For many parents who can afford to, sending their kids to international schools is an option taken to give them a more global education that exposes them to different cultures and lessons. In Malaysia, there are not many International Schools to choose from. Here are the Top 10 International Schools in KL & Selangor.
1) The British International School Kuala Lumpur
Located in Bandar Utama, this school’s campus is divided into Lower, Junior and Secondary. Extra-curricular activities are lauded here, particularly the school’s arts, sports and drama programmes. Parents can also monitor their children’s educational progress online, via class blogs. Teaching is highly personalised here, trying as much to cater to individual needs. Also, children’s progress and motivation is a priority at all levels.
2) Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
This school boasts an internationally recognized curriculum and a well-secured and green campus, but that’s not all that’s great about it. Here, students aren’t only assessed based on their exam performance, assignments are used for grading too. The school is located at The MINES Resort City. If you’d like to find out if this is a good fit for your child, book a tour with them and see first-hand what’s on campus.
3) Mont’Kiara International School
Mont’Kiara International School, or MKIS, teaches Elementary, Middle and High school levels. As per their mission statement, they are dedicated to “enhancing the creative, social, emotional, and academic talents” of each child, and understand that children need to be better equipped to handle the “challenges of a rapidly changing world”. Thus, the school is appropriately equipped with modern technology and facilities.
4) Alice Smith School
Alice Smith was the first British International School in Malaysia, founded in 1946 by Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith for expatriate children at the time. Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form levels are taught here. The Primary Campus is on Jalan Bellamy in KL, whilst the Secondary Campus is at Taman Equine in Seri Kembangan. There is also a toddler playgroup, held every Friday for 2-3 year olds at the Primary Campus.
5) Garden International School
With over 65 years of heritage, Garden International is a well-known name locally and internationally. With an Early Years Centre (EYC), Primary and Secondary School divided between their campuses, Garden International can guide your kids from the ages of 3 up until 18. Beyond academics, extra-curricular activities are also just as vital here. They also have a cashless system where parents can top up cash online to their child’s Smart Band or Smart Card, which will enable them to pay for meals.
6) International School of Kuala Lumpur
Initially established in 1965, International School of Kuala Lumpur now has two campuses in Ampang and Taman Melawati respectively. The Ampang Campus is for middle school and high school students, while the Melawati one is for early childhood and elementary students. If enrolling your child in a school with an active PTA committee is important, then this is the school for you. Take a virtual tour online to get a sense of what the school likes, via their website.
7) Tenby Schools
In addition to academic excellence, Tenby also places great importance on success in sports and arts, creating all-rounder students who can excel in many fields. Using their “unique, international way” they believe that students will be able to experience “the best of both worlds”, meaning both an international education and a locally prescribed curriculum. They have a primary and secondary school.
8) The International School at ParkCity
They have an intake that spans from nursery age to A-Levels students. On campus facilities include a well-stocked library, multi-purpose hall, badminton courts, lap pool, and a Sports Centre with a FIFA-sized football field and two basketball courts. There are even studios for dance, drama and music. Curriculum topics can be viewed online. Their campus is at Desa ParkCity.
9) IGB International School
IGB is located in Sungai Buloh, and is school for over 300 students from 33 nationalities. Anyone between the ages of 3 until 18 is welcome to study here, as they have a primary, secondary and diploma programme. In addition to this they also have co-curricular and after-school programmes with a focus on sports, the arts and languages like Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish.
10) Fairview International School
Fairview is quite established in Malaysia, having been founded in 1978, and now with 5 campuses nationwide. And if you want to know what school there is like, wouldn’t it be best to hear it right from those who know it best? On their website, the students themselves are invited to give testimonials on their favourite aspects of school – from the academics, to extra-curricular activities.