7 Awesome Staycation Ideas for Your Kids This Summer 2021

7 Awesome Staycation Ideas for Your Kids This Summer 2021

Summer is here again.  However, the pandemic is still raging across the country, putting a pause on families’ summer break plans yet again.  As the days and weeks now turn into more than a month of social distancing, you may be running out of ideas to keep your children busy during these long days at home. 

Are you desperate to shake up your quarantine routine during your kids’ time off from school?  This article suggests some safe staycation alternatives for kids of all ages.  COVID-19 has squashed all summer travel plans and large group gatherings, but it doesn’t mean that this summer can not be fun and educational.

Give each day a theme.

Want to make the summer vacation feel different than just long weeks at home?  Give each day a theme!   Without school and appointments, it’s hard to know what day of the week it is.  Giving a theme each day is a great way to break up the monotony and add some fun.

Have your child go back through their list and circle the activities they’re most excited about, and see if any of them go together or could fill an entire afternoon. Then use their chosen activities to plan a staycation week they won’t forget.  For example:

  • Monday = LEGO day: there will be 28 million results showing up if you search “lego challenges for kids” on Google.  LEGO challenge is a simple prep, fun way to sneak some STEM learning into the day. A LEGO challenge can be  something like “Build a spaceship” or “Make something inspired by your favorite book.” As you can see, they allow for lots of creativity!  And because the challenges are very open-ended, they can easily build something new each time they get to that day on the calendar.  This is an excellent way to keep kids busy during summer break!
  • Tuesday = Get-crafty day: Time to get creative!  Arts and crafts are always our go-to activities to spark students’ creativity and imagination.  In today’s modern world, art is more intertwined with technical fields than ever. And for kids, it’s vital to encourage their creativity.  It’s easier than you think to grab the crayons, glue, glitter, and paint and let their creativity shine.  All parents need to do is just scout Pinterest, and you will see tons of painting projects, inside crafts, and small-scale obstacle courses and activities that’ll hold their attention for long periods. Or, if you’re able to head to the backyard, there are fun ideas for bubbles, water-based activities, and activities that get their little bodies moving. Best of all, none of these require an electronic device or an app, so you don’t have to worry about too much screen time.
  • Wednesday = Reading day: Curling up with a good book isn’t just safe (and educational!) during quarantine – it can also be a bonding experience.  Take advantage of the downtime and read some new books.  Slot some family reading time into your schedule; if you have kids who aren’t quite ready for chapter books, pick a series to start together as a family.  You can also encourage your child and their friends to pick a book they’re excited about reading and set up regular video chats for them to share insights, ideas and perspectives. There are a lot of good books with different genres for parents to choose from:

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Or, if audiobooks are your child’s preference, discover our top picks of 6 free audiobooks for kids to enhance reading and listening.

Thursday = STEAM day: For curious kids, try a staycation that includes an element of learning.   STEAM is not so much a topical study as it is an approach to teaching and learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math subjects.  Playfully facilitate STEM instruction by creating an at-home science camp. Summer STEAM projects are one of the best ways to keep your kids learning through the summer and have a wonderful time learning in new and creative ways. If you are seeking some cool ideas to create fun and educational STEAM activities for your children, follow Everest teachers on “Online Summer Semester 2021” on Kiến Guru App. Our teachers will deliver free STEAM lessons for children of all ages, live streaming at 3 PM every Thursday this summer! 

Or, if parents are too busy to prepare materials for your kids to do STEAM projects, you can sign your kids up for our STEAM virtual summer camp – where your kid can get a cool package of Space Kit every week and learn how to create wonderful things with teacher and friends through her online class:


  • Friday = Movie day:  Summer break means a lot of time together as a family.  Pull out the blankets, popcorn, and your favorite movie.  A movie night gives your family the chance to cuddle together while laughing at your favorite show.  Have your child brainstorm ideas for a dinner theme night every week.  Then, everyone shows up at the table dressed to impress!  And if you need a movie recommendation, check out the 7 best movies for young kids to improve English at home.

Saturday = Gameday: There’s never been a better time to break out Monopoly and Scrabble! Looking for some new board games to add to your collection? These are the year’s best family board games.  Break out all your child’s favorite games, from classic board games to their favorite video game, and have a marathon.  Board games are also an excellent way to spend quality time with children while helping them enlarge their range of vocabulary; check out our 7 best word games for families to play anywhere!

Sunday = Cooking day:  By getting your kids involved in the kitchen, you’ll be setting them up for a lifetime of culinary know-how. At any age, kids who learn to cook gain independence. The youngest in the family can feel a sense of industry, while teens will be empowered to fend for themselves when they leave the nest.  One great way to promote independence and culinary creativity in older grades is to give your children their own cookbook. Once you start looking, you’ll find dozens of recipe books geared toward kids this age. Choose one with plenty of pictures and step-by-step instructions. Then, encourage your child to try their hand at making a dish from the book, like a simple side dish or dessert.  And who knows? Maybe you can sneak in some Math lessons during your cooking time.  For example, ask your kids some Math-related questions such as how much of the quantity to be used for cooking, the proportion of different ingredients,…

Watch how Mr. Tony Ngo – Everest Education’s Chairman and Co-founder – teach his kids Math while doing some pancakes in the kitchen:


On a side note, don’t forget that our kids are used to structure at school, so try to maintain a loose schedule each day.  Put the week’s schedule on the calendar.  Have your child draw a picture for each day and post them all in the fridge. Then, talk about your plans at dinner.  In general, use every chance you can to build anticipation.  It’ll help your child feel included and excited about the staycation ahead.

Don’t forget to keep up with academics.

After this tumultuous school year, some children may have fallen behind with academics. Summer is an excellent time for learning.  Use free resources, including local libraries and online programs:

One of the best ways to keep your child learning this summer is to encourage them to follow their passions. Perhaps they love drawing — dedicate a day each week to art based on children’s books. If they love the outdoors, have them build an outdoor fort using math and technical skills. Thinking out-of-the-box can be a fun and memorable way to keep young minds challenged. 


This summer, Everest Education offers Virtual Summer Camp for the first time – in the theme of “SPACE EXPLORER SQUAD.” Students will learn using English, Mathematics, STEAM, scientific research, and project development skills on this starfaring journey. These will be the students’ first steps in their adventure to reveal the truth of the universe through diverse activities: hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a 100% all-English environment. 

Using the ClassIn platform (top 50 global ed-tech by GSV), Everest’s STEAM Virtual Summer Camp will not like any other meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, students can join live classes, group chats, play games, do quizzes and connect with like-minded friends using innovative learning tools. They can also do projects, make a presentation and receive a detailed report to learn their progress.

 Sign up here


Even though COVID-19 is likely putting a wrench in our plans, there are still plenty of things we can do.  The key is that you get creative and make the most of the situation.  With a bit of ingenuity and initiative, we hope you can create a fun-filled summer that your kids will never forget!


5 Virtual Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love 2021

5 Virtual Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love 2021

Virtual Summer Camp – Why not?

This summer is probably the strangest summer of all time for our students.  They had to wrap up everything they learned all of a sudden, took all end-of-term exams within a few days, no closing ceremony, no saying goodbye to friends and teachers… all because of the new wave of Covid cases.

Even though we are in “the second year of Covid” already, students might not have gotten used to the new routine of summer – where everything has to happen behind the doors. 

In the era of social distancing, many places worldwide adopted alternative methods to accommodate best learning for students during the summer.  At Everest Education, we also believe that taking an online summer course during this “lockdown” summer will be a smart move to keep your child learning and growing.

Online summer school is a great way for students at all levels and abilities to gain new skills, try out new interests and avoid the “summer learning slide” – where much of what our kids learned during the school year is forgotten over the summer.  Believe it or not, there are some enormous advantages to online classes, as they provide more flexibility than in-person courses.

And given the current situation, enrolling in a virtual summer camp is the best option parents can do to give your children a fun-filled summer.  The good news is that there are thousands of online courses available for kids of all ages.  However, how can you find a good online course for your kid?

This article will suggest 5 virtual online courses about 5 different ranges of subjects – so that matter what your kid’s interest is, there is always a course she’ll love.  The beauty of these online courses is that kids can learn at their own pace while parents can be there to help, encourage and watch them enjoy learning in a comfortable environment. 


1. Be a young artist with CMC’s online course

A great fun summer course option is painting and drawing if you have a young artist at home. CMC Kidz is providing an online drawing course for young kids to introduce them to the concept of creative drawing.  The system consists of 5 topics with 10 creative activities, where your kids get to learn how to organize shapes and lines, how to use simple materials and objects around the house to create their own artworks. Beautifully designed by experienced artists, this course will give your kids the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection and creative thinking. 


2. Learn STEAM skills at Everest Education’s Virtual Summer Camp

As demand for coders, game developers, robotics engineers, and creative minds continues to increase, STEAM skills are becoming more necessary and getting a lot of attention from parents around the world.  The challenge is that most kids spend their time – school – doesn’t traditionally offer STEAM subjects.  Thus, STEAM summer camps provide the opportunity for middle schoolers to dive into such learning and build valuable STEAM skills. 

This summer, Everest Education offers Virtual Summer Camp for the first time – in the theme of “SPACE EXPLORER SQUAD.” Students will learn using English, Mathematics, STEAM, scientific research, and project development skills on this starfaring journey. These will be the students’ first steps in their adventure to reveal the truth of the universe through diverse activities: hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a 100% all-English environment. 

Using the ClassIn platform (top 50 global ed-tech by GSV), Everest’s STEAM Virtual Summer Camp will not like any other meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, students can join live classes, group chats, play games, do quizzes and connect with like-minded friends using smart learning tools. They can also do projects, make a presentation and receive a detailed report to learn of their progress.

  • Best for ages of 6 and up
  • Learn more at
E2 Virtual Summer Camp


3. Bridge the learning gap with Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a famous non-profit MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) provider. This is one of the most comprehensive educational resources globally, with free online courses that essentially address every topic a student could encounter from Pre-K to 12th grade. 

Khan Academy began in 2005 when Salman Khan developed a system for tutoring his cousins. A graduate of MIT and Harvard, he quickly grew his online learning platform to reach students of all ages throughout the world.  Today the Khan Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum to students in kindergarten through college. Its contents have been translated into over 36 languages and run by a team of over 150 people who continue to enhance the available course catalog. Nonetheless, it remains true to its mission “to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.”

As Khan Academy Kids includes thousands of interactive activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners that are aligned with the Common Core Standards, this could be an essential resource for students if they have a gap in knowledge of a specific topic or subject. Students can watch, re-watch, and do exercises to practice until they master the concept.  The only downside is that because Khan Academy is asynchronous, you have to keep an eye on your child to make sure they are learning.


4. DIY Summer Camp with DIY

DIY site offers amazing age-to-age lessons, tips and tricks, crafts, games and activities to get your kids through this summer.  Through their app, kids at any level can enjoy virtual classes such as “Photography,” “Become a Music Star,” “Build anything with Lego,” and “Drawing Bootcamp.” Children can also learn some fancy skills like digital art, app development, cartooning, cooking, data visualization, entrepreneurship, and even bike repairs. Each type of skill is classified as a different challenge to intrigue students to learn more and share their works with other kids around the world.

Parents can let your child start with a 14-day free trial to gain unlimited access to all DIY’s content before buying a paid package.


5. Learn Yoga with Udemy

Get your kids moving during the summer break with the Kids Yoga class! Udemy offers an online yoga class for children from 3 years old.  This yoga-based exercise program combines yoga, hula hooping and relaxation techniques in every class. The course will move through fun, imaginative yoga poses where kids can pretend they are flying high in the sky, growing into a tree, and traveling in outer space with their hula hoop! 

In this class, Miss Jessica will teach your children much common yoga poses in a fun way to keep them engaged, help build their self-confidence while keeping them active and healthy in a non-competitive atmosphere.  Children will learn some Sanskrit words like Namaste. They will learn the words for peace and love in another poem that helps them build compassion.  By the end of the class, your child might be able to teach you a thing or two about yoga, some imaginative poses and even how to use the hula hoop!

Summer school can be a valuable and worthwhile experience for students who want to continue strengthening and developing their learning skills during the summer. No matter what summer activities you choose, we hope the season is filled with fun, new adventures, and learning together.


To learn more about our online summer courses, make sure to visit us at https://e2.com.vn.

Top 5 Learning Centers That Teach IB in HCMC

Top 5 Learning Centers That Teach IB in HCMC

If your child is starting the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) her next academic year, you must be surrounded by certain myths and rumors that might have made you nervous.  The IB program can be a nightmare for some students with tons of things to do: six classes on top of extracurricular requirements, a 4000-word essay, and a Theory of Knowledge course.

At Everest Education, we often hear that parents and students alike can worry as the start of the IB approaches. It doesn’t matter whether students are coming from the MYP, IGCSE, or national curricula, there is always an adjustment period for which students should prepare.  Preparing for IB can be an intimidating and, at times, confusing process.  Both deciding on an IB program and doing well once enrolled takes a lot of early preparation.  In order to ease students’ nervousness, finding an external learning center/ tutoring program to practice IB subjects could be considered as an ideal option.  However, since the IB program is not too popular in Vietnam for the time being, it is not easy to find a place that offers good IB enrichment programs in Ho Chi Minh.

This article will suggest the top 5 learning centers in Ho Chi Minh that have experience teaching IB programs so that you know where to look out for when your child needs help on her IB preparation journey.

1. The International Tutor Group

The International Tutor Group Vietnam (ITG Vietnam) is a learning center that provides all-subject tutoring and mentoring services in Ho Chi Minh city.  Exclusively designed for Ho Chi Minh’s leading international school curricula, all ITG’s services are developed by experienced international school teachers – who graduated from top US and UK universities.

ITG provides 1-1 and small group tuition, meeting the needs of all academic subjects in every major international curriculum, from the International Primary Curriculum to Cambridge IGCSE & A-Level, the IB and the AP Programs.

Learn more about ITG on:

2. Intertu

Intertu – the combination of Intertu “international” and “tutoring” – is an after-school tutoring academy founded by a Vietnamese Truc Ho. Intertu specializes in the research and development of a variety of courses for international, bilingual and integrated students. Their courses include IB – AP – A – level – IGCSE exam preparation courses, SSAT – SAT – ACT – GMAT – GRE exam preparation courses, teacher training courses…

Now, Intertu Education is enrolling potential students for IB courses (IB Math, IB Physics, IB Chemistry, IB Biology, IB Economics, IB Business Management, IB English). 

Learn more about Intertu on:

3. Everest Education

Everest Education is founded by Tony Ngo (Harvard Business School and Stanford University) and Don Le (Stanford University).  Starting from a small tutoring class of 10 students in summer 2011, Everest now has been working with 1000+ students from bilingual and top international schools in Ho Chi Minh city such as BIS, ISHCMC, AIS, ISHCMC-AA, LSTS…

Everest Education provides private tutoring sessions in English in one-on-one or small-group formats as an enrichment program for various academic subjects, including English, Maths, Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), IGCSE, IB, IELTS, and SAT.

Learn more about Everest Education on:

4. The Edge

The Edge is an English learning center located in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, founded in 2008 by Yale University alumni. Their key focus program includes conversational English, English for primary and secondary students, admissions consulting, and test prep courses such as SAT, IELTS, and IB.

At The Edge, students can learn IB Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Literature and IB English in the 1×1 or class format. Each class will usually take place 3 hours/ week.

Learn more about The Edge on:

5. Education First

Education First Vietnam is a member of Education First Global – an international education company offering study abroad, language learning, and cultural exchange.  Unlike other ordinary English courses, Education First combines language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel – where students can live and learn on campus abroad. 

Education First offers language courses for primary to high school students, undergraduates, adults, company employees and staff from other organizations as well. They also have test prep courses of IB and A-level for students from 16 to 19 years old.

Learn more about Education First on:

Learn more about IB program

The IB Diploma has been around for many years, although its popularity has really gained momentum over the past decade.  We believe IB is not only a means to a brilliant end (remember how much universities all over the world love the IB) but a way to truly develop your child’s knowledge, skills and experience.  Nguyễn Hải Nam – one of our College Compass students – is a real-life example of a Vietnamese student taking an IB program for 2 years in the United World College East Africa.  In his episode with Chuyện du học podcast, Nam shared many detailed and valuable information about the IB program. If you have interest, listen to Nam’s episode at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJNuaFGNZyI 

Learn more about the benefits of having IB certificates here: https://blog.e2.com.vn/what-is-international-baccalaureate-ib-and-why-its-the-emerging-trend-for-your-childs-education/

So if you are ready to let your child into the program, we are happy to help!

At Everest Education, we have been working with many international students from prestigious international schools around the city, including BIS, ISHCMC, AIS, ISHCMC-AA, LSTS,… and have years of experience preparing students for entrance into an international school. If you need any advice from us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via info@e2.com.vn or learn more on our website: https://e2.com.vn/programs/test-preps/


Tuition and Fees of International Schools in Ho Chi Minh city 2021

Tuition and Fees of International Schools in Ho Chi Minh city 2021

International schools in Vietnam are a relatively modern phenomenon – the oldest international school in the country was established less than 30 years ago – but over the past few decades, many new international schools have emerged to fill a gap in the market and cater to the country’s rapidly growing expat population.

According to the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City, the city currently has 113 non-public schools. Among those schools, more than 20 schools have foreign investment capital, a few of which are owners of governments and consulates of other countries. In addition, many private high schools offer international and bilingual programs.

International schools are gaining more and more popularity.  There are a number of prestigious international schools in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh city and these schools offer top-quality education to both foreign and local Vietnamese families. The cost of entering these schools is also very pricey –  and sometimes worths a fortune – for many Vietnam nationals.

If you are considering enrolling your child in an international school, one important question you may be asking is: how much will it cost?

To give an idea of how much it costs for your child to attend an international school, we’ve compiled data on average tuition fees at some international schools in Ho Chi Minh City in 2021.


1. Types of fees charged by international schools

To gain a full understanding of the cost of international school education, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the most common types of fees charged by international schools.

These are three of the most common types of fees you will come across when researching international schools:

1. Application fees:

Application fees are charged by schools for processing your application. These fees are often non-refundable. In most cases, schools may offer a discount on the application fee or a special family rate if you are applying for the enrollment of more than one child.

As these fees are generally non-refundable, you will likely not get your money back even if your child does not get accepted in the school or you choose not to enroll your child after being offered a spot at the school. However, if your child is accepted, some schools may apply the application fee towards payment of the annual tuition fees.

2. Registration fees:

Registration fees are charged to cover enrolment procedures once your child has been offered and accepted a spot in a school. Some schools do not charge for this, while others can charge several million VND.

This is a one-time non-refundable fee that you will need to pay when your child is first enrolled in the school; you will not have to pay this fee again even if your child stays on at the school for several years, although it may be charged again if you withdraw your child and subsequently re-enroll at the school.

3. Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are charged by schools to cover the cost of teaching and supporting your child. They generally make up the bulk of the fees charged by an international school. Tuition fees vary broadly across countries and among schools, ranging from modest amounts to massive sums. Even within an individual school, tuition fees can differ depending on the grade level of your child and the curriculum that they are following.

Payment terms also vary, with schools typically collecting tuition fees on an annual, semester, quarterly or monthly basis.  When assessing individual schools, it is important to inquire about what is or is not included in the tuition fees (e.g., the cost of textbooks, meals, uniforms, school bus and extra-curricular activities) and the payment terms.

Other types of fees commonly charged by international schools include:

  • Activity fees
  • Uniform fees
  • Transportation fees
  • Language support fees
  • Re-enrolment fees
  • School development fees
  • Examination fees
  • Refundable deposits

Tuition and fees in international schools in Ho Chi Minh city 2021(*)

School name Registration fee Primary tuition
(Grade 1-5)
Secondary tuition
(Grade 6-10)
High school tuition
(Grade 11-12)  
Additional potential costs Reference link
International School
22 mil to 35.2 mil 369 mil to 438.3 mil 438.3 mil to 545.3 mil 545.3 mil to 569.2 mil – Deposit fee: 22 mil (refundable)

– Other fees: external examination fees, school uniforms, stationery, meals, field trip fees, school buses, and personal supplies.

Tuition 2020 – 2021


School Vietnam


45 mil 563.8 mil  620 mil to 651 mil 794.420 mil – Other fees: Application Fee, Personal supplies, stationeries, textbooks, school bus, school uniforms, meals, experiential learning week and activities fees, external examination fees, etc. Tuition 2020 – 2021

International School

33 mil to 50 mil 270 mil to 290 mil 357 mil to 426 mil 431 mil to 464 mil – Deposit fee: 30 mil

– Other fees: field trip fees, housing, lunch meals, school buses, transcript, and uniforms

Tuition for Elementary School

Tuition for High School


International School


31.8 mil to 63.6 mil 432 mil to 501 mil 501 mil to 580 mil 610 mil to 665 mil – English Enrichment Programs: 15 mils to 19 mils (by Semester)

– Other fees: Academic competitions, school buses, student support services, and uniforms

Tuition 2020 – 2021
British International School

Ho Chi Minh City (BIS)

70.8 mil 495.3 mil to 553.4 mil 553.4 mil to 672.9 mil 672.9 mil to 730.8 mil – Deposit fee: 23.6 mil

– English Enrichment Programs: 30.6 mils to 56.9 mils per term

Tuition 2020 – 2021
British Vietnamese

International School (BVIS)

23.6 mil to 47.2 mil 369 mil to 374.4 mil 374.4 mil to 449.5 mil 449.5 mil to 489.9 mil Deposit fee: 35.4 mil Tuition 2020 – 2021

International School

Ho Chi Minh City


32 mil   437.8 mil to 476.6 mil 498.2 mil – 575.3 mil 599.1 mil  Other fees: meals, school bus, uniforms. Tuition 2020 – 2021
Horizon International

Bilingual School

25 mil 180.59 mil – 194.59 mil 215.59 mil – 229.59 mil 248 mil – 262 mil E-learning fee, admission testing fee, assessment fee, technology, book fees, meal     fees, school buses, and uniforms Tuition 2020 – 2021
International School

Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)

50 mil 524.2 mil to 574.3 mil 649.9 mil to 679.6 mil 775.3 mil – Annual Development Fee (ADF): 67.5 mils, or 

– Certificate of Entitlement (COE): 337.5 mil

– External examination fees

Tuition 2020 – 2021
International School

Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy (ISHCMC – AA)

25 mil   – 449 mil  502 mil to 538 mil External examination fee Tuition 2020 – 2021
International School

Saigon Pearl (ISSP)

25 mil 458.6 mil to 458.7 mil Tuition 2020 – 2021
Lawrence S.Ting

The school (LSTS)

Other fees: Boarding, School Bus, Notebooks, Uniform, Meals fee Tuition 2020 – 2021
Renaissance International School 39.7 mil to 49.7 mil 466.55 mil to 528.75 mil 591.73 mil to 621.62 mil 621.62 mil to 689.93 mil – Deposit: 22 mil

– Other fees: English Learning Support, Bus fee

Tuition 2020 – 2021
Saigon Star International School 30 mil 345 – 358 mil Other fees: supplement fee, lunch fee, bus fee, learning support Tuition 2020 – 2021
Western Australian

International school

15 mil 202.5 mil to 244.6 mil 249.75 mil to 280.2 mil 270 mil to 456 mil Other fees: meal fee, uniform fee, school bus, boarding fee, textbook, medical fee, practical learning fee, NAPLAN test (For year 3, 5, 7, 9) Tuition 2020 – 2021
Saigon South 

International School

45 mil 512.3 mil to 545 mil 548.02 mil to 617 mil 643.9 mil to 685 mil – Deposit: 45 mil

– Other fees: AP & IB Exams, field trip expenses, lunch, school buses, school uniforms, other school activities, PTA, and personal supplies

Tuition 2020 – 2021

International School (SIS)

21.5 mil 418.450 mil to 420.387 mil 441.646 mil 491.915 mil to 524.270 mil Other fees: books, field trips,

insurance, stationery, and


Tuition 2020 – 2021
School of

North America (SNA)

40 mil to 65 mil 423.7 mil  533.5 mil  576.7 mil Other fees: school transportation fee, boarding fee Tuition 2020 – 2021
The American

School (TAS)

465.1 mil to 472 mil 526.1 mil to 583.6 mil 631.9 mil – Deposit: 21 mil (refundable)

– Other fees: English Enrichment Programs, books, field trips, insurance, meals, school buses, stationary, and uniforms

Tuition 2020 – 2021
The Canadian 

International School (CIS)

22 mil to 33 mil 402.9 mil to 443.4 mil 450.5 mil to 543.3 mil 499.5 mil to 639.8 mil – English Enrichment Programs: 92 mils (annual)

– Other fees: additional field trips, boarding house, installments, meals, school buses, stationary, and uniforms

Tuition 2020 – 2021
The Canadian 

International School

(Bilingual Program)

22 mil to 33 mil 203.1 mil to 234.2 mil 241.3 mil to 276.4 mil 272.6 mil to 293.2 mil Other fees: additional field trips, boarding house, meals, school buses, stationery, and extra uniforms Tuition 2020 – 2021
Vietnamese Australian International School (VAS) 12 mil 185.68 mil – 228.712 mil 228.040 mil – 311.108 mil 332.628 mil – 496.820 mil Other fees: textbook, uniform, bus, meal Tuition 2021 – 2022

(*) Please note that the information above is just for reference and will be subject to change, as tuition and fees of schools differ from year to year. International schools are not included in this list, or the information here is not correct; please contact us at info@e2.com.vn to provide us with information to update or edit.

2. Why is international school education so expensive?

Education in an international school in Vietnam is expensive for many reasons: many campuses have state-of-the-art facilities, modern classrooms, the latest technology, international teaching staff and opportunities for global study.

There are many factors that contribute to this, and the answer can vary greatly depending on where you are and the schools you’re looking at. Here are a few possible reasons:

  • For-profit schools – Around the world, there are many international schools that operate on a not-for-profit basis, yet many others are run as for-profit commercial enterprises. Although being for-profit doesn’t necessarily mean higher fees, it can certainly be a factor contributing to more costly education.
  • International teachers and staff – International schools often employ teachers and staff from outside the country where the school is located. Recruitment, moving, and housing costs for these international hires can all contribute to higher school fees.
  • Top-notch facilities – Many international schools have impressive campuses equipped with modern arts and sports facilities and state-of-the-art learning technologies. These features can contribute to a first-rate school environment, but the cost of these amenities is inevitably passed on to parents.
  • School security – School security services and infrastructure can drive up the cost of education.
  • International curricula – international schools offer education that’s in line with foreign education curricula, which of course cost much more money. Such curricula are often much better suited – the requirements of the global labour market. Some particularly interesting options are the International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement, or A-Levels programs, which prepare children for the international diploma. Its goal is comprehensive education focused not only on expanding knowledge and skills (both academic and “soft”—communication or social), but also on the development of one’s personality and shaping the attitudes of tolerance, understanding, and responsibility.

Finding the right international school for your child

Understanding the cost of international school education in 2021 and the different types of school fees will help you make an informed decision when choosing the best school for your family. If parents are attracted by their interesting curricula adapted to the requirements of an increasingly globalized society, sending your child to an international school is still a great option.


At Everest Education, we have been working with many international students from prestigious international schools around the city, including BIS, ISHCMC, AIS, ISHCMC-AA, LSTS,… and have years of experience preparing students for entrance into international school. If you need any advice from us, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via info@e2.com.vn

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Nghe Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh – sinh viên Đại Học Williams (#1 LAC) – chia sẻ về triết lý Giáo dục Khai phóng | #Chuyệnduhọc

Nghe Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh – sinh viên Đại Học Williams (#1 LAC) – chia sẻ về triết lý Giáo dục Khai phóng | #Chuyệnduhọc

“Người trong cuộc” nói gì về Giáo dục Khai phóng? Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh, khách mời tiếp theo trong podcast Chuyện du học, đã từng “dũng cảm” từ chối Cornell – một trường Ivy – để theo học tại Williams College, vì niềm yêu thích của mình đối với nền Giáo dục Khai phóng – Liberal Arts.

Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh hiện là sinh viên năm 2 của trường Đại học Williamtop 1 Đại học Giáo dục Khai phóng (LAC) tại Hoa Kỳ theo U.S. News. Kiều Anh còn là cựu chuyên Toán trường Phổ thông Năng khiếu và cũng là cựu học viên chương trình College Compass tại Everest Education (“E2”) khóa 2018. 

College Compass là chương trình Định hướng Du học của Everest Education, nơi chúng tôi cung cấp lộ trình phù hợp với từng học sinh từ những năm đầu trung học. Các cựu học viên của College Compass đã nộp hồ sơ thành công vào các trường Đại học cạnh tranh nhất thế giới (như Đại học Harvard, Đại học Stanford, Đại học Cornell, Đại học Duke, Cao đẳng Williams, Cao đẳng Amherst, NYU, Cao đẳng Bates, Đại học Nam California, Minerva…). Chương trình được dẫn dắt bởi hai Nhà đồng sáng lập và các Cố vấn cấp cao của Everest Education, tốt nghiệp từ Đại học Stanford, Trường Kinh doanh Harvard, Trường Quản lý MIT Sloan, và từng là phỏng vấn viên cựu sinh viên của Stanford.

>> Tìm hiểu thêm về College Compass tại http://bit.ly/collegecompass 

Năm 2019, Kiều Anh xuất sắc đỗ cùng lúc hai trường Đại học danh tiếng là Cornell và Williams. Đại học Cornell là ngôi trường tư thục ưu tú thuộc Ivy League – nhóm các trường Đại học xuất chúng tại Mỹ. Trong khi đó, Đại học Williams là trường Đại học Giáo dục Khai phóng đứng vị trí thứ nhất tại Mỹ do U.S. News công nhận. Đặt hai ngôi trường lên bàn cân, Kiều Anh đã nhanh chóng quyết định chọn Williams vì niềm yêu thích dành cho nền Giáo dục Khai phóng*. 

*Giáo dục khai phóng, là “một triết lý giáo dục cung cấp cho các cá nhân một nền tảng kiến thức rộng và những kỹ năng có thể chuyển đổi được, và một cảm nhận mạnh mẽ về các giá trị, đạo đức, và sự can dự vào đời sống công dân…” (NewVnNews)

Trải nghiệm mới mẻ nhất mà Kiều Anh có được khi du học Mỹ?

“Có rất nhiều trải nghiệm mới mẻ trong cuộc sống sinh viên ở Mỹ mà một người sinh ra và lớn lên tại TP.HCM như em chưa bao giờ biết. Đó là những chương trình thể thao tại các trường Đại học ở Mỹ. Trường em (ĐH Williams) có chương trình thể thao rất mạnh. Có bạn vừa là sinh viên vừa là tuyển thủ thi đấu các môn bóng chày, bóng rổ… Đó là một trong những trải nghiệm rất khác so với Đại học ở Việt Nam.”

Có gì tại Đại học Williams?

“Thăng trầm, thú vị và mở mang”

Đó là 3 từ mà Kiều Anh dành miêu tả trải nghiệm học tập tại trường Đại học Williams đến thời điểm hiện tại. Khi được hỏi về sự kiện mà Kiều Anh gắn tag “thăng trầm” trong hành trình này, em bộc bạch: “Đại dịch Covid-19 vừa rồi là điều em không thể nào lường trước được khi phải quyết định lên đường sang Mỹ du học.” Vì với em, chắc hẳn khi đi du học, ai cũng mong muốn cơ hội được trở thành một thành viên trong cộng đồng trường đại học, được kết bạn mới, v.v. Nhưng vì dịch Covid-19 bùng nổ, Kiều Anh đã phải trở lại Việt Nam và bắt đầu những tiết học trực tuyến như bao sinh viên quốc tế khác. 

Vẻ đẹp của triết lý Giáo dục khai phóng – Liberal Arts

Giáo dục khai phóng hiện là một triết lý giáo dục mang bản sắc độc đáo và khá đặc trưng tại Mỹ. Nền giáo dục khai phóng đang được sinh viên trên khắp thế giới yêu mến và theo đuổi. Triết lý giáo dục này khuyến khích sinh viên khám phá và thử sức nhiều môn học trước khi “dấn thân” vào bất kỳ chuyên ngành nào. “Mỗi kỳ, em được chọn những lớp em thấy hứng thú để theo học: kinh tế vĩ mô, giới thiệu tâm lý học, tiếng Trung cơ bản, Toán và Khoa học máy tính là những lớp dành để tìm hiểu về chuyên ngành đó.”

Ngoài ra, “một trong số những lý do em chọn trường khai phóng đó là cơ hội làm việc với các giáo sư. Ở các trường khai phóng, sỉ số sinh viên trong lớp rất ít, tầm 15 – 20 bạn, cho nên cơ hội gặp gỡ và trò chuyện với các giáo sư rất nhiều.”

Khám phá hành trình chạm đến nền giáo dục khai phóng của cô bạn nhỏ nhắn Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh tại podcast Chuyện du học:



Hành trình du học

“Phải chuẩn bị sớm!” – đó là điều đầu tiên mà Kiều Anh đã đúc kết được từ quá trình nộp hồ sơ du học

Có những việc chúng ta hoàn toàn không thể lường trước, như trong mùa dịch Covid-19 này, các trung tâm luyện thi các chứng chỉ SAT, Ielts phải đóng cửa nên các bạn học sinh sẽ “trở tay không kịp”. Và nếu được quay lại, Kiều Anh sẽ chọn học các chứng chỉ này sớm hơn, để tập trung tối đa thời gian cho các hoạt động ngoại khóa. 

Nhắc đến hoạt động ngoại khóa, một bài học khác cô bạn rút ra đó là, đừng nên “đổ xô” tham gia các hoạt động ngoại khóa mà hãy tham gia có chọn lọc. Lý do là vì, hoạt động ngoại khóa không chỉ ảnh hưởng đến việc học trên lớp mà còn khiến cho hồ sơ du học bị rời rạc, thiếu tính định hướng – Kiều Anh chia sẻ trong podcast.


Theo Kiều Anh, chuẩn bị sớm là vào thời điểm nào?

Em nghĩ bắt đầu thứ học kỳ 2 của lớp 10!


Thông tin du học có đầy trên các mạng xã hội và kênh truyền thông, lợi hay hại?

“Em cảm thấy khó khăn nhất (trong quá trình chuẩn bị hồ sơ) đó là có quá nhiều thông tin trên mạng, mạng xã hội mà em không biết nó đúng hay sai, vì em chưa bao giờ du học Mỹ cũng như chưa từng nộp đơn du học”. Đây có lẽ là một trở ngại phổ biến mà các bạn học sinh cuối cấp gặp phải khi bắt đầu hành trình du học. Lời khuyên từ Kiều Anh, cũng như E2 dành cho bạn đó là, hãy tìm sự giúp đỡ từ những người đi trước hoặc thậm chí những cố vấn du học để giúp bạn chọn lọc thông tin, định hướng rõ ràng và tìm được chiến lược nộp hồ sơ du học hợp lý.

Sau cùng, trong hành trình du học này, hãy giữ tinh thần như cô bạn Kiều Anh của chúng ta: “thật sự vui và hạnh phúc với lựa chọn của mình.”

Podcast Chuyện du học rất vui khi được trò chuyện với Kiều Anh về hành trình của một học sinh Việt Nam mang trong mình niềm yêu thích dành cho nền giáo dục khai phóng. Podcast với Kiều Anh mang đến cho chúng ta nhiều thông tin thực tế, đưa chúng ta đi từ trải nghiệm du học mùa Covid đến tinh thần của triết lý giáo dục khai phóng. 

Nghe trọn vẹn “Chuyện du học” Podcast để được Kiều Anh chia sẻ trải nghiệm du học “thời Covid-19” của em và những người bạn

“Chuyện du học” là kênh Podcast do chương trình College Compass của Everest Education thực hiện – nơi chia sẻ với bạn tất tần tật những kinh nghiệm liên quan đến quá trình chuẩn bị hồ sơ du học, chọn trường, viết luận, nộp học bổng…  

Bạn có thể đánh giá, góp ý, cũng như đặt ra bất kỳ câu hỏi nào cho “Chuyện du học” tại đây: https://forms.gle/AUr9DzWNrL8iBwnm7 

Tìm hiểu thêm về chương trình College Compass tại: http://bit.ly/collegecompass

4 Common Types Of College Essays And How To Write Them

4 Common Types Of College Essays And How To Write Them

When it comes to college applications, you likely know that you will need to write (a lot of) essays.

Luckily, most schools accept the Common Application, which means you can write a single essay and submit it to most schools.  However, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and many others will ask you to fill out various supplemental (or secondary) essays.  Some universities will ask you to complete one additional essay; other schools will ask you to complete multiple essays.  In addition, the essay lengths will vary from school to school and from prompt to prompt.

Some students think they should treat their personal statement as the main “essay question” on the test, whereas they consider the supplemental essays as “short answer” questions. While it’s true that your personal statement almost always allows you the most space to share an aspect of who you are, you must treat your supplementary with the same rigor.

In order to make sure you have plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and edit your essays, we recommend starting as early as possible.  As Nguyễn Hải Nam – our College Compass alumni – used to share: “Many friends of mine become discouraged with the college essays, as they wait until the second semester to start writing them – but it’s also when you have so many other things on your plate: extracurriculars, researches, theory of knowledge for the International Baccalaureate… I was so lucky as the College Compass team helped me to craft the essays in the summer already; therefore, I have more time to refine them without feeling overwhelmed.”

Read more about Hải Nam and his unique, inspiring, and adorable story on Thanh Niên newspaper: https://thanhnien.vn/giao-duc/chon-truong/nam-sinh-gianh-hoc-bong-toan-phan-tu-4-truong-dai-hoc-hang-dau-tai-my-1366715.html

So before the fall semester rolls around, take this summer as a time of freedom in which students can find space and quiet to simply start working on your college prep, especially the essay! 

This article will introduce four main types of college application essay prompts to give you a few topic ideas for free writing and begin the essay writing process.  Let’s take a look at each type and strategize how you should tackle each one.

Type #1: “Why Our School” Essay

The actual supplemental essay prompt may look a little different. Still, ultimately it comes down to the college asking you to explain why you are applying to a specific university or program.


Here is a typical example from the University of Northwestern:

“Other parts of your application give us a sense of how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.”


This is the most common supplemental question asked by universities.  The point of this essay is to be specific about why that program, in particular, would be an excellent fit for you because of your unique interests, talents, and abilities.  The more specific you are when writing this essay, the more likely the school will agree with your assessment. 

After you determine the answers to these questions, you have the first piece of the essay, and can then add in the second: how does the school fill your specific needs? 

Here are a few quick tips to help you write a great response:


For each school, the question may differ a little. Some schools ask, “why our school?” while others ask, “why our community?” or “why our curriculum?” Tailor your answer to the specific question for a more thoughtful, thorough response.


Colleges want to know that you are genuinely interested in attending their school. Research the college through their website or campus visits and mention their specific courses, professors, research projects, organizations, or values in your response.

First, to illustrate your compatibility, determine what makes a college a good fit for you, beginning with academics. What specific programs do they offer? What majors? Are there specific faculty members with which you might want to work? What research opportunities does the school provide? 


Talk specifically about why you are a good fit for the school because of their curriculum, campus life, or values. Even if you bring something unique to the table, show how that will contribute to their university.

You can – and should – also mention non-academic factors, but they should not be the core of the essay. For example, both Berkeley and Brown have vital programs, but they are very different.  Brown is a small, private college with no core curriculum in the Ivy League, while Berkely is on the opposite coast, a large public institution with a strong athletic tradition. These are myriad factors to consider outside of academics. You do not have to mention all of them, but again, determine what matters to you and describe how the school fills those desires. 

Type #2: Extracurricular Activities and Academic Interests Essay

The schools you apply to will have your resume.  However, they often use the supplemental essay to learn more about an activity or interest of yours by asking you to go into more detail. 


Here’s an example from Princeton University:

“Briefly elaborate on an activity, organization, work experience, or hobby that has been particularly meaningful to you. (Please respond in about 150 words, maximum 200 words)”


These essays ask you specifically about an extracurricular you have participated in.  While your personal statement and other essays can and should draw you from the experiences in extracurriculars, this essay focuses exclusively on one.

Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:


This type of supplemental essay usually includes a short word count (about 150 words). So include what matters: the activity, why it matters to you, and how it reflects your character or future goals.

To give you an idea, let’s take a look at the passage below – an excerpt from a supplemental essay written by Nguyễn Văn Chiến for Princeton. Chiến is our College Compass student who just got accepted into Princeton this 2021 summer.

“Coming from a financially struggling family, I know the challenges facing poverty-stricken ninth-graders. I understand how pressures pile up as the exam day approaches and they have to convince themselves that the outdated torn-apart books they have would stand them in good stead in a cut-throat competition for a seat in prestigious high schools – one that could change their lives’ trajectories. I want to offer a source of help that would reinforce their persistence in pursuit of a better future.”


Listen to Chuyện du học podcast with Nguyễn Văn Chiến to learn more about essay tips that got him into Princeton:



If you already talked about an extracurricular in your personal statement or another supplemental essay, then avoid using it again unless you have something truly unique to say about it for another essay. Speaking about multiple different extracurriculars across different essays provides greater depth to your application and tells colleges things they would otherwise not know about you.


Just because the essay is short, this doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! Use figurative language, vivid details, and active verbs to illustrate your story.   

Type #3: Community Contributions and Solving of Global Problems

This type of supplemental essay gauges whether you are a person who gets involved in your community, thinks critically about societal issues and works effectively with others to solve problems.


Here’s an example from the Yale University

“Reflect on your membership in a community. Why is your involvement important to you? How has it shaped you?  You may define community however you like.”


This essay comes in many guises; for instance, Stanford has a prompt that inquires about society’s problems; Brown’s prompt asks students about “a place you call home,”; while the above example uses the example of a local bridge to talk about messages.  However, these questions all share one fundamental similarity: they are determining your values.  Whether your answer focuses on racism, global warming, a community you care about, or a message you want to share, this supplemental essay explores an idea or cause that you value – something you think is essential.


Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:


Some schools will ask you to focus on an experience; others, a future opportunity.  However, no matter how the question is framed, you should ground your answer in your own experiences if you want it to be exciting and authentic.


Here are good and bad examples of how to answer a question that focuses on societal problems:

Bad example:
“I’m very passionate about combating racism. Racism is a problem our country has faced for far too long, and our policymakers need to do more about it so that everyone can enjoy equal opportunities.”

>> Good example:
“I have had the privilege of going to a top-tier magnet school in my state. But to do so, I had to leave my community and go to a school where neither my teachers, counselors, nor classmates resembled me. And while I am grateful for the education I received, I want to use that education to go back to my community so that in the future, other African-American students won’t need to venture outside of their neighborhood schools to receive a quality education.”

These answers are not complete but notice that the first response is generic, impersonal, and not memorable. The second answer is personal, specific, and interesting.  This essay should describe your growth as an individual through your contributions to the greater whole and how you improved the group.  Admissions officers are trying to build a community in their admitted class and want to be sure you will be a vital part of that community. 

Type #4: “Quotation”

These essays ask students to interact with and respond to a quote.  The quote in question will (usually) relate to the school, its mission, or its values somehow.  This essay aims to use the quote as a lens to discuss yourself and your possible ties to the school community.


Here’s an example from Amherst College

“Translation is the art of bridging cultures. It’s about interpreting the essence of a text, transporting its rhythms and becoming intimate with its meaning… Translation, however, doesn’t only occur across languages: mentally putting any idea into words is an act of translation; so is composing a symphony, doing business in the global market, understanding the roots of terrorism. No citizen, especially today, can exist in isolation– that is, untranslated.”  – Ilán Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, Robert Croll ’16 and Cedric Duquene ’15, from “Interpreting Terras Irradient,” Amherst Magazine, Spring 2015.


This type of essay offers students a chance to demonstrate not just who you are and what you value but how you think. Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:


The first step in breaking down these prompts is to decode what the speaker means. It’s essential to do this first rather than just running with an idea; you want to ensure that you are actually responding to the quotation rather than just running with a view you had related to one or two keywords in the prompt. In that sense, there is a certain degree of reading comprehension involved in crafting your response.  For example, “the art of translation” as above is a fairly broad topic, so it should not be just about linguistics majors, but any translation in your life can form a good story angle to tell.


The beauty of this prompt is that it’s wide open in terms of potential topics. Identity, background, family, culture or community—you’re bound to have an exciting story to tell (or likelier, several). And the odds are high that it’ll be unique to you, which is a great way to stand out. As you think through your options, ask yourself: “Which best allows me to speak to my identity and isn’t something I’ve already shared in my application?”

Approaching this topic, Lê Mỹ Hiền – College Compass alumni 2020 – shared that “the art of translation for me is bridging the differences between different cultures. I wrote about Psychology – a subject that really interests me.  For me, Psychology is translation: we need to put ourselves in the other’s shoes to understand their thoughts and feelings, then ‘translate’ back into our own thoughts and feelings. That way, we can communicate well with others using love and empathy. I told Amherst that I wanted to pursue my ‘translation’ mission, especially amidst this chaotic time where the world is divided by so many things.”

Mỹ Hiền is also a successful case of College Compass who got full-ride scholarships from Harvard, Duke, and Amherst.

Listen to Chuyện du học podcast with Lê Mỹ Hiền to see how she tackle this interesting topic in her answer to Amherst:

Parting words

This article covers the most 4 popular types of essays that you may bump into when applying to colleges, but some schools will have their eccentricities or oddball questions they throw at you. In that event, remember the core lesson: supplemental essays serve to tell the school more about you, the information they could not learn in any other way.

Writing a college essay is like opening the door to a larger conversation with the reader.  At the end of the day, your essay must have the power to make the school admission officer think: I” want to have a conversation with this student.” 

At College Compass, we develop a solid system to help students understand deeply about themselves, brainstorm potential topics, and roof you all the way long to craft the best essays!

College Compass is a college admission consulting program by Everest Education. We offer strategic solutions to help aspiring high school students (Grade 9-12) and gap year students get into the best universities and colleges in the world. 

Our program is led by experienced admissions counselors/coaches who graduated from top US universities (Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UPenn…) and thoroughly understand the US education system. Our students have been accepted to many top universities globally, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Williams, Amherst… 

We offer a personalized pathway and strategies for you, including school selection, standardized testing, extracurricular activity guidance, essay writing, scholarship applications, etc. No matter which phase you are in, we offer a tailored package to your age, preferences and study goals to help you achieve your dreams.

Learn more about College Compass at: https://e2.com.vn/programs/college-compass/