FAQ - Elementary School

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What grade level will my child be placed in?
How many students do you have per class?
Why do you not accept more Cambodian students at ISPP?
What is the background of your teachers?

What if my child does not speak any English?
Which foreign languages can my child study?
Do you offer a Mother Tongue programme?
Does the school provide lunch?
What should my child wear?
Which extracurricular activities do you offer?

What grade level will my child be placed in?

The initial placement is usually based on the student's age cohort. Students wishing to enrol must reach the respective chronological age before the 1st of September and successfully meet all other entrance criteria. (Back to top)

ISPP Level
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June)
Age
Aug 31st
Australia
(Jan-Dec)
USA/
Canada 
(Sep-Jun)
New Zealand
(Jan-
Dec)
India
(Aug-
June)
UK
(Sept-
June)
The Netherlands
(Aug-Jun)
Early Years 1 3 Preschool Preschool Preschool Nursery Nursery Preschool
Early Years 2 4 Preschool Preschool Kinder-garten K-1 Reception Group 1
Primary Years Reception 5 KG/Prep Kinder-garten Year 1 K-2 Year 1 Group 2
Grade 1 6 Year 1 Grade 1 Year 2 Standard 1 Year 2 Group 3
Grade 2 7 Year 2 Grade 2 Year 3 Standard 2 Year 3 Group 4
Grade 3 8 Year 3 Grade 3 Year 4 Standard 3 Year 4 Group 5
Grade 4 9 Year 4 Grade 4 Year 5 Standard 4 Year 5 Group 6
Grade 5 10 Year 5 Grade 5 Year 6 Standard 5 Year 6 Group 7

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How many students do you have per class?

The enrollment guideline for the number of students per class depends on their age. In Early Years 1 and Early Years 2, we have a guideline of 18 students per class. In Kindergarten and Grade 1, our guideline is 20, and in Grades 2-12, we have a guideline of 22 students per class.

The overall teacher/student ratio at Elementary school is 1/10. All classroom teachers are supported by one or several teacher assistants, depending on the age of the students.

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Why do you not accept more Cambodian students at ISPP?

In order to maintain our international environment, school policy stipulates that we can have a maximum of 30% of students representing any one nationality in each grade level. We currently have students from nearly 50 nationalities attending ISPP.

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What is the background of your teachers?

Our professional staff are all certified teachers primarily from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Europe. ISPP has a strong focus on the Professional Development of faculty members and provides in-house workshops as well as overseas courses.

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What if my child does not speak any English?

Being an international school, we have students from many different language backgrounds. The English as an Additional or Foreign Language (EAL) programme provides support to students whose mother tongue is not English. EAL support is available from Grade 2 to Grade 5 as full support or partial support. All new students to the school are assessed and placed at the appropriate level of assistance. As children are given attention individually or in small groups, an extra fee is charged for the full EAL programme.

While in the EAL programme, children participate in many different activities designed to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. EAL classes take place during the class language time and when the other students are learning a foreign language. Therefore, they are participating in activities similar to what the mainstream class is doing but with more focus on increasing English language proficiency.

On average, Elementary school students need about 18 months to 2 years of some form of EAL support before they have sufficient English to function independently in the mainstream. But even here it is necessary to stress the words "on average". The actual time needed will depend on a number of learner variables, such as language learning aptitude, student motivation, similarity between English and the mother tongue language.

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Which foreign languages can my child study?

All students from Grade 2 upwards (except those in the English as an Additional Language programme) study a foreign language. They have the choice between Khmer, French and Mandarin Chinese.

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Do you offer a Mother Tongue programme?

ISPP believes that it is vital that all students have the opportunity to maintain their Mother Tongue (the main language that the student uses at home) wherever feasible.

Based on educational research, ISPP believes that students with a strong mother tongue are far more successful in learning and functioning in another target language. Therefore ISPP is continuously looking for innovative ways to facilitate the maintenance of your child's Mother Tongue.

For further information about our Elementary Mother Tongue programme, go here.

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Does the school provide lunch?

Yes, information about the school lunch programme can be found here.

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What should my child wear?

We do not have a school uniform. A good educational programme includes lots of activity and children should be appropriately dressed so they can move easily and freely. Sensible footwear that allows students to climb and run safely is essential.

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Which extracurricular activities do you offer?

ISPP offers an extensive After School programme for children from 3 to 17 years old, including many sports activities and individual music lessons. You can find more information here.

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