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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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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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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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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water and preparing DCR samples to replicate DNA.

They placed the samples in 25 microliter micro test tubes, then placed the samples in a centrifuge and finally an electrophoresis machine to test the bacteria DNA.

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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water...

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead.

True to this word, Concordia’s high school Astronomy and Physics classes put Einstein's representation of gravity to the test by recreating a real-life model that showed how matter bends space time.  This demonstrated how planets and their moons travel in a straight line but the space itself is actually curved, naturally leading to the formation of solar systems.

“Physics is often very theory heavy and so putting these theories in action makes it easier to understand and the science come alive,” said Thuan (Grade 11).

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead. True...

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20 April 2018

University Admissions Process

Concordia International School Hanoi enjoys an excellent reputation with top U.S. and global universities. At Concordia, we work with each individual student to assist him or her during the university admissions process helping each find the best fit. Our college counseling office advises students, on when to take exams and what exams are needed, financial considerations/scholarship applications, writing essays, developing activities lists and exploring career options.

We are early in the application process for the U.S., where most of our students are planning to attend university.  Most of our students chose to apply “Regular Decision” meaning they submitted their applications on January 1st and, we are now waiting to hear the decisions. For most universities, acceptance decisions will come between March 15th and April 15th. A few students chose to apply “Early Action” meaning they can apply early and get a response from the university early, but have until the May 1 deadline to consider with their families which university will be their final choice. Many students chose not to apply “Early Decision” (ED) meaning that they apply early, and hear back early, However if they apply ED and are accepted, they must attend that university. This option is good for students that have one dream school.

We will keep you informed of the universities to which our graduates have been accepted as we begin to hear back from the majority of schools.

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20 April 2018

University Admissions Process

Concordia International School Hanoi enjoys an excellent reputation with top U.S. and global universities. At Concordia, we work with each individual student to assist him or her during the university admissions process helping each...

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17 April 2018

Concordia Academics- Test Scores

Concordia prides ourselves on elite academics.  The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and the SAT and PSAT results, are strong indicators which chart our academic success.

The MAP test is taken by most international schools in the world, as well as some Vietnamese schools.  As the name indicates, it is used to measure a school’s overall academic progress.

As these comparative tables show, Concordia consistently tests far above the Hanoi average in the MAP.

MAP results also help us identify specific areas, class by class and student by student, where we are excelling and areas in which we can improve, making it an excellent curriculum tool for shaping Concordia’s overall learning strategies.

Concordia students who have taken the SAT exam have scored exceptionally well compared to global averages.

October 2017 PSAT

Mean Total

Reading & Writing

Math

# of test takers

Range

Grade 9

1042

508

534

20

830-1270

Grade 10

1167

552

616

18

960-1380

Grade 11

1235

590

645

22

950-1450

SAT Summary Report 2016 - 2017

Concordia Hanoi

Mean Total

Range of Individual Student Scores

Reading & Writing

Range of Individual Student Scores

Math

Range of Individual Student Scores

# of test takers

Grade 9 - CISH

1260

NA

670

NA

590

NA

1

Grade 10 - CISH

1350

NA

650

NA

700

NA

1

Grade 11 - CISH

1291

880-1460

620

410-730

671

470-790

7

Grade 12 - CISH

1236

1070-1330

601

580-640

635

540-640

7

SAT Summary Report 2017 - 2018 (up to October 2017 Administration)

Graduation Year

Mean Total

Range of Individual Student Scores

Reading & Writing

Range of Individual Student Scores

Math

Range of Individual Student Scores

# of test takers

Grade 12 - CISH

1374

1280-1550

647

590-750

727

690-800

3

The Concordia student average of 1374 ranks us in the top 93rd percentile globally among those who have taken the SAT, according to College Board statistics.

Our Math portion scores in the top 99th percentile, putting Concordia International School Hanoi in an elite group of schools worldwide. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, 22 Concordia students took 32 AP (Advanced Placement) exams. 90% of the students scored a 3 or higher and 65% the students scored a 4 or 5. The 2016-2017 school year was the first year for Concordia to offer the AP program.


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17 April 2018

Concordia Academics- Test Scores

Concordia prides ourselves on elite academics.  The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and the SAT and PSAT results, are strong indicators which chart our academic success. The MAP test is taken by most international...

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