Finding the best school in Kuala Lumpur for your child is important, as this is the foundation for their future. Equip them with the right education building blocks, and they’ll be set up for a good start in life. Here’s our list of the top International Schools in Kuala Lumpur for educating your child for both primary and secondary education.
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Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur uses the US curriculum to provide an educational experience that cultivates character, leadership, and innovation from kindergarten to 12th grade. Equipped with the knowledge and 21st century skills necessary to excel in today’s global community, students are then given a platform to connect their education to real world problems. Students are not simply trained to take a test. They are nurtured into life-long learners who view the world and their future as a unique opportunity to solve problems, create meaning, make improvements, and question the status quo.
Established in 1946 by Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith to provide children with a high-quality British education in Kuala Lumpur, the Alice Smith International School is the oldest school in Malaysia. Similar to most independent schools in the UK, Alice Smith is run on a ‘not for profit’ basis meaning that all the revenue from school fees is invested into the education of the students and used to develop the school’s facilities and resources. Notorious for its outstanding IGCSE and A-Level results, Alice Smith understands the importance of providing a caring and supportive environment where each child can thrive academically, socially, physically and emotionally. There are two campuses, one for primary students from three years up to 11 years and a secondary campus, both of which offer world-class facilities and an abundance of green, open spaces. The school runs weekly tours for prospective families throughout the school year.
The Alice Smith International School Primary Campus, 2 Jalan Bellamy, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2148 3674, firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1999, White Lodge International Preschool and Childcare provides high quality early childhood education in a positive, nurturing and diverse learning environment. Its comprehensive curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) from the UK and is designed to accommodate you and your child at every stage of development. Placing an emphasis on learning through play, children at White Lodge are encouraged to develop their talents and skills through indoor and outdoor activities. White Lodge instills in young children a love for learning, as they prepare to enter into their next stage of education.
White Lodge Bangsar South Nursery & Childcare, Unit 2-1, Level 2, Nexus, Bangsar South, No. 7, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +601 2193 9803, +603 2242 2663, email@example.com, www.whitelodge.education/en-my
White Lodge Desa Parkcity Nursery & Childcare, Lot FF-02, 1/F, The Waterfront, No. 5 Persiaran, Residen, Desa ParkCity 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 6262 2663, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.whitelodge.education/en-my
A friendly school, with a warm family feel, GIS's curriculum follows seven areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematical development, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. There is also a designated early years campus to ensure your little ones are well taken care of.
With exceptional teachers that motivate and inspire pupils, the curriculum at this school taps into your child's natural curiosity and inquisitiveness. Teachers plan lessons with different outcomes, allowing for a range of achievements. BSKL also runs lively sports, music, arts and drama programs, which offer students many opportunities to develop their skills and interests outside of the classroom.
Opened as the sister school to the leading independent Marlborough College in Wiltshire, Marlborough College Malaysia is a co-educational day and boarding school located in Johor Bahru. Offering an excellent, contemporary education either on a day or boarding basis, Marlborough College Malaysia is a co-educational school that teaches the British curriculum to children from three years up to 18 years. The school provides students with an unrivaled education as well as first-class facilities across the board for learning, sports, art and drama, while at the same time nurturing its pupils to be independent, have a strong sense of discipline and to be respectful of, and engage with, the host country.
Marlborough College Malaysia, Jalan Marlborough, 79250 Iskander Puteri, Johor, Malaysia, +607 560 2200, email@example.com, www.marlboroughcollegemalaysia.org. Note, this is located in JB (not KL).
At this co-ed school with an Australian curriculum, your child will learn intercultural skills, ethics, critical and creative thinking, and digital skills. Up-to-date, continually reviewed, thoroughly researched, and written with your child’s needs in mind, the curriculum at AISM is tailored to meet the ever-changing requirements of 21st century living. Students who leave the school are often all-rounders who go on to some of the world's leading universities.
This is an American and IB based curriculum. In addition to language arts, math, science and social studies, students meet with specialist teachers for lessons in art, IT, Malaysian studies, music, physical education, and world languages. The Middle and High Schools offer a wide variety of extra-curricular or supplementary activities for a well-rounded education. These extra-curricular programs include Animal Welfare, dIN, Model United Nations and Helping Hands.
Epsom College in Malaysia, the sister school to Epsom College in England, is a co-educational boarding and day school, which follows the British National Curriculum. Having only opened in September 2014 and with a focus on offering academic excellence combined with a British boarding experience, ECIM is fast becoming one of the top choices for expatriates and Malaysians alike. The senior school for pupils aged 11 to 18 is both a day and boarding school and the on-site prep school welcomes children between three and 10. ECIM will ultimately cater to some 900 boys and girls in a predominantly boarding secondary school with additional 80-day pupils in the prep school.
ELC provides an environment that is not only conducive to learning and character building, but where students are prepared for the responsibilities, opportunities and challenges of adulthood. Parents who send their children to ELC are entrusting them to a group of dedicated professionals committed to maintaining high standards both academically and socially and to a school that commits to the continuous improvement in what they do and in the achievements of their students. Courtesy, concern for others and care of the environment are all actively encouraged whilst a very firm stand is taken against negative social behavior.
This school enables young learners to achieve their full potential today, and empowers them to become global leaders of tomorrow. The three main components of the curriculum include core subjects, creative arts and global awareness. CCAs occur before, during and after school hours, allowing students to further their learning through sports, creative arts, academics and music.
IGB International provides an outstanding, world-class international education which draws on the best of Asian, Western and other cultural traditions, and contributes to a flourishing Malaysia and a sustainable, peaceful global society. A premier Early Years to Grade 12 international school, IGB is situated at Sierramas and Valencia, in the north-west of Kuala Lumpur. IGBIS is an IB World School authorized for the International Baccelaureate Programme.
The spacious and secure Nexus campus is located just a few kilometers outside KLCC in Malaysia’s governmental capital, Putrajaya. Adopting a more personalized approach to learning, Nexus is committed to being an internationally minded learning community that nurtures and supports every child’s emotional, physical, creative and intellectual needs so that they can achieve academic success and become globally responsible citizens. Nexus has a primary school aged for children between three and 12 years and offers both the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes for its secondary students who can either attend the school as a day pupil or as a boarder.
Fairview International School is the only institution in Malaysia to offer a continuum of the IB program, from primary through to to middle years up to diploma level. You can discern your child’s proficiency in the international arena with Fairview International School's FREE Online Oxford English Test, which is offered in the school's five campuses.
The curriculum at Sayfol provides solid learning and preparation for the future. The school exposes students to a wide range of subjects and encourages open mindedness and critical thinking. Children come from over 60 nationalities, making the Sayfol family is a supportive international network of parents, students and teachers.
Initially established in 1960 by British Expatriates who wanted their children to get a high-quality education based on the British system, Tenby Schools is a rapidly growing group of international and Malaysian private schools in Malaysia. Dedicated to bringing students from different cultures and nationalities together, Tenby offers a choice of curricula including the Cambridge International A-Level programme, International Primary Curriculum and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Tenby Schools, Campuses in Ipoh, Shah Alam, Sarawak and Johor Baru, www.tenby.edu.my
St Joseph’s is a Lasallion faith school, which opened in September 2016 in Petaling Jaya. Currently, the school offers the International Primary Curriculum in primary and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in secondary. However, St Joseph’s is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. Offering a value-driven international educational experience within the context of faith and the local community, St Joseph’s draws upon the best practice of some of the leading international schools in the world as well as the ethos of the global network of Lasallian schools.
St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia, No. 1, Jalan PJU 3/13, 47100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia +603 8605 3605, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sji-international.edu.my
ISKL provides its students with learning experiences that challenge them to develop the following four aspects of learning: knowledge, skills, attitudes, and understanding; so they become highly successful, responsible, contributing members to our interconnected world. Programs offered include Prep Reception (3 years old), High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate diploma and Advanced Placement courses.
Al Noor International School, www.ais-kl.edu.my
Cempaka International School, www.cempaka.edu.my
International Islamic School Malaysia, www.iis.edu.my
Lycee Francais de Kuala Lumpur, www.lfkl.edu.my
Mutiara Grammar School, www.migs.edu.my
UCSI International School - Subang Jaya, www.ucsiinternationalschool.edu.my/
Idrissi International School, www.idrissischool.edu.my
GEMS International School Metropark, https://metropark.gems.edu.my/
Beaconhouse Newlands International School, www.beaconhouse.edu.my
Asia Pacific International School, www.apschools.edu.my
Peninsula International School Australia, www.peninsula.edu.my
Help International School, www.his.edu.my
Tanarata International School, www.tanarata.net
Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur, www.kl.tis.edu.my
Sunway International School, www.sunway.edu.my
Sri KDU International School, www.srikdu.edu.my
Hibiscus International School, www.hibiscus.edu.my
EtonHouse Malaysia, www.etonhouse.my
Havil International School, www.havil.edu.my
Sri Utama International School Kuala Lumpur, www.sriutama.edu.my
Kingsgate International School, www.kingsgate.edu.my
R.E.A.L. International School, http://realschools.edu.my/
Kingsley International School, www.kingsley.edu.my
Eaton International School, www.eaton.edu.my
Nobel International School, www.nobel.edu.my
Sri Emas International School, https://sriemas.edu.my
Vikas International School, www.vikas.edu.my
MAZ International School, www.mazinternational.edu.my
Rafflesia International School, https://ris.edu.my/
International Modern Arabic School, www.imas.edu.my
Sri Kuala Lumpur School, www.srikl.edu.my
Dwi Emas International School, https://dwiemas.edu.my
Regent International School, www.regent.edu.my
Wesley Methodist School Kuala Lumpur, www.wms.edu.my
Baseerah International School, www.baseerah.edu.my
German School of Kuala Lumpur, www.dskl.edu.my