American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1 th Version: Pilot 8 Ed 16 Feb 2010 COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS) REQUEST FOR PRIOR INFORMATION AND REFLECTIONS th 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 th 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 th 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 th 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 ________________________________ Total enrollment 849 students Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3 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 68 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% Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 4 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% Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 5 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 6 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 / 26 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 32 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 7 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 14 6 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 8 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 9 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 10 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 st 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. th th th 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 11 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 12 X. Accreditation history of the school: th 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 th th 8 Edition for Grades K-12 . AIS is a member of the Council for International Schools Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 13 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 th 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 14 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 Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 15 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: Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 16 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. Council for International Schools/Request for Prior Information & Reflection/Pilot 8th Ed. American International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 17 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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