While all of our programs are age-appropriate, we pay special attention on preparing your child for success in his or her current and future school years by identifying individual areas for development so your child can realize his or her academic, social, physical and cognitive potentials.

Keeping a sustainable, safe, organized, and supervised environment, our programs are designed based on routine and schedule.  Daily, weekly and monthly themes are planned and introduced to the students.  Beginning with a structured day, students are exposed to various academic, physical, educational, and fine arts activates that are designed to develop children’s intellectual and cognitive skills.

Early Learning as a Leverage for Future Success

Neurological research shows that early years of a child’s life play a key role in his or her brain development.  The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they become.  CIAC provides a practical program, based on the Canadian Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) framework, which seeks to maximize your child’s future well-being.

ELECT is a framework for Early Childhood settings that describes how young children learn and develop.  This setting is used as a guideline for CIAC curriculum and follows following six principles:

  1. Positive experiences in early childhood set the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, health, and well-being.
  2. Partnerships with families and communities are essential.
  3. Respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion is vital.
  4. An intentional, planned program supports learning.
  5. Play and inquiry are learning approaches that capitalize on children's natural curiosity and exuberance.
  6. Knowledgeable, responsive, and reflective educators are essential.

Elementary School for the Twenty-first Century

CIAC elementary school supports high-quality learning while providing every child the opportunity to learn in the way that is best appropriate for each child's individual strengths and needs. Through a relevant, consistent, and age appropriate curriculum of learning, this elementary program is designed to help every child reach his or her full potential.

CIAC recognizes that today’s children and children of the future need to be significantly educated in order to synthesize information, make informed decisions, and communicate successfully, in order to succeed in a rapid-changing global society.  As a result, the programs at CIAC are designed to involve children with the curriculum to understand and respond to what is taught, how it is taught, and how it applies to the world at large. The curriculum recognizes the diversity of the needs of children, and helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to become informed, productive, caring, responsible, and active citizens in their own communities and in the world.

Literacy and Language

Literacy is not only about reading or writing but also about how we communicate in society. It is also about social practices and relationships, knowledge, language and culture.

Literacy development lies at the heart of the CIAC language curriculum that is devoted to teaching knowledge and skills in listening and speaking, reading, writing, and viewing and representing. 

Language is a fundamental element of identity and culture.  CIAC helps students to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others and of the world around them as they read and response to a diversity of literary. At CIAC, language development is focused on students' intellectual, social, and emotional growth. When students learn to use language, they do more than basic skills. They learn to value the power of language and to use it responsibly. They learn to express feelings and opinions in a respectful and sensitive manner; and as they mature, to support their opinions with research and proof.

CIAC students who learn language successfully

  • Understand learning language is an essential, important process, and will improve their lives; 
  • Communicate: that means efficiently and confidently read, listen, speak, write, analyze, and synthesize;
  • Make meaningful connections between themselves, what they read, and the world around them; 
  • Develop critical and unbiased thinking; 
  • Use language for interaction and connection with others and communities, for personal growth, and as world citizens.

Native Language

The Native language program at CIAC has been designed to provide an active curriculum. It has been developed to provide:

  • An understanding of how important Kumar native language is for maintaining the culture of Cambodia, and social practices;
  • A general understanding of the nature and function of language, which will serve as the basis for the development of Kumar Native language skills; and
  • A foundation of language knowledge and skills in the Kumar Native language that will enable students to communicate in their Native language.

The ultimate goal of the Native language program is to inspire students with pride in their ancestral language and to motivate them to use it to communicate as a living language that is part of their culture.

Second Language

The ability to communicate in a second language, such as English, is a valuable skill.  Research confirms that knowledge of a second language strengthens first-language skills and generally enhances reasoning and problem-solving skills, in addition to creative-thinking skills.

The second language program at CIAC has been designed to provide a curriculum that helps students to not only strengthen their ability to communicate in different language, but also develop their capacity to understand and respect other cultures. In this way it prepares students to participate more effectively in the workplace and in the global economy, and provides them with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Cambodia and internationally.


Mathematics is a powerful learning tool.   As students understand the relationship between the concept of mathematics and day-to-day life, they develop the knowledge and skills to use mathematics in other curriculum areas, including science, music, and language.

CIAC’s  mathematics curriculum is designed to create flexibility to respond to the diversity that exists among students. It is based on the belief that all students can learn mathematics and deserve the opportunity to do so. It supports equity by promoting the active participation of all students while recognizing that each student learns mathematics differently and sets expectations that meet each student’s learning style.

This curriculum is also designed to help students build a solid conceptual foundation in mathematics by providing students opportunities to investigate ideas and concepts through problem solving.  The CIAC mathematics curriculum offers seven mathematical processes:  problem solving, reasoning and proving, reflecting, selecting tools and computational strategies, connecting, representing, and communicating.

CIAC recognizes the benefits that current technologies can bring to the learning and doing of mathematics; therefore, our curriculum integrates the use of appropriate technologies to help students master essential arithmetic skills. 

Science and Technology

During the twentieth, and early twenty-first century, science and technology played an increasingly important role in the lives of people in the world.  It still does.  Science and technology support much of our day-to-day necessities including clean water, food, and the places in which we live and work.  The impact of science and technology on our lives will continue to grow day-by-day. As a result, science and technology education has become one of the most important objectives throughout the world.

Technology develops and uses materials, tools, and processes for solving human problems and helps to satisfy human needs and wishes. Many of the products of technology help humans achieve tasks that would otherwise be very difficult or impossible to succeed.

There is a mutual connection between science and technology.  Science often uses tools and processes developed by technology, and conversely, technology often uses principles, laws, theories, and processes developed by science.

Through a comprehensive curriculum, the primary goal of CIAC’s science and technology program is to help students to understand the relationship between the nature and human-designed worlds.  The CIAC science and technology program helps students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to connect to nature responsibly, and is based on the following three goals:

  • to relate science and technology to society and the environment;  
  • to develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and technological problem solving; and
  • to understand the basic concepts of science and technology

Social Studies, History and Geography

Social studies, History and Geography provide children with a sense of identity, time, and place.  This program is designed to allow students to follow a concept of structured thinking, being able to recognize and assess information in order to make practical judgments, build collaborative and cooperative relationships in their future work place, and technology as a tool to collect and analyze information, solve problems, and communicate.

The social studies curriculum at CIAC helps students to have an understanding of identity: who they are, where they came from, where they belong, and how they contribute to the society in which they live.  This curriculum is designed to ensure that students use the concepts of social studies suitable to their grade. 

Students will work towards developing:

  • An understanding of a responsible citizen;
  • An understanding of the diversity within local, national, and global communities;
  • An understanding of interconnections between natural and human communities;
  • A groundwork for future studies in geography, history, economics, law, and politics.

The history curriculum at CIAC helps students tohave an understanding of time: who are we, who came before us, and why we care.  This curriculum is age and grade appropriate as well.  This curriculum is designed to ensure that students use the concepts of social studies suitable to their grade.  Students will work towards developing:

  • An understanding of historical events, societies that lived before them, and developments that have happened in time
  • How people from diverse groups have interacted and how they have changed over time;
  • Historical literacy skills by analyzing and interpreting evidence from primary and secondary sources.

The geography curriculum at CIAC helps students to have an understanding of place: what is where, why there, and why we care.  This curriculum is age and grade appropriate as well.  Students will work towards developing:

  • An understanding of the characteristics and spatial diversity of natural and human environments and communities, on a local to global scale;
  • Understanding the connections between natural and human environments and communities;
  • Skills in using various types of maps, globes, and graphs;
  • An appreciation and respect for both natural and human environments and communities in addition to responsibility toward the Earth.

Fine Arts

To watch a child totally engaged in an arts activity is to recognize that the brain is on, driven by the artistic and emotional necessity to express, create sense, and represent what matters.

CIAC’s arts program recognizes that education in arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development and well-being. Participation in the arts such as dance, drama, music, and visual arts play an important role in helping students to achieve their potential and to participate fully in their community and in society as a whole. The arts curriculum at CIAC offers students to experience art and learn in different ways.  Consequently, children will have opportunities to think and feel as they explore, problem solve, express, interpret, and assess the process and the results.

CIAC’s  arts program provides a natural vehicle through which students can explore and express themselves developing self-motivation and confidence, imagination, and creativity. Study of the arts at CIAC also provides students with opportunities to differentiate between both instruction and learning environments.

Health and Physical Education

The health and physical education curriculum at CIAC is designed to provide a balance approach.  This curriculum not only provides opportunity to students to develop an understanding of what they need in order to make a commitment to lifelong healthy and active living but also develop their social skills and emotional well-being.

Research has shown a connection between increased levels of physical activity and better academic achievement, better concentration, better classroom behavior, and more focused learning. Other benefits include improvements in psychological well-being, physical capacity, self-concept, and the ability to cope with stress.  In CIAC’s health and physical education program, students will learn the skills needed to be successful in life as active, socially responsible citizens.

In order to keep this balance, CIAC curriculum is based on the following principals:

  • Physical and emotional safety is essential for effective learning in health and physical education.
  • A collaborative approach between school and parents can make the health and physical education programs most effective.
  • Physical activity is the key element for student learning.

A balanced, integrated, and connected to real life curriculum in health and physical education is essential for learning.