Kuala Lumpur is a stimulating city that offers a rich palette of opportunities, which, for families, includes schools for their kiddos. If you’re set on giving your child a future-oriented, international education that won’t box them in, but will direct them where their open minds and souls wish to go, you’ve come to the right place.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in international education. It empowers school children to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills. This is why IB can confidently say that its educational approach is creating a better world — it produces open-minded, inquiring, knowledgeable, caring, and authentic human beings who are empowered to be the agents of change for a better and more peaceful world!
Here you can find the best schools in and around Kuala Lumpur that offer IB programs!
The IB continuum caters to students aged 3 to 19 and consists of the following programs:
Primary Years Programme marks the start of a lifelong journey and develops caring and culturally aware children aged 3 – 12 to become active participants in their own learning.
Middle Years Programme builds a solid academic foundation for students aged 11 – 16, develops their confidence in managing their own learning and connecting classroom and real world experiences.
Diploma Programme is a future-ready program for students aged 16– 19 that builds an inquiring mindset, fosters a desire to learn and prepares students to excel at their careers and lead a meaningful life.
Career-related Programme is a unique program for students aged 16– 19 that prepares them to follow their career pathways by combining academic subjects with their own professional interests.
These two little letters promise A LOT, both academically and in terms of personal growth.
Let's get scientific for a bit. When compared using the results of the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA), IB students outperformed non-IB students. In all five assessment areas – mathematical literacy, reading, narrative writing, expository writing, and scientific literacy – there was no instance that non-IB students did better than IB. The majority of the schools that participated in this study(2017 – 2019) were from the Asia Pacific region (43%), in the PYP and MYP levels.
When it comes to enrichment, have a peek at the list below for an incredible array of co- and extra-curricular programs.
What are the Things to Consider When Choosing an IB School in Kuala Lumpur?
Aside from proximity and location, another factor to consider in choosing an IB school for your child would be your child’s age. Not all IB schools in Kuala Lumpur offer all 4 IB programs. In fact, there is only one school in Kuala Lumpur that offers the full IB continuum including the CP.
We encourage you to read more about IB education here!
ISKL offers an international curriculum that combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practices and a culture of care and empathy. Besides being authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme for over 30 years now, ISKL offers two innovative study pathways, PRAXIS 2030 and the Pursuits Program which focus on enhancing student agency and self-directed learning. Over half of ISKL’s IB Diploma Programme teachers are also IB examiners, and its students consistently outperform regional and worldwide averages and are placed in the top 10% of IB Diploma candidates worldwide!
M’KIS is a full-continuum IB World School offering the IB DP, MYP, PYP programs to a diverse student body of over 55 nationalities! It is also licensed by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, certified by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school prides itself on being globally minded and community-driven in its approach of educating to improve our global community by enhancing the creative, emotional, social and academic talents of individual learners!
Nexus is a learning-focused school empowering learners through the Nexus Way, which consists of four elements – Relationships, Inclusion, Innovation, Mindsets. The school’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment is underscored by its recognition by Apple Inc. as an Apple Distinguished School. Students at Nexus can acquire both the IGCSE and then the IB Diploma qualification, with students excelling above world average at both – Nexus is ranked among the top 2% of Global IB Schools!
IGBIS is the only school in Malaysia authorized for the full continuum of IB programs including the Career-related Programme (CP), taught by internationally experienced and trained IB educators. In accordance with the IB philosophy, IGBIS is committed to an inclusive learning community that not only prepares students for top universities and success in their chosen careers, but also challenges them to understand themselves better and discover how they can influence and contribute to their wider community through informed choices and empowered agency!
Fairview International School is Malaysia’s largest network of IB World Schools, with campuses located across the country. Its flagship school is the one in Kuala Lumpur (FISKL) – the oldest and largest IB school in Malaysia. It is also one of the most affordable international schools in Malaysia that offers a comprehensive IB program. Its students comprise over 65 nationalities from diverse backgrounds and there is a unique focus on professional development of educators. FISKL also offers the IGCSE qualification – both with excellent results!
Another school that combines the British National and IB Diploma curriculum, Sri KDU International school is all about balance: equal importance is placed on both academic and co-curricular activities, and the school inculcates the best Malaysian attributes while developing the relevant requisites to be globally competitive, a global citizen and agent of change. Sri KDU also continuously enhances its operations and pedagogy, annually organizes student exchange and homestay programs, and has pastoral care, health care, counseling and career counseling on-site! Click here for really cool student, parent, and staff video testimonials for first-hand insight!
Stella Maris International School combines Cambridge IGCSE, KSSR National Curriculum, Cambridge International A-Levels and the IB Diploma program to offer its students the best of international learning. The school is built on a charitable foundation and follows the tradition of mission schools, aiming to provide as quality and holistic education as possible. Despite its spiritual underpinning, the school environment is liberal, as well as caring, disciplined, value-focused and enterprise-driven, emphasizing honor, truth, justice and peace as a value its students are being prepared to spread on a global scale!
Cempaka School offers both the IGCSEs and the IB Diploma Programme, catering to students (and parents) who believe in the value of hard work and healthy moral values in a competitive but nurturing environment that emphasizes enrichment. Cempaka School has developed a wonderfully sustainable system: its students become inspiration for other students by making a difference in the community. It also leads by example in terms of environmental sustainability by using clean renewable energy. Just as clean is Cempaka School students’ university admission rate – a shining 100%.
Specialized in international early years education, EtonHouse is a school for parents who understand the far-reaching importance of the beginning of their children’s educational journeys. This is a preschool and primary school that knows exactly what it wants and why. It chose the IB Primary Years Programme for its commitment to conceptual understanding and high-quality, engaging, inquiry-based international education that matches their own (and is preceded by the wonderful Reggio Emilia preschool program). Nestled in a green environment and permeated with innovative school-wide initiatives that spark curiosity and engagement, EtonHouse is all you could wish for in your kiddo’s home away from home.
Sunway International Schools offer the full range of educational programs – from kindergarten to doctoral studies – are the first and only international schools in Malaysia to offer the Canadian school curriculum and International Baccalaureate (IB), giving it a unique and highly prestigious angle in teaching the future leaders of tomorrow! Though the sheer scope of SIS's offer might give the impression of being academically rigorous and results-oriented, SIS is in fact a place where students work on different skills at different paces through a highly personalized learning journey!