International School Saigon Pearl, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


The International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP) is a world-class Elementary School for children aged 18 months to 11 years, offering a full American school curriculum in Vietnam.

Our ethos is centred on building caring relationships with each child and family. Our approach enables us to understand the abilities of each child and recognise the ambitions their parents have for them. Our academically rigorous American curriculum continues seamlessly to High School education at ISHCMC-American Academy, where students progress in their development as adaptive, thoughtful and active global citizens.

“The interaction between the teacher and child at ISSP is very close so the teacher gets to know the child personally. I am very pleased with our decision to send him to ISSP, he has done amazingly well.”

Nam Nguyen, Parent

Students in 2013 achieved average growth of over two grade levels.


Steve Alexander

Steve has more than 12 years of experience in public and private schools in the U.S. and 20 years in private international schools. He has been the director, head, or superintendent of five different schools and has overseen the building of two schools from scratch.

Steve holds a B.S. in Education and a Master’s in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), both from the University of Vermont, and has completed the International Administrator’s Graduate Program at the College of New Jersey in the U.S. His belief is that a good chemistry in the classroom is paramount to great learning outcomes – just as much as curriculum and pedagogy – and he is strongly committed to the professional development of his staff.

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
1-11 yrs
American Curriculum
Type of School
Day School, International School
Main Language

Our Family of Schools

With a large and diverse portfolio of schools, Cognita draws upon our international breadth and wide-ranging educational expertise to share best practice across our Group.

International School Saigon Pearl, VietnamEl Limonar International School Villamartin, SpainHuddersfield Grammar School, UKSouthbank International School Kensington, UKAustralian International School, SingaporeKingscourt School, UK