Delta Global School is a new 6 - 12 day school in Hanoi Vietnam that started in the fall of 2019 with a pioneer cohort of 6th grade Vietnamese students. This bilingual school is being developed in a unique partnership with Riverdale Country School (https://www.riverdale.edu/)— one of America’s preeminent Pre-K - Grade 12 college preparatory independent schools in New York City — and Doan Thi Diem School in Hanoi, along with the philanthropic support of local business. The school will add a grade per year until the first graduating class during the spring of 2025.
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Delta Global School, a Grade 6 through Grade 12 “school within a school,” provides Vietnamese students and families with a rigorous academic program, a curated set of co-curricular activities, an intense immersive English language experience, and a focus on the development of character strengths within a dynamic entrepreneurial environment. As part of the Doan Thi Diem School (DTD), DGS provides a thriving dynamic academic environment that challenges its diverse community members to learn more effectively, preparing them both for university study and for life. At the same time, we encourage our students to become healthier, more thoughtful, and more ethical individuals with agency over their own lives. We are about transformative growth, the “delta” in young people from different backgrounds. DGS is more than a school, it is a learning experience that seeks to develop whole people who have started to find their own potential and look to change the world for the good.
The strategic partnership with Riverdale Country School draws on its historic focus on the intellectual and character development of children, and the nurturing of future leaders.
Delta Global School in collaboration with Doan Thi Diem School will create a contemporary academic program similar to the course of study at Riverdale in a Vietnamese context and with a global vision. It will offer a challenging and rigorous program taught by Vietnamese and international teachers. The curriculum will include immersive English language learning integrated into challenging and innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies. Delta Global School will meet all Vietnamese government requirements in middle school, while also providing an exciting array of co-curricular offerings in arts, technology, experiential education, and athletics, all in English. The high school program will offer several academic tracks including the IB-DP and special classes in entrepreneurship, design, scientific research, and an array of internship opportunities. Students will be prepared to apply to the best international colleges and universities as well as those in Vietnam.
Admission to Delta Global School is highly competitive and seeks to find highly capable students from all backgrounds in the Hanoi area, who have academic promise and also demonstrate good character while being willing to work collaboratively with their peers. As part of their educational experiences, students will have summer opportunities in Vietnam and abroad. When the High School program starts, there will be personnel and a career counseling
office dedicated to helping students chart their futures as they move beyond Delta Global School to university study and work. Delta Global School will be the first school in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia to offer 50% of its students’ financial aid to support the costs of their studies.
Delta Global School will be housed in a new, specially-designed building on the campus of the Doan Thi Diem school that will seek to foster in its students the entrepreneurial attitudes and collaborative skills that are core to its founding by a group of international educational innovators. The state-of-the-art facility will creatively use space to allow individual study, small group work, and traditional classroom configurations that emphasize both direct instruction and collaborative learning. The pedagogy employed will be soundly based on best practices from around the world, as well as current research on the science of learning.
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL
Polly Dana (email@example.com)
Dominic Randolph, Head of School, Riverdale Country School, NYC. (https://www.riverdale.edu/people/leadership/dominic-a-a-randolph/)
Charles (Chip) Barder, former Head of School, United Nations International School of Hanoi (https://www.unishanoi.org/)
Kevin Mattingly, Teachers College Columbia University and Plussed Learning Design Studio (https://www.plussed.org/our-story/the-team/kevin-
LOCATION: HANOI, VIETNAM
Hanoi, Vietnam’s second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West with a rich history from being a cultural and political center for over 1000 years and influences attributable to over 75 years of French presence. It is a city between rivers with many beautiful havens and historical sites, including more than two dozen scenic lakes, garnering the name “city of lakes.” Hanoi is a flourishing and rapidly modernizing city, consistently voted one of the world’s top ten and most affordable destinations.