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10 Best British International Schools in Kuala Lumpur

Published by SchoolAdvisor | Oct 26, 2021
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Find an international school in Kuala Lumpur that offers the best of British Curriculum for IGCSE, A-Levels and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for your child!

There are over 116 international schools in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas alone, all offering a range of curriculum from all over the world, namely American, Australian, Canadian curricula and International Baccalaureate, to name a few. However, the British curriculum has been one of the leading and preferred education systems in Malaysia for parents and students alike.

Also known as the UK Curriculum or the National Curriculum of England and Wales, students in the British Curriculum will sit for the IGCSE examination at 16-years-old and many continue to pursue A-Levels afterwards. British schools prepare students academically, socially and equip them with the necessary skills to become tomorrow’s leaders by fitting each students’ learning needs.

The top destination for tertiary education for students studying British Curriculum is the top universities in the United Kingdom. Many have aspired to attend top American, Canadian, Australian universities, and many others opt for universities in East Asia such as in China, South Korea and more.

British international schools in Malaysia all strive to provide the best education for all students. These schools have secured accreditation from international organisations such as the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and Council of British International Schools (COBIS) which advises the schools on safeguarding, teachers’ development and more. The schools also undergo a local accreditation from Malaysia’s Ministry of Education which are rated through the quality assurance system for private education bodies known as Sistem Kualiti Institusi Pengajian Swasta (SKIPS).

Here is a comprehensive list of international schools in Kuala Lumpur that offer British curriculum:

1. Sayfol International School

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Sayfol International School

Situated in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Sayfol International School was founded in 1985 and adopted the National Curriculum of England. The school offers the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Syllabus for their Upper Secondary students (IGCSE) and a continuous pathway to A-Levels through the Pearson Edexcel IAL examination.

Sayfol’s January 2021/June 2021 IGCSE cohort have achieved remarkable results for their examination -- a testament to the school’s ability to sharpen students’ academic strengths and achieve their desired grades.

Learn more about Sayfol International School: sayfol.edu.my.

2. International Islamic School Malaysia

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur International Islamic School Malaysia

The International Islamic School Malaysia (IISM) is perfect for parents who seek an international school that integrates Islamic values in their children’s education.

The Islamic school utilises the Cambridge International Curriculum. IISM offers an array of subjects that not only focus on worldly education at the IGCSE level but also be exposed to Quranic studies (Iqra’, Tilawah and Tahfiz). The school offers a direct pathway to A-Levels and boarding is available for students who are interested in experiencing living on campus.

IISM’s campus is located in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, and is near the International Islamic University Malaysia. Visit their website: iium-schools.edu.my.

3. Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur

Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur, or TIS Kuala Lumpur, located in Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur, offers quality yet affordable international education. TIS Kuala Lumpur offers the National Curriculum for England and their students sit for the IGCSE examination.

Along with their sister school, TIS Puchong, the schools are certified as the world’s first Quantum Learning Distinguished Schools by the Quantum Learning Network, making TIS equipped with the most effective teacher development programme.

TIS Kuala Lumpur is currently offering scholarships for the 2022 IGCSE intake. Learn more about TIS Kuala Lumpur on their website: tis.edu.my.

For more information about schools, browse International and Private Schools in Malaysia!

4. Nexus International School

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Nexus International School

Nexus International School is located in Putrajaya, the administrative and judicial capital of Malaysia. Nexus is a school that emphasises ICT, with classrooms that are fully equipped with technology to aid teaching and learning in the classroom.

The school is making a significant impact by integrating technology with sustainability throughout its programme. IGCSE is available for students aged 14 to 16-years-old and the school offers a direct pathway to International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the pre-university level.

Nexus offers boarding opportunities to students and the school is an associate member of the UK-based organisation, Boarding School Association. The school has also received accreditation from many international school bodies and is also recognised as an Apple Distinguished School.

5. Garden International School

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Garden International School

Garden International School, located in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the established international schools in Klang Valley that has been in operation since 1951. GIS is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

With 70 years worth of experience education, GIS offers a high-quality, holistic British Curriculum from Early Years to IGCSE and a direct pathway to A-Levels in the Sixth Form for a life-long pursuit of social, emotional and intellectual development.

6. Alice Smith International School

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith International School

Alice Smith International School, Kuala Lumpur’s humble beginnings began in 1946, making the school the oldest British international school in Malaysia!

Alice Smith’s primary campus is located at Jalan Bellamy in Kuala Lumpur. The school is an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and is also a founding member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

The school caters for young learners in the Foundation Stage through Sixth Form. Many of Alice Smith’s students have pursued their tertiary education at top universities in the UK and the US.

7. The International School @ ParkCity

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur The International School @ ParkCity

Located in Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur, The International School @ ParkCity (also known as ISP) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary since the school’s establishment in 2011.

ISP offers British Curriculum at all levels, from Early Years to IGCSE and A-Levels -- a seamless pathway for students to prepare for life beyond schooling years. The school embraces their achievements in creativity, sports and arts, earning ISP with the Gold Accreditation Status by the International School’s Quality Mark Accreditation (ISQM).

8. Cempaka International School, Damansara Heights

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Cempaka International School Damansara Heights

Located in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Cempaka International School is one of the two schools under the Cempaka Group, along with their sister school, Cempaka Cheras, a private school. The Group’s rich history that began in 1983 has made international and private schooling accessible for Klang Valley residents.

Cempaka Damansara Heights campus provides IGCSE for secondary school students with a direct pathway to the sought-after International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP).

9. Charterhouse Malaysia

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur Charterhouse Malaysia

Charterhouse traces its roots back to 1611 in London, England and the Malaysian campus is an extension of the Surrey campus. Located in Sri Hartamas, Charterhouse Malaysia is one of the newest additions of British Curriculum schools in Kuala Lumpur.

Charterhouse offers A-Levels for students who seek quintessential British education. The preparatory school offers an exceptional education that focuses on service and entrepreneurial approaches and students are empowered to become thoughtful, creative and inspirational global leaders and citizens.

10. The Surin Academy

Best international School in Kuala Lumpur The Surin Academy

The Surin Academy is one of the latest additions to the British Curriculum schools in Kuala Lumpur. Situated in Ampang, the school emphasises developing students’ minds and resilience to fit 21-century learning needs alongside their academic performance.

The academy offers students a personalised education whereby they are intimately taught to fit their personal and academic needs while building their confidence and experiences beyond the classroom. The Surin Academy offers Early Years and IGCSE for the students.

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