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Choosing a School

You’ve arrived in Siem Reap, found your way around, and possibly even chosen a place to live (if not, our guide to finding long term accommodation can help you). For families newly arrived in Siem Reap, finding a school is next on the to-do list, especially if you’re looking for an international school.

Siem Reap has experienced a surge in the opening of new international schools catering to expat children in recent years. This gives parents a wide range of options, from preschool to high school and everything in between. Unless your child can attend a Khmer school with lessons delivered in Khmer, a private international school is likely to be your focus.

For parents who are contemplating the school system for the first time, it’s important to consider the type of school you’d like your children to attend. Take into account the languages in which lessons will be taught and which curriculum might suit your child best. Also, consider whether you will be staying in Siem Reap long-term or if there’s a possibility of returning to the school system in your home country. Practical factors such as the distance of the school run, finishing times, after-school arrangements, and the cost of school fees will all influence your final decision.

It is recommended to visit the schools you are considering and ask questions about class sizes, curriculum, teaching methods, facilities, and after-school activities. Taking a tour or attending an open day will give you a sense of a typical school day and the opportunity to observe children engaging in lessons or playtime. Additionally, inquire about school lunches, bus or other transportation options, finish times, and uniform requirements. It’s beneficial to view multiple schools for comparison. While personal recommendations can be helpful, it’s important to remember that everyone has different experiences, and what works for one family may not be ideal for yours.

Pre-school, Primary and High School

Ideal for working parents, as well as those wanting their child to learn through play in a social environment, or to familiarise young children with a learning setting before they begin formal schooling, pre-school (or kindergarten) is a popular solution. Typically, children can start, often part-time, from a very young age, and stay until they are ready to enrol in their first school (usually around 4 or 5 years old).

Primary-aged children are well catered for in Siem Reap, with a variety of options to suit your preference. These are important years for your child, and schools for this age group should promote a stimulating and positive environment for them to master the foundations of reading, writing and maths.

For older children, Secondary or High School options aren’t as prolific, particularly in the international school category. Avoid competition for places by applying in plenty of time, wherever possible. Places for milestone year groups, such as the first year of High School, get snapped up quickly either by newcomers to the city, as well as intake from existing Primary pupils.


Admission policies and procedures are often detailed on the school’s website, or you can contact the school direct for more information. Many schools require new students to sit an entry assessment test, particularly if tuition is to be in English and English is the child’s second language. This might be spoken as well as written, so do check with each school.

For a smooth admissions process, take several passport-sized photographs of your child, and one of each of the parents. You’ll need copies of your child’s passport and valid visa, as well as copies of your own. If your child has attended a school anywhere else, bring copies of their latest report. Have medical history and vaccination records to hand, incase these are requested for the school’s records.

Siem Reap’s Top International Schools

Ecole Francaise de Siem Reap

The French School offers a quality education where children, placed at the heart of learning, are encouraged to develop their creativity and critical thinking as part of an academic path of excellence. It is an inclusive school providing a caring environment, valuing the qualities of all so that everyone can learn and develop at their own pace. Civic education, taught throughout the school, enables the practice of dialogue, demonstrates the need for knowledge to overcome prejudice, and fosters autonomy and critical thinking.

From a very early age, pupils live in an international environment. The presence of French schools and establishments in 140 countries allows families to benefit from an unparalleled worldwide network, ensuring that their children can continue their education even if they change countries of residence. We encourage our students to have the confidence to move forward positively in their academic, social, and emotional journey.

We have been open for 20 years and accept students from all nationalities. In addition to the French curriculum, we also offer the Khmer academic program and the Cambridge certificate.

Ecole Francaise de Siem Reap

Sala Kamreuk Street, Siem Reap – Google Maps
Monday to Friday from 8am – 3.30pm
+855 077 546 044
Age: 2 years – 14 years

Tree House

Tree House caters for children from six months to 14 years, covering nursery, pre-school and primary, with a brand new high school opening in August 2023.
Age group: 6 months – 14 years

ISSR (International School of Siem Reap)

This Primary and High School also offers early years places to children from age two and a half upwards. Admission is open to all nationalities. ISSR follows the British National Curriculum.
Age group: 2-17

Go Global

Children from age three onwards can join their Lower School programme which follows the British ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. Children can continue their primary education at the school from Year 1 onwards, following either the Khmer Curriculum or the British Curriculum (tuition in English).
Age group: 3-11

Mount Elite School

The British ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum is offered here, for children aged two to six. Older children join the Primary classes, also following the British Curriculum.
Age group: 2-11

ACE (Australian Centre for Education)

The ACE Children’s Program (CP) is specifically designed for children from 8 to 10 years of age and is part-time.
Age group: 8-10

IQ International School

Offering Pre-Kindergarten classes for four and five year olds, and Kindergarten classes for five and six year olds, this school provides Elementary, Middle and High School following the American Curriculum.
Age group: 4-17



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