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A high school student performs a saxophone solo in the school auditorium

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Student Life

Whether on stage or behind the canvas, our arts programs offer students many opportunities to grow their creativity and expand their views of the world around them.Our successful arts program has gained SSIS students admittance to some of the most prestigious schools of music, visual, and performing arts worldwide.

In addition to multiple annually held exhibitions and performances on our campus, students in our arts program can participate in annual international cultural exchanges through the regional organizations, South East Asia Student Activities Committee (SEASAC) and the Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA).


A young boy smiles joyfully playing with a handful of slime.
A student paints a portrait in the art studio
Boy in art smock paints a leaf with black paint during class.
Students on scaffolding painting mural

Visual Arts

Using a wide range of materials, cultures, and traditions, students explore and develop their own creative voice, as they learn new techniques and processes. 

Visiting artists and field trips let students gain a deeper appreciation of the arts while learning from practicing artists. Students can also develop their creativity through our varied extra-curricular art activities.

Our students' works are proudly displayed throughout our campus and are celebrated in annual art shows. 


Through rhythm, melody, and harmony, students learn how to express themselves musically, with and without words.

In elementary school, all students have music. Middle and high school students can choose between instrumental music, string orchestra, concert band, and choir as electives.

All music students get to perform publicly multiple times a year.

Children in drum circle

Grade 2 learn about rhythm in Music class.

SSIS student orchestra on stage at HCMC opera house.

SSIS Music students performed at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House. 

Middle school  band students in a practice room.

Middle school band students tune up in a practice room.


Our students work on productions for real audiences, as they learn how to portray characters, write scripts, design sets, direct plays, and set up sound and lighting.

Through authentic and practical learning experiences students also learn Drama theory. Drama students regularly put on productions in our Black Box Theater.

students performing in blackbox theater


The use of space, an awareness of an audience, and a strong sense of performance are all building blocks of our dance offerings that culminate in showcases in front of a live audience.

Designed for students with little to no dance experience, each interaction, either as part of PE classes or in our new dance offering in middle school, teaches students to display movement in an expressive and artistic way