UNIS Hanoi believes in the development of the “whole” person within an environment that encourages students to become independent lifelong learners. UNIS Hanoi students have the unique opportunity to learn about themselves as individuals and their role in the greater world around them. The Secondary School's philosophy acknowledges the uniqueness of each student and challenges them to strive for personal excellence and take responsibility for their learning. Additionally, the School aims to promote a love of learning and appreciation of service in Grade 6 to 10 students.
The Secondary School is led by Secondary School Principal, Jeff Leppard, Secondary School Deputy Principal - Middle School, JJ Akin, Secondary School Deputy Principal - High School, Cheryl Hordenchuk and Secondary School Deputy Principal for Teaching and Learning, Tanay Naik.
Secondary School Curriculum and Programmes
UNIS Hanoi's curriculum is representative of the diverse community enrolled at our School. Though not able to meet the requirements of every national system, the School provides a comprehensive curriculum that reflects the School's Mission and International Baccalaureate (IB) Philosophy.
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the framework for Grades 6 to 10, offering a broad based curriculum which provides the framework for academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this age group. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is offered to students in Grades 11 and 12. UNIS Hanoi's IB Diploma programme is designed to meet the needs for entry into university. In line with our 'whole child' philosophy, every student is encouraged to take advantage of the broad range of co-curricular and After School activities on offer.
Read our HS School Profile for 2020-21 here.
Secondary School and Technology
An important part of the Mission of UNIS Hanoi is 'to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners'. UNIS Hanoi believes that if students do not have the opportunity to manage and administer their own computer, the school will not be preparing them to be independent when they leave. With this in mind, the school operates the 'Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)' initiative for students in Grades 9 to 12.
BYOD programmes allow students to make choices about which device to use and how to use it to meet situational learning needs: to choose applications for completing assignments; to organize resources and to collaborate on projects and presentations. This decision-making is an important aspect of building independent, lifelong learners. To learn more, please check out the Technology page.
Secondary School and the Library
The Library has adopted a flexible learning model where teachers and librarians work collaboratively to integrate information fluency within the curriculum. The ability to think critically while engaging with, creating, and utilising information and technology regardless of the platform is central to library practice. The Library inspires a critical appreciation of literature in order to promote successful and independent learning.
Watch the films below to learn more about our Secondary School.
Academic Pathways for Grade 11 and 12 students
UNIS Hanoi supports every student in identifying the academic pathway which is best for them. The right pathway enables students to reach their fullest potential by engaging in an appropriate level of challenge.
Students have multiple options for their Grade 11 and 12 programme at UNIS Hanoi. The three most common pathways are outlined below and provide opportunities for personalized learning, such as enrolling in a course combination beyond the IB Diploma, and enrolling in modified High School courses.
PATHWAY 1: UNIS Hanoi High School Diploma and the IB Diploma
This pathway provides a broad range of opportunities for students to gain entry into tertiary institutions worldwide. When selecting DP courses students should bear in mind subject areas that they enjoy and excel in but they should also consider future university options and possible careers pathways as this can impact course selection.
PATHWAY 2: UNIS Hanoi High School Diploma and IB Courses
This pathway provides courses that lead toward the fulfilment of the UNIS Hanoi Diploma combined with the acquisition of an IB Courses Transcript. Individual examinations are selected from subjects offered within the Diploma.
PATHWAY 3: UNIS Hanoi High School Diploma
This pathway provides courses that satisfy requirements for the UNIS Hanoi High School Diploma accredited by CIS/WASC. Specific courses are outlined under the Pathways Towards Graduation section in the HS Handbook. This pathway provides preparation for meeting the entry requirements for colleges and universities worldwide.
All students at UNIS Hanoi have the opportunity to study the IB Diploma. This requires students to complete:
- 1 Studies in Language and Literature course
- 1 Mathematics course
- 1 Language Acquisition course
- 1 Science course
- 1 Humanities course
- A sixth course which may be in Arts, Science, Humanities or Language.
Three of these courses must be taken at Higher Level, and three at Standard Level.