Australian International School Phnom Penh

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Message from Head of School

Betsy Hanselmann AISPP

Hello! I am happy to greet you and welcome you to the Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP). We are excited to continue growing, as we enter into our 5th school year in 2021-2022. We take pride in offering the Australian Curriculum (AC), as it is one of the best worldwide for inquiry learning. This matches nicely with our authorisations from the International Baccalaureate in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), and the Career-related Programme (CP). We are very proud to be known as the ONLY 4-IB Programme school in Cambodia!

In our short years of existence, we have also earned the Council of International Schools (CIS) membership status, moving into the accreditation phase this year. Our team has worked very well together, putting all of the pieces into place for your children and our school. The standards of CIS bring the professionalism of AISPP up to the strongest level of overall education, health and safety for your children. This includes our commitment to Child Protection for all children and all staff, at all times, on our campus or in any school activity.

Our experienced and skilled teachers come from around the world – Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Canada, and more. With their international teaching experience, they are the best guides for your children in making their way through the world of education. We encourage all children to be proactive learners, taking the responsibility to think critically, be creative, challenge themselves, and know that they can make a difference in this world. This is what the Australian Curriculum strives for, as well as what the IB focuses on – global citizenship and internationalism is key to success in the world today, and our caring environment will give your child that advantage.

We look forward to welcoming your whole family to our gorgeous, tropical campus in the quiet area of Toul Sangke at any time.

Betsy Hanselmann, M. Ed.
Head of School

About us

The Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) is the only Australian school in Cambodia, offering quality education following the Australian Curriculum and the globally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes.

AISPP students from Early Years, Primary Years, and Secondary Years benefit from outstanding educational opportunities led by our motivated, qualified and experienced teachers. Enjoying a combination of modern classroom experiences and a wealth of co-curricular opportunities, our students work with confidence towards becoming global citizens – inspiring, unique, and visionary.

AISPP is a CIS Member School, an IB World School, a proud member of the Australian International School Association (AISA), and a global partner with the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW).

Our Community

Our community is central to everything that we do and your children are central to our community.

Truly effective education involves a partnership between school, students and families – a partnership with a shared purpose, to help your children be the best they can be.

Join our community and enjoy not only regular, clear and purposeful communication on your child’s educational progress, but a range of social and cultural events hosted throughout the year at our stunning garden campus.

Teachers and Leadership

The Australian International School Phnom Penh prides itself on the quality, experience and qualifications of its staff. Drawn mainly from Australia, the UK, the US, South Africa and New Zealand, our team brings together the very best national and international qualifications and standards – meaning they are ideally placed to help your children be the best they can be.

Averaging 15 years’ experience in education, over 60% of our teachers hold advanced, post-graduate qualifications. All hold Bachelor’s Degrees and are professionally licensed by the relevant authorities in their home countries.

Curriculum Overview

Early Years (Aged 2-4)

Our Early Years learners enjoy a play-based learning curriculum which follows the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This is taught through the lens of the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching, learning and advocacy children. Our children are filled with natural curiosity and bursting creativity. These attributes form the basis for learning journeys that are accomplished in a warm and collaborative environment and strong relationships with teachers and peers.

Primary Years (Foundation – Primary Year 5)

Our Secondary Years students continue to follow the Australian standards taught through the IB Middle Years Programme methodologies, providing both academic and rigour and a focus on skills development.

Senior students are able to choose between a range of graduation options:

The IB Diploma – This internationally respected programme is a highly rigorous academic course. It is recognised and accepted to universities worldwide.

IB Courses and High School Diploma – Depending on academic ability and / or choice of university programme, some students will select to graduate with a High School Diploma.

The 4th IB Programme, the Career-related Programme (CP), currently runs at AISPP in partnership with 2 world renowned universities – Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). For certain subjects, it is possible to complete university courses while still in high school at AISPP.

For students wanting careers in any area of art and design, the partnership with SCAD is a unique opportunity. Our AISPP Students will join Freshman University students through SCAD’s online platform and spend around 50% of their time in lectures and seminars with some of the world’s leading professors. Our students are able to complete the first year of university during Year 11&12, with appropriate grades.

For those wanting involvement in the aeronautical world, ERAU is the best place to earn your wings!

Campus and Facilities

Set in stunning tropical gardens, AISPP offers the full range of international standard facilities, designed with the future in mind.

Take a virtual tour of our campus facilities:



Dear Prospective AISPP Parents,

I would personally like to welcome you to our AISPP community. The AISPP Admissions team
is ready to support you and your family to ensure a successful and smooth transition from your
existing school to AISPP, be it if you are already located in Phnom Penh or are soon to make
your way to the Kingdom of Wonder.

We are here to ensure the admissions process is clear, easy to follow and completed in a timely
manner. We have the flexibility to meet your individual needs and can arrange campus tours,
principal meetings and even teacher meetings if required.

The AISPP Admissions Policy can be read on our website, however if any of the policy contents
are unclear, please feel free to reach out to one of our admissions team members, in English or

We look forward to welcoming you and your family on campus, we hope your transition between
schools is a pleasant one.

Thank-you and Kind Regards,
Traleen Cumming
Admissions Director