Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: International School of Kuala Lumpur

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Date: 12/15/2009 Location: Kuala Lumpur Description: International School of KL students © State Dept Image
Date: 12/15/2009 Location: Kuala Lumpur Description: International School of Kuala Lumpur © State Dept Image




The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is a private, not-for-profit, parent-governed, coeducational day school offering an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students from more than 60 nationalities. The school year has 2 semesters that extend from early August to mid-December and from mid-January to early June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by members of the Society for the International School of Kuala Lumpur, the sponsors of the School. Membership in the Society is automatically given to parents or guardians of children enrolled. The School is officially registered as a nonprofit educational institution under the Malaysia Education Act of 1961.

Curriculum: A U.S. college-preparatory curriculum is offered, including Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. All instruction is in English. French, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese are taught as modern languages in the high school. French, Spanish and Mandarin are offered in the middle school. Spanish and Mandarin are presently offered in grades 3-5 in the elementary school. Graduates attend colleges and universities in North America, Europe, and a variety of home countries. Extracurricular activities include drama, dance, choral/instrumental music, computers, publications, photography, debate, Model U.N., clubs, and intramural activities, as well as an extensive program of interscholastic athletic competitions with local and regional schools. In addition, membership in the IASAS provides athletic and performance opportunities throughout South East Asia. The School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Council of International Schools (CIS).

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 197 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members. Almost 75% of the faculty and administration hold advanced degrees at Masters or Doctorate levels. The average teaching experience is 15 years. There are specialists for reading, technology, and speech/hearing; learning disabilities and enrichment teachers; counselors; a psychologists; and nurses. Professional development opportunities are available year-round.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,592 (PK-grade 5: 585; grades 6-8: 406; and grades 9-12, 601).

Facilities: The School operates two campuses. The Ampang campus houses the middle school and high school, and the Melawati campus houses the elementary school. Both campuses have air-conditioned, modern facilities including carpeted classrooms; special rooms for art, music, and computer instruction; a theatre/studio; a library; and specialized science laboratories. Sports facilities at each campus include a gymnasium, sports fields, and a swimming pool. The Ampang campus has a dance studio, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Both campuses have wireless internet and numerous electronic white boards in classrooms. Air-conditioned canteens at both campuses serve snacks and lunch.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 96% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $16,217; K.-grade 5: $18,083; grades 6-8: $20,667; and grades 9-12: $22,900. The School also charges an entrance fee of $9,283 for PK-grade 12 and an annual reenrollment fee of $1,917 for grades 1-12. A nonrefundable Land and Building Fund fee of $6,200 is also charged. Fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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