In terms of schooling for children, Phnom Penh offers the widest range of options at international standards.
The Charming City offers the best schooling options in Cambodia, and there are a plethora of Phnom Penh international schools using American, British, and French curricula. In 2020 there are more accredited international schools than ever before. Don’t be fooled by the names, though; some of the worst schools in Cambodia call themselves “international” or “American” or “British,” but their curricula don’t match their titles. Local schools are best avoided if at all possible, as the standard of education is low. The ones we have listed here are “real” international schools.
If you’re just getting started, we have a detailed blog post about choosing an international school in Cambodia that covers things to consider before you start your search for the right school for your child. Below, we have info about the most popular international schools in Phnom Penh:
International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) is a not-for-profit school that offers one of the best educational opportunities Cambodia has to offer. They are accredited abroad, offering International Baccalaureate programs through high school and a wide range of extracurricular activities. The school is housed on a gorgeous campus with an impressive range of facilities, from a professional-sized performing arts theater and swimming pool to playgrounds, computer labs, and sports fields. ISPP is committed to diversity and has students from more than 50 countries and many environmental and community initiatives, including local scholarships and teacher training programs. The school offers an excellent education for students aged 3 through 12th grade. Tuition cost is $7,700 to $24,000 depending on age and including capital fees.
Australian International School of Phnom Penh (AISPP) is a member of the Australian International Schools Association (AISA) and is modeled on Australian independent education programs and offers International Baccalaureate education from early to middle years and will offer the diploma program and IBCP career-related program for upper years. The curriculum is taught by native English speakers; most are qualified Australian teachers, but there are also teachers from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The campus is new, large, and beautiful, and the list of extracurricular activities, from robotics and karate to French and swimming, is impressive. Tuition costs range from $5,000 to $22,0000, depending on the grade.
Northbridge offers International Baccalaureate programs through high school. The school is part of the Nord Anglia Education network of 66 schools, which provides its students with collaborate opportunities, such as performing arts with the Julliard School, STEAM with MIT, and trips to volunteer in Tanzania. The Northbridge campus in Phnom Penh is lush, with science labs, dance studio, wood working studio, performing arts space, sports fields, vegetable garden, and a pool. The focus at Northbridge is on academic excellence but also well-rounded students, many of whom go on to one of the world’s top 100 universities. Tuition costs between $6,000 and $24,000 depending on the age of the student, including capital fees.
Also popular with expats is the slightly less expensive (and more centrally located) iCAN British International School, which teaches a British curriculum for pre-school students up to grade 9. Their internationally focused program uses International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), and National Curriculum for England. Tuition starts at $5,000 and goes to $13,000 depending on age, that includes a yearly capital fee.
The Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS) is an accredited school with three campuses that offers preschool through grade 9 (from 18 months to 14 years old). There are plans to expand through grade 12 by adding a new grade each year. CIS offers a Canadian curriculum from the province of Alberta, in English, with internationally certified teachers, most of whom are from Canada. The brand-new main campus on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island is impressive — even nicer than many schools in Canada — and is very centrally located compared to some of the other big international schools. A new campus at Olympia City for preschool-aged children was opened in 2019. Yearly fees start at $6,300 for nursery students up to $17,000 for grade 9.
The Lycée Descartes, a school licensed by the French government, offering international-quality education in English and French from pre-school through high school that follows the French national curriculum. Tuition ranges from $6,000 to $9,000 per year, and there’s a discount of around $2,000 if the student is Cambodian or French. Scholarships are available.
Footprints International School is a popular school for expats not looking to break the bank (and who want their kids to learn to speak Khmer). Footprints offers a bilingual program in English and Khmer from nursery classes to grade 11, in several locations around Phnom Penh. The curriculum focuses on math, language arts, science and social studies, as well as computers, art, swimming, and more for an integrated approach to education. Footprints are Cambridge registered for primary and secondary, and internationally accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Prices range from $2,200 to $4,800 depending on grade.
Logos International School is a Christian school that teaches students from pre-school through grade 12. The school is a fully accredited member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The curriculum follows North American standards, and most of the teachers come from that continent. The school is known for solid academics, but can be a difficult adjustment for non-Christians — bible studies are mandatory. Annual tuition at Logos is $4,000 to $8,000 based on grade. Discounts are offered for large families and the children of missionaries.
Brighton International School is a pre-school and primary school for children aged 2 to 7 in the heart of BKK1. Subjects are taught in English and Khmer, and the curriculum is based on the UK national curriculum, using the Early Years Foundation System (EYFS) for young learners. Despite its central city location, we were happy to hear that they have a swimming pool although we were less thrilled by the grammar and punctuation errors on their website. Fees range from $2,000 to $3,000.
Started by two expat mothers who wanted to offer their children a true international education, The Giving Tree offers part- and full-time programs for children from 6 months through 5th grade. The primary program is supported by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), and while classes are taught in English, it’s possible for students to study Japanese, French, and Khmer. Their teachers are from all around the world, and most are accredited in their home countries. Tuition ranges from $1,000 to $2,200 depending on age.
International School of Phnom Penh, ISPP
Hun Neang Boulevard, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 425 088
Australian International School Phnom Penh, AISPP
76 Angkor Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)92 111 136
Street 2004, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 886 000
iCAN British International School
85 Sothearos Blvd, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 222 4168
Lycée Français René Descartes
1132 Street 96, Phnom Penh
P.O. Box 1132, Wat Phnom
T: +855(0)23 722 044; 023 430 108
Grades 2 through 8: 220 Street 430, Tumnub Teuk, Phnom Penh
T: 023 222 084
Nursery school through grade 1: 1 Street 181 (corner of Street 475), Tumnub Teuk, Phnom Penh
T: 087 222 084
Toul Kork campus: 16-18 Street 570, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 884 497
Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS)
Elite Town Street, Diamond Island (Koh Pich), Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 900 399
Logos International School
928 Street 1015, Phnom Penh Thmei, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)17 473 515
Brighton International School
79 Street 294, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)23 213 149
The Giving Tree
17 Street 71, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: +855(0)17 997 112
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