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Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a centre of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, not-for-profit school responsible for the learning journey of over 1,500 students aged 3-18 years from more than 65 countries, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
ISKL offers a robust international curriculum that combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practice. The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s mission to challenge each student to ‘Be All You Are’ and develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding to become a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen.
ISKL offers a range of high-quality, transdisciplinary pathways that enable every learner to choose the curriculum best suited to their abilities, interests, and aspirations. In 2020-2021 two new innovative High School options, PRAXIS 2030 (Grade 9 and 10) and the Pursuits Program (Grade 11 and 12) were added to the curriculum. Both focus on enhancing student agency and self-directed learning.
In Grade 11, students can choose to undertake the full two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), or combine individual IB, Advanced Placement (AP), and High School Diploma courses via the ISKL Pursuits Program to create a customized program that meets the specific individual needs of each student.
As the longest-running World IB School in Malaysia, ISKL has seen more than 1,500 students graduate with an IB Diploma over the past 30 years, representing a ninety-seven percent pass rate. This flexibility creates further education opportunities with ISKL students receiving acceptances from leading universities worldwide.
ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ISKL has a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.
At ISKL, participation in a wide variety of extracurricular and student-selected activities is a vital part of our educational philosophy. Participation in extracurricular activities is a commitment on the part of each student, which impacts not only themselves, but also the school and the larger community. Students can choose from Arts, Sports and Leisure and Academic and Community activities and start as early as our Prep Senior class.
ISKL is a participating member of the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS), International Schools Athletics Conference (ISAC), and International Schools Theater Association (ISTA).
ISKL encourage all students to participate in ISKL’s extensive range of activities in addition to their academic pursuits, recognizing that time management and balance are essential characteristics of success for all students. ISKL Varsity teams compete in IASAS. IASAS member schools run three, eight to ten week seasons in sports and activities. The season culminates in an IASAS championship tournament. These tournaments are hosted on a rotational basis among member schools.
ISKL compete in the following IASAS Tournaments:
● Varsity Volleyball
● Varsity Swimming
● Varsity Soccer
● Varsity Basketball
● Varsity Boys Rugby
● Varsity Girls Touch
● Varsity Cross Country
● Varsity Tennis
● Varsity Softball
● Varsity Badminton
● Varsity Track & Field
● Varsity Golf
● Debate & Forensics
● Cultural Conventions (Art, Dance, Drama, Music)
In 2018, ISKL's two former campuses united as one in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus in Ampang Hilir. Located in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Embassy district, the school is easily accessible from the greater city area. Set on over 25 acres of land, ISKL provides one of the most advanced learning environments in the region featuring best practice academic, arts, and athletic facilities. From world-class science laboratories, technology rich classrooms, art studios, and three libraries, the campus also encompasses flexible spaces designed to incorporate the latest in teaching and learning concepts. With extensive playing fields that include an Olympic sized track, two gymnasia, and tennis courts, the Ampang Hilir campus is equipped with superb sports facilities. The Aquatics Complex includes a 50-meter Olympic sized competition pool, a 25-meter daily activity pool, and a learn-to-swim pool. The Performing Arts Center (PAC), will showcase local and regional events that serve the needs of the broader community as well as that of ISKL. Included in this complex is a purpose-built 700 seat Performance Theatre, an Atrium Amphitheatre, and plans for further completion of a Concert Recital Hall and Black Box Theater. ISKL’s teaching spaces are customized to support student learning with centralized common areas on each floor. These common areas are supported by the latest technology and provide unique spaces for group collaboration, presentation, interdisciplinary study, or quiet reflection. Even the building itself, which has been designed to achieve the Green Building Index (GBI) Platinum rating, serves as a laboratory for the study and understanding of environmentally sustainable practices. The campus is the first in Malaysia to achieve a Platinum Level GBI status, which reflects ISKL's ethos and focus on environmental issues. The school has an active parent community and provides gathering spaces for parents and volunteers to meet and contribute to all aspects of school life. From a full service Community Coffee Shop, to parent lounges and dedicated Parent Teacher Association (PTA) spaces, the campus design supports and enriches the ISKL community.