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Contents Contents

Education Destination Malaysia:


Guide to International & Private Schools 9 Publishers’ Note CONT ENTS
2017/18 Edition 116 Marlborough College Malaysia
117 Matrix Global Schools
Managing Editor Michele Lam

Editor Dr Elaine Morais


26 118 Oasis International School -
Kuala Lumpur
How do you ensure that your child 119 Prince of Wales Island
Director of Business Development Nickie Yew succeeds in an international school International School
Business Development environment? Education consultant FEATURES 120 R.E.A.L Schools
Marwina Edwin, Soo Yeng Yeng Santhi Latha shares her views.
18 Malaysia and South East Asia TYPES OF 121 Sunway International School
Writers Caron Lai, Letitia Lim Expand International Education CURRICULA 122 Taylor’s Schools
26 Preparing Your Child for an 76 The American Curriculum 124 Tenby Schools
Design Ding Siew Ming International School Education 78 The Australian Curriculum 126 Wesley Methodist Schools
Marketing & Web Caron Lai 32 The Benefits of a Boarding 80 The British Curriculum
School Education
Social Media Letitia Lim 82 Cambridge International
Finance & Admin Anne Chia
44 38 Extracurricular Activities at
International Schools
Examinations Opens Up
Pathways to Higher Education
Contributors Find a school for your child using the 86 The International Baccalaureate
Pauline Gradden, David Griffiths, Bill Ironside, map here. (IB) Programmes
Mikey P.H. Liow, Chad Laws, Lyle Moltzan, 88 The International Primary
Santhi Latha, Dr Shen-Li Lee, Anthony Petitti, Curriculum (IPC)
Dr Deborah Priest, Dr Paul Rogers, 90 The Indian Curriculum (CBSE-i) SCHOOL SHOWCASE
Elizabeth Wong, Sami Yosef
92 The Ontario (Canadian) 127 A-Z of International Schools
Publishers Michele Lam, Nickie Yew Curriculum

Published by 68 ESSENTIAL
INFORMATION
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Looking for a preschool for your child? 44 Map of All International Schools
Dr Shen-Li Lee provides an overview of in Malaysia
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the various preschool curriculum options 48 School Fees
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Enrolment Process 190 Interventions for Children with
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or transmitted in any form or by any means, including


102 The British School of Kuala
Information at a glance. Compare fees
Lumpur
photocopying and recording, or stored in a retrieval system and curricula using the tables in this
of any nature without the written permission of the copyright section.
103 Epsom College in Malaysia
holder, application for which should be addressed to the 104 Excelsior International School
publishers. The publishers, authors, contributors and endorsers 106 HELP International School
of this publication each excludes liability for loss suffered by 107 The International School of
any person resulting in any way from the use of, or reliance on Kuala Lumpur
this publication. PRESCHOOL PRE-UNIVERSITY
EDUCATION 108 The International School of AND BEYOND
The information in this publication is accurate at the time of Penang (Uplands)
printing. Please check with the individual schools for the latest 194 68 The Different Types of
Preschool Curricula 110 Kingsgate International School
194 Using A Levels for UK
University Application
information.
Want to know about pre-university 71 Preschool Preparation Checklist 112 Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar 198 The IB Diploma Programme
Photographs of the schools that appear in the publication are programmes? Dr Paul Rogers gives an 72 The Importance of an Early 114 Kingsley International School 202 Other Pre-University
provided by the schools. overview of the A Levels. Years Education 115 MAHSA International School Programmes

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Publisher's Note

PUBLISHERS’ NOTE
Welcome to the fifth edition of Education Destination The section on Other Learning Opportunities has

AT POWIIS IT’S MORE Malaysia: Guide to International & Private Schools.

We are proud once again to offer this annual


articles on common learning disabilities among
children and the interventions required for their
special educational needs.

THAN JUST AN EDUCATION publication to parents to enable them to select


the right school for their children. We believe that
the information provided in Education Destination
In the section on Pre-university and Beyond, there are
articles on the relative merits of using the A Levels,
Malaysia: Guide to International & Private Schools the IB Diploma and other popular pre-university
POWIIS has it all. Excellent facilities, generous resources,
(EDM) has never been more important given the programmes for applications to universities in the UK,
inspirational teachers, and a beautiful and safe location.
increasing number of schools offering a variety of the United States, Canada, Australia and other parts
international curricula today. of the world.
An English style school and programme is right here in
Malaysia. A genuinely holistic experience is assured, as
The Features section provides a report on the Please visit our website www.
outstanding academic results are achieved by students
latest developments on international schools both EducationDestinationMalaysia.com for the latest
nourished with an extra-curricular experience second to
none. Our pastoral care system is unique. And it works. in Malaysia and in the region; as well as advice on news, information and insights on international
how to prepare your child for an international school schools. There you will find all that you need to know
A school is the sum of all the abilities, attitudes and education. We have also drawn attention to another to identify the right school for your child.
personalities of its teachers and students. We invite you option for parents to consider: boarding schools.
to meet them. You will be impressed. More and more parents around the world are now If you have any feedback on this edition, or if you
choosing to send their children to boarding schools. would like to find out more about our products and
Success is not guaranteed by qualifications alone. Our To help our readers gain a deeper insight into services, please feel free to email us at
students have so much more to offer. international schools in Malaysia, we have included enquiry@mint-communications.asia.
in this edition, student, teacher and alumnus profiles
with feedback on their experiences at an international
school. To find out more about the educational options
MEET LOIS available on international schools and to have
“This is what I love most about POWIIS: A map showing the location of all international opportunities to speak with various school
the people.” schools in the country is provided in the Essential representatives, please visit the Private &
Information section. Infographics have been used to International School Fairs which are regularly held
highlight key information on school fees and various in Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang. For further
aspects of the enrolment process which may differ information on these fairs, please visit
from school to school. www.pisf.asia.

The section on Preschool Education includes


articles on the different preschool curricula and the
importance of a preschool education. An infographic
on preparing your child for preschool has also been
included. Michele Lam
Nickie Yew
EDM offers a comprehensive listing of international
schools, profiles of individual schools and the
international school directory. Comparative reference
charts in the guide have also been updated.

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Student Profiles Student Profiles

"Being able to make friends with so many young


"There are strong bonds between the
people from such diverse backgrounds and
students and teachers and they are
listen to their viewpoints, was an eye-opening
always there to lend a helping hand."
experience that expanded my world view."

Leanne Sophie Yule Kaveen Parthiban


16 years old 16 years old
Year 11 Grade 11
HELP International School Australian International School Malaysia

What are your hobbies? during lessons and made topics representing the school at such
I enjoy playing sports such as less daunting than first imagined. a prestigious event and we
What are your hobbies? What is the one thing that you like What is the best thing about being tennis, football and basketball. In executed our songs well through
Dancing (tap dance, ballet), the most about your school? a student? addition I love travelling to little What is the one thing that you like the nerves and worry. I have loved
debating and reading. It is difficult to pin-point my In my opinion, the best thing known places, taking landscape the most about your school? playing music from a young age
favourite thing about my school, about being a student is the fact photographs and playing the The one thing that I like most and this was an exceptional and
What are your favourite subjects? but if I had to choose just one that I am given the opportunity to piano. about AISM is that there are rewarding opportunity that the
Biology, English Literature and thing, it would be the supportive study a multitude of fascinating carnivals and events where school has given me.
History. environment of my school which subjects and learn about the What are your favourite subjects? students of all ages, from
fosters a positive attitude towards world around me, while being My favourite subjects are preparatory to Year 12, come What is the best thing about being
What kinds of extracurricular learning as well as instils good surrounded by a network of Mathematics, Economics and together. This makes the school a student?
activities do you do? character and morals within every supportive friends and teachers. Geography. more united and makes everyone The best thing about being
World Scholar’s Cup, Dance Class, member of the student body. I am also able to participate feel welcome and part of a student and from what I
Music Class. in exciting school events and What kinds of extracurricular something greater than just their found at AISM is that there is
Share a memorable experience in activities which help me develop activities do you do? friendship groups or classes. It incredible support from teachers.
Who is your favourite teacher and your school so far. and grow as a person. I participate in the school allows people of all ages to make The teachers will help you
why? One of my most memorable orchestra, football, Model United friends. An example is the weekly through difficulties or give you
My Biology teacher and Head experiences was representing What do you hope to do when you Nations and The World Scholar’s recreational Touch on Friday opportunities to shine and pursue
of Year 11, Dr. Felicia. She goes my school, together with my finish school? Cup. afternoons. People of all ages your passion. There are strong
beyond what is required of her as teammates, at the World Scholar’s I hope to complete a law degree and abilities are welcome and this bonds between the students and
a teacher and offers emotional Cup’s Tournament of Champions and join the United Nations in Who is your favourite teacher and allows teachers and students to teachers and they are always
support to all her students, in at Yale University. We competed order to make a positive change why? have fun and socialise through a there to lend a helping hand.
addition to supporting us in our against 1,000 participants from in the world through making food, My favourite teacher would sport they enjoy. This support gives students the
studies. Her classes are always over 30 countries. Being able water and education accessible to have to be Mr Chesterman. He confidence to achieve more.
the perfect balance between to make friends with so many the less fortunate.   helped me discover my love for Share a memorable experience in
being entertaining and being young people from such diverse mathematics and pushed me to your school so far. What do you hope to do when you
educational. I especially look up backgrounds and listen to their achieve my best, whilst keeping A memorable experience would finish school?
to her strong work ethic, caring viewpoints, was an eye-opening classes interesting and enjoyable. be when the school chose me to I hope to enter university in either
nature and passion towards experience that expanded my He’d insert real life scenarios, play the cello in a string quartet at the UK or Australia and to pursue
education. world view. often hilarious ones, into our math the annual Malaysian Australian a degree in Economics and/or
problems in order to keep them Alumni Council dinner in 2015. Accounting.  
in memory. He was always jovial It was my first performance

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PURSUE
SUCCESS
Contemporary British
international education.

BSKL families join our school to be part of a We provide them with the character, skills
community with high aspirations. and values to pursue success at the highest
Many pupils will go onto positions of level.
influence and leadership.

W W W. B R I T I S H S C H O O L . E D U . M Y

early years | primary | secondary | sixth form


Features

FEATURES
This section provides an overview of international education
in the region and highlights the benefits of boarding. You are
guided on how to prepare your child for an international school
education and given insights into the various extracurricular
activities at international schools.

PRIMARY
SECONDARY
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL A LEVEL

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Features Features

Malaysia and South East Asia


Expand International Education
The Impact of Regulation
Sami Yosef, Head of South East Asia Research at ISC Changes in Malaysia
This could result in a scenario
Research, provides an overview of the expansion of similar to the changes that
international education in Malaysia and South East Asia. occurred in Malaysia in 2012
which saw the lifting of
restrictions on the number of
Malaysian children able to attend
international schools. A 40%
cap was removed and no new
limitations put in its place. Today,
international schools in Malaysia
are legally entitled to enrol up to
100% Malaysian nationals if they
so choose. Most of the leading
local families seeking an English- significant growth of international schools aim for a 50:50 ratio
medium education with globally schools in the next few years if of local and expatriate children,
recognised qualifications for their the new Draft Policy replacing and strive for an increasingly
children. This demand from local the government’s Decree 73 popular overarching school
families has been particularly comes into place. Until now, ethos that combines both local
important for some international international schools in Vietnam culture and English-medium and
schools in view of the effect of the that are entirely foreign-owned internationally oriented learning.
slump in the oil and gas market. have had restrictions placed This option has been particularly
Malaysia and Indonesia, two on the number of Vietnamese appealing for many middle
countries hit hard by this, have students able to enrol (10% at income local families due to the
seen their international schools primary and 20% at secondary). fact that the Malaysian national
buoyed up by local families Some schools providing curriculum currently requires
eager to fill places that have bilingual learning, such as the children in national schools to
become available by departing British Vietnamese International study Maths and Science in
expatriates. In Singapore, where School, have avoided this cap. Malay.
local nationals are not allowed However, many international
Demand for places at English- The demand for international aged between three and 18 in to attend international schools, schools directly impacted by the Most recent growth in Malaysia
medium international schools schools throughout several South East Asia. There are over demand has softened at the restrictions have long waiting has occurred in the international
in South East Asia continues to countries in South East Asia has 371,500 students enrolled in premium end of the market, lists of local Vietnamese families schools charging mid-range
increase significantly, even whilst been gathering momentum in these schools. Six countries although the overall enrolment in hoping for a place for their child. fees. These include Taylor’s
the region has been bearing recent years, and it looks set to now have over 100 international Singapore has continued to grow. The recent Draft Policy proposing International Schools, HELP
the brunt of the slump in the gain further pace as a number of schools each: Indonesia, Thailand, a potential removal of this cap International School and Tenby
oil and gas market resulting in countries, including Myanmar and Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and In countries unaffected by the oil by the government could open International School where many
many expatriate employees and Vietnam, take big steps forward. Singapore. and gas market the international up the market. This would create of the students are Malaysians.
their families being sent home. school sector continues to enjoy significant opportunities for
Across the region, overall student A Regional View In addition to meeting the healthy growth. school growth and new school As a result of the removal of
enrolment at international schools Based on the latest data from education needs of children of development and, as a result, offer restrictions, the number of
has increased by 10.1% from ISC Research (January 2017), expatriates, an increasing demand New Opportunities for more international school options international schools in Malaysia
September 2015 to September there are 1,003 English-medium for international school places Vietnam for families. has increased from 108 in 2012
2016. international schools for children in the region has come from Vietnam is predicted to see to 170 today, and the number of

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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE MALAYSIA

students attending international leading cities such as Yangon already established, including
schools in the country has grown and Mandalay. In these cities, The British International School
by almost 30,000 to 71,500. Kuala new road networks are being Yangon, Horizon International
Lumpur is the leading city with 36 created, telecommunications School and Yangon Academy,
international schools with many of transformed, energy supplies are seeing healthy growth, with
them seeing significant demand improved, and global banking waiting lists for some age groups.
from local families. provisions established. It is Three years ago, the enrolment at
early days, but there’s talk of a international schools in Myanmar
Developments in booming international schools involved predominantly local
Cambodia and Myanmar sector here. Dulwich College has students. Today the schools are
Elsewhere in the region, already opened its Pun Hlaing seeing an increasing demand;
Cambodia has been expanding campus, and a second campus from expatriates coming into the
its international schools steadily is due to open in 2018. This is country to support the economic
over the past few years. Since the first international school in development, and from more local
2010, ISC Research has recorded Myanmar with a direct link to families able to afford the fees
over 20 new international schools a British independent school. and who have big aspirations for
opening in the capital, Phnom Several international schools their children.
Penh.

Myanmar too is experiencing


Sami Yosef is Head of South East Asia Research at ISC Research. He
Tradition, Heritage, Academic Excellence
international school growth
as it sits on the cusp of
major economic expansion.
is based in Bangkok and surveys and interviews international schools
throughout the region, collecting data and intelligence on the market.
Located in 90 acres of South-East Asia
Infrastructure within the country, Sami is one of a team of regional ISC Research consultants based
which has been in desperate around the world. More information is available Pupils are taught a British curriculum from British educators offer our pupils the same opportunity to learn and to grow
need of modernisation, is now at www.iscresearch.com who know the value of heritage and tradition. For over 170 years from the wisdom of those who have gone before them. We
in progress, particularly in Marlborough College has been synonymous with a first-class are a co-educational Preparatory and Senior School offering
British education. Now in 90 acres of South-East Asia we an outstanding education for pupils aged 3-18.

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Teacher Profile

“...I enjoy establishing the close working


relationships I have with my team of tutors
and pupils within my section.”

Gerry Mooney UK
Marlborough College Malaysia

Subjects / Years Taught


Year 5, 6, 8 Maths
Year 5, 6, 8, 9 French
Section Head of Year 5 and 6

How long have you been teaching? College of Wales-Lampeter. difficult concept and a pupil’s face
26 years. I then worked for a year as a lights up. The fun you can have
Housemistress in Badminton with pupils in the classroom.
What do you do in your free time? School Bristol – running a house
Go out to local restaurants with for the 14-16 years old girls. What is the best thing about
my family, cook, taxi service to my After that I completed my PGCE teaching at your school?
three teenagers. in Modern Languages and PE at Being given my pastoral role –
Swansea University. although it is exhausting and the
Why did you become a teacher? workload can be overwhelming
Why did you choose teaching as a What is the most memorable on occasion – I enjoy establishing
profession? moment in your teaching career the close working relationships I
I had taken part in several so far? have with my team of tutors and
summer camps teaching TEFL The highlights for me are when pupils within my section.
to foreign students and running students I have taught previously
activities and also as part of my get in touch to say that they have Who or what inspires you?
French degree I worked as an decided to take French / Spanish Teachers who can control a large
English Assistant in a school on at University and claim that it is group of pupils just by looking
the outskirts of Paris. I enjoyed because of the fun they had when at them, because they have
working with kids so the PGCE they first started learning the established such an amazing
course seemed like a natural fit. language with me, that led them rapport with their pupils. My old
down this route. PE teachers from school – Miss
Tell us about your own education Clutterbuck who persevered with
journey. What do you like most about me and got me to county level at
I completed my BA Single teaching? high jump and hurdles.  
Honours in French (with The light bulb moment when
subsidiary - Spanish) in University you can see the penny drop on a

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Preparing Your Child for an and in teams on assignments


and projects, think and act

International School Education creatively and with confidence,


and to some extent, take risks as
learners. Unfortunately, children
who shift to an international
Education consultant, Santhi Latha, shares her school environment midstream
views on how best to prepare your child for an are sometimes not prepared
for this, and suffer a form of
international school education. ‘culture shock’ because of the
expectations that may have
formed in earlier learning
environments, that they will
be spoon-fed information and
will have to rote-learn such
information to pass exams.

Strategy: When children start in


an international school, parents
Four Factors That Parents English from the time they start should work proactively with
Should Consider: school, regardless of where they the children to ensure that they
go to school. This must include, are coping not only with the
(1) Factor 1: Are your children informally, giving them access requirements of the syllabus,
language ready? to well-written English books, but also with the workload.
The English Language will magazines, music and movies Regular checks on projects and
be the primary medium of in English, and to ensure that assignments that children are
communication at international they are exposed to the English required to complete, and initially,
schools and therefore it is language at home or in specific regular communication with all
imperative that your children are learning settings. the different subject teachers at
ready to read, write, communicate the school, will provide parents
and think in English. (2) Factor 2: Are your children with a good idea of how the
independent learners? children are coping. The good
While this may not appear The more reputable international news is that in the course of their
to be difficult to achieve, my schools pride themselves on learning exposure at international
experience has shown, that when the fact that their students schools, most children discover a
children are transferred to an have control of what and how safe environment where they can
international school environment they learn. This means that the express themselves on a variety
midstream there will be a period children are expected to be able to of platforms, and this helps to
of adaptation that may affect the plan and implement their learning build confidence and enhance
degree of learning and coping, and schedules, work independently learning styles.
inevitably, the grades the children
will achieve. For example, this
Each year, I speak at the Private & As parents, we want to ensure succeed in an international school
may occur with children moving
International School Fair in Kuala that our children have the environment.
after primary school into Year 7 or
Lumpur and meet parents who best opportunities possible.
into Year 10 in secondary school.
are exploring whether to send However just presenting those The whole idea of paying for
A smooth transition is likely if the
their children to an international opportunities does not necessarily access to an international
children have had exposure to
school, and want to understand mean that your children will curriculum and exposure to a
high levels of the English language
the benefits and risks of doing succeed in an international wider range of extracurricular
earlier.
so. There is much information school. A parallel issue for parents activities may be defeated if
available at these events, and on to consider has to do with the the children are not equipped
Strategy: Ensure that your children
the web about options available to steps that they will need to to embrace learning in such
have exposure to higher levels of
parents who seek to do this. take to prepare their children to environments, and to excel.

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Features

teachers. This again goes back


to what your children may have
been exposed to in their earlier
schooling. Traditional ‘chalk-
and-talk’ teacher-centric learning
environments may not adequately
prepare children to take the
lead in the classroom, or to ask
questions, or to challenge the
teacher. In an international school
environment, however, there is a
strong expectation that children
are seen and heard, encouraged
to share their perspectives,
regardless of whether these
are right or wrong. This form
of discourse is a crucial part
of learning, evaluation and the
development of critical thinking
skills. It also increases levels of
communication and interaction,
(3) Factor 3: Technology in the children have as well as on the and over a longer term, can be a
classroom. websites they visit which may great way to boost confidence.
Most international schools include gaming sites. These
expect children to have access need to be monitored regularly Strategy: If your children appear
to computers and the Internet in the presence of the children. It hesitant at the prospect of doing
as part of their learning. While would also be useful for parents something like this, encourage
there clearly are benefits and to understand the school’s them to speak, and if what they
risks to providing young children expectations of the children’s use say or do is wrong – don’t shut
and even teenagers with of technology. them off or dismiss their views.
access to such tools, a properly Open up the opportunity for
administered learning structure Do you have to spend money on discourse with them so that they
will ensure that children have the highest end latest gadget for understand that their views matter
access to appropriate websites your children? Simple answer – to you. A more proactive step
to enhance their learning, and no. As a parent, when the children may be to enrol your children for
often, to complete their projects were younger and needed a public speaking or drama classes
and assignments. There is laptop, either my husband or I (which by the way, are often less
also a general expectation that would upgrade ours and pass about drama and more about
children will be familiar with basic our old laptops along for their confidence-building).
Microsoft Office applications like use. This turned out to be a cost
Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and, effective and care efficient means The journey we take with our
ideally, the computers should have of dealing with their need for children allows us the opportunity
access to such software. access to technology. to make a difference – to nurture
people who can and will make a
Strategy: It may be useful to (4) Factor 4: Levels of interaction positive difference in the world.
consider providing your child with required. But to achieve this, we need to
access to their own notebook or The fact is that international arm our children with the skills to
tablet, although regular checks schools have fewer children in learn, the confidence to ask, and
should be conducted to determine each classroom, and in turn, that the willingness to walk the extra
what they are using these for. means an expectation of higher mile, knowing absolutely that we SUNGAI BULOH CAMPUS
Parents should keep an eye on levels of interaction by your are there for them, as best we can CYBERJAYA CAMPUS
any social media accounts their children with their peers and their be.

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The Benefits of a Boarding A Variety of which is something you will not


International Schools
in Malaysia Offering
School Education Extracurricular Activities,
Traditions and Events
At boarding schools,
find at normal schools. Teachers
act as mentors and advisors to
students whenever they need
Boarding
Johor
• Marlborough College Malaysia
extra guidance, even before and
Letitia Lim highlights the benefits of a boarding school and extracurricular achievements
are as important as academic after school hours. Furthermore,
• Excelsior International School
• Paragon Private and International
how it provides an education that is worth investing in. performance. Most boarding students at boarding school build School
schools offer top-notch lifelong friendships with their • Raffles American School
care of in boarding schools. facilities that support a variety roommates, dormitory mates and • R.E.A.L Schools
Furthermore, students can easily of sports and performing arts classmates. They get to interact Kuala Lumpur
connect with parents via the activities. From green football with students from all over the • Fairview International School
Internet through programs like fields, quality tennis courts to world, and this exposes them to • International Islamic School
Skype, Facetime and Messenger. spacious auditoriums, boarding different cultures and languages Malaysia
Some boarding schools also allow schools provide a nurturing all under one roof! Shanker, a Year • R.E.A.L Schools
students to go back home on the and well-equipped environment 12 student at Epsom College in • Sri Utama Schools
weekends. Another great thing for students to carry out their Malaysia, says, “The experience is Kelantan
about boarding schools is that extracurricular activities. For one of a kind and the friendships • Wadi Sofia College
they offer longer school holidays! example, Marlborough College you forge are everlasting.” Labuan
Malaysia students get to enjoy an Students get to spend a lot of • Labuan International School
Focus on Academic indoor climbing wall, mountain time with their best friends at Melaka
Excellence bikes, squash courts, tennis boarding school and create great • KYS International School
As boarding schools are courts and a running track. memories. Negeri Sembilan
All boarding institutions provide parents. However, the reality is the
accommodation, meals and total opposite. Most parents send essentially college preparatory In addition, students get to • Cempaka International Ladies’
schools, students are educated experience traditions and events Nowadays, there are a number College
access to school facilities their children to boarding school
and supported so that they can unique to boarding schools. For of international schools with • Epsom College in Malaysia
throughout the year to their because they want the best for
reach their academic potential. example, a variety of competitions boarding facilities in Malaysia. • Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar
pupils. Generally, there are three their children and want to reap the
Boarding schools have strict are held between boarding dorms Parents considering sending their • Matrix Global Schools
types of boarding available: (i) full many benefits a boarding school
rules on punctuality in addition to or houses, which encourage a child to an international school, • Nilai International School
boarding; (ii) weekly boarding and education has to offer.
designated periods for studying competitive spirit and loyalty. might want to consider one • UCSI International School
(iii) flexible boarding. Students
and completing homework after that provides boarding. Parents Pahang
who opt for full boarding stay A Convenient and Other boarding school events
school hours. Therefore, students should definitely discuss the
on campus seven days a week Conducive Environment include traditional school dances • Highlands International
have no excuses for coming and prize-giving days. The option of boarding with their child. Boarding School
whereas weekly boarding students Boarding schools offer one thing
late to class, forgetting to do approach boarding schools have Sending a child away to boarding Penang
go back home on the weekends. no other school can: convenience.
their homework or leaving their when it comes to extracurricular school is a decision that should • Dalat International School
On the other hand, students who As students live on school
homework at home! Furthermore, activities and events creates be thought through carefully as • The International School of
choose flexible boarding stay grounds, getting to class is easy
boarding schools design a a culture that allows students it is a huge lifestyle change for Penang (Uplands)
on campus several days a week and hassle-free. With a child
student’s schedule so that they are to build strong friendships and a young person. However, the • Prince of Wales Island
depending on their preference. enrolled in boarding school there
always on top of their work. Reilly, explore their many talents! benefits of a boarding school International School
is no need for long commutes
a Year 7 student at Marlborough education greatly outweigh its Perak
Boarding schools have a long to school. Parents can focus on
and rich history in countries their careers and do not have to College Malaysia, says, “I have a Lifelong Friendships and disadvantages. Students will leave • Tenby Schools
such as the United Kingdom worry about getting their children set routine everyday, which keeps Meaningful Relationships boarding school as independent, • Westlake International School
me fairly busy and focused on my Boarding school is built to disciplined and responsible young Putrajaya
and the United States. Because ready for school. In turn, their
work.” In addition, most boarding be a home away from home adults. Boarding school students • Nexus International School
of the popularity and prestige children have the opportunity to
schools allow students to access with a strong family culture. will easily make the transition to Sabah
of boarding, many countries, make good use of their time and
the Internet only at certain hours Housemasters and dormitory university where being on their • Charis International School
including Malaysia, have begun focus fully on their education.
to minimise distractions and supervisors are parental figures own and living on campus is the • Vision International School
to set up boarding schools. In addition, boarding schools
procrastination. Boarding schools to students as they supervise, norm. In addition, the qualities Selangor
Unfortunately, some people are are equipped with everything a
put in a lot of effort to make discipline and take care of them. they pick up at boarding school • MAZ International School
still under the impression that student needs to be comfortable.
sure their students perform well In addition, most teachers live will be valuable and helpful in • R.E.A.L Schools
boarding schools are only meant From conducive living spaces,
academically and achieve good on campus as well and students shaping their professional and • Sunway International School
for students that are troubled, countless amenities and transport
grades in their final examinations. get to bond with them after class, personal lives. • UCSI International School
rebellious or neglected by their facilities, students are well taken

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Features Features

Extracurricular Activities at
International Schools
exercise related activities such as
Zumba and yoga may be offered
as well.

Nowadays, there are many types of extracurricular activities Clubs


If your child does not fancy
(ECAs) your child can explore as an international school sports, there are many other
student. Below is a general overview of the ECAs offered at clubs and uniformed bodies that
cater to students with a variety
international schools in Malaysia. of interests. These ECAs allow
students to learn and grow
outside the classroom. Through
involvement in clubs, students students. In addition, students school productions of plays
have opportunities to carry out who like to travel can join clubs and musicals. There are also a
activities such as social work, that organise discovery trips and variety of dance classes offered at
learning a new language and cultural exchange programmes. international schools from ballet
improving their public speaking Another interesting ECA to be to hip hop. Some schools have
skills. found in international schools is also introduced more interesting
the Model United Nations (MUN), ECAs such as electronic music
Indoor clubs where students role-play as UN production and acapella choir!
Students who have a passion for delegates and form mock UN
writing can join the journalism committees. The benefits of ECAs are endless.
club and the yearbook Through sports and exercise
committee. ECAs also include Performing Arts programmes, students have a
foreign language classes where International schools are known chance to become active and
students can learn languages for fostering creativity and the arts maintain a healthy mind and body.
like French and Spanish. Creative so it is no surprise that they offer ECAs also provide an avenue for
students can participate in clubs a wide range of ECAs that revolve students to learn invaluable soft
Extracurricular activities (ECAs) have yet explored. International such as football, basketball and focused on a variety of arts and around music, dance and acting. skills such as leadership, time
are performed by students in schools in Malaysia generally have rugby. In addition, more traditional crafts as well as photography. Through the performing arts, management, team work and
schools or universities outside of first class facilities for ECAs which British boarding schools offer Students interested in nutrition students have many opportunities interpersonal communication.
their academic curriculum. ECAs enable them to offer high-quality cricket and rowing. can join clubs related to food & to perform in front of their school As not all students excel
take place after school hours and after-school programmes. The health and cooking. In addition, audience and display their talents. academically, ECAs allow some
sometimes on weekends. They kinds of ECAs your child chooses International schools also offer almost all international schools students to shine and discover
are also known as co-curricular to be involved in should reflect his a wide range of sports that allow students to form student The club choices for students who what they are good at, which
activities in some schools. These own passions and interests. can be played individually or as councils and library committees are musically inclined are endless. leads to a boost in their self-
activities are either compulsory part of a team. Popular racquet if they wish to serve the school There are, for instance, clubs esteem and self-confidence.
or voluntary for students Sports sports include badminton, and contribute in some way. dedicated to teaching popular
depending on how each school Some of the most popular ECAs squash, tennis and table tennis. Students may also have the musical instruments such as the In addition, joining ECAs is a great
system works. However, active in international schools have to do Swimming is another favourite opportunity to represent their acoustic guitar, piano and violin. way to bond with school mates
participation in ECAs at school with sports. Sports usually involve sport among students as most school if they join the debating or Furthermore, students who like especially those with similar
is greatly encouraged as it helps practice sessions and lead to international schools are equipped public speaking activities. playing music in groups can join interests. Students will easily be
shape well-rounded and balanced competitions with other schools. with Olympic-sized swimming the school orchestra or marching able to cultivate friendships on
students. Sporting achievements are highly pools. Outdoor clubs band. Students with great singing the field or on stage. Furthermore,
regarded and students talented in Uniformed bodies such as the Red voices can participate in the values such as commitment,
In addition, ECA achievements sports are looked up to in school. For students who are interested in Crescent Society and Scouts can school choir or try to become the responsibility and discipline are
help students when it comes to International school students are martial arts, international schools be found at international schools lead singer of the school rock instilled in students through their
applying for university admissions spoilt for choice when it comes to offer ECAs such as karate, as well as in public schools. band! involvement in ECAs. Therefore,
and jobs in the future. By which team sport to get involved taekwondo and aikido. Some International schools place a ECAs should be high on your
participating in ECAs, your child in. Most international schools are schools have also introduced huge importance on fundraising In addition, students who priority list when choosing an
might discover some talent or equipped with state-of-the-art mixed martial arts (MMA) into and volunteering activities, have an interest in acting can international school for your
potential in an area he may not facilities to accommodate sports their list of ECAs. In addition, more which are usually organised by practice their craft by joining child.

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ESSENTIAL INFO
This section provides important information on international
schools in Malaysia. There is a map showing the location of all
international schools in the country, and infographics on how to
make the most of school visits, steps to take for the application
and enrolment process, and school fees are included. It also
guides you on choosing a school for your child.

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Essential Information Essential Information

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN MALAYSIA*


Map of International 25
26
27 & 28
Eaton International School
Ekhlass International School
elc International School
89 & 90
91 - 94
95
Rafflesia International & Private Schools
Regent International School
Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur

Schools in Malaysia
29 Epsom College in Malaysia 96 Sayfol International School, Sabah
30 EtonHouse International School Malaysia 97 Seri Omega Private & International School
31 Excelsior International School 98 Spectrum International Islamic School
32 - 36 Fairview International School 99 Sri Acmar International School
37 & 38 Garden International School 100 Sri Ara International & Private School
39 & 40 GEMS International School 101 Sri Dasmesh International School
41 Global Indian International School 102 Sri Emas International School
42 Global Modern International School 103 Sri KDU Schools
43 Havil International School 104 Sri Kuala Lumpur International School
44 HELP International School 105 Sri Sempurna International School
45 Highlands International Boarding School 106 - 108 Sri Utama Schools
46 Idrissi International School 109 St. Christopher’s International Primary School
47 IGB International School 110 St. John’s International School
48 Inspiros International School 111 St. Joseph International School Kuching
49 & 50 International Islamic School Malaysia 112 St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia
51 International Modern Arabic School 113 Straits International School
52 & 53 International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) 114 & 115 Sunway International School
54 International School of Kuantan 116 Tanarata International School
55 The International School @ ParkCity 117 & 118 Taylor’s International School
56 The International School of Penang (Uplands) 119 - 124 Tenby Schools
57 Kelantan International School 125 & 126 Time International School
58 Kidurong International School 127 Tunku Putra School
59 Kinabalu International School 128 & 129 UCSI International Schools
60 Kingsgate International School 130 United International School
61 Kingsley International School 131 UniWorld International School
62 Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar 132 UUM International School
63 KYS International School 133 Vikas International School
64 Labuan International School 134 Vision International School
65 Lodge International School 135 Wadi Sofia College

INTERNATIONAL 66
67
MAHSA International School
Malacca Expatriate School
136 & 137
138
Wesley Methodist School
Westlake International School

SCHOOLS IN 68
69
Marlborough College Malaysia
Matrix Global Schools
139
140
Woodlands International School
Zenith International School
MALAYSIA* 70 & 71
72
MAZ International School
Melaka International School
1 AiU-Irsyad International School 73 Mont’ Kiara International School
2&3 Al-Noor International School 74 Mutiara International Grammar School
4&5 Alice Smith School 75 Nexus International School
6 Asia Metropolitan 76 Nilai International School
International School 77 Nobel International School
7 Asia Pacific Schools 78 Oakrich International School
8 Austin Heights Private & 79 Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur
International Schools 80 Paragon Private & International School
9 Australian International 81 Pelita International School
School Malaysia 82 & 83 Peninsula International School Australia
10 Baseerah International School 84 Prince of Wales Island International School
11 & 12 Beaconhouse Schools 85 - 87 R.E.A.L. Schools
13 Bintulu International School 88 Raffles American School
14 Borneo International School
15 Brainy Bunch
International School
16 British International School
of Kuala Lumpur
17 - 19 Cempaka Schools
20 Charis International School
21 City Harbour
International School
22 Crescendo-HELP
International School
*Map shows approximate location. For the exact 23 Dalat International School
location of schools, please use the School Finder 24 Dwi Emas International School
function on www.EducationDestinationMalaysia.com

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SCHOOL FEES
It is essential that parents know and understand the costs involved in sending
their child to an international school. In this article, Caron Lai highlights the
various types of fees that international schools typically charge.
The fee structure for international Cost is an important factor for most
schools varies from school to school. parents. So begin your financial planning
Different terms may be used for the early. Carefully review the different fee
various fees. structures and schedules.

Types of International School Fees


APPLICATION FEE REGISTRATION FEE
• Payment made at the time of • Also known as ‘entrance’, ‘admission’,
application for a place in the school or ‘enrolment’ fee
• Non-refundable • Non-refundable
• Charges: RM50/- to RM2,600/- • One-time payment upon confirmation
• Not required by all schools of enrolment
• Minimum charge: RM250/-

DEPOSIT TUITION FEES


• Payment to secure the place of the • Regular fees for ongoing education
child in school • May be paid at the end of each
• Refundable upon graduation or month, quarter, semester, or year
withdrawal from school • Charges per term: RM10,000 -
RM100,000
*Notice of withdrawal must be given
at least one term in advance

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT FEE ICT/LIBRARY/LAB FEE


• Also known as School Building Fund • For the acquisition, maintenance &
• Covers the cost of renovations to the development of technology & facilities
building and to the facilities • One-off annual payment
• Varies with the school • Varies with the school
• Cost range: RM5,000/- to RM20,000/-

OTHER FEES BOARDING FEES


Covers: • For those wanting boarding facilities
• Instructional materials for their children throughout the term
• Uniforms • Covers meals, accommodation,
• Meals laundry and use of facilities
• Field trips • Payment varies with the type of
• Transportation to and from school boarding chosen: full, weekly &
• Extracurricular activities flexi-boarding
• Special trips & programmes

WAIVERS & SCHOLARSHIPS


Waivers and discounts may be available in certain Scholarships are available mainly for higher
circumstances: levels and pre-university courses. Special
i. early payment; ii. when more than one child scholarships may also be available for
from a family enrols at the school Music & Sports especially for students
representing the nation or state in
Check with the schools to find out what is offered. competitions.
Please refer to the table on page 180-183 for a comparison of the fees payable to various international schools.

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Choosing an enrolled. ISC defines international • Offering “companioning”. This is

International School schools as those delivering a


curriculum which is fully or partly
in English outside an English-
It is important for you as a family
to think long and hard about the
above because every school
about being deeply present and
listening with compassionate
curiosity that guides others to
speaking country. find clarity and to create their own
Elizabeth Wong, founder and administrator of may have a different set of
solutions.
underlying values. If you first try to
Facebook group Malaysia International Schools Parents There are others who define understand what your own values
international schools as those (Source: https://www.virtuesproject.
Support Group (MISPSG), shares her views on how to which not only import curricula
and expectations are, you will be
com/Pdf/5VirtuesStrategies.pdf)
in a better position to find the right
choose an international school for your child. but also employ only foreign school for your child. What works
qualified teachers. They consider 2. To develop the mindset of a
for one family may not work for
the others to be international global citizen, we are guided by
others.
curriculum-based private schools. the 10 attributes of the IB Learner
Therefore it is important to Profile and would appreciate
As an example, let me share what
distinguish between international a school which supports and
my family thinks is important in
schools and international encourages most of these
education:
curriculum-based schools, and attributes. A school does not
decide which type you are looking need to be an IB World School to
1. On personal growth and
for. embrace these attributes. The 10
character building we are
attributes include being inquiring,
guided by the Virtues Project’s 5
The Benefits of an Strategies and would particularly
knowledgeable, thoughtful,
International Education appreciate a school which
communicative, principled, open-
Next, ask yourself why you minded, caring, willing to take risks,
subscribes to the following:
are enrolling your child into balanced, and reflective.
an international school. Most • Speaking the language of
Malaysian parents would say it is virtues. For example, say “You
(Source: http://www.
due to a lack of confidence in the need to be respectful and stay
ibo.org/contentassets/
local school system. It is a good silent when others are speaking”
fd82f70643ef4086b7d3f292cc214962
start to know what you are trying instead of saying “Keep quiet
/learner-profile-en.pdf)
to get away from, but let us also when I am talking”
think about what you wish your 3. To be successful today and in the
child could gain after you get him near future in the innovation-driven
• Recognising teachable
into an international school. economy, we need to be guided by
moments. This is about
the 21st-Century Skills as outlined
recognising the gifts and life
You are probably reading this ask, how are they different? to the IGCSE, the Cambridge Here are some benefits: by the World Economic Forum. An
lessons to be found in our daily
because you are either planning Let’s start by understanding curriculum, the International - More emphasis on the teaching ideal school would be one which
challenges that help us cultivate
to transfer your child from a what an international school is. Baccalaureate (IB), the American, and learning of English would not only facilitate learning
good character.
local school to an international Before the removal of the 40% Canadian (Ontario), and Australian - English as the primary medium of the Foundational Literacies
school or your child is already in quota on Malaysian students curricula among others. Many of of instruction for all subjects. but also provide real-life learning
• Setting clear boundaries.
an international school and you in 2010, international schools these have a large number of local - More engaging delivery of opportunities to their students in
Boundaries based on respect
are looking for options. Here are were generally known as schools students. Some of these schools lessons in class order to foster the acquisition of
and restorative justice create a
some considerations that you will which use international curricula, also have Malaysian teachers - A holistic education Character Competencies, Qualities
climate of peace, cooperation
need to keep in mind. with mobile multinational and trained to deliver the international - Better qualified teachers and Skills.
and safety in our homes, schools
multilingual students and faculty. curricula. - More experienced teachers and communities.
International School or - Better academic achievement (Source: https://www.weforum.org/
International Curriculum- After the removal of the quota, According to the 1st quarterly - Exposure to 21st century skills • Honouring the spirit. Virtues
agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-
Based School? more ‘international schools’ were report for 2017 published by the - The inculcation of a global should be integrated into
future-jobs-students/
First of all, are you looking for established, using international International School Consultancy outlook everything we do. This is
an international school or more curricula such as the International Research (ISC), Malaysia currently - More freedom of expression how vision and purpose are
Financial Considerations
of an international curriculum- Primary Curriculum, the National has 170 international schools - Better discipline If you were to invest in stocks worth
sustained.
based private school? You might Curriculum of England leading with a total of 71,589 students The list goes on… RM30,000-50,000, would you do so

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- Support for English as Second


language (ESL)
- Support for Special Education
Needs (SEN)

This checklist is not exhaustive.


Many other factors will need to be
without carrying out some form - Plans for future growth (e.g. considered. And remember, when
of due diligence? What more if the any more branches in the near the fundamentals of the school
stocks cost around RM200,000- future?) change, you might want to review
300,000? - Their experience in running an the checklist again.
international school
Note: - If the owner does not have Investing in an Education:
- RM30,000-50,000 is roughly what a background in education, What Is Your Expected
it would cost to put your child which education group has he Return of Investment
for a year of primary education appointed to operate the school? (ROI)?
in a mid-tier cost international I would imagine all parents
school. 2. Technical Analysis: Checklist. would want to see their children
successful financially and leading
- RM200,000-300,000 is roughly - School fees and any other a happy, fruitful adult life. If you
what it would cost to put your miscellaneous fees are working on a tight budget, you
child through the six years of - Annual school fee increase (5- need to ask yourself whether an
primary education in a mid-tier 10%) international school is the only
cost international school. - Admission criteria way to go about it or are there
- Policy for hiring teachers other ways. Parents should also
Similarly, when planning to invest - Ratio of expat: local teachers realise that the best and most
in your child’s education, perhaps - What kind of CPD (Continuous expensive education in life would
you may want to look into the Professional Development) not guarantee success unless
following two areas. training is available for the their child is interested in learning
teachers (in-house or external? and pushing himself towards the
1. Fundamental Analysis - the If in-house, who will be leading direction of success. Therefore
study of everything which could the CPD?) being in an encouraging learning
affect the school in terms of its - Curriculum in use environment does help, both at
immediate and future direction, - Teaching approach (how are home and at school.
sustainability of the school and lessons delivered in class)
the maintenance of a curriculum - Extracurricular activities offered With a knowledge of your child
of high standard. (free vs paid) and her needs in keeping with the
- Parent-school partnership considerations discussed above,
- Who owns the school - Health and safety considerations you should now be able to choose
- Their core purpose in owning an - Emotional intelligence the right international school for
international school - Mental health support your child.

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How to Make the Most


of a School Visit
Some tips to ensure you make the most out of a school visit
Plan your visits to the school and attend Open Days to get the full benefits of a visit.
This will help you choose the right school for your child.

BEFORE THE VISIT

• Check the school website for information on Open Days


Note down the address carefully!

• Visit their Facebook page and other Social Media sites

• Connect with parents who have sent their children to the school for additional insights

• Know how to get to the school and be familiar with the roads

DURING THE VISIT

• Explore the school’s facilities and amenities


Check out the library, canteen, and facilities available for sports and the performing arts!

• Find out what the school's classrooms are like


Get a feel of the size of the classroom and overall learning environment!

• Talk to the teachers


Ask about the school's curriculum, the teaching and assessment methods and anything else
you think is important.

• Wander around the school on your own


Don’t forget to make notes and take pictures as you explore the school’s environment

AFTER THE VISIT

• Think hard about the visit. What did you learn? Was it helpful?

• Note down what you see as the pros and cons of the school. This will help you in
the decision-making process

• Talk to your child about the visit. What were her impressions?

• Consider a follow up visit if you feel you would like to know more about the school

ENJOY YOUR SCHOOL VISITS!

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Introducing Petrosains,
The Discovery Centre!

Take a trip in a cavernous oil-drop out the latest in space science At the secondary level, Petrosains
ride. Maneuver a Mars Rover. and technology. They can try introduces outreach programmes
Pretend to be Lewis Hamilton for programming a Mars Rover to to encourage self-expression
a day and drive around the famed roam over a Martian landscape and creative thinking through
Sepang track in a Formula One or step into a hurricane! Visitors participation in the award-
simulator or simply slide down eager to experience the working winning Petrosains Science Show
an emergency chute at an actual conditions of the crew on board Competition.
oil platform. These are among an offshore oil rig can explore the
the many fun-filled and exciting OIL PLATFORM exhibition area, Petrosains’ award-winning
activities aimed at creating which is built to the scale of an Volunteer Scheme is also another
wonder while sparking the interest actual oil rig and discover the initiative to sustain the interest
in science, at Petrosains, The science behind distance, velocity and provide a learning platform
Discovery Centre. and acceleration in the SPEED for young Malaysians in Science.
exhibition area. Meanwhile, the Petrosains
Located within the iconic Science Festival is a week-
PETRONAS Twin Towers in Aside from the interactive exhibits, long festival which pools the
Kuala Lumpur, the journey to visitors are also treated to live government, the corporates,
Petrosains begins with the DARK science shows, mini science industry, formal and informal
RIDE. Shaped like an oil drop, demonstrations and science learning institutions, and
the ride takes you through a busking based on thematic the public to come together
dark and tranquil environment science campaigns for a more to celebrate science in the
that features Malaysia’s national constructive learning experience. community.
treasures and ends with an audio
visual presentation of a present- Programmes and activities begin As an informal science institution,
day Malaysia. Visitors can then at preschool and primary level Petrosains is always committed
explore the 7,000 square metre with Petrosains Creative Science to provide a fun and interactive
centre, featuring countless unique for Schools and Petrosains platform to nurture curiosity
exhibits which you can touch, feel Tinkering workshops, where and spark the love for science
and play with for a more hands-on students can participate in fun for the young and old alike. For
learning experience. hands-on activities and learn the more information on its offerings,
science behind them. please log on to
Among the exhibition highlights www.petrosains.com.my
is SPACE, where visitors can find

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Teacher Profile Student Profile

“Both my parents were teachers


“The activities conducted in school are fun
and I knew it was what I wanted
and exciting, yet beneficial as they give me
to do from a young age.”
a taste of the working world as we try to
address real world issues.”
Tim Costello UK
Nexus International School

Subjects / Years Taught


Chua Guangwi
16 years old
5 Years of Music Teaching and
Year 11
Head of Department at Nexus
Sri Emas International School

How long have you been teaching? I worked at Ringmer Community What do you like most about
23 years. College for 14 years before teaching?
moving to teach internationally. The learners – their personalities,
What do you do in your free time? My first international post was in fun nature and how quickly they
Diving, sailing, traveling, Dubai and I stayed there for three can learn things.
years. I then moved to Nexus here What are your hobbies? shy in presentations as all the class or rather the whole school
socialising, music-making, hiking.
in Malaysia and have been here Playing the piano, ballet, reading feedback given is constructive together. It is a great opportunity
What is the best thing about
for five years now. short articles. criticism containing gems and for all teachers, seniors and
Why did you become a teacher? teaching at your school?
opportunities that will help me juniors to bond with each other
Why did you choose teaching as a Everything from the learners, staff,
I wish that I had started teaching What are your favourite subjects? learn and improve. The activities subconsciously despite the age
profession? ethos, amazing resources and
internationally many years earlier Mathematics, additional conducted in school are fun and gap. It is really amazing to see the
Both my parents were teachers that every learner has a MacBook
as I am loving the teaching, the mathematics, accounting. exciting, yet beneficial as they give magic happen all by itself.
and I knew it was what I wanted Pro which has transformed my
international kids and the travels. me a taste of the working world
to do from a young age. I also teaching.
What kinds of extracurricular as we try to address real world What is the best thing about being
wanted to be in a professional
What is the most memorable activities do you do? issues. It is a comfortable training a student?
career and also loved the long Who or what inspires you?
moment in your teaching career Table tennis, netball. ground that I always consider a As a student, I have tons of
holidays which would work well I have many former and current
so far? second home. chances to make mistakes and
with my family school holidays. amazing colleagues who are a
It was when I won ‘UK Guardian Who is your favourite teacher and learn from them without being
real inspiration to me and help me
Teacher of the Year’ in 2007 after why? Share a memorable experience in blamed for them. Through the
Tell us about your own education further improve my teaching.  
being nominated by pupils and It is kind of hard to choose as your school so far. process, I get to train my sense
journey.
parents. all teachers in school are very The twice-in-a-year theme day of of responsibility, self-confidence
I did my degree at Dartington
supportive and helpful. They are our school is the time where we and social skills to grow into a
College of Arts in Devon, England
approachable and I can chit chat as a class dress up according to successful adult in the future.
and my PGCE in Sussex University
with them just like a friend. the interpretation of the theme
in Brighton, East Sussex, England.
decided by the school. Every What do you hope to do when you
What is the one thing that you like theme day is an unforgettable finish school?
the most about your school? experience as the process After graduating from Sri Emas
My teachers and friends in we have to go through as a International School, I plan to
school are very caring, just like class from discussions about study in programmes such as the
family. This allows me to try out what we should dress up and A Level or IBDP that will keep my
new things and just be myself performing extraordinary chants university course options wide as I
in this very safe environment to completing games is full of am yet to be sure of what I wish to
created by the school. There is excitement and joy. I really loved pursue as a career in the future.  
no need to be embarrassed or how theme day brought our whole

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Preschool Education

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION
Preschool education is available in many international
schools. This section provides an overview on the
importance of an early years education and the different
types of preschool curricular options, and contains an
infographic on how to prepare your child for preschool.

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The Different Types of development of academic skills.

Preschool Curricula
• The same teacher stays with the
same group of students across
academic years which may be
beneficial for child development.
The preschool years are a vital period in your child’s
Thematic
intellectual and personal development. Dr Shen-Li Lee The theme-based curriculum
provides an overview of the various preschool curriculum employs an integrated approach
to teaching and learning. It follows
options to help you make an informed decision. the understanding that learning
is a highly integrated process
around the natural development that is not easily separated into
of children and the close • Children are motivated by the • A plan-do-review process to traditional academic disciplines.
relationships they share with need for self-development. strengthen the child’s initiative One example of the theme-based
their environment. In the Reggio- • Requisite mixed-age classrooms and self-reliance. curriculum is the International
inspired environment, children (typically 2/3 to 6 years old) • An active partnership between Preschool Curriculum.
are more like apprentices and allow younger children to learn teachers and students in
researchers. They take on projects from older children. shaping the educational The key features:
that allow them to explore, • Emphasises concrete rather experience. • An integrated learning unit
observe, hypothesise, question, than abstract learning because centering around a theme where
and discuss to clarify their children need to experience Waldorf children are taken through a
understanding. concepts through “hands-on” The Waldorf philosophy variety of activities connected
methods. encourages children to work to it.
The key features: • Offers a prescribed range of together in co-operative play. • Allows children to learn through
• Children are given some control activities that children may Students participate in activities active engagement with
over the direction of their choose from. that engage all five senses such their environment and social
learning. • Provides periods of as painting, singing, modelling connections which can help
• Learning occurs through uninterrupted working time beeswax, baking bread, them achieve higher levels of
“How soon should I start sending experiences of touching, moving, where children work through construction out of boxes and learning.
my child to preschool?” This is daughter may not be right for listening, and observing. tasks at their own pace. boards, and pretend play. • Supported by research on how
a question on the lips of many your child because every child is • Children are encouraged to • All of the materials are easily the brain functions and how
parents today pondering how different. explore the relationships they accessible. Children are taught The key features: children learn.
early is too early. What happens have with other children and to respect and be responsible for • Centres on each individual’s
if you wait? Will that be an The Educational with material items in the world the materials they use. needs. Language Immersion
advantage or disadvantage for Approach around them. • Warm, nurturing and home-like Language immersion preschools
your child? So how do you choose the right • Children are given opportunities High Scope Curriculum environment makes it easier allow children to learn a language
environment for your child? The to express themselves through The High Scope approach is for children to settle down to they do not speak at home. All
The question, however, is not first step is to understand the various methods. a research-based curriculum learning and to adapt when subjects are taught entirely in
about when to send your child to various curricula available so following the philosophy that needed. a second or foreign language
preschool but rather what kind you can identify the method of Montessori children learn best through hands- • Encourages children to think and the teacher does not offer
of environment your growing learning best suited to your child. The Montessori program is a on experiences. Children are creatively and to express their translations.
child requires to nurture their Since most preschools cherry child-centred curriculum that encouraged to initiate, discover, ideas imaginatively.
development. Like a plant that pick a variety of pedagogical offers children the freedom to experience, and learn about • Inculcates an appreciation for Some preschools may offer a
blossoms when the conditions approaches, being aware of explore activities of their own ideas, events, and people through nature and the surrounding multilingual approach, where two
are right, children require the the fundamentals of each choosing at their own pace. The creating, experimenting, problem- world. languages (typically English and
right environment to flourish. No method will help you understand teachers are present to facilitate solving, and resolving conflicts. • Only natural materials are used a second language) are used by
one environment will be perfect the preschool’s educational rather than to direct the children’s in the classroom. the teachers. In Malaysia, the
for every child and only you can philosophy. learning. The key features: • Develops the whole child by common languages taught and
discover what is optimal for • An emphasis on adult-child placing an emphasis on creative used in language immersion
your child. What is right for your Reggio Emilia The key features: interaction. development and character preschools are English, Bahasa
neighbour’s son or your friend’s The Reggio Emilia approach is • Fosters independence and • A carefully designed learning education, rather than on the Malaysia and Mandarin.
a child-led method that centres encourages individualism. environment.

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Multiple Intelligences qualifications? What is the staff Preschool EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Preparation
turnover? Do they enjoy working
The theory of multiple
intelligences was coined by with young children? TO KNOW BEFORE
Howard Gardner who went • School set-up and facilities SENDING YOUR CHILDREN
Checklist
beyond the traditional concepts of - What safety features are in
intelligence and identified seven place? Is there an outdoor TO PRESCHOOL
types of intelligences. playground? Do they provide
support for children with special
• Verbal-linguistic intelligence needs? Does the school serve
food? What are the classrooms
Hey there, parents!
• Logical-mathematical We know that starting preschool is a scary time for both you and your child. Therefore, we have created a
intelligence like - are they suitable for young
checklist for you to prepare your child for the preschool experience. This checklist aims to provide you with
• Visual-spatial intelligence children? additional guidance and support to help your child adjust to the daily routine of attending preschool.
• Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence • School routines - How many
• Musical-rhythmic intelligence hours is a typical day? Are there
• Interpersonal-social intelligence part-time options to send your 1. BEFORE STARTING PRESCHOOL
• Intrapersonal-self intelligence child 3 days a week? Does the
that you may encounter include: school support the teaching  Introduce the idea of preschool to your child
Preschools that follow Gardner’s • Religious preschools that of life skills, like potty training, Read to your child and talk to them about preschool.
theory offer a variety of learning incorporate religious content into tying shoelaces, or self-feeding?
the normal curriculum. What disciplinary methods does
 Visit the school with your child
activities designed to engage all Get to know the environment and the teachers.
of the intelligences rather than • Glenn Doman Method which the school use? How much
utilises flashcards for teaching opportunity do the children get  Do a trial run at preschool
focusing solely on traditional See how your child adapts to the school!
language and math activities. sight reading, mathematical to move around?
concepts and general
Whole-Child Education knowledge. The features you look for in a 2. DURING PRESCHOOL HOURS
The whole-child approach • Right Brain Education which preschool will differ from what
embraces the philosophy that focuses on tapping into the you find in a primary school
potential of the under-utilised because young children learn
 Accompany your child to school
education should encompass all Help them get settled and involved with an activity.
aspects of a child’s development “right brain” functions. differently. They have much
• Movement Education which shorter attention spans and will  Introduce your child to a new friend
– physical, social, emotional, They will have someone to sit with and play with for the rest of the day!
cognitive, and language – for uses physical activity to enhance struggle to sit still for long periods.
the long-term development and cognitive development through This is particularly important if  Say "bye" when you leave
Also let them know when you are coming back!
success of the child. Preschools the mind-body connection. you have an active child.
that follow this approach aim to  Keep your emotions in check
Other Considerations The final litmus test is to Relax and do not let your child sense your anxiety.
provide an environment that:
• Educates and promotes a In addition to the educational allow your child to experience
healthy lifestyle. approach of the preschool, there
are many other factors you will
the school environment. The 3. THINGS TO PACK
• Offers physical and emotional preschool years may be vital to
safety. need to consider when choosing a your child’s development and
• Allows each student to be preschool for your child. The best you may want to provide the best
actively engaged in learning thing to do is visit each school environment possible. However, if
while connected to the school and bring a checklist of the things your child does not feel secure or
and the broader community. that are important to you, such as: comfortable in that environment,  Diapers, training pants and wet wipes
 Change of clothes  Towel  Water bottle  Snacks (if your child still needs them)
• Provides each student • Teaching staff – What are their his learning will be limited.
personalised learning supported
by qualified and caring adults. 4. PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF ARRANGEMENTS
• Is academically challenging Dr Shen-Li Lee, author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your
to help prepare your child for Child’s Potential”, is best known for her parenting website, figur8.net.
Formally trained in dentistry, Lee found her calling when she quickly  Find out whether the school has a drop-off system
success in future studies. Parents do not have to park their cars to drop their children off.
discovered the challenge in seeking consolidated resources for raising a
Others “wholesome child” in Malaysia. Garnering more than 20,000 views every  Check for nearby parking spaces
month, figur8.net is a chronicle of Lee’s experience in raising a child who In case you need to accompany your child to the classroom.
Other educational approaches
is self-motivated to excellence by nurturing the heart, mind and body.  Find out about the school security system
Some schools only allow pre-arranged individuals to pick up your child.

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The Importance of an or delivery skills. The ongoing

Early Years Education


in-service training programmes,
including monitoring and
supporting of our teachers on
a regular basis, at our schools
Mikel P.H. Liow, Senior Manager of Early Years ensure quality teaching and
Education from Beaconhouse School, explains learning in the classrooms. Our
success stories of providing
the importance of education in the early years. quality early years education for
the last 13 years in this country
are the best testimony of our
A Matter of Quality commitment.
The perceptions of quality depend
on the interpretation of parents. Constant review of our curriculum
Some measure quality by the and sensitivity to the needs
amount of homework given of our children have propelled
while others focus on holistic Competent Teachers (STEM) us to move out of our comfort
development. However, research and a Supportive School It is not play versus learning, but zone to develop an integrated
has shown that the benefits of System play and learning. One of the curriculum to improve on our
developmentally appropriate Parents want to provide the best newer active forms of learning delivery system and better equip
practices far outweigh those of possible experiences for their introduced internationally is our children for formal education
hot house methods on children’s children in the early years and at the STEM education. The key and beyond. In January 2017
growth and development during the same time they want them emphasis here is on science, we launched a new preschool
their formative years. Of course, it to excel academically. Educators technology, engineering and math. programme under the flagship
will be good to have both, holistic at the other end recognise that Basically, it is the integration of all of Beaconhouse Newlands Early
The development of care and active form of learning. In other development and academic every day they need to make the disciplines with children being Years (BNEY) in the Bangsar
education of children from birth words, most educators believe excellence. But is this feasible? many decisions, keeping in mind provided with daily opportunities neighborhood. The key emphasis
to age six has been the focus that children should be actively the identified learning goals to engage in outdoor and indoor of this new curriculum is to lay
of public interest in Malaysia. involved in meaningful play or There are also numerous home- while developing and planning activities. Critical thinking skills a firm foundation in Language,
The recognition of the value of projects which further enhance grown approaches offered in intentional strategies that are both are developed through this Math and Science. It is based on
preschool education has led to and extend the development this country, ranging from an challenging and achievable for process. Does the teaching of international, developmentally
the growth of this industry and of the whole child. To this end, eclectic mix of ideas to academic children. We know the importance STEM using an interdisciplinary appropriate practices in early
greater participation of foreign teachers prepare a variety of approaches. Among parents and of developmentally appropriate and applied approach based on years education. Above all, it
school systems in this country. interesting activities for children educators the benefits of the active practices to help children learn. the real world represent a way incorporates both the Cambridge
What contributes to quality early each day and carefully design form of learning and the academic However in daily practice, forward? and Beaconhouse School System
years education? What impact an environment for active approach have been hotly educators are faced with different Curriculum Framework thus
do the delivery systems have on learning. Children make their debated. Often the conclusions challenges. They are required Excellent Teachers Ensure enabling children to succeed
children? own discoveries about the world are vague despite the fact that to juggle between providing Quality Learning throughout their schooling and in
as they explore materials and a developmentally appropriate appropriate practices and meeting It is vital to note that quality later life.
One of the key objectives of learn to play or engage with other programme is seen to be central. the expectations of parents education does not depend
preschool education is to help children, with the supervision The attention given to examination wanting their children on the fast solely on a school system or the In a nutshell, the benefits of Early
children develop essential skills and support of educators. At success in the media has further track. This can be very stressful. approach offered. The success Years Education can be enormous
for formal schooling and at the other end of the continuum, complicated the definition of It is more than just promoting a of any teaching approach rests provided that the curriculum is
the same time to lay a strong we have the chalk and board quality education. The fact that healthy and overall development. on the teachers’ ability and their developmentally appropriate and
foundation for character and method with greater emphasis on students are required to sit for an We also need to have skillful and level of commitment. In the supported by a strong school
personality development. academic performances and strict examination or assessment test competent teachers and the Beaconhouse School System, system and excellent teachers.
discipline. A typical scenario here for entry into public and private continuous support of a good we fully recognise the important It is important to recognise that
Active Involvement in will be rows of tables and chairs, schools has further compounded school system. role of teachers. They are the all the domains of development,
Meaningful Play and with children actively engaged the stress faced by parents. This backbone of a quality school whether it is learning, physical,
Projects in task sheets. Here, silence is has resulted in a shift in the focus Play and Learning: system. As such, we invest in social, emotional and cognitive
The current trend, locally and golden and teachers are seen as of preschool education over Science, Technology, the teachers’ education to equip, are important and are closely
internationally, is to move into the the givers of knowledge. the years. Engineering & Math support and refine their teaching interrelated.

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Types of Curricula

TYPES OF CURRICULA
International schools in Malaysia offer a wide array of English-
medium curricula for primary, secondary and pre-university
education. Students pursuing these programmes may continue their
studies overseas. The information provided here will help you decide
which curriculum is most suited to your child’s needs.

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The American Curriculum followed for Language Arts and


Social Studies in international
Overall Structure
The American Curriculum caters
At the High School level (Grades
9 to 12) this transferability is even
schools overseas. for students starting in pre- more important. Graduation from
Lyle Moltzan, Superintendent of Raffles kindergarten (ages three and an accredited American High
Within each subject area, teachers School is in itself a passport to
American School, explains what the assist students in mastering
four) and runs through Grade 12.
Normally, American schools are university entry in virtually every
American Curriculum is all about. these content standards. Over organised as Early Childhood, country across the globe.
the course of one year, there are Elementary School, Middle School,
various “benchmarks” to ensure and High School. In High School, students must
In addition, this accreditation that students are moving in the earn credits toward graduation by
gives the individual school the direction of mastery in each A student who successfully completing four years of English,
authority to deliver curriculum standard in each subject area. completes the American three years of mathematics,
standards and assess those Curriculum will earn the American science and social studies, two
standards internally. This Learning Outcome High School Diploma, which years of a foreign language, and
negates the necessity for Approach is recognised by universities one year of art, physical education
regularly administered external All quality American schools around the world as a valid entry as well as six electives.
examinations and allows ongoing, abroad have adopted Learning qualification. Those who wish may
continual assessment. Ultimately, Outcomes in some form and also do college level work through Co-Curricular Programme
the school maintains the official teach to these outcomes. The its Advanced Placement (AP) American schools strive to
authority to grant students an Learning Outcomes encompass program which has the content provide students with a rich
American High School Diploma what the school believes all level, scope and rigour of first-year variety of co-curricular activities,
upon completion of 12 years students should know and be able university courses. Students so that they can explore their
of study, without a national or to do, now and into the future. who wish to gain admission to interests and develop their
external examination. In addition, American universities will take the passions. Sports, arts, technology,
the American Curriculum allows Examples of Learning Outcomes College Board Scholastic Aptitude academic competitions and
for the study of Advanced are: Problem Solving/Thinking; Test (SAT) at the end of Grade 11 service learning give students
Placement (AP) university level Communication; Organisation/ or the beginning of Grade 12. a venue for application of both
coursework, in the final years Research; and Character/ content knowledge and learning
of High School, which can Interpersonal Skills. Learning In Elementary School outcomes. These activities are
culminate in a second diploma Outcomes are the processes and (Kindergarten to Grade 5) and optional and students may take
from the College Board Advanced techniques through which the Middle school (Grades 6 to 8) the a sampling of offerings, or focus
The American Curriculum is Schools and Colleges (WASC) Placement authorities. content standards are delivered. American Curriculum ensures that on developing a high level skill in a
a rigorous, standards-based is the accreditation authority for But more importantly, there is also students have the knowledge and known passion.
system that aims to educate the international schools in Asia. A Standards-Based the expectation that these skills skills for their age and grade level.
whole child for the successful Curriculum and abilities will be acquired by Students get a solid foundation in Why Choose the
realisation of dreams and goals. This accreditation process For every school offering the students and will become the way language arts and mathematics, American Curriculum?
Within the United States, each signifies that an American American Curriculum, there are in which they learn for life. but also focus on other subjects In our fast-paced, ever changing
state maintains the right to international school is committed “standards” or content knowledge including science and social world, the careers we are
deliver standards of its choosing, to school improvement with a that students must master and American Curriculum schools studies, art, physical education, preparing today’s children for
relevant to the state and region. focus on professional growth. demonstrate for every subject, at deliver content through a series and foreign languages. may not yet exist. Students
American schools abroad offering It guarantees that as students every grade level. of selected and chosen Learning are individuals with varying
the American Curriculum can progress from Elementary School Outcomes, ensuring that students Furthermore, because of the needs, talents, and passions. An
choose the most recent and to Middle School to High School, In the United States, each state gain a mastery of these vital rigorous emphasis on delivery American style education allows
rigorous standards relevant to they will possess the prerequisite government chooses a set skills and abilities. Assessment of of content knowledge through all children to succeed in work,
an international community knowledge and skills to move of standards and mandates student learning takes place both a Learning Outcome approach, life and citizenship in the 21st
within the host country. They do from one grade level to the next. these to the state public school in terms of content understanding students “learn how to learn”, and century.
not, however, have the authority It also ensures that schools system. American schools and mastery, as well as the transferability to other American
to accredit their educational are worthy of the trust placed abroad have the opportunity student’s ability to demonstrate schools or non-American schools For more information, visit www.
programs. This is done in the in them to provide high quality to choose standards based on learning outcomes. Assessment is quite strong. corestandards.org or www.
United States by one of the learning opportunities and clearly current research and regional for Learning Outcome acquisition collegeboard.org or www.raffles-
six accreditation authorities. demonstrate continual self- relevance. The Common Core is ongoing and intertwined with american-school.edu.my
The Western Association of improvement. State Standards (CCSS) are often evidence of content mastery.

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The Australian Curriculum


Dr Deborah Priest, Principal of the
Australian International School
Malaysia (AISM), provides an overview
of the curriculum.
example, a student can take interests of students will vary, curriculum Priorities, and the Preparing Children for the
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and that the curriculum will be facilitation within the curriculum Future
English, Legal Studies and adapted in ways that respond to for differentiation of teaching to In essence, the Australian
Economics thus leaving open a those needs and interests. individual students and cohorts of Curriculum is as much about
range of university course options, students, that sets the Australian preparing each child to be a
such as Medicine and Law Students who have experienced Curriculum apart from other competent and well-functioning
that have prerequisite subjects the Australian Curriculum curricula currently available and communicating adult as it is
as admission requirements. as well as one from another across the world. This holistic about preparing them to take their
Alternatively, a student may country, comment that the curriculum has the flexibility to place in tertiary study or in the
elect to study Biology, Physics, Australian Curriculum suits all cater for the individual learning workplace. That is, the learning
Chemistry, Mathematics, styles of learners and really needs, strengths, interests and experiences in each subject at
Mathematics Extension and prepares them to be tertiary and goals of students of all abilities. each year level not only develop
English which could lead to life ready. They talk about the skills for higher learning, they also
Medicine, Engineering, Science, subject content as well as the The Cross-curriculum Priorities foster the development of life
Accounting and other courses. embedded skills development of understanding indigenous skills, behaviours and dispositions
The Australian Curriculum two components; 50% of the of General Capabilities, Cross- histories and cultures, the that will assist the students to
is a rigorous and holistic overall grade comes from a final What Type of Students curriculum Priorities and the way engagement between Australia navigate a complex and dynamic
programme of study for students examination set and marked Would be Most Suited for that teachers allow students and Asia, and sustainability, world.
in Foundation to Year 10 who in Australia, and the other 50% This Curriculum? to independently research and provide a real-life focus for
then go on to complete the New comes from school-based Australia has developed a flexible work in different ways within the making connections between The success of the Australian
South Wales Higher School assignments, examinations and yet challenging curriculum that classrooms. the content learned in a range of Curriculum comes from teachers
Certificate (HSC). The broad projects. This enables all students meets the needs of a mobile and subjects. being able to cater for individual
curriculum provides students to maximise their grades thus globally focused, multicultural Why Should Parents students in a diverse student
with opportunities to explore their opening up a greater range of community. It has been designed Consider This Curriculum The Australian population who live in distinctive
areas of interest and expertise, international tertiary pathways. to be accessible to all students. for Their Children? Curriculum’s Seven and diverse locations. This is
extend their knowledge and Opportunities exist for gifted The Australian Curriculum General Capabilities achieved through the flexibility
understanding, and excel in an A second major difference students to excel and explore has been designed to improve built into the well-resourced,
internationally-recognised Senior has to do with the number of subjects of interest through learning outcomes for a diverse online curriculum and through the
Certificate. The HSC provides subjects that a student can study research and independent population of students. It not only interlinked dimensions of Learning
direct pathways to universities in his or her final two years of learning programmes. details content and achievement Areas, General Capabilities and
in Australia, the United Kingdom, senior schooling. Universities standards for a broad range of Cross-curriculum Priorities. This
the United States, Canada, New have commended the HSC The Australian Curriculum subjects, it also embeds in these flexibility allows students of all
Zealand and other countries curriculum for ensuring that assumes that: subjects a range of learning abilities, including those with
around the world. students demonstrate skills and • each student can learn, and that experiences in seven General special needs and gifts, to have
capabilities across at least five the needs of every student are Capabilities (see diagram below) the benefit of rigorous, robust and
How is the HSC Different subjects and, most commonly six important; and three cross-curriculum relevant learning opportunities
from Other Senior subjects, in the lead up to their • each student is entitled to priorities that are identified as that will allow each of them to
Curricula? first tertiary placement. knowledge, understanding and essential for effective functioning be challenged, engaged and
A significant difference is that skills that provide a foundation in a global context in the 21st well-prepared for adult life in a
students are given opportunities Students pursuing the HSC can for successful and lifelong century. dynamic world.
to be assessed in a range of ways opt to explore several areas or, learning;
other than solely by external alternatively, gain greater breadth • high expectations should be set It is the embedding of the For more information,
examinations. Assessment has in their firm area of interest. For for each student; the needs and General Capabilities and Cross- visit www.aism.edu.my

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The British Curriculum


Pauline Gradden, Deputy Head of Secondary
(Academic) of the British International
School of Kuala Lumpur, provides an
overview of the British Curriculum.

There is a well-structured and


coherent progression to learning
from early childhood all the way and building character. Some
to university entrance through activities are done in conjunction
various stages. The curriculum with well known institutions, such
leads to GCSE (at age 16) and A as the Associated Board of the
Level examinations or IB Diploma reading and number skills and a subjects from a selection. At A Royal Schools of Music or the
(at age 18), qualifications that are grounding in a second language. Levels, students specialise further Duke of Edinburgh Award.
recognised by universities and and choose three or four subjects
employers around the world. In the primary school, KS1 (ages from a range of options which The curriculum is suited to
five to seven) and KS2 (ages they study in depth to a high level all students. It is broad and
There are various core and seven to 11) the focus is on in preparation for university. recognises that pupils excel in
compulsory subjects depending learning good fundamental maths different areas, whether it is in
on the school year, but many and English language skills. Why Choose a British maths, history, sports or drama.
schools go beyond the standard Science, technology, humanities Education? Students will be stretched and
requirements and teach and art are covered as multi- A British education is child- encouraged to thrive in areas
complementary subjects. disciplinary topics and through centred and personalised. they are good at, whilst being
Children are also offered, and projects. Within Primary school, Teachers often plan lessons with supported in those areas that they
highly encouraged, to take part schools have the choice for differentiated outcomes, allowing need to improve on. However,
in extracurricular activities to students to sit two national exams for a range of achievements. students are expected to play a
develop their skills and interests called SATS in Year 2 and Year 6. This enables them to match each big part in their learning rather
outside of the classroom, lesson as closely as possible to than waiting for the teacher to
whether that is learning to play an The curriculum in KS3 lower individual needs whilst providing tell them everything they need to
instrument, join a sports team or secondary (ages 11 to 14) is scope for pupils to be stretched know. A degree of questioning,
Education in the UK is heavily The curriculum is forward looking pick up an additional language. more subject-based and aims at academically. They also tend researching and problem solving
infused with liberal ideas of and in constant evolution. It is building students’ ability to work to emphasise learning to think is required to succeed.
freedom of thought and personal reviewed frequently and new Structure and Stages independently and think critically. critically and independently,
responsibility. Students are methods and teaching strategies The National Curriculum is At this stage, the emphasis over simply learning facts. The There is no doubt that the British
regularly invited to reflect on are often implemented into the organised into blocks of years is on exposing students to aim is to encourage children to education remains one of the best
how their behaviour affects the curriculum, whilst maintaining the called ‘Key Stages’ (KS) and at opportunities in a wide range of gain a deeper understanding of education systems in the world.
world around them, to show benefit of tradition. the end of each Key Stage, the subjects so that they can begin the subject rather than simply British schools continue to have
initiative and to understand how student will be formally assessed. to form ideas of where their memorising what they have been a strong pull across the globe
they can positively contribute The British Curriculum – better academic interests lie. told. with thousands of international
to those living and working in known as the National Curriculum The Foundation Stage starts in students studying in the UK
the community. The curriculum – is common to most schools in the early years (ages two to five), Upper secondary students in British education is also every year. UK qualifications are
references not only British culture England and Wales (Scotland, the where learning is play-based. KS4 work towards their GCSE associated with activities that highly valued by universities and
but also many other cultures third part of Great Britain, has its Children acquire their first notions examinations (ages 14 to 16) take place beyond the classroom. employers both in the UK and
from around the world. Tolerance own). The National Curriculum is of numeracy and literacy through and A Level exams or IB diploma Organised games, outdoor internationally, and the curriculum
and respect towards others are a set of subjects and standards active, playful activities. By the (ages 16 to 18). At GCSE, students pursuits and extracurricular helps students acquire the skills
strongly promoted. used by early years, primary and end of the early years, most study English, Maths, Science activities in general are recognised and knowledge needed for life
secondary schools. children have acquired basic plus an additional four or five as valuable for learning life skills beyond school.

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Cambridge International
Examinations Opens
up Pathways to Higher
International AS & A Levels • Nearly all Australian universities and learns differently from other
develop a deep understanding of with undergraduate programmes children, even those at a similar
subjects, as well as independent recognise our qualifications, attainment level. Only skilled

Education
learning and constructive thinking including those from the teachers, attentive to the progress
skills – abilities which universities Group of Eight coalition of top and difficulties of every child,
value highly. universities. and able to adapt their teaching
• Students holding Cambridge plans and classroom practice, can
Cambridge International AS & A qualifications gain places at deliver success.
Levels offer complete flexibility. universities in the UK and across
We offer more than 55 subjects Europe. We offer qualifications for
and a range of assessment teachers and trainers based on
options so that schools can Recognition of Cambridge international best practice to help
choose the study path that best qualifications is growing fast develop teachers’ thinking and
suits their students’ needs. throughout Asia Pacific. In practice, and build the knowledge
Cambridge International A Level a region whose universities and skills they need to help
is typically a two-year course increasingly claim high places students succeed. We also offer
and Cambridge International in the world rankings, there are a comprehensive programme
AS Level is typically one year. numerous opportunities for of training courses, as well as
Schools have freedom to offer Cambridge students to enter support materials to help teachers
Wong Ka Yee from Taylor’s Cambridge International AS Levels and succeed in top-class degree deliver Cambridge programmes
College Subang Jaya receiving as qualifications in their own right, programmes. effectively.
‘Top in the World 2016 award’ or as part of a progression to
for Cambridge International Cambridge International A Level. “The academic rigours of Ng Kim Huat, Country Director
AS Level Mathematics Exam series in November and Cambridge International A Levels Malaysia, Cambridge International
June cater to schools timetables prepared me for a stellar start to Examinations said: “Every year,
and flexibility of timing – making university in the UK. Thanks to Cambridge learners in Malaysia
Cambridge International give them solid foundations to 19 years of age. The Cambridge sure every candidate can sit their both the breadth and depth of the excel in their exams – receiving our
Examinations prepares school achieve high levels of academic programme takes students on paper at the right time regardless syllabuses, I found it relatively Outstanding Cambridge Learner
students for life, helping them and personal attainment. Our a journey through Cambridge of the time zone where they live. easy to understand a large part Awards – and we recognise that
develop an informed curiosity and approach is flexible, so schools Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, of my course, as I had already Cambridge teachers play a large
a lasting passion for learning. Our can offer Cambridge at every Cambridge IGCSE, and Cambridge Opening Doors to delved into the more complex part in their success. Therefore, we
programmes and qualifications stage of education or focus on International AS & A Level. Universities Worldwide aspects of the subject beforehand. place high importance on providing
set the global standard for specific stages. This means Students can join at any stage. Universities worldwide welcome I am thoroughly grateful that my training and resources to help
international education. They are schools are free to build a students with Cambridge Cambridge qualifications acted teachers conduct effective lessons
created by subject experts, rooted unique curriculum which reflects Cambridge International International AS & A Levels: as the key to my admission to the as well as excel professionally.
in academic rigour and reflect their values. Our international AS & A Level university of my dreams!” - Kaelan Our comprehensive professional
the latest educational research. qualifications are recognised by Cambridge International AS & A • Cambridge International AS & A Ong Wei Ern, former student, development programme
They provide a strong platform the world’s best universities and Levels offer schools and students Levels are accepted by over 500 Taylor’s College Subang Jaya, gives teachers delivering our
for learners to progress from employers, giving students a wide a tried and tested route to US universities, including all of Malaysia. programmes the best preparation
one stage to the next, and are range of options in their education university. They are taught in over the Ivy Leagues. Top universities to help their students do well. We
well supported by teaching and and career. 2,500 schools in 130 countries. in the US, Canada and elsewhere Excellent Education recognise that teaching is about
learning resources. give credit for advanced is Based on Excellent developing the skills and abilities of
In Malaysia, we work closely Typically for students aged 16 placement for up to one year to Teachers every child, not just exam grades.”
Cambridge International with over 150 schools to to 19 years who need advanced students with good results in A successful education develops
Examinations carefully designs help deliver the best possible study to prepare for university their Cambridge International A the skills and abilities of each To learn more about Cambridge
curricula to engage learners and education to students from 5 to and higher education, Cambridge Levels. child. Every child is different, go to www.cie.org.uk

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Teacher Profile

“By being a teacher, I have a rare


opportunity in moulding and
influencing tomorrow’s generation.”

Richard Castle UK
Epsom College in Malaysia

Years and Subjects Taught What is the most memorable cannot be replicated in any other
Years 10 - 13 (ages 14 - 18) moment in your teaching career current profession.
so far?
How long have you been teaching? There are two significant standout What is the best thing about
20 years. moments in my career. The teaching at your school?
first was in the UK when I was For those that have attended
What do you do in your free time? asked to attend an educational boarding schools anywhere in
Walking, reading, cinema and symposium which was later the world, especially the UK will
sport. broadcast on BBC national know that everything is about
television in the UK. More recently, tradition and pride in one’s House.
Why did you become a teacher? I have had the pleasure of being I am sure we have all seen Harry
Why did you choose teaching as a part of the pioneering group that Potter and the almost obsessive
profession? have set up Epsom College in pride the students took in being
I worked in industry before Malaysia. In my role as Head of part of Gryfindor or how much
becoming a teacher and felt that Boarding I have led a team of they disliked Slytherin. This, along
I never really made any impact outstanding pastoral leaders in with the established traditions of
on anything or anyone during establishing what in my opinion, formal dinner dances, prize days
my working day. By being a is the finest boarding school in as well as the inter-house events
teacher, I have a rare opportunity South East Asia. gives students a sense of being
in moulding and influencing part of something greater than
tomorrow’s generation. What do you like most about themselves. This is a wonderful
teaching? thing for students and staff to buy
Tell us about your own education Teaching is one of the most into and this is something that
journey. varied and enjoyable jobs in the we at Epsom College in Malaysia
I went to school in Harrow before world. Even though you teach have slowly been building over the
going to Lancaster University in the same subject every day, deal past two years. What a privilege it
the UK to study Management. with the same students every is to build the foundations of what
Following university I worked in day, not one day is ever the same. in generations to come will be
the Hotel industry and radio for The interactions one has with seen as ‘our’ tradition.
Go further with an international two years before choosing to the student changes minute by
study a postgraduate teaching minute and living in a boarding Who or what inspires you?
education from Cambridge. degree in Business Education. house you can tangibly see how I have always been inspired by
Since entering the teaching the relationship between staff and people with a ‘can do’ attitude.
With a Cambridge education, students are equipped to find profession I have completed student grows and develops to I have witnessed students who
success at home and internationally. Accepted at the world’s several courses in boarding and one of trust and understanding. It have never swum before just jump
best universities like MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Sunway education. Most recently I have is a privilege to be a Housemaster in the deep end and swim, to other
University and UNSW, our programmes and qualifications equip embarked on a Postgraduate in a Boarding school as it affords students who just get up on stage
Masters’ programme in Education. you the opportunity to mould and in front of hundreds of people to
students with the skills needed for college and beyond.
shape tomorrow’s generation. perform some form of solo. There
Learn more at cie.org.uk/parents To be in this position is a great are too many people who vacillate,
responsibility, one that you should I am inspired by people who lead
not take lightly, but one that from the front and go and do.  
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Primary Years an education that is engaging, and which is in keeping with


Programme (PYP) relevant and well-thought out. local educational regulations.
Developed by the former The MYP is a curriculum that
International Schools Curriculum Middle Years Programme embraces technology and
Project (ISCP), the PYP was (MYP) utilises it fully to aid learning.
sustained for over a decade Designed for students aged It recently introduced industry-
before being introduced as an IB 11 to 16, the MYP is a five-year leading onscreen examinations
programme. The PYP, which is programme that emphasises real and ePortfolios, where students
designed for students aged three life application of what is learnt complete their exams and
to 12, is a streamlined curriculum in the classroom. The MYP is assignments on laptops and have
focused on continuous learning intellectually stimulating in that their answers digitally assessed.
and moulding students who have students are assessed at how well Not only is this method innovative
an international outlook. The they create practical connections and convenient, it is also an
subjects in the PYP are taught between their studies and the environmentally friendly way of
through six related themes that real world. In addition, students compiling and assessing the
transcend disciplines. Students are encouraged to be aware and students’ work.
are encouraged to ask questions curious about a variety of local,
and analyse how these themes national and global issues. The Students who go through the PYP
are related, which leads to an subjects students are required and MYP are well-prepared to take
understanding of the big picture. to take are language acquisition, on the International Baccalaureate
Examples of themes are ‘how the language and literature, Diploma Programme (IBDP). This
world works’ and ‘who we are’. individuals and societies, is because they are well-prepared
sciences, mathematics, arts, to take on the intellectual
The curriculum seeks to fulfil the physical and health education, challenges involved in higher
students’ academic needs while and design. education. An IB student is an

The International Baccalaureate at the same time equipping them enquirer who has competent
with skills that will help them grow Teachers are tasked with creating academic skills and enhanced
as people. Five essential elements context for the subjects that are social and emotional sensitivity.

(IB) Programmes make up the PYP: knowledge,


concepts, skills, attitude and
actions. The taught curriculum is
taught. With context, learning
becomes more meaningful as
students are able to connect
In addition, an IB student has a
global outlook and is open to new
cultures and people.
a guide on how to teach subjects their life experiences with what
Letitia Lim explains what the Primary Years in the PYP effectively. Educators is taught and achieve a deeper IB students will thrive at university
Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme who teach the PYP aim to create a understanding of the subjects. as they are comfortable with
structured, enquiry-based learning The students are aware and well- independent learning and take
(MYP) of the International Baccalaureate involve. environment that encourages versed in issues such as cultural responsibility for their education.
students to be engaged and identity, scientific innovations, They are also practical and
The International Baccalaureate Today, there are over one million In Malaysia, there are many excited about learning. Students fairness and development and the logical but also have emotional
(IB) is a non-profit entity students pursuing various international schools and are always taught to question, effects of globalisation. Context intelligence, empathy and the
founded in 1968 in Geneva, IB programmes all over the private institutions that offer consider and re-evaluate what also facilitates conceptual willingness to listen to and
Switzerland. Since its conception, world. About 4,000 schools in IB programmes. Schools that they understand of the world understanding and helps students understand others. Students
the IB has contributed four 147 countries have adopted offer PYP and MYP include around them. In addition, the find links between the subjects who fit the IB profile are highly
education programmes to the IB programmes with the Fairview International School, assessment methods of the PYP taught. In addition, community sought after by employers. This is
the school community which purpose of producing students IGB International School, UCSI aim to determine where students service is encouraged and no because they are aware they are
meet the highest standards of who have the qualities that International School and Excelsior are at particular stages of the form of discrimination against on a journey to find purpose and
academic excellence. These fit the IB Learner Profile. The International School. The learning process and what can students is tolerated on the meaning in life and are ever ready
programmes are the Primary ideal IB learner is an enquirer, International School of Penang be done to help them learn more basis of their socio-economic to take on the obstacles they face
Years Programme (PYP), the thinker and communicator who (Uplands), Nexus International effectively. background and abilities. on the road to success.
Middle Years Programme (MYP), is knowledgeable, principled, School, Marlborough College
the International Baccalaureate open-minded, caring, risk-taking, Malaysia and St. Joseph’s Currently, 109 countries offer the In 2014, the MYP was revised in For more information on IB
Diploma Programme (IBDP) and a balanced and reflective. Institution International School PYP in over 1,400 schools. The response to the demand for a programmes, please visit
Career-related Programme (CP). Malaysia (SJIIM) are some of the PYP is a challenging curriculum more flexible framework that can www.ibo.org
schools that offer the IBDP. for young learners who receive be easily integrated into schools

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The International Primary generally taught outside of the resilience, adaptability and Nine”. This process recognises

Curriculum (IPC)
IPC, with many schools opting for cooperation. Some IPC schools that the most successful schools
the Maths National Curriculum will use the personal goals exactly consider the impact on learning in
from England. The subject goals as prescribed by the IPC whilst everything that they do. It involves
progress through Milepost 1 others, like Nexus International a rigorous self-review against nine
David Griffiths, Head of Primary from Nexus (Years 1 and 2), Milepost 2 (Years School, Malaysia, will adapt and key criteria, which are clearly set
3 and 4) and Milepost 3 (Years 5 personalise them to suit the out in the form of rubrics. The
International School provides an overview of and 6). needs of their particular school rubrics follow the developmental
the International Primary Curriculum. community. stages of Beginning, Developing
International Goals and Mastering and each stage is
“I want my children to understand The Process of Learning capable of development. A cycle
the world, but not just because the There is a distinct process of of review and improvement then
world is fascinating and the human learning throughout each of the follows which typically takes
mind is curious. I want them to IPC themes, ensuring rigour and between 12 and 18 months.
understand it so that they will be challenge. When the school feels it is ready,
positioned to make it a better place” it can request a visit from an
- Howard Gardner The themes covered in the IPC IPC accreditation team who will
work hand in hand with the attempt to ratify the school’s
Another vital, but often neglected, curriculum goals to support self-review and produce a report.
part of a school curriculum is the development of learners to Nexus International School has
the need to teach children to be have the knowledge skills and twice undergone this process and
globally aware: It is essential understanding for now and the is one of the only schools in the
that our children are taught how future. world to have been accredited
to live and work with others. twice at Mastering level.
The IPC is unique in that it has Assessment
specific learning goals aimed The IPC learning goals support The Nine Key Criteria include the
at developing International both assessment for learning and following:
Mindedness. Children learn about assessment for reporting. 1. A clear focus on improving
their host country (Malaysia) and learning
Our primary school children today way for our young children to unit of work is designed to engage are able to compare and contrast Assessment for learning provides 2. A shared vision about the kinds
are likely to reach full working begin to learn these critical skills. children in the learning process this to the home countries of a feedback loop through which of children we are helping to
capacity in 20 to 30 years when, with themes such as “Who am the other children in their class. children are advised on how to develop
in this time of rapid change, the What is the International I”, “What Price Progress?”, “The An increasing understanding make those important next steps. 3. Implementation of classroom
world will probably be quite a Primary Curriculum (IPC)? Magic Toymaker” and “Mission to of themselves and others Assessment for reporting lets practises that help children
different place. They will need The International Primary Mars”. In addition, there are units enables children to develop teachers, administrators, parents develop towards the school’s
to use technologies that do not Curriculum (IPC) is a that help children to develop an their International Mindedness, and learners know how well shared vision
exist yet and be prepared to comprehensive yet flexible, understanding of metacognition, essential for today’s global children are learning compared 4. International Mindedness
solve problems that we are not thematic curriculum for children called the Brain Wave themes. society. to children in other schools or 5. The significance and
yet aware of. We can help young aged five to 11 years old. Leading National standards. Both forms development of Knowledge,
people to be better prepared up to the IPC is the International Learning Goals Personal Goals of assessment are important. Skills and Understanding
for this by choosing the right Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and The IPC learning goals or As well as learning about There is a requirement for the 6. Rigorous children’s learning and
curriculum for them to learn with. after age 12, schools can opt to standards are grouped into three Language, Science, and History learning goals in Knowledge, teacher’s high expectations of it
follow the International Middle equally important areas: Subject in the IPC, there is recognition Skills and Understanding to be 7. Implementation of the learning
Educationists recognise that Years Curriculum (IMYC). goals, International goals and that learners need to learn and assessed appropriately in order to process of the IPC
children will need to think critically, Personal goals. practise a host of skills and get a rounded picture of children’s 8. Implementation of themes
solve problems, be innovative, The IPC offers a range of over competences. There are eight learning. through independent yet
communicate and collaborate 130 different units from which Subject Goals personal goals and opportunities interdependent subjects
well, be globally aware and be the school chooses between four These statements are the to experience and practise and Accredited Schools 9. Assessment that improves
able to ‘hold their own’ in financial, and six per year group. The school expected knowledge, skills these are built into the learning The IPC has a thorough and learning.
economic, and media rich then organises the units into a and understanding goals in 10 tasks within each unit of work. learning-focused accreditation
environments. The International route map of learning, ensuring academic subjects as is usual Personal goals include respect, process called “The Bottom Line
Primary Curriculum is an ideal coverage of all the goals. Each in most curricula. Maths is

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The Indian Curriculum


(CBSE-i)
Under the CCE, evaluation
is divided into Formative
Assessment (FA) and Summative
This article provides an overview of the Assessment (SA) which cover
both academic and extracurricular
Central Board of Secondary Education subjects. FA comprises class
International (CBSE-i), also known as the tests, assignments and projects
that are evaluated twice
Indian Curriculum. throughout the two terms of
the academic year, totalling to
40 marks. On the other hand,
SA is based on end-of-term
critical and creative thinking examinations to assess how
skills, improve communication much a student has learnt and
skills, and build interpersonal carries 60 marks. The final grade
and collaborative skills, as well students are encouraged to pick learning, modern resources of the student is reflected on the
as produce tech-savvy and up a third language which can be and worksheets are used to 9 Point Grading Scale with the
well-informed students. CBSE-i a foreign language such as French teach each subject’s syllabus. lowest being E2 and the highest,
is unique as it is an elevated or Spanish. Under CBSE-i, teachers are A1.
Indian curriculum system which responsible for creating a learning
acknowledges global needs of What makes CBSE-i special environment that is suggestive Why Should Parents
this day and age while still relating is component subjects such and open-ended to encourage Consider this Curriculum?
to local issues and culture. CBSE-i as Perspectives, Social discussions and enquiries. CBSE-i CBSE-i is an excellent curriculum
is a curriculum that meets global Empowerment through Work also elevates standard subjects that encourages students to have
standards and is accessible and and Action (SEWA), Life Skills like Science to a new level. For a global outlook while still being
impartial at the same time. and Research. Perspectives example, science subjects will familiar with their roots. This
highlights local and global issues include a breakthrough section is because 70% of the CBSE-i
Overall Structure of through research, discussions and that focuses on recent discoveries academic curriculum is globalised
In 2010, the Central Board of maintaining aspects of Indian Curriculum debates. In addition, this subject in certain fields. while the remainder is localised.
Secondary Education (CBSE) culture. CBSE-i aims to transform CBSE-i is applied through primary encourages students to be well- In addition, CBSE-i provides a
of India decided to launch an their students into global citizens and secondary school levels, informed about current issues. Examinations and good balance between academic
international version of their and equip Indian nationals with namely from Class I to Class XII, SEWA focuses on developing the Assessment subjects and extracurricular
current curriculum, simply named world-class qualifications to and still retains a large segment social awareness of students CBSE-i adopts the Continuous activities, and encourages
CBSE-i. Since its introduction, enable them to further their of the existing CBSE curriculum through individual and group and Comprehensive Evaluation students to learn outside the
CBSE-i has been implemented studies abroad. on which it is based. In Classes I work. Life Skills aims to teach (CCE) when it comes to student classroom. Parents should
in 25 schools all over the Middle and II, students will have subjects students about co-operation, assessment. In keeping with consider enrolling their child in
East and Southeast Asia, namely Core Values and like Mathematics, Environmental problem-solving and leadership the curriculum, CCE is utilised schools that adopt CBSE-i if they
in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Principles Education and Information & to create students who are happy, to ensure that students learn want a less expensive alternative
Qatar, Philippines and Malaysia. CBSE-i was constructed fully Communications Technology balanced and successful in their to their fullest potential. to IB or IGCSE programmes. In
with their students in mind. The (ICT). Students from Class III future endeavours. Finally, CBSE-i This is because CCE aims to addition, it is a suitable curriculum
CBSE-i was originally created to enquiry and skills-based nature of onwards will be exposed to heavily focuses on research, from identify each student’s learning for Indian nationals abroad
cater to Indian nationals living this curriculum makes it adaptable General Science, Social Studies, data collection and analysis to difficulties at the beginning of who plan to go back to India
overseas but was gradually to each student’s individual Art Education and Physical real life application skills. the academic session so that to study. Moreover, CBSE-i is
introduced in 50 local schools learning style. Students learning Education. In terms of language, specific measures can be applied suitable for students who enjoy
in India during the 2012- at a different pace can access it is compulsory for students Another special thing about to improve the student’s overall giving presentations, conducting
2013 academic session. The a solid academic foundation as to learn two languages, one of CBSE-i is its teaching methods. learning performance. This discussions and solving problems.
international element of this CBSE-i has an in-built flexibility them being English, at primary Teachers are encouraged to form of evaluation discourages Most importantly, parents who
curriculum is shaped by fusing and believes that there is no right level. The second language is be up-to-date and creative mechanical testing and uses want their children to have a
modern pedagogical patterns way of teaching. Schools that commonly Hindi or some other with their teaching styles. many tools for assessment. dynamic and engaging education
with global trends while still adopt CBSE-i strive to promote Indian dialect. At secondary level, Instead of traditional textbook should consider the CBSE-i.

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The Ontario Curriculum projects, portfolios, developmental


continua, performances, peer and
Principals at Sunway International School self-assessments, self-reflections,
essays, and tests. This wide array
campuses in Bandar Sunway and Sunway of assessment practises permits
Iskandar, Bill Ironside and Anthony Petitti, a more complete understanding
share the unique features of this world- of student progress and helps in
the preparation of the next steps.
renowned curriculum.
Final grades reflect a 70-30 split:
70% of the grade is determined
Sunway International School learners and, above all, to enjoy learning through a student- successfully complete 30 credits, • Communication: Effective by work completed throughout
(SIS), at both Bandar Sunway and learning. centred approach. They are the Ontario Secondary School communication orally, in writing the course and 30% by final
Sunway Iskandar campus, are the expected to participate actively in Literacy test, and a minimum of and with a variety of digital tools, evaluations.
only schools in Malaysia that offer Overall Structure class and to explore issues and 40 hours of community service. listening skills. “Assessment FOR learning”
the Ontario (Canada) Curriculum. The curriculum begins with ideas with growing confidence. • Critical thinking and Problem happens each day in class.
SIS is inspected annually by the Kindergarten and covers 12 years Upon completion of Grade 11, Solving: In the design and Teachers provide students
Ontario Ministry of Education of Elementary and High School. At Elementary school, the four students will have accumulated management of projects, and with descriptive feedback and
and is authorised to grant credits core subjects are Math, English, 24 credits, passed the OSSLT decision-making. coaching for improvement which
leading to the Ontario Secondary Kindergarten the Arts, and Social Studies. (Ontario Secondary School • Collaboration: Ability to work provides the basis for what
School Diploma (OSSD), a highly The Ontario Full Day Kindergarten Students are also exposed to the Literacy Test) and have completed in teams, to learn from and students need to do next.
recognised programme accepted (FDK) programme is an exciting richness of the rotary subjects at least 30 hours of community contribute to the learning of “Assessment AS learning” -
by top-tier universities worldwide. breakthrough for both children including Healthy Active Living, service. They will be eligible others and engage in social Students develop their capacity
and parents. It is designed to Second Languages, and Science & to begin Grade 12 offered networking with diverse others. to be independent learners, learn
The Programme for International provide children with a foundation Technology. as a Canadian International • Creativity and imagination: about themselves and become
Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 to start Grade 1 with an engaging, Matriculation Program (CIMP). Economic and social aware of how they learn i.e. they
survey by the Organisation for inquiry and play-based learning High School (Grades 9-12) entrepreneurial skills, willingness become metacognitive.
Economic Co-operation and programme. There is increased academic For more than 25 years, CIMP to consider and pursue novel “Assessment OF learning”
Development (OECD, December rigour in the Grade 9 – 11 has produced more than 7,000 ideas, and leadership for action. is the result statement of the final
2016, consistently ranked Elementary School (Grade 1 to programme which is designed graduates who have been mark found on each student’s
Canada first amongst the English Grade 8) to educate the whole person by accepted into over 140 major Assessment and report card.
speaking countries for more The early years of Elementary equipping him with 21st Century English-medium universities Evaluation
than 10 years. Canada’s public School focus on building a Learning Skills. around the world. The approach to student Overall, students develop
education system is clearly one foundation that will help reveal assessment and evaluation is as critical thinkers, problem
of the best in the world. The each student’s potential. The Grades 9 and 10 build a strong Core Values unique and has a significant solvers, lifelong learners, global
survey conducted every three programme balances academic academic foundation in diverse The Ontario Curriculum seeks to impact on the variety of citizens and confident leaders
years measures 15 to 16 year- rigour with a strong emphasis subjects. Grades 11 and 12 transform the learners of today teaching and learning strategies of tomorrow. SIS received The
old students from 72 countries on literacy, numeracy, and are more specialised and into the leaders of tomorrow by implemented in the classroom. Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand
in science, mathematics, and learning skills which serve as a prepare students for university fostering the development of “six Assessment is an ongoing Award in 2015 and 2016 and was
reading. foundation for all other academic education with in-depth coverage Cs”: process rather than an event at given a five-star rating by the
achievement and lifelong success. of concepts in all disciplines. • Character Education: Honesty, the end of the year. The major Ministry of Education Malaysia.
The Ontario curriculum in SIS is Students also discover more The emphasis is on projects, self-regulation and responsibility, objective of assessment and In ten short years, Sunway
taught by teachers certified by about themselves and begin to assignments, field trips and perseverance, empathy for evaluation is to improve student International School has emerged
the Ontario College of Teachers establish their self-identity as independent and group work. others, self-confidence, personal learning. Teachers obtain as a top choice among parents for
(OCT). A holistic approach to learners. Students develop analytical, health and well-being, career and assessment information through international school education in
education is used to enable communication, organisational life skills. a variety of means, including Malaysia.
students to fully develop their The Grade 7 and 8 programme and research skills in the process. • Citizenship: Global knowledge, formal and informal observations,
potential using the best pathways focuses on preparing students to sensitivity to and respect discussions, learning For more information,
for academic and overall success. make a smooth transition from To graduate and receive the for other cultures, active conversations, questioning, visit www.sis.sunway.edu.my
Students are encouraged to be Elementary to High School. They Ontario Secondary School involvement in addressing issues conferences, homework, tasks
inquisitive, independent lifelong are exposed to fun and fruitful Diploma, students must of human and environmental done in groups, demonstrations,
sustainability.

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9 is the New ‘Exceptional
Types of Curricula

Grade’: An Introduction to the


New GCSE Grading
Oxford International AQA
Examinations, one of the three
providers of International
GCSEs in Malaysia, is adopting
the new 9-1 grading system.

You may have heard that GCSEs an opportunity to achieve an compared. That’s because the
in England are changing. The old ‘exceptional’ Grade 9 (roughly the new grading offers an opportunity
A*-G grades are being scrapped top 20% of the current A* and A). for school leavers to stand out
in favour of a 9 - 1 system, with from the crowd.
9 being the highest grade. This What About International
will undoubtedly raise questions GCSEs? For instance, a student whose
from parents in Malaysia whose International exam providers are marks are in the top third of a
children study at a British in a unique position. They must Grade C will still only get a Grade
curriculum school. Jamie Kirkaldy ensure their international GCSEs C. Under the new system, the
at Oxford International AQA are comparable to UK GCSEs. same student would receive a
Examinations summarises the However, they are not required to more prestigious Grade 5. At the
implications. adopt the reformed changes, so very top, the maximum Grade
they can decide which grading A* is attainable for many, so
What’s Happening in the system to use. Cambridge the chance to achieve a higher
UK? International Examinations is Grade 9 could help differentiate
In August 2017, GCSE students in sticking with A*-G. Both Pearson exceptional candidates when
England will no longer receive an Edexcel and Oxford International applying to top universities and
A*-G grade for three key subjects: AQA Examinations favour 9 - 1. employers.
English Language, English This means international schools
Literature and Mathematics. can choose for themselves when The new 9 - 1 grading doesn’t

ExcEptional gradEs can lEad Instead they will be awarded a


grade from 9 to 1. In 2018, exam
they select exam boards… align
with the UK, or continue with the
change the overall standard
of your child’s GCSE, nor does

to ExcEptional opportunitiEs
results for eighteen more subjects old system? it explicitly advantage your
will be graded 9 - 1, including child. However, two of the three
Science and Geography. After the What Does It Mean for international exam providers have
final phase of exams in 2019, A*-G Your Child? chosen 9 - 1; we did because we
give your child the opportunity to achieve an exceptional Grade 9 will be obsolete in England. Universities often evaluate GCSE believe 9 - 1 offers children the
at international gcsE – by choosing a school that teaches performance in English, Maths opportunity to achieve a higher
It’s part of educational reforms and Science as part of their grade. If you feel that’s important
qualifications from Oxford International AQA Examinations. intended to raise attainment acceptance criteria. Most school for your child, you may find it
standards in line with top leavers in England will have 9 - 1 helpful to explore this option with
performing countries like grades for these core subjects your school.
Unlike Cambridge IGCSEs, Our International GCSE, AS We bring together expertise
Singapore and Finland. when they apply to universities
our International GCSEs are and A-level exams are fair from the best of British: AQA,
in 2018, though many British Jamie Kirkaldy is Head of Teaching
graded 9-1, giving children for test-takers of all abilities the UK’s largest provider of How do the New Grades universities say they won’t and Learning Support at Oxford
the opportunity to receive in Malaysia, so every child GCSEs and A-levels, and Oxford Compare? disadvantage applicants with A*-G International AQA Examinations,
a more prestigious Grade 9 can achieve their potential. University Press, a department An extra grade allows for greater grades. a joint venture between AQA, the
than the old A*. of the University of Oxford. differentiation. Grade 5 will UK’s largest provider of GCSEs,
be considered a ‘strong pass’, The benefit of 9 - 1 is likely to be and Oxford University Press, a
and a higher standard than the where high-achieving applicants department of the University of
old Grade C. There will also be of similar abilities are being Oxford.

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Teacher Profile
Dear Students,
“I have students from all over the Parents, and
world, and I get to share my American
experiences, and in turn, they share their
Guardians
experiences and cultures with me.“ Welcome to Raffles American School
(RAS). I live in Malaysia with my wife
Rita, and 2 sons Jordan, and Taylor,
Lisa Borchart United States of America who both attend RAS.
Raffles American School I am happy that you are considering Raffles American
School for your child’s education. Selecting a school for
Subjects / Years Taught become a teacher. After moving the year. To know that I played a your child is one of the most important decisions that we, as
1st year - Grade 5 Language to Portland, Oregon, I enrolled part in shaping this young person parents, need to make.
Arts, Grade 5 Math, Grade in a Master’s Program at Grand to become a contributing member
5 Science, and Grade 6 Canyon University and worked to society is something that I do RAS offers an outstanding American education with top-
as an instructional assistant at not take lightly. notch international teachers. Our teaching staff holds
Language Arts
a local middle school for the 2
teaching degrees from the US, Canada, and the UK.
How long have you been teaching?
years that it took me to complete What is the best thing about
Professional development days are embedded into the
3 years.
my degree. After graduating, I teaching at your school?
accepted a position as a 6th grade What I like the most about being
school calendar in order for teachers to work together to
teacher and I have been teaching at an American school in a keep abreast of best educational practices.
What do you do in your free time?
ever since. different country is the diversity.
Diving, sailing, traveling, In my
I have students from all over RAS’s goal is to educate the whole child through inquiry-
free time, I enjoy getting outside
What is the most memorable the world, and I get to share my based learning. This includes a strong co-curricular
and seeing new places. I have not
done a lot of extensive traveling,
moment in your teaching career American experiences, and in turn, program that offers a variety of activities to appeal to the
but I enjoy going to local events
so far? they share their experiences and interests of all students, such as sports, dance, music, and
There is a reoccurring moment cultures with me. I have students art. Our curriculum follows the Common Core Standards
such as farmer’s markets,
that happens just before every who have traveled to more for Math and Language Arts, Next Generation Standards
festivals, and sporting events. I
long break from school, and it countries than me in their short
also like to run and hike in my free for Science, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) for
always pulls on my heart-strings. life - yet there is still a part of them
time. Social Studies.
As long breaks approach, I often that is so sheltered. It’s fun and
hear students tell me that they are exciting to be at a new school
Why did you become a teacher? What really sets us apart are our four General Learning
not looking forward to not coming in an area that is so developed
Why did you choose teaching as a Outcomes (GLOs): Problem Solving/Thinking skills,
to school every day. They tell me because the opportunity for
profession?
how much they love coming to growth is there. Communication skills, Character/Interpersonal skills,
I have always enjoyed school
school and how much fun they and Organization/Research skills. These 4 GLOs are
and learning. So I wanted the
opportunity to make school a
have here. They tell me that they Who or what inspires you? the backbone of both our educational and co-curricular
like seeing their friends every I am inspired when I hear stories programs and are assessed throughout the year in all
place where other kids can enjoy
day. For some students, they of everyday people overcoming areas. Important in all aspects of life, these four skills
their education.
get regular hot meals at school. great hardships. I see people who bridge the academic world to the real world.
It’s these little things that make have much less than I have and
Tell us about your own education
teaching so meaningful. It’s not they are so happy and content.
journey. Regards,
just the academic piece that is They laugh more than I do, and
When I went to college (Robert
important, but also the human seem less stressed than me. It’s
Morris University in Pittsburgh,
interaction. little reminders from everyday
Pennsylvania), I chose a
people that inspire me to think
traditional path of business and
worked in the marketing and
What do you like most about positively, and have a growth Lyle Moltzan
insurance industries for several
teaching? mind-set. This is something that Superintendent
I love seeing the changes that I then want to pass on to my
years. But I always knew that I
happen in students from the students.  
wanted to go back to school to
beginning of the year to the end of

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Mathematics, English and the Malaysian curriculum, set student to teacher ratio allows

Asia Pacific Schools: Nurturing Science skills, and the secondary


programme follows the same
by the Ministry of Education,
Malaysia for children aged 7 to 17
more attention to be given to the
individual needs and capabilities

the Leaders of Tomorrow


pattern. Students are assessed years. APSS was recently awarded of each student in the classroom.
in Year 6 and Year 9 on their the maximum 5* accreditation
readiness to embark on the by the Ministry in recognition Extracurricular activities offered
IGCSE examinations. In addition, of its outstanding teaching and at APSS include speech and
All parents want the best the delivery of the respective a child’s potential and shape students have a choice to learn learning. The primary medium of drama, public speaking and
education for their children. curriculum, while motivating and children into well-rounded French, Arabic or Mandarin as a instruction is Bahasa Malaysia, music classes. Students can also
Offering both Malaysian and encouraging students through members of society, equipped foreign language. with STEM subjects (Science, participate in various sporting
International Curricula Schools, their engaging, interactive with the relevant knowledge, Technology, Engineering and activities that include basketball,
Asia Pacific Schools provide the teaching philosophy competencies, skills and With small-sized classes, APIS is Mathematics) being taught in netball, football, swimming,
best of both worlds. and practices. attributes to successfully able to individually track students. English at all levels. shooting, gymnastics and tennis.
contribute in a global community. Teachers take time to speak
With two schools under its helm, Located on a spacious campus personally with students to help Each student is carefully nurtured As a result of the school’s holistic
the Asia Pacific International in Subang, Asia Pacific Schools Asia Pacific International them set achievable targets and in preparation to sit for and obtain approach in creating well-rounded
School (APIS), which offers the are equipped with modern, School (APIS) to motivate them to progress on the best possible results for their individuals, APSS students
UK Curriculum, and the Asia purpose-built facilities. Fully Established in 2012, APIS uses to the next level with confidence. UPSR and SPM examinations. have achieved great success in
Pacific Smart School (APSS), air-conditioned, each classroom a British-based curriculum sporting, science and creative
which uses the Malaysian as well as the library, computer developed by the University The School offers a range of The School’s curriculum also goes competitions.
Curriculum, Asia Pacific Schools labs, music, science, woodwork, of Cambridge International extracurricular programmes that beyond academic excellence, as it
aim to create an exceptional mechanical, electrical, speech and Examinations at both the include robotics, animation, mixed exposes students to a wide range Whether you as a parent prefer
educational environment to foster drama, art and cookery rooms primary and secondary levels. dance, music classes, public of non-examination subject areas, a Malaysian or International
the intellectual and emotional are equipped with the latest The programme is focused on speaking, speech and drama. The in order to holistically enhance education, Asia Pacific Schools
development of children from 3 to technology to aid and inspire fostering academic excellence sports activities include fencing, their skills and character. will provide a first-class
17 years of age. young minds. The Schools also and preparing students for IGCSE shooting, football, basketball, educational environment that will
boast a swimming pool, indoor examinations. Children are aikido, netball, swimming, With a strong emphasis on meet the needs of your child, and
By providing a holistic experience badminton, netball and basketball encouraged to take an active role gymnastics, taekwondo and technology as an enabler enable him or her to develop into a
in academia, arts, sciences and courts, and a football field. in their own learning by setting badminton. to support learning, APSS well-rounded, confident, inquiring
sports, all students are nurtured to personal targets and evaluating continuously adopts educational and ethical thinker and leader.
become self-motivated, inquiring The curricula, facilities and their own progress. Asia Pacific Smart School practices that encourage
and reflective thinkers. Qualified pedagogical practices at Asia (APSS) analytical and innovative thinking For more information,
and experienced teachers ensure Pacific Schools will help unlock The primary programme gives Established in 2006, APSS offers capabilities. In addition, its low visit www.apschools.edu.my
students a framework to develop

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The Beaconhouse School System:


One of the largest school
networks in the world
Established in 1975, the quality education with the NAPEI
Beaconhouse School System Education Excellence Award
has since grown into one of the for Early Childhood Education and innovation, and are able to Beaconhouse and compete with other students
largest, most established school Providers – Kindergartens generate original thoughts and International School in the region. He went on to
networks in the world – providing category. ideas which have value. Convention (BISC) say, “We are able to offer this to
quality education from preschool Beyond our academic our students as we have a vast
to post-graduate level. Our Mission What We Do programmes, what sets us apart network of schools that span from
At Beaconhouse, we aim to We prepare students for the is our unique Beaconhouse Europe to Asia. This ability to use
Today, we serve over 284,000 provide quality education of an future. We inspire and empower International School Convention our network to offer experiences
students across eight countries: international standard. We aim them to reach for excellence and (BISC). The annual event serves to our students is what sets us
Malaysia, the United Kingdom, for excellence through quality • Are natural inquirers and to become independent global as a platform for students from apart from the rest.”
Oman, the United Arab Emirates, management, quality training and unwavering in their quest to learners. We provide a solid different countries to build
Pakistan, Philippines, Belgium and quality teaching. By doing so, we acquire knowledge foundation from preschool to friendships, cultivate teamwork Choose Beaconhouse
Thailand. hope to benefit our students, their • Uphold honesty, integrity, senior school allowing children and to develop the spirit of Today
communities, and the wider world. equality, fairness and human to harness their individual talents sportsmanship. At Beaconhouse, we aim to bring
Beaconhouse Malaysia dignity in the pursuit of educational success within the reach of every
Beaconhouse Malaysia has been Our Vision • Embrace individuals from success. Initiated in Bangkok in 2016, the student through our high teaching
operating in Malaysia since 2004. We aim to help our students: diverse, cultural, religious, second convention was recently standards and challenging
Today, we own and operate 12 • To develop a healthy sense of self political and socio-economic High-Quality Education held in Malaysia. The three-day programmes. So let us help you
schools, which are located in • To build healthy and durable backgrounds Our core focus is to deliver high event in January saw over prepare your child for their future
prime residential areas around relationships with others • Are able to empathise with quality academic programmes 200 delegates from Malaysia, by empowering and inspiring
the Klang Valley. These schools • To cultivate a sense of reverence others and to work towards the that enable students to achieve Oman, Pakistan, Philippines and them to reach for excellence and
comprise eight preschools; two and an aesthetic appreciation creation of a more just, caring their intellectual potential as Thailand competing in badminton, to become independent global
private primary and secondary • To demonstrate constructive and compassionate world well as develop confidence and basketball, athletics, futsal and learners.
schools which offer the national curiosity and a willingness to • Are able to identify, evaluate and lifelong learning skills to improve swimming.
curriculum; and two international explore new ideas solve problems systematically their prospects beyond school. For more information, please visit
schools which offer the • To master a basic core of through reflection and critical Our trained, caring and highly According to Kasim Kasuri, Chief www.beaconhouse.edu.my
Cambridge IGCSE programmes. knowledge, skills and attitudes thinking motivated teachers provide Executive of the Beaconhouse
effective teaching, while giving Group, BISC is a unique experience
In 2015, we were recognised for Our Learner Profiles But above all, our students students the personal attention, that not many students get to
our commitment to providing Our students: are inspired by imagination advice and support needed. have – a rare chance to meet

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The British Epsom College


International School in Malaysia:
of Kuala Lumpur: An The Best
Exceptional Education of British
with Worldwide Links Education in
The British International School of
Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) opened in
Assessment Tests), with BSKL
far outperforming the UK national
engaging with the broader
BSF family; something that is
Malaysia
2009 and forms part of The British average. special and unique to the school. Epsom College in Malaysia students are well aware of the Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Mandarin
Schools Foundation (BSF), an Regular group-wide initiatives (ECiM) is an extension of Epsom importance of learning outside the Programme to provide students
established family of 10 schools A range of rich academic and activities take place such as College in Surrey, UK. It follows classroom and take full advantage with the opportunity to immerse
that extends across the world in resources complement the music concerts, art competitions the English National Curriculum of the many opportunities on themselves in Mandarin language
Asia, South America and Europe. fabulous and modern campuses and the BSF Award - a structured offering IGCSE and A Levels with offer. and Chinese culture, whilst still
where children can develop as programme of personal well-established examination experiencing the best of British
BSKL is the largest school their own individuals through a endeavour. As a result, pupils are boards (Cambridge International The College is a global member education through the College’s
within the group with over 1,000 broad range of extracurricular and more likely to develop ambitions Examinations, AQA and Edexcel). of the Round Square organisation, IGCSE, A Level and co-curricular
students covering Early Years enrichment activities. and a sense of their own potential Additionally, the College provides an international community of activities. HSK is an international
through to Sixth Form. It follows that is marked by a broad, global the Extended Project Qualification like-minded schools which live language qualification which
a broad curriculum based on the There is a nine-a-side covered perspective. for Sixth Form students. by the Round Square IDEALS measures the ability of Chinese
English National Curriculum and sports field, three indoor sport (Internationalism, Democracy, speakers who are studying outside
is dedicated to providing world halls, two swimming pools and Creating confident individuals A Higher Education department Environmental Stewardship, China.
class education. In an increasingly two full size football fields. The is a proud initiative and key offers support for students Adventure, Leadership and
competitive market, it is one of music and performing arts focus at BSKL, where teachers applying to university and has a Service). ECiM’s impressive facilities provide
the best international schools in programmes have a 650-seat are encouraged to nurture great deal of experience in this an outstanding environment
the city and continues to be a top theatre and over 20 specialist independence of mind and area. A Level examination results The Prep School (Early Years within which the children can
choice for both expatriate and music and dance rooms. Three resilience. Students are regularly in 2016 were excellent, with 59% to Year 6) is fully integrated in learn, enjoy and develop. On our
local families. libraries cater for everyone with invited to reflect on how their of A Level grades at A*/A (74% A*- the College and enjoys many 50-acre campus there is ample
over 20,000 books and unique behaviour affects the world B), while at IGCSE 55% of results opportunities to share resources space for indoor and outdoor
In 2016, BSKL was graded learning areas, and the latest around them, show initiative scored A*/A grades. and staff as well as being involved learning. The Performing Arts
as excellent in all areas of technology features strongly and to understand how they in the wider life of the College. Centre houses a 594-seat Duke
educational provision by throughout the school. can positively contribute to The overwhelming majority of of York Theatre, dance studio,
the Independent Schools those living and working in the teachers are UK trained and are The College also offers several recital hall, 20 music practice
Inspectorate; a result that is In September 2016, a brand community. carefully selected and supported bespoke programmes for rooms, a drama studio and
comparable to that of many top new Secondary campus so as to be able to provide the students joining from a variety ensemble rooms. For sport, the
UK independent schools and is opened on site, which provides BSKL is not just committed to best possible education in the of backgrounds, including the College has a large multipurpose
unprecedented in Malaysia. a modern, spacious and academic success, but also to finest traditions of the British 18-month A Level programme sports hall, swimming pool, three
stimulating environment for the giving all students the opportunity boarding school model. The which starts in January, the squash courts, a fitness suite,
Students achieve excellent exam older students, including the to pursue their personal College places great emphasis on Academic English Programme tennis courts, football, rugby
results, outperforming many Sixth Form. The new campus development. The school believes recruitment, training and retention for students with lower levels and cricket pitches, including a
of their UK counterparts. In incorporates the latest ideas that developing character and of top quality teachers. of English Language ability and hockey astroturf pitch and a 4G
the last academic year, 71% of and up-to-date features such as temperament are as important the Mother Tongue Programmes multipurpose pitch.
students achieved A*/A and 92% a 3D printing room and creative to success in life as acquiring Over 80% of the senior school which allow international students
A*/B grades in all of their GCSE breakout spaces. skills, and ensures pupils are (Years 7 to 13) are boarders, to continue some study in their The best way to find out more is
examinations. These academic exceptionally well prepared for living in one of the College’s six native language. to visit us or to make contact with
achievements were also In addition to the facilities, the the next stage of their education boarding houses. The College our Admissions Department on
matched by the younger students international network provides with the strength of character to has a balanced curricular and Starting in 2017, the College enquiries@epsomcollege.edu.
in the SATS (Standardised frequent opportunities for match. co-curricular programme. All will introduce the Hanyu my.

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Curriculum way, which allows students to develop a healthy, active life and
In support of the fundamental investigate, experiment and strong leadership skills.
belief in holistic education, gain hands-on experience. This
all students follow a broad approach aims to train students
and challenging educational to collaborate with others, to think
programme covering Academics, critically and to gain confidence
Sports and the Arts – EIS’ in their own abilities when facing
Three Pillars of Excellence, in an challenges.
approach that educates students
to become independent, enquiring,
creative and enthusiastic learners.
This holistic approach means Pillar 3 - Arts
that students, teachers, support In performing arts, EIS uses
staff and all connected with EIS music, dance, drama and
contribute to the development of theatre to develop confidence
each individual. and communication skills.
These activities encourage the
Pillar 2 – Sports and physical

Excelsior International School:


appreciation, development and
activity understanding of local, regional
Sports are essential to the and international cultures, dance,

Committed to Excellence
development of students of all music and traditions.
ages as it serves to enhance
any academic endeavour. EIS In fine and visual arts, students

in Education Pillar 1 - Academic


provides a completely inclusive
physical education curriculum
and a wide range of recreational
learn to appreciate the great
masters and through the use of
painting, pottery and ceramics
Excelsior International School IPC curriculum framework in the Mathematics, Sports and the Arts, The Academic curriculum and competitive sporting activity, develop their own individual skills
(EIS) is located within the City of Early Years and Primary Years encouraging individual as well as is delivered in an interactive which allows all students to and confidence.
Knowledge in a beautiful forest programmes respectively. EIS is collaborative learning. There is
area above the Town of Bandar also a Member School with the a strong emphasis on language
Seri Alam, 18km east of Johor Western Association of Schools acquisition and development competencies to succeed in a sporting and recreational facilities basis that ‘we are all teachers of
Bahru in the south of Peninsular and Colleges. Students undertake along with Educational and knowledge economy in a fully such as an indoor Sports Hall, two English’ and, in this context, the
Malaysia. The purpose-built the Cambridge Checkpoint tests Character development. Wi-Fi-enabled campus. swimming pools, including one of teachers participate in on-going
campus spreads over 20 acres at the end of their Primary and Olympic size, tennis courts, a full- professional development and are
with a built-up area of over Lower Secondary Years, the In and Beyond the Academic Faculty sized artificial turf soccer field and provided with constant support
320,000 square feet, and houses IGCSE examinations at the end Classroom A team of outstanding a 400-metre all-weather running in delivering their specialisms to
world-class learning, sporting, of Upper Secondary and the IB EIS provides a conducive educational professionals has track. These state-of-the-art classes that have speakers of
recreational and boarding Diploma examinations at the end environment to develop physical been recruited from around the facilities and resources support languages other than English.
facilities. of High School. robustness, enhance creative and world to deliver the many facets EIS’ Three Pillars of Excellence in
expressive capabilities, as well of this excellent education. These Education – Academics, Sports Home-School
The School is the flagship campus EIS is committed to excellence in as shaping students’ personal, teaching professionals engage in and the Arts. Relationship
of Singapore’s Raffles Campus education by striving to provide cultural and social identity. active professional training and The Home-School relationship is
Group and it builds upon Raffles’ each student with opportunities to development, and keep abreast of Language of Instruction critical to students’ success. EIS
expertise and experience in reach their full potential as lifelong Opportunities to engage in current educational philosophies Across the campus, the language provides constant updates on
operating and managing schools learners in a holistic, challenging community service are given to all and pedagogies. of instruction, communication students’ progress and activities
in Dubai, Singapore, India and and supportive learning students so that they develop a and understanding is English. beyond the usual “twice-a-year
China. environment that will ultimately strong sense of civic responsibility Facilities and To facilitate the use of English, formal reports”. In addition, under
prepare them to play an active and and take an active role in bettering Infrastructure there is a wide-ranging English our ‘Open Door’ policy EIS actively
EIS is an IB World School and responsible role as global citizens the lives of others around them. EIS’ spacious campus houses Language Support (ELS) encourages parents to visit the
offers the IB Diploma Programme in a multicultural world. Information Technology, Science programme enabling all students school at any time to see for
in its High School. It offers EIS provides a broad and ICT is integrated with the and Multimedia laboratories, a to learn the language and improve themselves what is happening
the Cambridge International balanced range of knowledge curriculum so as to enhance 527-seat auditorium and specialist their competence in it. during the school day.
Programmes in its Secondary domains, such as Languages, learning and equip students facilities for Dance, Drama, Music
School and utilises the IEYC and Humanities, Sciences, Technology, with tools to acquire critical and Art. There is a range of All teachers are recruited on the For more information,
visit www.eis.edu.my

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HELP International School:


Helping Your Child Celebrate The
“Life in all its Fullness” International
equip our students with leadership School
of Kuala
skills needed for the 21st century
and enable them to become true
global citizens.

Tradition of Excellence
The school was set up as part
Lumpur
of the HELP Education Group,
a major education provider in
South East Asia with over 12,000 Established in 1965, The ISKL is guided by two core Why ISKL?
students from 30 countries. International School of Kuala components: • Nurturing Environment
For 30 years, the HELP Group Lumpur (ISKL) is the first fully • Exceptional Education
has enabled achievers to accredited international school Mission: • Diversity
secure scholarships to study in Malaysia and is home to more The International School of Kuala • Broad Range of Opportunities
in world-class universities like than 1,500 students from over 60 Lumpur provides an exceptional • Heritage
HELP International School (HIS) their unique talent and learn how Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton countries. education that challenges
stands strong with a current to enjoy healthy and wholesome and Harvard. As a relatively each student to develop the In order to continue to offer
enrolment of 1,300 students since relationships with others. Most new school, we are proud of ISKL is a private and nonprofit, attitudes, skills, knowledge, and a world class education for
its inception in January 2014. importantly, we strive to empower our inaugural batch of IGCSE parent-governed school understanding to become a highly subsequent generations, ISKL has
As one of the fastest growing students for a fulfilling life in this students who achieved amazing accredited internationally through successful, spirited, socially embarked on an aggressive plan
international schools in Malaysia, changing world,” explained Ms results in 2016, with four of our the Council of International responsible global citizen. of growth, building a new, world-
HIS offers the IPC, IMYC, IGCSE Davina McCarthy, HIS principal students being presented with the Schools (CIS), and in the United class educational facility in the
and A Level programmes from with over 20 years of experience Outstanding Cambridge Learner States through the Western Vision: heart of Kuala Lumpur.
preschool to pre-university in international schools around Awards. We are confident that our Association of Schools and Walk in a harmonious
level. The curriculum is also the world. international team of experienced Colleges (WASC). ISKL is environment where care follows The new ISKL campus, which
complemented by the Singapore and passionate teachers will also accredited through the closely behind; learning is is anticipated to open in August
Mathematics syllabus and Achievement and inspire our students to pursue this International Baccalaureate stimulated, curiosity is sparked, 2018, once again unites all grades,
includes a strong Mandarin Recognition fine tradition of excellence. Organisation (IB), the first IB vision is cultivated, and action is from our Early Childhood program
programme. With its philosophy of Within the first two years of accredited school in Malaysia. inspired. to our High School students
education that is both global and operation, HIS was awarded a A World Class Campus engaged in Advanced Academic
holistic, HIS offers an educational five-star rating by the Malaysian Our campus has a central For over 50 years, ISKL has ISKL cultivates students from and University Preparatory
experience that encourages all- Ministry of Education, under garden courtyard that houses championed a holistic approach early childhood to adolescence programs. The campus is set on
round development and inspires the SKIPS (Private Education an ampitheatre and a beautiful to education, building its with learning experiences that over 25 acres of land in Ampang
students to live life to its fullest. Institutions’ Standard Quality al fresco dining area. It also outstanding international will challenge them to be highly Hilir and will have facilities that
Evaluation) Awards Programme. boasts a huge library, a sheltered reputation by balancing sound successful. While we value the are unique to the landscape of
Life in All its Fullness Recently, we are recognised as swimming pool, a football field, tradition for academic excellence importance of strong academic other international schools in
“Our motto, ‘Life in all its fullness’, an Apple Distinguished School an air-conditioned multipurpose with innovative approaches to achievement, we know that Kuala Lumpur, and the region.
captures our commitment to all for being a model of innovation in hall, gym facilities, badminton, teaching and learning. We nurture more is expected of graduates
areas of a student’s development education. We are also recognised basketball and tennis courts, young minds with the spirit to today. This is why preparing our By Chad Laws,
and potential. We strive for as a Common Sense Certified a blackbox theatre, dance and succeed, preparing them for a students with a lifelong passion Director,
academic success. We help School in Digital Citizenship for music studios, state-of-the- lifelong journey of opportunities for learning, the skills, knowledge Marketing & Communications
students to develop skills and our dedication to teaching young art science labs, a design and with determination and and dispositions to thrive in a ISKL
leadership in sports. We ask people how to be responsible technology lab as well as a confidence. globally interconnected world, is
them to immerse themselves digital citizens. Being the cookery lab. the cornerstone of our teaching
in art, music, and drama, to be approved provider of the much process. We nurture our students
creative and engage with life. acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh’s If you would like to be a part of to form global perspectives that
We encourage them to discover International Award, we are able to this vibrant school community, are culturally rooted and sensitive.
please visit www.his.edu.my.

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The International School of “The diversity of students taught me


Penang (Uplands): Developing to be able to find common ground
with nearly anyone.”
Future Leaders in an International
Environment Lai Ming Yi
Since its establishment at the
21 years old
top of Penang Hill in 1955, The The International School of Penang (Uplands) (2008-2014)
International School of Penang
(Uplands) has proven to be one of
the leading international schools
in Malaysia, where the promise
of quality education is realised
within an international teaching
environment. and co-curricular activities that studies leading to the Cambridge
cultivate teamwork and self- International General Certificate of
Qualifications What were your favourite and What was the best thing about
Uplands School is a multicultural confidence, and broaden their Secondary Education (IGCSE). At
IGCSE, IB Diploma, BA University least favourite subjects in school, your school? What important
and multinational community. skills and talents beyond the this level, Uplands aims to prepare
of Cambridge (June 2017), MB and why? lessons did you learn in your school
With the school Motto: “Respect classroom. Every student is students for higher education and
BChir University of Cambridge Chemistry was my favourite, that have helped you in your life?
for Self. Respect for Others”, recommended to take part in at their role in the world.
(September 2020). largely because I felt it just made Diversity was the best thing
Uplands upholds the following least one activity per term.
a lot of sense. Everything we in my school. The diversity of
core values in high regard: Ultimately, the Uplands School
What are you currently doing? learned could be explained simply students taught me to be able to
compassion, integrity, mutual Students at Uplands also get to curriculum is focused on providing
I am a student at Christ’s College, by first principles. find common ground with nearly
respect, courage and open- enjoy adventurous trips overseas, the best preparation for the IB
University of Cambridge. Currently, anyone. Diversity of subjects
mindedness. A multiracial school to expand their horizons beyond Diploma Programme (IBDP),
I am a third year (intercalating Choosing a least favourite is meant I learned things
must exist in harmony and unity. conventional classroom-based reserved for students between
for a degree in Physiology, difficult because all the subjects I I never thought I would, like an
The school aims to foster a studies. The Uplands School 16 to 18 years old. Uplands is
Development and Neuroscience) took were either enjoyable at the understanding of Japanese
learning environment that further Student Council allows students an IB World School, a Centre
medical student. time or, I have come to realise, classical music.
nurtures well-rounded individuals to have a voice in the day-to- for the University of Cambridge
are useful in retrospect. Perhaps
who will make invaluable day running of the school, ably International Examinations
What is your most memorable visual arts because I was just not Describe your experience in school
contributions to the society in representing the interests of Programme, and also an Edexcel
experience in school? very technically good at it. using three words.
which they live. their peers. Boarding students Approved Centre.
The most memorable experiences Enjoyable, enlightening and global.
at Uplands also enjoy the added
I had in Uplands were the school What extracurricular activities did
At Uplands, there is a strong benefits of fully integrating Uplands has one of the best
trips. In particular, our trip to Kota you do? What advice would you give to
system of pastoral care. Students themselves within campus life IBDP in Southeast Asia, taught
Kinabalu in my final year was the Model United Nations, Basketball, current students of your alma
are encouraged to be self- while learning to be independent. by experienced teachers with
most memorable. We planted Student Council, Environmental mater?
disciplined in pursuing academic international qualifications.
trees as part of a reforestation Society, Debate. Uplands provides its students with
excellence, embracing challenges For children who are 4 to 11 years Uplands students consistently
project and hiked to the peak of an incredible number of curricular
and undertaking risks they old, Uplands offers the Primary achieve examination results that
Gunung Kinabalu. Both were very and extracurricular opportunities.
encounter in their path to future Years Programme (PYP) of the are well above the global average,
rewarding experiences, but what I Take advantage of as many of
success. The student to teacher International Baccalaureate and thus have successfully gained
treasure most are the friendships these as you can.  
ratio of 9:1 means that more Organisation (IB). In June 2006, admission into some of the most
built during that week.
comprehensive attention can be Uplands became the first school prestigious universities worldwide.
granted to each student by his or in Malaysia to be authorised by
her teachers. the IB to offer their IB PYP. For more information on Uplands,
visit www.uplands.org
Uplands also offers students At Years 7-9, the Secondary
a range of stimulating sports School offers a broad base of

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Leonardo Da Vinci was not


only one of the world’s greatest
artists, he was also an inventor.
He responded better than most
to change by bringing together
Art, Science and Technology. He
was an innovator and a change
maker. Most people do not
realise that these three key areas
must work closely together in
order to innovate. At Kingsgate
International School we take pride
in having very high academic
standards as well as innovative

Kingsgate International School:


adaptability. Children need to
be intellectually sharp but also
responsive to the world around countries such as USA, UK, on a building. The leadership team

Creating Global Innovators them. The Kingsgate vision


reflects the skills and attributes of
Da Vinci and will prepare students
Australia and Canada. Most have
their Master’s degrees and all
have extensive experience. Local
is determined to make their vision
and values come alive.

for the top ranked 50 universities specialist teachers will deliver Through a Cambridge
When founder Kah Jun Lee and education company, Global Willard Ore worldwide. programmes in Mandarin, Bahasa UK curriculum, Kingsgate
education expert Greg Parry first Services in Education (GSE), Head of School Melayu, and other specialist fields. International School is likely
met and discussed their vision based on a demand for their Kingsgate International School will to challenge existing schools
for a new international school in expertise and services in setting be launched in January 2018 with Kingsgate International School’s in the region through its
Kuala Lumpur their mission was up and managing international arguably the strongest education location is attracting a great focus on treating students as
very clear. schools. With Greg, Shanna leadership team in the country. deal of interest. Located in Bukit individuals. Every child will have
• Education and individual and their team leading the Supported by Greg, Shanna and Jalil, adjacent to the Technology a personalised education plan
students must come first school management, Kingsgate the GSE team, the school will be Park Malaysia (TPM) precinct, to ensure both his academic
• The school must prepare International School is set to led by Head of School Willard Ore. it is easily accessible and in an and personal goals are met and
children for the future be a very unique school on the Willard has worked outside his ideal location, close to Stadium supported. Kingsgate believes
Malaysian landscape. Fifteen home country, the United States Malaysia and its excellent that parent involvement is
These simple statements come schools in the past six years have The vision for Kingsgate of America, since 2005 and has sporting facilities. The facility essential in the success of a
with a heavy weight though as all benefited from their direct and International School is a unique spent most of that time in various is almost complete and is set quality school and many parents
many schools aspire to achieve determined approach to quality one, based on a strong vision schools in Indonesia. to represent a state-of-the-art are already inspired to be the
this but very few do. education. and knowledge that the School learning environment designed foundation members of this new
Board has for best practices in The Kingsgate team is also with education in mind. A special school. Community outreach
Kah Jun Lee represents a family Asked why they moved from education. Board Chairman Kah fortunate to have early childhood highlight is the “Innovation Lab.” programmes and an open door
who have been involved in Real Principal to CEO: Jun Lee describes the vision as education expert Karen Downs Reflecting the principles set by policy aim to make parents
Estate Development in Malaysia “We had seen first hand, schools forward thinking and unique. from the UK as its Deputy Head of Harvard’s I-Lab, students of all feel welcome, connected and
for more than 35 years. They focused on making profit and not School. Karen has worked across grades will have a space and the engaged in their child’s education
know that the next generation of focused on quality education. We “In a world that is changing so several countries in the Middle resources to innovate, invent and community.
children depends on high-quality are educators and we know what is rapidly, it is hard to predict what East and is well known for her be inspired. This highly interactive
education and the ability to required to lead and operate great occupations, challenges and needs expertise in Child Psychology and and collaborative space will be “We welcome parents to come
adapt to an environment that is schools. We know how to train, will exist in 20 years’ time. Just the Early Years Foundation Stage used both during the day and for and meet with us in person. Talk
changing at a rapid rate. coach and mentor teachers and consider how many changes have (EYFS). enrichment programmes outside to us about what your needs are
principals. Our name only goes on occurred in the past 20-30 years. school time. and let us tell our story about
Greg and Shanna Parry are both a school if we can run it as a school, In many ways, we are preparing All core teachers are fully qualified what quality education should
former international school focused on student achievement children for a world that has not educators coming exclusively The core values Kingsgate aspires really look like. Your child’s future
Principals who first set up their and meeting the needs of families.” yet been invented.” from native English speaking to are not just posted on a placard depends on it.”

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KTJ International School:


Nurturing High Achievers

playgrounds and an impressive number of years of experience, and Drama, History, Geography,
amphitheatre. We are able to and, in most cases, come from Accounting and Business Studies.
offer our students over 120 boarding school backgrounds Languages are also growing in
extracurricular activities, including themselves. popularity, with Chinese Mandarin,
sports, clubs and societies. French and Malay offered up
On weekends, House staff might to IGCSE level. We constantly
Boarding School Life make arrangements for a trip achieve some of the best A Levels
Life in a boarding school is or an event, and every Saturday, results in Malaysia, with over
varied, structured and very full! there is an event put on by the 89% of students gaining A*- B,
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ) is a decision to open a brand new We are modelled on the We aim to keep our students students, for the students. Every and almost a quarter of students
one of the region’s premier Primary School in 2013. The two British system and use the UK motivated and busy to help them two to three weeks, we have gaining A’s.
international co-educational schools are located on the same Curriculum but align ourselves grow academically, but also Exeat weekends. In addition to
schools for students aged 3 to 18 campus, where both have the well for Malaysian students. We to encourage them to become that, if parents want to visit their Our first class education opens
years. We provide boarding from space to operate autonomously, have a mix of local and expatriate well-rounded young adults. Life children or take them away for the the door to some of the finest
the age of 11 and enjoy a diverse but with the benefit of shared teachers who are all trained and in a boarding school helps to weekend, they may do so. universities in the UK, the US,
student population, with students resources. developed regularly so that they prepare students to become Australia and Canada. In recent
from over 16 different countries use the best and most current independent thinkers, and also to Our Academics years, our students have gained
across Asia, Europe, Australia and What is Different teaching practices. be independent in their actions. We follow the International admission to Oxford, Cambridge,
Africa. About Us? Primary Curriculum in the Primary the Imperial College, the London
KTJ is a non-profit organisation so We are a co-educational school Students are offered a support School and the UK National School of Economics (LSE),
Our aim at KTJ is to build all proceeds are channeled back – with boarding from the age system when they join, including a Curriculum in the Secondary University College London (UCL),
confident, independent and into the school. This is why we of 11. Students get the benefit mentor and a buddy and time with School, suitably amended for Harvard, Yale, the Massachusetts
academic high achievers. We are able to offer outstanding and confidence of growing up in the Prefects in their House. All students studying in Malaysia. Institute of Technology (MIT),
want our students to feel happy, facilities, dedicated teachers an environment that is secure, of our staff at KTJ reside on the Students learn through fun, topic- Brown and Berkley.
nurtured and encouraged and an exceptional education at encouraging and also realistic, campus, so students also have based lessons, with expatriate
throughout their learning journey. a reasonable cost. Students at with a mix of genders, throughout regular access to their Form Tutor teachers and Malaysian teaching KTJ International School offers
KTJ achieve superb examination school life. and the Heads of School in charge assistants. We are proud of our your child the opportunity to
The concept of KTJ dates from grades, while being able to of Pastoral care. teacher to student ratio across grow in a supportive, progressive
the late 1980s when three undertake a wide range of KTJ has an impressive campus, both schools: 1:7. and academically challenging
members of the Negeri Sembilan sporting and extracurricular covering over 80 acres of land. The boarding houses are environment. We believe that the
Royal Family proposed that activities. Our students are We use the space well, providing well staffed at all times. The In the Secondary School, we also best way to judge any school is
a school which provided the renowned for their independence our students with three swimming Houseparent is a trained and well follow other British Curricula, to see it in action. Our doors are
benefits of a British Public School, and confidence, which are pools, football hockey, rugby and experienced, academic member which include Cambridge and open for you to visit us and we
but adapted to the needs of qualities that stand them in good cricket pitches, tennis, squash, of staff. They will often be the Edexcel IGCSEs in Forms 4 to 5 hope to see you soon.
Malaysia, be opened in Negeri stead as they progress to higher badminton and basketball courts, first point of contact for students and the A Levels in the 6th Form.
Sembilan. The Secondary School education anywhere in the world. a rock climbing wall, music and and parents with any questions For more information,
was opened in 1991, and its We also have a number of day dance studios and a state of or concerns. The Houseparent is Our traditional strengths are in visit www.ktj.edu.my
reputation has flourished ever students, who commute from the the art auditorium. In addition, supported by House Tutors and Mathematics and the Sciences.
since its conception. The success local areas and KL who use our the Primary School has the use Matrons, who will also live within However, we also proudly offer
of the Secondary School led to school bus services. of two outdoor, shade covered the house. House staff have a a range of Social Sciences, Arts

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Kingsley International
School: Empowering
Safety and Security are
KINGSLEY’s top priorities with
a line-up of Gurkha guards

Students to Succeed
well-trained to provide peace
of mind to parents. With an
excellent curriculum managed

in Life
by well- trained educators, the
school ensures that young minds
are kept active. Nutritious and
Kingsley International School concern and forge strong bonds balanced meals are provided by
was established in 2011 with the to create a bully-free culture and the Chef and his team, using the
sole intention of empowering environment for young minds to food pyramid as a guide.
children, from ages 3 to 17, to do succeed. The School is based on a
well in life. At KINGSLEY, you’ll prevention policy of bullying and it KINGSLEY offers over 40
find an engaging, enriching and is implemented through constant extracurricular activities on its
enabling environment to gear teaching, many awareness 16-acre campus. Every student
all children towards discovery campaigns, disciplinary action, gets the opportunity for open-air
of their full potential through counselling and opportunities for exercise in the two green fields on
multiple activities in and out of the self-reflection to benefit children the school roof top.
classrooms. Attaining a holistic at every age group. In the school,

MAHSA International School


education encompasses lessons no child is ever singled-out or The students in KINGSLEY
learnt through self-discovery. punished publicly or humiliated are drawn from multi-ethnic
This helps to empower students for acts deemed not right. Ours and multicultural backgrounds
with the right attitudes to follow is a more sensitive response from all corners of the world.
their passion, thus leading them to behaviour considered to be Together they form a diverse and The MAHSA Group has entered This provides parents, pupils and and unrivalled sporting and
to more interesting and exciting inappropriate. enthusiastic learning community, the arena of school education teachers with detailed individual cultural opportunities.
career choices in the future. displaying confidence and with the opening of MAHSA progress reports throughout
Highly competent academic staying engaged, innovative, International School (MIS) the school years. The education At MAHSA International School
What differentiates us is our and pastoral staff help every constantly reflective and mindfully in Saujana Putra. MIS has provided at MAHSA International we are investing in the future,
approach - we invest, impart child navigate each stage of respectful of self, others, and the chosen the British curriculum School is designed to encourage recruiting the best teachers
and instil. We believe in their school life. The dedicated environment. (Cambridge Board) because of its the practical application of available and building a
encouragement and in identifying educators and mentors worldwide acceptance and high acquired knowledge. The new school that will lead the way in
each type of multiple intelligence understand that every child That is our ultimate goal level accreditation. It is a broad MIS school is state-of-the-art International education for our
(Ml) in every child. We understand learns differently and so daily and achievement! We have and well-balanced approach utilising the best technology region.
the intent of all children, their class teaching is carried out on surely arrived! Visit us TODAY to education covering the arts, available today in all academic
dreams, their passion and their the basis of knowing the Ml of and discover an academic sciences and humanities with an departments. All classrooms Contact Information:
will to succeed through the all children and recognising their environment that offers each inbuilt evaluation and remediation will have access to interactive 1800-88-0300
fundamental understanding of strength as individuals. Children student every opportunity to excel, process where progress is tracked technology. We are providing www.miskl.edu.my
“self”. enjoy the challenge of doing better and every parent - peace of mind. and evaluated at all key stages outstanding facilities including haridheren@MAHSA.edu.my
in areas in which they excel and from primary through to IGCSE boarding, a high-quality cafeteria
In Kingsley International School, are coached to do better in areas For more information, and on to A Level.
students, parents and teachers in which they need help. visit www.kingsley.edu.my
come together, display care and

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Marlborough College Malaysia: A


Unique School in Southeast Asia
for co-curricular distinction.
It has hosted a series of high
profile sports tournaments,
such as the MCM Straits Trophy
events, involving teams from
Malaysia and Singapore. Pupils
have excelled in prestigious
international sports competitions, in Beijing, and conducts the
and in individual sports, some International Chinese Proficiency
being selected for national Test. 
Marlborough College Malaysia At Marlborough College squads.
(MCM) is a distinctive school, and
what sets it apart is its shared
ethos with Marlborough College
Malaysia we believe that the
needs of individual pupils are
best served in the context of
Pupils at Marlborough College
Malaysia learn the importance
Matrix Global Schools: The innovative ideals of the
schools and their plans to set
new standards in learning have
UK. I am fortunate to be able to
return to Marlborough UK a few
boarding. Boarders have more
opportunities to build confidence
of service, and have raised the
profile of important charity work Seeking Knowledge, resulted in the Matrix Global
Schools receiving the following

Opening Minds
times per year and the very real and develop relationships. in assemblies. The prefects have awards: the SME 100 Fast
sense of connection between They quickly understand launched a ‘Prefects’ Forum’: a Moving Companies in Malaysia
the two schools is palpable. My their strengths and weaknesses, House based opportunity for 2014, The Brand Laureate SMEs
own Marlborough roots go back and integrity and courtesy are pupils to raise concerns and Corporate Branding Award –
a long way. I was appointed there promoted. They acquire resilience suggest improvements. Pupils Matrix Global Schools comprise leverage on the learning journey International Schools 2014, The
as Head of Department, then and independence. They are have been given the opportunities Matrix Private School, Matrix itself rather than the destination. Brand Laureate SMEs Brand
was asked to be Housemaster, motivated to serve others and to explore the world outside the International School and Matrix In a world where retention of Leadership Award 2015-2016, The
and, finally, International Liaison appreciate the value of strong campus, ranging from boarders’ International Preschool. Our knowledge is no longer a barrier, Brand Laureate SMEs Best Brands
Co-ordinator, before joining MCM friendships. excursions at weekends, trips to schools, spread over a 20-acre we focus on a simple yet deserted Award – Signature Brand in
as Deputy Head. I have been Head the East Coast of the US, to more site, and built based on a British concept – training people to learn. Education 2015-2016, Asia Pacific
of the Senior School for over a Marlborough College Malaysia challenging International Award residential school concept, share   Entrepreneur Award (APEA) 2015
year and can testify first hand is rightly expected to provide expeditions. Also, to make the one campus, one vision, and one With our affiliation with the United and The Best HR to work for in
to the genuine expansion of our stimulating teaching and an connection with Marlborough mission. Kingdom’s prestigious Ellesmere Asia Award 2015 and 2016. These
sister College in the UK. For us, excellent academic programme. In College UK more meaningful, two College, a 130-year-old British awards are testimony of our
‘franchise’ is a word that denotes addition to this, great importance groups of pupils visit the sister With a vision to enhance Residential School in Shropshire, continuous quest to change the
a much weaker association. is placed on a significant co- school every year. learning efficiency through the school is indeed on track face of private education in this
curricular dimension, which is fusing practicality with academic towards achieving a more region.
At both schools there is an evident unique in the region. The co- At Marlborough College Malaysia syllabus, the school is set to comprehensive learning process.
commitment to meeting the curriculum is a critical part of a we share the description quoted revolutionise education in efforts The partnership will allow both Despite only starting in September
developmental needs of individual meaningful holistic education, on the Marlborough College UK to break through boundaries, parties to leverage on each other’s 2014, our student enrolment has
pupils. Identifying those needs and we expect all pupils to website of a pupil becoming a opening minds and exploring strengths. increased tremendously, from
requires the establishment of engage with a broad range of “well-rounded individual who knowledge. We not only the initial 80 students to 770
a positive relationship between activities outside the classroom has a sense of perspective for encompass “the world is your Another hallmark of Matrix students now. The intake for the
pupil and teacher. This is such as sport, music, drama, the community and the wider classroom” concept, but introduce Global Schools is the provision of new academic year 2017/2018 for
encouraged by a comprehensive art and design, expeditions, and world.” The exceptional boarding a whole new learning experience opportunities to learn Mandarin Matrix International School is in
pastoral care structure, community services. These and co-curricular dimensions of with modern technology coupled and to test proficiency in the September 2017, whilst the intake
directed by Housemasters activities provide the very best the College make this a realistic with traditional schools of language. The school, via its for the Matrix Private School
and Housemistresses, and practical opportunities for expectation. thought. We provide a learning collaboration with the Kongzi and Preschool will be in January
implemented through the tutorial development of crucial talents platform for students to be Institute, University of Malaya, 2018. More information about the
system. All of this is based on the such as leadership, teamwork and intellectually curious, responsive has become a recognised and school and its activities can be
This article was written by Mr
mutual respect between pupil and communication. and persistent, thus developing authorised Test Centre for the found at www.matrixschools.edu.
Mark McVeigh, Head of Senior
teacher, and working together for a realisation that education is Office of the Chinese Language my or our Facebook page, “Matrix
School at Marlborough College
a common goal. Marlborough College Malaysia beyond textbooks. We aim to Council International (Hanban) Global Schools”
Malaysia
is establishing a reputation

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Oasis International
School - Kuala
Lumpur: Another
option for American
Education in the Prince of Wales Island
Klang Valley! OISKL values sports and real-
International School:
Message from the Head
of School
beginning in September 2018.
The 12-acre campus is located
world engagement. Sports are an
integral part of the school culture.
Learning opportunities which
A World-Class British Education
We hope that you choose to within the beautiful new 1850-acre take place on the court, pitch, The Prince of Wales Island seat auditorium, along with a accommodation is spacious and
join the great community of township of Bandar Rimbayu, just and in the gymnasium, are an International School (POWIIS) multipurpose hall, a recital room, well designed. Boys and girls
educators, students, and parents south of Kota Kemuning adjacent irreplaceable aspect of a student’s was established in September a dance studio, and a drama stay in separate buildings, living
that make up OISKL. to the SKVE. Phase I of building educational experience. Teamwork, 2011. In six years, POWIIS has studio – all appropriate venues in double rooms, with single
construction will reach completion competition, and sportsmanship grown to over 450 students. With for one to practise and perform. rooms for the sixth formers. Full
OISKL offers an American by the end of 2017, with a are just a few of the skills students its ideals firmly rooted in the All classrooms are equipped with boarding and weekly boarding are
educational program staffed capacity of nearly 600 students. will glean when participating in the British education system, POWIIS SmartBoards to support learning popular options. If space permits,
by American certified teachers Final phase of the campus has a program. OISKL’s sports program emphasises that academic at all levels, whilst the university- POWIIS also has a flexi-boarding
that is academically challenging, capacity of 1,200 students. seeks to be one that is competitive endeavour is fundamental and style library provides a conducive opportunity where students are
integrated with cutting-edge both locally and internationally, provides an environment where all environment that encourages and allowed to stay for a night, or a
technology, and centered in The Kindergarten through 12th offering opportunities for students children are treated as individuals. facilitates individual study. Sixth few nights if they desire.
developing character in our Grade program will specialise to participate from the earliest formers also have a dedicated
students. in high-tech integration, 21st grade levels. We also actively At POWIIS, a happy and sixth form centre where they are It is often seen that children who
century learning skills throughout seek opportunities to engage wholesome environment helps able to relax. opt to board rapidly become more
Our Kindergarten-12th Grade the curriculum from the earliest students with the world to share children to learn. An effective self-sufficient and independent,
educational program is designed grade levels. Every student and their learning and sharpen their pastoral system supports The state-of-the-art facilities enjoying their time at school
to prepare students for university teacher will have access to knowledge. Whether video students, with every student provide scope for students surrounded by their friends
in the United States as well as technology aimed to transform conferencing with experts in having their personal tutor. The to enjoy a rich and diverse and classmates. The extended
other English speaking nations the educational process. The the science field, publishing a tutor monitors academic progress extracurricular programme from access to staff and facilities in
around the world. Whether it be on academic program will be digital novel, or traveling on an and takes responsibility for the a list that includes the Duke school enables students to have
the rugby field, in the classroom, largely based on AERO and international sports trip, Our overall wellbeing of the student. of Edinburgh Award scheme, an enriched and more complete
or on a service trip, we want Common Core Standards with Classroom truly is the world! Tutors meet with their tutees each musical theatre, World Scholar’s experience of school life.
to see our students integrate full Advanced Placement (AP) day, and at least once a week will Cup, Model United Nations,
our core values of Character, offerings in the high school. OISKL is a school that values discuss overall progress, providing cheerleading, robotics club, Life After POWIIS
Leadership, and Innovation into Oasis International School - Kuala students, is priced reasonably, encouragement and advice. astronomy club, fitness club, Our students have gone off to
their daily lives. Lumpur anticipates affiliation and staffed by certified educators photography club, aikido and continue their education after
with Accrediting Commission in their respective fields. Oasis Fabulous Facilities many more. School trips have celebrating their outstanding
About Oasis International for Schools Western Association has the advantage of being part The campus has been built to included London, Thailand, Prague successes, with places at Imperial
School - Kuala Lumpur of Schools and Colleges (ACS of worldwide network of schools. modern specifications, with and Vienna as destinations, and College London, King’s College
With 18 schools in 15 countries, WASC) by end of the first school Oasis alumnus worldwide have specialised facilities available skiing in Japan. London, Brown University, Berklee
Oasis International Schools is year in operation. OISKL firmly attended and are currently for Art, Design Technology, College of Music in Boston as
excited to open the first campus believes in the integration of 21st attending some of the top Science, Information Technology, Boarding at its Best well as the London School of
in Malaysia. Oasis International Century learning skills throughout universities in the United States and Sport. Students who have Boarding halls are on campus with Economics, and many more.
School - Kuala Lumpur (OISKL) the curriculum, in order to prepare including Harvard, Cal-Berkeley, a passion for music or the residential teams of experienced
is looking forward to offering a students for the future. Stanford, as well as many other top performing arts will be happy to teaching staff providing 24-hour For more information,
world class American education universities around the world. hear that POWIIS has a 500- supervision and support. The visit www.powiis.edu.my

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R.E.A.L Education: Paving Sunway International School:


Pathways for a Bright Future The World’s Best Curricula
R.E.A.L Schools National
Also known as Sekolah Seri Sunway International School the objectives in the Ontario
Suria and Sekolah Seri Cahaya (SIS) delivers an integrated Secondary School curriculum
in Cheras and Shah Alam student-focused programme that practiced at SIS.
respectively, the R.E.A.L Schools builds character and emphasises
National curriculum is crafted individual strengths. Complement Each Other
to be innovative, engaging and The International Baccalaureate
hands-on in nature. It subscribes Canadian Programme programme requires students
to the Malaysian curriculum but is For the past 10 years, SIS has to study multiple subject
further enhanced with elements built its success by offering one disciplines, which eventually lead
from the Singaporean syllabus; of the most highly respected to examinations after two years of
particularly in core subjects curriculums in the world, the rigorous study. Students explore
For over 30 years, R.E.A.L Thus, R.E.A.L Education also like Mathematics, Science and Canadian (Ontario) School the connections between these
Education Group has carved a exposes students to real-world English. R.E.A.L Schools National’s programme. areas through an international
name within communities by environments and instils them quality is proven by being a 5-star perspective, reflect critically on students: to achieve personal
providing students with affordable with strong community values. rated school as certified by the In the 6th Programme for aspects of knowledge, pursue growth, foster collaboration
education of exceptional quality, Ministry of Education Malaysia International Student Assessment independent research, and have and teamwork, and provide an
while engaging them to achieve Ample avenues are provided and multiple NAPEI Award (PISA) under the Organisation the opportunity to apply their avenue for students to express
real transformation and success to R.E.A.L students to pursue winners over the past decade. for Economic Co-operation and knowledge and skills through local themselves through the creative
through a unique blend of holistic, their passion; while equipping Development (OECD), Canada and community service (www.ibo. arts.
balanced education. them with analytical, problem- R.E.A.L Kids Preschool ranked first amongst other English org).
solving and critical thinking skills. R.E.A.L Kids is the country’s speaking countries in the world SIS recognises the importance
R.E.A.L provides profound and Field trips, overseas student largest owner-operated for reading, mathematics and This complements SIS’s Ontario of students developing their
progressive learning programmes excursions, community outreach preschools with more than 30 science in the testing of 15 to 16 curriculum in significant ways. leadership skills, self-esteem,
via three brands; namely R.E.A.L programmes, and creative centres throughout Malaysia year-old students. SIS is an adroit administrator of civic responsibilities and finding
Kids, with over 30 centres pursuits like fashion design and and pioneers of incorporating the multiple course combinations; an outlet to play and perform with
nationwide; R.E.A.L Schools, the performing arts are all staple the Multiple Intelligences (MI) The unique Canadian (Ontario) this method being the default their peers. That is why there is a
comprising six international and features of the enriching ‘R.E.A.L approach into local preschool approach focuses on students’ framework practiced with its 40-hour community involvement
private schools across campuses Schools experience’. They are education. R.E.A.L Kids’ MI-based continuous development, with students in high school, towards requirement, more than 40 types
in Cheras, Shah Alam and Johor designed to build students’ calibre, curriculum is designed to bring formative assessment that strengthening their capabilities of clubs, sports and teams activity
Bahru; and Cambridge English instil confidence and promote forth children’s innate talents or is cumulative and consistent, and discovering their talents. in the SIS extracurricular calendar
For Life (CEFL), a leading provider camaraderie. strengths; making learning fun, derived primarily from coursework and healthy living syllabus.
of accredited, ready-to-launch wholesome and vibrant. and a final portion allotted to an Individual course Independent
English language programmes for R.E.A.L International end-of-semester evaluation. Study Unit, a 30% project that Trusted and Endorsed
students of all ages with nearly 60 School R.E.A.L students’ remarkable requires students to apply the SIS was the Gold winner for the
centres throughout Malaysia. Academically, R.E.A.L International growth, transformation and IB Diploma Programme theories learnt and expound them Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand
Schools offer world-renowned success continue to spur the In addition, SIS is an IB further with external research. Award in 2015 and 2016 in the
Results Enhancing British education in the form of Group towards nurturing the World School and offers the They then produce and present Private/International School
through Active Learning globally-recognised Cambridge nation’s children and youth International Baccalaureate a completed mini thesis to their category. It was also endorsed
The above is encapsulated curriculums. For the past few who would go on to contribute Diploma Programme (IBDP) for peers. This provides SIS students as a 5-Star school by the
by the name ‘R.E.A.L’, which years, R.E.A.L students have significantly towards society. both Bandar Sunway and Sunway a comparative advantage to take Ministry of Education Malaysia
espouses learning as a lifelong made their mark in the Cambridge With an approach that is distinct, Iskandar campuses. on the extended essay and Theory in the Standard Kualiti lnstitusi
and transformative process. It is IGCSE examinations by dynamic and sustainable; coupled of Knowledge components of IB. Pendidikan Swasta (SKIPS) 2015.
continually enhanced by active consistently obtaining ‘Top in the with an unyielding passion to This means that SIS will
learning and underpinned by World’, ‘Top in Malaysia’ and ‘High transform lives, R.E.A.L Schools incorporate two of the worlds’ Community and Active SIS is part of the Sunway
R.E.A.L’s core values dubbed the Achiever’ awards in a wide range is firmly committed towards most esteemed curricula in its Learning Education Group, which is owned
‘5Cs’; which consist of Character, of subjects. R.E.A.L international producing R.E.A.L learners and programme offerings, but, more The CAS (creativity, action and and governed by the Jeffrey
Collaboration, Communication, School is also one of only three leaders. importantly, expand the pre- service) element in IB mirrors the Cheah Foundation.
Critical Thinking and Creativity. schools in Malaysia to be certified university qualifications available existing tenets prevalent in the
Educating the heart is equally by Cambridge to run its Practical For more information, to students. Many of the goals Ontario curriculum, and is geared For more information, visit
important as educating the mind. Science programme. visit www.realschools.edu.my in the IB programme parallel to arrive at similar outcomes for www.sis.sunway.edu.my

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Taylor’s Schools: A School Culture of


Continuous Learning
from Each Other.
TAYLOR’S CORE VALUES
Respecting and Caring for each other
never knew you had.” Ng Wi
Kiat, Alumnae 2015, Nexus

Unrivalled, Unequalled
International School.
Taylor’s Schools developed Being dedicated to a culture of Excellence
an ecosystem for sharing Openness in Communication A Highly Accredited
knowledge internally, and Acting with Integrity School Sums it Up.
amongst our group of Being Passionate in what we do “What others say about
schools. Students and Creating Enjoyable Environments us means more than what
“Ms Vasinthi teaches History and I teachers practise the we say about ourselves.
enjoy her lessons very much. She can culture of continuous For all Taylor’s Schools,
turn any boring topic into something learning and improving by sharing values system embedded in every the accreditations we have received
fun and exciting, such as group work, and interacting with one another. schools’ teaching ensures that from international educational
mind-maps, making 3D models This spirit of progression is a students consistently stand by the experts acknowledge our quality in
of historical events and making value we instil in our students. right values in life. education delivery. This is a hallmark
posters.” – Rachel Lim Jia Ying, Year of an education group that has
9, Taylor’s International School, Furthermore, teachers are more “The best thing about GIS is the way invested much to ensure that their
Kuala Lumpur. than academic coaches. Over the school sets us up to succeed in the teaching and learning capabilities are
the years, they become role future. GIS has also helped me learn outstanding and exceeds international
“AISM teachers have supported me models for the students, and are the skills necessary to connect with standards.” Mrs. YY Chew, Taylor’s
through difficulties and given me dependable sources for advice others.” Nicole Chan, Alumnae 2011, Schools Advisor.
opportunities to shine and pursue my and support. Garden International School
passion. Teachers are approachable Awarded. Accredited. Decades of
and there is a strong bond between “Two of my favourite teachers are “We are continuously assessed experience. And with 4 successful
Over the last few years, there The Right School Will Leave
students and teachers.” – Kaveen Ms Mangin and Mr. Netcher. Ms. through projects and assignments so brands of international schools,
has been a steep increase in the You with Positive Vibes.
number of international schools Parthiban, Year 11, Australian Mangin is extremely clear with everything counts. This has made Taylor’s Schools are unrivalled
Taylor’s Schools comprises
mushrooming within Malaysia. International School Malaysia. her teaching and always pushes me develop better time management, and unequalled with the strength
Garden International School,
Parents who plan to enrol their us to achieve our potential. As for consistency and self-discipline.” Seo and spirit to create an exceptional
Nexus International School
children into an international (Malaysia & Singapore), Australian Where Teachers are Also Mr Netcher, he develops our core Yiie Lyn, Alumnae 2015, Australian educational experience for your
school want to make the right International School Malaysia Passionate, Innovative understanding of a topic and enriches International School Malaysia child.
choice. and Taylor’s International School Learners. us with extension questions to deepen
At all Taylor’s Schools, teachers our understanding.” Shaun Fendi “The best thing I’ve learned at Nexus There’s certainly a lot more to learn
(Kuala Lumpur & Puchong).
So, How do You Choose a are not only qualified and Gan, Year 13, Garden International was the importance of being open about us. Visit any of the Taylor’s
School for Your Child? experienced, but are passionate School minded to new ideas, experiences Schools, and see for yourself what
With these uncertainties, most
These may be the questions individuals with opportunities to and activities. When you do things the world of learning should be for
parents visiting Taylor’s Schools
whirling through your mind. hone their skills. Taylor’s Schools “I can see significant and positive beyond your comfort zone, you your child.
leave with a single positive
allocate time for Professional changes in both my children after discover aspects and skills that you
decision. Here’s a glimpse of
“Where will my child be happy?” what they see, feel and hear from Development Afternoons switching to this school, with greater
“What makes a great school?” students and teachers when they for teachers to improve and motivation to learn, in terms of Taylor’s Schools Accreditations
“Where will my child get the visit: embrace new skills. Ultimately, both academics and sports. They
best and most effective learning investing in teachers results in also wish for no school holidays as
experiences?” A School that Makes greater enriching experiences for they will miss school very much!
“Which school will enable a Learning Fun and students. Amazingly, I have no idea how
smooth transition into higher Relevant to Life. AISM teachers did that!” Christina
education, and set my child on the Taylor’s Schools pride themselves “I love the diversity. One week we Lau, Parent, Australian International
path for success? in creating fun-learning celebrate Book Week; the next, we School Malaysia.
environments to keep students will be camping in the jungles of
Not an easy decision. Not an engaged. Everything taught and Borneo. I can go from algebra to Not Just Learning but
impossible one either. BK Gan, learned is relevant and applicable movie-making within an hour. There Holistic Learning.
President of Taylor’s Schools, to the real world. We believe is a genuine ‘growth mindset’ ethos A Taylor’s School student is a
advises parents and their children in experiential learning where shared by staff and students which holistic child. They are led to be
to visit the school, survey the memorable experiences are encourages us to actively seek new academically competent, and
learning environment and observe connected to the concepts taught. experiences.” Tomas Thurman, Year armed with experiences to take on
if students participate actively in 6 Teacher, Garden International challenges well after their time at
different surroundings. School. school. The Taylor’s RECIPE core

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directions for organising and who need training to be lifelong and creative outcomes. And,
running schools, for managing learners. Teachers in Tenby take perhaps, just as important is the
effective communication with their lead from an inspiring and ability to discern and differentiate
parents and, most excitingly for powerful Vision and Mission that the quality of information
genuinely revolutionary changes provide the spring from which all available.
in how learning takes place and is else flows.
personalised to meet the needs of Tenby Schools are committed
each individual learner. When we take on the to bringing this high quality
responsibility to work with children education to more children
Tenby Schools intend to and prepare them to fulfil their and to this end, in September
harness all of these forces to personal potential in the future, 2018 we will open our seventh
further enhance the ability to we have to acknowledge the school at Tropicana Aman, Kota
provide world class learning significance of that responsibility. Kemuning. This new school is
and teaching at affordable fee At Tenby, we acknowledge that being designed, from inception,
levels. In a challenging economic our partnership with parents is a to meet the educational needs of
environment, we perfectly critical ingredient in this equation. Twenty First Century learners in
understand that whilst parents a lush, spacious and conducive
want access to international We also believe that it is vital environment.
standard education of high quality, that we all engage in dialogue
we have a duty to innovate to and debate about what great
ensure that we can provide it education should be in the Twenty
consistently and at fee levels that First Century. Our children are
are reasonable. growing up in a rapidly changing
world that is massively different

Tenby Schools: Committed However important the role


of Information Technology in
education is today, there is still
to anything that has existed
before. This changes what they
need from their education. Longer

to Delivering High Quality no substitute for the critical


role of teachers. Recognising
lifespans, fast changing global
markets and the forward march

International Education
this, we have placed great of technology mean that today’s
emphasis on the management children will have to grow up to be
of our educators. We look at a generation with more flexibility,
everything from how we recruit, resilience and adaptability than
Tenby Schools student numbers Tenby Schools have come a very and innovative teaching where we recruit and how we any that has lived before.
crossed 5,000 in January 2017 long way. The model that has methodologies by a high calibre induct new teachers in the Tenby
and, with the newest school, Setia seen spectacular growth is to mix of expatriate and local organisation. Modern educational Today, we have such access
Eco Hill at Semenyih opened in develop both a National Private educators. institutions need to recognise to knowledge and ‘facts’ at our
This article was written
September 2016, is set to grow School and an International employees with leadership fingertips that the emphasis in
by Mark Parkinson, Chief
still further. This will serve as School within each of the This is a very exciting time for potential and talent, and prioritise education must shift to the skills
Executive Officer, Tenby
an opportunity to bring Tenby campuses. The mission is to international education worldwide. training, professional development required to use that knowledge,
Schools
education to more children across deliver high quality international Information Technology offers and support for educators. to synergise knowledge from
the country. education through progressive exciting and innovative new Today it is not only young people different sources to arrive at new

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WESLEY METHODIST SCHOOLS


(INTERNATIONAL)

Wesley Methodist School Penang (International)

Our School in Kuala Education (UK) and Student- Education with Mission,
Lumpur Teacher Exchange Programme Excellence & Compassion
Wesley Methodist School Kuala (STEP). We aim to be a school of This is our ethos and it has
Lumpur has been in existence choice and excellence rooted in remained a very important part
for more than 30 years. It has Christian values and traditions, of our school vision. Students
emerged as a school much offering an affordable holistic are our priority and they are given
sought after by parents as its international education in a safe the opportunity to showcase
students have a reputation for and nurturing environment for their abilities and talents. They
academic and extracurricular both students and staff. are encouraged to grow into
excellence and for their character. well-rounded individuals, with the
Our School in Penang emphasis on leadership qualities
In the recent November IGCSE (2018) and community service. Our
2016 examination, their results Our first school in Penang at schools are run in the belief that
were outstanding: 82.38% Bandar Sri Pinang, Georgetown, God’s presence is in each of us
Distinctions (A* & A), and in will also offer the British each day.
the May IGCSE 2016 Language Cambridge curriculum. It will
papers, we achieved a stellar provide affordable quality Wesley Methodist Schools, are
100% A* in Malay as a Foreign education to the people of Penang not-for-profit institutions and
Language, 80% A for Chinese as and the northern region. The have become synonymous with
First Language and 92% A for school will be ready for its first academic excellence and the
Chinese as Second Language. intake in 2018 and will be able to transformation of lives, with its
Our achievements in Cambridge accept more than 1,000 students exceptional all-rounded education.
Checkpoint 2016 were also (Kindergarten, Primary Both WMSKL (Intl) & WMS
excellent with 95% obtaining a & Secondary). Ipoh (Intl) are mission schools
Perfect Score (6.0) for Maths, 55% which cultivate excellence in the
for Science and 17% for English. Our School in Sungai classroom, in the sports field,
Overall, 14% of our Checkpoint Buloh (2019) on stage and in the international
cohort succeeded in achieving An MOU with KLK Land and the community. We are also thankful
a Perfect Score in all the three property arm of Kuala Lumpur to have been able to collaborate
subjects. Kepong Berhad, has been signed with ACS (International), a top
for the building and the running of International School in Singapore
Our School in Ipoh a school in Bandar Seri Coalfields and in the region, and to benefit
Wesley Methodist School Ipoh Township in Sungai Buloh. Phase from their experience and
offers a Preschool Programme for 1 of Wesley Methodist School guidance.
children between the ages of five Bandar Seri Coalfields (Private)
and six, as well as the Cambridge will see the setting-up of a Jenny Qua,
Primary and Secondary kindergarten and primary school, Private School Director,
International Curriculum. It offers scheduled to open in January Methodist Council of Education
a broad range of extracurricular 2019, offering the National
activities including international curriculum. For more information, visit http://
exposure through the Kingdom wms.edu.my/school/

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AIU-IRSYAD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ASIA PACIFIC SCHOOLS


• Year Established: 2015 • Location: Alor Setar, Kedah Introduction: Asia Pacific Schools (APS) is an integral development
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 53/15 on average within the APIIT Education Group (APIIT). APIIT Education Group
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 12 embarked into schools with a focus on developing young minds
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels, Islamic curriculum which started with the establishment of the APIIT Smart School in
• School Year Schedule: September to July 2006 and in August 2012, was renamed to Asia Pacific Smart School
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM12,000 to RM27,000; Application Fee - RM500, (APSS). In September 2012, the Group’s involvement in the Schools
Registration Fee - RM1,000; Refundable Deposit - One term fees sector was reaffirmed with the launching of Asia Pacific International
• Contact Information: admin@aiis.my School (APIS).
• Website: http://aiis.my/
At Asia Pacific Schools, we firmly believe that success truly begins with the best
education. This certainly starts with the curriculum itself - in APSS, we offer the National
Curriculum, whereas in APIS, we offer the internationally recognised Cambridge IGCSE
Curriculum. Whilst preparing students to sit for the major public examinations (UPSR
THE ALICE SMITH SCHOOL and SPM, IGCSE), Asia Pacific Schools go beyond the Curriculum and Academic
• Year Established: 1946 Excellence to provide a holistic nurturing environment for the students. Our programmes
• Location: Kuala Lumpur (Primary), Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Secondary) are augmented with a broad range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. With
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,500/20-22 a strong emphasis on technology as an enabler to support learning, APSS and APIS
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool, Primary, Secondary, A Levels (Ages 3 to 18) will adopt and continuously enhance educational practices to nurture our students and
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels bring out their analytical and innovative thinking capabilities.
• School Year Schedule: September to July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM34,290 to RM80,040, Application fee - RM1,200, In achieving the above, Asia Pacific Schools will provide a stimulating environment that
Enrolment fee: RM5,000 (Preschool), RM25,000 (Reception to Year 11), RM15,000 (Year 12 to Year 13), allows our students to enjoy the learning experience and excel in their studies.
Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+603) 2148 3674 (Primary), (+603) 9543 3688 (Secondary), • Year Established: 2006 (APSS), 2012 (APIS), 2014 (APIS Preschool)
admissions.jb@alice-smith.edu.my (Primary), admissions.ep@alice-smith.edu.my (Secondary) • Location: Subang, Selangor • Average class size: 28
• Website: www.alice-smith.edu.my • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 7 to 17 (APSS), Ages 5 to 16 (APIS),
Ages 3 to 5 (APIS Preschool)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE (for APIS), Cambridge, UK Curriculum,
Malaysian Curriculum (APSS)
• Student Support Services: Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Pastoral Care &
AL-NOOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Counseling
• Year Established: 2007 • Location: Kuala Lumpur; Kuantan
• ESL Programmes: The School is able to provide extra assistance for children whose
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 400/20
first language is not English. The purpose of the program is to bring children’s English
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, A Levels (Ages 3 to 17)
language skills to A Levels where they can do well in the mainstream classroom.
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, A Levels
Students will be advised to attend the classes if required. Students usually attend
• School Year Schedule: September to July
classes in small pullout groups
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM6,570 (Preschool) to RM20,850 (A Levels), Application fee - Nil,
• Uniforms: Required (Except preschool)
Admission fee: RM500 (Preschool) to RM2,500 (Primary & Secondary), Refundable deposit - Semester fee
• Transport: The school provides a list of independent private transporters which
• Contact Information: (+603) 2142 4473, enquiries@ais-kl.edu.my
parents can engage at an additional cost.
• Website: www.ais-kl.edu.my
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports field,
canteen/cafeteria, playground, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre,
science laboratory, art room, music room, speech & drama room, multipurpose hall
• Extracurricular Activities (ECA): Acoustic guitar, aikido, animation, badminton,
cheerleading, creative clay art, dodgeball, drums, fencing, golf, gymnastics, karate,
ASIA METROPOLITAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2013 • Location: Ipoh, Perak Kidcode, LEGO robotics, mixed dance, Nutrifit, piano, Science Bridge, speech & drama,
sport stacking, soccer, swimming, vocal. *ECAs subject to change
• Student Population/ Average Class Size: 73/12
• School Year Schedule: September to July (APIS), January to November (APSS)
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM17,250 to RM36,000 (APIS), RM15,060 to
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, UK Curriculum
RM20,090 (APSS), Application fee - RM500 (APSS & APIS), Registration fee - RM3,000
• School Year Schedule: September to July
(APIS), RM500 (APSS), Refundable deposit – RM2,000 – RM3,000 (APSS), Deposit as
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM8,400 to RM20,400, Application fee - RM2,500, Admission fee - RM200,
per fee guide (APIS)
Refundable deposit - RM4,500
• Contact Information: (+603) 7847 1000, info@apschools.edu.my
• Contact Information: (+605) 241 3141, agalya@ametis.edu.my
• Website: www.apschools.edu.my
• Website: www.ametis.edu.my

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AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MALAYSIA


Introduction: AISM is a vibrant and growing international school
for children from age 3 (Preschool) to age 18 (Pre-university).
Established since 2000, AISM offers the Australian curriculum
delivered by highly qualified international teachers; predominantly
Australian trained and experienced, and following the Australian
school year.
BEACONHOUSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
The school, located in a secure gated community, overlooks the picturesque South Lake Introduction: Beaconhouse Sri Inai and Newlands International School
of Mines Resort City, a short drive from major expatriate areas in Kuala Lumpur such as has a rich history as a school delivering a quality educational experience
Mont Kiara, Bangsar, Ampang, Taman Desa and many more. AISM houses all three of for families living in and around Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.
its schools; Junior, Middle and Senior on one campus and has more than 650 students We offer the Cambridge International Curriculum and Cambridge
represented by over 37 different nationalities. The school offers a holistic learning International Examinations (Checkpoint and IGCSE). The
experience, leading to the Higher School Certificate (HSC) which is an international curriculum is designed and delivered in a way to ensure
qualification accepted by top universities around the world. students can have an appreciation and impact within
Malaysia and the Global Community.
All our students are taught using the Visible Learning™ Approach, that is proven the
world over. In 2017, AISM will be the first in South East Asia to be accredited as a Visible
The CIE offers a progressive and rigorous programme
Learning School.
from primary to A Levels. The CIE programme ensures
• Year Established: 2000 • Location: Seri Kembangan, Selangor learners are confident, responsible, innovative and engaged. It is a flexible approach
• Student Population/Average Class Size: Over 650/18-25 which allows teachers to design learning activities that excite students.
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool to Pre-university (Ages 3 to 18)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Australian Curriculum Every child is like a little sapling filled with talent, passion and a thirst for learning
• School Year Schedule: January to December waiting to be excited and cultivated in a nurturing environment. Give your child
• School Fees: Annual tuition & technology fee - RM39,600 to RM75,100, a head start with the Beaconhouse School System, one of the largest, most
Application fee - RM1,300, Admission fee - RM20,000, established school networks in the world with over 284,000 students in eight
Refundable Deposit - Equivalent to one month’s tuition fee countries.
• Contact Information: (+603) 8949 5000, admin@aism.edu.my
• Website: www.aism.edu.my • Year Established: 2011 (Sri Inai); 2013 (Newlands)
• Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Cheras, Selangor
• Average Class Size: 25
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Year 11 (Ages 4 to 16)
AUSTIN HEIGHTS PRIVATE & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Reception, Cambridge Primary & Secondary, IGCSE
• Year Established: 2011 • Location: Johor Bahru, Johor
• Languages Offered: French, English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 700/25
• Uniforms: Required
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years, Reception, Year 1 to Year 11 (Ages 3 to 17)
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, canteen/
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, Cambridge, IGCSE
cafeteria, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratory,
• School Year Schedule: September to July
art room, music room, school sports complex.
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM7,000 to RM15,700, Application fee - RM100 to RM200,
• Extracurricular Activities: Sri Inai: Sports Club, Journalism Club, Nature Club, Art &
Admission fee - RM1,000 to RM2,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
Craft Club, Interact Club, Food & Health Club, Entrepreneurship Club
• Contact Information: (+607) 351 5000, enquiry@austinheights.edu.my
Newlands: Literacy Clubs, Art & Design, Martial Arts, Homework Club, Debating,
• Website: www.austinheights.edu.my
Public Speaking, Drama and Sudoku Clubs, Sports Clubs
• School Year Schedule: January to November (Sri Inai); September to July
(Newlands)
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,000 to RM28,700 (Sri Inai); RM13,000 to
BASEERAH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL RM32,000 (Newlands), Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s deposit,
• Year Established: 2010 • Location: Batu Caves, Selangor Registration fee - RM2,800 (Sri Inai); RM3,500 (Newlands)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 408/18 • Contact Information: (+603) 7804 6025/5403 (Sri Inai);
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool to Secondary (Ages 3 to 18) (+603) 9082 4759/4756 (Newlands), inai-international@beaconhouse.edu.my;
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels, newlands@beaconhouse.edu.my
Malay, Arabic and Islamic Civilisation • Website: www.beaconhouse.edu.my
• School Year Schedule: September to June
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM9,500 to RM20,000, Admission fee - RM1,500, 
Refundable deposit - RM1,900 to RM3,500
• Contact Information: (+603) 6185 9560, admin@baseerah.edu.my
• Website: www.baseerah.edu.my

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BINTULU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2017 • Location: Bintulu, Sarawak
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 20 students maximum
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Year 6
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, UK Curriculum
• School Year Schedule: September to July
THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - Reception (RM7,050) to Year 5 (RM12,000); Application Fee - RM500,
KUALA LUMPUR (BSKL)
Registration Fee - RM8,000 per family (non-refundable); Refundable Deposit - One term fees paid upon admission
Introduction: The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) is
• Contact Information: admissions_mgr@bis.edu.my
one of the leading schools in KL that provides an exceptional education
• Website: www.bis.edu.my
to children aged 2 to 18. We are an independent, co-educational school
covering all age groups from Early Years through to Sixth Form.

Children who attend BSKL follow a broad curriculum based on the English National
Curriculum. The school enjoys an extremely vibrant day-to-day life with children BORNEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
participating in music, drama, arts and sports programmes as well as a number of • Year Established: 2017 • Location: Kuching, Sarawak
other enrichment activities. As part of their progress students sit the GL Assessments • Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 13
with BSKL children achieving above-average marks compared to their UK counterparts. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels
In Secondary School the students work towards their IGCSE and A Levels before • School Year Schedule: January to December
embarking on degrees at top universities worldwide. • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM7,500 to RM17,700, Admission fee - RM4,000, Assessment fee - RM100,
Security Fees - RM1,500
• Year Established: 2009 • Contact Information: (+6082) 501 885 / (+6082) 503 330, enquiry@borneo.edu.my
• Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor • Website: www.borneo.edu.my
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,072/20
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Sixth Form (Ages 2 to 18)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE,
A Levels, Edexcel and AQA
• Languages Offered: English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia BRAINY BUNCH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• • Year Established: 2013 • Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor; Future location: Dengkil, Selangor
ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available
• Student Support Services: Available • Student Population/Average Class Size: 313/25
• Uniforms: Required • Levels of Education Offered: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, High School
• Transport: School bus • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Montessori and Cambridge
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, libraries, swimming pools, sports fields, • School Year Schedule: January to December
gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, playground, IT resource centre, science laboratories, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM12,000 (Elementary; Lower and Upper); RM17,600 (High School), Admission
audio/visual room, theatre facilities, art room, music rooms, climbing wall fee - RM4,000, Activities fees - RM400
• Extracurricular Activities: BSKL views after-school activities and enrichment as an • Contact Information: 1700 81 6077 (Hotline), (+6012) 777 3849 (Registrar)
integral part of a child’s education, and to that end offers a wide range of clubs that • Website: www.brainybunch.com
aim to introduce potential hobbies, develop particular sports, provide language
learning or IT support and inspire an interest in areas that perhaps they would not be
exposed to through the normal curriculum.
CEMPAKA SCHOOLS
Enrichment activities are compulsory for every child at the school. Parents are asked • Year Established: 1983
to choose only one club per term, usually representing a balance between active/sport • Location: Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur; Cheras, Selangor;
and more intellectually inspiring programmes. Every student is required to stick to any Bandar Enstek, Negeri Sembilan (Cempaka International Ladies’ College)
given club for at least a term, reinforcing the idea that any commitment to learning • Student Population/Average Class Size: Over 2,000/24 (Maximum)
must be followed through. • Levels of Education Offered: Reception, Primary, Secondary, and Pre-university (Ages 4 to 19)
• School Year Schedule: August to July • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Malaysian Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels,
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM42,640 to RM96,310, Application fee - RM1,500, International Baccalaureate
Enrolment fee - RM17,050 • School Year Schedule: January to November (National), September to July (International)
• Contact Information: (+603) 7727 7775, info@britishschool.edu.my • School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM16,800 to RM49,500 (Damansara); RM12,000 to RM53,100 (Cheras
• Website: www.britishschool.edu.my International); RM46,800 to RM52,800 (Cempaka International Ladies’ College Day Students); Application Fee -
RM1,000; Registration Fee - RM5,000 (Damansara, and Cheras); RM20,000 (Cempaka International Ladies’ College)
• Contact Information: (+603) 2093 1740 (Damansara), (+603) 9076 8400 (Cheras),
(+606) 799 7878 (Cempaka International Ladies’ College), admissions@cempaka.edu.my
• Website: www.cempaka.edu.my

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CHARIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DWI EMAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Introduction: Dwi Emas International School is the
Year Established: 2014 • Location: Tawau, Sabah
• first entrepreneurial school in Malaysia. The school
Student Population/Average Class Size: 90/3-12
• offers the IPC, IGCSE and Cambridge A Levels
Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Year 11 (Ages 4 to 16)
• programmes, and has set itself apart by focusing on two things largely not covered
Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE
• in schools: entrepreneurship and financial education. Built on the strong foundation
School Year Schedule: August to July
• of the ACE EdVenture Programme, students are immersed in a balance of academics
School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM28,800 to RM61,2t, Application fee - RM200, Admission fee - RM2,000;
and performing arts, all underlined by a fun and hands-on approach to education. The
Boarding fees - RM1,600/month (Only for Year 7 students - 11 years and above eligible to apply for boarding);
pressure of academic flawlessness is sidestepped in favour of actual learning, where
Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+6089) 748 830, charistawau@outlook.com trial and error is encouraged and a negative result is still an answer. This ACE way of
• Website: www.charis.edu.my learning has gained strong support among students, parents, teachers, and opinion
leaders in industry and education in the region and abroad. The school offers a more
balanced approach to teaching and learning, and in turn, kids are actually happy coming
to school. Dwi Emas collaborates with a number of international organisations to give
our students real-world exposure.
CITY HARBOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2017 • Location: Sitiawan, Perak
• Year Established: 2015 • Location: Shah Alam, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 68 students (can accommodate up to 1,200 students)/15
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 300+/20 (Primary) & 25 (Secondary)
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years, Primary and Secondary
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to A Levels (Ages 6 to 19)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels
• Curriculum/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum (Primary), IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: January to November
(Secondary), Cambridge A Levels (A Levels)
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM6,600 - RM21,300, Application fee - RM500,
• School Year Schedule: January to November
Admission fee - RM2,800, Refundable deposit - One term’s school fees
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM28,000 (Year 1) to RM39,000 (Year 11), Application
• Contact Information: (+605) 689 0909, (+6012) 222 4939
fee: RM1,000 (Non-Malaysian Students), Admission fee: RM7,000 (Non-Malaysian
• Website: www.cityharbour.edu.my
Students), Refundable deposit: RM2,400 to RM3,250. Enquire for A Levels fees
• Contact Information: (+603) 5524 3692, enquiry@dwiemas.edu.my,
(+603) 5524 3693 (Fax)
• Website: www.dwiemas.edu.my
CRESCENDO-HELP INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL
Introduction: The Crescendo-HELP International
School (CHIS) began operations in February 2017 DALAT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
at a new purpose-built campus in Johor Bahru, and • Year Established: 1929 • Location: Tanjung Bungah, Penang
has swiftly garnered positive reviews from students • Student Population/Average Class Size: 625/20
and parents who are pleased with the dedication and quality of its international team of • Levels of Education Offered: Preschool through High School (Ages 3 to 18)
leadership and teaching staff; as well as its world-class facilities. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: American Curriculum
• School Year Schedule: August to June
The School is built on a partnership between two leading organisations, Crescendo • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM11,500 (Preschool) to RM42,000 (Pre-university), Application fee - RM300,
Corporation Bhd and HELP Education Group, which share the belief that quality Admission fee - RM3,850, Refundable deposit - RM1,500
education can help people achieve success and significance in their lives and such • Contact Information: (+604) 375 2100, info@dalat.org
educational experience can be delivered at an affordable price to families in this fast • Website: www.dalat.org
growing city.

• Year Established: 2017 • Location: Johor Bahru


• Student Population/Average Class Size: 200/25
• Levels of Education Offered: Primary and Secondary EATON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Curriculum/Areas of Specialisation: Cambridge, IGCSE, International Primary • Year Established: 2013 • Location: Kajang, Selangor
Curriculum, UK Curriculum • Student Population/Average Class Size: 400/24
• School Year Schedule: September to July • Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Secondary (Ages 2 to 16)
• School Fees: Year 1 - RM24,000, Year 7 - RM27,000, Year 9 - RM30,000, Year 11 - • Curriculum/ Areas of Specialisation: UK Curriculum, Cambridge, IGCSE
RM30,000, (30% founding bursary is available for all 2017 intake) • School Year Schedule: September to July
Application fee: RM250, Registration fee: RM2,000 (Discount of RM1,000 if registering • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM18,690 to RM40,095, Application fee - RM2,000,
for Sept 2017 intake), Refundable deposit: RM2,500 Admission fee - RM4,500, Refundable deposit - RM10,000
• Contact Information: (+607) 861 6788, info@chis.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 8741 4965, enquiry@eaton.edu.my
• Website: www.chis.edu.my • Website: www.eaton.edu.my

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EPSOM COLLEGE IN MALAYSIA EXCELSIOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


Introduction: The College, on a 50-acre site at Bandar Enstek, south of Introduction: Excelsior International School (EIS) is located in the City of
Kuala Lumpur, is an extension of Epsom College in the UK, which was Knowledge in the Town of Bandar Seri Alam, 15km east of Johor Bahru in
founded in 1855 and has a long history of educating Malaysians and the south of Peninsular Malaysia. The purpose-built campus spreads over
international students. Epsom College in Malaysia follows the English 20 acres with a built-up area of 320,000 square feet, allowing for larger
National Curriculum with all subjects taught in English. There is a strong facilities and more space, enabling a smoother delivery of the curriculum.
emphasis on languages, including Bahasa Malaysia, French, Mandarin The vast premises house world-class learning, sporting and recreational facilities. The
and Spanish. The Senior School for pupils aged 11 to 18 is both a day and boarding School is the flagship campus of the Singapore’s Raffles Campus Group and builds
school whilst the Prep School is for day pupils aged 3 to 11 years old. upon Raffles’ expertise and experience in operating and managing schools in Dubai,
Singapore, India and China.
Epsom College in Malaysia combines academic excellence with a first class British
boarding experience. We create a family environment within a structured school routine, EIS is committed to excellence in education by striving to provide each student with
with a traditional British House system fostering a strong feeling of belonging and opportunities to reach their full potential as lifelong learners in a holistic, challenging
community. Besides full boarding, weekly boarding is an option for parents who want to and supportive learning environment that will ultimately prepare them to play an active
combine a British boarding lifestyle for their children during the week with high quality and responsible role as global citizens in a multicultural world. In support of our belief
family time at the weekends. in holistic education, all students follow a broad educational programme covering
Academics, Sports and the Arts – our Three Pillars of Excellence.
As an international school, the College realises the importance of nurturing global
citizens. While the College follows the British National curriculum, pupils are encouraged • Year Established: 2013
to learn from the local, regional and international contexts. As a global member of Round • Location: Johor Bahru, Johor
Square, possibly the world’s leading international association of schools, Epsom College • Student Population/Average Class Size: 375/20-25
in Malaysia is able to offer students real, lasting and challenging opportunities to mix • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Grade 12 (Ages 3 to 17)
with, work with and learn from students from many countries. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate (IBDP), IGCSE,
Cambridge Secondary, Cambridge International Primary Years Programme (CIPP),
• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Bandar Enstek, Negeri Sembilan Singapore Curriculum in Mathematics and Science, International Primary Curriculum
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 400/14-24 (IPC), International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC)
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to A Levels (Ages 3 to 18) • Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels • ESL/ESOL Programmes: We have IES (Intensive English Support) and ELS (English
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Spanish, French Learning Support) programmes for children of varying language needs and
• S
 tudent Support Services: Highly-qualified and experienced British Housemasters/ competencies
Housemistresses and staff, Resident Tutor, 24/7 pastoral care during school term • Student Support Services: Assist in Student Pass application and Escort Pass
• Uniforms: Required application administration
• Transport: Private arrangement and shuttle service • Uniforms: Required
• School Facilities: 9 Science Labs, Mathematics, Geography, History/ Politics • School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports field,
classrooms, Business/Economics classrooms, English and Modern Foreign Language gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, running track, playground, tennis courts, basketball
classrooms, Information Technology Suites, Art, Design and Technology workshops, courts, badminton courts, IT resource centre, science laboratory, auditorium, theatre,
20 music practice rooms and 5 ensemble rooms, 6th Form Centre (Grayling Centre), art room, music room, boarding facilities, dance studio, school clinic, visitor lounge,
Higher Education Careers Suite, Prep School (3 to 11 years old) with private Prep Garden, staff and student lounges
library, double volume Sports Hall to accommodate 10 badminton courts, 2 basketball • Extracurricular Activities: Aquathon, Art in the Community, art techniques, arts and
courts, Indoor Hockey and Volleyball, 3 professional squash courts, swimming pool, crafts, badminton, Bahasa Melayu, baking, basketball, board games, Book Club,
2 astro turf football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 1 cricket/athletics pitch, Fitness Centre, Chess Masters, Chinese - book club, Chinese - character study, Chinese history,
Sports Pavilion, 2 Tennis Courts, 594-seat theatre, Recital Hall for 300, Outdoor Chinese phonetics, Chinese speech, choir, comics, community service, core studies,
Amphitheatre, Dance Studio, Dedicated Art and Design and Technology Workshops cross-country, Culture Club, dance, Debate Club, digital storytelling, drama, fitness
• Extracurricular Activities: Sports: Cricket, football, rugby, hockey, badminton, athletics, and athletics, football, Fun with English, Games Club, Glee Club, guitar - beginners,
tennis, basketball, swimming, netball, cross country, squash. Performing Arts: Art guitar - improvers, History Club, ICT/CMS web development, Interact Club, Islamic
and design, choir, band, sketching, set building, dance, drama, orchestra and other Studies, Learn to Swim, Little Wizards Science, Malay culture, Maths clinic, Maths club,
ensembles. IT: LEGO Mindstorms, computing club, coding club, robotics, website pantomime production, photography, Podcast Club, Rainbow Art, Reduce-Reuse­
design. Curriculum for all and Gifted and Talented: Languages, maths, reading, poetry, Recycle Shop, science skills, scientific experimentation, science simulations, scratch
science, Model United Nations. Outdoors: International Awards, gardening club, hiking computer programming, smart art, softball, sports yoga, volleyball, table tennis,
club, sailing. Hobbies: Model­making, chess, calligraphy, public speaking, Junior Chef, tennis, student council, swimming techniques, swimming training, tech club, technical
debating club theatre, voice-presentation, video production, yearbook
• School Year Schedule: September to July • School Year Schedule: August to June
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM42,350 (Nursery) to RM82,500 (Year 13), Annual • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM25,250 (Nursery) to RM62,000 (Grade 12),
boarding fee - RM46,500 to RM48,888, Application fee - RM1,000, Enrolment fee - Registration fee - RM500, Enrolment fee: RM2,500 (Nursery) to RM5,500 (Grade 12),
RM20,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee Refundable deposit: 20% of annual tuition fees.
• Contact Information: (+606) 2404 188, enquiries@epsomcollege.edu.my • Contact Information: (+607) 388 8999, info@eis.edu.my
• Website: www.epsomcollege.edu.my • Website: www.eis.edu.my

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elc INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FAIRVIEW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


Introduction: At elc International School, we provide an environment • Year Established: 1978 • Location: Kuala Lumpur; Subang Jaya, Selangor; Penang; Johor Bahru, Johor; Ipoh, Perak
that is not only conducive to learning and character building, but • Student Population/Average Class Size: 3,000/20-25
where students are prepared for the responsibilities, opportunities and • Levels of Education Offered: Reception, Primary, Middle to Diploma (Ages 3 to 19)
challenges of adulthood. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, UK Curriculum
• School Year Schedule: August to June
Parents who send their children to elc are entrusting them to a group of dedicated • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM24,750 (Reception) to RM46,200 (Year 11); Application fee - RM1,000;
professionals committed to maintaining high standards both academically and socially. Registration/Enrolment fee - RM2,500 to RM5,000; Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
Courtesy, concern for others and care of the environment are all actively encouraged, • Contact Information: (+603) 4142 0888 (Kuala Lumpur), (+603) 8023 7777 (Subang Jaya),
while a very firm stand is taken against negative social behaviour. While our subjects (+604) 640 6633 (Penang), (+607) 358 5385 (Johor Bahru), (+605) 313 6888 (Ipoh), info@fairview.edu.my
and teaching methods have evolved with the best practices in Britain and Malaysia, • Website: www.fairview.edu.my
our values have remained traditional and true to our credo – elc, which stands for
excellence in everything we do, loyalty to each other and the school, to our students and
to each other, and commitment to continuous improvement in what we do and in the
achievements of our students.
GLOBAL INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2006 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,400/20-26
• Year Established: 1987
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Year 1 to Year 12
• Location: Sungai Buloh, Selangor; Cyberjaya, Selangor
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary, IGCSE, Central Board of Secondary Education - International
• Student Population/Average class size: 750/20 (Sungai Buloh), 400/20 (Cyberjaya)
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years up to Year 11 (CBSE-i), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
• School Year Schedule: September to August (Cambridge Curriculum), April to March (CBSE-i Curriculum)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, Cambridge Secondary
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM11,043 (Kindergarten) to RM19,674 (Year 12), Application fee - RM300,
• School Year Schedule: September to July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee RM13,200 (Early Years) to RM40,350 (Year 11), Admission fee - RM2,500 to RM5,500, Refundable deposit - RM5,500 to RM7,000
• Contact Information: 1800 08 4447 (Within Malaysia), (+603) 2630 5780 (Overseas),
Registration fee - RM1,000, Admission fee - RM8,000, Refundable deposit -
admissions.my@globalindianschool.org
Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Website: www.globalschoolmalaysia.org
• Contact Information: (+603) 6156 5001 (Sungai Buloh), (+603) 8319 1641 (Cyberjaya),
admissions_sb@elc.edu.my (Sungai Buloh), admissions_cj@elc.edu.my (Cyberjaya)
• Website: www.elc.edu.my

GARDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


Introduction: Garden International School
(GIS) is one of the world’s leading international
EKHLASS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
schools with a strong academic track record. Our high quality, holistic education ensures
• Year Established: 1995 • Location: Kemaman, Terengganu
that our students leave us well-equipped for life; it is not surprising that GIS students are in
• Student Population/Average class size: 145/15
demand across the world and are sought after by the world’s best universities.
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool, Years 1 to 10 (Ages 3 to 16)
• Curriculum/Areas of Specialisation: UK Curriculum, IGCSE GIS students benefit from our unique, innovative teaching and learning philosophy,
• School Year Schedule: September to August integrating knowledge and skill development, supported by 66 years of heritage and a
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,594 (Kindergarten) to RM34,886 (Years 10 to 11); Application fee - thriving alumni network.
RM200; Registration fee - RM5,000 (Kindergarten) to RM15,000 (Years 10 to 11)
• Contact Information: (+609) 863 1136, info@ekhlassinternationalschool.edu.my Accredited by the Council of International Schools, GIS is one of the oldest and most
• Website: www.ekhlassinternationalschool.edu.my distinguished schools in Malaysia with two campuses, Primary and Secondary School
in Mont’ Kiara, Kuala Lumpur and the Early Years Centre in Desa Sri Hartamas. GIS
is renowned for its academic excellence, being the largest private co-educational
international school in Malaysia with over 2,200 students from over 70 nationalities.

• Year Established: 1951 • Location: Kuala Lumpur


ETONHOUSE MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Student Population/Average Class Size: 2,200/22
• Year Established: 2010 • Location: Kuala Lumpur • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Sixth Form (Ages 3 to 18)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 140/17 • Curricula/Programmes Offered: British National Curriculum, Nursery, Primary, Secondary,
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Year 6 IGCSE, A Levels
•C urricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, Reggio Reggio Emilia inspired Early Years section • School Year Schedule: August to July
• School Year Schedule: August to June •S chool Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM41,490 (Nursery) to RM90,630 (Year 13), Application
•S chool Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM29,000 to RM38,400, Application fee - RM2,000; Registration/Admission fee - fee - RM1,300, Registration fee - RM10,000 - RM20,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent
RM10,000; Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one semester’s tuition fee (conditions apply) to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+603) 2141 3301, plt@etonhouse.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 6209 6888, admissions@gardenschool.edu.my
• Website: www.etonhouse.edu.my • Website: www.gardenschool.edu.my

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GLOBAL MODERN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2016 • Location: Kajang, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: Not more than 100/Not more than 10
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Year 12
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels
• School Year Schedule: September to July
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM17,000 to RM25,000; Application Fee - RM300, Registration Fee - RM1,000
GEMS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Contact Information: info@gmis.edu.com
Introduction: GEMS Education, the parent company • Website: http://gmis.edu.my/
of GEMS Education Malaysia runs a global network
of award-winning international schools with over 250
schools in 13 countries. As of today in Malaysia, GEMS
have established two schools at Tropicana Metropark
(Subang Jaya) and Pearl City (Penang). HAVIL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
We bring together a desirable international education • Student Population/Average Class Size: 165/25
environment, significant investments in leading • Levels of Education Offered: Years 1 to 11 (Ages 5 to 16)
curriculum and child research, world-class facilities • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE
and a community of the most accomplished teachers • School Year Schedule: September to August
among international schools – driven by an inspiring set of core values that place the • School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM14,700 to RM23,400, Assessment fee - RM500,
international student at the centre of everything we do. Admission/Registration fee - RM3,000, Refundable deposit - RM5,000 (Primary), RM7,000 (Secondary)
• Contact Information: (+603) 2276 3338, (+603) 2276 2333, admin@havil.edu.my, info@havil.edu.my
The GEMS difference is designed to set your child apart. • Website: www.havilinternational.edu.my

• Year Established: 2015 (Penang); 2017 (Subang Jaya)


• Location: Simpang Ampat, Penang; Tropicana Metropark, Subang Jaya, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 350/25(Penang)
• Levels of Education Offered: Ages 3 to 18 HIGHLANDS INTERNATIONAL BOARDING SCHOOL (HIBS) AND SEKOLAH MENENGAH
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: British Curriculum SWASTA SALEHA (SMSS)
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin • Year Established: 1999 • Location: Genting Highlands, Pahang
• Student Support Services: Available • Student Population/Average Class Size: 144/25
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 11 to 18
• Uniforms: Required • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, Malaysian Curriculum (SMSS)
• Transport: Available • School Year Schedule: January to December
• School Facilities: sports hall/multipurpose hall, swimming pool, football field, library, • School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM9,000 to RM14,000 (excluding boarding fees); Application Fee - RM250 to
drama & dance room, blackbox room, music room and music practice room, art room, RM500; Registration Fee - RM1,000 to RM2,000; Boarding fees - RM44,200 to RM80,900; Refundable deposit -
ICT room, design & technology lab, science labs, clinic/medical-aid centre, outdoor Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
play for primary and FS students, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor) • Contact Information: (+603) 6100 1688, marketing@hibs.edu.my
• Extracurricular Activities: Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Football Club, Swimming • Website: www.hibs.edu.my, www.smsaleha.edu.my
Club, Taekwondo, Rugby, Gymnastics, Yoga, Cardio jam fitness, Dance, Drama and Role
Play, Junior Choir, LEGO Robotics, Movie Club, Homework Club, Mandarin Debate Club,
Mandarin Homework Club, The Art of Calligraphy, Arts and Crafts, Book Club/Reading
Club, Chill Out Club.
• School Year Schedule: September (Term 1), January (Term 2), April (Term 3) IDRISSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM20,000 to RM42,000 • Year Established: 2015 • Location: Shah Alam, Selangor
• Contact Information: (+604) 509 7000 (Penang); (+603) 5613 6890 (Subang), • Student Population/Average Class Size: 188/20
info_gip@gemsedu.com (Penang); info_gim@gemsedu.com (Subang) • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 6 to 11
• Website: www.gems.edu.my • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, O Levels, Cambridge, International Primary Curriculum, Islamic Curriculum,
Singapore Curriculum, Malaysian Curriculum
• School Year Schedule: September to August
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM32,400 to RM46,800, Application fee - RM300, Admission fee - Nil,
Refundable deposit - Nil
• Contact Information: (+603) 3363 4216, board@idrissischool.com, salam@idrissischool.com
• Website: www.idrissischool.com

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IGB INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Sierramas, Sungai Buloh, Selangor
HELP INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Student Population/Average Class Size: 200/20
Introduction: HELP International School is HELP Education Group’s first
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Ages 3 to 18)
foray into preschool, primary and secondary education in Malaysia.
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate
The school adopts the British Curriculum leading up to the Cambridge
• School Year Schedule: August to June
IGCSE and A Levels. We began operations with an international team of
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM23,000 to RM87,000, Application fee - RM1,000, Registration fee - RM25,000
experienced and passionate teachers in January 2014, at Subang Bestari, Selangor.
(Kindergarten to Grade 12); RM10,000 (Early Years 1 and 2), Refundable deposit - RM20,000
Currently, with an enrolment of 1,300 students, the school is considered as one of the
• Contact Information: (+603) 6145 4688, enquiries@igbis.edu.my
fastest growing international schools in Malaysia.
• Website: www.igbis.edu.my

With the motto “Life in all its fullness”, we believe that there is more in every child.
We seek to discover and bring out the best in each child by nurturing his or her talent
and potentials. By providing a truly global and holistic educational experience, as well
as integrating Eastern and Western educational philosophies, we hope to enable and
inspire our students to live life to its fullest. INSPIROS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Puchong, Selangor
• Year Established: 2014 • Student Population/Average Class Size: 250/15-25
• Location: Subang Bestari, Selangor • Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,300/25 • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, UK Curriculum
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool (from age 4), Primary, Secondary and A Levels • School Year Schedule: January to November
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum, • School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM10,000 to RM18,000; Application Fee - RM300, Admission Fee - RM500,
IGCSE, A Levels, Cambridge Refundable Deposit - RM2,000
• Languages Offered: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia, Spanish, French • Contact Information: admissions@inspiros.edu.my
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available • Website: www.inspiros.edu.my
• Student Support Services: Available
• Uniforms: Required (Except for A Levels students)
• Transport: Available
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, sheltered swimming pool, sports
field, gymnasium, cafeteria, playground, tennis court, basketball courts, badminton
INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC SCHOOL MALAYSIA
courts, EdTech centre, green screen video production areas, science laboratories, • Year Established: 1998 • Location: Gombak, Kuala Lumpur
auditorium, black box theatre, art rooms, music rooms, design and technology lab, • Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,200/25
cookery lab, computer labs, dance and aerobics studios, netball courts, volleyball • Levels of Education Offered: Primary, Secondary, A Levels (Ages 6 to 18)
court, full-sized football field, amphitheatre, language rooms, learning support unit, • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, O Levels, A Levels, IGCSE
career guidance and counselling rooms, school clinic, multipurpose hall • School Year Schedule: September to July
• Extracurricular Activities: Duke of Edinburgh’s international award, fencing, rugby,
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,200 to RM17,600, Application fee - RM200, Admission fee - RM1,000,
football, badminton, table tennis, basketball, netball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee,
Refundable deposit - RM6,600 - RM8,800, Annual boarding fee - RM10,000 - RM20,000
swimming, athletics, rhythmic gymnastics, cheerleading, karate, Muay Thai, outdoor • Contact Information: (+603) 6188 4400, info@iis.edu.my
and indoor teambuilding, Zumba, dance club, a capella choir, international voices, • Website: www.iium-schools.edu.my
World Scholars Cup, school production (past productions include Shakespearean play,
“Oliver”, “Wicked”, “ Jungle Book”, “High School Musical”), peripatetic instrumental
- drum kit/guitar/cajon/violin/ukulele/flute/guitar/trumpet, Chinese orchestra, 24
Festive Drum with Hands Percussion, Rhythm Factory, photography club, LEGO Club,
Junior MasterChef, Mad Scientist, STEM Challenge, debate and public speaking,
yearbook committee, language boosters, Future Problem-solving Skills, Coding Club, INTERNATIONAL MODERN ARABIC SCHOOL
Rubriks cube, Outreach Club, Boys Brigade • Year Established: 2007 • Location: Putrajaya
• School Year Schedule: September to July • Student Population/Average Class Size: 700/25
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM21,830 (Preschool), RM32,744 (Year 1) to • Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Ages 4 to 18)
RM47,297 (Year 11), Application fee - RM1,000, • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Islamic Curriculum, IGCSE, O Levels, A Levels
Registration fee - RM10,000 (Preschool); RM12,000 (Primary and Secondary), • School Year Schedule: September to July
Refundable deposit: Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM11,000 to RM12,000, Application fee - Nil, Registration fee - RM1,000,
• Contact Information: (+603) 7809 7000, enquiry@kl.his.edu.my Refundable deposit - Nil
• Website: www.his.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 8888 5788, info@imas.edu.my
• Website: www.imas.edu.my

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF KUALA LUMPUR THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PENANG (UPLANDS)


Introduction: “Learning is a lifetime journey and it begins here at Introduction: The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a non-
The International School of Kuala Lumpur.” profit, co-educational Reception to Primary and Secondary School
(Reception, Year 1 to Year 13) with boarding facilities, open to children
Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is aged 4 to 18 years old. It is one of the leading international schools in
the first fully accredited international school in Malaysia and is home to Malaysia, offering the IB PYP, IB Diploma and IGCSE qualifications.
more than 1,500 students from over 60 countries.
Since being established in 1955 at the top of Penang Hill and now established in a
modern campus in Batu Feringgi, Uplands has strived to embody a caring community; a
ISKL is a private and non-profit, parent-governed school accredited in the United States
school where both international and Malaysian students are happy to learn. Our motto:
through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and Western Association of Schools
Respect for Self. Respect for Others.
and Colleges (WASC) and internationally through the International Baccalaureate
Organisation (IB), the first IB accredited school in Malaysia. Students receive a wealth of quality education from an international teaching faculty
as well as a range of sporting and extracurricular activities cultivating teamwork,
Over the years, ISKL has built its outstanding international reputation by balancing self-confidence and all-roundedness. Year upon year Uplands students have attained
sound tradition for academic excellence with innovative approaches to teaching and academic results that are consistently higher than global averages, with some achieving
learning. We nurture young minds with the spirit to succeed, preparing them for a perfect scores in the IB Diploma pre-university course, and receiving prestigious
lifelong journey of opportunities ahead of them with determination and confidence. university scholarships.

World Class Learning, World Class Facilities The International School of Penang (Uplands) is an IB World School, also recognised
In order to continue to offer a world-class education for subsequent generations, ISKL by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and permitted to admit both foreign and
has embarked on an aggressive plan of growth, building a new, world-class educational local students. Uplands is a member of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA);
facility in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA); member of The
Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS); and approved to offer external
• Year Established: 1965 examinations by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), Cambridge
• Location: Ampang, Selangor; Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur International Examinations (CIE), and Edexcel International Examinations. The School
• Student Population/Average Class Site: 1,500/12-24 received an award from the Malaysian Ministry of Education in June 2003, recognising
• Levels of Education Offered: Elementary School to High School (Ages 3 to 17) it as one of the leading international schools in the nation. The School was previously
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International school program with an American based twice accredited under its CIS (Council of International Schools) affiliation, as well as
curriculum. Programs offered are from Prep Reception (3 years old) to High School the British Schools Overseas scheme.
diploma. The International Baccalaureate diploma and Advanced Placement courses
• Year Established: 1955 • Location: Batu Feringgi, Penang
are also available.
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, Spanish, French • Student Population/Average Class Size: 730/24 (Maximum)
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: English, as an Additional Language (EAL) is available in all • Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Year 13 (Ages 4 to 18)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate; Diploma & Primary Year
grade levels.
• Student Support Services: ISKL provides a variety of student services designed to Programme (PYP), IGCSE
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, French,
enhance the educational program and meet the individual educational needs of all
students. German
• Uniforms: Required. ISKL has school uniforms and observes a dress code that varies • ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available, Primary and Secondary
• Student Support Services: Career counselor, learning support, school counselor
slightly at each division. Occasionally there are tag days where students are allowed to
• Uniforms: Required
dress according to a particular theme.
• Transport: Bus services are available to and from various areas in the Klang Valley and • School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, swimming pool, sports field, library,
bus services are also provided for students involved in after-school activities. gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, playground, basketball court, badminton
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, libraries, swimming pools, sports fields, court, IT resource centre, science laboratories, auditorium, audio/visual room, art
gymnasiums, fitness centre, climbing wall, clinic, canteen/cafeteria, playground/ room, music room, design and technology workshops, and boarding facilities. The
covered recreational areas, tennis court, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource campus is fully networked with wired and wireless access
• Extracurricular Activities: Basketball, tennis, football, Touch Rugby, athletics, chamber
center/computer labs, science laboratories, auditorium, theater, audio/visual room,
theater facilities, art room/studios, music rooms, drama studios, bus pick-up & drop- orchestra, chess, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese zither, Environmental Film, Japanese
off area, panther store, counseling offices, guard house, community room/meeting tea ceremony, karate, taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), gymnastics, yoga, Malay
rooms, handicap accessible, 24hr Security dance, Model United Nations, Rock & Jazz band and swimming among many others
• Extracurricular Activities: Please refer to the ISKL website • School Year Schedule: August to June
• School Year Schedule: August to June • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM33,400 to RM50,000, Application fee - RM800,
• School Fees: Please refer to the ISKL website Entrance fee - RM7,000, Enrolment deposit (refundable) - RM5,000, The I.S.P Schools
• Contact Information: Ampang (+603) 4259 5600 / Melawati (+603) 4104 3000, Association Membership Fee - RM1,000
iskl@iskl.edu.my / admissions@iskl.edu.my • Contact Information: (+604) 881 9777, info@uplands.org
• Website: www.iskl.edu.my • Website: www.uplands.org

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THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


@ PARKCITY
Introduction: The International School @ ParkCity KINGSGATE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
(ISP) opened in September 2011 and is located Introduction: We are proud to introduce and welcome you to
in the highly acclaimed township of Desa ParkCity in West Kuala Lumpur. The school Kingsgate International School, located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur,
caters for students aged 3 to 18 years old from Nursery through to A Levels. ISP offers a Malaysia.
challenging program of study, broadly based upon the National Curriculum for England.
The focus on academics, sport and the creative and performing arts helps to ensure Our motto, “The pursuit of excellence through hearts, minds and
students’ needs are met holistically. hands” is at the heart of our vision for the children, families and
staff at our school.
With students from more than 50 countries, ISP is a place where internationally-minded
and culturally aware students are encouraged to pursue both academic excellence and We know that it takes more than being “smart” to succeed in life. In everyone of us is a
personal development, thus enabling them to take a leading role in tomorrow’s global heart that is warm and filled with the spirit of giving to others.
community.
We know that the most creative, logical and powerful engine in the universe leads our
• Year Established: 2011 • Location: Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur minds. Our brains help us reach our potential when we understand how we learn and
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,000/16 (Nursery), 20 (Reception), how to maximise learning potential. Critical, creative and logical thinking don’t happen
24 (Year 1 to A Levels) by accident. Our understanding of neuroscience accelerates learning potential.
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to A Levels (Ages 3 to 18)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum, We know that our hands and the tools we have around us help make the world a better
IGCSE, A Levels, AQA Baccalaureate place for ourselves and for others. We manipulate our learning environment and “get
• School Year Schedule: September to July things done” by knowing how to use our tools effectively. Whether it is sophisticated
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM37,250 to RM73,350, Application fee - RM1,500, technology, a pencil, or our feet to play sport. We require skills in order to “do things”
Registration fee - RM10,000 (Nursery & Reception - an additional RM10,000 is payable with what we “know”.
upon entering Year 1), RM20,000 (Years 1 to 11), RM10,000 (A Levels), Refundable
deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee. At Kingsgate International School we believe in offering a unique opportunity for
• Contact Information: (+603) 6280 8880, info@isp.edu.my students to maximise their academic potential and achieve life goals. High quality
• Website: www.isp.edu.my education opens doors but more importantly it provides young people with the skills,
confidence and ability to forge new pathways. Success in a global world requires
more than just high grades and academic achievement. It requires courage and
determination as well as the understanding and the skills to be able to operate
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF KUANTAN globally. Our school is committed to developing global leaders who will make a
• Year Established: 1996 • Location: Kuantan, Pahang difference throughout the world in which they live.
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 61/10
• Levels of Education Offered: Ages 6 to 18 • Year Established: 2017 • Location: Bukit Jalil
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: American Curriculum, American High School Diploma • Average Class Size: 10-25
• School Year Schedule: August to June • Levels of Education Offered: Pre-Nursery to Year 13 (6 months to 18 years)
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM18,000 to RM44,000, Admission fee - RM10,000 • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, GCE A Levels, IGCSE, UK Curriculum
• Contact Information: (+609) 573 6010, admin@isk.edu.my • Languages Offered: Compulsory: English, Bahasa Malaysia; Elective: Mandarin.
• Website: www.isk.edu.my • ESOL Program: Available
• Student Support Services: Available
• Uniforms: Required
• Transport: Available
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, canteen/cafeteria, art room, music
room, sports - on/off campus, modern classrooms, innovation lab, ICT room, multi-
KELANTAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL purpose halls, media centre
• Year Established: 1974 • Location: Kota Bharu, Kelantan
• Extracurricular Activities: Creative: music, dance, visual arts, International and Malay
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 78/7
culture; Sports/Activity: sport, aquatics, health and fitness, martial arts; Service:
• Levels of Education Offered: Ages 4 to 16
community projects, charity, leadership, International and Malay culture
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: September to August (Opening 8th January 2018)
• School Year Schedule: September to August
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM26,000 to RM68,000, Application fee - RM1,000,
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM3,000 (Preschool) to RM7,800 (Year 11),
Admission fee - 20,000 - waived first 100 students
Admission fee - RM500 (Primary) RM2,000 (Secondary) • Contact Information: (+603) 7782 4925, info@kingsgate.com.my
• Contact Information: (+609) 744 6991
• Website: www.kingsgate.edu.my
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KINGSLEY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


KOLEJ TUANKU JA’AFAR
Introduction: KINGSLEY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Introduction: Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ) is one of
was established in 2011 with the purpose of
the region’s premier international co-educational
empowering children, from ages 3 to 17, to achieve
schools for students aged 3 to 18 years. We
a goal in life. At KINGSLEY, you’ll find an engaging, enriching and enabling environment
provide boarding from the age of 11 and enjoy a diverse student population,
in which students can discover their potential and strive for a balance in life, to be
with students from over 16 different countries across Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.
successfully employed or be an entrepreneur in their future. Their gain of a holistic
education empowers them with right attitudes and directions to follow their passions
Our aim at KTJ is to build confident, independent and academic high achievers. We want
and find their niche in this big world!
our students to feel happy, nurtured and encouraged throughout their learning journey.
The concept of KTJ dates from the late 1980s when three members of the Negeri
What makes us like no other school is our approach to show them how to be the best
Sembilan Royal Family proposed that a school which provided the benefits of a British
they can in life. We don’t instruct our children but we help them to help us to understand
Public School, but adapted for the needs of Malaysia, be opened north of Negeri
them better, so that the mutual understanding to learning in life can be completed.
Sembilan. The Secondary School was opened in 1991, and its reputation has flourished
ever since its conception. The success of the Secondary School led to a decision to
Helping the student to learn and make independent choices are our team of academic
open a brand new Primary School in 2013. The two schools are located on the same
and pastoral staff. They are able to choose life’s directions leading to new discoveries.
campus, where both have the space to operate autonomously, but with the benefit of
Our dedicated educators and mentors understand that every child learns differently.
shared resources.
Your kids will not only be heard, they will be listened to. They have joined a school that
will offer challenges and encourages them throughout their education here!
• Year Established: 1991
• Location: Mantin, Negeri Sembilan
Excellent facilitating for students at Kingsley is a fulfilling one. With a stimulating
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 947/17
curriculum and over 40 extracurricular activities offered in our new 16-acre campus, our
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool to A Levels (Ages 3 to 19)
students will have plenty of room to exercise both mind and body. They will also belong
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum,
to a diverse and enthusiastic learning community that is Confident, Engaged, Innovative,
Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE, A Levels
Reflective, and Respectful of Self, Others, and the Environment.
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: ESL in Primary School and EAL (English as an
Additional Language) in secondary school. Specialist classes to improve
• Year Established: 2011 • Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor
English Language ability.
• Average Class Size: 950/25
• Student Support Services: Counselling, mentoring, peer counselling,
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Sixth Form (A Levels)
tutor system, Houseparents
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Cambridge O Levels,
• Uniforms: Required
Cambridge A Levels
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports field,
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Spanish
gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, running track, playground, tennis court, basketball
• ESOL Program: Available
court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratory, auditorium, audio/
• Student Support Services: Teaching Assistants; Counsellors
visual room, theatre, art room, music room, boarding facilities
• Uniforms: Required
• Extracurricular Activities: Football, fencing, squash, weights, table tennis, swimming,
• Transport: Available
tennis, badminton, yoga, basketball, rugby, golf, karate, cross country, rock climbing,
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms with Smartboards, Library, Sports fields,
mixed martial arts, inline skating, hockey, netball, taekwondo, cricket, Model United
Gym rooms, Canteen/Cafeteria, Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Badminton courts, IT
Nations, Art Club, dance fusion, orchestra, chess, guitar ensemble, PTPI, Red Crescent
Resource centre, Science laboratory, Multipurpose hall, Audio/visual room, Art room,
Society, Innovators Club, International Youth Award, Culinary Club, forensics, Chinese
Music rooms, Dance Studios, Speech & Drama rooms, Story-Telling room, Language
Language & Cultural Club, yearbook, anime, piano tutoring, social media, Malay
Labs, Culinary Room, Carpentry room, Sewing room, Music Rehearsal room, Sick bay,
Language & Cultural Club, Interact Club, Maths Club, Leo Club, Entrepreneurs Club,
Student Study Lounge (sixth formers)
choir, debating - British parliamentary style, Science Club, Islamic society, Buddhist
• Extracurricular Activities: Football, Dodgeball, Basketball, Futsal, Taekwondo, Aikido,
society, Christian fellowship, dance fusion, arts and crafts, French, English Explores,
Track & Field, Cheerleading, Badminton, Arts & Crafts, Science & Wonders, Music Club,
music ensemble, Mandarin, comic book journalism, water play, Agama, Super Story
Dance Club, Bakery Club, Cookery Club, Robotics, Scale modelling, Scouts, Interact
Time, Magic Maths, X Factory LEGO Technic, drama, photography, karate, Max Aero
Club, Gavel Club (Toastmaster International), 24 Season Drums, Jewelry Club, Sewing
Sports Model Aircraft Making, cooking, recorder
Club, Speech & Drama, Performing Arts, Choir.
• School Year Schedule: August to July
• School Year Schedule: Sept-Dec / Jan-Apr / May-July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,980 (Early Years) to RM77,280 (A Levels
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM18,000 to RM27,000; Application fee - RM3,500;
including board and lodging), Registration fee - RM350, Admittance fee - RM5,000,
Admission fee - Nil, Refundable deposit - RM3,000 to RM5,000; Registration fee -
Refundable deposit - RM25,000
RM6,000 (International Students only)
• Contact Information: (+606) 758 2561, registrar@ktj.edu.my
• Contact Information: (+603) 5481 6090, enquiry@kingsley.edu.my
• Website: www.ktj.edu.my
• Website: www.kingsley.edu.my

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KIDURONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LODGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 1982 • Location: Bintulu, Sarawak • Year Established: 1953 • Location: Kuching, Sarawak
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 20/10 • Student Population/Average Class Size: 2,000/30
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Primary (Ages 3 to 12) • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 4 to 18
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Malaysian Curriculum, UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels
• School Year Schedule: September to July • School Year Schedule: January to November
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM14,500 (Nursery) to RM27,000 (Primary), Application fee - Nil, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM3,380 (Kindergarten) to RM14,616 (A Levels), Application fee - Nil
Registration fee - Nil, Refundable deposit - Nil Registration fee - RM250 (Kindergarten) to RM500 (Primary, Secondary and International)
• Contact Information: (+6086) 251 491, kidurongschool@live.com • Contact Information: (+6082) 363 554, lodgesch@gmail.com
• Website: www.kiduronginternationalschool.net • Website: www.lodgeschool.edu.my

KINABALU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MALACCA EXPATRIATE SCHOOL


• Year Established: 1973 • Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah • Year Established: 1980 • Location: Melaka
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 460/22 • Student Population/Average Class Size: 170/15-24
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to A Levels (Ages 3 to 18) • Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Year 11 (Ages 4 to 17)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels, Cambridge • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, Cambridge
• School Year Schedule: September to July • School Year Schedule: September to July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM5,700 (Preschool) to RM33,681 (Pre-university), Application fee - RM800, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM10,800 to RM25,200, Application fee - RM500, Admission fee - RM1,800,
Admission fee - RM1,000, Refundable deposit - RM1,000 Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+6088) 224 526, info@kis.edu.my • Contact Information: (+606) 269 3300, info@mes.edu.my
• Website: www.kis.edu.my • Website: www.mes.edu.my

KOLEJ YAYASAN SAAD MELAKA (KYSM) AND KYS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (KYSIS) MAZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: KYSM (1995), KYSIS (2013) • Location: Ayer Keroh, Melaka • Year Established: 1992 • Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Shah Alam, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 531/25 (maximum) • Student Population/Average Class Size: Approximately 1,000/24
• Levels of Education Offered: Secondary (KYSM), A Levels (KYSIS) • Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Year 13 (Ages 3 to 19)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Malaysian Curriculum (KYSM), A Levels • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels
• School Year Schedule: January to November (KYSM), August to June (KYSIS) • School Year Schedule: September to July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM18,000 to RM23,000 (KYSM); RM57,000 (KYSIS), Admission fee - RM1,000, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM9,000 (Kindergarten) to RM36,000 (Year 12), Application fee - RM500,
Refundable deposit - RM10,500 to RM12,000 (KYSM); RM11,700 (KYSIS), Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee, Registration fee - RM4,500 (Kindergarten and Primary) to
Annual boarding fee - RM16,000 (KYSM); RM21,000 (KYSIS) RM5,000 (Secondary); Annual boarding fee - RM25,000
• Contact Information: (+606) 226 3191 (KYSIS); (+606) 226 3157 (KYSM), • Contact Information: (+603) 7874 2930 (Petaling Jaya); (+603) 5510 1511 (Shah Alam),
admin@kysm.edu.my; admin@kysis.edu.my pj@mazinternational.edu.my (Petaling Jaya); shahalam@mazinternational.edu.my (Shah Alam)
• Website: www.kysm.edu.my, www.kysis.edu.my • Website: www.mazinternational.edu.my

LABUAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 1996 • Location: Labuan
MELAKA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 1993 • Location: Taman Siantan, Melaka
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 350/24 (maximum)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 280/25
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Secondary (Ages 5 to 17)
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, O Levels, A Levels (Ages 4 to 18)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE, Malaysian Curriculum
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, Cambridge
• School Year Schedule: January to November
• School Year Schedule: September - August
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM4,477 (Reception) to RM16,500 (Year 11); Application fee - RM200 (Entrance
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM8,907 (KG) to RM25,800 (O Levels, Year 11); Application fee - RM800;
Exam Fee); Refundable deposit - Equivalent to two months’ tuition fee; Registration fee - RM300; Annual boarding
Registration fee - RM4,000
fee - RM3,850 to RM6,600
• Contact Information: (+606) 336 8781, info@mis.edu.my
• Contact Information: (+6087) 597 300, zainab.batin@lis.edu.my; admin@lis.edu.my
• Website: www.mis.edu.my
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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE MALAYSIA


Introduction: Marlborough College Malaysia opened in August 2012
and is the first independent, British boarding and day school to open a
campus in Malaysia. The Preparatory School takes pupils from age 4
and the Senior School includes a Sixth Form to age 18. Pupils entering
Marlborough College Malaysia join a community steeped in the tradition
of placing compassion, companionship and conversation at the heart of its educational
philosophy and a history, spanning over 170 years, of holistic education and academic
excellence. The pupils of Marlborough College Malaysia will carry the torch for a new
era of education. They will embody the spirit of internationalism and emerge as the
beneficiaries of cross-cultural exchanges, an international perspective and preparation
MAHSA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL for life in a global environment. Whilst maximising academic potential is an essential
Introduction: MIS inspires students to: requirement of any school, the co-curricular aspect is a vital part of developing an
◊ Achieve their academic potential all-round person. The spacious 90-acre campus with outstanding facilities allows for
◊ Be passionate and reflective learners excellent opportunities in sporting and outdoor pursuits. We also place high value in the
◊ Become caring global citizens contribution of music, art, drama and service to others in the holistic education that we
◊ Lead healthy, active and balanced lives deliver to the pupils in our care.

MAHSA International School areas of excellence: There are four Senior Boarding Houses and two Junior Boarding Houses, each with a
◊ Health sciences & technology Housemaster or Housemistress, Resident House Tutor, Dame and team of visiting tutors.
◊ Business studies Boarding offers pupils an opportunity to enjoy the full range of first-class facilities on
◊ Sports - football & tennis campus, with supervised prep each evening. A rich programme of structured, recreational
and social activities is planned throughout the week, with a variety of clubs on offer which
• Year Established: September 2017 • Location: Bandar Saujana Putra include: sports, drama, art, music and languages. Weekly boarding is offered in the Junior
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 170/24 Houses.
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception - O Levels (Ages 4 to 16)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge • Year Established: 2012 • Location: lskandar Puteri, Johor
• Languages Offered: English • Student Population/Average Class Size: 840/20
• Boarding: Yes • Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Sixth Form (Ages 3 to 18)
• Student Support Services: Available • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, International Baccalaureate
• Uniforms: Required Diploma, Common Entrance syllabus in Years 7 and 8
• Transport: Available • Languages Offered: Mandarin, Spanish, French and Bahasa Malaysia
• School Facilities: Learning - classrooms, tutorial rooms, seminar rooms • ESL/ESOL Programmes: English Additional Language support
◊ Labs - Apple learning centres/computer labs, science labs • Student Support Services: Listening services and referrals if required
◊ Studios - music and dance • Uniforms: Required
◊ Theatre - performing arts • Transport: Available
◊ Auditoriums & sports hall • School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pools, sports field,
◊ Sport facillities - tennis, football, swimming, basketball, netball, futsal gymnasium, dining halls, running track, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball court,
◊ Boarding - 80 to 100 students badminton court. IT suite, science laboratory, audio/visual room, theatre facilities,
• School Year Schedule: September to July art room, music room, boarding facilities, cricket pitch, dance studio, squash courts,
• School Fees: Please contact the school for more information netball courts, indoor climbing wall
• Contact Information: 1800 88 0300, haridheren@mahsa.edu.my • Extracurricular Activities: A Cappella singing, Art Attack, aquathlon, badminton, board
• Website: www.miskl.edu.my games, Book Club, chess, choir, climbing, cookery, colour therapy, Common Entrance
Maths, creative drawing, cross country, croquet, Current Affairs Club, dodgeball, Eco
Art, electronic music production, girls touch rugby, gymnastics, hockey, iPad filming,
Magazine Club, outreach and charity, podcasts, Recorder Club, robot club, rugby,
Science Club, sewing, stop motion animation, squash, swim squad training, tennis,
vocal harmony group, yoga
• School Year Schedule: August to June
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM79,575 to RM114,900, Acceptance fee - RM5,000
to RM7,500, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s fees according to Year of
Entry, Registration fee - RM2,000
• Contact Information: (+607) 560 2200, admissions@marlboroughcollege.my
• Website: www.marlboroughcollege.my

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MONT’KIARA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


MATRIX GLOBAL SCHOOLS • Year Established: 1994 • Location: Mont’Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Introduction: Matrix Global Schools (a wholly owned • Student Population/Average Class Size: 950/12-21
subsidiary of Matrix Concepts Holding Berhad, a listed • Levels of Education Offered: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
company on the Main Board of the KLSE) comprise Matrix • Curricula/Programmes Offered: American Curriculum, American High School Diploma,
Private School, Matrix International School and Matrix International Baccalaureate
International Preschool. Our schools, spread over a 20-acre • School Year Schedule: August to June
site are built based on a British residential school concept and • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM48,000 to RM113,308, Application fee - RM1,000,
share one campus, one vision, and one mission. Registration fee - RM3,000 to RM32,000, Refundable deposit - Nil
• Contact Information: (+603) 2093 8604, info@mkis.edu.my
With a vision to enhance learning efficiency through fusing practicality with academic • Website: www.mkis.edu.my
syllabus, Matrix Global Schools is set to revolutionise education in efforts to break
through boundaries, opening minds and exploring knowledge.

Moving away from the cliché perception that fun cannot be intertwined with learning,
Matrix Global Schools not only encompass the world is your classroom concept, MUTIARA INTERNATIONAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL
but induce a whole new learning experience with modern technology coupled with • Year Established: 1997 • Location: Ampang, Selangor
traditional schools of thought. • Student Population/Average Class Size: 450/22
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception to Year 11 (Ages 4 to 16)
• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Bandar Sri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, O Levels, Cambridge
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 770/20-25 • School Year Schedule: September to July
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool: Ages 4 to 6, International School: Years 1 to • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,650 (Preschool) to RM39,000 (Year 11), Application fee - RM2,000,
11, Private School: Standard 1 to Form 5 Admission fee - RM1,300, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, Malaysia Curriculum - KSSR, KSSM, A Levels • Contact Information: (+603) 4252 1452, info@migs.edu.my
(available in September 2017) • Website: www.migs.edu.my
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available
• Student Support Services: Available
• Uniforms: Required NEXUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MALAYSIA
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports field, Introduction: Nexus International School, Putrajaya campus
gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, playground, tennis court, basketball court, badminton was established in Putrajaya in 2008. Nexus is a member
court, IT resource centre, science laboratory, auditorium, audio/visual room, theatre of the Taylor’s Education Group, which encompasses some
facilities, art room, music room, boarding facilities, sport complex, multipurpose hall, of the largest and most successful international schools in
Little Chef Kitchen, rugby, football field, kayaking, flying fox, rock climbing Malaysia and Singapore.
• Extracurricular Activities: Choir, orchestra, Chinese orchestra, marching band
(instrument training), wall climbing, Art & Craft Club, Eco Warrior Club, Dance Nexus International School, a Council of International Schools (CIS) accredited school,
Club, Music & Drama Club, Speech & Drama Club, Music Club, Chess Club, Young caters to students from the preschool level to Year 13 and offers the International
Astronauts, Cooking Club, Malaysian studies, Video Club, Public Speaking/Debating Primary Curriculum (IPC), IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Club, Christian Fellowship Club, Model United Nations, Buddhist Fellowship, cross Its current enrolment counts approximately 700 students from over 30 nationalities. In
stitch sewing, science & technology, Islamic Fellowship, Special Functions & Events addition, the Nexus Boarding House provides international standard boarding facilities
Club, Matrix World Classroom, Matrix Little Professional, Matrix Money Tree, St. for 10 to 18 year olds, with the supervision of an expatriate Director of Boarding.
John Ambulance, Girl Guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade, Youth Cadet Corps (KRS), futsal, Nexus International School Malaysia has currently earned the Apple Distinguished
badminton, board games, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, netball, hockey, athletics, School Award as well as Mastering Status in IPC delivery. Nexus is also accredited by
football Cambridge International Exams (CIE).

Paid ECA: Robotics, Broadway dance, Latin dance, martial arts, swimming, Kids • Year Established: 2008 • Location: Putrajaya
Grooming, taekwando, Ultimate Frisbee, Little Kickers, Aero Mix, Diabolo Club, Speed • Student Population/Average Class Size: 700/20
Cup Stacking, badminton, golf discovery • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to IB Diploma (Ages 3 to 18)
• School Year Schedule: September to July (International School), January to December • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, IGCSE, UK National
(Private School and Preschool) Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum
• School Fees: Annual school fee - RM8,375 to RM16,700 (Preschool); RM26,000 to • School Year Schedule: August to June
RM60,000 (International School); RM14,000 to RM27,500 (Private School) • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM40,515 to RM79,089, Application fee - RM1,000,
• Contact Information: (+606) 781 9888, info@matrixschools.edu.my Registration fee - RM20,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Website: www.matrixschools.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 8889 3868, enquiry@nexus.edu.my
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NILAI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2009 • Location: Nilai, Negeri Sembilan
• Student Population/Average Class Size: Over 300/22 (Maximum)
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Year 11 (Ages 4 to 17)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: September to July
OASIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM10,800 (Early Year Foundation Stage), RM24,300 (Year 1) to RM40,500 (Year
11); Application fee - RM1,000, Admission/Enrolment fee - RM2,000; Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one
KUALA LUMPUR
Introduction: Our program will boast a distinctly
term’s tuition fees; Boarding Fee - RM6,300 per term (Twin Sharing), RM7,300 (Single)
American Educational experience weaving our core values of character, leadership,
• Contact Information: (+606) 850 2188, enquiry@nis.edu.my
and innovation throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities. The academic
• Website: www.nis.edu.my
program will be largely based on AERO and Common Core Standards with full Advanced
Placement offerings in the high school; graduating students earn an American diploma.
Additionally, extracurricular activities will include arts and sports, giving students
the opportunity to travel locally and abroad to showcase their work and engage in
NOBEL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL competition. As part of the Oasis International Schools network based in the United
• Year Established: 2004 • Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor States, we have a rich history of quality schools including Yongsan International
• Student Population/Average Class Size: Over 1,000/27 (Maximum) School of Seoul, International Community School in Singapore, and Oasis International
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11 (Ages 6 to 16) School in Ankara, Turkey. Our alumni are accepted into top universities in the United
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE States and other English speaking countries. Some of our alumni currently attend MIT,
• School Year Schedule: January to November Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM14,220 (Year 1) to RM23,680, Application fee - RM500 School, and St. Andrews (Scotland).
Registration fee - RM3,000
• Contact Information: (+603) 7880 6325, enquiry@nobel.edu.my Admission for the 2018-19 school year is now open!
• Website: www.nobel.edu.my
• Year Established: September 2018
• Location: Bandar Rimbayu, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 400-600 (Capacity)/20-25
OAKRICH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Levels of Education Offered: K4 to Grade 12
• Year Established: 2016 • Location: Melaka Tengah, Melaka • Curricula/Programmes Offered: American Curriculum
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 100/below 15 • Languages Offered: Primary Instruction in the English Language; Foreign languages
• Levels of Education Offered: Grade 1 to Grade 10 offered include Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia, Spanish, and Korean
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, UK Curriculum • ESL/ESOL Programmes: Priority for ELL is given to students that are from non-English
• School Year Schedule: All year round speaking countries
• School Fees: Available upon request • Student Support Services: Available on a case by case basis
• Contact Information: (+606) 332 0410/(+6016) 337 4042/(+6012) 612 8264 • Uniforms: Required
• Website: Available soon • Transport: Contracted Transport
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, sports field, 2 Gymnasiums,
canteen/cafeteria, playgrounds, 4 basketball courts, 4 badminton courts, 4 volleyball
courts, weightlifting/fitness facilities, media and technology centre (computer lab,
maker space, design technology), 3 science labs, auditorium, theatre facilities, art
PARAGON PRIVATE AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Plentong, Johor room, music room
• Extracurricular Activities: Sports: rugby, CrossFit, volleyball, tennis, basketball, soccer,
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 2,000/35 (Private); 25 (International)
swimming, cross country, cheerleading, Touch Rugby
• Levels of Education Offered: Primary 1 to Form 5 (Private);
Fine Arts: Drama, Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, art
Year 1 to Year 11 (International)
Other: Robotics, digital media, service trips
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE, O Levels,
• School Year Schedule: September to June
Singapore Curriculum, Malaysian Curriculum
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM38,000 (K4) to RM58,000 (Grade 12), Application
• School Year Schedule: January to November
fee - RM1,500, Registration fee - RM10,000
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee: RM9,600 (Private Primary), RM12,000 (Private Secondary), RM20,400
• Contact Information: (+603) 5525 8111, admissions@oiskl.edu.my
(International Primary), RM24,000 (International Secondary); Application fee: Nil; Admission fee: Nil; Refundable
• Website: www.oiskl.edu.my
deposit: RM3,000 (P1 to P6), RM4,000 (S1 to S5), RM5,000 (Y1 to Y6), RM6,000 (Y7 to Y11); Registration fee:
RM500 for Private, RM2,500 for International; Other fees: Miscellaneous RM400
• Contact Information: (+607) 361 9696, info@paragoneducation.com.my
• Website: www.paragoneducation.com.my

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PELITA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL R.E.A.L SCHOOLS (INTERNATIONAL


• Year Established: 2013 • Location: Tanjung Bungah, Penang & NATIONAL)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 250/25 Introduction: R.E.A.L Schools is a diverse
• Levels of Education Offered: Reception, Primary, Secondary (Ages 4 to 16) community of learning with more than 30 years
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE of history in nurturing students who achieve real transformation and success. Today, we
• School Year Schedule: September to July have three school campuses located in Cheras, Shah Alam and Johor Bahru; offering
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM9,000 (Reception) to RM22,500, Application fee - RM300, both national and international syllabi from kindergarten to Primary and Secondary
Registration fee - RM1,000 (Reception) to RM3,500 (Year 11), Refundable deposit - RM1,000 (Reception) levels.
to RM6,000 (Year 11) Since 1985, R.E.A.L Schools has inspired within each student the “R.E.A.L 5C Core
• Contact Information: (+604) 899 6277, enquiry@pelitaschool.edu.my Values”; which consist of Character, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and
• Website: www.pelitaschool.edu.my Creativity. These values - coupled with academic excellence, extracurricular endeavours,
practical learning platforms and enriching student experiences - form educational
opportunities that are parallel to none.

The spirit of constant innovation and improvement has led to R.E.A.L Schools being
PENINSULA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AUSTRALIA recognised as a dynamic and progressive establishment - winning multiple
• Year Established: 2018 • Location: Shah Alam, Selangor; Ipoh, Perak prestigious awards in the past few years. R.E.A.L Schools is also a 5-star rated school
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 12 as certified by the Ministry of Education Malaysia.
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Victorian Curriculum Rather than rest on our laurels, these accolades have instead served to motivate us to
• School Year Schedule: January to December go even further. As such, we at R.E.A.L Schools remain steadfast in our commitment to
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM26,000 to RM52,400; Application fee - RM1,000, Admission fee - RM5,000, continue providing quality private education to communities.
Refundable deposit - Equivalent to a semester’s fees
• Contact Information: (+6011) 3783 2390, enquiry@peninsula.edu.my • Year Established: 1985
• Website: www.peninsula.edu.my • Location: Cheras, Selangor; Shah Alam, Selangor; Johor Bahru, Johor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: Approximately 5,000/24 (Maximum,
International), 28 (Maximum, National)
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary (Ages 3 to 17),
Year 1 to Year 11 (International), Junior 1 to 6 and Senior 1 to 5 (National)
PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary,
Introduction: The Prince of Wales Island International School UK Curriculum, IGCSE, Malaysian Curriculum
(POWIIS), Penang, has a modern vision combined with traditional • Languages Offered: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia, French
English boarding school values, especially interpreted for this unique • ESL/ESOL Programmes: ESL classes and remedial lessons are available at selected
location. It is situated in the growing garden township of Botanica. CT, campuses
away from much of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Prince • Student Support Services: Pastoral care and counseling
of Wales Island International School welcomed its first pupils in September 2011. • Uniforms: Required
• Transport: Available
Academic endeavour is fundamental to all that we do and the education of the • School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports field,
whole person is central to our ethos. Students at POWIIS are challenged to think gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, playground, basketball court, badminton court, IT
for themselves, to be involved and be active. The teachers have strong academic resource centre, science laboratory, auditorium, audio/visual room, theatre, art room,
credentials, a passion for their subjects and bring a wide range of outside skills and music room, boarding facilities, futsal court, indoor sports hall, games room, prayer
interests. room, cookery room, infirmary, woodwork lab, mechanical & electrical lab, dance
studio (subject to campus location)
• Year Established: 2011 • Location: Balik Pulau, Penang • Extracurricular Activities: Creative LEGO & Robotics Education - building functional
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 450/24 LEGO & robot models; Art & Design Programme - Fashion Design, Graphic Design and
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 7 to Year 13 (Ages 11 to 18) Fine Art; Educational Discovery Trips and Cultural Exchange Programmes overseas;
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE, A Full-scale musicals - ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘Tarzan the Musical’,
Levels, Edexcel, Junior Sports Leadership Award, Duke of Edinburgh’s International ‘Nanny the Musical’, ‘Green Witch the Musical’ and ‘Kristella the Musical’ etc
Award, Trinity College London: Speech and Drama, IELTS • School Year Schedule: September to August (International), January to December
• School Year Schedule: September to July (National)
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM37,800 to RM44,100, Annual boarding • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM11,000 to RM21,000 (National, subject to change),
fee - RM36,000 to RM45,000, Application fee - RM500, Registration fee - RM5,000, RM22,000 to RM42,000 (International, subject to change)
Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee • Contact Information: (+603) 9021 3601 (Cheras), (+603) 7842 3228 (Shah Alam),
• Contact Information: (+604) 868 9999, admissions@powiis.edu.my (+607) 386 4468 (Johor Bahru), enquiry@real.edu.my
• Website: www.powiis.edu.my • Website: www.realschools.edu.my

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RAFFLESIA INTERNATIONAL & PRIVATE SCHOOLS


RAFFLES AMERICAN SCHOOL • Year Established: 2013 • Location: Puchong, Selangor; Kajang, Selangor
Introduction: Raffles American School is a learning community • Student Population/Average Class Size: 600/24 (International), 30 (Private)
that empowers students to achieve their academic and life • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery, Primary, Secondary (Ages 3 to 17)
potential. We facilitate student success through collaboration • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum, Cambridge, IGCSE,
with parents, and a balanced focus on intellectual, emotional, Malaysian Curriculum
physical, and social progress. RAS serves students Pre-K through • School Year Schedule: September to July (International), January to December (Private)
12th grade and operates with a philosophy and profound belief that all students can • School Fees: Information available upon request
learn at a high academic standard. RAS hires only the most well qualified teachers • Contact Information: (+603) 8953 9088 (Puchong), (+603) 8741 7099 (Kajang), enquiry@rafflesia.edu.my
available, primarily from the United States. The teacher to student ratio is 1:7, giving • Website: www.rafflesia.edu.my
each student the personalised attention necessary to succeed. Our diverse student
body, comprising 25 different nationalities and counting, creates a learning environment
rich in diversity.
REGENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
The American Curriculum is a rigorous, standards-based system that aims to educate • Year Established: 2011
the whole child for the successful realisation of dreams and goals. RAS is accredited • Location: Klang, Selangor; Sungai Petani, Kedah; Kuantan, Pahang; Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), one of the six accreditation • Student Population/Average Class Size: 600/25
authorities from the United States for the American curriculum. RAS offers a standards- • Levels of Education Offered: Primary to Year 11 (Ages 5 to 17)
based curriculum with a learning outcome approach, delivering content through a series • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE
of General Learning Outcomes, ensuring that students gain a mastery of these vital • School Year Schedule: September to August
skills and abilities. • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM12,000 to RM16,500, Application fee - RM500, Registration fee - RM3,000,
Refundable deposit - RM3,000
Students who successfully meet all requirements for graduation from RAS will earn an • Contact Information: (+603) 3373 7771 (Klang); (+604) 442 5300 (Sungai Petani); (+609) 514 3016 (Kuantan);
American High School Diploma, which is recognised by universities around the world (+606) 647 7106 (Port Dickson), info@regent.edu.my (Klang); sp-info@regent.edu.my (Sungai Petani);
as a valid qualification for entry. RAS also offers students college-level course work ktn-info@regent.edu.my (Kuantan); pd-info@regent.edu.my (Port Dickson)
during their high school education in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. • Website: www.regent.edu.my
Because of the strong emphasis on the delivery of content knowledge through a
learning outcome approach, the students “learn how to learn”, and the transferability to
all other schools is quite strong.
SAYFOL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, KUALA LUMPUR
• Year Established: 2012 • Location: Nusajaya, Johor Introduction: Sayfol is a learning institution where children from over
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 250/15 60 countries around the world have been educated since 1985. The
• Levels of Education Offered: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Ages 3 to 18) primary aim of the School is to offer its students a curriculum and
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: American Curriculum, US College Board Advanced programme of high academic calibre, with a strong focus on preparing
Placement (AP) Program in Grades 10, 11 and 12 across all subject areas our students for the future.
• Languages Offered: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Differing levels of support provided depending on student Based on the British National Curriculum, students are provided with a holistic education
needs (students with little to no English ability are eligible for our English Immersion which focuses on strong academic excellence and on the further enhancement of their
Program) skills in technology, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.
• Student Support Services: Guidance Counselor, Learning Support Teacher Sayfol offers strong co-curricular and extracurricular programmes where students are
• Uniforms: Required given the opportunity to explore their interests and talents. This combination helps provide
• School Facilities: Sitting on a 46-acre plot of land, the RAS campus features an our students with the disposition necessary to engage in lifelong learning.
academic village designed to encourage activity and interaction in a variety of learning
environments through the use of covered walkways, bridges, shading louvres, and • Year Established: 1985 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
a checkerboard arrangement of modular classroom buildings and educational • Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,400/25 (maximum)
courtyards. The academic village is surrounded by five supporting facilities: Athletics, • Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to A Levels (Ages 2 to 18)
Performing Arts, Library, Cafeteria, and Administration • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, UK Curriculum,
• Extracurricular Activities: Strong sport, art (performing and visual), technology, International Advanced Levels (IAL)
academic competitions, and service learning programs. Inquire for more information. • School Year Schedule: August to July
• School Year Schedule: August to June • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM8,400 (Early Learners) to RM27,000 (International
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM35,500 (Pre-Kindergarten) to RM88,000 (Grade Advanced Levels), Application fee - RM500, Registration fee - RM4,500, Refundable
12). Annual Boarding Fee - RM55,000 deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+607) 509 8750, inquiry@raffles-american-school.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 4256 8781 / 4256 8791 / 4256 9541,
• Website: www.raffles-american-school.edu.my and registrar@sayfol.edu.my
www.facebook.com/rafflesamericanschool • Website: www.sayfol.edu.my

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SRI ARA INTERNATIONAL & PRIVATE SCHOOL (THE SRI ARA SCHOOLS)
SAYFOL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, SABAH • Year Established: 1997 • Location: Johor Bahru, Johor
• Year Established: 2015 • Location: Penampang, Sabah • Student Population/Average Class Size: 130/5-12
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Year 13 • Levels of Education Offered: Preschool (Nursery) to Year 11 (Ages 3 to 17)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary & Secondary, IGCSE, Malaysian Curriculum,
• School Year Schedule: September to July International Primary Curriculum
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee – RM15,000 to RM24,150; Enrolment Fee: RM6,000; • School Year Schedule: January to December
Refundable Deposit - One term fees • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM7,920 to RM27,720; Registration fee - RM750 to RM2,500;
• Contact Information: (+6088) 718 919, (+6088) 718 911, sayfol@gstrea.com Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee (three terms per academic year)
• Website: http://sayfolsabah.edu.my • Contact Information: (+607) 222 2089, (+607) 223 0089, sriaraschools@yahoo.com, info@araschools.edu.my
• Website: www.araschools.com OR www.araschools.edu.my

SERI OMEGA PRIVATE AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2002 • Location: Johor Bahru, Johor SRI DASMESH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 2,400/25 • Year Established: 2001 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11 (Ages 6 to 17) • Student Population/Average Class Size: 500/28
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Malaysian Curriculum, Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary, • Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11
IGCSE, O Levels • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: January to December • School Year Schedule: January to December
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee: RM10,000 to RM18,000 (RM1,000 to RM1,800 - monthly fees); Application fee: • School Fees: Information available upon request
Nil; Admission fee: Nil; Refundable deposit: RM2,000 to RM5,000; Registration fee: RM500 to RM3,000 • Contact Information: (+603) 2288 1600, admin@sridasmesh.edu.my
• Contact Information: (+607) 599 8998, seriomegaschool@gmail.com • Website: www.sridasmesh.edu.my
• Website: www.seriomega.edu.my

SPECTRUM INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC SCHOOL SRI EMAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2016 • Location: Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur • Year Established: 2012 • Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 20 • Student Population/Average Class Size: 700+/25
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten - Primary Grades 1 to 6 - Secondary Grades 7 & 8 • Levels of Education Offered: Secondary (Ages 12 to 17)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge & Arabic and Quran & Islamic • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: New intake in May 2017 for academic year September 2017 - June 2018 • School Year Schedule: January to November
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM10,450 (Pre-Kindergarten) to RM15,400 (Secondary), Application fee - RM500, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM26,400 (Year 7) to RM31,200 (Year 11), Application fee - RM1,000 (Non-
Registration fee - RM2,500. For one family registration, a discount of 10% for 2nd child and 15% for 3rd child Malaysian Students), Admission fee: RM5,000 (Non-Malaysian Students), Refundable deposit: RM2,200 (Year 7) to
onward will be provided. RM2,600 (Year 11)
• Contact Information: (+603) 2602 2681, info@spectrum-iis.com • Contact Information: (+603) 7865 5787, enquiry@sriemas.edu.my
• Website: www.spectrum-iis.com, https://www.facebook.com/spectrumIIS/ • Website: www.sriemas.edu.my

SRI ACMAR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SRI KDU SCHOOLS


• Year Established: 2016 • Location: Klang, Selangor • Year Established: 2003 • Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 500/25 • Student Population/Average Class Size: Approximately 3,000/24-28
• Levels of Education Offered: Preschool to Year 11 • Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to IB Diploma (Sri KDU International School), Primary 1 to Secondary 5
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK syllabus (Coming soon) (Sekolah Sri KDU)
• School Year Schedule: January to December (Holidays according to Malaysian national schools calendar) • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, IGCSE, UK Curriculum, Malaysian Curriculum
• School Fees: Available upon request • School Year Schedule: September to July (Sri KDU International School), January to December (Sekolah Sri KDU)
• Contact Information: (+603) 3344 8045 (Secondary & International School), (+603) 3344 3634 (Primary School), • School Fees: Information available upon request
(+6016) 968 8402 (General & WhatsApp) • Contact Information: (+603) 6145 3888, info@srikdu.edu.my
• Website: www.facebook.com/sekolahsriacmarofficial, www.acmar.com • Website: www.srikdu.edu.my

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SRI KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ST JOSEPH’S INSTITUTION INTERNATIONAL


• Year Established: 1979 • Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor SCHOOL MALAYSIA (TROPICANA PJ
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 2,000/25-30 CAMPUS)
• Levels of Education Offered: Primary and Secondary (Ages 6+ to 16) Introduction: SJII Malaysia is a school of the De La
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary, IGCSE, O Levels Salle Brothers and is founded under the auspices of the
• School Year Schedule: January to November Lasallian East Asia District (“LEAD”).
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM15,300 to RM29,600, Application fee - RM500,
Registration fee - RM3,200 to RM4,800, Refundable deposit - RM7,000 to RM12,000 A brother school of the esteemed St Joseph’s Institution
• Contact Information: (+603) 5634 3491, enquirypri@srikl.edu.my (Primary), enquirysec@srikl.edu.my (Secondary) and SJI International in Singapore, St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia
• Website: www.srikl.edu.my provides a Lasallian holistic education for 3 to 18 year olds. We offer the International
Primary Curriculum, Singapore Math and a strong Mandarin Programme as well as the
IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

• Year Established: August 2016


• Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor
SRI SEMPURNA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,500+/20-25
• Year Established: 1993 • Location: Cheras, Kuala Lumpur • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery, IPC, IGCSE, IBDP (Ages 3 to 18)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 900/28 (Maximum, Primary), 30 (Maximum, Secondary) • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, IGCSE, International
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 11 (Ages 7 to 17) Primary Curriculum
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, O Levels, Malaysian Curriculum • School Year Schedule: August to July
• School Year Schedule: January to November • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM38,640 to RM85,995, Application fee - RM1,500,
• School Fees: Information available upon request Admission fee - RM5,000 to RM24,000, Refundable deposit - RM12,500 to RM22,500
• Contact Information: (+603) 9132 5100, enquiry@srisempurna.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 8605 3605, enquiries@sji-nternational.edu.my
• Website: www.srisempurna.edu.my • Website: www.sji-international.edu.my

STRAITS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


SRI UTAMA SCHOOLS Introduction: Straits International School aims to prepare our
• Year Established: 1993 • Location: Setapak, Kuala Lumpur; Johor Bahru, Johor; Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu students to take up their places in an ever evolving and challenging
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 700/25 world, striving for continuous excellence in their pursuits, but
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Preschool, Primary and Secondary (Ages 3 to 17) tempered with empathy for others. Students of Straits will leave
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Malaysian Curriculum, IGCSE, O Levels the school with strong moral and ethical values and with a truly
• School Year Schedule: August to July (International), January to November (Private) internationally minded outlook. We believe that every child is unique and has the
• School Fees: Information available upon request potential to be developed into individuals who are self-assured, selfless and spirited. We
• Contact Information: (+603) 4021 2490 (Setapak); (+603) 334 7714 (Johor); are committed to a style of education that demands academic rigour but recognises
(+603) 626 2490 (Kuala Terengganu), info@sriutama.edu.my that success can also be counted in many other ways.
• Website: www.sriutama.edu.my
We are proud to present our permanent campus in Penang, spanning 90,000 square
feet with 6 floors. Students will get to enjoy a lifestyle experience using facilities
including specialised music practice rooms and a drama studio, an art studio, Science
laboratories for Chemistry, Biology and Physics, sports facilities including a futsal
pitch, outdoor swimming pool, 6,100 square feet indoor multipurpose hall and fitness
ST. CHRISTOPHER’S INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL suite, an expanded library, two large ICT suites, and a large canteen.
• Year Established: 1963 • Location: Georgetown, Penang
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 580/22-25 • Year Established: 2012 • Location: Bayan Lepas, Penang
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Year 6 (Ages 3 to 11) • Student Population/Average Class Size: Approximately 350/24 (Maximum)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum • Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Year 11 (Ages 3 to 16)
• School Year Schedule: August to July • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, Cambridge
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM9,600 (Nursery) to RM21,300 (Year 6), Application fee - RM300, • School Year Schedule: August to July
Registration fee - RM1,000 (Nursery) to RM3,000 (Year 6), Refundable deposit - Nil • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM14,580 to RM30,120, Application fee - RM500,
• Contact Information: (+604) 226 3589 / 228 0752, scipsoffice@scips.org.my Admission fee - RM1,000 to RM5,000, Refundable deposit - RM4,860 to RM10,040
• Website: www.scips.org.my • Contact Information: (+604) 643 1815, info@sisgroup.edu.my
• Website: www.sisgroup.edu.my

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ST. JOHN’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


SUNWAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • Year Established: 2012 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
Introduction: SIS is the only international school in • Student Population/Average Class Size: 500/25
Malaysia to offer the renowned Canadian School • Levels of Education Offered: Years 7 to 11
Curriculum. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, O Levels, A Levels
• School Year Schedule: January to November
The Canadian curriculum is student-centred, performance-driven and focused on
•S chool Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,500 to RM16,500 (Year 7 to 11); RM7,500 or RM10,000 (A Levels),
students’ continuous development. Formative assessments that evaluate students’
achievements are based on the 70% course work and 30% final exams split. Application fee - RM400, Admission fee - RM2,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+603) 2034 1288, info@sjis.edu.my
At SIS, all Canadian credit courses are taught by 100% certified Canadian educators • Website: www.sjis.edu.my
licensed by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). This credential distinguishes SIS
teachers as professionals whose teaching practices are guided and informed by
internationally benchmarked standards and practices.

SIS has been granted the International Baccalaureate World School status and to offer
the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Grade 10 SIS students can
ST JOSEPH’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL KUCHING
• Year Established: 2017 • Location: Kuching, Sarawak
either continue with the Canadian curriculum and graduate with the Ontario Secondary
• Average Class Size: 25
School Diploma or pursue the IBDP which is one of the most widely recognised
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 7 to Year 13
qualifications for admission into the world’s top tiered universities. (www.ibo.org)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, O Levels, A Levels
• Year Established: 2008 • Location: Bandar Sunway, Selangor; Sunway Iskandar, Johor • School Year Schedule: January to December
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 700±/25 (Bandar Sunway); • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM8,000 to RM12,800, Registration fee - RM500, Admission fee - RM4,000,
Assessment fee - RM100, Miscellaneous Fees - RM800
200±/25 (Sunway Iskandar)
• Contact Information: (+6082) 411 575, stjosephinternational.kch@gmail.com
• Levels of Education Offered: Grade 7 to Grade 12 (Ages 12 to 18), IB Diploma
• Website: www.stjosephprivate.com/international-school/
Programme (Ages 16 to 19) (Bandar Sunway); Early Years to Grade 10 (Ages 3 to 15),
IB Diploma Programme (Ages 16 to 19) (Sunway Iskandar)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Canada (Ontario), International Baccalaureate (IB)
• Languages Offered: English, French, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Depending on the student’s English proficiency, the level of TAYLOR’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
ESL support will vary. Introduction: Taylor’s International School is the latest
• Student Support Services: SIS has a dedicated Guidance & Career Centre with addition to the Taylor’s Education Group. It has two
skilled counselors who assist students in a wide range of services including career campuses located in Kuala Lumpur and Puchong. The
exploration, academic counseling, post-secondary information, community service Schools offer a global learning experience based on
information, and personal/social counselling the highly valued National Curriculum for England with emphasis on character building
• Uniforms: Required grounded in the best of Eastern and Western values as well as a strong foundation in
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, gymnasium, canteen/cafeteria, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.
basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratory, auditorium,
audio/visual room, swimming pool, theatre, art room, boarding facilities (Bandar Catering for students from Early Years to Secondary, the teaching and learning approach
Sunway only), indoor multipurpose hall, disabled friendly facilities, interactive puts the students at the centre of the learning process. We believe the learning
touch-screen whiteboards, complete Wi-Fi connectivity in school and boarding units, experience must be purposeful and provide a real world focus. Our learning paradigm
in-house nurse and sick bay for students’ medical and pastoral needs reflects this belief based on three perspectives: shaping the individual, learning in a
• Extracurricular Activities: Futsal, student council, photography, dance, handball, networked community and learning with a global outlook.
badminton, basketball, History Fellowship, yoga, track and field, floorball, cross
country, Touch Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, swim team, table tennis, Art Club, Poetry Club, • Year Established: 1991 (Kuala Lumpur); 2015 (Puchong)
Green Team, volleyball, cheerleading, Model United Nations, SIS Rock Band, Interact • Location: Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur; Puchong, Selangor
Club, Spanish-Latin, science and math, Drama Club, debate team, People to People • Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,700/25 (Kuala Lumpur), 1,300/25 (Puchong)
International, fitness and running, Cafe Francais, golf, library committee. SIS is also a • Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Secondary
member of the International School Athletic Council (ISAC). • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE
• School Year Schedule: January to December • School Year Schedule: January to November
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM18,000 to RM48,000, Application fee - RM500 to • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM13,080 (Early Years) to RM38,385 (Year 11),
RM1,000, Admission fee - RM4,000 to RM8,000, Refundable deposit - RM10,000 Application fee - RM1,000, Admission fee - RM5,000, Refundable deposit - Equivalent
• Contact Information: (+603) 7491 8070 (Bandar Sunway); (+607) 297 8070 (Sunway to one term’s tuition fee
Iskandar), infosis@sunway.edu.my • Contact Information: (+603) 9200 9898 (Kuala Lumpur), (+603) 5879 5000 (Puchong),
• Website: www.sis.sunway.edu.my admissions@kl.tis.edu.my (Kuala Lumpur), admissions@pc.tis.edu.my (Puchong)
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TENBY SCHOOLS MALAYSIA


Introduction: Tenby Schools Malaysia is a rapidly expanding group
TANARATA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
offering high-quality international and private national education systems • Year Established: 2007 • Location: Kajang, Selangor
in the Klang Valley. Parents are given the alternatives of the enriching • Student Population/Average Class Size: 450/20-25
International education experience from Early Years to Secondary Years / • Levels of Education Offered: Year 1 to Year 13 (Ages 5 to 19)
Sixth Form or a Private Malaysian School from Standard 1 up to Form 5. • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels
With 6 schools currently under its helm in Ipoh, Penang, Setia Eco Park (Shah Alam), • School Year Schedule: September to July
Miri (Sarawak), Setia Eco Gardens (Johor) and Setia EcoHill (Semenyih), Tenby Schools • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM12,600 to RM21,600, Application fee - RM350,
Malaysia is now expanding to Tropicana Aman (Kota Kemuning) in September 2018, Admission fee - RM2,500 to RM6,000, Refundable deposit - RM2,000 to RM4,000
offering more convenience to the parents within the Klang Valley area with a holistic • Contact Information: (+603) 8737 7366, info@tanarata.net; admin@tanarata.net
educational experience for their children. • Website: www.tanarata.net

• Locations: lpoh, Perak; Tanjung Bungah, Penang; Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam, Selangor;
Setia Eco Gardens, Johor Bahru, Johor; Miri, Sarawak; Setia EcoHill, Semenyih,
Selangor; Tropicana Aman, Kota Kemuning, Selangor (Opening in September 2018)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,300 (lpoh), 800 (Penang), TIME INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
2,040 (Setia Eco Park), 270 (Miri), 570 (Setia Eco Gardens), 180 (Setia EcoHill)/25 • Year Established: 2012/2013 • Location: Taman Sri Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to Sixth Form (lpoh, Penang, Setia Eco Park)/ • Student Population/Average Class Size: 320/20-22
Ages 3 to 18; Early Years to Secondary (Miri, Setia Eco Gardens, Setia EcoHill)/Ages 3 • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 3½ to 17
to 16 • Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, International Primary Curriculum
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, • School Year Schedule: September to June
IGCSE, Cambridge, A Levels, Malaysian Curriculum • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM19,404 (Nursery) to RM39,675 (Year 11); Application fee - RM700; Admission
• Languages Offered: English, French, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia fee - RM2,500 (Nursery) to RM4,500 (Year 11); Refundable deposit- Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available • Contact Information: (+603) 6242 5544; (+603) 6243 5544, admissions@time.edu.my
• Student Support Services: Available • Website: www.time.edu.my
• Uniforms: Required (Except for Sixth Form)
• Transport: Available
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, canteen/cafeteria, swimming
pool, counselling room, in-house nurse and sick bay for students’ medical needs,
SEN/EAL room, transport to surau, swimming pool, tennis court, badminton court, TUNKU PUTRA SCHOOL
basketball court, football field, grandstand, long jump pit, shot putt pit, IT resource • Year Established: 1997 • Location: Kuching, Sarawak
room, art room, drama room, music room, science laboratory, indoor multipurpose hall, • Student Population/Average Class Size: 62/12 (Kindergarten); 18 (Primary); 22 (Secondary, maximum 25)
performance centre, auditorium, Wi-Fi • Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten to Secondary (Ages 3½ to 16+)
• Extracurricular Activities: Artistic Gymnastics, badminton, basketball, boxing, Chess • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum, IGCSE,
for Beginners and Intermediate, KungFu, Cookery YCA, Cookie & Craft, Creative Malaysian Curriculum, Cambridge
Crafting, dance club, Public Speaking, Diabolo, Digital Audio Workstations, Dodgeball, • School Year Schedule: January to November
Fencing, Football, Tennis, Junior Authors, Junior Fun Dance, Junior Magician, Laser • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM8,700 to RM21,800 (Malaysian students), RM8,700 to RM23,300 (Non-
Run Accuracy, LEGO Robotics, Little League Baseball, Musical Theatre Workshop, Malaysian students); Application fee - RM1,500; Registration Fee: RM1,500; Refundable deposit Nil
NLP for Kiddies, Softball, Sports Stacking, Street Dance, Swimming For Beginners/ • Contact Information: (+608) 313 3900, info@tps.edu.my
Intermediate, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Technix LEGO Engineering, Chinese Drummers • Website: www.tps.edu.my
Club, Tenby Glee Club, Think & Solve, Volleyball, Yoga, Young Performers, Art Jamming,
Ceramic Art, Cross Stitch Club, Decorative Art Club, Duke of Edinburgh, Photography
Club, Textiles, Computer Games Design, Aerobics, Battle of the Books, Drawing &
Painting Club, French & English Club, Karate, Kelab Cinta Bahasa, Life Skills, Minecraft
Club, Model United Nations, Netball, Poetry Club, Drama Production, Read Enjoy UCSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Debate, Spanish for Beginners. • Year Established: 2013 • Location: Subang Jaya, Selangor; Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
• School Year Schedule: September to July (International), • Student Population/Average Class Size: 440/23
January to November (National) • Levels of Education Offered: Ages 4 to 16
• School Fees: Fees vary from campus to campus. Visit www.tenby.edu.my for more • Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, International Primary Curriculum,
information. UK Curriculum, IGCSE
• Contact Information: (+605) 525 2628 (lpoh), (+604) 892 7777 (Penang), • School Year Schedule: September to July
(+603) 3342 1535 (Setia Eco Park), (+608) 491 526 (Miri), (+607) 558 8812 (Setia Eco • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM3,850/term (Preschool) to RM10,990/term (Year 11), Application fee - RM600,
Gardens), (+6016) 556 2918 (Setia EcoHill), ipoh@tenby.edu.my, penang@tenby.edu. Registration fee - RM3,000, Refundable deposit - RM2,000 (Early Years), RM6,000 (Primary), RM7,000 (Secondary)
my, ecopark@tenby.edu.my, miri@tenby.edu.my, ecogardens@tenby.edu.my, ecohill@ • Contact Information: (+603) 5637 7108/7109, subang@ucsiinternationalschool.edu.my
tenby.edu.my, info@tenby.edu.my • Website: www.ucsiinternationalschool.edu.my/sj/, www.ucsiinternationalschool.edu.my/sh/en/
• Website: www.tenby.edu.my

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UNITED INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2016 • Location: Batu Pahat, Johor
• Student Population/Average Class Size: About 100/maximum 25
WESLEY METHODIST SCHOOLS
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Year 13 (INTERNATIONAL & PRIVATE)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels Introduction: The Methodist Council of Education (MCOE) oversees
• School Year Schedule: January to November and operates Wesley Methodist School (Private) in Klang, Seremban
• School Fees: Annual Tuition Fee - RM9,500 to RM18,600; Assessment Fee - RM400, Enrolment Fee - RM1,500; and Melaka and Wesley Methodist School (International) in
Security Fee - RM1,500 Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. The MCOE purpose is to promote and
•Contact Information: info@united.edu.my coordinate the development of these Mission Schools, both Private
• Website: www.united.edu.my and International and operated in accordance with Christian standards and ideals
as interpreted by the Methodist Church in Malaysia. One of the main emphasis is
to preserve the ethos, special character and traditions of these Methodist Mission
Schools.

UNIWORLD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Wesley Methodist School (WMS) first International School in Bandar Sri Pinang, Penang
• Year Established: 2013 • Location: Masai, Johor offers the British Cambridge curriculum, consisting of the Kindergarten, Primary and
• Average Class Size: 25 Secondary – opening in September 2018. WMS first Private School in Sungai Buloh
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Senior High School (currently up to Secondary 4) will see the setting of a Kindergarten and Primary School in Bandar Seri Coalfields –
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, A Levels, Singapore Curriculum, Singapore Curricula, GAC (Global opening in January 2019. Wesley Methodist School, has become a name synonymous
Assessment Certificate) University Foundation Programme / American College Test (ACT) for Academic Excellence and Transforming Lives Schools - cultivating excellence in the
• School Year Schedule: January to November classroom, in the sports field, on stage and in the international community.
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM16,200 (Preschool) to RM30,150 (Years 9-10), Admission fee - RM2,000 - 3,500,
• Location: Sentul, Kuala Lumpur; Seremban, Negeri Sembilan; Ipoh, Perak; Klang,
Application fee - Nil, Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+607) 387 8700, enquiry@pegasus.edu.my Selangor; Melaka
• Website: www.uniworld.edu.my • Student Population/Average Class Size: 1,100 (Kuala Lumpur)/25 (Klang, Ipoh,
Seremban, Melaka); 30 (Kuala Lumpur)
• Levels of Education Offered: Years 1 to 6 (Ipoh), Year 7 to Year 11 leading to IGCSE
(Kuala Lumpur & Ipoh), Form 1 to Form 5 (Klang, Seremban, Melaka)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: IGCSE, Cambridge Primary (Ipoh only); Cambridge
Secondary (KL and Ipoh only), Malaysian Curriculum (Klang, Seremban, Melaka)
UUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Languages Offered: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and French (KL)
• Year Established: 2015 • Location: Sintok, Kedah
• ESL/ESOL Programmes: Available (KL only)
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 80/20
• Student Support Services: Student Counselling Services / Career Guidance Services
• Levels of Education Offered: Nursery to Year 5, with one higher grade added each year until the school becomes a
• Uniforms: Required
complete K-12 school
• School Facilities: Air-conditioned classrooms, library, gymnasium (KL only), canteen/
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge
• School Year Schedule: August to June cafeteria, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratories,
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM4,788 to RM8,388, Application fee - Nil, Admission fee - Nil, auditorium, art room
• Extracurricular Activities: WMSKL (International) offers more than 30 types of
Refundable deposit - Nil
• Contact Information: (+604) 924 1552, info@uumis.org competitive Sports and Games, including Athletics and Cross Country. WMSKL
• Website: www.uumis.org (International) also offers a broad range of ECAs with 25 types of Clubs, Societies
and Uniformed Bodies for students to choose from. Music, Drama, Art and Dance are
integral components of this mission school programme
• School Year Schedule: January to November
• School Fees: Fees vary from campus to campus. Visit the school’s website pages for
more information
VIKAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
• Contact Information: (+603) 4041 6470 (Kuala Lumpur), (+605) 2545 122 (lpoh),
• Year Established: 1996 • Location: Kuala Lumpur
• Average Class Size: 20 (+603) 3371 8852 (Klang), (+606) 762 0068 (Seremban), (+606) 284 9025 (Melaka),
• Levels of Education Offered: Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary (Ages 3 to 17) (+6012) 361 1400 (Penang - opening September 2018), (+603) 7956 5310 (Bandar Seri
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Central Board of Secondary Education - New Delhi Coalfields, Sungai Buloh - opening January 2019),
• School Year Schedule: April to March kl@wms.edu.my; info@iph.wms.edu.my; info@klg.wms.edu.my;
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM6,000 to RM12,500, Registration fee - RM1,500 to RM4,500, Refundable deposit info@sbn.wms.edu.my; info@mlk.wms.edu.my; info@penang.wms.edu.my,
info@sericoalfields.wms.edu.my
- RM1,000 to RM3,000
• Website: www.wms.edu.my
• Contact Information: (+603) 7982 2992, vis@vikas.edu.my
• Website: www.vikas.edu.my

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VISION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ZENITH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


• Year Established: 2014 • Location: Tawau, Sabah • Year Established: 2011 • Location: Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
• Average Class Size: 25 (Maximum) • Student Population/Average Class Size: 488/25
• Levels of Education Offered: Year 7 to Year 11 • Levels of Education Offered: Preschool, Primary, Secondary to A Levels (Ages 3 to 17)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Malaysian National Curriculum • Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, Edexcel, Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels
• School Year Schedule: September to June • School Year Schedule: August to July
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM10,800 (Year 7) to RM15,300 (Year 11), Application fee - RM100, • School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM11,700 to RM31,200, Application fee - RM500, Admission fee - RM3,000,
Registration fee - RM3,000, Refundable deposit - RM1,000 Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee
• Contact Information: (+608) 756 811, vis@twuvisionschool.com • Contact Information: (+606) 601 1388, info@zenith.edu.my
• Website: www.twuvisionschool.edu.my • Website: www.zenith.edu.my

WADI SOFIA COLLEGE “We learn to make mistakes but in a safe


• Year Established: 2002 • Location: Kota Bharu, Kelantan
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 220/20 environment where no one will judge us.”
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, A Levels (Ages 4 to 19)
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary, IGCSE, A Levels,
Malaysian Curriculum
• School Year Schedule: January to November
Jeong Young Woon (Alex)
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM5,000 (Year 1) to RM10,800 (Year 11), Application fee - Nil, Administration fee
16 years old
- RM500 to RM1,000, Registration fee - RM500 (Primary) to RM1,500 (Secondary), Refundable deposit - RM1,500
Grade 11
(Primary) to RM2,500 (Secondary), Boarding fee - RM10,500 Sunway International School
• Contact Information: (+609) 764 1724, school@wadisofia.edu.my
What are your hobbies? teachers’ band and has a great perform in front of people at least
• Website: www.wadisofia.edu.my
My hobbies are writing poems, sense of humour. five times a year, while having
performing (rapping, playing in fun with playing drums. Third,
band, poetry slam), exercising, What is the one thing that you like going to Cambodia as part of our
jogging with music on, and trying the most about your school? CSR project, to teach in a rural
WESTLAKE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL new things out. What I like the most about my area was an amazing journey. I
• Year Established: 2013 • Location: Kampar, Perak school is the openness. SIS experienced a new culture, how it
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 600 (Currently), 800 (Capacity)/20 (Primary), 25 (Secondary) provides a safe environment is to be a teacher, and learnt more
What are your favourite subjects?
• Levels of Education Offered: Early Years to A Levels (Ages 4 to 17) that lets students discover values with great friends.
PE, Drama, English and
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE and be themselves. There are
Psychology.
• School Year Schedule: January to November many extracurricular activities What is the best thing about being
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM6,600 (Early Years) to RM28,000 (Pre-university); Application fee - RM500;
What kinds of extracurricular that can build various skills like a student?
Enrolment fee - RM1,000; Boarding fee - RM4,700 (Weekday boarders) to RM5,800 (Full-time boarders); Refundable activities do you do? sportsmanship, public speaking, I think the best thing about being
deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee (T&C Applies) Volleyball club, yearbook club, creativity, performing, or a student is that we can try many
• Contact Information: (+605) 467 2222, info@westlakeschool.edu.my socialising. I think my school is a things out as we are freer in time
school rock band, and I am
• Website: www.westlakeschool.edu.my place that a student can discover compared to adults, and have
planning to join the Model United
Nations club. his or her own uniqueness and more access to resources. We
strengths and build up his or her learn to make mistakes but in a
Who is your favourite teacher and character. safe environment where no one
WOODLANDS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL why? will judge us.
• Year Established: 2013 • Location: Sibu, Sarawak My favourite teacher is Mr. Share a memorable experience in
• Student Population/Average Class Size: 25 (Maximum) Brendan, my social science your school so far. What do you hope to do when you
• Levels of Education Offered: Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, A Levels (Ages 3 to 17) (psychology) teacher because There are many beautiful finish school?
• Curricula/Programmes Offered: International Primary Curriculum, Cambridge, IGCSE, A Levels he is logical and his explanations moments and experiences in the I will apply the skills and
• School Year Schedule: January to November always make sense. I think he school for me. First, I was the knowledge gained through
• School Fees: Annual tuition fee - RM4,200 (Kindergarten) to RM18,000 (A Levels); Application fee - RM250 really knows how to teach, as publicity officer of the school for experiences during school life, and
(Kindergarten) to RM500 (Primary & Secondary); Registration fee - RM500 (Kindergarten) to RM1,000 (Primary & he knows the subject well and is a year. I had to play songs and choose a course that fits me best
Secondary); Refundable deposit - Equivalent to one term’s tuition fee able to deliver them flawlessly. In announce news every morning. in a university, while still being
• Contact Information: (+608) 239 761, info@woodlands.edu.my addition, he is interesting because Secondly, joining a rock band was active in clubs and societies. I will
• Website: www.woodlands.edu.my he is the lead singer of the a great step for me, as it got me to try to keep developing myself.

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CURRICULA & PROGRAMMES OFFERED CURRICULA & PROGRAMMES OFFERED

(PYP and MYP)

(PYP and MYP)


Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate
International

International
Early Years/

Early Years/
International

International
Programme

Programme
Preschool/

Preschool/
Cambridge

Cambridge
Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum
IB Diploma

IB Diploma
Malaysian

Malaysian
Australian

Australian
Singapore

Singapore
Reception

Reception
American

American
Canadian

Canadian
O Levels

O Levels
A Levels

A Levels
Primary

Primary
Islamic

Islamic
IGCSE

IGCSE
Indian

Indian
UK

UK
School Name School Name
AiU-Irsyad International School √ √ √ √ √ Marlborough College Malaysia √ √ √ √

Al-Noor International School √ √ √ Matrix Global Schools √ √ √ √

Alice Smith School √ √ √ MAZ International School √ √ √ √

Asia Metropolitan International School √ √ √ √ Melaka International School √ √ √ √

Asia Pacific Schools √ √ √ √ √ Mont' Kiara International School √ √ √

Austin Heights Private & International Schools √ √ √ √ √ Mutiara International Grammar School √ √ √ √ √

Australian International School Malaysia √ √ Nexus International School √ √ √ √ √

Baseerah International School √ √ √ √ √ √ Nilai International School √ √ √

Beaconhouse Schools √ √ √ Nobel International School √ √

Bintulu International School √ √ √ Oakrich International School √ √

Borneo International School √ √ √ √ Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur √ √

Brainy Bunch International School √ √ Paragon Private & International School √ √ √ √ √ √

British International School of Kuala Lumpur √ √ √ √ √ Pelita International School √ √ √

Cempaka Schools √ √ √ √ √ √ Peninsula International School Australia √

Charis International School √ √ Prince of Wales Island International School √ √ √ √

City Harbour International School √ √ √ √ R.E.A.L. Schools √ √ √ √ √

Crescendo-HELP International School √ √ √ √ √ Raffles American School √ √

Dalat International School √ Rafflesia International & Private Schools √ √ √ √ √ √

Dwi Emas International School √ √ √ √ Regent International School √ √

Eaton International School √ √ √ √ Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur √ √ √

Ekhlass International School √ √ √ Sayfol International School, Sabah √ √ √

elc International School √ √ √ √ Seri Omega Private & International School √ √ √ √ √

Epsom College in Malaysia √ √ √ √ Spectrum International Islamic School √ √ √

EtonHouse International School Malaysia √ √ Sri Acmar International School √ √ √

Excelsior International School √ √ √ √ √ √ Sri Ara International & Private School √ √ √ √ √

Fairview International School √ √ √ √ Sri Dasmesh International School √ √

Garden International School √ √ √ √ Sri Emas International School √

GEMS International School √ √ Sri KDU Schools √ √ √ √

Global Indian International School √ √ √ √ Sri Kuala Lumpur International School √ √ √ √

Global Modern International School √ √ √ Sri Sempurna International School √ √ √

Havil International School √ √ √ Sri Utama Schools √ √ √ √

HELP International School √ √ √ √ √ St. Christopher's International Primary School √ √

Highlands International Boarding School √ √ St. John's International School √ √ √

Idrissi International School √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ St Joseph International School Kuching √ √ √

IGB International School √ √ St Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia √ √ √ √

Inspiros International School √ √ √ Straits International School √ √ √ √

International Islamic School Malaysia √ √ √ √ √ Sunway International School √ √ √

International Modern Arabic School √ √ √ √ √ √ Tanarata International School √ √ √

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) √ √ Taylor's International School √ √ √

International School of Kuantan √ √ Tenby Schools √ √ √ √ √ √

The International School @ ParkCity √ √ √ √ √ Time International School √ √ √ √

The International School of Penang (Uplands) √ √ √ √ Tunku Putra School √ √ √ √ √ √

Kelantan International School √ √ √ UCSI International Schools √ √ √ √ √ √ √

Kidurong International School √ √ √ United International School √ √ √ √

Kinabalu International School √ √ √ √ √ UniWorld International School √ √ √ √

Kingsgate International School √ √ √ √ √ UUM International School √ √

Kingsley International School √ √ √ √ √ Vikas International School √ √

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar √ √ √ √ √ Vision International School √ √

KYS International School √ √ Wadi Sofia College √ √ √ √ √

Labuan International School √ √ √ √ Wesley Methodist School √ √

Lodge International School √ √ √ √ √ Westlake International School √ √ √

MAHSA International School √ √ √ Woodlands International School √ √ √ √ √

Malacca Expatriate School √ √ √ √ Zenith International School √ √ √ √ √

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NUMBER OF STUDENTS NUMBER OF STUDENTS

3,000 and above

3,000 and above


1,001-1,500

1,501-2,000

2,001-3,000

1,001-1,500

1,501-2,000

2,001-3,000
751-1,000

751-1,000
101-250

251-500

501-750

101-250

251-500

501-750
1-100

1-100
School Name School Name
AiU-Irsyad International School √ Marlborough College Malaysia √

Al-Noor International School √ Matrix Global Schools √

Alice Smith School √ MAZ International School √

Asia Metropolitan International School √ Melaka International School √

Austin Heights Private & International Schools √ Mont' Kiara International School √

Australian International School Malaysia √ Mutiara International Grammar School √

Baseerah International School √ Nexus International School √

British International School of Kuala Lumpur √ Nilai International School √

Cempaka Schools √ Nobel International School √

Charis International School √ Oakrich International School √

Crescendo-HELP International School √ Paragon Private & International School √

Dalat International School √ Pelita International School √

Dwi Emas International School √ Prince of Wales Island International School √

Eaton International School √ R.E.A.L. Schools √

Ekhlass International School √ Raffles American School √

elc International School √ Rafflesia International & Private Schools √

Epsom College in Malaysia √ Regent International School √

EtonHouse International School Malaysia √ Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur √

Excelsior International School √ Seri Omega Private & International School √

Fairview International School √ Sri Ara International & Private School √

Garden International School √ Sri Dasmesh International School √

GEMS International School √ Sri Emas International School √

Global Indian International School √ Sri KDU Schools √

Global Modern International School √ Sri Kuala Lumpur International School √

Havil International School √ Sri Sempurna International School √

HELP International School √ Sri Utama Schools √

Highlands International Boarding School √ St. Christopher's International Primary School √

Idrissi International School √ St. John's International School √

IGB International School √ St Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia √

Inspiros International School √ Straits International School √

International Islamic School Malaysia √ Sunway International School √

International Modern Arabic School √ Tanarata International School √

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) √ Taylor's International School √

International School of Kuantan √ Tenby Schools √

The International School @ ParkCity √ Time International School √

The International School of Penang (Uplands) √ Tunku Putra School √

Kelantan International School √ UCSI International Schools √

Kidurong International School √ United International School √

Kinabalu International School √ UUM International School √

Kingsley International School √ Wadi Sofia College √

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar √ Wesley Methodist School √

Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka/KYS International School √ Westlake International School √

Labuan International School √ Woodlands International School √

Lodge International School √ Zenith International School √

Malacca Expatriate School √

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LOCATION LOCATION

Terengganu

Terengganu
Cyberjaya

Cyberjaya
Putrajaya/

Putrajaya/
Sembilan

Sembilan
Selangor

Selangor
Kelantan

Kelantan
Sarawak

Sarawak
Pahang

Pahang
Penang

Penang
Labuan

Labuan
Melaka

Melaka
Lumpur

Lumpur
Kedah

Kedah
Sabah

Sabah
Negeri

Negeri
Johor

Johor
Perak

Perak
Perlis

Perlis
Kuala

Kuala
School Name School Name
AiU-Irsyad International School √ Matrix Global Schools √

Al-Noor International School √ √ Marlborough College Malaysia √

Alice Smith School √ √ MAZ International School √

Asia Metropolitan International School √ Melaka International School √

Asia Pacific Schools √ Mont' Kiara International School √

Austin Heights Private & International Schools √ Mutiara International Grammar School √

Australian International School Malaysia √ Nexus International School √

Baseerah International School √ Nilai International School √

Beaconhouse Schools √ Nobel International School √

Bintulu International School √ Oakrich International School √

Borneo International School √ Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur √

Brainy Bunch International School √ Paragon Private & International School √

British International School of Kuala Lumpur √ Pelita International School √

Cempaka Schools √ √ √ Peninsula International School Australia √ √

Charis International School √ Prince of Wales Island International School √

City Harbour International School √ R.E.A.L. Schools √ √

Crescendo-HELP International School √ Raffles American School √

Dalat International School √ Rafflesia International & Private Schools √

Dwi Emas International School √ Regent International School √ √ √ √

Eaton International School √ Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur √

Ekhlass International School √ Sayfol International School, Sabah √

elc International School √ Seri Omega Private & International School √

Epsom College in Malaysia √ Spectrum International Islamic School √

EtonHouse International School Malaysia √ Sri Acmar International School √

Excelsior International School √ Sri Ara International & Private School √

Fairview International School √ √ √ √ √ Sri Dasmesh International School √

Garden International School √ √ Sri Emas International School √

GEMS International School √ √ Sri KDU Schools √

Global Indian International School √ Sri Kuala Lumpur International School √

Global Modern International School √ Sri Sempurna International School √

Havil International School √ Sri Utama Schools √ √ √

HELP International School √ St. Christopher's International Primary School √

Highlands International Boarding School √ St. John's International School √

Idrissi International School √ St Joseph International School Kuching √

IGB International School √ St Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia √

Inspiros International School √ Straits International School √

International Islamic School Malaysia √ √ Sunway International School √ √

International Modern Arabic School √ Tanarata International School √

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) √ √ Taylor's International School √ √

International School of Kuantan √ Tenby Schools √ √ √ √ √

The International School @ ParkCity √ Time International School √ √

The International School of Penang (Uplands) √ Tunku Putra School √

Kelantan International School √ UCSI International Schools √ √

Kidurong International School √ United International School √

Kinabalu International School √ UniWorld International School √

Kingsgate International School √ UUM International School √

Kingsley International School √ Vikas International School √

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar √ Vision International School √

KYS International School √ Wadi Sofia College √

Labuan International School √ Wesley Methodist School √ √ √ √ √

Lodge International School √ Westlake International School √

MAHSA International School √ Woodlands International School √

Malacca Expatriate School √ Zenith International School √

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> RM60,000

> RM60,000
< RM10,000

< RM10,000
- RM20,000

- RM30,000

- RM40,000

- RM50,000

- RM60,000

- RM20,000

- RM30,000

- RM40,000

- RM50,000

- RM60,000
RM10,001

RM20,001

RM30,001

RM40,001

RM50,001

RM10,001

RM20,001

RM30,001

RM40,001

RM50,001
School Name School Name
AiU-Irsyad International School √ Malacca Expatriate School √

Al-Noor International School √ Marlborough College Malaysia √

Alice Smith School √ Matrix Global Schools √

Asia Metropolitan International School √ MAZ International School √

Asia Pacific Schools √ Melaka International School √

Austin Heights Private & International Schools √ Mont' Kiara International School √

Australian International School Malaysia √ Mutiara International Grammar School √

Baseerah International School √ Nexus International School √

Beaconhouse Schools Newlands √ Nilai International School √

Borneo International School √ Nobel International School √

Bintulu International School √ Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur √

British International School of Kuala Lumpur √ Paragon Private and International School √

Cempaka Schools √ Peninsula International School Australia √

Charis International School √ Pelita International School √

Dalat International School √ R.E.A.L. Schools √

Dwi Emas International School √ Raffles American School (RAS) √

Eaton International School √ Rafflesia International & Private Schools √

Ekhlass International School √ Regent International School √

elc International School √ Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur √

Epsom College in Malaysia √ Sayfol International School, Sabah √

Etonhouse Malaysia International School √ Seri Omega Private & International School √

Excelsior International School √ Spectrum International Islamic School √

Fairview International School √ Sri Ara International & Private School √

Garden International School √ Sri Dasmesh International School √

GEMS International School of Pearl City, Penang √ Sri KDU Schools √

Global Indian International School √ Sri Kuala Lumpur International School √

Global Modern International School √ Sri Sempurna International School √

Havil International School √ Sri Utama Schools √

HELP International School √ St. Christopher's International Primary School √

Idrissi International School √ St Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia √

IGB International School √ Straits International School √

Inspiros International School √ Tanarata International School √

International Islamic School Malaysia √ Taylor's International School √

International Modern Arabic School (IMAS) √ Tenby Schools √

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) √ Time International School √

International School of Kuantan √ Tunku Putra School √

The International School @ ParkCity √ UCSI International Schools √

International School of Penang (Uplands) √


United International School √
UniWorld International School √
Kidurong International School √ (Pegasus International School)
Kinabalu International School √ UUM International School √

Kingsgate International School √ Vikas International School √

Kingsley International School √ Wadi Sofia College √

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar √ Westlake International School √

Labuan International School √ Woodlands International School √

Lodge International School √ Zenith International School √

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> RM60,000

> RM60,000
< RM10,000

< RM10,000
- RM20,000

- RM30,000

- RM40,000

- RM50,000

- RM60,000

- RM20,000

- RM30,000

- RM40,000

- RM50,000

- RM60,000
RM10,001

RM20,001

RM30,001

RM40,001

RM50,001

RM10,001

RM20,001

RM30,001

RM40,001

RM50,001
School Name School Name
AiU-Irsyad International School √ MAZ International School √

Al-Noor International School √ Melaka International School √

Alice Smith School √ Mont' Kiara International School √

Asia Metropolitan International School √ Mutiara International Grammar School √

Asia Pacific Schools √ Nexus International School √

Austin Heights Private & International Schools √ Nilai International School √

Australian International School Malaysia √ Nobel International School √

Baseerah International School √ Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur √

Beaconhouse Schools Newlands √ Paragon Private and International School √

Borneo International School √ Pelita International School √

British International School of Kuala Lumpur √ Peninsula International School Australia √

Cempaka Schools √ Prince of Wales Island International School √

Charis International School √ R.E.A.L. Schools √

Dalat International School √ Raffles American School (RAS) √

Dwi Emas International School √ Rafflesia International & Private Schools √

Eaton International School √ Regent International School √

Ekhlass International School √ Sayfol International School, Kuala Lumpur √

elc International School √ Sayfol International School, Sabah √

Epsom College in Malaysia √ Seri Omega Private & International School √

Excelsior International School √ Spectrum International Islamic School √

Fairview International School √ Sri Ara International & Private School √

Garden International School √ Sri Dasmesh International School √

GEMS International School of Pearl City, Penang √ Sri Emas International School √

Global Indian International School √ Sri Kuala Lumpur International School √

Global Modern International School √ Sri Sempurna International School √

Havil International School √ Sri Utama Schools √

HELP International School √ St. John's International School √

Highlands International School √ St Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia √

Idrissi International School √ St Joseph International School Kuching √

IGB International School √ Straits International School √

International Islamic School Malaysia √ Sunway International School √

International Modern Arabic School (IMAS) √ Tanarata International School √

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) √ Taylor's International School √

International School of Kuantan √ Tenby Schools √

The International School @ ParkCity √ Time International School √

International School of Penang (Uplands) √ Tunku Putra School √

Kidurong International School √ UCSI International Schools √

Kinabalu International School √ United International School √


UniWorld International School
Kingsgate International School √ (Pegasus International School) √

Kingsley International School √ Vikas International School √

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar √ Vision International School √

Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka (KYSM) √ Wadi Sofia College √

Labuan International School √ Wesley Methodist Schools √

Lodge International School √ Westlake International School √

Malacca Expatriate School √ Woodlands International School √

Marlborough College Malaysia √ Zenith International School √

Matrix Global Schools √

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Other Learning
Alumnus ProfileOpportunities Other Learning Opportunities

“ I didn’t think about this back then, but


looking back, I appreciate how much
OTHER LEARNING
importance GIS puts on community work
and collaboration.”
OPPORTUNITIES
This section highlights the common learning disabilities among children and
the types of interventions for children with special educational needs.

Nicole Chan Ju Yi
22 years old
Garden International School (2003-2011)

Qualifications as play card games. I miss being but looking back, I appreciate
I completed my IGCSE in GIS, able to see my friends every day. how much importance GIS
and left after Year 11 for Taylor’s puts on community work and
University, where I was in the What were your favourite and collaboration. Studying at GIS has
American Degree Transfer least favourite subjects in school, also helped me learn the skills
Program. After two years there, and why? necessary to connect with others,
I transferred to the University of My favourite subject would and through this I have been able
Alberta in Canada, and graduated probably be PE, as I love playing to live abroad as well as volunteer
in June 2016 with a Bachelor of sports and being active. As for my my time with various charity
Arts degree in Psychology, and a least favourite subject, I cannot organisations.
minor in Film Studies. I was also think of any. I liked all my classes.
able to complete the Certificate in Describe your experience in school
International Learning. What extracurricular activities did using three words.
you do? Unforgettable learning experience.
What are you currently doing? I was mainly into sports, so had
I am currently working as a joined the basketball team. Before What advice would you give to
Supported Independent Living that, I was in the badminton and current students of your alma
Worker for Independent Advocacy. netball teams, but basketball mater?
soon became my passion, and I Cherish your days at GIS. It might
Tell us briefly about your current decided to dedicate myself to one not seem like it now, but you are
work sport. I did join the softball team going to miss it after you have
As a Support Worker, my main role for a while as well. graduated. Also, take advantage
is to help and support individuals of all the opportunities GIS has to
with developmental disabilities What was the best thing about offer. Nowhere else will you get
to learn the skills necessary for your school? What important such opportunities being served
independent living. lessons did you learn in your school to you.  
that have helped you in your life?
What is your most memorable I would say the best thing about
experience in school? GIS is the way the school sets
I loved form time, as it was a great us up to succeed in the future. I
time to see all my friends, as well didn’t think about this back then,

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Other Learning Opportunities Other Learning Opportunities

The Five Common Learning


Disabilities in Children
• Having difficulty organising and same time. When
finishing tasks writing a story, the
child may start
Hyperactivity and impulsiveness in the middle and
Caron Lai highlights the five on the other hand, are leave out important
characterised by the following: facts and details
common types of learning • Constant fidgeting and not being or repeat the same
disabilities among children. able to sit still in calm or quiet point over and over.
settings Dysgraphia can also
• Inability to focus on tasks lead to grammar
• Excessive talking and punctuation
• Acting without thinking issues such as not
• Having little or no sense of starting sentences
danger with a capital letter
or writing sentences
3. Dyscalculia that “run on forever”.
Children with dyscalculia struggle
with learning mathematical 5. Dyspraxia
concepts such as numerical Dyspraxia is
organisation and understanding associated with
quantity, place value and time. delayed neurological
They may also face difficulty development that
in following and/or using steps makes it difficult
involved in math problems. to plan and
Despite many hours of practice/ coordinate physical
rote learning, the child may still movement. A child
struggle to remember basic math with dyspraxia
facts. struggles with fine
motor skills (hand-
Having dyscalculia can lead eye coordination,
If your child struggles with school written language. Children with 2. Attention Deficit to high levels of mathematics holding a pencil), or gross motor the learning difficulties above,
or finds it difficult to understand dyslexia usually have difficulty Hyperactivity Disorder anxiety, causing the child to avoid skills (running, jumping). Some of do seek interventions to help
materials, chances are that your reading accurately and fluently. (ADHD) games that involve numbers the different kinds of dyspraxia your child cope better at school.
child has a learning disability. There are a variety of ways in Children with ADHD have trouble altogether. If left untreated, the include: Learning disabilities can affect
Rather than a lack of intelligence which dyslexia can be manifested. paying attention to and focusing child may suffer from poor money the child’s overall growth so early
or motivation, learning disabilities Here are some of the more on a single task. They are easily and time management later in life. • Ideomotor dyspraxia: Difficulty treatment is necessary to help
are processing disorders of common “types” of dyslexia that distracted and often struggle with doing single-step tasks such as your child integrate in future social
the brain. These processing you might hear about: learning in traditional classroom 4. Dysgraphia using a fork or pouring juice. environments. Some international
problems can affect skills in settings. Some children may have Dysgraphia refers to difficulty with • Ideational dyspraxia: Difficulty schools provide learning
the areas of reading, writing, • Phonological dyslexia: Trouble problems with inattentiveness the physical act of writing. This planning and carrying out a support for children with special
speaking, listening, reasoning breaking down words according but not with hyperactivity or includes having a cramped grip sequence of steps needed for educational needs, so do find out
or mathematics. They can also to sound. impulsiveness. This is known as when holding a pencil, illegible complex tasks. E.g. tying shoes, from these schools the kind of
interfere with organisation, time • Visual dyslexia: Trouble attention deficit disorder (ADD). handwriting, inconsistent spacing, riding a bike. support available for your child.
planning, memory, and attention. recognising words by sight. The and poor spelling (unfinished • Oromotor dyspraxia: Difficulty
Here, we list five of the common brain struggles to remember Signs of inattentiveness include: words or missing words or coordinating muscle movement For more information on the types
learning disabilities in children: what the word looks like. • Having a short attention span letters). The child may also have to pronounce words clearly. of interventions necessary to
• Rapid naming dyslexia: Trouble and getting distracted easily trouble reproducing the shape of a • Constructional dyspraxia: help your child cope with these
1. Dyslexia naming several letters and • Struggling with following letter or drawing. Difficulty understanding spatial learning difficulties, read our next
Dyslexia is a language-based numbers in a row. This could be instructions and learning new relations. article, Interventions for Children
learning disability that affects an issue with processing and things Having dysgraphia can also make with Special Educational Needs
the processing of spoken and/or reading speed. • Forgetting or losing things it difficult to think and write at the If your child experiences any of on page 190.

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Other Learning Opportunities

When Learning Problems


are Disguised as
Psychological Ones
In many countries, including you put in more effort than your
Malaysia, the local school peers, yet get poorer results. For
authorities routinely test children these children, a proper dyslexia
for dyslexia and other learning diagnosis can help liberate them
difficulties. This helps with the from low self-esteem while
identification and channelling learning the skills to adapt.
Head Psychologist, Tan Cheng Yi
of students to support services.
Early detection leads to better Early Signs of Dyslexia
outcomes as students can get the (varies from child to child) and developmental intervention
help they need. In my experience, • Delayed speech services, providing world class,
the “bright” students who are • Difficulty learning letters and multidisciplinary intervention
identified early, and undergo well- their associated sounds services to children, adolescents
planned interventions, are often • Difficulty learning to form letters and adults of all abilities and
symptom free by the time they get ages. Oasis Place has one of
to university. Dyslexia in Primary the country’s largest integrated
School: intervention facilities, embracing
Mild dyslexia can often be • Slow, inaccurate or laboured a client- and family-centered
missed through routine screening reading approach.
because students who have • Difficulty learning to spell
it are able to compensate for • Difficulty with written Oasis Place’s core intervention
their learning difficulties. This is expression services include psychology,
especially true for smart, vocal speech and language
and well-behaved students. Dyslexia in Secondary therapy, sensory integration
In some cases, they are only School and Beyond: occupational therapy, music
diagnosed in adulthood. Often • Poor reading fluency therapy, continuous education
these students think they are • Poor organisation or speed of and nutrition. The Oasis Place
just “slower” than their peers and writing facility is equipped with modern
unaware they have problems • Underachievement apparatus, resources, therapy
processing print. Children who materials and assessment tools
are disruptive in class or have If you suspect your child has as well as a large multipurpose
difficulty completing work, may dyslexia, talk to his teacher or hall, a health café and a fully
be noticed for their behaviour consult your paediatrician, child furnished apartment for the life
first. However, after evaluation, if psychiatrist or psychologist. skills curriculum. Oasis Place also
it is discovered that they have an For appointments, bring along provides continuous education
underlying learning difficulty, like evidence to show that your child workshops led by numerous
dyslexia, it is understood that their is performing below expectations. international and local speakers to
behaviour is secondary. There are many evidenced-based enhance parental awareness and
techniques to help your child professional development, setting
Sometimes, children may suffer catch-up. If after the evaluation a new benchmark in Malaysia’s
from psychological disorders as there is no diagnosis, at least they allied health community.
a result of their inability to learn. have ruled it out. The worst thing
This may manifest in the lack you can do is to do nothing. For more information on
of motivation to learn, anxiety, psychology services for learning
depression or even refusing to About Oasis Place difficulties and school based
go to school. Another associated Located right in the heart of Kuala visit and intervention services,
sign is low self-esteem. It is hard Lumpur, Oasis Place is at the please visit our website at www.
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Interventions for Children with cause children to have trouble


distinguishing shapes and

Special Educational Needs


perceiving depth and distance.
In addition, processing deficits
will negatively impact such
children’s ability to read, write and
spell. To help improve auditory
Letitia Lim describes the types of interventions that processing, teachers can utilise
can help children with special educational needs learn assisted technology devices,
teach memory strategies and
better in the classroom and at home. use graphic model organisers to
teach spelling. Next, teachers can
Dyslexia encourage active verbalisation,
Children with dyslexia encounter self-questioning and implement a
problems with basic reading and part-to-whole teaching approach
reading comprehension. They when it comes to children with
have trouble understanding the may have difficulty counting and difficulty spelling words while visual processing deficits.
relationship between sounds, reading numbers in addition to writing. Their writing speed is For both visual and auditory
letters and words. In addition, solving mathematical problems. slowed down as well. Children processing deficits, teachers can
they are unable to grasp the Furthermore, they may find with this learning disorder will accommodate students by giving
meaning of words, phrases, remembering schedules and have problems completing written them simple oral instructions,
and paragraphs. With the right memorising timetables and homework and expressing ideas. providing a learning space with
interventions, these children have number patterns challenging. If dysgraphia is detected early, few distractions, breaking up a
a good chance of reading and As dyscalculic children learn these interventions will lessen the task into sections and assisting
writing normally. Dyslexic children mathematics at a slower pace, negative effects of this disorder in them with note taking.
will benefit from one-on-one hiring a tutor is essential to help the future. Activities that support
teaching sessions that involve a reinforce basic mathematical the formation of letters are crucial Other disorders that can disrupt
few senses taught systematically. concepts and allow children to in curbing dysgraphia. These learning include attention deficit
These sessions allow children learn at their own time with little activities include playing with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and
to learn at their own pace as pressure. Tutoring sessions clay to strengthen hand muscles, autism. They are not classified
language is taught to them also provide a place of work connecting dots and tracing as learning disorders as their
from a structured approach. It is with few distractions so that letters to form words and keeping symptoms can be alleviated with
important that teachers and tutors children can be more focused lines in mazes to help with motor medication and therapy. It is vital
make sure that dyslexic children on the task at hand. Children control. Once these children enter to detect learning disabilities early
get plenty of reading and writing with dyscalculia will be able school, teachers can make sure as they can have a detrimental
practice and give immediate to understand mathematical that they practise the 26 letters effect on the personal and
feedback especially when it concepts better through repeated of the alphabet in sequence by professional lives of children
comes to word recognition. In reinforcement and quick helping them write letters from when they are older. Parents
A child with special educational to endure and cannot be fixed schools, teachers can allocate feedback on their mistakes. dictation and writing the letters should not be discouraged by
needs is one who faces learning overnight. However, there are more time for dyslexic children Furthermore, teachers and tutors from memory with increasing learning disabilities and realise
difficulties in the form of many interventions that can help to complete tasks and give them can introduce alternative ways intervals. that their children are as smart
disorders or disabilities. The most children manage their disorders assignments that are assessed of jotting down mathematical as their friends, but just need to
common learning disorders lie so that they may learn optimally differently, such as taped tests. ideas other than on paper. They Processing Deficits be taught in a more unique way.
in the areas of reading, writing at school. Such interventions are Furthermore, dyslexic children also have to find unique ways to (Auditory and Visual) With early detection, continuous
and mathematics. Also, these commonly applied in schools and can improve their language skills present mathematical facts and For some children, messages interventions and a supportive
children may have sensory or areas of learning by teachers, by listening to audiobooks and encourage these children to ask are not delivered to the brain environment, children with
physical needs that make learning tutors and parents. The types using word processing computer questions. effectively due to processing learning disorders are capable
challenging. These learning of interventions differ with each programs instead of reading. deficits that involve their auditory of catching up with their peers
difficulties stem from genetic disorder so it is important to Dysgraphia and visual skills. An impaired and leading a normal school life.
abnormality, injury or impairments understand the disorder a child Dyscalculia Dysgraphia is a condition that auditory system can cause Therefore, more schools should
from a disease. Most of these has before looking for any kind of By definition, dyscalculia covers affects the hand’s motion in poor spelling and an inability accommodate these children and
learning disorders are lifelong help. several lifelong disabilities writing, leading to handwriting to distinguish similar sounding provide a conducive environment
challenges that children have involving mathematics that vary that is messy and unclear. With words. On the other hand, an for them to learn to their fullest
with different people. Children dysgraphia, a child will experience affected visual system can potential.

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Pre-University and Beyond

PRE-UNIVERSITY
AND BEYOND
Malaysia offers a variety of options for students
seeking to continue their studies beyond secondary
school. This section puts the spotlight on some pre-
university pathways and overseas universities thus
enabling you to discover what they have to offer.

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Pre-University and Beyond Pre-University and Beyond

Using A Levels for UK The universities themselves are be able to synthesise, hypothesise convince an examiner they hold
opinions that they can justify by

University Application
quite keen on this. They believe and interpret as well as to analyse
that young people taking a year and question what is put in front producing evidence of learning.
off means that when they start an of them.
undergraduate programme they In many universities these days,
have more experience of the world Critical Thinking and Self- study takes the form of ‘Problem-
Dr Paul Rogers, Headmaster of Kolej Yayasan UEM, in and are that bit more mature. Directed Problem-Based based Learning’ (PBL). Students
Lembah Beringin, Selangor, gives an overview of A Levels, What students do in their gap year Learning are presented with a problem and
are given a specific (and limited)
a pre-university qualification primarily used for entry into varies: some choose to travel as
backpackers around the world;
There is no quick fix for doing
well at A Level: it requires amount of time to come up with
British universities. some take up paid employment; commitment, hard work and a decent solution to solve it.
others try for internships, and so dedication. Students equipped This may entail working alone,
on. with these traits and who have in pairs or small groups. Again,
Entry into British universities obtained the necessary entry encouraging this kind of approach
requires three good passes in A Levels vs the grades, will find experienced at A2 level will help prepare them
approved subjects at A Level International teachers to guide them towards for the work to come at university.
(sometimes referred to as Baccalaureate (IB) successful university application.
‘Advanced Level’ or ‘A2’). The It should also be mentioned that Critical thinking is very important Assessment: A Level
following pass grades are students with an International here, as is self-directed learning. Playing Field
awarded: A*, A, B, C, D and E. Baccalaureate (IB) may also At this level of study, it is not No teacher actually likes
Anyone failing to gain at least enter British universities. This is simply a question of sitting examinations. It always strikes
an E grade is assessed as U or a qualification in which a larger passively in a classroom and us as absurd that young persons
unclassified. The system has number of subjects is studied absorbing wisdom like a sponge should be required to demonstrate
been in operation, with very (usually five) but without going taking in water. Students have all they know about a subject in a
few changes, for over 50 years. into them in as much depth. to go out and find answers for scant two hours or so. However,
A2 exams are usually taken by Universities regularly inform themselves. In some subjects, if everyone is in the same
students aged 17 and above and schools and colleges that they do there may not be any ‘right’ or situation as regards university
the minimum time frame required not discriminate between A2 and ‘wrong’ answers to questions: entry (i.e. they must do A2, IB or
to complete a full A2 programme IB – both are regarded equally. good grades will be awarded SAT examinations) then at least
is 18 months, while two years is The A Level is more traditional, to those young people who the playing field is pretty level.
the accepted norm. is entirely examination-based are best able to present a case The A Level is a tried and trusted
and is sometimes seen as a persuasively; to be able to method of doing so.
Good Grades Needed for Imperial College London, the in Australian universities, but they more specialised qualification.
Entry into UK Universities London School of Economics tend to start the year in February, It is, therefore, likely to be more
While there are six ‘pass’ grades at and the big city universities whereas those in the UK and the suitable for young people who
A Level, in reality, UK universities (Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, US start in September. Since A2 have a good idea of what they
will only consider grades A*- B. In Birmingham, Cardiff, Sheffield, results are issued in August, not want to study and the areas
the last 20 or so years, the country etc.) are all Russell Group many students are prepared to in which they would like to
has seen the development of members. wait an extra six months before specialise.
so-called new universities (in starting their tertiary education.
many cases, former polytechnics). A Levels Also a Passport Assessment at A Level
They may have slightly lower for Entry Into Irish, US and The Value of a Gap Year At this level of assessment,
entry requirements than more Australian Universities In recent years, a large number students need to acquire new
well-established institutions, but Students with A Levels are also of UK school leavers have skills. Earlier tests of competency
it is fair to say that a student’s able to apply to major universities chosen to take a ‘Gap Year.’ This such as the SPM and IGCSE rely
chance of a place is significantly in Ireland. To enter universities in means having a year off before heavily on memory and the ability
reduced if the A2 results are the USA, students must take the embarking on tertiary education. to reproduce facts and opinions to
not of a high standard. The best Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), In most cases, such students order. In contrast, at the A Level,
British universities all belong to although the A Levels are also gain a place at the university of students need to acquire a range
an organisation known as the excellent preparation. A Level their choice, but defer taking it of abilities as well as absorb
Russell Group. Oxford, Cambridge, students may also be interested up until the next academic year. detailed knowledge. They need to

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Pre-University and Beyond

KYUEM - a Centre of Excellence


MALAYSIA’S PREMIER
A LEVEL COLLEGE for Pre-University Students
Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM)
specialises in university
preparation via Cambridge
Kolej Yayasan UEM International Examinations,
and is a wholly residential, co-
is a true centre of excellence, having an increasing number of high-achievers, many of whom have educational college. Students who
graduated and attained success in their respective professional have completed SPM or IGCSE
examinations at the highest level
• All-Round Education are welcome. The beautiful, 50-
• Conducive Study Environment acre college campus is located
approximately 70 km from KL, and
• Excellent Academic Achievements enables students to develop their
• Outstanding University Placement skills in a serene and peaceful
• Fully Residential - Individual Accommodation environment which lends itself
to study, contemplation and the
pursuit of academic excellence.
KYUEM unquestionably provides
ideal preparation and training
n