I think it’s a matter of preference. I prefer that a school should have a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities PLUS a good fit with my own family’s lifestyle and values. So I’m guessing, the best international for some may not be the best for me.
But why the focus on international schools? From what I know (and hear), Vietnamese local schools don’t teach English in their curriculum. So if you’re an expat with children who need to go to school, the obvious option is to put your kid/s in an international school. I’ve seen local schools hold classes during the weekend wherein kids are taught English apart from the usual curriculum. That’s just kinda sad (for me) — less family time for the kids.
It’s been a hot topic in the forums. I think I came across this topic first in www.livinginvietnam.com. If you want a comparison between the different international schools, here’s a link from Saigon Parents website. This is a good resource especially if you’re looking to do some budgeting. Needless to say, international school tuition fees are no laughing matter. So, if you have to choose one, choose wisely. Here’s the chart for easy viewing. Click to enlarge.
This isn’t updated by the way. ACG has folded into the Australian International School.
Oh and I believe that kids although education is a serious matter, they should always have some time for fun.