Choosing international school in Phnom Penh for your child

Panic over choosing a school for your kid in Phnom Penh? Choosing the right school is a decision that many parents find very difficult because it can be the first introduction their child will have to an academic environment. In a country like Cambodia, parents today have many choices for kindergarten education than ever before. In this post, you’ll find a comprehensive list of international schools in Phnom Penh.

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In Phnom Penh, there are many many international schools. So you have many choices, although you’ll have a hard time to choose which one is the best for your child.

Here’s a quick guide to kindergartens in the Cambodian capital city, listed alphabetically with annual tuition fee information. The listed fees, for 2015-2016, do not include application fee, enrollment fee, and capital fee. Most of these schools are well-established, reputable, and internationally recognized. We also include links to the schools’ own website for more details and latest updates.

Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS)
Nursery: $4,000

Cambridge Child Development Center or Cambridge CDC (Cambodia)
$2850

DK Schoolhouse
$3,640

East-West International School
$3,780

Footprints International School (FIS)
Nursery: $1,660

Golden Gate American School
$1,950

Gecko Garden Pre-School
$2320

Giving Tree School (read our review here)
Nursery: $2,380

Home of English
Not available

iCAN British International School
$7,800

Kindercare International School
$ 1,460

Logos International School
$4,100

International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)
KG-G5 14,600

Liberty International School
$1800

Northbridge International School of Cambodia (NISC)
Kindergarten & Grade 1: $12495

Ocarina School: French language
Nursery: 2610

RafflesMontessori International School of Phnom Penh (RMISPP)
Not available

Sambo’s Tots Playhouse & Playschool

Tchou Tchou Daycare and Kindergarten
$1,800

Zaman International School
Grade I: $4,400

Zion International School
Prek-Prep: $2550

Some more tips to help you do more to choose the right schools for your children:

  • All schools have their website. Use the Internet to investigate local school options and people’s opinions.
  • Compare locations and travel time from school to your home.
  • Visit each of the choices for kindergarten schools during an open house.
  • Study the current students and teachers closely.
  • Search for a school that gives its children the opportunity to actively participate in learning.
  • Find a kindergarten with a low child-to-teacher ratio.
  • Ask the teachers what the children learn every day.
  • Verify the school’s policy on helping children who are both ahead of the rest of the class and those who need a little extra help.
  • Talk to parents whose children either attended the school in the past or attend the school now.
  • Check to see if there is an after-school program your child can participate in, especially if you work full time.
  • Choose a school with an absolute zero-tolerance policy.
  • Ask the school what its discipline policies are.

If you want to add your school for this review, please send us an email.

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