IPS School Review: BambuJaya Bilingual School

Empowering every child’s knowledge to be able to realize their full potential and apply it in this diverse world to spread love, peace, and purpose—is the mission and vision of Bambujaya Bilingual School. 

Nestled within the heart of Phnom Penh city, just about 4 mins to Independence Monument, with both vehicular access through Norodom Blvd. and Samdach Sothearos Blvd. and pedestrian access through the streets, Bambujaya Bilingual School gives every child near the city center the access to high education.

As one of the more well-known private schools in the city, Bambujaya offers the best of both languages to Cambodian children, shaping the country’s literacy by providing a curriculum that’s focused on Khmer (mother language) and English (universal language).

Inspired by Waldorf-Steiner’s educational approach, students in this school learn not only academically, but also physically, emotionally and spiritually. And to effectively adapt this approach, all of their english classes are supervised by a certified Waldorf teacher with 20 years of teaching all subjects in grades 1 to 8.

Their English curriculum is focused on the manifestation of four literacy skills namely, speaking, listening, reading and writing. While children learn their own language, tradition, and culture through the Khmer program. Subjects included under this curriculum are Mathematics, Social Studies and Science which are all taught in Khmer language.

Set aside the academic subjects, Bambujaya also provides weekly practical activities including music sessions, yoga and meditation, outdoor learning, and creative activities like painting, drawing, and handicrafts. Their cafeteria serves a variety of healthy meals each day, with vegetables and fruits on your child’s plate.

Designed to promote natural and serene institution, Bambujaya was built with surrounding lush gardens; its interior is incorporated with a soft color palette, fitted with wooden materials unveiling warm tones, and the learning spaces are maintained uncluttered and clean.

Bambujaya’s average class size is 5 students per class with ages ranging from 3 to 10 years old which are mostly Cambodians. The school is currently catering to Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3, and has recently extended it to both Pre-K/K1 and Grade 4. Their plan is to add a higher level each year until Grade 12. 

Bambujaya’s tuition fee offers two payment options:

  1. Annual Plan – paid one time before the first day of school for $4,980.
  2. Quarterly Plan – paid every three months, in four installments, for $1,308.

Apart from the tuition fee, parents are also required to pay the enrollment fee which costs $500 and a miscellaneous fee of $600. Overall, parents should expect to pay more than $6,000 for the entire school year of their children in Bambujaya.

Yearly payment summary:

School FeesPayment PlanPrice (KHR)Price (USD)
Enrollment FeeOne-time paymentPayment Plan500 USD
Capital FeeOne-time payment2,460,000 Riel600 USD
Annual PlanOne-time payment20,418,000 Riel4,980 USD
Quarterly PlanQuarterly payment5,362,800 Riel1,308 USD
One-time fees + Annual Plan = 6,080 USD
One-time fees + Quarterly Plan = 6,332 USD
Disclaimer: Fees indicated are current at the time of writing. The school fees may change at anytime without prior notice.

This holistic learning experience is about to reach Siem Reap as Bambujaya expands and builds their new institution in Svay Dangkum, launching in January 2021. 

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