The rise of international schools in Malaysia is being driven by government efforts to reform education. Since the government considers international schools an engine of economic transformation, it removed the limits on foreign ownership of international schools, introduced tax incentives, and removed the 40% enrollment cap for Malaysian students.
The government of Malaysia’s strengthened reform in education saw a rapid growth when it comes to the increased number of private school enrollments since 2013 and it continues to rise up to this year. There are around 140 international schools or private schools in Malaysia.
To give you an overview of what are the top ten private international school in Malaysia, here is a list of it.
- Tenby Schools- Started in 1960 in Ipoh, Perak, Tenby Schools have five campuses in five different states in Malaysia. The sixth one is due this year. It is known for its diverse environment as most of its students have different races and comes from different nationalities. The school currently has 5,000 students.
- Alice Smith School- It was established in 1946, Alice Smith School primarily teaches British education and it is also accredited by the British School Overseas of the Department of Education in London. Just like Tenby Schools, it is also offering IGCES and A levels to its 1,600 students from more than 50 nations.
- British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL)- This newly established international school based in Malaysia’s capital founded by its chairman Stewart Fry is aimed to educate its students to prepare them for their entry to top universities around the world through its IGCSE and A Level tests and examinations.
- The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) – It boasts as the first fully accredited international school in Malaysia which also has diverse nationalities of its students. The school was founded in 1965 and is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Mont’Kiara International School- It is one of the very few North American curriculum pre-school to k12 education system school in Malaysia which is catering expatriate families since 1994 from both United Kingdom and the United States.
- Marlborough College Malaysia- It opened its first British boarding and day school in Malaysia in 2012 which is a first when it comes to independence.
- Nexus International School- It is a relatively newly established international school situated in Putrajaya which caters students from pre-school to k12 level. This school earned the Apple Distinguished School titles in 2015 and 2017 and earned the recognition as one of the awardees for Mastering School by the IPC in 2013.
- Prince of Wales Island International School- It is situated in the state of Penang that was established in 20122 which practices the British Education system.
- Labuan International School-Established in 1996, LIS practices the UK national curriculum as well teaching its students through Cambridge IGCSE.
- Idrissi Islamic International School- Established in 2015, it received the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and is accredited by the Cambridge International School Examinations and has a license to operate by the government’s Ministry of Education.