Principal’s welcome letter


Welcome to the LFRD, Lycée Français René Descartes de Phnom Penh’s website. This site is intended not only as a source of information, but as an open window on our school and a means of highlighting the work of our team of experts and students, proud of their undertakings and successes.

Our institution, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2021, is deeply rooted in its own history, but also in the history of the friendship between Cambodia and France. On a daily basis we are aware of the deep attachment that the educational community – students, parents, teachers and staff – feel towards their school. Throughout these years, this attachment, along with the commitment of each and everyone, have enabled the LFRD to live, to shine, to teach and to support.

The school has a long tradition of success, and a culture that is open to the world. For the past 70 years the school has been preparing its students, regardless of their culture and origin, to face the challenges of the future, thus demonstrating that diversity makes us stronger. Shaped by French culture, which blends the best of fundamental knowledge with critical thinking and creativity, the LFRD allows its students to grow through their differences.

In order to succeed, today and in the future, in living up to its ambitions and commitments, the LFRD calls upon its considerable assets and support systems:

  • The commitment of the Parents’ Association, and notably that of the administrators and the board, who strive to ensure the school’s sustainability and excellence through sound and rigorous management of available resources.
  •  The skill, dedication and support displayed by the teaching-, administrative-, technical- and service teams, who work tirelessly towards the students’ success.
  •  The prestige, experience and resources – whether it be human, hardware or technical – of the AEFE (The Agency for French Education Abroad), a network to which the school belongs, as well as the support of the French Embassy.
  • The support of the families that have entrusted us with their children and that endorse our values and projects.

For several years now, the LFRD’s student body has grown, thanks to the school’s drawing power and its educational provision that is unique in Cambodia. Along with all our partners, we must shape the future for the LFRD and its students in the months and years to come, in order to strengthen this drawing power. We shall continuously work on building this future, in keeping with our rich history, all the while promoting the myriad languages, cultures, arts and sports that constitute our strength.

We must persevere in the design and implementation of pathways for acquiring knowledge and skills, notably in languages, which would enable our children to adapt to an ever-changing world. We must continue to ensure that every student succeeds and thrives at their own pace and at their own level.


Our school


Book “Descartes à travers les âges”


Vision, mission, values


All students are led on their journey to success, guided to reach their full potential and to become global citizens.


The LFRD community offers education that aims for excellence and that is approved by the French Ministry of Education. We encourage each student to perform in a multicultural environment with Respect, Kindness and Fraternity.


- Pursuing Excellence
- Openness
- Conviviality
- Empathy
- Multiculturalism