The road to creativity, empathy & achievement

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Why choose GSIS?

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Globally Diverse, with 28 Nationalities Represented

We are international to our core. Ours is a school where no single nationality dominates our students or staff, and all cultures are respected and recognised equally. We celebrate our diversity throughout the year with whole-school events such as Francophone Week, Tet, and Mid-Autumn Festival, and smaller teacher-led events that raise student awareness of the global  diversity within their own class groups.

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Child-Friendly Environment

Green Shoots’ youngest students enjoy play, exploration, creativity and collaboration in an environment that encourages problem solving, communication and a love of learning.  In Primary Years, enquiry and discovery are key as students begin to unlock their academic potential across a wide range of subjects in a safe, stimulating, and values-driven environment. In our secondary school, at this vital stage of adolescence, significant focus is given to the development of values, empathy, creativity, and critical thinking.

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10th Year of Learning

Established in Hoi An in 2011, Green Shoots was the second school in central Vietnam to offer an overseas education and the first to provide a truly international learning experience. We continue to innovate and grow, responding to the changing needs of our community and investing in the people and resources needed to guarantee a world-class education in our peaceful UNESCO Heritage town by the beach. Who says you can’t have it all?

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Pathway to Success

As the saying goes, ‘the proof is in the pudding’. After ten years of educating children in Hoi An and Danang, we have proudly seen our graduates move on to exceptional IB Diploma schools around the world, often with scholarships recognising their achievements at Green Shoots, and from there some have now graduated to world-class universities, where our first cohort of graduates are now nearing graduation and entry into the adult world.

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Globally Recognised British Educational Standards

The educational standards set by the British system are globally recognised and respected.  The Independent Schools Council, a global research body, estimates that around almost half of all English-language international schools offer a British education for this reason.  Green Shoots is an accredited member of Cambridge Assessment International Exams and a registered Cambridge Exam Centre able to administer IGCSE and Checkpoint secondary exams and promising the highest teaching standards.  We are one of only two schools in Vietnam to have been accepted into the Council of British International Schools, which assures parents around the world that British academic and pastoral standards are being upheld.

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The Only CIS Member in Central Vietnam

Schools that have been accredited by external agencies provide assurance that parents can trust that school with their child’s education. In 2019 we earned membership of the Council of International Schools, a global leader in international school accreditation, achieving a new level of global recognition for our community. The only CIS member in central Vietnam and one of 26 in the country, we have joined one of the world’s most prestigious groups of international schools. Our CIS membership tells families that Green Shoots has been tested against a rigorous set of standards in areas ranging from governance to safeguarding.

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Quality Teaching

Green Shoots recruits from around the world to ensure the highest standards of teaching and welfare in every classroom. All of our teachers are fully qualified professionals, many with post-graduate and specialist training as well as experience in other international schools.  We apply stringent safeguarding tests before bringing a new teacher into our team, and work hard to ensure that all teachers share our values.  Green Shoots’ leadership team draws on decades of international experience to ensure continuity of care from our playgroup to our graduating class. 

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A Values Driven School

Our values develop during childhood and adolescence and inform our thoughts, words, and deeds. This is why Green Shoots places such emphasis on helping students form the strong moral compass that will guide them for the rest of their life. Children are taught to respect themselves, other people, and our world, and are given the tools they need to live this life-affirming value every day. Throughout our school year, time is allocated to explore each of the seven other values that underpin respect. 

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A Community School

At Green Shoots we know that people are at their best when valued and respected and we work hard to ensure that everyone knows they matter and that their voice is heard.  It begins as soon as a family joins us, through our system of mutual support that nurtures newcomers, continues within the school, as older children support younger ones, and moves beyond our walls into the community where, through read-a-thons, sporting challenges, and other activities, we raise money for local charities.

Why Choose GSIS?

Globally
Diverse
Child-Friendly Environment
10th Year of Learning
Pathway to Success
British Educational Standards
CIS
Member
Quality
Teaching
Values
Driven
Community
School
Globe icon.

Globally Diverse, with 28 Nationalities Represented

We are international to our core. Ours is a school where no single nationality dominates our students or staff, and all cultures are respected and recognised equally. We celebrate our diversity throughout the year with whole-school events such as Francophone Week, Tet, and Mid-Autumn Festival, and smaller teacher-led events that raise student awareness of the global  diversity within their own class groups.

Child-Friendly Environment icon

Child-Friendly Environment

Green Shoots’ youngest students enjoy play, exploration, creativity and collaboration in an environment that encourages problem solving, communication and a love of learning.  In Primary Years, enquiry and discovery are key as students begin to unlock their academic potential across a wide range of subjects in a safe, stimulating, and values-driven environment. In our secondary school, at this vital stage of adolescence, significant focus is given to the development of values, empathy, creativity, and critical thinking.

10th Year Of Learning icon.

10th Year of Learning

Established in Hoi An in 2011, Green Shoots was the second school in central Vietnam to offer an overseas education and the first to provide a truly international learning experience. We continue to innovate and grow, responding to the changing needs of our community and investing in the people and resources needed to guarantee a world-class education in our peaceful UNESCO Heritage town by the beach. Who says you can’t have it all?

Pathway to success icon

Pathway to Success

As the saying goes, ‘the proof is in the pudding’. After ten years of educating children in Hoi An and Danang, we have proudly seen our graduates move on to exceptional IB Diploma schools around the world, often with scholarships recognising their achievements at Green Shoots, and from there some have now graduated to world-class universities, where our first cohort of graduates are now nearing graduation and entry into the adult world.

Globally Recognised British Educational Standards icon.

Globally Recognised British Educational Standards

The educational standards set by the British system are globally recognised and respected.  The Independent Schools Council, a global research body, estimates that around almost half of all English-language international schools offer a British education for this reason.  Green Shoots is an accredited member of Cambridge Assessment International Exams and a registered Cambridge Exam Centre able to administer IGCSE and Checkpoint secondary exams and promising the highest teaching standards.  We are one of only two schools in Vietnam to have been accepted into the Council of British International Schools, which assures parents around the world that British academic and pastoral standards are being upheld.

The Only CIS Member In Central Vietnam icon.

The Only CIS Member in Central Vietnam

Schools that have been accredited by external agencies provide assurance that parents can trust that school with their child’s education. In 2019 we earned membership of the Council of International Schools, a global leader in international school accreditation, achieving a new level of global recognition for our community. The only CIS member in central Vietnam and one of 26 in the country, we have joined one of the world’s most prestigious groups of international schools. Our CIS membership tells families that Green Shoots has been tested against a rigorous set of standards in areas ranging from governance to safeguarding.

Quality Teaching icon

Quality Teaching

Green Shoots recruits from around the world to ensure the highest standards of teaching and welfare in every classroom. All of our teachers are fully qualified professionals, many with post-graduate and specialist training as well as experience in other international schools.  We apply stringent safeguarding tests before bringing a new teacher into our team, and work hard to ensure that all teachers share our values.  Green Shoots’ leadership team draws on decades of international experience to ensure continuity of care from our playgroup to our graduating class. 

Values icon.

A Values Driven School

Our values develop during childhood and adolescence and inform our thoughts, words, and deeds. This is why Green Shoots places such emphasis on helping students form the strong moral compass that will guide them for the rest of their life. Children are taught to respect themselves, other people, and our world, and are given the tools they need to live this life-affirming value every day. Throughout our school year, time is allocated to explore each of the seven other values that underpin respect. 

Community School icon.

A Community School

At Green Shoots we know that people are at their best when valued and respected and we work hard to ensure that everyone knows they matter and that their voice is heard.  It begins as soon as a family joins us, through our system of mutual support that nurtures newcomers, continues within the school, as older children support younger ones, and moves beyond our walls into the community where, through read-a-thons, sporting challenges, and other activities, we raise money for local charities.

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We love to see what the kids bring home and how happy they are and the organic way the school has grown. It is a friendly environment and we love the teachers and values they teach. The school philosophy, ‘Learning is for Life’ is something they live by. Still learning... all your life.
Duc & Ly
We moved to Hoi An in 2017 and our four kids have blossomed during their time at Green Shoots. The school embodies the spirit of this charming place and provides a holistic education. As the only highly accredited school in the area it is wonderful to have that peace of mind as well. For four years our kids are up, ready and waiting to go to school without fail, that says it all we think.
Pieter Van Hoeven
I  appreciate the careful contingency planning, which started in the midst of the previous crisis. It is actually a very helpful example for my current job. I’m working with UNICEF Pacific on Education Contingency Plans for a few selected countries. Your plan is one of the best examples I have seen so far, and I have read a lot of them.
Marieke Stevens
The online lessons during lock-down gave me a first-hand understanding of what learning at Green Shoots looks like. I’m truly impressed by how well prepared and engaging the lessons are. No wonder both my sons love going to school!
Mike Morlok
Seeing the high standards at Green Shoots helped seal the deal for moving to Hoi An from Hanoi so many years ago. Ever since we have been grateful for the school's excellent teachers, its attention to accreditation, it's great ethos and sense of community, and perhaps most importantly the genuine care and support given to our children's educational journey.
Keith Symington
Working at Green Shoots allows me not only to educate with passion but to be a part of a dynamic, sharing and compassionate team. I look forward to flourishing in this motivating environment for many years to come.
Amelie Blondel
Green Shoots engages its students, staff and families in meaningful initiatives to increase sustainability, awareness and action. The school brings together members of its community to develop long-term sustainability strategies and show that GSIS is a pioneering and leading institution.
Giang Dang
Every day, I can see that my children are growing up and are happy to go to school and meet their friends and teachers. The GSIS environment has created the foundation and motivation for our children to go out and integrate into the world with confidence even though English is not their native language.  The community here has also contributed to the formation of our two children's character of loving, sharing and empathising with others. Sesame and Gao are fortunate enough to have studied and played in the GSIS environment for more than 10 years.
Mai Quyen

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