Best 10 International Schools in Phnom Penh

International Education in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, is undergoing rapid transformation. Like many developing Asian nations, a growing middle class is emerging and there are now plenty of international job opportunities. Combine that with the low cost of living and the wide choice of international schools, and you have a recipe for expat family heaven.

The standard of education in Cambodia’s public schools is low when compared to global standards. Teaching is through the Khmer language - a significant barrier for most non-natives - and expat children are usually not permitted to attend public schools anyway. So, an international school is the preferred option for the vast majority of expats in Phnom Penh.

Before you start panicking about how much an international school in Asia will cost you, know this: Phnom Penh ranks as the cheapest city in Asia for international education. There is seriously good value for money in Cambodia’s capital, especially when compared to other Asian capitals like Beijing, Seoul or Singapore. The standards and facilities on offer are also getting better and better all the time.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of international schools in Phnom Penh in recent years. The majority of Cambodia’s international schools are located in the capital, so there is no better city to base yourself if schooling is a priority. There are international schools scattered throughout Phnom Penh in almost all central areas.

While the number of international schools in Phnom Penh is growing rapidly, beware that some are more legitimate than others. Every school calls themselves ‘international’, but don’t be fooled by this. Some lack globally recognised accreditation and their education standards may not live up to your expectations. Always do your research, and arrange a visit to the school and a meeting with staff if possible.

There is somewhat less choice of international schools in Phnom Penh for high school or secondary school-aged children. Expect higher demand and greater competition. If your child is aged 12 years or over, you should start your school search and application process as early as possible.

If your child has additional education needs or requires learning support, you may have a challenge on your hands; Cambodia is a little behind other parts of the world when it comes to this area. There are of course some international schools who will be more than capable of catering for your child’s needs, but don’t assume that every school can or will. Again, this is where in-depth research will work in your favour.

American and International curricula are the most popular in Phnom Penh’s international schools, with the British curriculum following closely behind. You can also find schools offering Canadian and Australian curricula, and some other Asian and European countries are represented too. The emphasis is very much on English-speaking countries, however.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Phnom Penh. However, there are another 44 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Phnom Penh based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Phnom Penh

Out of a total of 54 International Schools in Phnom Penh.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Grand Mount International School

Very friendly and upbeat atmosphere with emphasis on academic achievement in external examinations (Cambridge); developing enrichment programme including inter-school competition, such as success in The World's Scholars Cup, and drive towards E-Learning, Smart School Status.
Curriculum
British, Cambodian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 14,271,481 Riels
to: 18,351,976 Riels
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East-West International School

East-West International School, established in 2006, is a bilingual international school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are centrally located in BKK3. We offer classes from Nursery all the way to Grade 12, where students can study the Khmer national curriculum approved by the MOEYS, the International Primary Curriculum, as well as a full Cambridge program of IGCSE, AS and A level classes in Secondary. Combined with our extensive extra-curricular program (sporting, academic and cultural), we are helping develop global citizens ready to make a positive impact on the world.
Curriculum
British, Cambodian
Languages of instruction
English, Khmer
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 16,400,000 Riels
to: 26,240,000 Riels
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Australian International School Phnom Penh

The Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) offers a first-class Australian curriculum combined with the prestigious IB curriculum to students from early years to grade 12. The students are taught in small classes by internationally qualified and experienced teachers. As one of the very few international schools in Cambodia that offers the IB programmes, AISPP focuses on balancing academic rigour with holistic approaches to education, preparing your children for their future as global citizens.
Curriculum
IB, Australian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 25,172,000 Riels
to: 100,079,002 Riels
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American Global Prep School

Character building school. Nurturing future global leaders
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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French International School

EFI is the only program to provide a combined French-English language education in Phnom Penh. Together with two native-speaking teachers, the students will discover two linguistic and cultural worlds. Their pedagogical approach focuses more on practicing a language – speaking, listening - and fully experience its culture, rather than just learn it.
Curriculum
International, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
2 to 13
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 22,819,998 Riels
to: 39,934,997 Riels
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Canadian International School of Phnom Penh

CIS is an Alberta Provincial education school dedicated to inquiry-based learning and providing young learners with academic and extracurricular programs that allow them to thrive. All students from junior kindergarten to high school engage in language courses, and we are known for our signature French (LabelFranEducation approved) and Mandarin bilingual programs. CIS’ main campus is located in the heart of Phnom Penh and is expanding to include world-class facilities such as a sports complex, swimming pool, black box theatre, secondary school library, maker space and art room. Our newest campus, the CIS Olympia City Preschool, is Cambodia’s first purpose-built Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood facility.
Curriculum
Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 16
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 33,591,349 Riels
to: 82,749,420 Riels
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Paragon International School

Paragon International School (Csmbodia) is one of Cambodia's premier independent international schools. Our school is accredited both by the Cambridge Assessment International Education and CIS (Council of International Schools). With more than 1200 students, Paragon ISC delivers Bilingual and International Programs from Kindergarten to 12th Grade who seek an international education in Phnom Penh.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 12,479,549 Riels
to: 38,292,297 Riels
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Bambujaya Bilingual School

We offer an immersive, creative Waldorf-Steiner inspired learning environment from Early Years to Primary.
Our Bambujaya curriculum has been passionately developed for our Cambodian learners.
Curriculum
Waldorf, International, Khmer
Languages of instruction
English, Khmer
Ages
3 to 10
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 22,883,581 Riels
to: 22,883,581 Riels
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CIA First International School

CIA FIRST International School is a private, non-sectarian international school. The school opened its doors in 2004 with 16 students and has since become home to over 2,000 children from more than 20 countries. To this day, the school remains true to its initial vision of providing excellent value, high quality, international standard education for working families, and thus prides itself on effecting positive social change in the region.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 16,359,000 Riels
to: 23,370,000 Riels
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Logos International School

Logos International School’s curriculum is founded on North American standards and is strongly attached to its Expected School-wide Learning Results. It covers core areas of academics such as Bible, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science as well as a broad spectrum of non-core subjects.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 26,697,511 Riels
to: 37,893,242 Riels
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