Alternative Curriculum

Most international schools in Malaysia follow a British, American or Australian curriculum. We take a look at alternative curriculum and the schools that offer them.

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Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting affair taking into consideration everything from type of curriculum, pastoral care, extracurricular activities, academic results and costs. International schools here tend to follow the familiar British, American and Australian curriculums; but there is a rising number of parents who are looking beyond this for various reasons, including learning a second language and access to free or very reasonably priced university education in countries like France and Germany.


The Global Indian International School offers Indian and international curriculums from Kindergarten to Year 12 including the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and a Global Montessori Plus programme. To enrol, students are evaluated with an aptitude test as part of the admissions process. Children aged three and below are tested through an interactive session while those aged four are required to attend an interaction session along with a reading and writing assignment. Subsequently, students from Years 1 to 11 are required to pass a written test to fulfil the school’s entry requirements.


The German School of Kuala Lumpur is a non-profit private institution providing education for students from kindergarten right through to secondary school. The school is supported by the Central Organisation of German Schools Abroad and is recognised by the Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany. With this recognition, report cards and final exams are recognised in the same way as all German public schools. Once students have finished secondary school, they will have three important certifications stating they have passed the Year 9 and 10 examinations and the important German University Entrance Qualification (Deutsches Internationales Abitur).


In line with advocating French academics, Lycée Français Henri Fauconnier has been affiliated with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) since 1990 and offers the official French curriculum, which means that students can continue their education at any French school in France or overseas. The easiest and most effective way for a child to become bilingual is being immersed in the language, as it’s not a requirement to know French to begin studying here. The French system is rather academic and prepares students well for the rigours of tertiary education, and with French universities being free for everyone (some do charge a nominal fee which is a fraction of what you would pay in the UK), this is a good option for an international education.


As with their brother schools, St. Joseph’s Institution and SJI International Singapore, St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) upholds the values of the Lasallian schools with quality education. SJII Malaysia offers various curriculums according to early years, elementary, high school and senior school. In elementary school, students up to Year 6 are offered the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) while students in high school (Year 7 to Year 11) are offered the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is offered to students in Senior school (Year 12 and 13). 

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