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International School of Phnom Penh

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Dr. Michael Francis, Director
International School of Phnom Penh
P.O. Box 138
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 855-23-213-103/4
Fax: 855-23-361-002
E-mail: ispp@bigpond.com.kh


The International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) is a private, nonprofit, English language, coeducational day school that offers an educational program from preschool (2.5 year olds) through grade 12. The School was founded in 1989. The school year consists of 2 semesters, each of 2 terms. The first semester commences on August 15 and ends on December 20, 2000. The second semester commences January 22, 2001 and ends on June 8, 2001.

Organization: The school operates under an agreement with the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.

Curriculum: The curriculum draws from diverse English language sources. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is offered in Grades 11 and 12. Students can study for a U.S. high school diploma. In Grades 6 to 10, the school is implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Full authorization for this program is expected in January 2001. In the elementary grades, the school operates a developmentally based preschool and Reception 1 to Grade 1 program incorporating appropriate academic activities. Grades 2 to 5 feature a comprehensive curriculum provision through composite classes. Music, Art, Computer Studies, Physical Education, Swimming, ESL, French and Khmer language classes are part of the curriculum for all grades. ISPP has a small staff providing learning support and counseling activities. The school runs an extensive after-school program incorporating more than 40 different activities including instrumental music.

Faculty: There are 38 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year. The faculty is multi-national; the vast majority come from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Fifteen teachers have advanced degrees in education while a further six are completing Master's degrees.

Enrollment: In September 2000, 313 students were enrolled at ISPP, of whom 189 were enrolled in the elementary school and 124 in the secondary school. Enrollment statistics were as follows: 32 different countries with regional breakdown - Asia (other than Cambodia) 24%; Europe 22%; North America 18%; Cambodia 16% and Australia 12%. Parental occupations: diplomatic corps, UN and IO 49%; business 23%; NGO l6% and government l0%.

Facilities: The School is currently housed in rental facilities on opposite sides of Norodom Boulevard. The elementary school campus was recently extended and has excellent classroom facilities including a library, computer and media center, art and music rooms, a basketball court and medium-size swimming pool. The secondary school occupies recently renovated facilities, including an auditorium, computer laboratory, library, studio art and design center, 2 science laboratories, 9 general-purpose classrooms, and a basketball court. All rooms on both campuses are air-conditioned.

Finances: ISPP relies on tuition and fees as its only source of revenue. Current tuition rates are as follows: Preschool (half day): $2,000, and Reception 1 (half day) $2,840. Reception 1 (full day): $3,440; Reception 2: $5,860; grades 1-5: $6,800; grades 6-8: $7,680; grade 9-10: $8,380 and grades 11-12: $8,980. There is a one-time entrance fee of $2,000 and a capital fee of $1,200 for new students and $1,000 for returning students. Students requiring additional ESL tutoring pay fees according to the level of service required ranging from minimal to intensive $150-$1250 per Term. Families with 3 or more children attending ISPP receive a 25% tuition discount for the third child (in order of age) and subsequent children attending ISPP. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.