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Directions: In the Van Phuc diplomatic compound just off of Kim Ma...the last right before the Daewoo Hotel.Phone: +84 4 37261601
Tầng 4, Số 165 Bà Triệu, phường Lê Đại Hành, quận Hai Bà Trưng, thành phố Hà Nội, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
What I saw
-Large class sizes for high tuition, 20 or more students
-English books didn’t fit students, no curriculum to follow, wrong levels
-Staff lack English and don’t help the teachers
-sad computer labs, broken computers, students sitting around, no headphones
-Library has outdated, worn books
-progress reports try to please parents and say little about how my child is doing
-Integrated program aims to please VN parents = not an international school class/standard, sells them an improperly leveled and incomplete western curriculum
-bad supervision, teachers have to work during break times
-online homework costs extra money, not checked, not always given, old or doesn’t fit what students are learning
-slow to respond
-only cares about money
-cheap with spending money on students
Stay away. This school is a bait and switch. Overpriced, ok image, little substance. UNIS, BIS, and so on are much better.
This school has some convenient locations as Hanoi tower, My dinh and ciputra as well as some good teachers,however,it seems they have some management problems.They are often disorganized and don't always treat the teachers that well.Has a lot of potential, but they should try to get it together. In my humble opinion, the services provided do not justify the high prices.
Universally known as the "McDonald's of education", Uniworld and Kinderworld have expanded their number of campuses throughout Hanoi, Saigon, and other major cities in Vietnam without paying attention to the quality of their staff and facilities. They will hire any foreigner regardless of their qualifications and typically their staff are on short-term contracts of 2-3 months. Consequently, students can go through as many as 5 or 6 different teachers in one term.
Uniworld/Kinderworld first started their operations in Singapore a number of years ago and have had to shut down their Singaporean branch due to low enrollments (driven by poor reputation). They have fared well in Vietnam because there are large numbers of affluent Vietnamese families wishing to enroll their children in "international" schools that have not been able to gain admission to UNIS or HIS.
Usually I just hope that intelligent readers will realize that some people are simply airing personal grievances but today I felt some things needed to be addressed.
This review is coming from experience with the Van Phuc SIS campus. Anyone who does their research before either signing an employment contract or enrolling their child will know that it is not an International Baccalaureate school and does not claim to be. Read your contract! Many schools throw the word 'International' around, especially here in Vietnam.
In the case of SIS ‘International’ means that there is a full International programme for students who hold an foreign passport (based on both the Singaporean and Queensland Australian curriculums) and an integrated programme for Vietnamese citizens. Again, anyone who knows about education in Vietnam will know that this is because the Vietnamese government requires this of its citizens. The integrated programme allows Vietnamese students (and foreign if they choose) to experience half a day of English, ICT, Music, PE and Social studies with a qualified native English speaking teacher and half a day of Vietnamese curriculum prescribed by the government.
The school itself is small and can by no means compare to campuses such as UNIS out in Ciputra but does well for an inner-city location. There is an interactive whiteboard in each class, several ICT labs, jungle-gym, paved ball/sport areas and a fully contained gym.
There is, of course, a lot of red tape to get through when first dealing with the company as there is a lot of paperwork required by the Vietnamese government if you are to work legally in this country. It's VIETNAM, not the company that requires this! If you don’t want to deal with this and wish to jump borders every other month, then there are many language centres that will offer you this.
For someone who wishes to work in a school that is professional, well-equipped with regular weekday working hours, this school is very comfortable and rewarding. If you are teacher who is here for a holiday, doesn’t want to put in full-time weekday hours or devote 3 nights a year to communicating with parents, then perhaps not. The school is doing a great job (and yes, benefiting financially)at catering to those Vietnamese who would like what their government will allow them to have of an International style education while providing a full international curriculum for foreign passport holders.
We can moan all we want about things not being as organized and easy as it is in whichever developed country we have traveled from, but once again—we are in Vietnam and we have to learn to cooperate. Van Phuc SIS is a wonderful school with a great staff, happy students and has come a long way from its ‘UniWorld’ beginnings.
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