Early Childhood

This is for children from 2 years old to 5 years old. The ages below are the ages the children must be by the 31st of December.

Our Curriculum: IPC Early Years

The IPC Early Years program is designed for children between the ages of 3, 4 and 5.  The IPC Early Years program was written by practicing early years specialists and provides the same mix of practical, rigorous support for teachers and exciting, appropriate work for children as the IPC main program for 5 to 12 year olds. The Early Years program also helps children to become familiar with the IPC learning process for each unit and better prepare them for progression to the IPC main program.


  • Pre-school 1:  3 year olds (also known as K-3)
  • Pre-school 2:  4 year olds (also known as K-4)

These classes are half day classes for mornings (7:45 – 11:30am) and afternoons (12:45 – 4:30) Monday-Friday.

The classes are entirely in English. The curriculum is based on learning through doing, speaking, listening, playing, and singing. A large component is helping children learn to be aware of others, to share, and to enjoy play. During play there is much language and the children learn without knowing that they are learning.

Pre-school is an excellent preparation for whole day school. In terms of English acquisition it is just the right time to learn.

Kindergarten : 5 years old (also known as K-5)

The children study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. They also have Art, Sport, Computer, Swimming, Music and Library. It is a language intensive program with: learning through doing, speaking, listening, drawing, playing, and singing. It is the year they are formally taught letters and sounds in English and begin to read and write stories.



Our Elementary School consists of Grade 1 through to Grade 5.

The ages below are the ages the children must be by the 31st of December.

  • Grade 1 : 6 years of age
  • Grade 2 : 7 years of age
  • Grade 3 : 8 years of age
  • Grade 4 : 9 years of age
  • Grade 5 : 10 years of age

Each class has an English first language, experienced, qualified or trained teacher as well as a Khmer teacher.

Students study English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. They also have Art, Sport, Computer, Swimming, Music and Library.

During these years children learn to read and write as well as learn more about the world in which they live.

Reading is the single most important activity that helps children in every subject. Readers are the students who often do very well in their studies.



All subjects are taught in English. Students must be able to speak, read and write English. When students apply they are required to bring report cards from their previous school. An oral quiz will be given followed by a written if this is deemed necessary for us to determine if the student can be successful. 


Secondary School

The secondary school comprises classes from Grade 6 to Grade 12.

Middle School: Grades 6 - 8

In Middle School our students study the following subjects:-

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • Social Studies (History and Geography)

The special subjects are:-

  • ICT (computers)
  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E. (sports, swimming)

Ages for Enrolment (Students must be the age listed as of 31st December)

  • Grade 6:        11 years
  • Grade 7:        12 years
  • Grade 8:        13 years
  • Grade 9:        14 years
  • Grade 10:     15 years
  • Grade 11:     16 years
  • Grade 12:     17 years



Upper School: Grades 9 - 11

In Grades 9 and 10 our students study for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) from Cambridge in England. 

  • English as a Second Language  OR
  • English as a First Language
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) - a double award

In Grades 11 and 12 our students study for a combination of AS subjects from Cambridge and school curriculum subjects. 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics 
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Physics

Students also study Psychology and IELTS.

Students in Grades 9 - 12 also study special subjects of Art, ICT, Music, P.E. and Swimming.  

Science Curriculum Topics for Grade 1 – Grade 5

Grade1  Plants  Simple Machines  Weather – clouds, rain, sun; water cycle, condensation 
Solar System and Night Sky 
Body Parts
Grade 2  Dinosaurs Prehistoric Animals  Water and Air  The Earth: Rocks and Fossils  Good Health
Grade 3  Endangered Animals
Cambodian Animals
Animal Habitats & Coloration
 Magnets Save our Earth Environment

Food & Nutrition Teeth
Grade 4  Animals of the Biomes
Scientists of the Biomes
 How does it work?
Inventions, inventors and discoveries
 Environment Biomes  Diseases
4 Body Systems:

  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Circulation
  • Nervous
Grade 5  6 Categories of Animals
Plants (Hypothesis)
Beginning of Scientific Theory
Color, Light

  • Weather fronts
  • Climate Change
  • Global Warming
  • Disasters
Non-healthy habits:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Drugs
  • Bad Foods


Social Studies Curriculum Topics for Grade 1 – Grade 5

  Map Skills Geography History Culture Economics Civics Cambodia
Grade1   Continents, Oceans, NSEW, Map Keys Cambodia, Thailand  Cambodia and Cambodia’s different cultures and Thailand Cities and rural communities in Cambodia People and events
Family History
Ankor Wat
Urban and rural families .
Beliefs and celebrations; festivals and customs of Thailand
Urban, rural economics .
Producers and Consumers
Working with friends, responsibility  Holidays, rice fields, some occupations of Cambodian people
Grade 2  Continents, N & S hemispheres, Oceans, NSEW, Map Key, Physical features; China, Vietnam, Laos Asia: Mekong Countries, China, Vietnam, Laos Environmental awareness; recycling in Phnom Penh  People and events Countries change over time, history of river cultures   Festivals and customs of Vietnam, China and Laos River economics  Rules, safety, cooperative work  Geography 
Exploring Phnom Penh
Business – goods and services – related to river economy 
Grade 3  Features of maps, ordinal, intermediate directions, key, continents, water boundaries India, Japan, France Responsibility for environment  French history in Cambodia & SE Asia
Famous people in the world 
Factors of culture family cultures; Indian, French & Japanese cultures  Personal response to environment   Family structures in countries of study Daily life, artwork, customs, holidays Impact of French on 
Grade 4  Use, scale and distance, symbols, indexes, latitude, longitude, continents, oceans, landforms Biomes
Wonders of the World (natural – Great Barrier Reef, Niagara Falls…) 
Pyramids  Wonders of the World (man made, including Angkor)   Natural resources: create a business plan and product; Aboriginal economics Adapting to different environments
Value of working together 
Job opportunities and job markets in Cambodia 
Grade 5 Types, direction, distance, legend/key, latitude, longitude, continents, oceans, landforms   United Kingdom, Australia 
Migration of people
Structures (castles…)
Middle Ages 
Feudal system 
Cultural diversity; interaction; pride in our culture and awareness of others  Basics of economics and how it has changed from Middle Ages  Universal human rights; responsibilities;
Class structures 
Geography, human interaction with environment, conservation and pollution; natural resources