FAQ - Secondary School

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Is my child guaranteed a place at your school?
Is there an entrance test?
How many students do you have per class?
Can you accommodate children with special needs?
What foreign languages are available?
Is there support for those who are not native English speakers?
What diploma or certification do graduates of ISPP receive?
How does your schedule work?
Is there lunch served on campus?
Is there a school uniform?
Are there sports at ISPP?
How does ISPP support students’ social and emotional health?

Is my child guaranteed a place at your school?

Acceptance and grade level placement at ISPP is based on consideration of all of the following:  previous schooling, academic records, special learning needs, EAL considerations, attendance, behavioral considerations, and age. The goal is to determine an appropriate fit for students at ISPP. 

ISPP is at times limited by class size, grade level capacity, and nationality restrictions. Please know that these factors may also affect acceptance into the school. In these instances, applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

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Is there an entrance test?

No, there is not. When necessary, we do require an EAL test in order to determine appropriate placement.

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How many students do you have per class?

Our average class size in Secondary is approximately 17. The enrollment guideline for the number of students per class depends on their age. In Grades 6-12, we have a guideline of 22 students per class.

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Can you accommodate children with special needs?

We have a limited capacity to accommodate special learning needs, but we will consider all applications to ISPP. Generally speaking, our accommodations are limited to students with mild learning issues.

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What foreign languages are available?

ISPP offers French, Spanish, Khmer and Mandarin. The language of instruction is English.

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Is there support for those who are not native English speakers?

English as an Additional Language (EAL) support is offered to students in Grades 6-10 at varying levels. There is an additional fee for these services. No EAL support is provided to students in Grades 11-12 as the rigour of the IB Diploma Programme requires proficiency in English in order to be successful.

For more specific information on the Secondary EAL program, go here.

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What diploma or certification do graduates of ISPP receive?

All students who fulfill the graduation credit requirements receive a high school diploma, recognized internationally through ISPP’s certification with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Most students choose to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in addition to the ISPP high school diploma. Students who complete all requirements and score sufficient marks on external examinations earn this distinguished diploma. 

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How does your schedule work?

Classes meet for either 50 or 80-minute blocks, which rotate throughout the day.  Each class meets 3 or 4 times per week.

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Is there lunch served on campus?

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

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Is there a school uniform?

Students must be appropriately dressed, which means that clothing must be modest and appropriate for school. Torn clothing, suggestive clothing, or clothing adorned with any references to drugs or alcohol is prohibited.  Any clothing that can be disruptive to the learning environment is not permitted.

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Are there sports at ISPP?

ISPP is part of MRISA (Mekong River International Schools Association) which hosts sports and cultural exchanges.  Volleyball, basketball, swimming and football (American soccor) are offered. 

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How does ISPP support students’ social and emotional health?

In addition to creating an open and friendly environment in the classroom and throughout the campus, the secondary school has three structures designed to promote social and emotional well-being. The Home Group programme provides a less formal setting in which to explore life skills issues and address concerns in small groups or one-on-one with the Home Group teacher.

ISPP also has a full-time counselor on the secondary campus who meets with students to help them navigate through their adolescent years, including providing guidance for university application. The Student Support Team provides a third layer of attention to the needs of individual students or groups.

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