TAS – College & University Acceptances 2018

The American School of Vietnam, Class of 2018 has had a busy fall season preparing for College and University applications. Senior students have applied to, or are in the process of applying to schools in the United States, Canada, Australia and Vietnam. Their hard work is already reaping rewards with the first university acceptance coming before the middle of November. Congratulations to Martin Ha, who received an acceptance letter to the University of Iowa, College of Engineering! We look forward to more acceptances in the coming weeks.

Ha Minh Vu (Martin Ha) – Grade 12

As of November 15, 2017, completed college and university applications have been submitted to the following:

  • Baylor University, Texas, USA
  • Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA
  • Denison University, Ohio, USA
  • Drury University, Missouri, USA
  • Georgia State University, USA
  • Ithaca College, New York, USA
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Sciences, USA
  • Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Ohio State University, USA
  • San Francisco State University, California, USA
  • St. John’s University, New York, USA
  • State University of New York University (SUNY) Albany, USA
  • SUNY College at Oneonta, New York, USA
  • SUNY Purchase, New York, USA
  • Temple University, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Tulane University, Louisiana, USA
  • University of Calgary, Canada
  • University of Colorado – Boulder, USA
  • University of Iowa, USA
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, USA
  • University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • University of Oregon, USA
  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • York University, Canada
  • Wake Tech College, North Carolina, USA
  • Wilmington University, Delaware, USA

My Rhino Story

During TAS’s Monday Assembly for Middle School and High School yesterday, Phan Lê Hạ Long (Peter Phan) – 11th grade- had a very interesting talk regarding the story of the rhino species and its poaching- as well as the horn-consuming crisis.

Peter Phan was one of the 11 students who was selected through the Rhino Competition writing contest hosted by the Wilderness Foundation Africa to witness the rhinos in their natural habitats by undertaking a journey to South Africa in July 2017. A 10-day journey in a distant land including 5 days in the wilderness without electricity, internet, or cellphone service left Peter with an unforgettable experience. Going back home with many thoughts regarding the necessity to save the rhinos, Peter Phan created a short film under the title BREATH- “Hơi Thở” to share his experience from this journey.

Furthermore, Peter reached out and asked the TAS community to join his campaign under the name “My Rhino Story”. Peter hopes that many other students will join this campaign under the united purpose of saving the rhinos in their own unique ways- stories about the rhinos and their crisis through the forms of paintings, photos, clips, and even music.  Together with Peter, let’s join and save the rhinos through storytelling and by creating your own artwork on social media under the hashtag My Rhino Story (#MyRhinoStory)! The first 50 posts will be shared by Peter to the Wilderness Foundation Africa organization during their Vietnam visit at the end of this month.

Now, let’s watch Peter’s story:

Happy Halloween!

The Halloween Carnival 2017 has been held at The American School (TAS) on the afternoon of October 31. The event involved a multitude of booths, activities, games, and a dance performance.

Today the ECC and ES students dressed up in their favorite costumes and attended the event with their teachers and parents. From 8:30am, all ECC students went to ES campus to trick or treat and joined interesting activities such as watching a scary movie, coloring and listening to storytelling. All of the ECC & ES students looked fairy tale characters dressed as little princesses, princes, or even cute little mummies.

For MSHS students, this is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year because they can express their creativity. A lot of fun activities from the booths which were planned and run by MSHS students such as musical chairs, apple fishing, eyeball Toss and the devil’s café among others.

The Haunted house especially attracted the curiosity of the students. At the end of the program, many exciting gifts were awarded for the best costume & best booth. Check out some photos!

Wishing you a fun and spooky Halloween!

TAS- Have A Heart, Save A Heart

Over the past 4 years, The American School has been working with Heartbeat Vietnam, a local charity, in a fundraising effort to assist in providing heart surgeries for disadvantaged children who suffer from congenital heart defects. Each year TAS holds a school-wide, week long fundraiser in which the students team up to sell drinks and food as well as offer games to play for a small donation. There is also a t-shirt design competition where the winning design is put on the t-shirt that is sold during the week. The middle school high school students participate in basketball, dodge ball, and Frisbee games to raise money. Each year staff and students visit Tam Duc Heart Hospital to see the recipients of the TAS fundraising efforts. This is a great way for the students to see how their donations and fundraising efforts have helped children in need. At TAS we want to teach our students to empathize with people who are going through difficulties. Heartbeat Vietnam has become very dear to the TAS Family and this year will continue our fundraising efforts in November to help save more lives.

Rhinos: Rights to growing, Noes to poaching

On Thursday, September 21, U.S Consulate General HCMC hosted the event “Rhinos: Rights to growing, Noes to poaching” with the participation of more than 100 students from international schools in HCMC.

In this event, high-school student ambassadors shared their stories about the field trip to South Africa last summer. Our student, Phan Le Ha Long (Peter Phan), grade 11 was one of the participants and he brought to the event a touching movie that he made about Rhino protection. We are so proud of Peter!

Long will also be sharing this movie as well as the project he is planning with the entire school.

We look forward to his presentation at TAS!

TAS Parents are welcomed at annual open house 2017 – 2018

Last week, on August. 24, 2017, The American School (TAS) was happy to welcome parents to the Open House – a first meeting between parents and teachers.

From 2:45pm, parents came to school to pick up their children and stayed to participate in the event. Parents visited each classroom to meet and talk with teachers about schedules and the specific curriculum of each subject. In the bustling atmosphere of a new school year, many parents of students, from nursery to high school, wanted to spend time discussing their child’s individual learning needs.

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A Visit To Tas New Campus

On August. 24, 2017, the school board had a chance to visit the new campus of The American School (TAS).

Located in District 2’s An Phu neighborhood, the sprawling campus is just a 15-minute drive away from the Central Business District.  The new site can accommodate over 1400 students from pre-nursery to high school. Having started construction toward the end of 2016, the work is now entering its final stages.

With an area of over 30,000m2, the state-of-the-art campus includes 2 libraries, 106 classrooms, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry Labs for scientific inquiry, MAC and PC labs for ICT instruction, sound-proofed music studios, and a 420-seat theater.

Furthermore, the new campus is equipped with a competitive indoor basketball court & gym for 1,000 people, regulation-size 7-person soccer field, mini golf course and driving range, 25-meter, six-lane pool, rooftop tennis courts, and an open-air cafeteria.

The new campus will come into operation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Welcome back to school

This morning, more than 400 students from pre-nursery to high school came to The American School (TAS) for the first day of school. In the cheerful and bustling atmosphere to celebrate the new school year, students were brought to school by their parents in the early morning. They arrived with a mix of emotions. If students from pre-nursery to grade 1 tended to feel more anxious and bewildered, middle and high school students felt more excited to see teachers and friends after two months of summer holidays.

From the school gate, students of kindergarten and elementary were greeted by two cute mascots of Pooh and Mickey with colorful balloons in their hands. Encouraged by the parents and teachers, they gradually forgot about their anxiety and were eager to encounter new things.

Let’s start a new school year full of confidence, bravery and a lot of fun!

TAS Student named “AP Scholar with Honors”


The American School is proud to announce that one of its own, Yen Khe Nguyen, has achieved the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors. Yen Khe has long been a high achiever. In 2016, Yen Khe was named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist for her strong scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in grades 10 and 11. Yen Khe scored in the 96th percentile, or the top 16.000 of the 1.5 million students worldwide. To add to this achievement, Yen Khe was also named AP Scholar in 2016. This award is presented to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three AP exams. But, she did not stop there. In 2017 Yen Khe was bestowed with the AP Scholar Award with Honors, meaning the average of all AP tests she took was over 3.25 and she scored a 3 or higher on three or more of these exams—a truly amazing accomplishment. Yen Khe Nguyen will matriculate at Cornell University this fall, an Ivy-League institution in Ithaca, New York, founded in 1865 and currently ranked 15 of over 4000 nationally-ranked colleges and universities.