The International School of Penang (Uplands)
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3.8 from 7 reviews
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About The International School of Penang (Uplands)

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is proud to provide an excellent education for its students from ages 4-18. We have worked collaboratively with our parents to articulate what make Uplands such a special place to work and learn and here are the Top 10 reasons why you should choose to enrol your child at Uplands. Don’t delay, enrol today.

Uplands has provided over 65 years of excellence in education as a nonprofit organization that prides itself on providing opportunities for all of our learners to flourish and find their success. We are a truly international community that appreciates and values the rich, multicultural diversity within our school and endeavours to celebrate this diversity as we strive towards our mission of “nurturing our students to become globally minded citizens”.

Uplands is a school that exudes a positive atmosphere, giving students as many opportunities to discover and embrace their passions.

Our academically challenging and responsive curriculum fosters active learning placing students at the centre of the learning experience encouraging them to think critically about the world around them. Outside of the classroom, we provide a wide range of opportunities for our students in Arts, Sports, Service, Leadership and Cultural activities, promoting our students to be balanced, well-rounded citizens of our local and global community.

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7 Reviews of The International School of Penang (Uplands)

Average Ratings

Overall 3.80
Facilities 4.50
Academics 5.00
Teachers 5.00
Sports 5.00
Music & Arts 5.00
Science & Tech 5.00

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British (2)

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JENNIFER SHEPPARD, 13/03/2023 @ 04:38:53
Relationship   Parent

Music & Arts

My daughter has been a pupil at The International School of Penang (Uplands) since Year 1 and is now in Year 11. She has been nurtured academically, socially and emotionally by a team of dedicated teachers and has grown from a shy little girl to a confident, mature, internationally minded and respectful teenager. We were initially attracted to Uplands due to its wonderful reputation and long history on the island, but it’s the school’s PYP/ IB education that really makes it stand out.

Edward Kingsley, 08/02/2023 @ 01:34:10
Relationship   Ex Pupil

Music & Arts

An excellent education institution with a rich history.

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nils k, 2 months ago

i studied here my whole life and have seen and witnessed great success. Do not listen to the haters. Uplands number one. Send your kids here and they will make success. Also good in sports. Thank you Mr Kerr!

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DrakZone, 2 years ago

The school have a great learning environment

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Sam Chen, 8 months ago

As people have pointed out in previous posts, this place is racist. They got rid of streaming in Maths because the top set is all Chinese and Korean. There are much better schools. All my friends are taking their kids out. New place opening near Straits Quay looks much better.

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Chung Mrs., 2 years ago

[Bad] Not passionate teachers. Arrogant students. Not welcoming atmosphere. Racial discrimination. Segregation btwn Asians vs non. No interest in students' academic achievement. [Good] Helpful front staff. Kind principal. Tasty lunch.

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EmiY Penang, 2 years ago

Not a welcoming and conducive place for holistic international education - many teachers are simply not interested in your child's progress and were often downright rude and demeaning to Asian parents. Students relations can be very hierarchical and arrogant with bullying, discrimination and unhealthy practices being an open secret. My child and I were happy to have left after one very frustrating year.

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