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Vision for Learning

A vision is an image of what we hope to accomplish by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Visions are often the result of a school’s mission and our mission at St. Paul American School Hanoi is to “prepare our students to be engaged, educated and empowered global citizens.” If we are able to accomplish our mission by the end of the 2020-2021 school year, our students will:

  • Have the knowledge and tools needed to be ready for the next stage of their educational or professional journeys.
  • Develop necessary 21st-century skills, like critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
  • Be well-rounded through exposure to our holistic approach of meeting the academic, social, emotional, artistic and creative needs of each individual student.

Learning at St. Paul American School Hanoi is based on real-world experiences and skills highlighted in the College and Career Readiness Standards. We meet the educational needs of our students through a variety of resources, including textbooks, project-based learning, and online resources. Each resource has a place in our curriculum, but no singular resource defines success for our students. This encourages creativity for our students and honest assessments for our educators.

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Adapting to Adversity

One of the many valuable lessons we have learned over the past few months is the importance of being ready. While the global health pandemic is unprecedented, we now know that our community will need to prepare for all possibilities. We are extremely proud of the Vietnamese government and people for the way they have successfully protected our community from Covid-19, but we fully understand that the situation can change almost instantly.

Despite the changes to normalcy caused by Covid-19, we fully intend to offer a world-class education. Our mission, vision and goals will never change. The global pandemic, however, has made it necessary for educational institutions to create new and innovative ways of learning without compromising the safety of our students and staff. The desire is for our students to have an enriching experience on our school campus for the entire 2020-2021 school year because being around others is extremely important for our students. The reality is that the global pandemic caused by Covid-19 will probably require our school community to rely on alternative learning methods, like online learning, to reach our goals. 

We have been anticipating the possibility of government-mandated school closures since the first set of school closures during the 2019-2020 school year. We have created a plan, based on community feedback, data collection and experiences, to ensure the success of every student in our community. Here is our plan.

Expectations and Guidelines

Our goal is to provide world-class education and we will accomplish this, regardless of the delivery of instruction. As we learned during the previous school year, the online learning environment is a unique challenge that requires everyone to play an active role in order for our students to be successful. Therefore,  the purpose of this handbook is to outline the roles and responsibilities of each member of our school community. Our hope is that clear guidelines and expectations will enable our staff members, students and parents to prepare and succeed in this different learning environment.

We ask that students, parents and staff become familiar with the following guidelines so that we are prepared for all scenarios. Proactive preparation will help to ensure a successful transition should our school community be required to respond to the global pandemic in Hanoi. 

Questions, concerns and suggestions regarding the following expectations and guidelines should be addressed to your child’s school principal.

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In the case of a school closure, students will be invited to engage in learning experiences that will stretch their thinking and will encourage new ways of doing in each of their classes, even though they will not be physically present on campus. Students will learn through a blended learning model, which includes asynchronous learning as well as synchronous, real-time interactive sessions with their teachers and classmates. Each of these learning experiences may be followed up with appropriate homework or a formative/summative assessment to confirm that the students have engaged appropriately with the content and that their understanding of the content supports their progress towards the identified target standards.


Secondary distance learning combines critical thinking, technology tools, teacher guidance, communication, and collaboration to allow students to learn successfully outside of the classroom in the case of school closures. The technology tools used are as follows:

Google Classroom-teachers will post assignments and provide feedback through Google Classroom. Parents can request access to a weekly summary of student activities through Google Classroom. Click here to get more information about guardian summaries. 
Google Calendar- meetings will be scheduled through Google Classroom. These invitations include the link to the on-line meeting. 
Class meetings will happen via Google meet or Zoom. The correct platform and link will be communicated by the teacher in their meeting invites. 
SPASH email. Regular communication will be sent to students through their SPASH email. Updates in calendar and classroom will also be sent via email.
Sycamore is our student information management system. Staff will report attendance and grades. Parents and students can access this information through Sycamore.
Other important online platforms that are used at the discretion of the teacher include, but are not limited to: Padlet, Seesaw, Newsela, and the College Board AP sites.