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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: RM61,340
to: RM115,305
Address: No. 2, Lorong Kelab Polo Di Raja, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Number of students

1700 students - PreK- Grade 12

Number of nationalities represented in the school

68 Nationalities

Most common nationality

American citizens

Ratio of local students to international students

13% local

Max. number of students per class

Prep Reception = 12
Prep Junior = 14
Prep Senior = 16
Grade 1 - 5 = 20
Grade 6 - 8 = 24
Grade 9 - 12 = 24

Average number of students per class

Depends on the grade level. Not more than the above class sizes.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

We have Team Assistants who assist teachers with preparations. They do not teach.

Native English speaking teachers

Our faculty comprise from approximately 18 different nationalities. Languages are taught by native speakers.

Language support for students not fluent in English

ISKL offers a comprehensive English as Additional Language for those not fluent in English. These classes are offered during the school day.

Additional language classes offered by the school

World Languages include: Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, French, Spanish and Korean Language (IB and Higher Level)

Use of technology in the classroom

All teachers integrate technology into the curriculum whenever it is feasible and constructive.
Our Middle School students are provided MacBook Pros and our High School students bring their own laptops to school. Our Elementary School makes use of a more blended model where school-owned iPads are most prevalent in the early years while MacBook Pros and iMacs are abundant in our upper elementary classrooms. Other resources include SMART Boards, document cameras, digital video cameras, still cameras, digital voice recorders, and school-wide wireless access to the Internet.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, ISKL has virtual systems in place to create the classroom experience through online video conference calls. Apps like Zoom are commonplace.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Course description at the different levels will include a statement about the amount of time students can expect
to spend on homework.

Approximate hours of homework given

Varies at different levels.

Uniform required

ISKL has school uniforms and observes a dress code that varies slightly at each division. Occasionally there are tag days where students are allowed to dress according to a particular theme.

Waiting list

Students are admitted throughout the school year. We encourage parents wishing to enroll their child at ISKL to contact our Admissions Office regarding spaces and the process to apply.

Entry evaluation for students

In some cases, an admission decision is reached based on review of an applicant's file. In other cases, review of the application indicates a need for admission testing.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Testing might include a readiness assessment (for Prep Reception, Prep Junior, and Prep Senior), academic testing, such as mathematics, reading comprehension, writing sample, and/or English as an Additional Language (EAL) screening, or an interview with members of the admissions team.

After admission is confirmed, placement testing is administered if required to ensure appropriate class placement (such as a specific level of a foreign language or a specific level of math).

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no formal deadline to apply; we encourage families to apply as soon as possible.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we do if there the classes are not filled and if the applicant meets ISKL's Admissions requirements.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

At ISKL we strive to guide students in the direction of finding the best-fit program that will provide the personal growth and education best suited to their post-secondary goals. The flexibility of ISKL’s academic program creates global opportunities and the graduating class of 2020 has already received more than 450 acceptances and offers from over 200 universities in 13 countries spanning five continents and received almost USD$3.5 million in scholarships. The list below shows acceptances and offers by country (multiples shown in brackets). Additional offers from universities in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia will be received later in the year.

More information can be found here: https://www.iskl.edu.my/education/high-school/universityacceptances

External examinations or assessments available

In the High School the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Advanced Placement Programs are available.

Results in these examinations

IB Diploma Exam Results
http://www.iskl.edu.my/education/high-school/advanced-academics-programs/international-baccalaureate-ib

AP Exams Results
http://www.iskl.edu.my/education/high-school/advanced-academics-programs/advanced-placement-ap

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Muslim students are allowed to leave campus for Friday Prayers with the exception of the Elementary and Middle Schools students who are to be accompanied by their parent/guardian.

School bus service available

Bus services are available to and from various areas in the Klang Valley, including Putrajaya. Bus service is also provided for students involved in after school activities. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoWwR7WsKU0

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The Life-Centered Education (LCE) program is designed to meet the needs of students who have significant intellectual, learning, or developmental differences. Students accepted into the program receive personalized academic programming with embedded social-emotional learning from highly trained special educators. Each Student Success Plan (SSP) is strength-based and intentionally designed to foster student independence and self-advocacy.

Instruction is delivered in multiple locations within the school including the LCE classrooms, multi-sensory rooms, and general education classrooms. Each student’s SSP indicates the degree of participation in mainstream academic courses, including IB courses, specialist classes (art, music, & physical education), and after-school activities based on the student’s abilities and strengths. We believe that opportunities to engage in classes and activities with peers is a key aspect of inclusion programming.

In 2019, ISKL won the prestigious International School Leader Awards in the Initiative for Inclusion category for its LCE program. The awards were hosted by the UK’s International School Leader Magazine and included nominations from schools in 38 different countries.

The program is offered schoolwide for students in Elementary, Middle, and High School.

More information can be found here: https://www.iskl.edu.my/education/learning-at-iskl/lceprogram

Learning support offered

The Student Resource Team (SRT) ISKL includes the English as an Additional Language (EAL) curricular leader, Learning Resource (LR) curricular leader, Counselors, Psychologist, Health Service Coordinator and Administrators. SRT members aim to provide support and care to ensure that each student becomes a successful learner. Collectively, the team strives to support teams in meeting student needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

ISKL strives to accommodate a variety of abilities and interests within the current available resources. More information can be found here: https://www.iskl.edu.my/education/learning-at-iskl/lceprogram

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

Early childhood programs (Prep Reception and Prep Junior) run from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Prep Senior to Grade 5 run from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
Middle School run from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
High School run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

School finish time

Early childhood programs (Prep Reception and Prep Junior) run from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Prep Senior to Grade 5 run from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
Middle School run from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
High School run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

ISKL offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. A comprehensive list can be found on the school's website for each of its division. Link here: https://www.iskl.edu.my/education/beyond-classrooms

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

ISKL offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. A comprehensive list can be found on the school's website for each of its division.

Sports facilities at the school

From world-class science labs, classrooms, art facilities, and three libraries, the school also includes flexible spaces designed to incorporate the latest in teaching and learning concepts. With extensive playing fields, an Olympic sized track, two gymnasia, and tennis courts, the new campus is adorned with superb sports facilities. Also, the standout Aquatics Complex includes one 50-meter Olympic sized competition pool, a 25-meter daily activity pool, and a learn-to-swim pool for young learners. The Performing Arts Center (PAC), with four distinct elements, will showcase local and regional events that serve the needs of the community well beyond that of ISKL. Included in this complex will be a purpose-built 700 seat Performance Theatre, an Atrium Amphitheatre, and plans for further completion of a Concert Recital Hall and Black Box Theatre.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

IASAS Conferences
Association of South East Asia Schools (IASAS) is the premier athletics and activities conference in the region, founded in 1982. Our Varsity teams compete in IASAS. IASAS member schools run three, eight to ten week seasons in sports and activities. The season culminates in an IASAS championship tournament. These tournaments are hosted on a rotational basis among member schools.

We compete in the following IASAS Tournaments:

Varsity Volleyball
Varsity Swimming
Varsity Soccer
Varsity Basketball
Varsity Boys Rugby
Varsity Girls Touch
Varsity Cross Country
Varsity Tennis
Varsity Softball
Varsity Badminton
Varsity Track & Field
Varsity Golf
Debate & Forensics
Cultural Conventions (Art, Dance, Drama, Music)
Math
IASAS Member Schools are:

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)
Singapore American School (SAS)
Jakarta International School (JIS)
Taipei American School (TAS)
International School of Bangkok (ISB)
International School of Manila (ISM)
The IASAS handbook, results, and IASAS information can be found on the IASAS website at: www.iasas.asia

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) was the first fully accredited international school in Malaysia and is home to more than 1,600 students from over 60 countries. It was also the first school in Malaysia to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Many of the school’s graduates attend the world’s most prestigious universities and continue to improve the lives of communities around the world.

ISKL is a private nonprofit, parent-governed school accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ISKL, the first IB accredited school in Malaysia, is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

ISKL has a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has championed a holistic approach to the education of young people for over 50 years. Its graduates attend the finest universities in the UK, USA, and around the world, with the Class of 2018 receiving over $3.9 million in scholarships to support them pursuing their higher education studies. Year after year, ISKL student IB and AP results exceed both the world and Asia Pacific averages.

Faculty at the school are recruited from around the world, with 75% of them holding a Master’s or terminal degree in their discipline; over 85% of faculty have nine or more years teaching experience. The school offers each student access to a broad range of opportunities in the arts, athletics, service, academics, and more with many opportunities for travel throughout the region for both performance and athletic competition, as well through the High School’s Global Action Program (GAP) and Malaysia Week programs in the Middle School. As one of the oldest international schools in the region, ISKL students graduate into a robust alumni community who are leaders throughout the world.

Teaching approach of the school

The school provides an exceptional international education which combines best practice from around the world, and challenges each student to develop the attitude, skills, knowledge, and understanding to become a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen.

ISKL cultivates students from early childhood to adolescence with learning experiences that will challenge them to be highly successful. ISKL values the importance of strong academic achievement, knowing that more is expected of graduates today. ISKL continues to set the bar in educational practice both locally and globally.

List of Educational Level:

Early Childhood (Prep Reception, Prep Junior, Prep Senior), Elementary School (Grade 1-5), Middle School (Grade 6-8), High School (Grade 9-12) with an option to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in High School.

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