Our education

We are committed to a child-centered curriculum that addresses the needs of international students and makes easy their transfer to other international and national schools. Our curriculum strives to incorporate the experiences, culture and perspectives of our students. We consider the all-round development of the individual and encourage curiosity, reflection, and questioning. We foster an understanding of human values, confidence, and responsibility to society.

We aim for academic quality, with the understanding that all children have different abilities, skills and interests, which if developed and nurtured, will enable them to become mature, self-sufficient and productive members of their communities. We consider our valuable students to be assets in our school. Students, staff and parents meet each other with respect, acceptance and friendship.

Zaman International School’s main objective is to provide a quality international education in English for children of all nationalities living in Phnom Penh who can benefit from its programs. We also feel strong that Cambodian children should be given the opportunity to grow up and learn alongside their expatriate peers. The school’s aims are to develop and foster in its students:

  • The personal qualities of honesty, integrity and respect for truth;

A lifelong love of learning in order to support the development of full social and academic potential;

  • Respect for people of a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds and of various religious and political orientations;
  • A lasting commitment to international co-operation and an understanding of the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
  • Skill and pride in developing communicative competence in languages other than the mother tongue;
  • An appreciation of Cambodia’s culture and its contribution to the heritage of the civilized world;
  • Care and concern for those less fortunate than themselves;
  • The determination to achieve the highest possible standards in all that they do.
  • Family Involvement: Without parents or guardians providing assistance to the children, they will not be able to show their potentials to their best. Therefore, our school involve parents in their education by means of class lectures by parents, home-visits, parent-teacher conferences, open house for parents and personal meetings with parents and so on.
  • Bilingual Education: On one hand, we are a member of University of Cambridge International Examinations, and we do follow Cambridge curriculum for English subjects, e.g. English, Math, Science. We use Singapore Edition textbooks to provide the best education to our students. On the other hand, our school is also licensed by Ministry of Education and by teaching Khmer Literature, Math, Social and Science lessons in Khmer language, we meet the requirements of Cambodian Education system along with the International Curriculum.

Doing so, our aim is to raise Cambodian youth with a focus on their native language and culture and to equip them with academic excellence in English which is a great investment for the future of Cambodia.
We are also a member of Council of International Schools (CIS).

Why Bilingual Education?

“When schools provide children quality education in their primary language, they give them two things: knowledge and literacy. The knowledge that children get through their first language helps make the English they hear and read more comprehensible. Literacy developed in the primary language transfers to the second language. The reason is simple: Because we learn to read by reading–that is, by making sense of what is on the page (Smith, 1994)–it is easier to learn to read in a language we understand. Once we can read in one language, we can read in general. The combination of first language subject matter teaching and literacy development that characterizes good bilingual programs indirectly but powerfully aids students as they strive for a third factor essential to their success: English proficiency. Of course, we also want to teach in English directly, via high quality English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes, and through sheltered subject matter teaching, where intermediate-level English language acquirers learn subject matter taught in English. The best bilingual education programs include all of these characteristics: ESL instruction, sheltered subject matter teaching, and instruction in the first language. Non-English-speaking children initially receive core instruction in the primary language along with ESL instruction. As children grow more proficient in English, they learn subjects using more contextualized language (e.g., math and science) in sheltered classes taught in English, and eventually in mainstream classes. In this way, the sheltered classes function as a bridge between instruction in the first language and in the mainstream. In advanced levels, the only subjects done in the first language are those demanding the most abstract use of language (social studies and language arts). Once full mainstreaming is complete, advanced first language development is available as an option. Gradual exit plans, such as these, avoid problems associated with exiting children too early (before the English they encounter is comprehensible) and provide instruction in the first language where it is most needed. These plans also allow children to have the advantages of advanced first language development.” (Why Bilingual Education? ERIC Digest by Krashen, Stephen )

  • Special Emphasis on Social Skills: For us, education is not only teaching children academic subjects but it is also improving their social skills. For this reason, our school arranges a wide variety of extracurricular activities. To name some of them:

    Club activities we offer include horse-riding, swimming, tennis, taekwondo, aikido, apsara, handicraft, electronic organ etc.
    Saturday activities are arranged by our homeroom teachers to create a warm environment, better communication in class, spend some fun time with classmates and teachers outside the class and socialize more with new people. Saturday activities include fieldtrips, picnics, sports, movie-viewing, birthday parties and so on.

    We also organize big school events every month. These activities are open to all students to join. Some of them are Funfair, Solidarity Festival, Kite Festival, Orphanage visits, Cool Science Kids Club, Badminton, ping pong and chess tournaments, art activities, Quiz Shows, Science and Cultural Fair, etc.

  • Qualified and experienced teachers from different nations/cultures: All of our teachers hold at least Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in their fields with years of experience of teaching young children. Our foreign teachers come from different nationalities such as Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, which is also an advantage for our students to develop an open mind, tolerance and understanding towards different cultures.
  • Our Campus: We are very proud to offer the very ideal teaching environment for quality education. No doubt that our school campus and classrooms are warm-welcoming, safe, clean, lovely and lively for student and parent satisfaction.
  • Technology: All our classrooms from Kindergarten 1 up to Grade 6 are equipped with a set of ActivBoard, Projector, PC, High-speed internet access and supported with all up-to-date educational software and multimedia.
  • Purpose-built Functional Rooms: For some special purposes, we also present the best opportunities; computer lab, music and dance room, science lab, conference room, art room, playground, swimming pool, sports field are some of our featured facilities.