The trend of Islamic education in Malaysia is gradually increasing due to the high demand of parents looking to educate their children within an environment offering a healthy balance of secularism and religion. This is where Islamic international schools fill the gap by successfully melding international or local curriculums backed by strong Islamic virtues within a systematic framework. Students are given the opportunity to be exposed to the best of two contrasting fields of study, which influences them academically, socially and mentally; and fulfils their spiritual needs.
How does an Islamic international school differ?
International schools in Malaysia mostly offer the International Primary Curriculum, English National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate, American or Australian curriculum; with similar subjects taught. Islamic international schools will follow a similar syllabus with the addition of Islamic studies, Arabic language classes and Quranic classes from pre-school through to pre-university.
Islamic international schools help offer a conducive environment for the development of a student’s soft skills both physically and spiritually. Outside the academic syllabus, these specialised institutes offer pastoral care that is in line with the tenets of Islam and additional activities like group prayer sessions. Students also work towards attaining their IGCSE qualifications in Islamiyat and Arabic.
In Malaysia, the Islamic international school is the mostly the domain of English-speaking middle-class families who want their children to study in English, get international qualifications and possibly go abroad to pursue a degree. It is interesting to note that these schools are more affordable than an international school of similar standards, and there are non-Muslim students attending these schools as well. For Muslim families, these schools provide the best of both worlds – a well-rounded international education supported by religious teachings and influences.
Islamic international schools in KL include Seven Skies International School, International Islamic School (IIS), Idrissi International School, Greenview Islamic International School, Al-Noor International School and Spectrum International Islamic School.