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Kuala Lumpur Int'l School Mr. William Powell, Heamaster
International School of Kuala Lumpur
P.O. Box 12645
50784 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 60-3-459-5600
Fax: 60-3-459-5721
E-mail: ISKL@iskl.edu.my


The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is a private, not-for-profit parent-governed, coeducational day school offering an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students from 51 nationalities. The school year has 2 semesters extending from mid-August to mid-December and from mid-January to early June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by members of the Society for the International School of Kuala Lumpur, the sponsors of the school. Membership in the Society is automatically given to parents or guardians of children enrolled. The school is officially registered as a non-profit educational institution under the Malaysia Education Act of 1961.

Curriculum: A U.S. college preparatory curriculum, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate are offered with all instruction in English. French, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysian and Mandarin Chinese are taught as foreign languages in the middle and high schools. The School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Graduates attend colleges and universities in the United States and in their home countries. Extracurricular activities include drama, gymnastics, dance, choral/instrumental music, computers, publications, photography, debate, Model U.N., clubs, intramural, and an extensive program of interscholastic athletic competitions with local, regional and other schools throughout Southeast Asia.

Faculty: There are 110 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 60 U.S. citizens, 12 host-country nationals and 50 third-country nationals. Specialists include reading, computer, speech/hearing, learning disabilities and enrichment teachers, counselors, a psychologist, nurses, and a curriculum coordinator. Professional development opportunities abound year-round.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 1,116 (Pre-K-grade 5: 397; grades 6-8: 271; and grades 9-12, 448). Of total, 231 were U.S. citizens, 80 were host-country nationals, and 805 third-country nationals.

Facilities: ISKL operates two campuses. The Ampang Campus houses the middle and high schools, and the Melawati Campus houses the elementary school. Both campuses have air-conditioned, modern facilities including carpeted classrooms; special rooms for art, music, and computer instruction; a library; and specialized science laboratories at the secondary campus. Sports facilities at each campus include a gymnasium, sports fields, and a swimming pool. At the Ampang Campus there is a dance studio, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Air-conditioned canteens at both campuses serve snacks and lunch.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 98 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Tuition fee are as follows: PK: $4,526; Kdg.-grade 5:; $6,858; grades 6-8: $7,942; and grades 9-12: $8,616. The School also charges an entrance fee of $3,421 for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and an annual re-enrollment fee of $789 for grades 1 through 12. Fees are payable in Malaysian Ringgit. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.