The vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur houses over 50 international schools, most of which offer the English National Curriculum owing to the strong historical British connection and links to the United Kingdom. In addition, you can also find the famed IB curriculum along with French, German, Australian, Islamic schools in Kuala Lumpur.
Knowing a bit about Kuala Lumpur would also help you in making a more calculated decision in case you are moving to the city unless you are a long-time resident. The city itself has north of 2 million residents who live in a larger cosmopolitan society from all over Eurasia making it their home. Moving around the city during school hours can get a bit tricky due to traffic but then most of the international schools are present along major arterial roads. In any case, due to the current pandemic, the need to travel has gone since most of the schools have moved online.
Popular localities for foreign families include Mont Kiara which is in close vicinity of schools like Mont’Kiara International School, Garden International School, and Lycée Français Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, the locality of Bangsar is laden with schools such as Sri Dasmesh, Havil International School, and the Global Indian International School.
The official language here is Malay but there are many other languages spoken- Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Tamil. In fact, there are many Chinese or Indians here who are legitimately Malay but are mistaken for ex-pats. For European ex-pats, what is good is that English is widely spoken and a number of areas have written English communication. All this shows that Kuala Lumpur is surely a place with a lot that is good for foreign families. Let us look at a few example schools.
Global Indian International School Kuala Lumpur
Now here is one school that simply stands out in so many ways, from the perspective of the curriculum offered all the way to the kind of facilities it provides. GIIS was started in Singapore by an Indian by the name of Atul Temurnikar who eventually spread out the presence of the campus across 6 other countries - India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the UAE. GIIS is one that offers both the international curriculum of IB or IGCSE and also the CBSE curricula which is extremely prevalent in India. Due to this, many Indians who live abroad, get the chance to experience the same format of education that is present in India while also experiencing a modern method of how an old curriculum like CBSE can be transformed to be able to innovate.
Located merely 10 minutes away from the Petronas Towers, GIIS is a powerful hub of international intellect due to its multivariate student body. Its facilities include -
- Kindergarten Play Area
- Music Room
- IT Lab
- Maths Lab
- Audio-Visual Room
- Montessori Laboratory
Abedeen Academy International School
Since Malaysia is largely an Islamic nation, it is a commonplace understanding for schools to have an Islamic curriculum hence here is a high standard international school that banks upon core Islamic values to develop world leaders. It is located in both Selangor and Putrajaya and mixes outstanding academic achievement, character building, limitless exposure, multicultural awareness, international environment readiness, and an in-depth understanding of Islam and life values. The primary mode of communication here is English, just like any other international school, and offers a method of learning called Abedeen Thematic Learning along with facilities like a Swimming pool, Football pitches, and other facilities that are common to international schools.
The British International School Kuala Lumpur
For children aged 2-18, it is one of the leading schools in Kuala Lumpur, providing an exceptional education from and houses over 1,000 students covering Early Years, Primary and Secondary, up until the Sixth Form. It is established upon a globally respected curriculum of the English National Curriculum and operates beyond a traditional education to transform learning. In fact, in 2016, BSKL was graded as an excellent school in all areas of educational operation by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This was an award that certain schools only in the UK had received, let alone Malaysia.
Here were the three ideal schools in Malaysia that showed a range of curricula and diversity of the student body present in Malaysian schools. Hope this works as something upon which you can begin your research.