FAQs

  • When was the Olympia Schools established?

    The Olympia Schools originated from DreamHouse, which was established in 2003.By 2014, DreamHouse education system expanded and now consists of 2 kindergartens on Ly Nam De Str and Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh, and the Olympia Schools in the Trung Van New Urban Area.
  • Students from which grades can go to the Olympia School?

    The Olympia schools are comprised of Primary, Middle, and High school. Students from grade 1 to grade 12 can enroll in the Olympia Schools.
  • Is Olympia an international school?

    Olympia is a Vietnamese school with American standardized study environment and management system
  • Who is the main investor of the Olympia School?

    Olympia is invested and sponsored by Tri Viet international education cooperation
  • Who is the school principal?

    The Head of Schools is Mr. Christopher McDonald.
    The primary school principal is Ms.Vu Thi Dieu Ly.
    The secondary school and high school principal is Ms. Pham Thi Minh An.
  • What is special about the Olympia Schools’ facilities?

    The Olympia Shools’ priority is to provide the teachers and students with the best facilities in order to build the most efficient learning environment.The school is located in the Trung Van new urban area, Tu Liem, Hanoi with the total area of 10.000m2. The school was designed by the best names in architecture world--the Arichipel of France and the American design company Perkins Eastman.All the classrooms, laboratories, art rooms, piano rooms, music rooms, ICT rooms....(50m2/ room) are designed to meet with the new active learning style and to help support students develop to their full potential.The multifunction stadium was designed and equipped by the experts from NBA. This gives our students a great opportunity to develop physically. Olympia will be the first eco-friendly school in Hanoi. The “green roof system” will be applied in order to save energy/electricity. A central air conditioning system, elevator system, and special path for the handicapped will stand out as significant differences of the Olympia Schools in comparison with other schools.
  • How about Olympia’s teachers?

    The Vietnamese program teachers are all qualified, dedicated, and thoroughly recruited teachers. As an Olympia member, teachers have chances to receive on the job training by the school’s Science Committee and external training, working abroad for a short time (America, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore), and the school will invite teachers from partner school to come teach and share experiences. Our school also focuses on developing teachers’ soft skill by inviting teachers from professional organizations to come and train our teachers, and we have our own master teachers and administrators that develop and refine program from within the school.The English program’s teachers are all highly qualified teachers with expertise certificates such as TESOL, CELTA, IELTS, and TOEFL, and they are all competitively recruited. Our foreign teachers are all from English speaking countries such as America, England and Australia. They are not only English teachers, but are also in charge of other subjects and many interesting clubs like sports, skills, art, and design. Moreover, they are also consultants on the matter of University study and study overseas.
  • What can students benefit from studying at Olympia?

    • Vietnamese program: students shall be able to match the Ministry of Education and Training’s standards on knowledge and skills and be proficient with their native language, traditional culture, as well as develop ethnic pride.
    • English program: interdisciplinary and purposeful according the Common Core and Advanced Placement (AP) standards. Students will feel confident when working in an international environment with native speaking students, and they will have cultural exchange and academic opportunities with our on-line partners and schools in America, England, Australia, and Canada.
    • Physical Education and Creative Programs: Students will develop and enhance physical strength, art skills, learning methods, and life skills
    • Pro-active learning style: promote students’ autonomy and creativity, optimize personal capacity, and enhance self-reliance and metagcognitive awareness.
    • Psychological counseling office: professional counselors help ensure that students are mentally healthy, which is the key to success in study and social life.
    • University Counseling Office provides objective and useful advice for each and every family (from grade 9 to grade 12).
QUESTIONS RELATED TO STUDENTS ADMISSION
  • What are the requirements and the procedures when enrolling in the Olympia Schools?

    Parents complete the application form and make an appointment for a placement test with the Admission office.Students of grade 1 will do a health check, a psychology test and ability test.Students from grade 2 to grade 12 will do a placement test on 3 subjects: Math, Literature, and English. The placement tests are set up by the Olympia schools.Please refer to the Admission Guideline on the website for further details.
  • What is the deadline for submitting the application form and related paper?

    The Olympia Schools receives students’ application throughout the year and placement tests are carried out until we have enough students. Due to the limited enrollment target, we give priority to applicants who submit and take the placement test earlier than others.Please contact the Admission Office to get the application form and book a placement test.
  • Can students studying in state schools transfer to the Olympia Schools?

    Yes, if they can meet the requirements and pass the placement test.
  • Does the Olympia Schools offer pre-test course?

    No. The tests are designed according to the curriculum passed by The Ministry of Education and Training. With just the basic knowledge of what they have been learning, students are fully able to meet the requirements.
  • If I don’t pass the placement test, can I do it again?

    The Olympia Schools encourage students to continue learning and training at their current schools and retake the test after 1 month.
  • Can students have trial lessons?

    Students can register for trial lessons if they are being offered by the school. An auditing fee may be applied. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.
QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDENTS SUPPORT
  • Tuition?

    Please refer to Tuition and other fees on the Admissions section on the web-site.
  • In addition to the published tuition and fees, do parents have to contribute more?

    Extra money are only required when there are extra curricular activities that really need support from parents.
  • Why is a placeholder fee compulsory?

    The Placeholder fee is the amount of money deposited before the beginning of the school year in order to ensure that the student is in the student list and is arranged in a specific class. This also helps the school to make a solid plan for each class. This money will be deducted form the tuition of the 1st semester and will be repeated every year.Students coming in the middle of the school year will only pay the tuition for the rest of the school year without paying the placeholder fee.
  • Do students receive a refund if they stop going to school? Is the food fee refunded?

    The family has to clearly state the reason, the time, and the date when the student stops going to school and submit this form to the school.There is no tuition refund except for over a month absence with special reason.Meals fee of primary school students will be calculated and refunded based on the real-time that students are absent from school. Middle and High school students meals fees are not deducted when they are absent from school because they use the card to pay for meals; therefore, there is no refund.
  • School bus?

    The Olympia Schools offers 16 seats Mercedes and Huyndai buses to pick up students and take them home. There is a supervisor on every bus to look after the students and report in case of emergency.
  • How does the school handle cases of traffic jam or late bus?

    The Olympia Schools actively prevent late bus by organizing strict and suitable times and routes. In cases of traffic jams, students will be provided with food and water.Parents are notified when there is change in time and route. Parents and students are also required to be on time at the bus meeting point to avoid late arrival or departure.
  • Is after lunch nap compulsory?

    Primary school students (grade 1-5) have compulsory naps after lunch at school. Each student has their own sleeping bag. Parents can buy sleeping bag from the school or prvoide it themselves.Middle and High school students (grade 6-12) do not have compulsory naps.
  • How are students’ meals done?

    Students have breakfast, lunch and snack at school in the form of buffet set menu. The cafeteria is large and has 2 floors. It is equipped with heating system to keep the food warm, and there are tables and chairs appropriate with each age group.Students of different grades (Primary and Middle and High School) have their meals in 2 different timetables in order to avoid a too crowded cafeteria.There is a kitchen, a bakery, ice-cream machine, and yogurt machine, and professional cooks make all the food. All the ingredients are organic and are tested regularly to ensure the quality.
  • How about the medical care system at school?

    There is a Health Office and a doctor and a nurse who are always standby during school time. Medical staff will go with the students on field trips and extra curricular activities.Teachers and staff are trained by the Emergency-First Aid department- Military Hospital 108.Moreover, all students receive a health check when they first come to school, and there are regular health check sessions with special care about eyes and oral health.
QUESTIONS ON THE CURRICULUMN
  • Students in State-owned institution do not usually receive many lessons in English. In what way, can they become familiar with the subject and keep up with the new pace of the new class?

    At the Olympia Schools, students are divided in English classes based on their English level so that the classes may fit the students’ capability in order to get the best results. Students who cannot keep up with the required level shall receive extra time from teachers for practice and extra-learning in self-study time
  • Is there anything special in your English classes?

    In the primary school, every pupil/student shall receive English lessons in the most proper and profound manner under the supervision of the teachers. Apart from the “English as Second Language” instruction, students also receive Mathematics and Science classes to foster their vocabulary and their academic thinking ability in English. Moreover, thanks to the cooperation with US partners, English classes in Olympia are designed to fit well with the Vietnamese students’ capability as well as incorporating and supporting the Ministry of Education and Training’s program. Moreover, the institution aims for its students to have international degree, such as Flyers or similar degree at the end of primary years, or IELTS of at least 7.0 at the end of the high school years.
  • Everyweek, how many English periods does a student have?

    The number of English periods every week is well-balanced by the institution to fit with each grade’s feature. The actual number of English periods ranges from 10 to 18 periods/week.
  • Are all English periods taught by foreign teachers?

    English periods in the program of MOET are taught by Vietnamese teachers. The international English programs are taught by both foreign and Vietnamese teachers, in which foreign teachers cover more than 50% of the total time. Blended learning allows interaction with native speakers when not at school, and students may spend as much time as they desire in these programs to enhance their English skills.
  • How could the institutions’ English environment help improve the students’ communication capability?

    Apart from the class, the English teachers (both foreign and Vietnamese) always take part in extra-curriculum activities with the students, such as foreign countries’ traditional games, guitar club, singing club activities, play club activities, sport activities (basketball, volleyball), outdoor trips for nature discovery, and voluntary activities of the Students Association, to name a few. The environment of the school is also English language rich.
  • In what criteria is Olympia students’ English level assessed at the end of class/grade? Is it necessary to take extra English class in other foreign language center?

    Olympia often arrange for its students to take part in many English international test such as Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, IELTS, SAT, etc.. Normally, at its current curriculum, students are advised not necessary to take extra class in other foreign language centers since our blended learning strategies allow unlimited access to extra practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • What is the curriculum of the students’ books? Are they similar to other State owned institutions’ books?

    For the Vietnamese curriculum, the students’ books follow the MOET’s curriculum like any other State owned institution. However, under simple and creative guidance, students shall not suffer much from unnecessary pressure and overlearning.As for the English class in the MOET’s curriculum, the institutions shall adopt the Ministry’s curriculum. For the international English classes, our own experts, in conjunction with the best practices in America, design curriculum. Rather than teaching to “a book”, we teach skills, and we use many authentic texts downloaded from the Internet in addition to using databases and other on-line teaching tools. Our English program is designed for our students to equip our students with the skills they need to be successful in universities abroad.
  • What about degree and diploma after graduation?

    After graduation of grades, students shall receive degree in the same manner as other students do nationwide. Moreover, the institution also organize English international test for Cambridge University degrees (KET, PET, IELTS, SAT, AP, etc.)
  • Does the institution support students with poor academic performance? If yes, in what way?

    Students shall have a placement test to avoid the difference of levels in one class. If a student, for any reason, needs extra support, the institution shall assign tutoring for the student in the primary level and conference for the student in the secondary and high school level, which occurs every day and is part of our regular schedule.
  • How can parents join hands with the institution in educating their children at home?

    Students’ weekly academic performance report shall be generated electronically or in the form of a contact book for primary students. Parents are encouraged to keep close contact with homeroom teachers via telephone or daily meetings and contact books.
  • Do students have homework? How long does it take them to finish the homework?

    We use the 10-minute rule as a general guideline for parents and students beginning at grade 1. As students increase a grade, homework increases 10 minutes (on average). Thus, by sixth grade, a student will have approximately 60 minutes of meaningful take homework. We also encourage 30 minutes of reading every night outside of academic homework.
  • What are your assessment criteria of students’ performance?

    The institution assesses students according to the standard of the Office of Education and Training and organizes exams pursuant to general provisions.
  • Can Olympia high-school student continue their study in foreign high-school?

    Olympia high school students can transit their study to the partner institution in US in any year. We have partners abroad both in the USA and Canada to make this transition smooth.
  • Can Olympia students take the Vietnam university entrance examination?

    Students are encouraged to take the university entrance exam because they still follow the standard curriculum assigned by the Ministry of Education and Training. If students choose to take the entrance exam, they should do extra practice on the subjects they are going to take the test on. Olympia’s teachers are willing to assign more work and help students study for the exam.
  • If students stop going to Olympia Schools, will they be able to study at the top state schools and keep up with students there?

    This depends on students’ capability and on each school’s requirement. Students will possibly meet difficulties when they first transfer to new school due to the changes in study environment. However, they shall quickly overcome those difficulties with the knowledge, pro-active study methodology, and problem-solving skills that they have been equipped at the Olympia Schools.
  • What are the clubs and events?

    There is a wide range of clubs offered by the school such as dance club, piano, guitar, drum, basketball, badminton, tennis, football, running, martial art, theater, robotics, etc.. Please see the website for a full listing.Topical events are organized each term by the school such as Moon Festival, Teachers’ day, Parents’ day, Spring festival, Winter festival, Halloween and Christmas.Students also learn to cook simple dishes and traditional dishes in the Vietnamese festivals such as moon cake, Banh Troi- Banh Chay, and Chung cake. The aim of this cooking program is to build students’ patience, to help students understand the cooking process, and more importantly, to enable students to take care of themselves when living away from home.