FAQs

Where do ISKL families live? How do students travel to school?

ISKL students live throughout Kuala Lumpur. Conveniently located 3 km from Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), our campus is close to arterial roads and serviced by a dedicated school bus network. Around 70% of our students travel by bus to school and there are three after school buses that are specifically coordinated to enable students to make the most of our extensive extracurricular activities.

Popular residential areas include:

  • Ampang Hilir, U-Thant and Jalan Ampang where there are many excellent quality condos and houses. Just over a quarter of students taking the bus live in these areas whilst others walk or ride their bikes to school.
  • KLCC, Persiaran Hampshire, Persiaran KLCC and Bukit Ceylon are home to more than 20% of our students.
  • Many ISKL families live in Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar and Damansara - almost 40% of students who take the bus to school each day travel from these suburbs.

Click here for more information about ISKL's extensive bus network

What after school activities are offered at ISKL?

ISKL offers a wide range of extracurricular activities in Elementary, Middle and High School. It is part of our school philosophy to encourage our students to get involved in all we have to offer and to try new activities and sports. To see the full range of what’s on offer please click here.

How is the school year structured?

ISKL operates on a Northern hemisphere calendar, with the academic year commencing in August. Our school year comprises two semesters:
  • August to December
  • January to June

Please click here to see our school’s calendar for 2018-2019 academic year.

What are ISKL’s school hours?

  • Early Childhood programs (Prep Reception and Prep Junior) - 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Elementary - Prep Senior to Grade 5 - 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
  • Middle School - 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
  • High School - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

What is ISKL’s dress code?

ISKL observes a strict dress code with a school uniform that clearly delineates each division by color. Our uniform has been designed to be appropriate for the Malaysian climate and to ensure the comfort of students.

Periodically, in support of a community charity or service learning we schedule free dress or “tag” days where students are allowed to dress according to a particular theme.

How long before I arrive in Kuala Lumpur should I apply for admission?

While there is no formal deadline to apply, enrollment in all school divisions is running at or near capacity with limited vacancies for new students. We therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The Admissions team will respond to your application as quickly as possible, generally within five working days.

 

Can a student enroll at any time of the year?

Inquiries are welcome at any time of the year. We strongly advise you to inquire directly with ISKL Admissions to ensure spaces are available. High School students can enroll anytime up until April 1. Elementary and Middle School students can enroll anytime up until May 1.

 

Is testing required as part of the admission process?

In some cases, an admission decision is reached based on a review of an applicant's file. In other cases, review of the application indicates a need for admission testing. Such testing may include:

  • A readiness assessment (for Prep Reception, Prep Junior, and Prep Senior).
  • Academic testing, such as mathematics, reading comprehension, writing sample, and/or English as an Additional Language (EAL) screening.
  • An interview with members of the Admissions team.

After admission is confirmed, placement testing (if required) is administered to ensure appropriate class placement (such as a specific level of a foreign language or a specific level of mathematics).

How is grade placement determined?

Every effort is made to place students in the appropriate grade based on academic experience and chronological age. For the majority of applicants coming from U.S. curriculum schools there is no change of grade level. Applicants coming from countries where the academic calendar differs from ISKL's August to June calendar may find themselves remaining an additional semester in a grade level due to this calendar difference.

Any questions regarding grade level placement should be addressed to Admissions.

Can my child live with a friend or relative while attending ISKL?

ISKL policy states that students must be in full-time residence with at least one parent or a legal guardian while in attendance. Please direct questions regarding guardianship to the Admissions team at the time of inquiry or application. 

Are boarding facilities available for students?

ISKL does not offer boarding facilities as we are a day school. All students are required to reside with their parent or a legal guardian while attending ISKL.

Does ISKL process Student Visas for new students?

ISKL does NOT process student visas for new students. All students must have a valid visa associated with their parent's work permit or MM2H status.