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International Education in Johor Bahru

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International schools in Malaysia’s Johor Bahru are becoming increasingly popular among expats. This isn’t just because of the city’s diverse mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures; or because it’s rapidly growing; or because it’s the financial centre of the Johor region. More important than all of these factors is Johor Bahru’s close proximity to another expat favourite - Singapore.

Johor Bahru offers something unique; the ability to live in Singapore but attend school across the border at a lower cost. Or vice versa; live, work and attend school in JB while easily enjoying all that Singapore has to offer.

Commuting across the border is common practice; just pack your passport, hop on an express bus (or a school bus which many international schools provide) and you’re good to go. However because it’s so normal and everyone does it, be prepared to queue if you’re travelling across during rush hour.

If commutes and queues aren’t desirable for you, several international schools in Johor Bahru offer boarding facilities. Boarding will of course add to the yearly fees you pay, but the facilities are excellent. Sports grounds and extra curricular programs are standard, and staff usually make a great effort to get children fully involved in school life.

It’s not just the facilities in Johor Bahru’s international schools that are excellent. The standards of education are equal to Singapore’s or any other major Asian city’s international schools.

In Malaysia the Private Education Department (PED) under the Ministry of Education sets the regulations for international schools. They are famously stringent and strict about violations. Any school that’s not up to scratch will be fined, and any school in serious breach of the regulations will face disciplinary action.

In the past decade the demographics of a typical international school in Johor Bahru has changed a lot. In 2012, the Malaysian government removed a regulation that capped the number of local students attending international schools at 40% of the student population. Now, it’s not uncommon for international schools to have at least 50% local students.

Malaysia is also aiming to become a high-income country and is striving to attract highly-skilled expats. This is increasing demand for international schools even further. A couple well-established international school franchises that exist in other countries can be found in Johor Bahru.

The most popular curricula offered in JB’s international schools are the International Baccalaureate, British and American. To cater for the large numbers of local students, many international schools also teach the Malaysian and Singaporean curricula too. It’s also commonplace to have many additional languages available, usually including Malay and Mandarin at the least.

Below, we have compiled the top 10 international schools in Johor Bahru according to our users. However, there are another 10 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Johor Bahru based on your requirements.

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Invictus International School Horizon Hills

Invictus International School is a K-12 institution offering the UK Cambridge Primary, Lower Secondary, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge International A-Levels (Advanced Levels).
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: RM22,500
to: RM48,500

Best 10 International Schools in Johor Bahru

Out of a total of 20 International Schools in Johor Bahru.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Shattuck-St. Mary's Forest City International School

Shattuck-St. Mary's Forest City International School offers American-style education for age 3-18, with a focus on independent learning and creativity. SSM-FC offers education to day and boarding students.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: RM71,100
to: RM104,600

Fairview International School Johor Bahru

Established in 2008, Fairview International School Johor Bahru is the premier International school in Malaysia that offers the whole suite of IB curriculum. FISJB's highly qualified teachers, predominantly internationally trained and experienced teachers deliver quality education to students from pre-school to Year 12, culminating to the widely recognized IB Diploma.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 16
This school does not make their fees public.
Reviews
(4 reviews)

Raffles American School

Raffles American School is a learning community that empowers students to achieve their academic and life potential. RAS serves students Pre-K through 12th grade. Its rigorous and rich academic and co-curricular programs encourage student growth through a learning outcome approach, acknowledging multiple intelligence types and learning pathways. RAS facilitates student success through collaboration with parents, a balanced focus on intellectual, emotional, physical, and social progress.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: RM36,500
to: RM96,800
Reviews
(5 reviews)

Marlborough College Malaysia

Marlborough College Malaysia is a fully coeducational, and independent British boarding and day international school in Iskandar Puteri, one of the best in Malaysia. The school is situated on a secure 90-acre estate on the southern tip of Malaysia 20 km from the Singapore border. The campus provides a spacious and beautiful environment to enrich the development of all pupils.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: RM87,000
to: RM126,000

Repton International School (Malaysia)

Repton International School (Malaysia) is a thriving independent school in Johor Bahru, for ages 3-18.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens

In all Tenby Schools, including Tenby International School Setia Eco Gardens, we provide high quality international education that prepares your child for success in a challenging, globalised world. Understanding that effective learning is more than just academic achievement, our holistic, evidence-based approach seeks to build an attitude of excellence and develop a habit of independent learning in your child – valuable life skills that will enable them to go far in life.
At the same time, we also recognise that academic excellence is a key marker of students’ ability. We are proud to say that we have a strong academic track record as well, with our students scoring well above international averages.
Curriculum
British, Malaysian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
This school does not make their fees public.
Reviews
(1 review)

Stellar International School

Stellar International School is an English medium independent co-educational institution for students aged 3 to 18 in Puteri Harbour at Iskandar, a flagship economic development zone in Johor, Malaysia. SIS provides a rigorous international integrated curriculum, based on both the Cambridge International Curriculum and the Singapore National curriculum. Stellar International School is set for expansion to a purpose built campus by 2027.
OUR VISION
Raising a generation of stars for a sustainable future.
OUR MISSION
Preparing the next generation of global citizens by equipping them with lifelong learning skills in this ever-changing world.
Registration is now open for all year levels:
Early years : Pre-Nursery / Nursery / Reception
Primary: (Year 1- Year 6)
Secondary: (Year 7 - Year 10)
*Year 11 will be available in 2024
Curriculum
British, International, Singaporean
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.

Sri Utama International School Johor Bahru

Utama International School is a private International and National School. Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary levels. UIS is a united, dynamic learning community that fosters family values and continually strives for success in providing quality education. Its mission is to develop confidence, self-esteem and humility in young individuals within a safe learning environment while contributing to society.
The Utama International School is a co-educational (boys and girls) institution. It adopts the British School Curriculum and Syllabus for both primary and secondary schools.
Curriculum
British, Malaysian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
This school does not make their fees public.

Invictus International School Horizon Hills

Invictus International School is a K-12 institution offering the UK Cambridge Primary, Lower Secondary, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge International A-Levels (Advanced Levels).
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: RM22,500
to: RM48,500

100 Lambs International School

STUDENT-CENTERED DECISIONS
HIGH EXPECTATIONS
UNITY
EQUITY
RESPECT
STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

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