About ISY Nay Pyi Taw

ISY will open a second campus in Nay Pyi Taw ready for the start of 2019-20 school year. The decision has the full backing of the ISY Board of Trustees in line with ISY’s commitment to international education in the region.

I am delighted that the ISY Board of Trustees has been able to make this decision, meeting our long term goal of establishing a presence in Nay Pyi Taw, and enabling ISY to serve both the international and local communities there.

Gregory Hedger EdD. Director

After reviewing several potential sites, ISY is excited to announce the location of our new Nay Pyi Taw campus. ISY has recently been able to secure a 5.5 acre campus site which will meet the school's short term and long term facilities and operational needs.

The Junction Hotel complex in Nay Pyi Taw will be the home for the new ISY campus. ISY is extremely grateful to have the support from Shwe Taung group, who has provided this property for the purposes of our new school. Shwe Taung shares ISY’s belief in the importance of education and has offered the new campus premises within the context of their corporate social responsibility commitment.
The school will initially open classes from Kindergarten to Grade 8 offering an American international curriculum similar to what is being taught on the Yangon campus currently.

The new campus is situated next to the diplomatic district and just 10 minutes away from government ministries and offices. Existing buildings are being converted into classrooms and faculty housing and there is a tentative three phase renovation plan in place to support future growth.The fully secure grounds are approximately twice the size of the Yangon campus. The additional space will provide our new students with opportunities to have high quality outdoor play areas and engage in experiential learning experiences on campus.

The high standards and ethos ISY is known for will be consistently applied in Nay Pyi Taw by transferring some teachers and leadership from our Yangon campus. We are pleased to announce Devon Sigman and Michael Dvorak, who both currently teach in the Elementary School in the Yangon campus, will be the first teachers to make this move. Additional educators will be determined based on enrollment.

If you are interested in potentially sending your child to ISY Nay Pyi Taw or you know of any parents who might be interested, then please contact our admissions office or visit our ISY Nay Pyi Taw admissions page below.

ISY Nay Pyi Taw FAQs

Why is ISY opening a campus in Nay Pyi Taw?

One of the primary functions of The International School of Yangon is to serve the international community within Myanmar. This is a mutually beneficial relationship as it provides ISY with a strategic advantage compared to other international schools while also serving the needs of many of our key shareholders. There are other more attractive markets for expansion within Yangon/Myanmar if we were simply looking to develop more branch campuses. However, our core operating premise is that ISY assumes a responsibility to serve the educational needs of the international community. As some members of this community begin their transition to Nay Pyi Taw, ISY will be there to support them.

What other reasons are there to open a Campus in Nay Pyi Taw?

ISY is actively seeking ways to demonstrate our commitment to being an engaged community member. While this is not the main factor in making this decision, demonstrating our willingness to work with national stakeholders is part of our general commitment to our community. Whether it is through developing service learning opportunities, reducing our environmental impact, our scholarship program, or working to support non-political governmental strategic objectives, ISY wants to be responsive to the needs of our community.

How will the opening of an ISY campus in Naypyitaw impact further development of Yangon campus facilities?

We will not sacrifice the wellbeing of ISY Yangon campus to support this venture. Timelines and finances for Yangon campus development projects will not be impacted by this project.

Will the costs for the new site be borne by the parents whose children are in school in Yangon?

The ISY Nay Pyi Taw project is designed to be self sustaining. The project will be significantly supported through donations and support from national corporations. While there may be some initial costs borne by the school, our lease agreement is structured in such a way as to greatly reduce capital and operational expenses.

Is an association vote on opening the Nay Pyi Taw campus required?

The board has the authority to “perform all the acts that the Association and the School may legally exercise” (Bylaws, Section VIII - Powers and Duties of the Board, Paragraph A), which includes “support of projects which support and are consistent with the purpose” of the association (Articles of Association, Article X - Property and Finance, Paragraph E). Given that the satellite campus at Nay Pyi Taw is a project that will help provide “facilities and staff to offer the best possible educational program for the dependents of official U.S. Government employees in Myanmar, other U.S. citizens, the international community, and interested host country nationals” (Articles of Association, Article III - Purpose), establishment of the satellite campus at Nay Pyi Taw appears consistent with the purpose of the association and within the authority of the board, so an association vote will not be required.

When will the campus open?

Start of the 2019-20 School Year, assuming there are enough students registered.

What happens if there are not enough students registered for August 2019?

In the event that not enough students are registered for August 2019 the campus start time will be pushed back to August 2020.

Where will it be exactly?

The school is taking over the site of a former hotel called Junction Hotel. Here is a link showing the exact location: Site Location

How much will the fees be?

The fee structure will mirror the fee structure from the Yangon Campus (ISY).

How many students do you expect in the first year?

It is too early to answer that question but our goal is to open with 24 students.

What Grades will be offered at the school?

The makeup of individual grades will be determined by enrollment and the learning needs of students. We envision having multi grade level classes at the school for the first few years. This is very common in smaller schools and provides a range of exciting learning and social experiences for students.

What language will the classes be taught in?


What split of nationalities will be admitted?

The Nay Pyi Taw campus will apply the same nationality policy as the Yangon campus.

Who will run the school on a day to day basis?

The Director of ISY will be responsible for the operational management of both schools. The leadership team at the Nay Pyi Taw campus will report to the Director. As on the main campus, the size of the leadership team is determined by enrollment.

Who will Teach at the new school?

Teachers for the new campus will be drawn from our current staff in Yangon. We want experienced ISY teachers in order to ensure the same high quality education and approach to teaching and learning. Devon Sigman and Michael Dvorak, who currently work in the Yangon campus, will be our first two teachers in Nay Pyi Taw.

When will I know whether my child is admitted to the Nay Pyi Taw campus?

Once you complete the online application (available after Feb 15, 2019), the regular admissions process will be followed and you will receive an admission decision by March 30, 2019.

Will it be possible to transfer to the main campus after being admitted to the Nay Pyi Taw campus?

Those wishing to transfer from one campus to another would have to go through the normal admissions process for that campus.