On March 13th, 2009, the Canadian International School (CIS) was officially established as the first and only international school in Vietnam to offer a Canadian curriculum. The school’s founders chose the Ontario Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 Curriculum for its emphasis on character education.
The 2009-2010 school year began at the temporary campus on the ground floor of the Panorama Condominium in Phu My Hung with 165 students.
The CIS journey was launched with the cooperation of the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN). DSBN provided advice about pedagogy and curriculum as well as solutions for managing schools according to Ontario public schools in Niagara. DSBN supported CIS to recruit Ontario certified teachers, to recommend learning resources and to provide professional learning opportunities. DSBN also conducted annual inspections of the CIS program as part of a commitment to continuous improvement. Students were given the choice to finish Grade 12 at CIS in Vietnam or at an Ontario secondary school.
On September 18, 2010, Khoi Nguyen Education Holdings (KNE) hosted the Grand Opening Ceremony of the newly constructed CIS campus in the Residential Quarter 13C, Phong Phu Commune, Binh Chanh District, HCMC.
In addition, in 2010, the Canada - Vietnam Kindergarten (CVK) was established with the first 30 students. The school was located at the temporary Panorama Campus, Phu My Hung. CVK offers the Vietnamese MoET curriculum coupled with an English program modelled on Ontario kindergarten programs.
November 4th, 2012: Khoi Nguyen Education Holdings held an Inauguration Ceremony for BCIS campus and a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new CIS campus at Phu My Hung facility.
The Bilingual campus (BCIS) was a 13,000m² and 4-story structure equipped with modern equipment to serve about 1,500 students. With an investment of around 272 billion VND, the investment to BCIS is around 140 million VND per student, almost three times the prescribed level of 50 million VND per student for educational institutions with foreign capital investment, according to Decree 73/2012/ND-CP at the time.
BCIS bases its grade 1 to 12 on curriculum of Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, combined with the ESL program (English as a second language) according to standards by Ontario Ministry of Education, from elementary to high school levels. In particular, the 4-year program, from grade 9 to grade 12, is integrated with the Home Economics program (developing management skills related to family needs) and project study (developing research skills and practical applications).
Also in 2012, CVK Kindergarten was also moved to BCIS campus.
CIS’ first Grade 12 graduates in both Vietnam at CIS and in Ontario celebrated many proud achievements:
Dung Nham was accepted to four universities. He chose to attend Denison University, USA with an annual scholarship of 37.000 USD each year!
Ivy Nguyen won entrance scholarships to Ottawa University, Queen’s University and McMaster University.
Tuan Hung Nguyen received a scholarship of $40.000 USD from Trinity College, Connecticut, USA
On August 4, 2013, CIS Alumni Association (CAA) was established; the first members - the CIS Class of 2013.
4 years after its establishment, CIS also begins its journey to become an IB World School.
March 9th, 2014: Inauguration for new dormitory of CIS at Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC
The campus was built on a 25,000m² area. It contains the Maple Leaf Center (MLC) and the best facilities for overall education goals such as a library with 13,500 books for 700 students, a canteen that could accommodate 2,000 students at a time, a large swimming pool with dimensions meeting international competition standards, a 1,250-seat indoor sports court; two 2D and 3D cinemas/performing arts theaters with nearly 400 seats, and many chemical/biological/physics laboratories.
August 2014: Albert Einstein Primary, Secondary and High School (AES) at Binh Chanh District Campus - CIS member school (Residential Area 13C, Phong Phu Commune, Binh Chanh district) - officially became operational.
The curriculum from grade 1 to 12 of AES is based on the curriculum of the Ministry of Education & Training of Vietnam, in combination with Edexcel program, based on the British standard by Pearson International Education.
Since July 1st, 2014, the Canadian International School (CIS) has partnered with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) - Canada's largest school and the fourth largest School Board in North America.
March 2015: Canadian International School (CIS) officially became a member of the global IB School community (IB World School) - providing the International Baccalaureate (IBDB) Diploma Programme to students from grades 11 and 12.
On March 9th, 2015, the Asia Pacific Office of IB sent a written notice, formally acknowledging CIS Vietnam as an International IB School. Since August 2015, CIS has been allowed to offer the IB Diploma Program for its current as well as new students. This opened a new chapter in the CIS book of journey to a world-class education.
September 19th, 2018: Inauguration for the new dormitory of Canada - Vietnam Kindergarten (CVK) at 23rd Street, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC
The CVK's new campus at District 7 is a 9,847m² structure with a total investment of around 295 billion VND. Green areas for playgrounds and outdoor activities account for 65% of the total area with special areas such as a water park, a train-like classroom, a dinosaur garden, a 500-seat theater/cinema with specially-designed light and sound system suitable for young children.
CVK is a childhood home of many preschool generations from different parts of the world, aging from 18-month-old toddlers to 5-year-old children. During CVK's nine years of operation, starting from a small campus to having its own vast and spacious garden, one thing stays unchanged: CVK is the place for children to embrace, love and laugh.