Vietnam, Hanoi: United Nations International School

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Date: 12/20/2011 Location: Hanoi Vietnam Description: United Nations International School of Hanoi - State Dept Image



The United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS), founded in 1988, is a private, nonprofit, English language, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from age 3 (Discovery) through grade 12 for the expatriate community of Hanoi. The school year is divided into 2 semesters extending approximately from mid-August to mid-December and from the beginning of January to mid-June.

Organization: The School operates under an agreement between the United Nations Development Program and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: The curriculum is international, drawing upon the best English language programs and the framework provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The School has adopted the IB Primary Years Program in grades PK-5 and the IB Middle Years Program in grades 6-10. These two programs are curriculum frameworks that insure that an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning is followed. In grades 11-12, the School has adopted the IB Diploma Program which is a rigorous and international university preparatory curriculum with prescribed knowledge, skills, and understandings in each subject area. Foreign and Mother Tongue languages, the Arts, English as an Additional Language, and Technology instruction supplement a rigorous core curriculum. UNIS Hanoi has a limited Learning Resource program, and counseling services are available throughout the School There is an extensive cocurricular program of sports and non-sports activities and a strong commitment to community service in the spirit of the UN ideals and principles. The School has a fully resourced library and computer labs available to students. In August 2008, the School launched its one-to-one Personal Computer Tablet program beginning with grades 10 and 11. Within 3 years, all students in grades 5-12 will be issued Personal Computer Tablets as part of the Schools program. Over 90% of students participate in the IB Diploma Program; the remainder opt for a UNIS High school Diploma. The School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 109 full-time faculty members and 9 part-time faculty members. The faculty is multi-national. Of these, 64 hold baccalaureate degrees and 54 have Master’s degrees or above.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,015 (age 3 Discovery through grade 12).

Facilities: A new purpose-built facility on 9.2 hectares (23 acres) was constructed in the West Lake suburb of Hanoi in 2004. The campus is extensive and completely self-contained. The facilities include separate buildings for the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High schools, an Arts and Music block, a Science and Technology block, a canteen, a library, an administration block, an operation building as well as extensive playing fields, hard court areas, and a swimming pool.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, UNIS relies on tuition and fees as its only source of revenue. Annual tuition rates are as follows: age 3 (Discovery): $7,875; PK: $13,835; K: $14,370; grades 1-5: $16,900; grades 6-8: $17,300; grades 9-10: $19,100; and grades 11-12: $20,400. There is a one-time application fee of $250 per child, an enrollment fee of $750 (one-time); and an annual development fee of $2,000 per child ($1,000 for Pre-K). (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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