As education options continue to expand, it isn’t new knowledge that international schools are arguably one of the best, as they operate based on an internationally accredited learning system. That said, you do have to fork out quite a bit for that kind of quality, and in such tense economic times, RM100,000 per year for schooling fees can make the average middle class parent feel like even tightening purse strings isn’t enough.
Well, if you’re reading this as a parent, not all hope is lost. If you’re a kid, show this to your parents so that they know so. Here are 10 good international schools in Malaysia that won’t shake your finances… much.
P.S.: The fees stated are strictly tuition fees on an annual basis, and do not include other aspects like application fees, registration fees, and deposits.
#1 UCSI International School (Subang Jaya)
How Much? : Early Year 1 and 2 – RM11,550
Year 1 to 5 – RM18,540 to RM22,380
Year 11 and 12 – RM32,970
What Do I Get in Return? : The choices of an International Primary Curriculum, Cambridge Primary and Secondary or International Middle Years Curriculum; an extensive array of co-curricular activities that include drama, futsal, football and yoga (where do we sign up?); and basic but comprehensive facilities like an art room, music room, laboratories and sporting venues.
#2 Regent International School (Klang)
How Much? : Preschool to Year 11 – From RM12,000 to RM16,600
What Do I Get in Return? : A Cambridge curriculum and the option to take up the NCUK International Foundation Year which preps students for undergraduate degrees; a student life that’s heavy on co-curricular activities, thanks to strategic links with Language Academies, Sports Training Centers and Cultural Associations; plenty of field trips and educational excursions (read: occasional days off from classes); a comprehensive syllabus that includes but does not comprise solely of IT, Economics and English Literature.
#3 Sri Emas International School (SS7, Petaling Jaya)
How Much? : Year 7 and 8 – RM24,000
Year 9 to 11 – RM28,880
What Do I Get in Return? : A syllabus that grooms students for ICGSE, one of Cambridge University’s International Examinations; emphasis on trilingualism (students get to learn Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia and English in tandem); Skill Enhancement Programs like Fitness & Health, Voice Training, Hip Hop (yaaas!) and even a Leadership Camp in case your kid harbors dreams of becoming a Prime Minister (*wink wink*); and sporting venues like a convertible basketball and dodgeball court.
#4 elc International School (Sungai Buloh)
How Much? : Lower Primary (Early Years to Year 2) – RM11,550 to RM16,350 Upper Primary (Year 3 to 6) – RM18,450 to RM24,450 Secondary (Year 7 to 11) – RM28,800 to RM38,700
What Do I Get in Return? : A curriculum modeled on the National Curriculum for England; opportunity to get involved in community projects like the Interact Club; Extra-Curricular activities like Taekwondo, Drama & Dance, and Orchestra; outstanding facilities like an Audio Visual Room, a half-Olympic sized swimming pool; and a two acre sports field.
#5 Sri KL International School (Subang Jaya)
How Much? : Year 1 to 6 – RM15,300 to RM17,500
Year 7 to 11 – RM22,760 to RM29,600
What Do I Get in Return? : A Cambridge Primary program for primary school-aged students; a curriculum that combines the local KBSM and ICGSE for secondary school-aged students; well-rounded facilities such as a fine arts center; 25m swimming pool and seven computer labs in total that use Apple Macs and Windows 7; an active extra-curricular roster that includes a wide variety of sports and events such as Talent Night, Swimming Gala and drama productions; and plenty of specialized clubs such as a Christian Youth Fellowship, Cookery Club and Cheerleading Club (should you wanna Bring It On).
#6 Sunway International School (Bandar Sunway)
How Much? : Year 7 to 8 – RM33,000
Year 9 to 11 – RM39,000
What Do I Get in Return? : An education based on the Ontario Secondary School curriculum from Canada; a campus in a strategic location that’s adjacent to a world-class medical center and a premier shopping mall; ample opportunities to get involved in leadership and community activities through the Student Council and altruistic projects; vibrant field trips (previous excursions have taken students to Legoland and guided treks of forest reserves); and oodles of extra-curricular activities from French Club to Ultimate Frisbee.
#7 Sekolah Sri Tenby (Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam)
How Much? : Nursery to Year 2 – RM12,750 to RM18,300
Year 3 to 6 – RM21,150 to RM26,160
Year 7 to 11 – RM30,150 to RM38,850
What Do I Get in Return? : Classes based on the National Curriculum for England; a strong emphasis on sports with a well-developed House System; activities that foster learning outside of the classroom like Tenby’s Got Brains and Music and Drama workshops; multi-faceted clubs like the Model United Nations and the Student Council; and facilities dedicated to separate fields like sports complexes, design and technology laboratories and swimming pools (yes, that was plural).
#8 Taylor’s International School (Kuala Lumpur)
How Much? : Nursery to Reception – RM12,330
Year 1 to 6 – RM17,340 to RM26,790
Year 7 to 11 – RM31,110 to RM36,210
What Do I Get in Return? : A curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales with an emphasis on foreign languages; a cafeteria with nutritious, pre-meditated meal plans; a school-catered transportation system; and state-of-the-art facilities like specialized sporting venues, laboratories and art rooms.
#9 Kinabalu International School (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)
How Much? : First Steps to Foundation 1 – RM2,400 to RM5,700
Foundation 2 to Year 13 – RM22,797 to RM33,681
What Do I Get in Return? : An academic program based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales; classes in Art, Music and Design Technology to maintain well-rounded development; emphasis on Math, English and Science as core subjects; students have the choice of one modern foreign language in Bahasa Malaysia or French; and unique clubs to expand students’ interests outside of the classroom such as the Performing Arts Club and FOBISIA Games Training.
#10 Melaka International School (Malacca)
How Much? : Kindergarten – RM6,852
Year 1 to 3 – RM8,601
Year 4 to 6 – RM10,302
Year 7 to 8 – RM12,051
Year 9 to 10 – RM17,202
Year 11 to 13 – RM21,501 to RM26,400
What Do I Get in Return? : A study program adapted from the QCA Scheme Framework, the Cambridge ICGSE and A Level; facilities to stimulate students’ learning outside of a classroom environment such as ICT Labs, a library with Internet access and a two acre organic farm; the option to hone language skills in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin; and ample facilities for indoor and outdoor gaming in the form of courts and game rooms.