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Who is Invictus Phnom Penh?

Invictus is a forward-looking international school that provides a high-quality education at an accessible cost. Founded in Singapore in 2015, Invictus focuses on holistic education and character development with an emphasis on leadership, multilingualism and the highly effective Singapore Mathematics. Invictus Phnom Penh opened in Cambodia in December of 2019.

How does it compare to other schools?

Invictus has an excellent track record, offering premium and affordable education. Our tuition fees are relatively lower in comparison with other international schools. Our students and staff are representative of more than 45 nationalities.

Where are your teachers from?

Our teachers come from around the world and have received their education from an English medium university. Most if not all of our teachers have varying years of teaching experience and have taught at an international school before joining Invictus. There are more than 20 nationalities represented among our teachers. Find out more about our teachers here.

What curriculum is used at Invictus Phnom Penh?

At Invictus, we utilise the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for students aged 4 to 5. They then transition to the International Cambridge Primary Curriculum, a UK based curriculum used by many schools worldwide.

The Cambridge Primary Curriculum is supplemented with Jolly Phonics, a UK based phonics-based program. Jolly Phonics uses a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, this multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers alike as they can see their students achieve.

For more information please check out our curriculum page here.

How is Cambridge international curriculum different from International Baccalaureate (IB)?

Both the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and the IB are inquiry-based learning curriculums. However, Cambridge Primary Curriculum sets uniform learning goals, while the IB allows each school to decide their own learning goals. This might lead to varying degrees in quality of education. Since the Cambridge primary Curriculum is standardised, parents are able to find the learning goals that are covered online, regardless of the school the child is attending. It is also multidisciplinary rather than transdisciplinary, which means only subjects that naturally fit into a theme are used rather than forcing every subject to be in every unit.

What is Singapore Mathematics?

Singapore mathematics is a teaching method based on the national mathematics curriculum of Singapore used for Year 1 to Year 6. The term was initially coined in the United States to describe an approach developed initially in Singapore, which teaches students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail and having them learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. The three steps in this process are concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the first step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using tangible objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. In the lower grades, we focus mostly on the first two stages. Students then solve mathematical problems abstractly by using numbers and symbols at the higher levels. Singapore Mathematics has been adopted successfully in at least 25 countries and helps students develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking abilities. This approach has garnered attention worldwide for its effectiveness in improving students' mathematical proficiency and has influenced mathematics education globally. 

What is the student-teacher ratio in each classroom?

Early Years have 1 teacher and 2 teaching assistants for up to 20 students in the classroom. Lower Primary has 1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant for up to 25 students. The rest of the classes have 1 teacher for up to 25 students.

Does Invictus offer a foreign language programme?

Yes, we offer a bilingual program. Parents can select between English and French, English and Mandarin or English and Khmer. While Cambodian citizens are required to take English and Khmer, they may discuss an option of studying a third language. Lessons are taught at a level comfortable to the children during school hours. With globalisation, it is crucial that we hone the multi-lingual abilities of each child to give them a competitive edge. As demand builds for additional languages we will look into providing these.

What about Music and Art at Invictus?

Music and Art are integrated into the curriculum and taught by our specialist teacher. At the higher levels, they will be taught as individual subjects.

Do students have Physical Education lessons and outdoor play?

Our purpose-built campus has an outdoor playground and students are allocated sufficient outdoor playtime. Physical Education also features prominently in our curriculum. You can find out more about our campus here.

What are the school hours and are there any Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)?

School currently starts at 7:30AM (for Early Years and Primary) and 8AM (for Secondary), and ends at 2:30PM and 3PM accordingly. Children can also join the CCAs after school (from 3 pm to 4 pm), and the cost of attendance will be payable to the vendors.

What are the after-school Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) offered?

We offer after school CCAs. For more information, please visit our Co-curricular activities page. 

What does my child eat for lunch and snacks?

For information on lunch and snacks, please visit our  Lunch n snacks page.

Are students required to wear a school uniform?

All Invictus students are required to wear the school uniform on campus. It consists of a navy-blue polo with the school crest, grey shorts or skirt with the school's name. Children are required to wear closed-toed shoes always. Flip-flops, Crocs and sandals are not acceptable. Black tennis shoes with white socks are preferred and required on photo days and official school events.

Is there transportation or school bus services?

Due to the low demand currently, Invictus is unable to offer any school bus services. However, the school might look into providing such services if there is sufficient demand in the future.

What and Why is there a Pre-Admissions Assessment? Do I need to prepare my child?

The pre-admission assessment is put in place to get an accurate representation of each students' learning needs. Students with special learning or behavioural needs will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis. This is to ensure each student has equal access to the teacher and does not need one to one support. The assessment is generally done in small groups to ensure children can work in small groups. In the lower grades, it consists of a basic reading level assessment as well as math levelling. For Year 1 and 2 students, we are more concerned with school readiness rather than actual academic levels. However, a solid foundation in phonics and numbers is a plus.
For more information on the Application Process, please click here.

How much does the Pre-Admissions Assessment cost?

The cost of the assessment is USD$100 payable by cash, cheque, or bank transfer before assessment. If you are making a bank transfer, please let the admissions officer know, and an invoice will be emailed to the address used during registration. Otherwise, payment is due at the time of assessment; an invoice will be waiting for you at the front desk if you have not made a bank transfer. The results of the assessment will be withheld in the case of non-payment. Payment is non-refundable.

Can I sit with my child during the assessment?

Regrettably, we do not allow parents to sit with their child for the assessment. We need to be able to assess your child independent from your relationship with them as a parent. Parents will be asked to say “goodbye” to their child as they go to a classroom with a friendly teacher. Please prepare your child for this separation.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment will take approximately 45 minutes. You are welcome to wait in our lobby or come back later to pick up your child.

When will we get the results? What are the next steps?

You should hear back from our admissions department within one week of your child taking the assessment. If your child passes the assessment he/she will either be offered a place in the school or put on our waiting list. For more information on admissions eligibility please click here.