ISKL’s humble origin begins in an old palace on Jalan Maxwell in the Kenny Hills area, built in the 1920s by the Sultan of Selangor. Under the tutelage of our first Head of School, Robert Fendley, classes began in September, 1965 with 48 students, growing rapidly and doubling anticipated enrollment in its first year.
When the Malaysian government acquired the site, The Society for The International School of Kuala Lumpur was granted a 2.6 ha parcel of land in Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang Jaya. Learning at the new premises commenced in 1976. In 1992, the Melawati campus opened to accommodate the Elementary School and the Ampang campus became the home of the Middle and High School. In March 1995, the High School moved to a new wing of the Ampang campus.
For more than a quarter of a century, ISKL was split into two geographically separate campuses. With a continued increase in enrollment ISKL began searching for a site to accommodate growth, reunite both campuses and create a unique, student-centered 21st century learning environment. After an extensive search the 26-acre site on Ampang Hilir was selected and in April 2016, the groundbreaking ceremony took place. Construction started and was completed in time for the commencement of the 2018-2019 academic year. In August 2018, ISKL opened its doors at the Ampang Hilir Campus to over 1,700 students. After 27 years apart, all three school divisions were reunited on one campus.