1/ Do teachers give students a lot of homework?
The school’s intention is to help students study and complete their work at school. The amount of homework is dependent on each student’s ability. Also, teachers encourage students to read more books for self-development
2/ How is CISS summer camp organized?
Every year, CISS organizes Summer camp for all students from both inside and outside of the system. Summer camp lasts approximately 1 month (during July every year). Summer camp also includes English lessons with our foreign teachers.
3/ Will next school year’s tuition fees be adjusted? If so, how many percentage would it be? What is the future direction for increasing tuition fees?
Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For the past years, they have never been adjusted over 10%.
4/ How is the security system? What procedures do guests have to follow when visiting and leaving?
Security at CIS is very well-organized. Students coming to the school will have security staff picking them up at the front gates. After that, all the students will gather in the lobby and follow their teachers to their respective classes. Cameras are also placed around campus to maximize security.
If parents would like to pick up their children early, they will have to ask the homeroom teacher and academic office for a slip, which lets the students leave the campus. Only with the paper slip would security approve leaving early.
5/ How do you manage students coming and leaving?
During school hours, all students will not be allowed to leave if they do not have approval from the School Managing Board.
6/ Does CISS have any policy rewarding students with excellent academic achievement in throughout the school year?
We do encourage students to engage by handing out awards and certificates at the end of school year.
Questions regarding Health services
1/ What is the process of Healthcare?
Each school has a nurse office with 4 beds. If any student has problems, the nurse will receive the student from their teacher and proceed with basic checkups. If the situation is not serious, the student will be resting in the nurse room and come back to their class later. If the situation is more severe, the nurse will contact their parents to take them home. If it is an emergency, the nurse will provide first-aids and immediately contact the hospitals.
2/ What about Healthcare Insurance and insurance policy within the school when accidents happen? I want to know more about insured responsibility, and also the specific compensation for each case.
Having Healthcare Insurance is compulsory for each student. For all students, if accident takes place within the school during school hours, it will be the responsibility of the school to pay for those students’ insurance.
3/ When stay-in students have emergency health issues, who will be instructing and be responsible for them?
Stay-in management teachers will be the one instructing students during their regular schedule and also in emergencies.
Questions regarding CIS and BCIS
1/ What is CIS? When was CIS established?
CIS is an Acronym for Canadian International School. CIS follows a full-time English speaking program. Currently, CIS is the first and only school in Vietnam that teaches Ontario (Canada) general education from Kindergarten level to grade 12. CIS was founded in 2009.
2/ What is the school’s final goal? What are the conditions to complete?
As a student, CIS’s ultimate goal is to graduate with OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). The condition to obtain OSSD:
_ Finish at least 30 credits, where it splits between 18 compulsory credits and 12 electives.
_ Pass the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test)
_ Complete 40 hours of community service.
Parents can visit website http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/ to learn more about Ontario specific curriculum.
3/ How is the Entrance test at CIS carried out?
_ Previous year’s transcript.
_ Finish a test under Canadian teacher’s supervision. This test emphasizes on 2 main subjects: Literacy and Numeracy.
_ After that, teachers will present the result to the Principal with proposition for each case.
4/ Is the school open for more credit for Secondary level students and above during summer?
The school will not be opened for credits during summer.
5/ What if a student does not pass the OSSLT?
Upon failing the OSSLT, students have 2 options:
_ Retake the OSSLT next year
_ Enroll in an OSSLT class ( 110 sessions)
6/ Does CIS have any scholarship policy? (For instance, having good academics in the previous school)
As of now, the school has not considered any entrance scholarship opportunity yet.
7/ What are CIS most stand-out attributes?
CIS is the only international school that teaches Ontario (Canadian) Curriculum in Vietnam.
CIS is opened from kindergarten level to grade 12.
CIS is proud of our dedicated staffs with high qualifications and experiences. Also, 100% of teachers are interviewed and recruited from Canada. Most teachers are members of OCT – a Canadian association for teachers.
CIS’s facility is modern, and complete in order to satisfy the students’ need for studying, either physical, intellectual, or cultural in Canadian standard. Our facility consists of: computer lab rooms, library, experiment lab, swimming pool, soccer field, 2D and 3D cinema, bowling center, mini-gold, multipurpose indoor stadium, etc.
The school focuses on helping students to develop a well-rounded background: Academic, Physical Education, and Character Education.
Our school always have promotion policy: discount tuition cost, or financial packages to help parents comfortably entrust their children to us in the long run.
8/ For students who are studying at CIS or after graduation, if they choose to go abroad, what are the advantages and difficulties they may face? Does CIS have any support for parents and students?
After graduation, students can choose to go abroad anywhere in the world without any difficulties for the most part. We also have counselling services to help students pick the right majors or schools depending on their abilities and wishes.
Our alumni is also an active part in assisting our current students so that they can make their best decisions.
9/ Do students who graduate high school at CIS need addition tests such as IELTS/ TOEFL or SAT to be able to apply for Universities abroad?
Depending on the school requirements. However, most school would still require additional tests because these are the standardized test to demonstrate students’ languages ability.
10/ Does CIS have any plan to cooperate with other Universities abroad? Is CIS involved with other international organizations besides Canada’s?
At the moment, CIS is not yet associated with any other Universities.
12/ What is the school’s assistance for students who are going abroad to Canada for grade 12 or any other countries? How about post-high school?
Students who finish 11th grade at CIS will have 2 options: going to Canada, or continue grade 12th at CIS.
13/ My child has never learned French, how can they keep up with their classmates?
Students who are enrolled in French are at different levels. Depending on the student’s level, we will consider and draw a different path.
14/ Can foreign students learn Vietnamese?
Foreign students can choose to enroll in Vietnamse language class. However, it would depend on their ability because the CIS is currently teaching in accordance with Vietnamese standard curriculum (Literature, History, Geography).
15/ Parents who have their children in ESL class but do not want to continue because they consider ESL fee too high compared with other English centers or having private tutors; how would the school tackle this problem? Also, not to mention that other schools do not have this fee.
This is CIS’s policy for students who are not yet proficient in their English skills from grade 4th to grade 9th. Parents are always informed when they first discuss with the admission office. Parents would have read and signed in the contract. Teachers who are in charge of ESL class will be observing and communicate with other classes’ teachers in order to effectively help out the students. During ESL period, teachers will be supervising closely during and after class. In English centers, due to the change of teachers, there will be partial disruption that can affect students’ learning.
1/ What is BCIS? What curriculum do they follow?
BCIS is a bilingual school that is a member of Canadian International School System (CISS).
At BCIS, students are taught the Vietnamese curriculum under Ministry of Education and Training’s standard with supplementary Ontario’s English curriculum. In details:
At elementary level, students have 23 Vietnamese period and 17 English period with Canadian teachers.
At Secondary level: from grade 6 to grade 8, students have 28 Vietnamese periods and 17 English periods with Canadian teachers.
- From grade 9 to 11, students have 30 Vietnamese classes and 15 English classes with Canadian teachers.
- For grade 12th, students have 35 Vietnamese periods and 10 English periods with Canadian teachers to get ready for the Vietnam High School Graduation Examination.
2/ What is the recruitment criteria for teachers at BCIS?
All Vietnamese teachers have to graduate from University with Education major, have good experience with English, and proper method of teaching. Our school especially value teachers who are progressive and inquisitive.
3/ How do students communicate with parents?
Each student will have a homework report book, where they will be record daily homework and other teachers’ notice. Besides, parents can contact teachers through emails anytime. In any emergency situation, teachers will phone parents directly.
4/ The notable difference that makes BCIS tuition fees higher than other bilingual school?
BCIS follows the bilingual program and is part of CISS. Therefore the school management board (Principal, Vice Principal are Canadians), other educational activities, and especially Character Education programs from Ontario are very similar to CIS. Toronto District School Board (TDSB), our strategic partner, is in charge of consulting, implementing and incorporating the content between two programs Vietnamese – Ontario in order to ensure the effectiveness of our bilingual program.
100% of the foreign teachers in the bilingual system is also Canadian teachers, recruited by our partner TDSB. All teachers have expertise, experience in teaching, and belong to Ontario College of Teachers (OTC).
Each school will have a different price for their programs. At BCIS, students will develop a well-grounded background. Along with Ministry of Education and Training’s standard curriculum, BCIS also deploys Character Education program, with each character theme performed by students once every month. School’s facility is modern, and complete like swimming pool, multipurpose stadium, 2D and 3D cinema, mini soccer fields, experiment labs in order to satisfy students’ needs for developing physically, academically, culturally, or artistically. Every room is spacey with necessary teaching technology. Every subject will have a room with specialized equipment.
5/ What certificate does my child get have after English program?
After finishing each level, students will be given Certificate of completion for each level from Canadian International School Principal (Elementary and Secondary).
6/ Where do BCIS students go after graduation?
Our class of 2015-2016 graduate have applied to many reputable universities including RMIT, University of Economics, University of Law, College of the Rockies in Canada, University of Portland, Oregon USA, International University, Saigon International University, Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Hoa Sen University .
7/ How are extra-curricular activities organized at BCIS?
Extra-curricular activities is very diverse with about 20 clubs for art, basketball, yoga, badminton, dancing, English karaoke, story writing, chess games, etc. Learn life skills with sewing, gardening, cooking, etc. These extracurricular activities are registered by students and depend on students’ preferences.