You’re in luck! There are schools in both Kampot of Kep for expat kids.
For lots of things, like groceries and books, Kep expats find themselves heading to Kampot. When it comes to education, though, it goes the other way: many Kampot expats choose to send their children to Kep International School, which offers a bilingual education in Khmer and English.
Luckily they’ve started offering bus services from Kampot to Kep to make the commute easier for Kampot families. The school is currently host to students from the US, Europe, Cambodia, and greater Asia, and teachers are European and Cambodian. For students who don’t arrive with English-language skills, immersion is the name of the game. There is formal Khmer instruction in all grades, and the school is appropriate for expat kids who may arrive with limited (or no) Khmer proficiency. Courses follow an international curriculum and there is an additional Saturday French school. Kep International School also offers French, Khmer, and English lessons for children on the weekends, and for teens and adults weekdays after school, and non-students can attend as well.
Peppercorns Home School was started several years ago by a group of expat parents who were concerned about the lack of international-quality educational opportunities for children in Kampot. They offer early childhood education and primary education for children ages two through 11. They use an international curriculum (UK and Australia), with play-based and thematic learning and properly accredited teachers. Peppercorns school is an expat favorite and we know several parents who rave about it.
Bridgeton School provides education in both Khmer and English, with the Khmer education course offering full-time classes for children from three years old to upper secondary level. The English program offers classes for kindergarten-age students to the secondary level. Arts, sports, computing, and other non-academic classes are offered, and the school is committed to teaching students “soft skills” and emotional development as well.
Kep International School
Behind Provincial Hall, Kep
T: 036 652 3777
Peppercorns Home School
Red Road, 800 meters past the new bridge, Kampot
T: 066 280 045
33 Kraing Village, Kampot
T: 015 838 112
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