Top 20 Best International Schools in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Top 20 Best International Schools in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Schools

Kuala Lumpur has over 70 international schools, many of which offer the English National Curriculum due the strong historical British connection and general links to the UK. In addition, you can find IB, French, German, Australian, Islamic and a few American schools in Kuala Lumpur.

About KL

The city itself has nearly 2 million residents with people from all over Asia and Europe making it their home. Depending on which part of the city you opt to live in, traffic can be slow at peak times so make sure the school you select is within easy reach. Other cities in Asia such as Bangkok or Jakarta are worse but it is still something to take into consideration.

Popular areas for expats include Mont Kiara which is in easy reach of schools such as Mont’Kiara International School, Lycée Français Kuala Lumpur and Garden International School. Alternatively, Bangsar is popular with schools such as Sri Dasmesh or Havil International School.

The official language in Malaysia is Malay but there are many other languages spoken; Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi Tamil. For European expats, the good news is that English is widely spoken and major tourist areas will have English signage. For eating out, most restaurants will have English menus as well.


Where Kuala Lumpur international schools are distributed (view our List of International Schools in Kuala Lumpur to see a live map):

Best international schools in Kuala Lumpur

Best International Schools in Kuala Lumpur - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Kuala Lumpur school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they research their next school. You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Kuala Lumpur, or search by name here.

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St. John's International School logo St. John's International School 

5.0 from 14 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Max Class Size

25

Description

St. John’s International School or SJIS is a private-funded International School that is an associate La Salle School in collaboration with the La Salle Brothers in Malaysia. The establishment of SJIS is in keeping with one of the priorities of the Lasallian Family in Malaysia to cater to the needs of young Malaysians, and also to link the school with a Lasallian organisation that has an outstanding and reputable long-history of delivering excellent education not only in Malaysia but in 82 countries worldwide.

St. John's International School presents a new milieu for students from different cultures and backgrounds to be nurtured in education, sports and extra-curricular activities excellence. We realise that a holistic education is also one that promotes values of respect for all and a sense of responsibility. Good discipline and strong student-faculty relationship are emphasised to create a mutual and respectful learning environment within the school.

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Idrissi International School 

5.0 from 11 reviews

Curriculum

English, Islamic

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 18

Description

Idrissi International School is a unique school with a homely learning environment. A school made from love, our children are watered with love, and guided to seed their love for Allah SWT and all of His creations. Despite being right in the heart of a city, we bring our children closer to nature by getting them involved in our farm patch - they care for the plants and feed the farm animals, all in the name of learning. The school was founded by individuals who are parents themselves – they believe that learning should not be limited to the classroom, and that memorising is not the only way to learn.

Idrissi International School is a welcoming, homely and inclusive school where students of all backgrounds are equally valued. It is a place where Islamic values are nourished and exemplified in all facets of school life. We pride ourselves in providing a safe sanctuary for our students where they can thrive with confidence and self-esteem. Idrissi International School strives to fuel their thirst for enthusiasm and learning.

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Alice Smith School 

5.0 from 8 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Alice Smith School provides an outstanding and thriving all-round education based on the British curriculum for 3 to 18 year olds across our two campuses. From our flexible teaching spaces, rich in technology, to our state-of-the-art sports facilities, our school is purposefully designed to stimulate and engage your child.

We are committed to academic excellence, achieved through a rich and challenging curriculum and nurturing the personal growth and development of every child in all aspects of their learning journey. Our students have a genuine love of learning and are taught by exceptional teachers who go the extra mile. This exceptional combination, together with our care, guidance, support and enriched curriculum, ensure boundless opportunities that enable each child to thrive academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Year on year, Alice Smith School students attain the very highest levels in external examinations and are successful at gaining places at the very best universities in the world.

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Garden International School 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Garden International School (GIS) is one of the world’s leading international schools with a strong academic track record. We provide British-based education for students ages 3 to 18 years of age across our Early Years Centre (Nursery to Reception), Primary School (Year 1 to Year 6) and Secondary School (Year 7  to Year 13).

Our high quality, holistic education ensures that our students leave us well equipped for life; it is not surprising that Garden International School students are in demand across the world and are sought after by the world’s best universities.

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Marefat International School 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Marefat International School is a private fully inclusive 3-18 year co-educational day school which provides quality education with genuine care. It comprises Early Years, Primary and Secondary Sections that work closely together in a distinctive, friendly family atmosphere.

With the support and approval of the Ministry of Education Malaysia and Cambridge University curriculum the schools offer classes from primary 1 to 12 and follows the Cambridge programmes for English language, Mathematics and Science. Special emphasis is given to the mastery of the English language. Mandarin classes are also offered during regular schools hours. It is the aim of the school to mould the students to be Tri–Lingual in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin.

Marefat International School is well equipped with air conditioned classrooms, cafeteria, labourites, library, music room, computer laboratory, basketball courts and other facilities. Where additional facilities like football court, badminton and volley ball court are available for the students.

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IGB International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

IGB International School (IGBIS) is a vibrant Early Years to Grade 12 international school that provides a dynamic, innovative and inclusive learning environment where students are challenged to excel in both their learning and personal growth. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, IGBIS is the only school in Malaysia authorised for the full continuum of IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), and the Career-related Programme (CP).

These are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that IGBIS believes is important for our students. In an inclusive learning community, students receive a challenging, caring and holistic education. Our team of internationally experienced IB educators are trained to deliver an integrated, 21st century curriculum, empowering our students to be lifelong learners who aim to make a positive contribution to our global society.

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The British International School of Kuala Lumpur logo The British International School of Kuala Lumpur 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Welcome to The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL). We are one of the leading schools in Kuala Lumpur, providing an exceptional education from Early Years through to Sixth Form, for children aged 2-18.

BSKL has over 1,000 students covering Early Years, Primary and Secondary, including Sixth Form. It follows a globally respected curriculum based on the English National Curriculum, and thinks beyond traditional education to transform learning.

In 2016 BSKL was graded as excellent in all areas of educational provision by the Independent Schools Inspectorate; a result that is comparable to that of many top UK independent schools and is unprecedented in Malaysia.

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Australian International School Malaysia 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

Australian

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Founded in 2000, Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) has continued to deliver excellent education through exploration and Visible Learning, helping every child extend their potential and excel in their chosen paths.

AISM continues to strive for the best through the globally-recognised Australian curriculum which is designed to arm your child with skills necessary for their future.

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Rafflesia International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Rafflesia International School is a leading IGCSE school in Kuala Lumpur. Education is not just a process of transferring knowledge and gaining grades but also a lifelong process creating an understanding of moral and ethical values to guide them in the right path. The International Early Year Curriculum (IEYC) and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which are comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with their clear process of learning and specific learning goals. This encourages the child’s personal learning development on the aspects of international-mindedness.

The strong foundation at primary prepares them to face the challenges of academic rigour required for the Cambridge Secondary level; irrespective of, the students’ ability. This progression is carefully designed to be relevant and challenging to the demands of the future global trends. At Rafflesia International School, we are proud to ensure the students are given every possible opportunity to become confident, thoughtful and academically sound by setting high standards and expectations to bring out the best in them. With dedicated teachers and support staff forming a conducive environment, students will be our main focus. This is an essential part of character building of happiness and their sense of belonging and love towards the school.

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Mont'Kiara International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB,American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Situated on a single campus in the suburb of Mont’Kiara, Mont'Kiara International School (M’KIS) consistently ranks as a top international school in Malaysia and rated a five star school by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

In operation since 1994, we are a fully accredited North American Curriculum pre-kindergarten through grade 12 international school that predominantly caters to expatriate families. We pride ourselves on being globally minded and internationally diverse. This is reflected by a student population of over 55 nationalities.

Mont'Kiara International School is licensed by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, and certified by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), U.S.A and authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We believe in offering a challenging and stimulating curriculum with an international perspective that prepares children for the intellectual, societal and global demands of the 21st Century.

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King Henry VIII College 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

King Henry VIII College Kuala Lumpur is a new school, but one with a history that stretches back more than 450 years. Our sister school, Christ College, Brecon in the U.K. was famously founded in 1541 by Henry VIII, whose name will grace this new school in Malaysia.

King Henry VIII College is a co-educational boarding and day school, with pupils from 3 to 18 years of age.

Visitors to Christ College in Brecon invariably comment on the special atmosphere there, and the heartfelt warmth of the welcome they receive. This is something that we are recreating in Malaysia: an ethos that is built on the long, proud history of Christ College.

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The International School of Kuala Lumpur 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

18

Description

Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a center 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 1,750 students aged 3-18 years from over 65 countries at its state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

ISKL offers a robust international curriculum which 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.

The International School of Kuala Lumpur is an IB World School and has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 1989. In addition to the full IBDP, students also have the option of combining individual IB, Advanced Placement and High School Diploma courses to create a customized program tailored to their abilities, interests, and aspirations. The flexibility of ISKL’s academic program creates global opportunities; the graduating class of 2019 received more than 400 acceptances from over 200 universities in 14 countries spanning four continents.

ISKL is also 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.

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Templer Park International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 17

Description

Templer Park International School (TPIS) is uniquely situated on more than 17 beautiful acres and embraces vast green areas, lakes, gazebos, playgrounds, pool, and gardens yet is only 20 minutes away from the metropolitan area.

We believe that learning in a park-based environment plays a crucial role in developing the physical and mental health for children, as it encourages and promotes movement across the spacious landscapes granting the students more fun and subsequently enhancing the mental, spiritual, physical health in addition social interaction. Templer Park International School is dedicated to providing a highest quality American educational program with the cornerstones of morals, self-worth, and quality performance among students and staff.

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Global Modern International School logo Global Modern International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Global Modern International School Global Modern International School (GMiS) was established in 2016. We, in GMiS, are always keen to deliver high-quality education and the management is committed to allocating sufficient resources to achieve the school’s long-term objectives. We stress on self-discipline and nurturing our students to achieve the highest standard of achievement to enable them to enrol into universities of high repute in Malaysia and overseas.

In Global Modern International School, our students are always involved in challenging learning environments from kindergarten to primary and secondary levels in international syllabi which follow the Cambridge curriculum (IGCSE). Independently and through effective communication skills, students in Global Modern International School are always trained to strive for the best in life is utmost importance through our endeavour to deliver the best for them.

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Abedeen Academy International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

Islamic

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 17

Description

If there is one gift we can give to our children, is a great education. At Abedeen Academy International School (Abedeen) our students are imbued with Islamic values and a meaningful connection to their common cultural heritage, at the same time given a solid academic grounding.

A rock solid academic programme together with a strong foundation of the Islamic teaching is a core part of the curriculum, earning Abedeen the Islamic Education Excellence award as the best Islamic school in Malaysia. Abedeen develops world leaders by combining outstanding academic achievement, character building, knowledge based unlimited exposure, multicultural awareness, international environment readiness and deep understanding of Islam and life values.

Welcome to our school! Explore our site to find out how Abedeen encourages critical and creative thinking, engages students intellectually and fosters the growth of moral integrity. Whether in Selangor or Putrajaya, call us for a personal tour of Abedeen Academy International School, your private international Islamic school.

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Sri Bestari International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 16

Description

Sri Bestari International School (SBIS ), a new arm to Lang Education Sdn Bhd, held its first Info Day on 3 June 2017 and has recently commenced its first intake in September 2017. The expansion of our current education offerings aim to meet the growing preference by providing an alternative in understanding and measuring the children’s capability based on the British National Curriculum, other than the Malaysian National Curriculum.

SBIS will be anticipating a move into new buildings in September 2019 with state-of-the-art facilities such as ICT suites, Hall of Arts, a large multi-purpose hall, dedicated music rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a covered indoor playground, larger library and purpose-built classrooms within the same compound of Sri Bestari Private School. In addition, the School has introduced the virtual learning platform, Schoology with the aim to promote collaborative and self-directed learning environment that can facilitate the students with 21st century learning skills.

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Matrix International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 16

Description

Matrix International School is part of Matrix Global Schools. It comprises of Matrix Private School, Matrix International School and Matrix International Preschool. Our schools share one campus, one vision and one mission.

Our philosophy is to challenge our students to be intellectually curious, responsive and persistent; to be committed to and expressive of their ideas. Our goal is to ensure all will become articulate, courageous and will develop a realisation that the world is their classroom and that our lessons are for life. To achieve this, we nurture a close partnership with parents and the community. Learning is truly a global and Second to None experience on our 20 acre campus.

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Nexus International School Malaysia 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

English, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Nexus International School Malaysia is an internationally minded community which focuses on nurturing learners to become globally responsible and educated citizens. Our method is the Nexus Way where we provide a learning environment that is innovative, progressive, and grounded in trust, compassion, and respect. Nexus is a learning focused school empowering learners through the Nexus Way, which consists of four elements – Relationships, Inclusion, Innovation, Mindsets. It is the foundation and philosophy that reflects in our teachers and learners. We believe that developing a set of general competencies and a positive mindset underpins academic success as well as happiness and personal growth.

Developing children as effective learners requires paying attention to developing their attitudes, skills, strategies, and be­haviours as well as their content knowledge and academic skills. Nexus balances academic demands with an emphasis on growing good citizens. We help our learners to become self-aware and to develop the skills for good decision-making.

The recognition of Nexus International School by Apple Inc. as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Students at Nexus are called ‘learners’ for a reason. They are not passive recipients or consumers of content they are actively involved in the process of finding, creating and understanding content.

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Tanarata International School 

4.9 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 18

Description

Tanarata International School (TiS) is an extended day (7:50am to 3:30pm) full facilities school modelled on the British Cambridge University education curriculum leading to the IGCSE & AS/A Level qualifications. Located just south of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the school caters to students mainly living in Kajang, Bangi, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the Klang Valley.

Tanarata International School has a multicultural, multiracial and multinational community having its roots in Malaysia with its unique blend of cultures and its history of dynamic international, inter-ethnic exchange. The school community consists of students of both sexes aged 5+ to 18 years – as well as their parents/guardians.

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Dwi Emas International School 

4.9 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 17

Description

Dwi Emas International School is part of the ACE EdVenture group which has been perfecting its approach to 21st Century education over the past 22 years starting with our Founder, Anne Tham, and her sister, Melinda Lim, together with their award-winning team.

It began in 1995 when Anne, then a college lecturer, observed how students were so unprepared after 12 years of formal primary and secondary school education (it still happens). She set out to infuse elements she felt were needed to create a rich and engaging educational experience: gamification, simulation, presentation, and coursework to name a few. Fast forward to today, the ACE EdVenture Approach has impacted over 15,000 students and continues to grow confident and creative young individuals.

And now with Dwi Emas, our next big feat is nurturing future entrepreneurial leaders. Innovation is the name of the game for us. While ACE EdVenture has been around for over two decades, our methodology and delivery evolves with time to ensure that students are getting the best education possible.

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Other International Schools in Kuala Lumpur

There are 38 other international schools in Kuala Lumpur that didn't make it into our Top 20, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 20, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Tenby School Setia EcoHill IB, English 5.0 / 5
Nobel International School English, Malaysian 5.0 / 5
Lycée Francais de Kuala Lumpur French 5.0 / 5
German School of Kuala Lumpur German 5.0 / 5
Fairview International School English, IB 4.9 / 5
Hibiscus International School IB 4.8 / 5
The International School at ParkCity English 4.8 / 5
Oasis International School Kuala Lumpur American 4.8 / 5
Straits International School - Rawang Campus English 4.8 / 5
Taylor's College English, Australian 4.8 / 5
Havil International School English 4.8 / 5
Maverick E.D.U English 4.8 / 5
Tzu Chi International School English 4.8 / 5
GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark English 4.7 / 5
Inspiros International School English 4.6 / 5
Peninsula International School Australia, Malaysia Campus Australian 4.6 / 5
Sri Kuala Lumpur School English 4.5 / 5
Beaconhouse Malaysia Sri Inai International English 4.5 / 5
Sri Emas International School English 4.4 / 5
Vikas International School Indian 4.2 / 5
Sayfol International School English 4.2 / 5
Taylor's International School Kuala Lumpur IB, English 4.2 / 5
Alnoor International School English 4.2 / 5
Kingsgate International School English 4.0 / 5
International Modern Arabic School English, Arabic 4.0 / 5
Cempaka International School English, IB 4.0 / 5
R.E.A.L. International School English 4.0 / 5
Global Indian International School Kuala Lumpur Indian, English 3.8 / 5
Sri Utama International School Kuala Lumpur English, Malaysian 3.7 / 5
Baseerah International School English, Islamic 3.7 / 5
Mutiara International Grammar School IB, English 3.5 / 5
Regent International School English 3.5 / 5
Epsom College in Malaysia English 3.3 / 5
Victoria International School, Banting English 3.0 / 5
ELC International School English 3.0 / 5
Sri Dasmesh International School English 2.9 / 5
UCSI International School - Subang Jaya English, IB 2.5 / 5
Taylor's International School Puchong English 2.4 / 5

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