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Canadian International School of Phnom Penh Expands Bassac Garden Campus to Enhance Early Childhood Education

Canadian International School of Phnom Penh Expands Bassac Garden Campus to Enhance Early Childhood Education

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The Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS) has announced the expansion of its Bassac Garden Campus, aimed at improving its early childhood education facilities. This campus, which serves children aged 18 months to 4 years, is undergoing a significant development to be completed by August 2024. The expansion will introduce a new multi-storey building with 12 learning spaces, along with outdoor play areas and gardens, covering a total area of 1,000 square meters.

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Zak Garofolo, the Campus Development Director, detailed the project’s focus on integrating environmental sustainability and accessibility into its design. The architectural firm WISE has incorporated natural ventilation and extensive greenery to ensure a healthy learning environment. “Our goal is to create a space that prioritizes the well-being of our students, making sure that the design is both functional and environmentally friendly,” Garofolo explained.

Collaborative & Exploratory Learning Environment

The expansion is designed with the intention to foster a collaborative and exploratory learning environment. Karen Holmes, the Early Years Program Director, expressed how the new spaces are planned to encourage interaction and play. “We’re creating environments that will allow children to engage with each other and their surroundings in meaningful ways, supporting our educational philosophy that emphasizes learning through exploration and communication,” Holmes said.

Located near the Embassy of Japan and accessible from Norodom Blvd., the campus is conveniently situated for easy drop-offs and pick-ups. This strategic location also facilitates a smooth transition for students moving on to the Elementary School at the Koh Pich Campus, which is only a short distance away.

Early Years Are Crucial For Development

Leah Dushenski, Head of School, emphasized the importance of this expansion for the school’s youngest learners. “These early years are crucial for development, and we’re dedicated to offering an enriching Canadian educational program. This expansion allows us to enhance our learning environment and continue providing quality education to our students,” Dushenski stated.

The Bassac Garden Campus expansion reflects CIS’s commitment to improving its educational offerings and facilities. By creating a more engaging and sustainable environment, CIS aims to provide its students with a strong foundation for their future educational endeavors.

Founded in 2012, the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS) is a growing community of almost 1,000 students from Nursery through Grade 12. Our student body comprises 36 nationalities. The school has three, centrally located campuses with world-class facilities in the heart of Phnom Penh.

For further information, please contact:

  • Ms. Leah Dushenski, Head of School (English) ,, +855(0)23 900 399
  • Ms. Casandra Gally, Communications and Marketing Manager (English, French,Spanish),, +855 (0)23 900 399

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