Dear Parent of a Prospective CIA FIRST Student
On behalf of CIA FIRST International School we would like to thank you for your interest in our school. We are very proud of our school and we consider it to be the highest endorsement that a school may receive when a parent chooses to enroll their child in that school. Choosing CIA FIRST International School as your child’s school means that they will be part of one of the fastest growing International Schools in Cambodia. We are proud of the quality of education our students receive and the accomplishments of our graduates. Of CIA FIRST International School’s first high school graduating class (2012-13) five of the six graduates went on to university (two in Phnom Penh and the others in Australia, Canada, and Korea); the graduate who chose not to enroll in university is working as a teacher in Phnom Penh.
CIA FIRST International School is a private, non-sectarian international school that opened in 2004 with 16 students and the mission to cater to all students without prejudice, and to enable the “whole child” (physical, mental, moral, and social) to master local and global competence and citizenship. Students additional tracks in French and Chinese (Mandarin). The Khmer curriculum elective, which includes workbooks developed by CIA FIRST International School for K5 – Grade 12, has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. Our school values diversity and global citizenship, which is reflected in the enrollment of our student body representing more than 18 countries and 12 primary languages spoken in the student’s homes. While some may see this as a challenge for educators, at CIA FIRST International School we see this as a rich opportunity for our students to learn side-by-side with peers from diverse backgrounds, thereby enriching their education experience and global competence.
Our school hosts student enrollment from K3 (pre-school three year olds) through high school grade 12. In 2014/2015 the school opened a new state-of-the-art campus which now hosts elementary, middle and high school students. In summer 2017 the kindergarten students will move to the new campus and learn in a purpose built early years education complex. CIA FIRST International School uses a standards-based curriculum supported by the American AERO framework – challenging, professionally validated, voluntary academic standards. CIA FIRST International School gained accreditation of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for K3 to G8 in school year 2015/2016 and is currently in the process of high school accreditation by WASC. In school year 2016/2017 our high school students can chose among 5 Advanced Placement (AP) courses in order to prepare for colleges and universities world-wide.
CIA FIRST International School values innovation and has innovative initiatives around parent engagement, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and technology. CIA FIRST International School has a partnership with the Rotary Club Phnom Penh (“Interact” – the Rotary Club’s international youth service club for youth 12 – 18 years of age). In addition, we have three Parents as Partners Associations (Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle/High School).
CIA FIRST Board of Directors
The CIA FIRST International School Board
Functions of the Board
The Board for CIA FIRST International School has full authority and responsibility for all matters connected with the school. The Board approves policies related to the core functions of the school. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the school has effective leadership; selecting the School Director and delegating authority to the Director, who may in turn delegate to other CIA FIRST staff. The Board oversees the school’s strategic planning in the areas of finance and marketing.
Meet the Leadership of the School Board
Oknha Dr. Trang Ly
Oknha Dr. Trang Ly has received an MBA from Irish Business School in London, England and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration from European University. He has experience in teaching English (2 years) and he has owned and operated his own businesses for 23 years (20 years in an international joint partnership); overseeing more than 200 staff and being awarded several dealer and distributer licenses. Oknha Dr. Trang Ly brings his expertise to the CIA FIRST Board in strategic planning and development.
Mr. SamathHim Sprung
Mr. Sam Sprung has been awarded with both Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in the United States of America. With well more than a decade of business successes in sales, marketing, and management for the top telecom company in Cambodia and with CBC Ltd. (Coca-Cola); experience in managing more than 1,000 staff locally and internationally; as well as having instructed students at the National Institute of Management in the areas of Financial Accounting and Business Analysis Mr. Sam Sprung now brings his vast talents to the Board of Directors for CIA FIRST International School. Mr. Sprung has been awarded with both a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
For a complete description of the School Board’s functions, authority, and responsibilities please refer to section 2 of the school bylaws!
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