Northbridge International School Cambodia, which became part of Nord Anglia Education last year - one of the world’s leading organizations, is now accepting students for the next school year. Located in Northbridge Communities, one of Phnom Penh’s oldest gated communities, it is the only Nord Anglia campus in Cambodia. As part of an organization which currently operates 29 schools stretching from the US to the Middle East and China, the school provides a plethora of international resources giving its students, as well as teachers, opportunities on a global scale.
The school’s curriculum allows its students to obtain the sought-after International Baccalaureate qualification. They also provide students with personalized learning, focusing on facilitating self-learning. The difference with this kind of curriculum is that it’s inquiry based, which means students learn primarily through investigating subjects, not just learning from a book.
“[Students] have a subject that they go out and investigate, get evidence for and work together as a team, and it makes the children think,” said Melanie Ireland, Director of Admissions and Marketing of Northbridge International School Cambodia. “They are doing that from age three. It gives them a confidence that you wouldn’t normally see in three-year-olds because we are asking them to be more open and ask questions and ask why.”
After primary and secondary school, students enter the Diploma Program, a highly demanding and highly rewarding graduation program. Afterwards, graduates have opportunities to enter prestigious universities around the world.
However, what truly sets Northbridge apart from other schools in Cambodia is the international programs it offers, according to Ireland.
For example, this year, the students had the chance to be part of the Nord Anglia Education Global Orchestra in New York. Three students from Northbridge joined 80 other students to perform together as an ensemble.
“We give our students a lot of opportunities for students to get out and experience other cultures,” said Ireland. “We’re proving we are a global brand.”
In addition to the Global Orchestra, the school also offers other opportunities to travel as well, such as an expedition to Tanzania, where students participate in competitions for photography, creative writing, dancing and singing and sports, just to name a few.
Moreover, Nord Anglia Education has just collaborated with The Julliard School, a world renowned performing arts conservatory in New York, to develop an innovative arts education curriculum for students of all ages.
These opportunities are exclusive to students attending schools within the Nord Anglia Education family.
“It’s not just about paying your fees and them taking it, it all goes back in to benefit the students,” said Ireland.
Northbridge International Cambodia has also invested in new facilities on their campus in Phnom Penh, such as a primary school playground, a secondary school playground, a two-storey library, a science laboratory and even a coffee shop for parents.