Our History

We are founded on over 150 years of educational experience

Concordia is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the United States. The LCMS has been actively developing schools in the United States since the 1860’s and throughout Asia for the past 40 years. After founding successful schools in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Concordia saw an opportunity to bring elite academics to Vietnam. Concordia International School Hanoi began the first academic year in 2011 with 50 students in a rented converted office in CMC Tower (pictured above). 

In 2016, we expanded into our permanent campus facility in Van Tri with more than 300 students. The Van Tri facility allowed us to expand our academic offerings in a modern classroom setting and continue to help students reach their full potential. The 2016-2017 academic year was also our first year with a graduating class of seniors. That year, our first university admissions “win” in our history was a student who gained early acceptance to New York University - among the Top 30 universities in the US.

At its inception, Concordia’s stated aim was to help students reach the world’s top universities. To date, Concordia graduates have gained acceptance to eleven Top 25 universities in the United States, including: University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and USC, as well as New York University, Rutgers and Oberlin, and universities around the world, from University of Sydney and Queen’s College in Canada, to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

To accommodate our growing student population, Concordia unveiled its new state-of-the-art high school expansion building at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. The new building features modern educational facilities, such as a “black box” theater, breakout rooms and collaboration areas for science labs and research work, and an expanded art studio.

Concordia today boasts 500 students from more than 26 countries studying a US curriculum in grades Preschool 4 through grade 12.

Come visit us today and be a part of our history!

Important Moments in our History

August 24th, 2011 - First Day of School at CMC

Founding faculty and staff share some of their memories from the very first day of school at Concordia.

September 9th, 2011: Concordia's Grand Opening Ceremony

On September 9th, 2011, Concordia held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of Concordia.

September 15th, 2016: Van Tri Dedication Ceremony

Many special guests attended the event, including the Ambassador to the United States Mr. Ted Osius. The Ambassador spoke at the event, highlighting Grace Ritzema (Class of '17), a Concordia alum who was a National Merit Semi-finalist, and how Concordia's high-quality American education enriches Vietnam's success and the relationship between the US and Vietnam.

1847 - The First LCMS Schools Founded

The 1847 constitution of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) placed a high priority on the creation of seminaries and schools to train pastors and teachers, reflecting the organization's commitment to education. The constitution also required member congregations to provide education for their children, ensuring that new congregations would establish parochial schools.

1857 - LCMS Teacher Training Institution Founded

The first LCMS teacher training institution opened in Fort Wayne in 1857. However, the American Civil War necessitated the temporary relocation of the St. Louis seminary to Fort Wayne and subsequently the founding of a dedicated campus for the teacher training school in Addison, Illinois, in 1864. This institution would go through several name changes, ultimately becoming Concordia University Chicago in 1990.

1857-1894 - 12 More Schools Founded

Over the following half-century, the LCMS founded 12 schools, including St. John’s College and several Concordia institutions, to educate future teachers and pastors. These schools began as German-style gymnasiums offering broad academic and practical training, supported by community generosity and focused on preparing students for religious vocations.

1990 - Concordia International School Hong Kong is Founded

Concordia International School Hong Kong is Founded. Open to students of all religious beliefs, the school is located in one of the most international cities in Asia, providing a North American-based education. Since then, Concordia Hong Kong has prepared hundreds of students for colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.

1993 - First Feasibility Study For Concordia Hanoi

Concordia International School Hong Kong is Founded. Open to students of all religious beliefs, the school is located in one of the most international cities in Asia, providing a North American-based education. Since then, Concordia Hong Kong has prepared hundreds of students for colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.

1998 - Concordia International School Shanghai is Founded

Concordia International School Shanghai was launched in 1998 following considerable feasibility research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school in China that offered the same level of educational support and community care as the acclaimed Hong Kong International School.

Jinqiao, Shanghai was selected as the perfect site for the new school—a fresh, new emerging international residential area that would enable the school to develop and grow closely with the residential community. Today the school educates more than 1,200 students and offers a complete program from Preschool to Grade 12.
 

2008 - Application submitted to Vietnamese government to open CISH

Concordia International School Shanghai was launched in 1998 following considerable feasibility research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school in China that offered the same level of educational support and community care as the acclaimed Hong Kong International School.

Jinqiao, Shanghai was selected as the perfect site for the new school—a fresh, new emerging international residential area that would enable the school to develop and grow closely with the residential community. Today the school educates more than 1,200 students and offers a complete program from Preschool to Grade 12.
 

2010 - Formal approval for Concordia by the Vietnamese Education Department

Concordia International School Shanghai was launched in 1998 following considerable feasibility research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school in China that offered the same level of educational support and community care as the acclaimed Hong Kong International School.

Jinqiao, Shanghai was selected as the perfect site for the new school—a fresh, new emerging international residential area that would enable the school to develop and grow closely with the residential community. Today the school educates more than 1,200 students and offers a complete program from Preschool to Grade 12.
 

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Parent Testimonials

The Hyodo Family

ハノイで暮らせて良かったことの一つは子供達がコンコルディアに通えたことだと思っています。私たちの息子はReception からコンコルディアに通い出し、始めは英語が全く話せませんでしたが、クラスメイトはみな親切でしたし、先生方にはとても熱心に指導して頂きました。

困ったことがあり相談したら解決に向けて迅速に対応してくれるため、生徒一人一人をよく見てくれていると感じます。

イベントもたくさんあり、生徒のために学校と親達が協力し合い、自分の国の文化や友達の国の文化を学べる貴重な経験が出来ます。

The Anders Family

"We would like to say a big Thank You to the Concordia school community for making our one year stay in Hanoi such a pleasant experience. 

We highly appreciated the student focused approach, high academic standards and supportive education environment for our daughter (middle school). The teachers and staff went way beyond our expectations to help our daughter transition to the new country and school setting. 

Additionally, we enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere at numerous school events and the friendly interactions with school staff and parents. A lot of personal connections evolved."

"Wir möchten der gesamten Concordia Schulgemeinschaft, allen Lehrern, den hilfsbereiten Mitarbeitern, und Mitgliedern de Elternbeirats ein großes und besonders herzliches Dankeschön dafür aussprechen, dass sie unseren einjährigen Aufenthalt in Hanoi zu einer so angenehmen Erfahrung gemacht haben.

Wir haben insbesondere den schülerorientierten Ansatz, die hohen akademischen Standards und das unterstützende Bildungsumfeld für unsere Tochter (Mittelstufe) sehr geschätzt. Die Lehrer und Mitarbeiter haben unsere Erwartungen weit übertroffen, um unserer Tochter den Übergang in das neue Land und die neue Schulumgebung zu erleichtern. Die einladende Atmosphäre bei zahlreichen Schulveranstaltungen und der freundliche Umgang zwischen dem Schulpersonal und den Eltern macht Concordia zu einer besonderen Schule, die wir uneingeschränkt allen Eltern empfehlen. Wir sind uns sicher, das die  vielen persönlichen Beziehungen, die wir als Familie an der Concordia Schule knüpfen konnten lange fortbestehen werden." 

 

The Tanaka Family

"アメリカのカリキュラムを採用し雰囲気がとても自由で緑豊かなところがとても気に入りコンコルディアを選びました。
学校に実際入学してからも色々と困った事がある際にはスクールカウンセラーの先生と面談が出来たり解決策を考えてくださったり親身になって相談に乗ってくれた事が入学してよかったと思う点です。"

The Iwashiro Family

娘達は、日本人学校で6年間学んだ後にConcordiaに編入しました。それまでも、英語の勉強は
好きでしたが、英語で勉強をするというのは初めてで、授業に慣れるにはある程度の時間が必要 だったと思います。その間、特に有難かったのが、英語を母国語としない生徒への学習の配慮を理解してくださっている先生方のサポートです。学習面でも精神面でも、個々のニーズを先生方のチームワークでサポートして下さいました。

Concordiaに6年間関わって分かったことは、大き過ぎず小さ過ぎないこの規模が、生徒一人一人が活躍できる環境だと思いました。学習面、芸術面、スポーツ面、他にもそれぞれの生徒が能力を発揮できる機会を持つことができます。子供の教育に、強く関心を持っている保護者の方々との交流も、とても安心でき有難いものです。

My daughters transferred to Concordia after studying at a Japanese school for 6 years. They had always liked studying English, but it was their first time studying in English, and I think it took them some time to get used to the classes. During that time, I was particularly grateful for the support of the teachers, who understand the considerations given to students whose native language is not English. Both academically and mentally, the teachers supported their individual needs through teamwork.

After being in Concordia community for 6 years, I realized that this scale, which is neither too big nor too small, is an environment where each and every student can play an active role. Academic, artistic, sports and other opportunities for each student to reach their full potential. Interacting with parents who have a strong interest in their children's education is also very reassuring and grateful.

De Howitt/Guevara Family

"The Concordia international school has received us with a lot of support in our move to Hanoi and we will always be grateful for that, my daughter adapted very quickly to school thanks to the support and affection of the teachers and classmates. institution."

The Ikeda Family

双子の男児がお世話になっております。4歳でプリスクールに入学し、現在は5歳でレセプションに在籍しています。
コンコルディア・インターナショナル・スクール・ハノイは、多くのことを学ぶ機会を与えてくれていると実感しています。先生方はどなたも素晴らしく、息子たちの学習ニーズが満たされるように授業を工夫してくださっています。また、きめ細やかに、温かい目で子供たちの学習に気を配ってくださっていると感じます。
全体として、コンコルディアの教育の質と環境にとても満足しています。息子たちは豊かな経験をすることが出来ており、このような素晴らしい場所で成長していく様子が見られることを、これからも楽しみにしております。


“As parents of our twin sons who belong to Concordia International School Hanoi, we want to commend the school for an amazing job. Our sons have been attending the school since they were 4 years old and are currently in Reception at the age of 5.

The school has provided numerous occasions for our sons to learn a lot of things. The teachers have been absolutely wonderful and have gone above and beyond to ensure that our sons’ learning needs are met. They have been patient, kind and very attentive to each child’s learning pace.

Overall, We are extremely satisfied with the quality of education and resources provided by Concordia International School Hanoi. It has been an enriching experience for our sons, and we are excited to see them continue to thrive in such an amazing educational institution."

 

The Lee Family

There are many things we love about Concordia - the well organized facilities, educational system and very friendly teachers. I highly recommend that families should experience this school for their students. 

The Fujisaki Family

Since I was attending a local school in the United States, I chose Concordia because I can continue studying in the American curriculum. What I like about Concordia is that everyone warmly welcomed me, who transferred in the middle of the school year, and the facilities such as cafes are fully equipped to make daily school life comfortable.

今までアメリカの現地校に通っていたので、アメリカのカリキュラムで勉強を続けられるコンコルディアを選びました。ぼくが感じたコンコルディアの良いところは、学年の途中で編入したぼくをみんなが暖かく迎えてくれたことと、カフェなどの設備が充実していて、毎日の学校生活が快適なことです。

The Hoshi Family

It's been almost three years since my daughter started going to Concordia in Preschool. During the tour, we gasped at the huge green playground and beautiful campus.
The teachers were very friendly, and I felt that because the class size is small, they can look after each and every child well. Concordia only hires experienced teachers, so I thought that the quality of the lessons is good for girls who do not speak English as their mother language. She was able to get used to the school sooner than I thought she would because of the EAL support in class. My daughter likes classes using a computer, and she takes an iPad after school activity twice a week.

At various events held in an international environment, there are many opportunities to introduce the culture of each country, and you can see that children and parents recognize and respect each other's differences. I think my exposure to various nationalities and cultures from a very young age has a very positive impact on my daughter.

When I look at my daughter who loves school, I'm really glad that she is able to attend Concordia.

娘はプレスクールからコンコルディアに通い始め、もうすぐ丸3年になります。 見学の際、緑あふれる広大な敷地に立つ立派な校舎に心を奪われました。 先生方もとてもフレンドリーで、授業の様子も、クラスが少人数で先生との距離がとても近く、一人一人の子供達をよく見てくれると感じました。 実際にコンコルディアは経験豊富な教師の方ばかりなので、授業の質が高いところも英語が第一言語ではない娘にとって良いと思いました。 EALの授業で英語をサポートしてもらえることもあり、心配していたよりも早く学校に馴染むことが出来たと思います。 娘はパソコンを使った授業が好きで、週に2度選択出来るアフタースクールアクティビティでもiPadを使ったものを選択しています。 国際色豊かな環境の中で行う様々なイベントでは、それぞれの国の文化を紹介し合う機会が多く、子供同士・親同士もお互いの違いを認め尊重し合う姿が見て取れます。 幼い頃からこういった多人種・多文化に触れることは、娘にとても良い影響を与えていると思います。 学校が大好きな娘を見ていると、コンコルディアに通えて良かったと心から思います。

The Gilmore Family

Concordia International School of Hanoi has excelled our expectations in every possible way. At Concordia, our children enjoy a safe and caring environment that allows students to develop their learning potential and also grow as global citizens. We enjoy having a personal relationship with teachers and staff, and the school community is outstanding. We truly appreciate that Concordia is dedicated to teaching the same values we practice as a family, in addition to stellar academics. Concordia has done an exemplary job transitioning children from the classroom to online learning due to COVID-19 and the school went above and beyond to support parents and students during this challenging time. Our children are happy at school and as parents, we are very grateful.

The Dalkarov Family

Our family was very fortunate to join the Concordia community. Both of our older kids enjoyed going to school every day, met good friends, and loved their teachers! Concordia is always going to be in our hearts and memories. Our oldest son is now absolutely fascinated with marine life after joining Concordia's Marine Research Program. The best thing about Concordia is the excellent mix of strong academics, athletics, and after school life. This is the balance you want for your children especially living away from home. Concordia cultivated a desire to learn in our children, which will help them so much in their future endeavors.

The Ko Family

Our family is very happy to choose Concordia. When we visited the school for the first time, all the members of the school welcomed us. It made a very good impression on us. Over the six years that my daughter has studied at Concordia, she has become very satisfied and loved school more and more. I think that Concordia has the best curriculum. I believe that she will grow into a confident child with the continued good quality classes at Concordia.

The Park Family

Concordia works as a great support for students to grow according to their individual needs at the right time. For the last two years of being in this community, our daughters have learned to challenge themselves towards their many dreams with passion and courage. Our second daughter (elementary student) has received quality education including team-teaching and the free exchange of opinions, while our first daughter (middle school) has participated in various activities such as sports, chamber ensemble, choir, math club, drama, etc. Outstanding teachers of Concordia have encouraged them to make their choices through their own motivation, plan their journey, and learn through small failures with patience. We see them becoming bolder with self-confidence and learning to solve problems with creative thinking and flexibility.

The Aliaga Family

The word "Concordia," in the Spanish language we speak in Ecuador, means “to live in harmony and balance.” This is exactly what the school has given us, with their charismatic staff who are always clear in the objective of forming good human beings. We are fortunate that our two daughters have benefited during the three years of an entire academic, social, sports, and humanistic infrastructure that respects the environment and integrates multiple nationalities, preparing our children to be respectful of the world in which we live. Our family loves Concordia.

The Yeh Family

We found people at Concordia are quite friendly and willing to help. Especially teachers, who are compassionate, experienced, and always care for their students in all aspects. Concordia creates a student-focused learning environment and curriculum where teachers are familiar with each student and help students to explore their talents and interests. Although this is our children's first school year at Concordia, we have already seen them learn, become more independent, grow in self-confidence, and have a sense of belonging to the community at Concordia.

The Ohama Family

I was worried about air pollution in Hanoi, but Concordia is located far away from the city, so the air is clean and they have a large playground. In fact, my son plays soccer to his heart's content and he is very happy about it. Concordia is the best place, students come from various countries and the school values diversity. The teachers are professional and teach well, and we are very satisfied with them.

ベトナムの市内の空気は気になっておりましたが、コンコルディアは市内から離れているため空気が綺麗で、かつ広大な芝生のグラウンドがあり魅力的でした。実際、入学後息子は大好きなサッカーを思い切りやれてとても満足しています。また、コンコルディアには色んな国籍の子供達がおり多様性を受け入れ、身につけていくには最高の環境だと思っています。コンコルディアは先生がしっかりと勉強を教えてくれるのでその点にも満足しています。

The Rodriguez Family

Walking through the doors of Concordia for the first time, we could feel the warmth and compassion of administrators and teachers. Two years later, that same feeling can be felt every time. Concordia is truly a remarkable community. We have seen the impact of this amazing community on our kids through their individual growth in academics and more importantly character.

The Dhaka Family

Concordia has an amazing spirit and atmosphere, which makes the students and the parents feel very welcome with such warmth and acceptance. The teachers and administrators are loving, supportive and fully accessible. Our son loves going to school, being with his friends, and he looks forward to his day of fun and learning.

The Bender Family

We love being part of the Concordia community. Right from the beginning, we felt welcomed by the staff and other families. Teachers are enthusiastic about our child's education and development. There are numerous opportunities for him to participate in extracurricular programs and to explore and develop new interests and skills.

The Graovac Family

After 4 years at Concordia, our experiences have all been positive! The fact that our boys happily go every day attests to that. What we love about Concordia is the family feeling we have when we are there. Everyone knows each other, and everyone is helpful and kind. It makes us, the parents, jealous that we are not kids again so that we can go to Concordia too!