility towards the expectations of the parents,
 students, the Ministry of Education and the country as a whole. The biggest challenges facing the
 school are:
         Language: Most students are ESL learners
         International schools are blooming and are putting the school under the competitive
            pressure. This is also recognized as an opportunity for the school to demonstrate its
            commitment to global quality
         Facilities: this will be resolved when we move to the new campus
         Teaching Faculty: the international faculty is not committed long term. However, this is a
            dilemma for many international schools.
         Parent education is difficult, as the difference between a traditional Asian education and
            Western Education is substantial. Expatriate teachers need to increase their understanding
            of the culture of Vietnam.

   3) Heads of School Team (HOST) Statement
    During a recent articulation meeting, the faculty was encouraged to voice its concerns and
    expectations for the new school year. The overall faculty morale had drastically improved and
    teachers were generally exited to teach and work. There is a sense of renewed commitment. This
    being evidenced, there is a genuine realization that much work remains to be done:
         Further improvements in resource procurements and resources
         Transparency and clear lines of authority in the organizational structure and supporting
            policies
         Intensified horizontal and vertical curriculum alignment
         The need for additional professional development
         Augmenting the service for all student needs of in the areas of ESL, Special Needs, fine
            arts programs and Athletics facilities/programs



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   The principals are united in their dedication towards continued school improvement. There is a
   great deal of awareness as to the huge professional responsibility put upon the administrators. The
   biggest obstacle facing HOST at this point is the difference of perception in leadership
   responsibilities. As Expatriate administrators, the principals are used to making strategic decisions
   based on the outcomes of student growth and learning. This approach to pursuit of academic
   excellence through innovation is juxtaposed to some of the business decisions and day-to-day
   operations. Progress is being made in establishing trust in the professional leadership and abilities
   of the three administrators. However, this link needs to be strengthened and empowered to deliver
   the high ambitions of the international school the governing board has put forth.

   For the parents the greatest obstacle is increased understanding of the international school setting
   and the expectations for all stakeholders to work collectively towards the school’s success. This is
   not the form of traditional interaction that many are used to from the Vietnamese educational
   system. The language barrier is also a major hindrance towards free and direct communication for
   many.

   The students’ greatest academic challenges are mostly due to the fact that AIS has a challenging
   academic program with over 90% being ESL students. Additionally, there is a steep learning curve
   at every grade level. The entire college admissions process is new to all students and parents alike.
   For the students, the current facilities are limiting their ability to socialize and interact in a large
   open campus setting. The lack of sports facilities is also impacting our ability to hold assemblies,
   sports events and fun days such as the AIS Spirit Day. While much progress has been made in this
   area of making the school’s identity part of the students’ identity and visa versa, we must provide
   additional opportunities.



      AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL STRATEGIC VISION

   1. AIS is an international school providing Vietnamese students with an American-
      based curriculum and IB Diploma Program.
      AIS serves mainly Vietnamese students and parents. The total percentage of foreign students is
      less than 30 percent of the student body. Therefore, AIS must emphasize the culture, history
      and traditional values of Viet Nam.

   2. Transform AIS into the largest international school in Vietnam and one of the
      most prestigious international schools in the world.
      Within over 3.5 years in operation, AIS has significant achievements including IB authorization,
      an official member of CIS and currently preparing for WASC accreditation. AIS is one of the only
      5 international schools in HCMC that are authorized to provide the IB program and is the only
      school in Vietnam that is certified to provide the IB program to Vietnamese students.

   3. Differentiate AIS from other international schools by information technology,
      strong development in Mathematics, Arts, and Physical Education

      a. Information Technology:
           Current investment in the Nha Be campus will allow AIS to have the largest
              information technology infrastructure amongst educational institutions, including
              colleges and universities, in Vietnam.
           The total for this investment is approximately 1.5 million USD.

      b. Mathematics and Science:




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            Math and Science have typically been subjects of strength for Vietnamese
             students, and as such they should be highlighted in educational instructions.
            The Ministry of Education and Government in Viet Nam envision the
             development of a strong science program and high school level is the most
             ideal starting point for this development.

       c. Arts:
            The Nha Be campus is equipped with a one thousand seat theatre and state of
              the art classrooms specially designed to accommodate classes in the visual and
              performing arts. These facilities allow students to express their talents in a
              setting that can allow them to reach their highest possible potential, in ways that
              are currently inexperienced in Vietnamese public schools.

       d. Physical education (PE):
            PE is a pressing and important subject that is currently not highly considered in
             Vietnamese public schools. The sport facilities at the Nha Be campus will
             support the emphasis of this subject with soccer field, tennis courts, in-door
             stadium, in-door swimming pool, etc.

   4. Emphasize the services for students and parents, which is a differentiation for
      AIS from other international schools:
           Communicate with parents through educational / information workshops,
             seminars, parent advisory council, student care and supports, etc.
           Build dormitories for boarding-school students.




The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their
common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful
world.
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and
research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will
be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so
doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range
of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and
approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in
more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and
willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for
the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and
the consequences that accompany them.



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Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open
to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to
seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They
have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and
to the environment.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and
have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas
and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve
personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to
assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal
development.




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