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11 June 2018

University Admission Focus

Congratulations Concordia Class of 2018!

Senior Quotes:

Ryo:  “I am excited to go to Oberlin because Oberlin has a flexible curriculum and allows students to create their own major. There is a conservatory so there are a lot of events and extra curricular activities involving music, which I love.  Oberlin  is really liberal so I get to interact with people who hold their own opinions about society, politics, or social issues. I am really excited because the Oberlin website asks the question, ‘Do you think one can change the world? So do we!’ I think Oberlin is a place I can change the world!”

Joy:  “I am excited to go to Calvin because of the scholarship opportunities and because it has a diverse community that embraces many cultures.”

Josh:  “I am excited to go to CU Boulder because it is a large school that has a lot of opportunities to get involved in university life through clubs and student organizations. Also, the location is one of my favorite places in the United States.”

Quazi:  “I am excited about going to the University of Texas at San Antonio, because I will be in my home town and I will be surrounded by friends and family.”

Minh:  “I am excited to go to Fordham because my brother is there, I get to study in the heart of New York City, and it is a great school for my passions in business and soccer.”

University admissions are most effective when students find a school that is a good fit.  This includes factors such as a quality curriculum, quality faculty in their area(s) of interest and passion, a place that makes them happy academically and socially, and a location where they want to live and grow for at least the next four years of their lives.  Concordia Hanoi Seniors found some great fits this year!

To date, the university acceptances are as follows.  Bold indicates the colleges and universities where Concordia students will matriculate. 

  • Beloit College
  • Bryant University
  • Calvin College
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Cornerstone University
  • Dordt College
  • Drexel University
  • Florida International University
  • Fordham University
  • Gordon College
  • International Christian University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lipscomb University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City
  • The University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Simmons College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • University of Oregon (College of Arts & Sciences)


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11 June 2018

University Admission Focus

Congratulations Concordia Class of 2018! Senior Quotes: Ryo:  “I am excited to go to Oberlin because Oberlin has a flexible curriculum and allows students to create their own major. There is a conservatory so there...

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08 June 2018

Concordia welcomes new Director of Counseling Ben Compton

Concordia’s secondary school welcomes new Director of Counseling Ben Compton, further developing and enhancing our program to give our students the best university admissions opportunities and social-emotional development possible. Mr. Compton will work closely with Mrs. Christina Reed and Mrs. Linda Bloemberg in giving students and families a personalized experience as Concordia grows.

“I’m excited to join Concordia because the entire organization genuinely cares about its students and families and is dedicated to their success,” said Mr. Compton, who took time to meet with parents last week while on his own spring break.

Concordia takes a holistic, whole-child approach to student counselling, partnering early with students and parents to develop a student’s “academic personality” to attract top universities and to find the best fit for each student after Concordia.

Mr. Compton is helping expand and enhance the set of dedicated steps Concordia takes to help students in each grade level, beginning in Grade 9, achieve their academic and social goals.

In Grade 9, students meet individually with counsellors for a “Happiness Engineering Meeting” to lay the foundations for the student’s success.

In Grade 10, Concordia is looking to partner with its sister schools, Hong Kong International School and Concordia Shanghai, to organize a university tour to the US, which will help students get a sense of what they do and don’t want in a university.

In Grade 11, counsellors support the transition to increased course rigor, provide preparation for how to write college application essays, and help students arrange individual university visits.

For Grade 12, Concordia is organizing a “Senior Boot Camp” next year which will include an essay writing seminar hosted by Mr. Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admissions at Tulane University in the US.

While Mr. Compton will formally join Concordia for the 2018-2019 school year, he has already been collaborating with Concordia Hanoi from his job as a university counselor at our sister school Concordia Shanghai.

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08 June 2018

Concordia welcomes new Director of Counseling Ben Compton

Concordia’s secondary school welcomes new Director of Counseling Ben Compton, further developing and enhancing our program to give our students the best university admissions opportunities and social-emotional development possible. Mr. Compton will work...

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05 June 2018

Congratulations Class of 2018!

On June 1st, our Concordia community celebrated and commenced our second graduating class, consisting of nine seniors and two honorary graduates. Amongst the speakers for this commencement ceremony were Mikayla as the elected student representative, Stephen Conroy for the commencement address, and Dr. Sharon Voss, who provided the blessing for the students. We are excited to see where these student’s dreams take them in the coming years. Congratulations Class of 2018!


Among the 11 of us sitting here before you, there are potential scientists, politicians, actors, economists, teachers, businessmen, architects, astronauts. Each one of us has a dream, something we are aspiring for… Today, for us, it’s just the end of the beginning. There’s a whole world waiting for us outside these walls and, as we stand on the edge of that cliff preparing to jump into the unknown, let your hopes and your dreams be your wings.


— Mikayla, excerpt from Senior Reflection speech

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05 June 2018

Congratulations Class of 2018!

On June 1st, our Concordia community celebrated and commenced our second graduating class, consisting of nine seniors and two honorary graduates. Amongst the speakers for this commencement ceremony were Mikayla as the elected...

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04 June 2018

Middle School Focus- Social Studies

The 8th Grade Social Studies class created immigrant scrapbooks, featuring either fictional or real characters from their ancestry, and told the story of their journeys to America. Many students talked to their parents about their personal ancestry during the 1900s. Some students even had actual photos of their parents and great grandparents and their journeys to America during the 1900s. 

“It was a great way for us to learn about different backgrounds, wars, hopes, dreams, and disappointments through storytelling,”Mrs Robinson shared “Many students first wrote in the language of their ancestors - in such languages as Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, and Scottish Gaelic - and the students later translated the scrapbooks into English. It was an excellent project!”

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04 June 2018

Middle School Focus- Social Studies

The 8th Grade Social Studies class created immigrant scrapbooks, featuring either fictional or real characters from their ancestry, and told the story of their journeys to America. Many students talked to their parents...

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31 May 2018

Middle School Focus - Chemistry

Grade 6 students are learning about pH balances in water by testing red cabbage juice using various household items.

Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin, which changes color dependent upon the acidity of its environment.

In an acidic environment, the cabbage turns reddish-pink, in a neutral environment it is purple, and in a base or alkaline environment it turns bluish-green or yellow.

The tests are part of the Save Our Ocean project, as students learn how acidity affects our oceans.

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31 May 2018

Middle School Focus - Chemistry

Grade 6 students are learning about pH balances in water by testing red cabbage juice using various household items. Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin, which changes color dependent upon the acidity of...

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28 May 2018

AP Focus - Statistics

Students in Concordia’s Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics class are learning how to do research, how to make sense of data and describe it, and how to make correlations.

“AP Statistics helps me view the world more skeptically,” said Chris (G12), “I feel I have control over the information given to me and I understand how to analyze it.”

Students in Concordia’s AP Statistics class do surveys and design experiments to set reliable parameters and interpret the results, and learn how to interpret whether results are statistically significant.

Students also learn how statistics can be used for false purposes - and how they can be a savvy consumers.

AP Statistics is one of three tool sets that go into University-level Big Data (the others being Math and Computer Science).

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28 May 2018

AP Focus - Statistics

Students in Concordia’s Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics class are learning how to do research, how to make sense of data and describe it, and how to make correlations. “AP Statistics helps me view the...

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24 May 2018

World Mathematics Day

Concordia’s grades 1-5 students participated in a worldwide mathematics competition that lasted over the course of several days.  Students competed with other kids from all over the world to gain points for solving math questions based on their corresponding grade levels.  

Nineteen Concordia students received Platinum Awards for scoring over 10,000 points in the competition and five individual Concordia students took top world rankings!

A very special mention to our grades 2 and 3 classes that ranked #6 IN THE WORLD in this global competition.

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24 May 2018

World Mathematics Day

Concordia’s grades 1-5 students participated in a worldwide mathematics competition that lasted over the course of several days.  Students competed with other kids from all over the world to gain points for solving...

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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more about Concordia’s Music program.

“We have exercises that do a lot for our voices, which increase the range. We defy expectations and do songs that push our limits, expanding our range,” said Thuan (G11). “At other schools we have at most 2 parts, here we have up to 8 parts with 39 people and we still pull it off. When we sing we can deliver messages that otherwise would be hard to verbalise. I’ve talked to people after concerts and they’ve told me they’ve been inspired, so they feel what we intended and more - and that inspires me. Everyone supports each other and that is the foundation of choir - people working together harmoniously.  It’s a bonding experience as well. We have that musician bond, bringing people with the same passions together - I’m grateful to choir for that.”

Gracie (G10) not only plays piano with the choir and chamber ensemble, she is also a composer: 

“I had a background understanding of music, and so the music theory class pushed me toward composing. I learned how to work with chords and scales. We started trying to improvise songs on a piano and then moved to setting that down on paper,” said Gracie (G10). “Music is very mathematical it is so much more than an idea - you have to know the technical side. Learning about that I gravitated naturally toward composing. As the piano, I get to look at get familiar with other instruments, got to know their sound and got interested in composing for those instruments. I’m writing pieces for flute, cello and violin, and I plan to take AP Music Theory.”

Middle - high school music teacher Nancy Durance echoed these sentiments:

“It’s been amazing to see how the kids have risen to the challenge, not only reading music but also expanding to different cultures. At times we perform 8 part harmony acapella - we’d never thought we could. Students enjoy the organic nature of their voices and the sounds that they make. In the instrument ensemble we’re expanding the register of what our instruments can do and technical abilities of each player, playing composers like Bach and Shostakovich. Students are becoming aware of musicians, understand how musicians think and operate.”

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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more...

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18 May 2018

U.S. National Honor Society & U.S. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The Concordia Hanoi Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted its 2018 new membership on campus this April. This prestigious membership is designated for students who are nominated by a faculty member after at least one full semester at the school. Nominees must embody the core values of the honor society- character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. Congratulations to this year's inductees!

NJHS Inductees:

  • Van
  • Hyewon
  • Dae Yun
  • Bao-Long
  • Linh
  • An
  • Henry
  • Jei Kyung

NHS inductees:

  • Quynh Anh
  • SeYoung
  • An Jieh
  • Wonjun
  • Gi Woo
  • Taiyo
  • Hoang Anh
  • Haerin
  • Nathan
  • Daisy
  • Eunchae
  • EuiHyun
  • Thuan
  • Vanessa
18 May 2018

U.S. National Honor Society & U.S. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The Concordia Hanoi Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted its 2018 new membership on campus this April. This prestigious membership is designated for students who...

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body.

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body....

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