Phnom Penh international schools
A thriving city, Phnom Penh has plenty of international schools to choose from. Source: Shutterstock

International school fees are known to be exorbitant. However, there are more affordable options in Asia today due to a competitive market for international education and a growing middle class in the region’s developing countries.

More local parents are looking to have their children educated in international schools in these countries – mainly for the quality of education and more diverse university pathways.

A recent study by the International Schools Database (ISB) revealed that among Asia’s major cities, international school fees are the cheapest in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. There are approximately fifty international schools in the city.

According to the study, “Phnom Penh is in fact the most affordable city in Asia for international education, and the only city with a minimum price of under US$2,000.”

Phnom Penh as a city is seeing rapid growth, with plenty of investments contributing to its transformation from “ghost town to a pearl city”, as described by its governor, as reported by the Khmer Times.

City governor Khuong Sreng told the portal, “Our city was destroyed during the decades of civil war. There was a road without people, and there were houses without people living in them. At that time there was also only rubble, which made Phnom Penh look like a ghost town.”

“Phnom Penh is the heart of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Our city is known as the pearl city of Asia. In the last four decades after the civil war ended, our capital has been developed.”

Relocating to the thriving city of Phnom Penh and looking for an international school for your children? Here are four of the best international schools in the city.

International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)

A not-for-profit school, this school was established in 1989 and offers one of the best international school education in the country from ages three to Grade 12.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate programmes and a wide range of extracurricular activities.

It is situated on a beautiful campus with facilities such as an arts theatre, swimming pool, computer labs, and sports fields.

The diverse student population here is made up of students from over 50 countries. Tuition fees is approximately US$7,700 to US$24,000.

Australian International School of Phnom Penh (AISPP)

A member of the Australian International Schools Association (AISA), this new international school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) education for the Primary Years and Middle Years as well as the Diploma Programmes.

The large and beautiful campus has plenty of space for a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as karate and swimming, and is a popular option among expats from Australia and New Zealand.

Tuition fees range from US$5,000 to US$22,0000.

iCAN British International School

Another popular school offering affordable fees is the iCan British International School, teaching British curriculum up to Grade 9.

The school delivers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), where children learn through different themed units, utilising the national curriculum for England to facilitate literacy and numeracy learning.

Tuition starts at US$5,000 and goes up to US$13,000.

Singapore Cambodia International Academy

Drawing on expertise by trained and experienced Singaporean and international educators, this school delivers the Cambridge Assessment International Education and is appointed by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) as an Overseas Examination Centre to conduct the Singapore International Primary School Examination (iPSLE).

The school has also been appointed by the University of London as the first and only Recognised Teaching Centre in Cambodia to offer the International Foundation Programme (IFP).

Tuition fees are not readily available on the website.

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