At HAIS, we believe that learning shouldn’t just happen in a classroom, so we are consistently looking for locations and activities to help foster our students’ curiosity and build their understanding of the world, both in and outside our school. Our students often go on excursions to deepen their connections with the curriculum, and to extend their learning experiences into the real world. They could visit local farmers to help them understand where our food comes from, attend a private water puppet performance, explore the dunes at Cửa Đại beach, learning about erosion and environmental conservation. We believe our local community provides us with many teaching opportunities, as well as opportunities to understand the value of being a good citizen and member of the global community.
Our Early Years Programme caters to students from 2 years to 7 years of age. As the youngest learners in our community, they have a separate outdoor play area to keep them safe and secure. This includes our brand new Junk Yard Playground which encourages children to problem solve and work together to build, dismantle and recreate whatever their imagination desires. HAIS proudly uses a play based approach to teaching and learning. We combine indoor and outdoor play integrated with music, movement and other forms of creative expression. While academics are important, social and emotional learning are integral to growth and development at this age. We offer both the International and Bilingual Programmes in our Early Years Programme supported by Specialist teachers in Visual Arts, Physical Education, and Additional Languages.
As of March 1st 2019, the International Programme at HAIS has become a candidate school, following the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate curriculum framework. Through this framework we use a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Real life doesn’t happen in isolation, and neither should learning. Subjects such as science, math, language and social studies are taught through six units of inquiry.
Specialist teachers are utilized for Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Additional Languages. (We currently offer Vietnamese and Mandarin). This approach helps students to grow personally and express themselves through multiple literacies. With our student body currently representing more than 20 countries, we are always encouraging the sharing of different cultures and perspectives to expand our worldview and become more open minded.
Our principal and Primary Years Coordinator, Rachel Poff, is also a member of the International Baccalaureate Educators Network (IBEN). She facilitates workshops around the world assisting teachers to develop an understanding of all aspects of the Primary Years Programme. She has facilitated IB workshops in schools in Asia, Australia and Europe.
Hoi An International School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.*
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
HAIS also offers a unique Bilingual Programme in primary school, which enables students to study the core subjects in Vietnamese; Vietnamese, Math, Vietnam for Kids and Lifestyle Education, which are mandated and approved by the Ministry of Education and Training. They also receive 7 lessons of English as an Additional Language per week, facilitated by qualified native English speakers. HAIS is a member of the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA International Consortium) which provides academic assessments and standards for students whose mother tongue is not English. This allows us to assess our English language learners on what they can do, rather than what they cannot do. In addition, our bilingual students also participate in single subjects in English including Art, Music and Physical Education, Environmental Awareness and Sports and Movement morning. This approach creates the opportunity for all of our students to interact and engage with one another as the Bilingual and International students participate in these classes together.
Finally, we offer a comprehensive Secondary programme following the Cambridge Curriculum.
HAIS will offer Grades 7 to 10 in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum typically caters the students from 11-14 years of age.
English, Mathematics and Science are the core courses offered by Cambridge in Lower Secondary. At HAIS, we also offer our students Visual Art, Music and Physical Education to help our students become well rounded individuals. In 2019 the Lower Secondary Cambridge curriculum will expand to offer Art and Design, Digital Literacy, Music and Physical Education.
The Cambridge Upper Secondary is typically for students 14-16 years of age.
Our Upper Secondary programme leads students into the Cambridge IGCSE examination, a world recognized academic certification of achievement. HAIS will offer courses in each of the 5 subject areas.
Students will be supported by trained Cambridge teachers to ensure they are not only prepared for success on their examinations, but to develop a deep understanding of the course content. We help to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world by using Project Based learning where possible. Students are able to apply their skills and knowledge to projects that include entrepreneurship, fashion, food etc. Learning becomes relevant in authentic situations.
Through our growing community of parents from around the world, we are working to offer mother tongue classes. We currently have a Dutch Mother Tongue class, with other classes to come.