IvyPrep Education is a pioneering educational institution that provides a stepping stone for students to succeed in the learning environment of the United States. Established in 2003, IvyPrep Education has invested all of its effort into teaching quality and curriculum design and effective testing.
With 18 years of experience and expertise, IvyPrep is ranked among the Top 5 best academic English language institutions, becoming a comprehensive academic education establishment modeled after College-Preparatory Schools (CollegePrep). 100% of IvyPrep Education graduates are currently studying abroad at leading universities in the US and countries around the world.
IvyPrep Education is a member of EQuest Education, one of the largest private education institutions in Vietnam.
EQuest Group is a private education organization in Vietnam consisting of 16 member units and spanning 4 main areas of language educational development: General Education (K12); University – College and vocational training; English Language Training and Education Technology (Edtech). EQuest also has member schools providing training to a wide range of levels including pre-primary, elementary, junior high school, high school, colleges, and universities with affiliation to overseas institutions. As of 2021, EQuest Group has 25 educational institutions in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, provides 230 courses of all kinds, employs 2,500 teachers and staff, educates 83,000 students on the Edtech platform.
Vision – Mission – Core Values
IvyPrep will become the most prestigious College Preparatory center system nationwide which parents and students have first in mind when it comes to overseas education in the US.
- Equip students with international standardized academic English
- Design suitable learning pathways that fit individual needs and conditions of each student
- Provide students with soft skills training and career orientation counseling services
- Learning: At IvyPrep, we cherish and champion the eagerness to acquire knowledge and skills. Learning enables growth, and thus is the principal value at the heart of all Ivians.
- Excellence: Achieving excellence is our guiding principle. We always strive for the highest possible personal and professional standards in our fields.
- Action: Poor implementation is the biggest hurdle to success. At IvyPrep, we maintain and foster a culture of thoroughness and walk-the-talk.
- Dedication: We deeply believe in the value of what we do, and thus, we work with passion and devotedness towards our shared mission.
- Scalability: We aim for sustainable and far-reaching social impacts, which can only be realized by the radical pursuit of scalable business models that cater to the masses.
The College-Preparatory Schools (CollegePrep) education model focuses on preparing students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in competitive learning environments in the U.S. and globally.
At IvyPrep Education, each student is consulted to develop and implement a training route throughout including: Academic English, International Certificate Preparation (IELTS, TOEFL, SAT) or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Cambridge / IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education), the knowledge of studying abroad scholarships and completing the necessary skills of the 21st century such as Critical Thinking, Creativity, Leadership, Criticism and Self-Development. IvyPrep Education also offers short courses in programming and STEM practice.
Classes are formed in a college style to help students familiarize themselves with the learning environment at higher levels. IvyPrep also provides students with new challenges and extracurricular experiences.
IvyPrep graduates will have a full range of international certificates, academic competencies and skills comparable to those of students in countries with advanced education in order to succeed in an English-speaking educational environment.
Early start – Comprehensive and continuous training – Good teachers
IvyPrep educational philosophy: genius/talent is not innate, but practicable – Practice makes Perfect.
At IvyPrep, we believe, “Genius is made up of 1% quality and 99% effort.” Each individual needs about 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in a particular field, and this practice must be done on purpose instead of the daily repetition of an exercise. 10,000 hours should be used effectively according to the three basic principles of focusing on handling difficult parts, breaking down stages, and practicing deeply.
The principle of focusing on handling difficult parts is emphasized through taking the time to conquer difficulties instead of drilling easy tasks. Examples of such a practice can be seen in playing music or solving math problems. Making such an effort helps the brain form myelin and improve its previously known pathways.
The principle of “breaking down a task into stages” is the capacity that many people need to develop in the long run. Instead of doing something big and difficult, most geniuses have a way of breaking down the task and organizing the small parts in a logical order. A difficult task is now broken down in a logical order with specific requirements to be solved. Here is an analogy to explain this concept: if you cannot break the whole bunch of chopsticks with your hands at the same time, you can separate this bunch and break each chopstick with ease to achieve the same result. This approach also facilitates the task-doer with specific criteria for a large task to be completed faster without compromising the overall quality. This is a unique ability of productive individuals.
The last rule to pay attention to, is the importance of comprehensive and continuous practice. In music, the best pianists practice by playing the piece so slowly that passers-by do not recognize the work. Tai chi is considered the pinnacle of Chinese martial arts in which movements are performed so slowly that viewers do not even recognize those as martial arts moves. The same principle also applies to learning a language. Instead of reading an entire book, taking time to analyze each sentence of a page is a task that requires deep thinking and thus results in more thorough comprehension. Through deep and slow practice, an individual reaches a new level of thinking in which he needs to pay attention to every detail of the job. This is also when the brain is in the most elaborate state of exercise.
Understanding the importance and principles of doing 10,000 hours of practice may be helpful information, but answering the question “How do you carry out these 10,000 hours of practice persistently?” is even more important for parents who want to invest in their children.
Strength and perseverance determine success.
According to Professor Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, “The outstanding factor in predicting a person’s success is not social intelligence, not beauty, health or IQ. It’s about perseverance.” In other words, perseverance is one of the indicators of a person’s success in the future. Perseverance is understood as “passion and determination” for very long-term goals. Because the journey to success is a marathon, not a sprint, it is only at the end that we know who the winner is. So how is perseverance built?
It is very difficult to quantify the formula that makes an individual’s motivation which, in general, comes from two things: the framework of cognitive development and passion.
The framework of perception is an individual’s view of their surroundings. There are two common types of cognitive frameworks: fixed cognitive frameworks and developing cognitive frameworks. The distribution ratio between the fixed cognitive framework and the developing cognitive framework has many differences. The majority of humanity falls into a fixed cognitive framework with the notion that competence is a limiting factor for each individual. This factor is determined by genetics, the impact of the environment and therefore they are predestined to do a certain thing in life instead of choosing the path according to their desires which are considered secondary.
With such a view, people with fixed cognitive frameworks agree with routine tasks, are less likely to change and tend to settle down. The use of time by these individuals causes the myelin in their brain not to develop. In contrast, the perseverance of successful people comes from the cognitive framework that develops when they do not believe in fates, and do not want to frame life in available patterns. Because they always believe they can change their fate, they take time to practice and improve their own skills. Together with the proper 10,000-hour training process, myelin has the condition formed to strengthen personal skills.
Passion is extremely difficult to quantify in an individual. Although there is no formula for fostering passion, we can find the source of passion through at least two factors: an inspirational person or an early success to strengthen our confidence.
Along with this educational philosophy, IvyPrep believes that every student, not limited by quality and competence, can be trained to become successful.
5 criteria of success of Ivians
To attend top high schools and universities, each student needs to have excellent English proficiency. IvyPrep students use English as a tool to learn, research, hone their skills, and solve problems.
- Understanding the world
- Awareness of the differences between diverse cultures.
- Knowledge of technology
- Masterful use of technology applications to help learn and work effectively.
- International learning and working skills
Ivians are equipped with necessary skills of 21st century citizens to study and work effectively: critical thinking, creative thinking, teamwork skills, presentation skills, debate, leadership skills …
Ivians are responsible with their community and the environment.
Ivians have a positive attitude towards everyone around them and a sense of environmental protection, towards the values of human life with people and the earth.
EQuest Education is one of the largest private education corporations in Vietnam with 16 member units and more than 80,000 students enrolled each year. Equest was founded on the principles of innovation, excellence and dedication aimed at improving the status and quality of Vietnamese education in accordance with international standards.
EQuest Education always strives to become one of the leading educational service providers with the motto “Overcoming all paths and individuality” Nurturing the personal and academic development of each learner is the focus of all of our activities.
Global Citizenship and the Skills of the 21st Century
EQuest is the first institution in Vietnam to include the 21st century Essential Skills in our training programs. This skill group is becoming one of the most important criteria for recruitment as well as individual success in this day and age.
What are the essential skills of the 21st century?
In recent years, the phrase “essential skills of the 21st century” has been the buzzword in the media, education, or labor recruitment. However, many people still don’t really understand exactly what these skills are. As defined by the 21st Century Skills Assessment and Teaching Organization, or AT21CS (Assessment and Teaching of 21St Century Skills) at the University of Melbourne( Australia), the skills of the 21st century include four main groups of soft skills.
– The first is a group of thinking skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, decision-making skills, and lifelong self-learning abilities.
– The second is the group of work skills such as the ability to communicate and collaborate in teamwork.
– The third is the skill group using working tools such as an understanding of general knowledge of information and communication technology (ICT).
– Finally, life skills in global society, including civic consciousness, life and career, personal and social responsibility, and understanding cultural diversity.
Members of EQuest Education:
- Alpha School Education System: www.alphaschool.edu.vn
- Phu Xuan University: www.phuxuan.edu.vn
- iSMART Education: www.7in1.ismart.edu.vn
- IvyPrep Education: www.ivyprep.edu.vn
- Newton Elementary School – Secondary School – Newton High School: www.ngs.edu.vn
- Broward College: www.broward.edu.vn
- Dream Lab: www.dreamlab.com.vn
- Vietnamese American VATC: www.vatc.edu.vn
- Victory Experiment: www.victoryschool.edu.vn
- Vietnam American College (APC): www.caodangvietmy.edu.vn
- 789 – Smart School: www.789.vn
- International Talent Development Institute: www.itdacademy.edu.vn
- Saigon Polytechnic High School (SPC): www.bachkhoasaigon.edu.vn
- ECOSTUDY: www.ecostudy.edu.vn