Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||14 students / class|
|Maximum||22 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
Malaysian (about 16%), South Korean (about 12%), and American (about 10%).
|Ratio of local students to international students||
Currently about 16% of our students are Malaysian, mainly expats with the Malaysian International Trade group or the foreign service.
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Classroom assistants are employed in all Pre-Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3 classrooms.
|Native English speaking teachers||
Our teachers are predominantly native English speakers ( from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand). Below 10% have English as a second language.
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
PreK 3, PreK 4, and Kindergarten (KG) students are not engaged in formal EAL classes, but are immersed in a language rich environment in which they are exposed to and absorb language naturally.
For Grades 1-5, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for students. Depending on the level of support needed, it may be in the EAL teacher's classroom and/or in the homeroom.
For Grades 6-10, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for those students who are still learning English. Learning support occurs in the EAL teacher's classroom.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
French, Spanish and Mandarin.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
M'KIS has a 1 to 1 technology program from Kindergarten through Grade 5. From Grades 6-12, M'KIS has a Bring your Own Device (BYOD) program.
From Kindergarten to Grade 2, students are assigned iPads. From Grades 3-5, students are assigned Chromebooks.
|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)||
M'KIS is well-prepared to support virtual learning, and has been doing so successfully during the Covid-19 pandemic using a variety of technology tools and platforms including Google Classroom, Google Meets, and Seesaw. Teachers also use a variety of creative tools to record stories, lessons, music, etc, and engage in collaborative learning and interaction with students.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
Yes. Students are assigned homework in varying degrees starting in Grade 1.
|Approximate hours of homework given||
It varies based on the grade level between 15-40 minutes per class in Middle and High school. Students attend 4 classes per day, and the schedule changes every other day.
This varies depending on the grade level.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Yes, a holistic admissions assessment is given, and multiple measures are used to determined student acceptance and placement. This varies per grade level.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Students in our PreK3 do not have a formal assessment. Students in PreK4 & Kindergarten have a brief developmentally appropriate assessment. All students in Grade 1 and above sit an admissions assessment where reading, writing, and math is assessed. For those students still in the process of acquiring English, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) assessment is also given. English as an Additional Language (EAL) support is available up to Grade 10 for those students still in the process of acquiring English.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
As an international school, we are quite used to students joining part way through the year and we work hard to ensure a smooth transition so that students may settle well and then flourish in all respects.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
About 80% complete the IB Diploma testing in May of their Grade 12 year. About 50-60% complete either an SAT or ACT during Grades 11-12.
|Results in these examinations||
They do very well - well above world averages in IB exams and well enough in the SATs and ACTs to get into many tier 1 and 2 universities.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
Mont'Kiara International School is a truly diverse international school, serving close to 50 different nationalities. We have students of all religions but there are no religious class requirements.
|School bus service available||
Yes, a dedicated school bus service is available to students who choose to opt for this service.
Mont'Kiara International School is strategically located within the Mont Kiara suburb, a safe hub and a prime residential location for expatriates . 80% of our M’KIS community live within a ten minute walk of Mont'Kiara International School.
We do have a school bus system providing transportation every day to other areas of KL. There are two late buses at 16.30 and 17.30 to accommodate students who are participating in after school activities and/or sports events.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
We are able to support students who have mild learning differences, but do not have the facilities to support those whose needs are in the moderate/severe range.
|Learning support offered||
Limited Learning Support for students requiring accommodations but not modifications to complete our curriculum requirements.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Differentiation instructions take place within the classrooms; in High School, advance and higher level courses are offered.
|Student access to education psychologist||
Only access currently is coordinated through off-campus support.
|School start time||
8:20 am for grades.
|School finish time||
1:30 pm for Grades Prek 3 - Kindergarten; 3:00 pm for Grades 1 to 12.
|Supervised care before/after school||
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
We offer many After School Activities (at a fee) and School Extracurricular Activities (free) (such as Art Attack, Ballet, Digital Photography, NXT Robotics, Tae Kwon-Do, Karate, etc.), Student Clubs and Service Organisations (such as MUN, National Honour Society, Animal Welfare, Chess Club, Homes for Malaysia, Helping Hands, Global Issues Network, and many more. See our website for more extensive listings.
|School provided lunches||
Yes, however, these are at an additional cost and not included in the school fees.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes. Our canteen is halal and also caters for vegetarian students.
|Sports activities included||
Mandatory PE and Health classes up to Grade 10; PE electives in Grades 11-12. We offer a full range of sports (soccer, Touch Rugby, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Softball, Track & Field, and Cross Country - for most we run both boys and girls teams during three seasons and competitions in our local ISAC league and our regional SEASAC league. See our website for more extensive listings.
|Sports facilities at the school||
25m swimming pool, indoor climbing wall, outdoor climbing wall, full-sized air-conditioned main gym, air-conditioned elementary gym, two sports fields, fitness room (cardio and weights), dance studio, two courtyards, one basketball court, a fitness multi-purpose room, ECE playground
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
Yes, SEASAC, ISAC and AIMS.
|Other facilities at the school||
Library, 400-tiered seat Theatre, 7 Science Labs, Computer Labs, dedicated STEM Lab, Product Design Lab, Art & Ceramics room, Music rooms, Cafeteria, and Health office equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED), nebulizers, wheelchairs, beds and other health-care resources manned by two trained nurses.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
We adhere to our following Mission, Vision and Value Statements.
Belonging and Connection
|Teaching approach of the school||
Educate to improve our global community by enhancing the creative, emotional, social and academic talents of the individual child. As lifelong learners, our students will acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to be caring, independent, productive, and responsible citizens ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.