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Top 5 International Schools In Malaysia

The best education for our future generations

As a parent, you want the best for your children. The crème de la crème with top notch quality.

The best shoes, the best toys, the best life experience. And, of course, the best education.

Education is one of the most important keys you need to unlock opportunities in life in order to succeed and every parent wants to ensure the brightest possible future for their offspring. They are willing to dish out tens of thousands of ringgit per year (if they can afford it) to send their children to international schools to increase their chances of getting into the best universities.

An international schools’ student body is mostly made up of expatriate children, which is why most international schools are built in locations densely populated by expats such as Mont’ Kiara, Damansara, and Kuala Lumpur.

According to data released by ISC Research in 2017, there are 171 international schools scattered across Malaysia, all ripe for picking. Out of all these numbers, we have narrowed it down to the top 5 for your consideration, so read on!

1. Alice Smith School

Alice Smith Primary Campus. Image via Arch Daily

Alice Smith Secondary Campus. Image via International Schools

Alice Smith School boasts two stunning campuses -- a primary campus located in Kuala Lumpur and a secondary campus located in Seri Kembangan, with representations from 47 nationalities.

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Providing education based on the British curriculum for students aged 3 to 18, it is one of the most promising international schools with an impressive success rate where 95% of its students gained places at Cambridge and Yale. 

Depending on the year group, the fees range from RM13,230 to RM31,100 per term, and there are three terms per year. The tuition fees include books, materials as well as resources.

2. Garden International School 

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One of the oldest and most distinguished schools, Garden International School is located in Mont’ Kiara. It also has a pre-school in Sri Hartamas called the Early Years Centre for children aged 3 to 5. Over 60 nationalities make up the student body at  Garden International School. 

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Depending on the year group, the tuition fee per term ranges from RM23,680 to RM32,820. Families are able to enjoy a discount with the enrollment of each subsequent sibling. The more, the merrier! 

3. The International School of Kuala Lumpur 

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Situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, ISKL is the longest running IB World School in Malaysia. To promote a nurturing and sustainable culture, the school has allocated parking space for up to 80 buses to reduce the usage of cars. Recycling bins are also scattered in abundance across the campus . 

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ISKL has been providing the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 1989. The students from the school were offered to enrol at Ivy League colleges and other top notch universities abroad. 

Depending on the grades or year group of the students, the cumulative amount of the tuition, admission and enrolment fees are between RM52,730 to RM106,695 per annum.

4. Cempaka International School 

Cempaka International School Cheras. Image via International Schools 

Originally founded in Cheras, Cempaka International School has expanded to form the Cempaka group of schools, paving the way for the birth of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights.

Cempaka International School aims to raise all-rounders where the students are given individual attention to facilitate their learning experience to its optimum level. Offering IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Cempaka Schools Malaysia is the first Apple Distinguished School in South Asia.

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Depending on the age and level of students, the tuition fees range between RM18,000 to RM21,800 per annum. Discounts will be given for each subsequent sibling who enrols. However, the discount is valid for only siblings within the same Cempaka school. 

5. The British International School of Kuala Lumpur  

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At British International School, students are offered high quality British international education from Early Years through to Sixth Form, where they will thrive in a personalised multilingual environment. Some of the languages taught include Spanish, Mandarin, French and Bahasa Malaysia. 

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has verified BSKL as outstanding in various educational provisions, acknowledging its status as one of the leading international schools in Asia. BSKL boasts representations across 63 nationalities. 

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Depending on the age of the students, annual fees range from RM55,170 to RM99,970. School lunches, school uniforms and bus services are excluded from the fees. 

So there you have it, the top 5 international schools in Malaysia listed down for your convenience. They might be on the pricey side, but if you can afford it, why not invest some of your earnings on your child’s education? After all, the future of the world is in their hands!

Cover image via Tatler Malaysia

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