Answers to questions regarding Vinschool’s educational program
Question 1: Can Vinschool students get into a Vietnamese university?
Vinschool’s educational program is designed in a comprehensive and personalized way to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for university level. In particular, it optimizes their academic pathway, helps prepare outstanding profiles to apply to top universities in Vietnam as well as in the world.
In 2022, 91% of Vinschool’s 12th graders who applied to top public universities in Vietnam – such as Vietnam National Universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and National Economics University, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam – gained direct admission.
Question 2: Since Vinschool’s curriculum is not designed by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), how can Vinsers perform highly in the national exams held by the ministry?
Vinschool’s curriculum is an integrated program for Grades 1-10, which includes Math, Science, Information Technology, and English as a Second Language (ESL) designed according to the Cambridge program. The curriculum has been appraised by the Ministry of Education and Training and licensed by the Department of Education and Training. Therefore, Vinschool’s integrated curriculum includes all content knowledge of the Vietnamese curriculum from Grades 1-10, and fully meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Training.’
In the final 2 years of high school – Grades 11-12, students who wish to apply to Vietnamese universities will study the Vietnamese curriculum to prepare for the high school graduation exam. Most of the content in the exam is taught in Grades 11 and 12, while a small part of the foundational knowledge in the lower grades will be reinforced regularly during the revision process.
Currently, Vietnam’s public universities have been changing their admission methods, steadily approaching those of the world. Universities now base admission decisions not only on high school exam scores, but also to results from aptitude tests, high school transcripts, or international certificates such as IELTS, SAT, A-Level, and AP exam scores. Therefore, Vinschool students have an advantage over those from traditional schools in competing for spots at prestigious public universities.
Question 3: Why doesn’t Vinschool use the MoET’s program from Grades 1-12, but only in the final two years?
Vinschool Education System divides the overall education program into two phases: comprehensive education from Grades 1-10 and career-oriented education in Grades 11-12. This is the direction taken by many countries in the world in line with domestic and international trends in education and university admission.
- Stage 1 – Comprehensive Education (Grades 1-10): The integrated program – appraised by the Ministry of Education and Training and licensed by the Department of Education and Training – covers all content knowledge required by the MoET curriculum. However, the integrated program will expand the range of knowledge and skills for students, develop 21st century competencies, and aim to meet the individualized needs of Vinschool students. In particular, Grade 10 students obtain consultation from academic advisors and participate in activities to discover themselves, explore professions and core subjects for university admission to make the most suitable choices in the final two years of high school.
- Stage 2 – Career-oriented education (Grades 11-12): Designed according to the credit system with nearly 50 different subjects, students will receive academic consultation to select from a variety of subjects suitable for their interests, learning aptitude, career orientation and university admission goals.
According to the university admission methods in 2023, more than 70% of the enrollment targets of leading universities are based on international certificates, aptitude test scores, or in combination with high school graduation exam results. Thus, Vinschool’s high school program helps students best prepare for all methods..
Question 4: How does the program for Grades 11-12 help prepare students for top universities in Vietnam?
From Grade 10, students will be advised to choose the university admission option that best suits their abilities and personal orientation. From Grade 11, students will choose a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 subjects (out of 50 subjects), divided into 3 groups: Compulsory subjects; graduation and university exam subjects; and career orientation and personal development subjects. Each student has a unique schedule personalized to their academic pathway to achieve the best university admission results. During the course of study:
- Academic advisors will help them choose a combination of subjects according to the orientation of the university exam from Grade 10.
- The school offers basic and advanced exam preparation programs depending on students’ abilities, interests and orientations; helps them practice test-taking, problem-solving, and information analysis skills; and provides them with exam preparation materials, exercises, and simulations to familiarize themselves with the structure and requirements of the high school graduation exam.
- Students have a variety of options: they can study career-oriented university subjects such as Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Critical Thinking, Applied Statistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, etc. These subjects bring special advantages to Vinschool students when studying at domestic universities, such as transferring credits to university.
Question 5: How were 91% of Vinsers directly admitted to the top public universities in Vietnam?
As mentioned above, the admission method based on SAT, A-Level, AP exam scores, or in combination with high school academic results, aptitude test scores, or high school graduation exam results account for over 70% of the total enrollment targets of leading universities (e.g. Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam National Universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), National Economics University, Foreign Trade University, etc.). The aptitude tests from Vietnam National University and Hanoi University of Science and Technology are used for admission to more than 150 universities in the country.
In line with the change in the trend of comprehensive university aptitude examination, Vinschool’s high school program gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves with many international exams such as IELTS, SAT, and AP or aptitude tests, making the students more confident when choosing a method to their advantage, thereby increasing their chances of success when applying to university and for scholarships.
Question 6: Can students enrolled in the Cambridge International Program transfer to another public/private school?
Vinschool is the first and only school to redesign the Cambridge International Program for Vietnamese students.
The program has been appraised by the Ministry of Education and Training and licensed by the Department of Education and Training to combine the Cambridge International program and the Vietnamese general education program with Science, Information Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Math.
The integrated Cambridge program at Vinschool fully meets the requirements of curriculum by the Ministry of Education and Training. This ensures that students can transfer to other public or private high schools at any time. Students who finish Grade 10 at Vinschool (Stage 1 – Comprehensive Education) and plan to attend a university in Vietnam can easily switch to the curriculum by the Ministry of Education and Training from Grade 11 (Stage 2 – Career Orientation)with the knowledge they’ve learned in the integrated Cambridge program until Grade 10. This helps students prepare for the high school graduation exam and university admission.
Question 7: What is the success rate of Vinschool students who are admitted to top universities?
With an educational program integrated between the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Training and the Cambridge Program, high school graduates at Vinschool have many options and opportunities to achieve high results in higher education. Some impressive numbers of Vinsers admitted to universities in Vietnam in 2022 can be summarized as follows:
- 92% of Vinsers had an IELTS certificate with an average score of 7.0, giving them an outstanding advantage in preparing to study abroad or applying directly to universities in Vietnam.
- 82.7% of Vinschool Grade 12 students were admitted to leading universities in Vietnam, of which 91% were matriculated in the form of direct admission, talent screening or a combination of entrance examination with IELTS, SAT, or A-Level certificates.
- 58% of students were admitted to international universities abroad or in Vietnam (e.g. RMIT University, VinUniversity, British University Vietnam, Fulbright University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Greenwich, etc.)