Admission Policies

Global Policy on Admissions

In line with the School's Constitutional mandate to serve primarily the children of expatriate families living in Malaysia (Art. III), the Board holds the Head of School accountable for maintaining a fair and transparent admissions system. In particular, the Head of School shall admit candidates who can benefit from and contribute to our Mission and the School's standards-based, university and college-preparatory curriculum delivered in the English language. Furthermore, the Head of School shall ensure that the rights of current students take precedent over those of candidates.

Entrance Criteria

The Board holds the Head of School accountable for defining the academic, physical, emotional, social and behavioral criteria candidates must meet for acceptance into the School. In particular, the Head of School shall only admit candidates if sufficient space and resources are available to meet their academic, physical, emotional, social and behavioral needs. The Head of School has the absolute right to refuse admission to any candidate, and there shall be no right to appeal to the Board.

At a minimum, the Head of School shall:

  • Define in writing the assessment criteria for admissions;
  • Ensure that each candidate is considered fairly and, when necessary, his/her needs assessed in the context of both the candidate's ability to progress within the standard curriculum, and the support services available within the School's approved budget at the candidate's grade level.

Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic and intellectual potential that meets the grade level expectations. ISKL accepts a managed number of students with mild to moderate learning needs.
  • Demonstrated English oral and written skills that meet the grade expectations: Students who require English Language support are admitted based on the minimal expectations of each division:
    Elementary School accept a managed number of students with a wide-range of language proficiency. Middle School & High School require a minimum level of proficiency. Admission to Middle School & High School is subject to the assessment results (ISKL uses WIDA testing for all grades) and the school’s capacity in meeting the needs of the students.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate the facilities independently, or with the support of a designated personnel. ISKL accepts a managed number of students who require resources for physical support.
  • Demonstrated ability to build respectful, responsible and collaborative relationships as outlined in the divisional behavior codes. ISKL accepts a managed number of students who require social, emotional or behavioral support.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to school life outside of the academic day.


Priority of Admissions

The Board holds the Head of School accountable for accepting candidates in the priority listed below. All candidates must meet the admissions criteria stated above before they will be considered in the priority system.

When the School enrollment is within 5 (five) percent of capacity within any grade level, the Head of School may at his or her discretion vary the selection process to optimize the benefit to the School.

Priority One

  • Current students who meet specified fee payment deadlines
  • Children of faculty and administration
  • Brothers and sisters of currently enrolled ISKL students
  • Children of members who are employed by the US Embassy
  • Returning student alumni

Priority Two

  • Applicants, regardless of nationality, transferring from schools with a US based curriculum where English is the medium of instruction.
  • Applicants who have attended a US curriculum school within the two years and six months immediately preceding the requested date of enrollment.

Priority Three

  • Applicants, regardless of nationality, transferring from schools with a non-US based curriculum where English is the medium of instruction.

Priority Four

  • Applicants, regardless of nationality, transferring from schools with a non-US based curriculum where English is not the medium of instruction.

Policy

The Board holds the Head of School accountable for proposing to the Board for admission to the Society only those parents and/or guardians of candidates who have met all other admissions requirements as stipulated in these policies. The proposal shall be made and the decision communicated to the candidate's parents or guardian in a timely manner.


The Board holds the Head of School accountable for ensuring a diverse student body to help students develop as global citizens. In particular, the Head of School shall manage admissions such that no nationality exceeds 25 percent of the student population. Furthermore, the Head of School shall ensure that the number of students admitted to each division, grade level and class is appropriate to promote student learning.