Sixty JPA students are selected every year at the age of four from the rural areas of Puok district, Siem Reap Province. Most come from large, rice-farming families and have siblings attending government schools. Living in traditionally built wood or straw houses in small villages with tight-knit communities, they are quite familiar with rice farming methods, livestock breeding and many have chores to do in addition to their schoolwork.
In Cambodian villages, infrastructure is rare. Our students’ families have no access to medical services, proper water sanitation or electricity. They pump or pull up their water from a well and cook rice on charcoal fires in the open air.
JPA students enter school each day bounding with enthusiasm, curiosity and a demonstrable eagerness to learn. Negligible attrition and an attendance rate of over 99.5% attest to the school’s importance in the community.
Through a globally competitive education our goal is to teach and nurture our students into thoughtful, effective communicators and leaders. They are primed to think of themselves as the future doctors, engineers and lawyers of their country, and are whole-heartedly supported in their aspirations and dreams by their families, their teachers and the entire JPA community.
We support our students by providing everything they need to succeed at school. They may have few resources at home, so we supply them not only with all study materials, but also practical requirements like uniforms and backpacks, as well as hygiene supplies.
Good nutrition is linked to brain development and healthy growth, and a hungry child can’t concentrate on lessons. Our modern, well-equipped kitchen serves over one thousand meals per day. Meals are chosen with good nutrition in mind and students eat three times each school day. To track the effectiveness of our meal program, we weigh and measure the students each month to calculate their BMI.
JPA has an on-site clinic with a full-time nurse who attends to students’ general wellbeing and coordinates hospital visits where indicated. A comprehensive vaccination program and dental and vision care are provided to all students free of charge. Half our students take one of the JPA buses to school, others arrive on foot or by bike.