This is the main question parents ask when deciding which international school is right for their child. With over 170 English-medium international school choices in Malaysia, the options can be overwhelming. At The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), families of 1,700 students representing over 65 nationalities can attest to why ISKL is the right fit for a holistic learning journey.
In line with the school’s vision, ISKL champions personal growth, development and self-directed learning, together with an inclusive education support system that nurtures all learning needs with a school-wide student support and counselling program. With an educational approach that incorporates the school's motto of 'Be All You Are’, and encourages students to explore their passions and interests, achieve their goals, and better understand themselves.
In line with this, ISKL offers a flexible curriculum that provides individualised programs to meet students' best abilities, interests, and aspirations – a ‘best fit’ approach. In Grade 9 and 10, students have access to an innovative learning program that reimagines the school experience at ISKL, called PRAXIS 2030. Featuring a smaller learning community and flexible timetable, PRAXIS 2030 focuses on problem-based learning and situates the current Science, English, Social Studies, and Art disciplines around a series of complex, compelling problems that demand an interdisciplinary approach.
In Grade 11, students can choose to undertake the full two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), or combine individual IB, Advanced Placement (AP), and High School Diploma courses via the ISKL Pursuits Program to create a customised program that meets the specific individual needs of each student.
ISKL is unique in offering this combination of curriculum options and students find that being able to tailor their educational program to their interests, aspirations and university choices enables them to take advantage of global opportunities. Regardless of which pathway the student chooses, the curriculum provides strong academic results that outperform regional and worldwide averages.
At ISKL, service-learning is an integral part of the school curriculum and encourages students to make positive changes by getting involved in projects that fulfil the needs of the community. A wide selection of extra-curricular activities provides students with the opportunity to participate in sports, theatre, the Arts, advocacy, community partnerships and humanities clubs, among other enriching activities. The Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia Schools (IASAS) program comprising of a variety of athletics, Cultural Convention and Tournaments, Model United Nations (MUN), and language and culture programs offering the chance to participate in tournaments with other international schools in the region.
High School students also have the opportunity to engage in the Global Action Program (GAP) providing service in remote communities around the region. GAP increases students’ awareness of emerging global issues by involving them in a range of cultural, environmental, and service opportunities within Southeast Asia. Students begin with overnight trips in Grade 4 and 5, then on to one of the highlights of Middle School – Malaysia Week – before taking on the exciting challenge of GAP.
ISKL also boasts a faculty of inspirational international educators. Over 90% of ISKL's faculty hold a minimum of nine years of teaching experience, over 70% have a Master's or Ph.D., and 62% of IB teachers are also IB examiners. Students benefit greatly from this knowledge base as teachers apply their experience and additional insights into classroom teaching and learning.
From a parental perspective, ISKL has an active Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) that organises many activities from new parent receptions to fundraising. The PTA's role is to work closely together in building a strong school community, answer queries and offer support to new and returning families.
In 2018, ISKL moved to a purpose-built 26-acre campus in Ampang HIlir. The new campus comprises state-of-the-art technology and science laboratories, indoor and outdoor sports complexes, an aquatic complex featuring learn-to-swim, competition, and Olympic-sized pools; and a Performing Arts Centre with a 600+ seat theatre, 600-seat elementary theatre, black box-style theatre with 345 retractable seats, and an amphitheatre.
There are many things that sets ISKL apart, and one of the most significant is its not-for-profit, parent-governed status. This means that revenue is reinvested back into the school for the benefit of the students. This enables investment in hiring the best educators with faculty staying for five years of more – well above the international school average. With such a notable legacy, ISKL aims to provide their students with the right tools to become highly successful, spirited and socially responsible global citizens.
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