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10 Atas International Schools in Klang Valley & What They Got

Updated 17 Mar 2022 – By Team Loanstreet


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NOTE FROM EDITOR: The school fee price range has been corrected.



So, it’s time to send your kid to school. Perhaps you had considered sending your kids to an international school, for multiple reasons (that one you tap chest, ask appetite la). You must have muttered to yourself, “Man, these schools are super expensive eh?” 

Yes, kawans, it is mahal. But, have you ever considered what they can offer at that price? Let’s see 10 of these expensive international schools and what they can provide for your child, from the highest to the lowest fee!
 

1. International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)


Source: ISKL


Established in 1965, ISKL boasts a state-of-the-art campus in Ampang Hilir. Over 1,800 students from 65 countries have been catered to in the school, and it’s also the longest-running World International Baccalaureate School in Malaysia, having offered the curriculum since 1989. The school also promotes a flexible curriculum, where students are able to choose those that are best suited to their abilities, interests and goals. 

  • Price Range: RM59,000 to RM120,400 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Early Childhood (3 to 4 years old), Elementary School (5 to 10 years old, Middle School (11 to 13 years old), High School (14 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: International Baccalaureate
  • Facilities: Theatres and amphitheatre, design, tech and science labs, multisensory rooms, digital art studios, tennis courts, 400m regulation track and field, Olympic-sized competition pool.
  • Academic Achievements: 2021 Well-being Initiative School Award, 97% Global IB pass rate
  • Notable Alumni: Dr Elena Azizan (Frontliner in COVID-19 research in Malaysia)
 

2. Mont’ Kiara International School (M’KIS)



Located in the heart of Mont Kiara on a single campus, M’KIS is one of the few schools in Malaysia that carry the North American school’s syllabus. They predominantly cater to expats’ families, but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply, yeah! You can join them in their diverse student demographic of more than 50 countries!

  • Price Range: RM48,410 to RM110,828 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Pre-Kindergarten (3 to 4 years old), Elementary School (5 to 10 years old, Middle School (11 to 13 years old), High School (14 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: International Baccalaureate
  • Facilities: Playgrounds, swimming pools, natural grass field, STEM lab, theatre, design and tech workshops, gym, weight rooms
  • Academic Achievements: 89% Global IB pass rate
  • Notable Alumni: Nil


3. The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BISKL)


Source: BISKL

Established in 2009, BISKL offers schooling from as young as 2 years old. Students come from 60 nationalities and can benefit from collaborations with the world’s best organisations which include MIT and UNICEF. Being part of the Nord Anglia Education School system, students from BISKL also get to connect with over 70,000 students from British International Schools around the world. 

  • Price Range: RM45,600 to RM99,970 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Early Years (2 to 5 years old), Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (11 to 16 years old), Sixth Form (17 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: English National Curriculum, IGCSE, A-Levels
  • Facilities: Performing arts theatre, dedicated art, music, computing rooms, IT resource centre, dedicated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) classrooms, science labs, multisensory rooms, digital art studios, multi-purpose grass fields, swimming pools. 
  • Academic Achievements: 86% A*/A grades in A-Levels, 81% A*/A grades in IGCSE
  • Notable Alumni: Nil


4. Sri KDU International School


Source: Sri KDU International School

Founded in 2011, the school is one of the international schools in the country that provides the IGCSE curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. You are also allowed to choose between the national or international curriculum within the same campus. 

  • Price Range: RM41,985 to RM63,600 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (11 to 16 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Facilities: Design, science and technology labs, art studios, outdoor multi-purpose field, dance studio, multi-purpose hall, swimming pool
  • Academic Achievements: 51.28 A* grade in IGCSE, 37.6 point average for IBDP results
  • Notable Alumni: Nil

5. Alice Smith School


Source: Alice Smith School

The first-ever British international school in Malaysia has been here since 1946 and is also a parent-owned international school in Malaysia. It has 2 campuses, for primary students in Jalan Bellamy, and the secondary in Taman Equine. The secondary school campus’ classrooms are built with mainly glass, so students can use it as a writing surface to outline their ideas before putting them into paper. Pretty cool, right?

  • Price Range: RM15,430 to RM33,300  RM26,460  to RM62,200 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Pre-school and Reception (3 to 5 years old), Primary (6 to 11 years old), Secondary (11 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE, A-Levels
  • Facilities: Drama and broadcasting studio, individual study areas, study booths, lecture theatres, design, tech and science labs, multisensory rooms, digital arts studios, tennis courts, multi-purpose sports hall, multi-purpose grass fields, synthetic running track, Olympic-sized competition pool.
  • Academic Achievements: 60% A/A* grade (now grade 7-9) in IGCSE, 67% A*/A grade in A-Levels
  • Notable Alumni: Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (Founder, AirAsia)  
 

6. Gardens International School (GIS)


Source: Garden International School


Founded in 1951, Gardens International School is one of the oldest and most distinguished international schools in Malaysia. With over 2,000 students, GIS is also the biggest co-ed school in Malaysia. The school also has a strong alumni network, who provide assistance and mentorship to students under their THRIVE programme.

  • Price Range: RM15,070 to RM32,820  RM45,210 to RM98,460 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Early Years (Nursery - 4 years old to Reception - 5 years old ), Primary (Year 1 - 6 years to Year 6 - 11 years ), Secondary (Year 7 - 12 years to Year 13 - 18 years)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE, A-Levels
  • Facilities: Specialist Learning Areas (i.e STEM room, Design and Technology workshops, Perceptual Motor Rooms, outdoor learning areas), Sixth Form Centre, Sports and Fitness (Football field, tennis court, swimming pool, gym, weight training room), Art and Music studios, tech equipped classrooms (Google Suite access, Apple TV, Macbooks and iPads in classrooms) 
  • Academic Achievements: Apple Distinguished School, 73% A*/A grade results in A Levels, 76% A*/A grade results in IGCSE
  • Notable Alumni: Lorraine Hahn (former CNBC news presenter), Natalie Kniese (Malaysian Radio announcer)


7. HELP International School (HIS)


Source: international-schools.org

The school is rather new to the scene, only established in 2015, but it has over 1,200 students under its wing already. Younger students get to enjoy a bilingual programme during their pre-school and Year 1 terms, where classes will be taught in both English and Mandarin. 

  • Price Range: RM21,830 to RM50,000  RM23,496 to RM50,904 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Pre-school (3 to 5 years old), Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (11 to 16 years old), Sixth Form (17 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE, A-Levels
  • Facilities: Cookery, design and technology labs, art studios, makerspace (equipped with 3D printers, greenscreen recording areas) outdoor sports arena, performing arts theatre, dance studio, multi-purpose hall, playground areas. 
  • Academic Achievements: Apple Distinguished School, 54% A* grade in A-Levels, 75% A*/A grades in IGCSE
  • Notable Alumni:  Nil


8. R.E.A.L International School


Source: international-schools.org

Founded in 1986 as Sekolah Sang Suria, the school now has 3 campuses in Cheras, Shah Alam and Johor. They are one of the only 2 schools in Malaysia that have been certified by Cambridge, UK to run the Cambridge IGCSE Practical Science Subject. The school also has a national school branch that runs the Malaysian education syllabus, which means you can also take PT3 and SPM. 

  • Price Range: RM19,280 to RM33,010  RM19,280 to RM33,010 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (12 to 17 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE
  • Facilities: Art studio, art gallery, fashion design, culinary arts, and science labs, makerspace (equipped with green screen area and 3D printers), music studio. 
  • Academic Achievements: 90.6% pass rate in IGCSE
  • Notable Alumni: Nil


9. Taylor’s International School


Source: Taylor’s International School KL 

Have you heard of Taylor’s Lakeside University? Well, they have international schools too, and it’s been here for almost 30 years, believe it or not! Previously known as Sekolah Sri Garden in 1991, Taylor’s International School currently has 2 campuses, located in Kuala Lumpur and Puchong. Students of TIS also have the advantage of a smooth transition to tertiary education, via their network of Taylor’s College and Taylor’s University.

  • Price Range: RM15,540 to RM45,690 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Early Years (3 to 5 years old), Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (12 to 17 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE
  • Facilities: Auditorium, gym, multi-purpose field, robotics and science labs, drama and music rooms, dance studio, multi-purpose hall.
  • Academic Achievements: Quantum Learning Distinguished School (First school in the world to achieve this award)
  • Notable Alumni: Wong Choong Hann (former Malaysian national badminton player)

 

10. SAYFOL International School


Source: SAYFOL

The school has been around since 1985 and has been the alma mater of 60 nationalities. SAYFOL also provides one-to-one support where needed and encourages a student-centred and holistic approach to teaching and learning. SAYFOL International School is also one of the few in the country to provide early childhood education from as young as 2 years old!

  • Price Range: RM12,600 to RM29,650 per annum
  • Age Groups Offered: Kindergarten (2.5 to 5 years old), Primary (5 to 11 years old), Secondary (12 to 17 years old), A-Level (17 to 18 years old)
  • Syllabus Offered: IGCSE, A-Level
  • Facilities: ICT and science labs, multipurpose sports court, performing arts theatre
  • Academic Achievements: 100% passing rate in IGCSE, A-Level
  • Notable Alumni: Deborah Henry (Miss Universe Malaysia 2011), Vishen Lakhiani (Co-Founder of Mindvalley)

If you’re still thinking these schools are a little mahal…

Don’t worry! You can always enquire about the rebates or scholarships that are available for these schools. For example, Gardens International School offers students a 3% rebate on Tuition Fees for Terms 2 and 3 if the annual Tuition Fee is paid in full on or before the first day of Term 1. 

Whatever the reason it is that you would be interested in sending your kids over to an international school, it’s great to know how much you would be investing in your little one, and what they can get from the school with that! 

Happy Hunting! 

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*The above article is intended for informational purposes only. Loanstreet accepts no responsibility for loss that may arise from reliance on information contained in the articles.

 

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