The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is a private, not-for-profit, parent-owned and parent-governed, coeducational day school offering an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students from 69 nationalities. The school year has two 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, 13 members of which are elected for three-year terms by members of the Society for the International School of Kuala Lumpur, the sponsor of the school. Membership in the society is automatically given to parents or guardians of children enrolled. The U.S. Embassy appoints one of the board members. The school is officially registered as a nonprofit educational institution under the Malaysia Education Act of 1961.
Curriculum: U.S. college-preparatory and international curricula are offered, including Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. All instruction is in English. French, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysia, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese are taught as world languages in the high school. French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Bahasa Malaysia are offered in middle school. Spanish, Mandarin, and Bahasa Malaysia are presently offered 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/strings music, computers, publications, photography, debate, Model UN, clubs, and intramural activities, as well as an extensive program of interscholastic athletic competitions with local and regional schools. In addition, membership in the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS) provides athletic and performance opportunities throughout Southeast Asia. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) and has an IB authorized diploma program.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 218 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. Almost 75% of the faculty and administration hold advanced degrees at the masters or doctorate levels. The average teaching experience is 17 years. There are specialists for reading, technology, and speech/hearing; learning disabilities and enrichment teachers; counselors; psychologists; and nurses. Professional development opportunities are available year-round.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1700 (PK-grade 5: 645; grades 6-8: 413; and grades 9-12: 642).
Facilities: The school operates a 95,000 square-meter campus set on an 11-hectare site that houses the elementary, middle, and high schools. The campus has central air conditioning including advanced air filtration and comprises all modern facilities, including carpeted classrooms; special rooms for art, music, and computer science instruction; two theater/drama studios as well as libraries; and specialized science laboratories. Sports facilities include an elementary school gymnasium, high/middle school gymnasium, three sports fields (one with a full 400-meter athletics track). The aquatics center has three swimming pools, one of which is a 50-meter pool. The campus has several dance studios, a fitness center, and tennis courts. The cafeteria serves breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Filters and cooled water are available throughout the campus.
Finances: : For the 2020-2021 school year, about 98% of the school’s income is derived from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: RM52,730; K-grade 5: RM84,315; grades 6-8: RM96,345; and grades 9-12: RM106,695. The school also charges an entrance fee of RM41,610 for PK-grade 12 and an annual re enrollment fee of RM8,590 for grades 1-12. A nonrefundable family registration fee of RM27,780 is also charged to accord favorable fee treatment to families with more than one child. Fees are payable in Malaysian ringgit. (All fees are quoted in Malaysian ringgit.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.