Welcome from the Head of School
We are a school where every student thrives both intellectually and personally; we prepare our students to positively impact their future world.
- Dr. Catriona Moran
Head of school
Welcome to Saigon South International School. Whether you are a parent looking for the right fit for your school-aged child, a self-starting student looking at options in Ho Chi Minh City, a teacher looking for like-minded, passionate educators with whom to share your voice and talents in working together, we are happy to share a glimpse into our community.
One of the oldest international schools in Vietnam, SSIS has earned a reputation for its robust college preparatory program, excellence in teaching and innovation, and the infusion of Core Values into the program and the student experience. These Core Values - the pursuit of Academic Excellence, a grounding in a Sense of Self, a commitment to Dedicated Service, striving for a Balance in Life, and a heartfelt Respect for All unite us as a school and are at the heart of everything we do.
We are committed to the intellectual and personal development of each student, and we believe that our values will help prepare them for a purpose-driven life as a member of an increasingly globalized and changing society. We believe that a rigorous and challenging academic program is an essential preparation for the top colleges and universities around the world. At the same time, we are just as aware that international communities can be transient and we recognize the importance of offering a program which allows for the successful transition for our students to other elementary and secondary schools around the globe.
We proudly uphold full accreditation awarded by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and we are authorized to grant the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in addition to a full Advanced Placement (AP) program. SSIS is the first school in Vietnam to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. In addition, we have recently been honored as the only school in Vietnam to be accepted into the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC) thereby providing additional opportunities for our students to excel in both intellectual and personal development. Not surprisingly, SSIS students readily gain admission to an array of prestigious colleges and university around the world.
Saigon South International School is fortunate in the way its founders had the foresight to develop a beautiful suburban campus with large, grassy fields and purpose-built buildings. As important as facilities are to a school, though, our greatest asset is the quality of those who inhabit our school. Our faculty are carefully selected for their ability to inspire students with individualized attention and their commitment to school life outside the classroom. We are just as proud of our students and their commitment to their own education and learning. They work hard, play hard, and grow in their understanding of the world of possibilities and adventures which lie ahead.
If you believe that SSIS is a good fit for your child, please contact the Admissions Office with your questions about our school, our academic program and our community. If you are a teacher looking for a place that shares your passions and values and are looking to make a difference in the lives of students, please use the see the Employment Opportunities and submit your with your materials through the APLi system. We welcome you all to visit SSIS, take a tour, and see for yourself the quality of our programs, the caliber of our teachers, and the caring, committed nature of our community
Head of School, SSIS