Northbridge International School Cambodia

Northbridge International School Cambodia (NISC) is a privately owned English-speaking international school, catering for students aged between 2 and 18 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Founded in 1996, it is one of the largest international schools in the country with over 700 students representing more than 38 nationalities. The faculty is international with teachers representing over 15 nationalities, from Australia to the USA, Argentina to Japan. The school year runs from August to mid-June over two semesters.

Northbridge International School Cambodia
Street 2004

Sangkat Teuk Thla

Phnom Penh

Coordinates11°33′4.86″N 104°52′25.60″E
Funding typePrivate
MottoInspiring Learners for Life
PrincipalRichard Vaughan
Age range2 to 18
Team nameThe Nagas
AffiliationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges and East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools

NISC is an International Baccalaureate World School delivering the three IB programs: IB PYP in the Primary School, IB MYP in the Middle School and IB DP in the High School. NISC is accredited by the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Northbridge International School of Cambodia was founded in 1996 and opened in September 1997 with Mr. David Eaton as its first school head.[1] The school was initially owned by Northbridge Communities Ltd., with its base of operations located in Bangkok, Thailand name of NIST. In 2003, French ceased to be the official second language of Cambodia, further encouraging the Cambodian elite to educate their children in English in international schools like Northbridge International School Cambodia or the British International School of Phnom Penh.[2] In February 2007 the entire Northbridge project – housing community and international school – was purchased by The Royal Group located in Cambodia. NISC is a proprietary educational institution fully licensed as an international school with the Cambodian Ministry of Education under the name of International School Cambodia, Ltd. In 2014 the school became a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools which has 56 international schools around the world.

School Life

NISC is divided into three sections: Primary Years Programme (from EL2 to Grade 5), Middle Years Programme (from Grade 6 to Grade 10), and IB Diploma (Grade 11 to 12), which are all located on the same purpose-built campus. The school offers a large number of after-school activities and sports teams. NISC competes against other member schools in sports such as football (soccer), tennis, volleyball, basketball, and swimming. NISC has an active student MUN Model United Nations whose delegates also attend international conferences.


NISC facilities consist of six main buildings located in a purpose-built campus, a 25-meter-long by a six-lane-wide competition-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and grass playing fields. The campus is being expanded to accommodate over 900 students in the next five years.[3]


The use of technology is an integral part of learning at NISC. On October 15, 2011, TEDxPhnomPenh,[4] a one-day celebration into ‘ideas worth sharing’, took place at Northbridge International School Cambodia. In August 2013, the school adopted a BYOD program from Grade 4 to Grade 12 and an iPad program for students in PreK to Grade 3.


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