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Middle Years Programme

Golden Gate American School is a Candidate School* for the IB Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that GGAS believes is important for our students.


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit


Small Class Sizes

13-21 students per class

Primary Program

Students aged 11 to 16 years

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Dedicated School

1:9 Average Staff to Student Ratio



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Your Child Will Be Known At Golden Gate American School

With a focus on knowledge, character and belonging, and with an understanding of learning styles, talents and abilities our dedicated faculty celebrate each student’s individual journey.

Join us at our campus for an Open House

  • June 10-11, 2023

The Phnom Penh Thmei campus; Open House from 8-4pm…. special presentation at 11:00am

Applications for 2022 are CLOSED

Middle Years Programme Curriculum

The MYP comprises eight subject groups:
  1. Language Acquisition

  2. Language and Literature

  3. Individuals and societies

  4. Sciences

  5. Mathematics

  6. Arts

  7. Physical and health education

  8. Design

Students taking part in the MYP are expected to complete 50 hours of learning in each subject in Grades 6 to 8, and 70 hours of education in Grades 9 and 10.

From the fourth year of the programme, students can choose to take lessons in six of the eight subject groups, dropping PE and choosing between Arts and Design.

MYP students in Grade 10 are required to complete a long-term Personal Project, where they

  1. Decide what they want to learn about

  2. Identify what they already know

  3. Discover what they will need to know to complete the project

  4. Create a proposal or criteria for completing it

Benefits of the MYP

The MYP has been proven to

  • Build confidence in children with regard to managing their own learning

  • Help children learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the outside world

  • Outperform non-IB students academically

  • Be more motivated

  • Develop an awareness in children of their roles as responsible citizens

We are proud to be a candidate school for MYP International Baccalaureate world school for grade six to ten.


GGAS middle school students (Grade 6-10) extend their learning from IB PYP into intentionally planned inquiry based MYP units using the British Columbia Curriculum. Students are supported as they transition to their middle years with a homeroom teacher for social-emotional learning as they move into subject specific classes. Students have Mathematics and English Language Arts five days per week. Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Science, Design (Applied Design and Skills Technology), ENglish Language Acquisition (Core English), Physical Health Education and Arts are taken three periods per week.

Golden Gate America School is a candidate school for the MYP. Our school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the Ib Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit

The MYP Framework

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

External assessment

In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work.  Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate. 

Find out more about MYP assessment.

Starting in August 2023, we look forward to many fun and enriching opportunities for our students and community. Our school is committed to a focus on fostering a close- knit family atmosphere, supporting learners that are known and that care for others, building a strong academic program, encouraging curiosity in learning, and growing courageous socially responsible citizens.

Golden Gate American School is a candidate school that's proud to deliver the prestigious International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) for students aged 11 – 16. Using the the IB curriculum framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, GGAS provides a rigorous, high-quality, international education for students in grades 6-10. The MYP is inclusive by design for students of all interests and academic abilities created to inspire passion for learning while challenging intellectual curiosity, encouraging inquiry and maximizing individual potential. The community of learners (parents, students and staff) share responsibility for developing life-long learners and active, compassionate world citizens with a genuine commitment to affect positive change in the world.


Middle Year Programme (MYP)

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Middle Years Programme

The middle year programme (MYP) is for children from 11 to 16 years old and follows the IB Curriculum. This stage prepares children for DP school, immersing them in an English, Khmer and Chinese speaking environment and developing confidence and familiarity to help them succeed at school.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

We invite your child to study at an English language. American International School. All lessons in the MYP are conducted by native English speakers. Your child will definitely receive a sufficiently high level of education in English in our school.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The focus is STEM as an important perspective from which to consider integrated teaching and learning in concepts and skills related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics

The middle year programme is fully conducted in English by experienced and professional teachers who are native English speaking teachers. To ensure the children succeed, the teachers are supported by Khmer-speaking teaching assistants.

The teachers aim to create an environment where each child feels confident and comfortable taking risks, both with language and interacting with others.

Children are exposed to all aspects of the English language through visual, auditory, activities, including trips, sport, experiments, individual/ group and search time.

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