Accreditation and Affiliates


CIA FIRST International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The purpose of WASC is to foster excellence in education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation. That means CIA FIRST provides the highest quality learning experience for all students. Therefore the community, universities, and employers recognise the integrity and rigour of CIA FIRST curriculum.


Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Our successful and motivational Khmer language programme is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. The programme encapsulates a kindergarten and grade curriculum where all activities and exercises are child centred, fun, innovative and well resourced.




College Board AP courses

CIA FIRST International School offers a wide array of Advanced Placement (AP) courses to maximise the chances of our students to gain admission to the highest quality universities around the world. The AP Syllabi are developed by CIA FIRST and approved by university professors through the College Board Course Audit.



CIA FIRST High School diplomas are automatically recognized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport as equivalent to the local high school diploma.

This recent landmark change means that full-time international students who hold a CIA FIRST international high school diploma can now immediately apply for Cambodian universities or jobs in either the public or private sector, making it equivalent to passing the Grade 12 national exam. This will improve the opportunities for CIA FIRST students now and upon graduating from the school.


Examination centre


CIA FIRST is an authorized International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test venue. The IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English-language proficiency test for study, work and migration. IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments in 135 countries around the world. CIA FIRST students can sit an internationally recognized English-language proficiency test on campus to aid their university and job applications.

College Board SAT and AP

CIA FIRST is an authorized College Board SAT and AP examination centre. Therefore our students can sit both College Board SAT and Advanced Placement external exams to assist them with their applications to globally-recognized universities.