American International School Vietnam

3  / 5
Country:# 6
Region:# 65
Overall:# 142
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
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Question 1:

The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.

5 / 10
Question 2:

School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.

5 / 10
Question 3:

School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.

4.5 / 10
Question 4:

Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.

5 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

8.5 / 10


Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

5.5 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

7.5 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

2.5 / 10


Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

3.5 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

4.5 / 10
Question 11:

Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.

3.5 / 10
Question 12:

Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.

3.5 / 10
Question 13:

Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.

3 / 10


Question 14:

Salary scale is competitive.

7 / 10
Question 15:

Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.

7 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

8 / 10
Question 17:

Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.

8.5 / 10


Question 18:

School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.

8.5 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

2.5 / 10
Question 20:

School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.

4.5 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

6.5 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

4 / 10
Question 23:

School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.

6 / 10
Question 24:

School provides an adequate shipping allowance.

0 / 10


Question 25:

School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.

8.5 / 10
Question 26:

The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.

8.5 / 10
Question 27:

Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.

10 / 10


Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

5 / 10
Question 29:

School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.

7.5 / 10
Question 30:

Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.

6.5 / 10
Question 31:

Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.

5 / 10


Question 32:

City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel

8.5 / 10
Question 33:

City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.

9 / 10
Question 34:

Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.

8.5 / 10
Question 35:

Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.

7.5 / 10
Question 36:

City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.

8 / 10
Question 37:

City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.

8 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

7 / 10
Question 39:

Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.

9 / 10
Question 40:

City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.

7.5 / 10
Question 41:

City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.

7 / 10

Professional Development:

Question 42:

School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.

4.5 / 10
Question 43:

School makes available funds to support continued development.

4.5 / 10
Question 44:

Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.

4.5 / 10
Question 45:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.

3.5 / 10
Question 46:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.

4 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

8.5 / 10
Question 48:

School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.

5.5 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

7 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.

6 / 10
Question 51:

Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.

5 / 10
Question 52:

School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.

4 / 10

Review Narratives:

2 reviews




I feel I must write a review in response to the only other one- they obviously had an ax to grind and in my opinion rated the school unfairly. First, this school is not perfect as most IS are not. I will try to list facts and stay away from personal bias. Right now there is and Elementary, Middle, HS, and Nha Be (new campus) that is currently from Grade 1-9 (next year it will be K-12 and there will no longer be an independent HS campus). Almost all of the students are Vietnamese, but you get your occasional Korean and of course teachers' children. I believe that the cap for Elem classes is 18 but most have fewer than that. The students are kind and eager to learn. The new campus is lacking in resources, but I believe that the other campuses are well supplied. If you need anything, you simply fill out a request form and you will receive your items. A teacher with an MA and 8 years of experience makes about $2,400 a month (school pays all taxes) and single housing is $700. AIS HCMC does not pay as much as SSIS or ISHCMC but the savings potential is still huge! It is easy and inexpensive to fly from HCMC to KL, Singapore, BKK, HK, Laos, Myanmar. There is a professional development allowance, but you do need to apply and get approved. On arrival, the school provided a hotel for the first week in order to find an apt. and a $300 settling in allowance, and I was personally greeted by the principal at the airport. The school requires that teachers book and pay for their own ticket but I received reimbursement within a month of arrival. The school follows the American curriculum and as the American curriculum is always changing, our school's curriculum seems to change with it- this can be frustrating, but teachers are working towards making one. The admin generally allows teachers to teach as they like, so that is a great benefit. If you're looking to get your foot in the door, this could be a good fit. If you have a lot of IS teaching experience or are coming straight from the US WITHOUT any IS teaching experience, this might not be the best fit for you. As with any school, if you are considering a position, ask the person that you interview with for the contact information of a FEW teachers. Remember, everyone has a slightly different experience so I wouldn't trust just one experience. Good luck!




AIS Vietnam is a young school - maybe 5 years old? But it has been around long enough to have become positively established if it worked towards that, but it hasn't. This school has extreme problems. In a nutshell, the owners have mismanaged the school so extensively that the faculty's salary is paid late more often than not. This has been happening for years and in communicating with those currently teaching there, they have been paid as late as two weeks! Additionally, the owners confessed they are out of money, even though the students have all paid for the year, so the faculty and staff are wondering how they will be paid for the rest of the year. The owners have many businesses and this is just another business. The administration is very poor and not qualified for the job. They are not open to input from the faculty at all and they move current teachers around so they can hire old friends and colleagues. It is difficult to get good administrators because the owners have fired so many of the previous administrators on the spot. There are 3 campuses and a "new" campus that teachers have been told for years would be open while they are there. The building of the campus has been idle for years. Students in some classes are not provided with textbooks and have to share one set in the classroom. The technology of the school includes many very old computers. Anyone considering going to this school, I'd highly recommend trying to find the email of a teacher currently working there to learn more, and ask the tough questions.