Quốc Học – Huế High School for the Gifted

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Quoc Hoc – Huế High School for the Gifted
Quốc Học Huế.jpg
12 Lê Lợi Street

TypePublic, Magnet school
MottoHiền tài là nguyên khí quốc gia (Talents and Virtues are the nation's sap)
PrincipalNguyen Phu Tho
Enrollmentapprox. 1400

Quốc Học – Huế High School for the Gifted [1] or simply "the Quốc Học of Huế" is a national magnet and gifted high school in Thừa Thiên–Huế, Vietnam. Founded on October 23, 1896, Quốc Học - Huế is the second oldest high school in Vietnam.[2] The school is recognized for its strong academic results, students' qualities and staffs' levels. For a long time, Quốc Học – Huế has always been ranked in the top three high schools in the nation in terms of the quality of education. Other schools include Chu Van An High School in Hanoi and Lê Hồng Phong High School in Ho Chi Minh City. The school is also famous for the notable political leaders who graduated from it, and Ho Chi Minh who was dismissed from it in 1908 for revolutionary activities.

Quốc Học – Huế ranked first nationally in the 2012 Vietnam university admission ranking[3]

Many school graduates have got admitted to prestigious universities and colleges in the world, including: MIT, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Osaka University, and KAIST, etc.


On 17 September 1896 (the 8th year of Thành Thái reign), Quốc Học – Huế High school was established in conformation to the royal verdict and the verdict of the French Resident-Superior in Indochina on 18 November 1896. The school was constructed on the place of a previous squadron headquarters – a royal navy headquarters (1806 or the 5th year of Gia Long's reign).

Quoc Hoc main building .

Quốc Học – Huế High school was established to coach the students, who would serve the feudal colonial government, and the study curriculum then was harmonized with the purpose, French was the main subject. The acceptable students by Quốc Học High School are: the sons of the relatives of the King, the sons of royal families, the sons of mandarins, the students of Thanh Nhon school and Quoc Tu Giam school.

In 1915, Quốc Học – Huế was reconstructed. The rows of thatch roofed apartments were torn down and restored by two rows of buildings, the walls made of brick, and the roof covered with tiles. According to the western European architecture, the construction was solid, and comfortable. Most of the architectures in the school are still exist.

In 1932, Quốc Học – Huế opened many specialized classes and became known as Khải Định Lycee. On 19 December 1946, during the confrontation against French Colonialists, the school was moved into two places: One branch called "Binh Tri Thien School" was located in Huong Khe, Hà Tĩnh province and the other branch called "Huynh Thuc Khang School", was located in Đức Thọ, Hà Tĩnh Province. The branch came back to Huế after ten years of disruption, and was conquered by French Colonialists as a barrack on April 29, 1955. Later Quốc Học - Huế was reinstated and restarted its normal operation.

Since the academic year of 1994-95, Quốc Học has been designated as one of the three National High School of high proficiency declared by the Prime Minister (the other two schools are Lê Hồng Phong High School of Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Van An High School of Hanoi).

In 2009, Quốc Học – Huế High School was officially renamed as Quốc Học – Huế High School for the Gifted, which made it become the first and the only Gifted High School of Thừa Thiên–Huế Province.

School campus[edit]


The school was built on the site once known as the Admiral's Palace, a royal naval base established in 1806 (the fifth year of King Gia Long's reign). Quốc Học – Huế is located on the bank of Perfume River. It is the largest high school campus of Vietnam with many large shady trees, stone benches, and French architectural designed buildings.

Classrooms at Quốc Học – Huế

Academic facilities[edit]

The school has one library which opens 6 days per week, two English labs, two French labs, four computer rooms and many science labs. It has 45 over 50 classrooms with modals, projectors, computers and speakers equipped.

Sport and other facilities[edit]

Quốc Học – Huế has one big football field, one basketball court, five badminton courts, one swimming pool, one medium stadium, one hall and one cafeteria . The school dormitory can accommodate over 60 students. All of the students come from other provinces and remote areas.

Under construction facilities[edit]

Since 2012, Quốc Học – Huế has been invested to re-construct the science labs and other downgraded classrooms that have been existed for more than one hundred year. The construction is aimed to be completely finished in the school year of 2014–15.


Admissions to Quốc Học is extremely competitive. In order to be considered, all applicants must meet the pre-requisite of good academic strength and good moral character in the last grade of junior high school. Most importantly, applicants must pass an entrance examination with decent scores in three required subjects (Math, Vietnamese Literature and English), in addition to one subject of the specialized classes. Every year, Quốc Học High School attracts more than 6,000 candidates from Thừa Thiên–Huế and other central provinces from whom nearly 400 are selected to be students.

Educational models and programs[edit]


Since the academic year of 2012-2013, the school only organizes the specialized classes which follows the target of becoming a featured specialized school without the traditional ordinary classes. The specialized classes focus on one particular subject that students chose when they submitted their applications. Recently, Quoc Hoc - Huế has organizes about 40 classes of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Vietnamese Literature, History, Geography, English, Japanese and French. The students in these classes have more academic hours than the students of other schools. The curriculum is extremely demanding, statistically equivalent to that of junior level through senior level in universities. This is why it is more difficult for students to be admitted in the specialized classes. The total number of students in one specialized class is limited under 30 in order for the students in the former to perform experiments easily and to receive more attention and directions from teachers. Quốc Học - Huế has 150 faculty staff members, which 40 hold a master's degree.

Academic achievements[edit]

  • Over the last 116 years, Quốc Học – Huế also has been known as a place that promotes the traditions of patriotism, industriousness, and respect for the time-honored values of teacher-student relationships. In the academic year 2007–08, the percentage of students having passed the graduating exams was 100% and 96.6% were admitted into universities.
  • Quốc Học – Huế students have won awards nationally and internationally, including International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).

International co-operations and overseas study opportunities for students[edit]

  • Every year since 2000, the school has had some exchanged students studying in the United States of America. Quốc Học – Huế also cooperates with Ritsumeikan Kesho School in Japan. In addition, the school exchanges with some schools in Singapore and Thailand.

Student life[edit]


Annually, the traditional football, badminton and swimming competitions are held to encourage the students the sportive spirit.

Arts and culture[edit]

The school has opened more than 10 different kinds of extra-curricular clubs which meet the students' hobbies, such as Quốc Học media club - Humans of Quoc Hoc (HQH), Quoc Hoc – Huế Music Club, Quốc Học Artsy Zone (QAZ), Quốc Học – Huế Red-Cross Club, Quoc Hoc – Huế Club for Soft Skills, Ho Chi Minh Communism Youth Union of Quốc Học – Huế, Quốc Học – Huế Basketball Club - Windteam, Quốc Học – Huế PingPong Club, The Anecdotist Debate Club (TAD), etc. In addition, numerous events and festivals are organized annually or occasionally to draw publicity as well as benefit students' life, most prominent of which are Quoc Hoc Anniversary Festival on every 23 October, Quoc Hoc Prom Night, FIFTEEN - event for Quoc Hoc's first year students.

Notable alumni[edit]



Science & Education[edit]


  • Since 1990, Quốc Học High School has been recognized as a historical place in Huế City.
  • Since the academic year of 1994-1995, Quốc Học has been designated as one of the three National High School of high proficiency declared by the Prime Minister (the other two schools are Lê Hồng Phong High School of Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Van An High School of Hanoi).
  • In 2000, the school was unanimously nominated as a candidate to receive the title of "Hero of Labour" by the people's Committees of Thừa Thiên Huế Province and by the Province Education and Training Service.
  • Quốc Học High School was awarded twice for the Order of Independence of First Grade by the President of Vietnam in 1996 and 2007, while Chu Van An of Hanoi and Lê Hồng Phong of Ho Chi Minh City was awarded once.


  1. ^ The school name can be also literally translated as Huế National Academy for the Gifted
  2. ^ Nguyen Dinh Chieu High School in Mỹ Tho was founded in 1879
  3. ^ http://flss.edu.vn/Home.asp?param=news&NewsID=147

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