Overview

With an aim to equip students with a firm foundation of competence and thinking to successfully attend international colleges and universities in the US and in other developed countries, The Dewey Schools have partnered with Mount Vernon School to develop the International Adventure

Program for Grades 6-12. The program focuses on providing students with a more creative and extensive experience of English language acquisition, at the same time, meeting Vietnamese language’s learning requirements.

Objectives

The program satisfies students’ aspirations to access an international standardized curriculum right in their home country and to receive a US High School Diploma that is recognized globally.

  • Students are equipped with broadened knowledge of the two educational systems, develop self-study ability, communication and independent problem solving.
  • Students acquire a proficient level of English, which either meets the self-study and self-exploration requirements, or benefits their enrolment in any university over the world.
  • Students have a background in US modern culture and language as well as Vietnamese tradition.
  • Students and parents benefit from cost savings because of students’ learning in Vietnam.

Distinctiveness

The program aims at bringing a better reflection of real-life world, enabling students to become competent explorers and investigators who inspire others and also their surrounding world through the activities that teachers and students do together. Students continue with this learning approach more intensively at High School level to prepare for higher education, to be globally competitive, and to become responsible leaders for the community.

Achieving high scores on standardized tests is not directly related to success in an international education environment. To succeed in an international academic environment, each student needs to reach two general goals: to use English for effective communication and to use English for coherent thinking. Specifically, foreign language (English) shall serve communication purposes, and foreign language usage at a higher level shall serve academics, research and profession.

Therefore, the International Adventure Program is designed with 25 English lessons/ week to equip students with English skills in a various fields, including language, literature, composition, science, MDE and arts.

In their last 4 years of High School, students need to complete 24 credits, including 19 international subject credits, 3 optional subject credits and 2 foreign language credits (Japanese) to meet requirements for a Diploma from the US.

In grade 12, students can choose to attend the online learning program or to go to the US and study directly at MVS. Regardless of their choices, intensive consultation on study abroad and career orientation from grade 11 is still offered by our US partner. Students will work 1:1 with a US consultant to define their field of interest and personal aptitude, then draw up a list of 30 suitable universities for each of them. They will then be guided on an online/offline visit to these schools to determine the 10-15 most suitable universities that fall into 3 levels, top-ranked, middle-ranked & bottom-ranked. From this point, they will get admission or scholarship application support for each of the schools they chose.

Learning methodology

TDS curriculum is delivered with 4 teaching methods, namely learning by doing, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning and design thinking. These 4 methods are developed based on the principle of teacher organization and student implementation so that students can explore, discover and master knowledge themselves.

These 4 learning methods, together with the curriculum and international teachers and specialists, will help Dewey students to develop 5 foundational skills of the 21st century, including communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and self-learning.

Examination & Assessment

TDS puts students in the center to build a competency-based curriculum that suits each student’s learning path. Students’ learning outcomes are not only used to assess their current competence but also serve as a basis for the schools and teachers to design ability-appropriate lessons to help them improve in the future. TDS assessment objectives are specified as below:

  • Identify, plan and provide necessary information for effective learning
  • Assess learners’ knowledge, skills and personality in line with life requirements and demands (learning assessment and assessment for improvements in learning)
  • Feedback from various data sources
  • Assess learners’ attitude, understanding and perception about their learning, school environment, and their participation and/or contribution to community activities (assessment while learning)
  • Document learning performance and progress towards the goals of knowledge and skill mastery based on a synthetic learning and assessment information system
  • Plan for future learning

Preparation for Study Abroad

Besides being equipped with sufficient background knowledge and English proficiency with the IELTS band score of at least 6.5 to meet requirements for studying abroad and to receive scholarships from international universities, students need to have an extracurricular profile with other outstanding skills. This provides a demonstration of well-rounded individuals who can contribute to the development and the diversity of the school they prefer to attend. Also, leadership is a special requirement of international universities.

With the mission of equipping generations of students with necessary knowledge and skills to master the world changes and to become leaders who make positive impact on any community where they live, we provide students an opportunity to develop leadership skills through their own projects, learning activities, extracurricular clubs, student council, etc.

The Dewey Schools giúp các em trở thành những con người ham tìm tòi và khám phá
The Dewey Schools make a better world where students are enabled to become curious and inquisitive learners.

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