Welcome to HOPE International School
We are grateful you are looking into a HOPE education for your child. As the Director, I want to be the first to share with you about the vibrant educational experience here at HOPE. Our school is a committed Christian community who seeks to integrate Biblical knowledge into all its curriculum. HOPE’s teachers and staff have a passion to educate and support Missionary and Third Culture Kids in Cambodia.
HOPE also intentionally enrolls a diverse student body that is truly reflective of an international education. Many of our graduates attend university and are well prepared academically, socially, physically, and spiritually. I understand there are many international schools in Phnom Penh; we are humbled and honored that your family is considering joining the HOPE Family. Go Koupreys!
Adam P. Ecklund, PhD
Director of HOPE International School
New Student Application Process
Application Fee – The application fee is $100 per student. Please make this payment after you have submitted the application online. This is a non-refundable fee. Payment may be made in the form of cash or bank transfer. This fee is due when submitting the application form.
School Records/Transcripts – The past two school years’ records are required. Report cards with teacher’s comments are preferred. If not available, include a teacher’s letter of recommendation. If the records are not in English, they must be translated and authenticated.
Letter from Missionary Organization (if applicable) – If one is applying as a missionary or full time Christian worker, a letter from the organization one is working with must be submitted. Included in this letter should be the name, address, and phone number of the organization (both for the headquarters and the local ministry), verification that you are working under this organization, and what job capacity. Also needed are the details of the contact person/director. This should be submitted to Admissions Department.
Testing – Once the application form, application fee, school records/test results, and mission letter (if applicable) are submitted and reviewed, appointments will be scheduled for testing. Testing may include more than one test, including English language and mathematics. Test results will be reviewed along with the application form and records.
Should your child be an English Language Learner then it will be necessary for your child to sit an ELL test. The ELL test comprises of English writing, speaking, listening and reading skill components.
Interview with Administration – The Principals will review applications. An interview may be requested for both parents and child.
Admission Decision – Once Steps 1-3 are completed an admission decision will be made and this decision will be conveyed to the parents. When an application is accepted you have one month to confirm that you accept the offer. This is done by paying the required enrollment fee, and confirming the date your child will start at HOPE School.
If your child fails to start school within two months of the confirmed date, you will forfeit your placement. Your application will then need to be reconsidered by the Admissions Committee.
Should a place not be available, your child will be placed on a waiting list according to the Admissions Policy. You will then be contacted when a place for your child becomes available.
2023 – 2024 Tuition and Capital Fees
Discounts may be available for qualifying applicants. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The delineation of Grade levels does not reflect the system in any one particular country, as HOPE is an international school, catering for many children from different backgrounds. It has been established, however, with consideration of portability to and from home country systems.
Please see Comparative Grade Levels and Grades table for more details.
Primary School (Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1 to Grade 5)
- Students can begin in Preschool 1 the August after they turn 3.
- Students can move to Preschool 2 the August after they turn 4.
- Students can move into Kindergarten the August after they turn 5.
Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
- Students can move into Grade 6 the August after they turn 11.
High School (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
- IGCSE – G9 and G10 Students commence IGCSE the August after they turn 14. ESL students need to be proficient in English before they can advance from Grade 8. Students need to complete both years of this two year course, and would not normally be admitted into Grade 10 without completing Grade 9.
- IB Diploma and HOPE School Diploma – G11 and G12 Students commence their IB Diploma or their HOPE Diploma the August after they turn 16. Students need to complete both years of this two year course, and would not normally be admitted into Grade 12 without completing Grade 11.
The delineation of year levels does not reflect the system in any one particular country, as HOPE is an international school, catering for many children from different backgrounds. It has been established, however, with consideration of portability to and from home country systems.
Please see Comparative Year Levels and Grades table for more details.
Primary School (Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1 to Year 5)
- Pre School 1 Student can move to Preschool 1 the August after they turn 3.
- Pre School 2 Student can move to Preschool 2 the August after they turn 4.
- Students can move into Kindergarten the August after they turn 5.
Middle School (Year 6 to Year 8)
- Students can move into Year 6 the August after they turn 11.
High School (Year 9 to Year 12)
- IGCSE – Yr 9 and 10 Students commence their IGCSE the August after they turn 14. ESL students need to be proficient in English before they can advance from Year 8. Students need to complete both years of this two year course, and would not normally be admitted into Year 10 without completing Year 9.
- IB Diploma and HOPE School Diploma – Yr 11 and 12 Students commence their IB Diploma or their HOPE Diploma the August after they turn 16. Students need to complete both years of this two year course, and would not normally be admitted into Year 12 without completing Year 11.
HOPE International School has allowed both my husband and I to be involved in ministering to Cambodian university students and work with church planting. HOPE has given our children an excellent education as well as a close-knit community in which they have thrived. We weren’t sure when we came to Cambodia how we were going to be able to balance ministry, life in a third world country and education for our children. We were so grateful when we found HOPE because we feel like our kids get the same care and nurturing that they would receive in a homeschooling environment, but have a social outlet which would be challenging to get without school. Our family has been very blessed by the teachers and staff at HOPE. We feel like HOPE is an essential part of our ministry and work here.
When Tricia and I were looking for a school for our boys we had three criteria: Christian distinctive, quality of education and international exposure. HOPE is unique in it’s ability to offer all three. The Christian distinctive and international diversity among students and staff were immediately evident. As Americans we weren’t familiar with IGCSE, but knew the IB program provided academic rigor. Our oldest has recently taken his SAT and scored remarkably well. Not only has HOPE’s academic preparation given him the ability to attend the college of his choice, but also to use his IB achievements to receive college credits. This translates to a significant time and tuition savings for our sons in their college careers. HOPE has been instrumental in helping us provide the type of education we have desired for our children while serving in Cambodia.
We arrived in mid-January from Norway with 3 boys, ages 4, 6 & 8. Needless to say, transitions are overwhelming no matter how many times one has done it before. My first week here was intense and challenging with all the unknowns. My first Friday at assembly with my boys at HOPE South, I just broke into tears. I knew right then, that if everything seemed to be going not quite as planned, putting my boys in HOPE was a right decision. So right that it made everything else that was challenging and hard seem so much less significant. My boys will be nurtured in a safe environment, with and through children, teachers and parents with the same heart and love for the Lord and Cambodia. This will definitely help us create a family life that thrives in our new environment and give us the freedom and peace of mind to serve the Lord fully here.