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Jay Pritzker Academy is dedicated to educating academically talented and motivated students from families in rural Cambodia, to maximize their potential and their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their country

Jay Pritzker Academy (JPA) is a Pre-K - 13 co-ed day school, located approximately 16 kms (10 miles) from Siem Reap, Cambodia. JPA provides a challenging college-preparatory curriculum taught by inspired and inspiring teachers. Our English-medium curriculum is based on the successful and highly regarded Providence St. Mel approach to research based instruction. Currently, 462 girls and boys from surrounding villages attend JPA. We have a faculty of over 80 ex-pat and Cambodian teachers and aides delivering our English medium and Cambodian National curricula.

GRADE 10 SCIENCE - PROPERTIES OF MATTER

Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Channy and Sovannarath Preparing the MixtureKhemara, Chhay and Sarem Filtering the Mixture

The first topic covered by Grade 10 chemistry this year is Identifying Properties of Matter. Classifying substances is a task the students are familiar with from elementary school, and so by Grade 10, they’re ready to apply their knowledge and experience to more challenging experiements.

Each student in Grade 10 aims to enroll in AP science classes across the three disciplines during high school. This year’s grade 10 class are already well on the way.


Filtering the MixtureEvaporating the Remaining WaterSeparating Sand an Iron Using Magnets

Minea Heating the MixturePhally and Chantrea Using a Magnet to Extract the Iron

Thank you, Ms. Linton and Grade 10 for inviting us into your science class.

SEIHA ’18 REFLECTIONS ON MY FRESHMAN YEAR

Thursday, 29th August 2019

Seiha and Friends

Skiing

As I am writing this reflection, the sun is finally shining blessing the once snow-covered Middlebury College with a sense of life, a sense of revitalization. As the year begins, I look back at the challenges I faced during my freshman year. No one ever talks about imposter syndrome around here, but everyone feels it. The first-generation college students, the low-income students, the students of color... they all feel it. But no one ever talks about it.

For months, I questioned my place at this school. Would my grade, a B minus, affect my place here? Why did one of my classmates complain about getting an A minus? It was exhausting. It was draining being in conversations with peers who seem to have their whole lives planned out and perform well in such a competitive environment. I quickly burnt myself out trying to fuel my machine, thinking I was in the same race as everyone else. But, all this time, I was not.

I am not in the same race as my peer from Pakistan, as my peer from Venezuela, or my peer from South Africa, or my peers from the U.S. I, unfortunately, invested in the wrong race. My race is for me, against me. A graduating senior told me one day during our working shift, “if you do everything you can... if you do your best, then you should go to bed feeling proud because you did your best; whatever the outcome is, someone else’s success does not equate to your failure.”

I picked myself up. I participated and performed in Middlebury’s Fall dance concert. I was involved in the annual International Student Organization show. I became part of an urban dance crew called Evolution and quickly became one of the choreographers. I became a mentor for new international students. My friend and I came up with a proposal and we were selected to lead a trip for Middlebury students to Atlanta, Georgia. I recently became an active member of Middlebury’s Cross-Fit club as well as the Southeast Asian Student Society. I am a member of the school’s Box Office Team at the Mahaney Arts Center and the MiddRides Program - an evening transportation service for students and faculty.

It took a lot of self-reflection for me to find my truths, but now I’ve found my place at Middlebury and I am so excited about the endless opportunities that await me this year. For those of you heading to college, always remember that it is ok to be overwhelmed and lost. But also remember that a labyrinth always has a way out. Never doubt your place at school. You are meant to be there. Navigate the space, find your truths and always remember that they will lead you back to your purpose.


Seiha (center) Choreographer and Performer with the Urban Dance Crew - Evolution

Thank you Seiha ’18 for your insights about the first year at college in the USA.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Monday, 19th August 2019


The 2019-2020 school year got off to a great start at JPA. On the first day, the canteen was abuzz at breakfast time with students sharing stories of their summer adventures.

Over summer, students with an interest in either medicine or science took up internships at Siem Reap’s excellent Angkor Hospital for Children. Others worked with various NGOs and companies getting valuable work experience.

High school students returned from our regular annual summer trips to Australia and Singapore. Many more spent time at Camps International here in Cambodia hosting students from high schools around the world.

As we welcome 60 new children into our pre-kindergarten class, we bid farewell to the class of 2019 who are heading in different directions to begin life at university.

Let’s look forward to another great year of success at JPA!

GRADUATION – CLASS OF 2019

Thursday, 6th June 2019




The end of the school year brings with it celebrations for our latest graduates before they head off to universities all around the world. The final day of school began with the Senior Walk, as the whole school congratulated the class of 2019.

Graduation day began with a morning ceremony at JPA, attended by proud family members, students, teachers and guests. Valedictorian, Sreyrath and Salutatorian, Sokhoeun gave their final speeches followed by the conferring of the diplomas.

In the evening, the Graduation Prom was a grand affair held in the beautiful ballroom of a fancy hotel. Graduates enjoyed a delicious meal and then took to the dance floor for their last big hoorah together before heading off to universities overseas.


At the end of the night, the exhausted and nostalgic graduates boarded buses, returning to their homes with the realization that their high school years were now behind them. Their futures are now unfolding in front of them in universities all across the United States and around the world.

Congratulations to the class of 2019. We look forward to hearing about your future triumphs.

FAREWELL SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019

Wednesday, 5th June 2019