Welcome to AISVN Elementary School!

Whether you are already a part of our AISVN community, a prospective family or a visitor to our website we hope you find the information contained within these pages helpful, informative and that it serves to provide you with a sense of what makes AISVN a truly special place.

An education at AISVN is about guiding students to become global citizens while sustaining their cultural heritage.

As a fully authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, learning at AISVN is underpinned by providing students with the agency to ask questions, discover new things and make age-appropriate choices which positively influence their learning journey. Inquiry and a transdisciplinary approach to learning are central to all that we do each day in our classrooms and learning areas.

Whilst we are proud of our student’s academic results, there is so much more to the education that we provide. We want our students to have the courage to push the boundaries of their experience and to explore all possibilities that are available to them.

Whether in the classroom, playing sports, on the stage, participating in a field trip or when serving others, we want our students to experience the excitement of discovering that they are capable of achieving far more than they ever thought possible.

We hope our website provides a window into our world here in the Elementary School at AISVN and we hope that you will have the chance to visit or join us sometime to see for yourself what a truly special learning community we have.

Best regards,

Ross Halliday
Elementary School Principal

Elementary School
Grades 1-5

Like our Khám Phá Early Years program our Elementary School students are inspired to learn through a model of structured and guided inquiry in a challenging and engaging environment.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Inquiry learning is a form of active learning where students will construct knowledge of the world around them through exploration and experiences.

Units of inquiry we will explore:

  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Who We Are
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet
  • Where We Are in Place and Time


Our homeroom learning programme is underpinned by 4 core curriculum subject areas;

  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

The core classroom subjects are supplemented by specialist subjects in which students participate and learn each week. The specialist subjects are;

  • Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Vietnamese

The curriculum standards that guide learning in the Elementary School are drawn from the American based AERO Standards. AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 specifically for overseas schools.

Working in harmony with the curriculum standards is the framework of the IB Primary Years Programme which ensures that learning experiences are connected to the real world, teaching instruction is evidence based and students are regularly assessed to ensure that development and progress are measured.

How do the students learn in the Elementary School?

Each learning experience is deliberately and thoughtfully planned by our teams of educators. Units of inquiry are designed using the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Our learning spaces and purpose designed classrooms provide students the opportunity to choose activities and spaces to learn within the units of inquiry which helps build their sense of inquiry and curiosity. Students are encouraged to think, inquire, communicate, and care.

They also practice being open-minded, balanced, principled, knowledgeable and to take risks. All while interacting with their peers and teachers in a fun and safe environment!